SELENT: Waldin J. Selent, of Sprucewoods, Manitoba, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2007 at the age of 39 years. His parents, Waldin and Diane Selent, sisters Carolyn Selent and Catherine Rush, survive him. Wally was born on June 22, 1967 in Toronto, Ontario. The family moved to a farm in Pine River, Manitoba in 1968, where Wally attended elementary and secondary school. He enjoyed outdoor activities like riding horses, fishing and the love of animals. He kept these cherished memories with him all his life. In 1984, Wally moved to Shilo, Manitoba with his parents, where he learned the skills to work with his hands as a painter, a carpenter and drywaller, which he performed in the family business till the end of his time. Funeral services were held at St. Barbara’s Chapel in Shilo on Friday, February 23, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Randy Stanton officiating. Interment was at the Brandon Cemetery. Thank you to his friends who carried him on his final journey: Glenn Parsons, Jeff Montgomery, Tom Sauck, Wes Janzen, Rob Higley and Steve Higgins. Donations in memory of Waldin Selent may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B-10th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4G7.
May you rest in peace, Wally, till we meet again.
Love, your family and friends.
SKINNER: It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Robert Alan (Al) Skinner born in Winnipeg October 2, 1950 and passed away January 18, 2007. Al was raised and educated in Winnipeg. He was active in hockey, baseball and soccer as a young boy. Al was put in major work class early in his years, which entailed advanced training in subjects such as math, geography, science and French. He continued to excel with anything he did, to the highest level. Al lived in Brandon for the last 29 years. He worked for Kelleher Ford for more than ten years as Service Advisor, Service Manager and Fixed Operations Manager. He enjoyed golfing and had two holes-in-one in his golfing years. Al was a great husband, father and grandfather with a terrific sense of humor. He was predeceased by his brother, Neil of Winnipeg in August, 2006. Al is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Evelyn; children, Darren (Theresa), grandchildren, Jazmin and Jayden, and daughter, Tammy; his mother and father, Jack and Olive Skinner; sister, Janet; brothers, Paul (Marilyn) and family and David (Lorrie) and family. We would like to thank Dr Groves, Dr Kassier and all of the BRHC and Palliative staff for their care and kindness throughout this time. Also, a big thank you to John and Nancy Kelleher, Darrell and Brenda Appelt and all the great staff for all the support; thank you to many relatives and friends for the visits, comfort and support you gave us; thank you to all the staff at Brockie Donovan for assistance and compassion shown to us during this sad time. A Service of Remembrance was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, on January 23, 2007 with Pastor Mike Davis officiating. Placement of cremated remains took place at the Columbarium in the Brandon Cemetery. Donations, in memory of Al, may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB R7A 2W8.
STENGRIM: Verne Leroy Stengrim of Brandon, passed away at Hillcrest Place on Friday, September 19, 2008 at the age of 77 years. Verne attended The Whitemud School, then continued on at Robsart. Verne was very proud of his military service, which began in September 1949 at the Fort Osborne Barracks. His career led to the following: Canadian Forces Certificate of Military Achievement, Artilleryman in June, 1973, Troop Sergeant Major plus Regimental practice camp in Grafenwohr, 1975, Combat Arms School, 1977, Canadian Forces Decoration Award, 1989, and Award Korea Service Badge. Verne was previously employed as Technical Sergeant in the Command Post then Senior N.C.O. He also received the Governor General Approved Canadian Volunteer Service Award in 1992, Medal for Korea during the conflict, S.S.M. Special Medal in 1994, and a Special Service Award Medal for support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 1994. Verne is survived by his special friend, Mary and brother Charles Holten. A graveside service for family and friends will be at the Brandon Cemetery, Veteran’s Section, on Thursday, September 25, 2008 with Rev. John Dolloff officiating. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations in memory of Verne may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6.
SCHAEFFER: Mrs. Beverley Anne Schaeffer of Brandon, passed away with family by her side on Thursday, August 14, 2008 at the age of 69 years. A memorial service for family and friends will be held at Central United Church, 327 – 8th Street, on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations in memory of Beverley may be made to a charity of one’s choice or Waves of Hope, Box 21054, Brandon, MB R7B 3W8.
