WEECH: Alice Maude Weech of Brandon, with family members and loved ones by her side, died peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon on Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at the age of 96 years. Alice was born in Goderich, Ontario on August 12, 1911 to Ben and Jean Gray. Alice was the second of six children for the Gray family. As a young teenager, Alice along with her family, moved out "west" to Manitoba and settled on a farm in the Foxwarren area. Alice attended school there and completed Grade 11. Alice met and married Bert Weech in her early 20’s and moved to Moore Park, MB to start their new life together. They had six children: Allan, Earl, Ken, Jean, Glen, and Eldon. Bert was a carpenter and Alice was a homemaker. In 1944, Bert went overseas to fight with the Canadian Forces. Tragically, he was killed in action in Antwerp, Belgium leaving Alice widowed with six children to care for and raise. A short time after receiving the news about Bert, Alice was approached by the military to see if she would consider adopting out some of her children because it was thought that there was no way she could provide for the children on her own. Alice would have none of that. "Over my dead body" she told them. She picked up and moved to Brandon where she worked for the Co-op, took in boarders, and cared for her six children. Over the years, Alice had worked hard to carve out a life for her family. She has always been so very proud of all her family. Alice also somehow found time to be a member on the Co-op Board, and an original member on the Westoba Credit Union Board and helped to name it. She became the first female board member. Alice was also a long time member of Knox United Church, the Army and Navy, and the Royal Canadian Legion in Brandon. Alice also liked to travel with regular trips out to Alberta and B.C. to visit family, a trip overseas to visit the cemetery where Bert was buried, and other trips to Bermuda and Las Vegas. Alice is survived by her sons; Earl (Dorothy) Weech of Cranbrook, B.C.; Ken (Ellie) Weech of Sherwood Park, AB; Glen (Rose) Weech of Calgary, AB; and Eldon Weech of Kelowna, B.C. She is also survived by her sister Dorothy (Art) Harris of Neepawa, MB; sister-in-law Charlotte Gray of Brandon, son-in-law Robert (Rose) Whittington of Brandon, and daughter-in-law Marge Weech of Victoria, B.C. Alice is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Alice was predeceased by her husband Bert; son Allan of Victoria, B.C.; her daughter Jean Whittington of Brandon, MB; and grandson Doug of Cranbrook, B.C. She was also predeceased by parents Ben and Jean Gray; brothers Tom (Mabel), Roy, and George (Isla) Gray, and her sister Helen. Alice was recently predeceased by her special friend and companion, Orval Thompson of Brandon, MB. The Funeral Service for Alice was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 2:30 p.m. Reverend Laird Russell-Yearwood officiated. Interment took place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Alice was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She was very passionate about her family and friends. Alice loved to laugh and visit. She found comfort in her final days knowing that God was preparing a place for her in Heaven. Donations in memory of Alice may be made to the Brandon Health Centre Foundation, Palliative Care Unit, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
"We think of Her as resting, from the sorrows and the tears.
In a place of warmth and comfort, where there are no days and years.
WEBSTER: Joyce Elsie, May 10, 1937 to February 3, 2008. Joyce was predeceased by her husband MacDonald and her parents Mike and Mary Mischanchuk. She is survived by her daughter Kim (Murray) Renwick, grandchildren Amy, Sara and Ryan. There will be no service by Joyce’s request. Donations may be made to the B.R.H.C. Foundation, "Palliative Care Unit," 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3.
WARBURTON: Murray Alfred Warburton of Brandon passed away peacefully at his residence with family at his side on Friday, January 18, 2008 at the age of 70 years. Murray was born on September 12, 1937 in the R.M. of Lansdowne in the town of Helston, MB. He was born to farm life and worked for farmers and briefly with the C.N. Rail. His main profession was operating heavy-duty equipment. Murray attended school in the Berton School District at Helston, MB. He belonged to the Handi-cap organization in Helston and he very much enjoyed wildlife and mudbogging. Murray is survived by one sister Elsie Simpson, three brothers, Ted (Lillian), Flynn (Louise) and Ken, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, two step-sons Randy (Sandra) and Jerry, and special friend, Irene. Murray was predeceased by his father Alfred, mother Edna and wife, Beryl. The Funeral Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 2:30 p.m. with Darlene McClay officiating. Everyone in attendance will be considered Honorary Pallbearers. Interment will take place at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Edmonton, AB on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Murray may be made to the B.R.H.C. Foundation, "Palliative Care Unit" 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3.
