SNIDANKO: The death of Dorothy Alice Snidanko (née Dawson) occurred in her 80th year, and after a lengthy illness, at Rideau Park Personal Care Home, on Monday, December 31, 2007. Predeceased by her husband, Peter, in 1987, Dorothy is survived by a daughter, Verna (Gary) Cookson of Foleyet, Ontario, grandsons, Morgen of Toronto and Peter of Foleyet, a sister, Gladys Canty, two nephews and one niece in England and two nephews in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Rideau Park Personal Care Home, 525 Victoria Avenue East, on Monday, January 7, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Orton Anderson officiating. Interment will be in the Brandon Cemetery Veterans’ Section. The family wish to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff of Rideau Park Personal Care Home for their care of Dorothy over the years. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in Dorothy’s memory may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 23 – 12th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4L6.
SMITH: Dorothy Ellen Smith (Archibald) of The Bentley Retirement Community at Yorkton, Saskatchewan passed away quietly on the evening of December 12th, 2007. Dorothy was born July 16th, 1921 to Harold and Dorothy Archibald in Brandon Manitoba. Dorothy was one of ten children, the second youngest of the surviving children. Dorothy lost her Mother quite young and spent three or four years while attending school, with her cousins, the Curtis’s at Kenton, Manitoba. After high school, Dorothy attended Normal school in Brandon, graduating with a teaching certificate in 1940. She taught in the Brandon area at Riverview School and Goreie School, in the Souris area at Bunclody School and Brezelawn School, in the Oak Lake area Harvey School and Ryerson School, in the Harding area at Education Point School and lastly at the Kenton School. She retired from teaching in 1969, and Dorothy and her husband Jim retired from the farm and moved to the Town of Oak Lake in 1986. Dorothy moved to Yorkton in 2005 where she resided until her death. Dorothy is survived by her son Craig, daughter-in-law Linda, grandsons Barrett, Gregory and Ryan and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Dorothy was predeceased by her parents Harold and Dorothy Archibald and is the last sibling in that family being predeceased by six brothers: Edward (Ted), Curtis, Harold, George and the twins, John and Frank and by three sisters: Annie Cormack, Elsie Roberts and Alice Hunter. Dorothy also lost her husband Jim Smith in 1995. The funeral service was held December 17th, 2007 at the Oak Lake United Church, presided over by Reverend Harvey Hurren with the organ music provided by Audrey Harrison. Dorothy’s eulogy was given by her nephew Bruce Cormack and the Urn Bearer was her nephew Gordon Cormack. Dorothy’s ashes were laid to rest in Johnston Cemetery. To her family Dorothy was often referred to as stubborn. This is more aptly spirited and feisty. This spirit allowed Dorothy to overcome many challenges and be around to see her grandsons grow up. Her job here is done so she can join her Jimmy, so long Mom until we meet again. If friends wish, donations, in memory of Dorothy, may be made to The Health Foundation, 41 Betts Avenue, Yorkton, SK S3N 1M1 or to the Hamiota Health Centre, 177 Birch Avenue, Hamiota, MB R0M 0T0.
SKOGLUND: Phyllis Muriel Doreen Skoglund passed away peacefully on October 23, 2007 at the Brandon Assiniboine Centre with her sister, Fran, at her side. She was predeceased by her parents, Alfred and Edith Skoglund, brother Gordon Skoglund, brother-in-law John Wolski and nephew Craig Skoglund. Left to cherish her memories are her sister Fran, sister-in-law Selma, nieces Susan (Gerald) and Lynnette (Cory) and nephews Elliot and Darryl. Also great nephews and nieces, Christopher, Britany, Jarett, Jessica and Joshua, as well as many other relatives and friends. Phyllis was born in the Rural Municipality of Clanwilliam, the second child of Alfred and Edith Skoglund. Her early years were spent on the farm and attending Lund School. She completed her high school education in Erickson, Manitoba. She then took her teachers training in Winnipeg. Upon completion, she taught education in several schools in Manitoba, with Cypress River being the last school prior to retiring. Following her retirement from teaching, Phyllis was Superintendent of the Tiger Hills School Division for one year. Since that time, Phyllis has become actively involved in several different organizations in Brandon. Phyllis enjoyed curling, crafts, reading and especially spending quality time with family and friends. A Memorial Service was held at Trinity United Church on Friday, October 26, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating. Interment was at the Hilltop Baptist Church Cemetery. Donations in memory of Phyllis may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave., Room ON1160, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9 or to Trinity United Church, 1515-6th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 6B3 or to a charity of your choice.