SMITHSON: Sabra Annie Smithson, formerly Gould, née Bradley, entered into rest August 7, 2008 at Hillcrest Place Care Home in Brandon. She was born on May 5, 1921 in Newdale. Sabra’s mother, (Eva Carter), passed in 1923 from tuberculosis which Sabra also battled and recovered from. Her father, Carl, remarried Lexa Richardson and two more brothers were added to the family. She received her education at Penrith and Newdale schools and later graduated from Brandon Normal School. She taught at Bernice School in the Napinka area and there she met and married Harvey Gould. They farmed in the Bede district until his passing in 1970. At that time, she moved to Melita and in 1973, she and Lionel Smithson were married. They lived between Pipestone and Melita until Lionel sold his farm and then they retired to Melita. In 2000, they moved to Carman to a mobile home and then to the Boyne Towers where she and Lionel received great care and support. Upon Lionel’s passing in 2007, Sabra moved into Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home to be closer to family. Throughout her life, she was an avid gardener and she especially loved tending her flowers. She loved to travel and with Harvey visited many states in the U.S. including Alaska. Later, she and Lionel would travel in their motor home and had a special love for Hemet, California where they would spend many winters enjoying the beautiful weather. Sabra was a very active woman, who loved to square dance, bike ride and bowl. She had a great love for children and would often be seen with visiting nieces and nephews. She was also a long time member of the Bede, Bernice Hospital Aid as well as the Melita United Church. She is predeceased by her brother David who died in France (1956) while flying a test flight with the R.C.A.F. She is survived by her brother Lorne (Janet) Bradley, sisters-in-law Dorothy Dobbyn, Evelyn (Earl) Branston and Shirley Mitchell as well as brothers-in-law, Walter (Elinor) Smithson, Ross (Doreen) Smithson and Jack (Barb) Smithson as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A Graveside Service took place on Thursday, August 14, 2008 at the Napinka Cemetery with Rev. Jeri Bjornson officiating. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.
SMITH: Joan On Friday, August 01, 2008, at Rideau Park Personal Care Centre, Brandon, Manitoba, Joan passed away peacefully. She was predeceased by her father and mother and only sibling Raymond. Joan was born in Sunderland, County Durham, England. She immigrated to Canada in 1966. She is survived by her sister-in-law Joyce Smith of London, Ontario and her niece Sara Anne and nephews Luke, Simon, James, Mark, Nicholas, Matthew, grandniece Holly Anne and grandnephews Isaac and Jacob. Her extended family included her long-time friends Marjorie and Crawford Jenkins, Karrin Thomas, Marg-Rheta Wright, and Carly and Dayna Steinfeld. They did so much to keep her young and laughing. Joan touched many hearts as anyone who knew her can attest. She leaves a legacy of kindness and compassion amongst those she nursed during her career in the British army in the far east, in the hospital in St. Thomas, Ontario and as an Occupational nurse in Toronto and by her untiring support of her church and community. Joan was loved by all, which was evident by the special care she received from the staff at Riverview Heights Terrace and Rideau Park Personal Care Centre. They deserve a special thanks for their kindness during Joan's last few years. Cremation has taken place and her remains will lie in a Columbarium in St. Matthew’s Cathedral. A celebration of Joan's life will be held at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, 403 – 13th Street, Brandon, Manitoba on Friday, August 08 at 2:00 p.m. with The Very Rev. Robin Walker officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manitoba Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824 – 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7.
SERLE: Mr. John David "Dave" our family's patriarch left this life 24 July 2008 in the Palliative Care Unit of Brandon Regional Health Centre with family by his side. He was in his "79th Year". He was born 15 May 1930 to Eloise & John Serle of The Pas, MB. At the age of ten the family moved to Winnipeg. At sixteen he set off on his own. During the 40's he did numerous jobs from deckhand to fireman-oiler on boats, scowles and tubs in the now Thunder Bay area. He moved to Edmonton and was a diesel mechanic at different companies. During this time he took a course at Chicago Vocational Training Corp. to get his diesel mechanic's certificate. A very important date to him was 3 April 1951, when he joined the Armed Forces (Army) in Edmonton. Three years later he was posted to Korea returning to Canada in 1955. While stationed at Saint John, N.B. on the 13th of July 1957 he married Coralie McClay of Winnipeg. Postings were frequent from Winnipeg to Kingston to Picton to Shilo to Kingston to Winnipeg. In 1968 he and his family were in England and Wales, returning home to Ottawa in 1971. 1974 turned out to be his last posting to Cold Lake, AB. when he decided to retire. In 1975 on the first of July the family arrived in Brandon and settled in to call it home. Through the years he took home courses in electronics and furthered his education mostly at Brandon University while also working at the post office. He took a couple of turns in federal elections in Brandon/Souris. Dave was a very spiritual man of mind and heart and was very active in St. Augustine's Parish. A member of the Knights of Columbus, Serra, singing in choirs, was a lecturer, and with his wife did baptism preparation for nearly 25 years. Was active in C.A.S.A.R.A. and Brandon Parachuting Club (starting skydiving at 61). He competed provincially in Senior Mens Roller Speed Skating and in winter took a shot at skiing and snowshoeing. His musical talents included taking piano lessons, playing the chanter, and a bit of violin. He was predeceased by his mother and father, and mother-in-law Carmen (John) Card, He is survived by his love and soulmate Coralie, and daughters Teresa (David) Mullin, Kathryn Serle, Ivale (Jeff) Crooks. Grandchildren Celeste, Daniel, Angela, Tamara, Shay-Leigh, Kaitlyn, and Erik. Great grandchildren Jayden, Davvelynn, and Zach. His sister Phyllis (Doug) Flint, and brother-in-law Doug (June) Card and sister-in-law Roberta Card (Michael) Murdoch. Nieces Robin (David) Newton, Bonnie McKenzie, and Jennifer (Tory) Staggs. Nephew Derek (Jolene) Card and all their children. His Aunts Bernice Serle and Lois Serle and many cousins. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church on the 29th of July 2008 at 11a.m. Celebrant was Father Dominic Yuen. Cremation has taken place with interment at a later date.