WINMILL: June "Betty" Winmill, beloved wife of the late Clarence "Red", passed away at her residence, Fairview Personal Care Home, on Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at the age of 77 years. Betty was born on June 7, 1930 at Oak Lake, Manitoba. She grew up in Oak Lake and received her education at Oakwood School. She married Red Winmill in 1948 and they lived in various locations throughout Canada and England with the Royal Canadian Air Force. During her lifetime, Betty was, for many years, on the Oak Lake Town Council as well as a Postmistress in Oak Lake. She is survived by her daughter Gwen, sons Greg and Wade, brothers Bob and Neil and grandchildren and great grandchildren. Betty was predeceased by her husband Red, father John, mother Faith, brother Harold and sister, Gwen. The Funeral service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Thursday, December 27, 2007 with Rev. Harvey Hurren of Oak Lake United Church officiating. Interment followed at the Oak Lake Cemetery. Pallbearers were Scot Clark, Shaun Cameron, Peter McGorman and James Winmill. If friends wish, donations, in memory of Betty, may be made to the Fairview Home Foundation, 1351 – 13th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4S6.
WALKER (Grant), Irene Ellen: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister on December 1, 2007 at Dinsdale Personal Care Home. Irene was born December 6, 1919 in the R.M. of Woodnorth, Manitoba to Abigail & Isaac Grant. She was one of ten siblings. Irene was raised and went to school in Kelwood, Manitoba. Then she married Valentine William Walker of Plumas, Manitoba. Irene enjoyed many get togethers with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren and many other relatives. She loved sitting around her kitchen table enjoying a cup of tea, diet Pepsi and ice cream from Velvet Dip. She enjoyed car rides in the country. Irene is survived by her daughters: Connie (Dan) Bieber and Betty (Lorne) Wood; son, Bill (Dorothy); daughter-in-law, Cheryl; sisters, Ann, Jean, Elsie; brothers: Walter and George; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Valentine Walker, parents, Abigail & Isaac Grant, sons, Jack, Edwin, three infants (Norma, Valerie and Calvin), brothers, Bill and Bert and sisters, Audrey and Hazel. Funeral service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. with Major Winnie Perrin of The Salvation Army officiating. Interment took place in the Brandon Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Barry Lee, Eric Walker, Jim Sawatzky, Kyle Lee and Aaron Walker. In memory of Irene, donations may be made to Dinsdale Personal Care Home, 510 – 6th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 3N9.
WELSH: It is with great sadness our family announces the passing of our beloved Nan, Evelyn Welsh. Nan died peacefully at Fairview Home on Saturday, May 16, 2009 in the early evening. She lived her life with great joy and will be sorely missed by her many wonderful friends and her family... her son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Kathy Welsh of Virden, her daughter Sally Bender and her much loved grandchildren, Erin (Victoria, BC) and Bret and Carmen (Halifax, NS). Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held in June when Bret and Carmen return from Halifax. An announcement will be made prior to that service. Flowers are gratefully declined. Please make memorial donations to Trinity United Church, 1515-6th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 6B3.
WILLIAMS: Suddenly on January 30th, 2009, David Val Williams passed away from heart failure. Born June 24th, 1944, he was predeceased by his loving wife and childhood friend, Georgette Williams, her father George McKeen, his mother Ann and father Percy, his aunt Betty and uncle Bill Kennington, who raised him, and reside with God. He is survived by his two sons, Joey (Sue), and Dean (Rachel), who loved and respected him very much. He is also survived by his sister Sandie (Grant), brothers, Ron (Marion), Bill (Jessie), Don (Barb), Bob (Maureen) Kennington, Barb (Bob) Thiesen, mother-in-law, Margarette McKeen, in-laws Vivian (Ralph), Norma (Klaus), Margaret (Frank), and brother-in-law Bill McKeen, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and family friends, Jack and Peggy Stock, Lorraine Lefebvre, the Joss's, and many others he cared for deeply. Dad was always the first to smile or to have a joke ready to lift your spirits. A kind and gentle soul who truly cared about those around him. Dave and Georgette were married in 1964 on April 25th in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He entered the Royal Canadian Navy that same year and was posted to Victoria, with his new bride, to start a new family. 1964 saw them posted to Inuvik, NWT, where they adopted their son Joseph, and they were very proud parents. In 1968 with Joey in tow, they moved back to Victoria and Dave pursued his career in the Navy. They stayed the course until 1970 when they moved back home to Winnipeg. Two short years later, 1972 saw the birth of their second child, Dean. Staying fast to his career path we were all posted to Borden in 1976 where we lived for three years. Then posted again to Victoria in 1979. The family would move one last time to Shilo in 1981. Dave guided and provided for his family with love and laughter, and his death has affected all whose lives he touched. Dave worked with, and made friends with, a great deal of people over his life. A decent, caring man who served his country and who's passing was far too soon and sudden.