STACY: The family of Jack Steven Stacy sadly said farewell to him on Saturday, May 30, 2009 after an incredible 17 year battle with inoperable cancer. Despite his increasing disability and frailty he never complained and was always ready to help anyone to the best of his ability and with a cheerful smile. "Can’t" was a word unknown to him.
Jack will be greatly missed by his wife Pam, children: Bonnie Stacy-West (John), Rod (Corinne) Stacy, Trudy (Mark) Martin, stepchildren: Susan (Rick) Palmer, Jacqui (Don) Hurton, Philip (Michelle) O’Brien-Moran, Debi O’Brien-Moran (Murry Small), Michael O’Brien-Moran, Alison O’Brien-Moran (Carl Hildebrand), Richard (Shaunna) O’Brien-Moran, Louise O’Brien-Moran, 25 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, sisters Bev (Frank) Dingwall, and Joan (Ed) Sylte, sister-in-law Ann Stacy and numerous nieces and nephews. Jack was devoted to all his family, and they adored him in return.
He was pre-deceased by his parents, his first wife Clarice (1975), two sons: Robbie ( 1952) and Grant (1965) and his brother: Dick (2001)
Jack was born on March 8th, 1925 in Vancouver, the first born of his parents Percy and Irene Stacy. He grew up in logging camps on Vancouver Island and, as soon as he was old enough, he enlisted in the R.C.A.F., training as a mid upper gunner in Halifax bombers. His training was done as part of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan, largely at MacDonald in Manitoba, before being posted to Leeds, England. It was from there that he flew over Germany, mainly on night raids, in a Halifax bomber – lovingly referred to as the "Halibag."
While at Macdonald he met his future wife, Clarice Evans, and they were married in Winnipeg, in 1945 immediately after W.W.II. After a short period on Vancouver Island, they made their home in Winnipeg, where Jack started his career with the Manitoba Telephone System and Robbie, Bonnie and Rodney were born. In 1959 Jack moved his family to Kemnay when he became Supervising Engineer for the Western Region of M.T.S., working out of Brandon. It was here that Trudy and Grant were born.
Always very community orientated, Jack was active in many organizations. He was a Founder Member and Past President of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, Past President of the Rotary Club of Brandon, and was very proud of his Paul Harris Fellowship in Rotary. He was a 45 year member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Past Master of the Masonic Lodge, Life Member of Telephone Pioneers, Board member of W.A.T.C.H., Board member of the Cancer Society helping to establish the Lennox Bell Lodge in Winnipeg. Served in different capacities in Central United Church and Redeemer Lutheran Church. He had also been a School Trustee and on the Council of Kemnay School and Church.
In 1982, Jack retired from M.T.S. after 35 years service and, at the same time, he met and married Pam O’Brien-Moran. In 1987, they moved to a small acreage just outside Riding Mountain National Park where they built their dream home themselves with the help of family members. With their horses, dogs, chickens, fish and gardens this was a dream retreat for family (especially the grandchildren) and friends, and Jack was in his element "living in the bush".
While there, Jack became the Reeve of the Local District of Park. He was also an active member of Erickson Royal Canadian Legion, serving as President and where he received the Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Service. He was an active member of the Erickson Lutheran Church, and was always to be found at any community function, especially if help was needed. It was here that he learned to square dance and was always the life of any gathering. He loved ballroom dancing and was usually the first one on and the last one off the dance floor. Jack also loved the outdoors, especially in the winter, and could be found waxing his skis as the first snowflake fell each fall.