SMYTHE: Wentworth Ashton Smythe passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 19, 2008 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Wenty, as he was known to family and friends, was born March 7, 1923 in the Municipality of Elton. He took over the family farm in the Moore Park District at an early age. He lived his entire life farming. On many occasions he was able to put to use his mechanical skills, welding and other talents. Patience and determination was evident in every aspect of Wenty’s life. He was happy and content in a life well lived always with a good sense of humour. The family could always rely on his great memory of the past. He will be sadly missed and leaves to mourn sisters Doreen Jenner, Joan (Bob) Kilfoyle, Betty Lacey and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Linton and Amelia Smythe; brother Sam; brothers-in-law Leslie Jenner and Bill Lacey; nephew Murray Lacey and niece Marlene Leonard. A private family service took place on Thursday, July 24, 2008 with Mona Franklin officiating. Pallbearers were Ken Jenner, Dennis Kilfoyle, Gregg Lacey, Rick Leonard, Justin Jenner and Jack Leonard. Donations in memory of Wenty may be made to a charity of choice.
SMIGELSKI: It is with sad hearts we announce the passing of John Smigelski on July 13, 2008, at the age of 80 years. John was born and raised on the family farm at Rorketon, Manitoba. He carried on that tradition and love for the land into his adult years. In 1957, he moved to Brandon and was employed by Kansteel Manufacturing as a welder until his retirement in 1992. John was a member of St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Men’s Club and Reading Association Hall. He volunteered for the Richo Bingo for over 30 years, and would always lend a helping hand at various hall functions. John enjoyed socializing with family, his coffee outings with his friends and helping his neighbours. He had a wonderful sense of humour and a spirit that remained until his passing. John is survived by his wife Mary; daughter Linda Teriaco (Michael) of Winnipeg; brothers Bill and Joe; sisters-in-law; Minnie Smigelski, Ann Hill (Roy); brothers-in-law; Peter Ward (Helen), Lorne Sliworsky (Nell); as well as numerous nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his parents, Dmetro and Mary; brother Mike; sisters-in-law; Ollie Smigelski and Lena Smigelski. Prayers will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon. Divine Liturgy will be held on Friday, July 18, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 927 Assiniboine Avenue, Brandon, with Father Michael Tkachuk officiating. Interment to follow at Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824 – 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7 or to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3.
TURNER: Anthony passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 29, 2007 at the Valleyview Care Centre (Central Park Lodge) in Brandon, MB. He was born on the family farm at Invermay, SK on August 17, 1920 to Norman and Wreatha Turner. He was the sixth child in a family of eleven. Anthony had attended Mason School when he could, but due to illness, was unable to complete his education. He helped out on the family farm until the Second World War broke out and enlisted in Winnipeg only to be discharged after a short three months; again due to illness. He then secured work in the Brandon area. After the war was over, he married his long time sweetheart, Florence Van Meer on December 29, 1949 at Elkhorn, MB. They lived in the Grand Valley area for a short period of time and then moved northwest of Forrest where they farmed for 35 years. Besides farming, Anthony had worked for Zenith Paving, Brandon Meat Packers and at the River’s Base as a painter, as well as held various other jobs. Anthony and Florence moved to Brandon in 1985 but travelled extensively throughout Canada, wintering in Southern Texas. Anthony is survived by his son Ron of Whitecourt, AB; his only daughter Wreatha (Gordon Curtis) of Esterhazy, SK; son Jacee of Brandon, MB; son Mark (Carla) of Edson, AB; grandchildren Todd Curtis of Dawson Creek, BC; Terri-Lynn & Kirk Burkholder of Esterhazy, SK; Rebecca & Tony Cianflone of Altona, MB; Heidi and Blake Turner of Edson, AB; and great-grandchildren Kayleigh and Hudsyn Burkholder of Esterhazy, SK. He is also survived by his sisters Beth Stott, Ella Sutherland and Ruth Sutherland. Sisters-in-law Eileen Turner, Kathleen Turner, Martha Davison and June Van Meer as well as many, many, nieces and nephews and cousins. Anthony was predeceased by his wife Florence, father and mother Norman and Wreatha, grandson Danny Turner, sisters Norma Wyborn, Erma Turner, Margaret Reynolds, Cora Reynolds, Wreatha Turner, and brothers Ross and Grant. Also brothers-in-law Will Wyborn, George Stott, Bill Reynolds, Fred Reynolds, Bill Sutherland and Stewart Sutherland. He was predeceased by many other brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. If the truth were known, Anthony actually died on May 8, 1995 - that was when his best friend, partner, love of his life passed away, his wife Florence. Dad you finally got your wish - Go in peace and be with Mom. The Funeral Service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Friday, October 5, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens.