God's speed Sailor.
We miss you.
Services will be held Saturday, April 25th, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Barbara's Church, Shilo, Manitoba with Rev. Dave Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7.
YOUNG: Valerie Beth Young, beloved wife of Darrell, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at the age of 43 years. Valerie was born on October 18, 1963 at Rossburn, Manitoba. During her lifetime, she took over 60 foster children into her home and never once called them a "foster" child. She will always be remembered for her work she did with her husband around the community. Valerie very much supported "For the Love of Our Children" and "Street Love Ministries." She volunteered much of her time and consistently helped every year with the Christmas dinner. Val had a strong faith and very much loved the Lord, Jesus. She is survived by her husband Darrell; sons Sammy, Jamie, Gavin, Lionel, Kyle and Ginew; daughter Lillian; mother Mary; sisters Crystal and Lisa; and by brother Joey. Valerie was predeceased by her grandmother Eliza Shingoose. A funeral service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Friday, March 23, 2007 with Rev. Dave Thiessen officiating. Interment will take place at the Waywayseecappo Presbyterian Cemetery on Monday, March 26, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Valerie may be made to Street Love Ministries, 33-10th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4E4.
YOUNG: Violet Grace Young, beloved wife of the late George Young, passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at the age of 89 years. Grace was born May 2, 1917 at Virden, Manitoba and lived in the Sifton Municipality on a farm. She was the eldest daughter and second eldest in the family of three brothers and one sister, born to Herb and Elizabeth Pigg. The family moved in 1922, from Virden to Brandon where they lived on 19th Street North. Mum began her schooling at the David Livingstone School. In 1928, the family moved to Section 28-10-20 at Kemnay where Mum finished her schooling before joining the work force. On June 24, 1937, Mum married George Young. They then moved five miles south of Kemnay where they started farming on the east half of 28-9-20 where Mum lived for 68 years until July, 2005 when she moved to the Colonial Estates, Queen’s Avenue, Brandon. Mum enjoyed being there as she could walk to the Shoppers’ Mall to meet her friends for coffee. Mum made many friends while at her new home. While living in the Roseland District, she was involved in the Roseland United Church, Roseland UCW, the Community Club and the Roseland Curling Rink. Mum was a great cook and loved to work in the kitchen trying new recipes. She also loved to play cards, curl, dance, work in her garden and spend time at the cabin at Oak Lake Resort. She loved her flowers at the cabin as well as having friends visit her and Dad over the 20 years that they spent there. Mum enjoyed life on the farm, especially calving season, spring seeding and harvest time with meals in the field. Mum is survived by son, Ted and wife Beth; grandsons, Edward and Jim and wife Vickie East; sister, Evelyn Canty; brother, Doug Pigg and partner Cynthia Swalwell and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, George Young February 7, 1997; brothers Alfred and Norman; sisters-in-law, Lois Grant and Kay Pigg; brother-in-law, Bill Canty as well as two nephews and one niece. A memorial service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, on Saturday, February 10, 2007 with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Grace may be made to a charity of choice.
YABLONSKI: Lillian Virginia (née Wilczynski). Suddenly at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, January 9, 2007. Lillian is survived by her loving husband, Michael: sons, Michael Jr. (friend Elaine), granddaughter, Correna-Reece; Alvin (Debbie), grandson Kiel (friend Laurie) and daughter Linda. Lillian was born Easter Sunday, April 17, 1927 to John and Albina Wilczynski. She was predeceased by her brothers, Walter, Charlie and Victor and sister, Julia. Lillian received her schooling in Brandon and worked at Yaegers Furs. On August 9, 1947, she married Michael Yablonski. In 1957, the family moved to Portage la Prairie where they raised three children. Lillian belonged to the Ruth Rebekah Lodge and worked at the Manitoba School for ten years before returning to her home town, Brandon in 1986. Mike and Lillian enjoyed family gatherings, travel and church at St. Joseph’s Polish National Catholic Church. Lillian was a member of the Naomi Rebekah Lodge, the Arthritis Society and was a life member of the Polish Gymnastic Association – "Sokol". She was a much loved daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, aunt, grandmother, or Grammy, as Correna always called her, and a friend. She was Lucy. Prayers were said at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, on Thursday, January 11, 2007 Funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph’s Polish National Catholic Church, on Friday, January 12, 2007 with Fr. Jerzy Urbanski officiating. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations, in memory of Lillian, may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824-18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7.