Jack was rightly proud of his certificate from the Red Cross Society, commending him for his 100 donations of blood. He achieved this just before his illness forced him to stop donating. With his health failing, Jack and Pam sadly decided to move to Brandon in 1999. Even then Jack continued to volunteer, to the best of his ability, whenever help was needed by any of the organizations he held so dear, and he was always available to family and friends in need. He also faithfully "pumped iron" so that his upper body would remain strong and he would be able to help his caregivers, to whom he was always so appreciative.
Jack’s trust in God was unfailing, even when events in his life were difficult. He had a deep faith that became more apparent to others as he neared the end of his life, and he found great comfort in prayer and in receiving the Sacraments.
Jack died very peacefully at home surrounded by the love of family, with his ever-faithful little dog, Muffy, at his side.
The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Dominic Yuen as Celebrant. Cremation will follow and a private interment of Jack’s ashes will be held at a later date. If friends so desire, donations may be made to any of Jack's organizations mentioned above.
SCHOFIELD: Sergeant Shane Anthony Schofield of Wawanesa, beloved husband of Rene, passed away suddenly on April 29, 2009 at the age of 28 years. Shane was born on June 19, 1980 at Sackville, Nova Scotia. He attended high school at Milwood High School where he was well known for his great sense of humor and big heart. Shane loved playing on the school hockey team and his dressing room name was "Juke Box" reflecting his passion for music. After high school, Shane joined the Military and served with the Second Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, based in C.F.B. Shilo, Manitoba. He gallantly served four tours of duty, one in Bosnia and three in Afghanistan. Shane was a devoted husband and father and he loved spending time at home with his family. He also enjoyed playing recreational hockey with the Wawanesa Jets in his spare time. Shane is survived by his wife Rene, sons Teegan and Layne, parents Charlton and Cathy Schofield, brother Brett Schofield, Rene’s parents Darrell and Denise Boughton and brother-in-law, Ryan (Lisa) and their son, Caleb. The Funeral Service will be held at the Sturgeon Creek United Church, 207 Thompson Drive, Winnipeg, MB on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Beth Rutherford officiating. It has been requested that all attendees arrive by 1:30 p.m. for Military Rites. Interment will take place at Oakridge Memory Gardens in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. Donations in memory of Shane may be made to "Rene Schofield in Trust of Teegan and Layne Education Fund," c/o RBC Royal Bank, Box 146, Wawanesa, MB, R0K 2G0.
SHOEMAKER: (nee BIRCHALL) It is with sadness that the family announces that Mrs. Effie Shoemaker of Brandon, formally Elkhorn, MB passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2009 at the Extendicare Tuxedo Villa, Winnipeg with family at her side. Effie was born to parents Lewis and Elizabeth Birchall, September 17, 1927. She was predeceased by her parents; husband Fred; son Mark; brother Lewis and sister Mary. Effie is survived by sons Jim (Donna) of Steinbach, MB, Darryl (Rhonda) of Irvine, AB, Kevin (Cindy) of Winnipeg, MB; daughters Valerie (Victor) of Courtney, BC, Monica (Ken), of Brandon, MB, Brenda (Bob) of Somerset, MB; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters Annie (Grant) of Elkhorn, MB and Betty of Surrey, England; brother Doug of Oliver, BC; sisters-in-law, Bernice, Vera, Flora Shoemaker and Joyce Young; numerous nieces and nephews. Effie Shoemaker was a longtime member of the Royal Purple Lodge of Canada, both in Elkhorn and Brandon. She worked in the secretary's office for the Lodge for several years before retirement. Mom / Effie was a devoted wife, a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, May 6 at 1:00 p.m. at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home, 332 - 8th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 3X4. Phone: (204) 727-0694. CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 586-8044
