USUNIER: Mr. Vital "Butch" Usunier, beloved husband of Teresa, died at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, March 04, 2008 at the age of 79 years. Prayers will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327 – 4th Street, on Friday, March 7, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Dominic Yuen as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Donations in memory Butch may be made to COR Enterprises Inc., 364 Park Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7A8 or to a charity of choice.
BAXTER: Mrs. Hilda Marion Baxter (Bright), beloved mother of Ivan, Gary and Grant, passed away peacefully at the Valleyview Care Centre on Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at the age of 96 years. A private family service will be held with interment at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Hilda may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8.
BAKER (neé Towner): Florence Irene passed away August 26, 2008 at Fairview Home in Brandon after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Mom was born July 26, 1932 in Dauphin, MB. She will be missed greatly by family and friends. Mom is survived by her husband Ronald of 48 years; her children Kelly (Jim) of Brandon and George (Joanne) of Virden. She is also survived by grandkids Chancey (Angela), Sarah, Adam, Andrew, Jonathan and Mathew; great grandkids Zach and Davvelynn; and by sister, Betty Bulmer, of Dauphin. Mom attended school in Dauphin, MB, then moved to Winnipeg to work for many years in the Eaton’s mail order department on Portage Avenue. In 1959, she met and then married her husband in 1960. From 1962 to 1966, the family lived at Metz, France as a military family. After 2 years at Camp Borden Ontario, Mom moved to CFB Shilo for another 8 years. Upon her husband’s retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces, Mom moved to a new bungalow in Brandon where she lived until the state of her health required a move to Fairview Home. Mom had always been very active in the Salvation Army until recent years. She enjoyed travelling and handicrafts and could be counted on to contribute to many charities. This, in spite of her profound hearing loss – which she never allowed to slow her down. The family’s heartfelt thanks go to the caring staff at Fairview, the 5th floor and most recently the 4th floor who made her so comfortable with their care and compassion towards both Mom and her family. The family also wish to thank Carma from Mental Health Services for the Elderly, Dr. Blythe, Dr. Lint and Dr. Vipul for their support. Many thanks to co-workers for their support over the last few years. The Funeral Service will take place at the Salvation Army Citadel, 9 Princess Ave. East, Brandon on Friday, August 29, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. with Captain Bruce MacKenzie officiating. Interment will follow in the Brandon Cemetery. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Mom’s honour, please consider the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, #1, 613-10th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4G6, or the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B – 10th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4G7.
BOWER: Ione Bertolet Bower, in her 99th year, died peacefully on August 23, 2008, at Brandon, of age related illnesses. Until the past year she had remained active and well, living with her son and family from 1984-1990 and since 2000. She was born on May 29, 1909, in Charleston, Illinois, the daughter of John A. and Leni Cochran Bertolet. After attending Eastern Normal School, she taught at Franklin School in Charleston until her marriage in 1936 to A. Oliver Bower. She and her husband lived at Bowerhome Farms, near Bushton, Illinois, until his death in 1983, raising a nationally recognized herd of Brown Swiss dairy cattle, which they showed with great success across the country. Later in life she became secretary to the Head of Food Service at Eastern Illinois University, where she remained until her retirement in 1974. For many years she was the organist at the Bushton Christian Church, and later at the First Baptist Church, Mattoon. Mrs. Bower was a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a long-time member of the Charleston Reading Circle, and a volunteer with the Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital Auxiliary. During her years in Brandon, she especially enjoyed the company of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren – they kept her far younger than her 90 plus years. She also looked forward to her travels across Canada, from Montreal to Victoria, and the Oregon coast. The family pets were always very special to her.