YANDA: Mrs. Kathleen June "Kay" Yanda, beloved wife of the late Terry Yanda, passed away at the Valleyview Care Centre on August 27, 2008 at the age of 86 years. Kay was born in Russell, Manitoba on June 16th, 1922. The family moved to Birtle in 1933, where she completed elementary and high school. Kay was always interested in psychiatry and after high school, she began her studies in nursing. She also served for two years in the army during WWII and when she returned to civilian life, she took a secretarial course and worked in Winnipeg, Vancouver and at a logging camp close to Port Alberni, British Columbia. Kay then took a cruise with some friends and returned to resume her nursing diploma. In 1964, she graduated as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and was awarded the Blanche Eugene Barager medal. She was then employed at the former Brandon Mental Health Centre until June 1967. On July 20th, 1966, Kathleen married a strapping gentleman named Terry Yanda, and not even a year later, she started her most rewarding career, that being motherhood. Their son, David, was born on June 26, 1967. Kay enjoyed babysitting and teaching children with disabilities. She was always involved with one thing or another like volunteering at outdoor-day or at the South End Community Centre, canvassing for Heart and Stroke, Cancer Society, and Block Parents. Whoever was in need - she was there. When her son turned 14, she returned to the workforce, retiring at age 65. Kay then became involved with the UCT Ladies Auxiliary, bowling and continued to support the Nurses' Alumni. She was also a member of St. George’s Anglican Church where she taught Sunday School. When mom and dad were both retired, they used to go on casino trips and she would go along with dad for his many seniors’ baseball outings. She also attended many army reunions, as it was a good way to connect with some of her old friends. Mom and dad did many things together until he took ill and passed away in December 1997. The nurse in her looked after him until the end, and she always made sure he was never left alone, even on days that she had to attend to some other activity. Kay was always independent and did her own housework, yard work and even cut her own grass and shoveled her own snow. She looked after sick neighbours, dog sat her son’s dogs (she even wiped their feet before allowing them into the house). She always left a lasting impression with everyone she met. Due to ill health, Kay resided at the Valleyview Care Centre for the last two years. The staff there enjoyed having her around as she was a very good conversationalist and always liked to joke around. She will be missed. Kay is survived by her son David (fiancée Lina) as well as by her sister, Eleanor. A Memorial Service was held at St. George’s Anglican Church on August 29th, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Jim Brown officiating. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Kay may be made to the Westman Dreams for Kids Foundation, 202-37-11th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4J2 or to The Children’s Hospital Foundation, CE 501, 840 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3A 1S1.
YATES: Arthur (Art) Clarence Yates of Alexander, in his 87th year, passed away on December 15, 2007 in the Assiniboine Centre, after a brief illness. Art was born in Winnipeg on February 20, 1920 and was raised on the family farm north of Killarney where he attended Northcote School and helped on the family farm. In 1940, while working in Winnipeg, Art joined the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders and served overseas during World War II. He was discharged in 1945. Art then farmed for a few years near his family’s farm, then moved to Brandon where he began his truck driving career with Unicume Storage, MacArthur’s and retiring in 1984 from Western Grocers. Art enjoyed travelling and camping, taking many trips to BC, Alberta and Ontario to visit friends and family. He also took a trip to England to see his brother and one to Belgium to visit friends. Art was very mechanical and enjoyed fixing lawn mowers, snow blowers and small engines for many people. He was an avid gardener and was always eager to plow gardens for neighbours every spring. Art is survived by his wife, Evelyn, her son, Ron Chabauty of BC and daughter, Cheryl Dando of Dauphin, sister, Christina Morris of Brandon, brothers, Reginald (Margie) of Schreiber, Ontario and Ted (Blythe) of Brandon, sisters-in-law, Vera of England, Alice of Hinton, Alberta, Marion of Schreiber, Ontario as well as brother-in-law, Russ Baxter of Schreiber, Ontario. Also surviving are numerous nephews and nieces. Art was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Tressia Yates, his first wife, Nancy, brothers, Cyril, Jack and Bert and sister, Betty. Funeral service was held in Alexander United Church on December 19, 2007 with Rev. John Nesbitt officiating. Interment took place in the Alexander Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mike Yates, Ron Morris, Bruce Black, Dennis Drummond, Doug Dando and Jason Dando. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion #3 acted as an Honour Guard.