BARANIUK, Merine (née Jenks): Merine Ann Baraniuk passed away peacefully on January 27, 2007 at the age of 68, at Rideau Park Personal Care Home, Brandon, MB. Merine, the youngest daughter of Robert and Louise Jenks, was born on February 5, 1938 in Ste. Rose du Lac. Her parents moved the family to Cayer, MB where she attended convent school. Her family moved to Brandon in 1947 where she attended David Livingston School, King George School and Alexandra School. On July 5, 1958, Merine was united in marriage to Peter Baraniuk. In 1964, Merine and Peter built a home for their family in Brandon, where they resided for 41 years. Merine was employed at the Twin Pines Motel, Brandon General Hospital and the Agricultural Extension Centre. Because Merine wanted to stay at home to dedicate all of her time to raising her four daughters, she decided to provide a babysitting service in her home which she did for a number of years. Merine enjoyed many things such as knitting, gardening, crossword puzzles and playing cards. She was also an avid bird watcher; hummingbirds being her favorite. She canvassed for the Heart & Stroke Foundation and was a faithful watcher of her favorite soap opera. There were many things Merine enjoyed but her passion in life was her family. She was honest, compassionate, genuine and loved people unconditionally. She gave of herself unselfishly and she was the only person you could count on to keep a secret. She encouraged her family and was a role model for her daughters. Many of her children’s friends called her "Mom" which is a real testimony as to the kind of person she was. Left to cherish the memory of Merine are her loving husband Peter and four daughters: Karen Baraniuk (Duncan), Sharron Smith (Rod) Stettler, AB, Sherryl Mashinter (Jacques Lessard), Austin, MB and Kathy Stanley (Dan), Boggy Creek, MB. Merine has six grandchildren: Greg, Matthew, Lindsay, Ali, Wesley and Travis and one great grandson Ty, who is the apple of her eye! Merine has five step grandchildren: Paul, Wanda, Brigitte, Jennelle and Jenique. Merine has one brother Ivor Jenks (Eleanor Reeve), Brandon, MB and one sister, Annette Thompson (Floyd), Lethbridge, AB. She is survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Merine was predeceased by her father Robert in 1977, her mother Louise in 2004 and two special sisters-in-law, Doreen in 1997 and Helen in 2001. There are numerous people that Merine's family would like to thank. A most sincere thank you to the caring and compassionate staff at Rideau Park Personal Care Home for providing unconditional care that enabled Mom to have grace and dignity, even on the bad days. Thank you to Dr. Scott Blythe, Dr. Norman and staff at the Brandon Regional Health Centre and the Assiniboine Centre. No words could ever express our gratitude to Alf Price, our family’s guardian angel. Your genuine care and concern over the years is appreciated and will never be forgotten. Thank you to Larry Roulette for all the support you provided to our family. A very special thank you to neighbors, Ken and Julie, who, over the years, shared a friendship so dear that you became a part of our family. Thank you for everything you did to enrich Mom’s life. Thank you to Janice Robinson for forming and embracing a friendship with our Mom. You were a ray of sunshine and brought her joy on your daily visits. We are grateful that you had the privilege of getting to know our Mom. Special thanks to Mom’s niece, Judy, for her companionship and endless visits along the way. Mom valued and enjoyed the time you spent with her. At Merine’s request, no funeral service will be held. A private memorial ceremony will be held by her family to celebrate her life. Cremation service will be provided by Brockie Donovan. In memory of Merine, and in lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Rideau Park Personal Care Home Donation Fund, 525 Victoria Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 6S9.
LYDER: Mr. Aldwyn "Al" Lyder passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on May 14, 2008 at the age of 73 years. Al was born in the sunny island of Trinidad & Tobago. He was the only child of Henry and Matilda Lyder. He proved to be a good all around student, excelling in academics and sports. Al completed his elementary and secondary education in the Caribbean. In 1955, he came to North Battleford, Saskatchewan on a scholarship studying to become a psychiatric nurse and then a social worker. Al worked as a social worker at the Brandon Mental Hospital from 1965 to 1990. He was an exemplary employee. Al was an avid gardener, yard sale devotee, clock collector and animal lover. He was committed to the welfare and success of others. He was a caring father, devoted son and lifelong supporter and source of encouragement to many, many others. Al is survived by two children, one son Wally Lyder and three grandchildren; one daughter Carla Lyder. He was predeceased by his mother, Matilda Lyder in December 2006. The Funeral Service was held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on May 22, 2008 with Pastor Rick Harwood officiating. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Al may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824 – 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7.
We miss you Dad and wish you sweet rest
until we meet again.