Mrs. Bower was predeceased by her husband, Oliver, step-daughter, Doralouise Sedgwick Benson, brother Mark in childhood, and brother Marion. She is survived by son Arthur (Darcy), Brandon, grandchildren Nick (Ming-Fen) and Coco and Connor, Richmond, B.C.; Nate (Leann) and Ben and Olivia; Alexis Braun (Shen) and Asher; Stacia Smith (Darren) and Ty; and Katharine Lovegrove (Stephen), all of Brandon; step-daughter Marianne Doyle McKinney (Willis), Charleston, and grandchildren Loren Craig Doyle (Mary), Tuscon, and Paige Connors (Marc) and their daughter, Savannah; and Eric Doyle (Marilyn), Jeffersonton, Va., and their children Jason Doyle (Peggy) and Joshua, Kaitlyn and Brandon, Chesterfield, Va.; and Kirtlin Doyle, Fairfax, Va. She is also survived by grandchildren Kim Sedgwick Connolly, San Francisco; and Kevin Sedgwick (Paula) and Sierra, Cape Girardeau, Mo. One nephew, John Bertolet, and his family, Mattoon, Ill., and close friends Lee Clements and Rich Hoard, Columbus, Ind., also survive.
Funeral service will be held at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Brandon, on Thursday, August 28, at 2:00, the Very Reverend Robin Walker officiating. Interment of ashes will take place at the family plot in Charleston, Illinois, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to Funds for Furry Friends, Suite 208 – 746 Rosser Ave., Brandon R7A 0K9.
BENNETT: Mr. Jack Bennett, beloved husband of Jennie, passed away on August 21, 2008 at the age of 92 years. He leaves his wife of 67 years, Jennie; daughters, Joan (Harry) and family, Christine (Harold); son, Steven and family. He was born in Doncaster, England on March 12, 1916 and immigrated to Canada in 1930 with his parents, William and Violet Bennett and brother, Bill. They settled in Coulter, MB. In 1939, he returned to England to work in his uncle and aunt’s hotel. On October 17, 1940, he was drafted into the British Army and served with the 5th Searchlight Royal Artillery. On February 24, 1941, while on 48 hours leave, he married Jennie Gair, his fiancée. The next day he was shipped out. On February 17, 1942, he was taken prisoner at the fall of Singapore and remained one until August 27, 1945. While a prisoner, he worked on the bridge on the River Kwai. Jack and Jennie came to Canada in 1946 on the Ile de France. They resided in the Coulter area where Jack farmed until 1962 when ill health made it impossible for him to continue farming. In 1963, the family moved to Wheatlands where he worked at Rivers Camp Air Force Base and in 1965, they moved to Brandon where he worked at the post office until retiring due to ill health in 1972. Jack was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 63 years. He was passionate about his collection of army badges which adorned the walls in his home. The Funeral Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. John Dolloff of St. Mary’s Anglican Church officiating. Legion Honors will be presented. Interment will follow in the Veterans’ Section of the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jack may be made to a charity of choice.
BROWN: Marlene Mabel Brown (nee Massey) of Brandon, Manitoba, was born at Brandon General Hospital on April 27, 1948. She passed away suddenly at Brandon General Hospital on Friday, August 8, 2008. In her infancy her family lived at Shiloh, and at the age of three she contracted polio. Later, after her recovery, she moved to Clear Lake, then Neepawa and finally in 1954 to the farm at Kelwood with her parents and little brother. She started Grade 1 that September at Glenellen School. At age 12 she had surgery to correct the effects of the polio at Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg. She attended high school in Glenella and Kelwood and graduated with Grade 12 in 1966. From 1966 to 1969 she attended Full Gospel Bible Institute in Eston, Saskatchewan. She took secretarial training at Assiniboine Community College and then worked for the CNIB from 1970 to 1974. In 1973 she married Mel Brown of Chater, and they began a career in dairy farming that lasted until retirement in 1996. Mel and Marlene loved traveling and took many opportunities to enjoy this wonderful pastime. Marlene got involved with the church in Glenella at 14 years of age with encouragement from Lydia Williams. Her faith was a mainstay in her life from that time on, and she drew comfort from it to the very end. She cared deeply for her parents and looked after them faithfully, with Mel’s help, in their declining years. She maintained a close bond with her brother and his family, and took special interest in her niece and nephew and their partners. She had a sweet gentle spirit and a kindly heart, and her generosity knew no bounds to all who knew and loved her well. Marlene is survived by her loving husband Mel Brown; mother Mabel Massey; brother Bill Massey (Dorothy Braun); children Eryn (Lisa) and Leslie (Adam); sister Barbara Sanders (Jim); children Don, Kaitlin and Dianna. Marlene was predeceased by her father William Massey of Morden. Services were held at the McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church on Wednesday, August 13, at 2:00 p.m. Pallbearers were Ben Kehler, Burt Wiebe, Dennis Brugger, Dave McCauley, Harvey Probert, and Cyril Stott. Donations may be made in Marlene’s name to a charity of your choice. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
Goodnight, dear sister, sleep and take your rest.