TATARYN, Sophie (née Kshymensky). It is with deep sadness and sorrow that we announce the loss of our mother, Sophie Tataryn, who passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at the age of 71 years. Sophie leaves to mourn her loving sons and daughter: Dan (Brenda), Dave (Val), Rick and Kathy (Chris); grandchildren: James (Jen), Lexi, Brett and Billy; step grandson, Neil; and her brother, Peter Shymensky. Sophie is predeceased by her husband, Wasyl, her parents, Frank and Catherine Kshymensky, her brothers, Mike and Tony, and her sister, Ann Krupa. Sophie was born on September 15, 1935 in Shortdale, MB. Her family lived in Shortdale and Gilbert Plains, MB and moved to Edmore, SK. Sophie met and married Wasyl Tataryn, farming and raising their family in the nearby community of Kuroki, SK, until Wasyl’s untimely death in 1972. It was at this time, Sophie moved to Brandon, MB with her family to be closer to her siblings and parents. Sophie was most content in her home and enjoyed cooking, gardening, knitting and sewing. Her main priority in her life was always her children and family, giving of herself and never expecting anything in return. She will be forever missed by her family. Sophie’s funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon, MB with Fr. Raju Madanu officiating. Family and friends are invited to a viewing between 9:45 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. just prior to the service. Interment will take place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens immediately after the service. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824 – 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7.
TENNANT; Mary E. Mary, dearly beloved sister of Jean Pugh, passed away at the Victoria General Hospital, Winnipeg on Saturday, May 5, 2007. Mary was born at Russell, Manitoba on October 23, 1921, the eldest child of James and Ivy Tennant (Ennor). Mary grew up on a farm in the Russell-Binscarth area and went to Woodstock School. After completing her schooling, Mary worked with her parents on the farm. Mary had a love for music and played piano (she acquired her ATCM) and violin. Mary and Jean, her sister, played with others at old time dances, etc. After Mary’s Dad passed away in 1949, the family farm was sold and the family moved to Shoal Lake. They left Shoal Lake after three years and moved to Brandon where Jean’s husband moved to a farm in the Brandon Hills area. Mary adored her nephews and was always there when they needed her. She taught some music lessons and also helped look after her Mother. Her Mother passed away in 1979 and the family moved onto a farm in the Justice area. Mary did some teacher’s aide work and helped on the farm. Her health declined nearly three years ago and Mary spent time in the hospital and at the Misericordia Health Centre in Winnipeg. A memorial service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Dwight Rutherford of Binscarth United Church officiating. All in attendance will be considered Honorary Pallbearers. A reception will follow at the George Brockie Fellowship Centre – all are welcome to attend. After the reception, the family will proceed to Russell, Manitoba for the interment of Mary’s ashes on her Mother’s grave in the Russell Cemetery. If friends wish, donations, in memory of Mary, may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B-10th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4G7.
TRITES: Ellen Elizabeth, December 27, 1915. It is with deepest sadness we announce the passing of Ellen on April 26, 2007 at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon. Ellen is lovingly remembered by her son Cyril Pollitt and daughter-in-law Joyce, grandson David Pollitt and granddaughter-in-law Christine, sister Ethel Bell, sister Bobbie Kozak (John) and a number of nieces and nephews. Ellen was predeceased by her mother Ethel, father Francis, brother James, first husband George Pollitt and second husband Rev. Stewart Trites. Ellen was born on a farm near Quill Lake, SK where she was raised and met and married George Pollitt. They moved to Brandon in 1942 where Ellen worked with her mother and father as owners of South End Gardens. Ellen later attended beauty school and opened her own beauty shop. Ellen travelled extensively with George. They wintered in Mesa, Arizona for 8 years. Ellen also travelled extensively with Stewart to Vancouver Island, Florida and Atlantic Canada. She also enjoyed her cabin at Clear Lake for 33 years. The Ceremony to Celebrate Ellen’s Life will be held at the First Baptist Church, 3881 Park Avenue, on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Randy Stanton and Rev. Orton Anderson officiating. Pallbearers will be Cyril Pollitt, David Pollitt, Frank Bell, Sid Humphries, Bob Shepherd and Dave Bell. Interment will follow in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in memory of Ellen may be made to a charity of your choice.