Lay down your head upon your Saviour’s breast.
We love you well, but Jesus loves you best,
Goodnight, goodnight, goodnight.
BROWN (BONK): Sadly the passing of Peggy Brown occurred on August 5, 2008 in her 87th year at her residence at Fairview Personal Care Home. Peggy was born on August 24,1921 in Nottingham, England, the first born child of Arthur and Beatrice Connell. Peggy was predeceased by her husbands James Bonk in 1967 and Reuben Brown in 1992. She also was predeceased by her beloved son David, who died accidentally at the age of 7 years in 1951. Left to mourn Peggy’s passing are her daughter Glenys Kelly (Bob) of San Juan Island, Washington and grandson Ryan ( Kayleen) of Chino, California and their children Bobby and Rory. Peggy will be also greatly missed by her son Bruce and daughter-in-law Katherine Bonk of Brandon and grandchildren Lesya Oldcorn (Malcolm) of Virden, MB, David (Lane)of Bakersfield, California and Julie of Brandon. Her only sibling Glenys Groethe of Seattle, Washington also suddenly passed away on August 6, 2008, less than a day after Peggy. She received her schooling in England and carried throughout her life a great love of learning with a particular interest in history and literature. She often talked about her happy childhood times with her sister, Glenys. During World War II Peggy met and married James Bonk and came to Canada in 1946. She began work at Chrest Dry Cleaners and was a well-known character in the shop for 25 years. She loved to sing and act and was in much demand for amateur theatre productions. Upon marriage to Reuben in 1970, Peggy resided at the Canadian army base in Lahr, Germany and travelled throughout Europe before retiring to Surrey, BC. Upon Reuben’s untimely death, Peggy returned to Brandon in 1992 to be closer to her son and his family. Peggy loved life, lived large and was a joy to be around. Her loving nature and fun spirit endeared her to all. Her children and grandchildren will miss her great sense of humour and her totally unconditional love and support. Peggy’s faith was constant and she was absolutely certain that upon her death she would join her deceased loved ones. One of her last requests was that we thank the Fairview staff on the fourth floor for all their kindness, loving care and professionalism. To Peggy, the staff were more than just caregivers - they were great friends. The family truly appreciated that our mother’s last few years were lived in such dignity and comfort. Special thanks to Reverend John Dolloff of St. Mary’s Anglican Church for his comforting visits to Mom and the beautiful graveside service on August 12. Thanks also to Shawn Wintle of Brockie-Donovan for his help and guidance and to our many friends and neighbours for their kind expressions of sympathy. Peggy was the world’s greatest animal lover and if friends so desire we know that she would appreciate donations to Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 7M6.
Love knows not its own depth until the hour of parting. (Khalil Gibran)
BRISTOL: Dr. Calvert "Cal" Clark Bristol, beloved husband of Norma, died on July 15, 2008 of Congestive Heart disease, at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Cal was born on September 26, 1933 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He grew up in Newton Centre, MA and spent his summers at the family lodge in Rangeley, Maine. Cal graduated from Newton High School and obtained his B.A. degree from Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, and his Ph. D. in Geology from the University of Manitoba in 1965. Before coming to Canada in 1959, Cal spent two years in the American Armed Forces Army Core of Engineers, doing topographic surveying in Iran. His major career was spent in the Geology Department at Brandon University where he taught for thirty years. Cal’s greatest passion in life was flying. He was a member of the Brandon Flying Club and flew the Harvard and Stearman aircraft for the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum. He also flew for Brandon University in their recruitment programs for native students on northern reserves. In retirement, Cal took up the study of the French language, taking courses in Manitoba, Quebec and France. He was an avid trap shooter with the Brandon and The Pas Gun clubs. Summers were spent at the cottage at Denare Beach (near Flin Flon) and winters traveling to visit his children in England and the states. Cal is survived by his wife Norma, daughter Kerry, son John, daughter-in-law Karen, and grandson Kai. He was predeceased by his parents Ralph Burton Bristol and Helen Aitchison Calvert of Boston, MA. The funeral service will be held at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, 403-13th Street, on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. with The Very Rev. Robin Walker officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Cal may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824 – 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7.
BERCIER: Henry Francis Bercier (August 15, 1934 – June 17, 2008). With his family at his side, Henry passed away peacefully at the age of 73 on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 after a brief battle with cancer. Henry leaves to mourn his loving and devoted wife of 46 years, Eileen. He has also left his children, Darrell (Joyce) of Brandon, MB, Denise (Todd) of Winnipeg, MB, Bryan (Corrie) of Brandon, MB; grandchildren, Jordan, Julianne, Courtney, Dylan, Kale and Tate. Henry is also survived by his brothers, Jack (Carol) of Brandon, MB, Wilf (Margie) of Dauphin, MB; sister Eloise (Ken) of Souris, MB; several nieces and nephews, Yvonne, Darian, Kim, Kirk, Kyle and their families, as well as many extended family members. He was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Margaret. Henry was born on a farm in Elphinstone, MB on August 15, 1934. His family moved to Brandon in 1957. Henry then began work with the Manitoba Power Commission and then retired from Manitoba Hydro after 36 years of service in 1992. During this time, Henry and Eileen moved their young and growing family to Forrest, MB for 40 years until recently when they moved back into Brandon. After retirement, Dad enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. Playing with the grandchildren always made Dad smile. One of his many passions were his sometimes futile attempts at fishing. He also loved fiddle music and photography. All who knew Dad enjoyed his infectious laugh and that bright smile he always greeted everyone with. We would like to extend a special thanks to the medical and nursing staff at the Assiniboine Centre who took care of our Dad while on the Palliative Care Unit. The Funeral Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, June 23, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. with Fr. Raju Madanu of St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church officiating. A time of visitation and viewing will be held prior to the service at 11:00 a.m. A luncheon will follow at St. Augustine’s Square. A private interment will take place on Tuesday. Donations in memory of Henry may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B-10th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4G7 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8.
CAMPBELL: William Harry Campbell of Winnipeg, passed away suddenly in Calgary, on Sunday, November 12, 2006 at the age of 46 years. Surviving are Bill’s daughters, Christina and Angela (Brandon); mother, Margaret (Brandon); father, Harry (Alberta); brothers: Ron (Brandon), Ed (Minnedosa) and Tom (Alberta) and sister, Lori (Brandon). Also surviving is Bill’s grandmother, Florence Davis (Brandon) and extended family in Winnipeg. Bill was predeceased by his grandfather, Ralph, grandmother, Jessie and brother, Gordon. A graveside service will be held for Bill at the Brandon Cemetery on Saturday, November 18, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Harvey Hurren of Knox United Church officiating.
COUGHLIN: The death of Warren Vincent "Bing" Coughlin of Brandon, occurred on October 9, 2006, peacefully, at the Assiniboine Centre at the age of 82. Warren was born at Hardy, Saskatchewan, in 1924, one of eight children born to James and Nelvina Coughlin. Warren gave up a promising future in hockey to join the army at the age of 17, in 1941, and returned home in 1945. Serving in England, Belgium, France and Italy, he gladly did his part to defend Canada. He enjoyed sports and participated in hockey, bowling, curling and broomball. In later years, Warren enjoyed cribbage and shuffleboard. Warren was a life member of the Legion as well as a long time member of the Army, Navy and Airforce Club, Unit #10, and the Crocus Seniors. He greatly enjoyed meeting with friends, sharing with them his superb sense of humour and his warmth of personality. Warren is survived by his loving wife, Mildred, and her children: Vic (Lorraine) Thomson, Hughene (Craig) Bradley and Melvin (Peggy) Thomson; his children, Warren (Barb) Coughlin and Cathy (Ron) Lewicki with his first wife, Lorayne and Debbie (Arnie) Cross and Bill Learmonth brought into his life by his second wife, Laura. Warren leaves many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also surviving are his brother, Wally (Genie) of Fresno, California, sisters-in-law, Alice (Calvin) of Wenatchee, Washington, Ruth (James) of Angus, Ontario, Emma (Pat) of San Leandro, California, Alice (Jack) of Beausejour, as well as many nieces and nephews. Many friends will miss Warren. Predeceasing him are: his parents; brothers, Calvin, James, Merle, John, Patrick and a sister, Lucille; first wife, Lorayne; second wife, Laura and her son, Bob. A Celebration of Warren’s life was held at the Brockie Donovan Funeral Home on October 13, 2006 with Rev. Michael Skliros officiating, and long time friend and neighbour, David Lewis delivering the eulogy. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #3 formed an honour guard with members of the Army, Navy, Air Force #10, all laying poppies to honour Warren’s service to his country. Interment took place in the Brandon Veterans’ Cemetery. A luncheon was held at the Army, Navy and Air Force Club, served by the Crocus Seniors. Friends who wish may make a donation, in memory of Warren, to the Manitoba Lung Association, 8-940 Princess Ave., Brandon, MB R7A 0P6 or to a charity of choice.
CORRIGAN: Breanne Kathleen Corrigan passed away in the presence of her family, on Monday September 4th, 2006. Breanne was born March 15th, 1990, a little sister to Brayden. When Breanne was diagnosed with Metachromatic Leukodystrophy like her big brother, doctors offered an experimental treatment that had shown some initial positive results. Breanne had a bone marrow transplant at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg in July 1992. After a recovery period, Breanne enjoyed the things all little girls do. She especially enjoyed dancing, school and playing with friends and her little sister, Marissa. Unfortunately MLD took control of her body and after grade one, Breanne spent most of her time at home with her family. These were quieter times filled with movies and stories and lots of laughter. During Breanne’s battle, many very special people entered her life. Breanne’s family will be eternally grateful for their support, as we would not have endured this journey without each and every one of you. We define heroes in many ways; Breanne will always be our hero for her dignity and courage. We will miss our little princess with the smile from ear to ear. Breanne was predeceased by big bother Brayden in 1997, uncle Heavy, grandma Kathleen Corrigan and great grandmothers Evelyn MacDonald and Verna McGregor. She is survived by parents, Stacey and Mike, little sister Marissa and grandparents Mel and Micki McGregor, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. A service of remembrance was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on September 7, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. with Mike Waddell officiating. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. If friends wish, donations, in memory of Breanne, may be made to the Westman Dreams for Kids Foundation, Unit 202, 37-11th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4J2 or to the Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg, Research Foundation, 108-671 William Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3J2.
CHAMBERS; Dori Elsie: Passed away peacefully on Monday, August 7, 2006 in Lethbridge, Alberta at the age of 85 years after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Dori will be lovingly remembered by her children, Bob Chambers of Brandon, Manitoba, Donna Taylor and husband Roger of Lethbridge, Ron Chambers and wife Brigida of Lethbridge, her grandchildren Rick Taylor, Bruce Taylor and wife Kerry of Lethbridge, Jeff Chambers and wife Amber of Brandon, Erin Upton and husband Matt of Aurora, Colorado, Milana Chambers and Francis Chambers of Lethbridge, her four great grandchildren, Riley and Ashley Taylor and Aiden and Mya Chambers, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Dori was born to Jack and Louise Roberts of Brandon on October 23, 1920 into a large and growing family. She had seven sisters, Rene (Wilman), Van (Benoit), Doris (Burns), Gladys (Law), Lee (Ramsey), Joy (Gibson), Jackie (Geiler) and two brothers Len and Ed. She is survived by sisters Jackie of Brandon and Joy of River Bourgois, Nova Scotia. In 1941, she married Bruce Chambers and soon moved to the Chambers’ family dairy farm just north of Brandon where she lived until Bruce’s death in 1984. In 1985, she sold the farm and moved to an apartment in Brandon where she lived until 2002 when she moved to Lethbridge. Dori loved bowling, playing cards, travel, and any opportunity to socialize. She will be missed by all with whom she shared in these activities. Dori was a strong woman, willing to face and endure many challenges with hope and optimism. Her favorite book was "The Power of Positive Thinking", of which she had two copies. A memorial service will be held at Brockie Donovan Funeral Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon on Monday, August 21, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. with a reception at the Funeral Home to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB R7A 2W8. A special thank-you to the kind nurses and staff of the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit and Lethbridge Regional Hospital Cancer Centre, whose care of Dori during her last months was truly commendable.