LAWSON: Violet Isabel Lawson of Brandon, passed away peacefully at her residence at Fairview Personal Care Home, on Sunday, May 4, 2008 at the age of 78 years. Vi, as she was known to all her friends and family, was born in Brandon on April 15, 1930, to David and Susan Lawson. She was the seventh of eleven children in the family. Vi attended school at McLaren and Earl Haig Schools. Her first job was at the Prince Edward Hotel in Brandon. At the age of 17, she started her life long career in retail and went to work for F. W. Woolworth’s in Brandon. She spent a number of years at the Brandon store on Rosser Avenue and was then offered the opportunity to become a store manager. Although it was a big step for Vi, she agreed and began her management career at a Woolworth’s store in St. Boniface. Vi excelled in the management ranks and was soon offered to manage the Woolworth’s store in Portage la Prairie. During this period of time, the F. W. Woolworth Company became known as Woolco. Vi was then offered the job of Assistant Store Manager at the brand new Woolco store in St. Vital in south Winnipeg. From St. Vital, Vi was offered a similar position at the Garden City Woolco store in Winnipeg. It was while Vi was working at the Garden City store that she suffered a stroke in 1994. After a brief hospital stay in Winnipeg, Vi moved back to Brandon where she would be closer to family and friends. Shortly after moving back to Brandon, Vi moved in to Lawson Lodge where she made a great many more friends and enjoyed the various activities that were going on at Lawson Lodge. In early 2005, Vi moved in to Fairview Personal Care Home where she was known for her cheerful attitude towards life and her sharp wit that residents and staff became to know. She loved strolling the various hallways of the facility in her motorized wheelchair, keeping tabs on things. She thoroughly enjoyed all the staff at Fairview where she received excellent care and everyone enjoyed having Vi around. Vi enjoyed traveling when she got the opportunity and some of her more memorable trips included visits to England, Hawaii and to Las Vegas. Vi was predeceased by her parents David and Susan, her brothers Adam & Gordon and Gord`s wife Lorraine, sisters Janet and her husband Ed McCarthy, May and her husband Bill Watson, Irene Robbins, sister-in-law Jessie Lawson, brothers-in-law Roy McKenzie and Bob Rowley and nephew Calvin Lawson. Vi is survived by brothers Ken, Glen and his wife Eileen, sisters Nora McKenzie and Beth Rowley, Beatrice Macintosh and her husband Murdoch, sister-in-law Frances Lawson and brother-in-law Bill Robbins. Vi will also be remembered by her nephews, nieces and their families. Vi enjoyed life to the fullest. She especially liked summer days and nights on the deck with a Caesar and a barbecued steak and enjoyed going to the Keg for a lobster dinner and a baked potato. She had a heart of gold when it came to nieces and nephews. Vi's family would like to thank Dr. Egan and the 2nd floor staff at Fairview Personal Care Home, especially Lori, Brenda, Sue and Mary. You special ladies cared about Vi and it showed - you made her life worth living. A graveside service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery Columbarium on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Friends who wish to share in the celebration of Vi's life should meet at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home, 332-8th Street, at 1:30 p.m. A time of fellowship will be held at the Brockie Donovan Funeral Home following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Violet may be made to a charity of choice.
LEADBEATER: Mrs. Catherine "Kay" Leadbeater passed away at the Assiniboine Centre on Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at the age of 83 years. Catherine was born in Holland and immigrated to Canada with her family at an early age. They settled in Birtle, Manitoba. At the age of 16, she moved to Brandon where she received training to become a domestic. She worked for several families in the Brandon and Winnipeg area. At the end of WWII, she married Gordon Leadbeater. They remained in Brandon to raise a family of three children. She was employed for 12 years at the Brandon General Hospital, commencing in 1957. Catherine was a volunteer at the East End Community Centre, Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #247 and the Centennial Club. She was a founding member of the Riverview Curling Club and was active in the Women’s Auxiliary. She was awarded a lifetime membership with the club. Catherine also volunteered for many provincial and national curling events hosted by Brandon. She loved the game. Catherine’s main focus in life was her family. She made sure we had lots of family gatherings, where good times and home cooking created lasting memories. Catherine was predeceased by her husband Gordon, father Sipke Siesling, mother Sjoukje Siesling, brother Isaac Siesling and sister Pauline Browning. She is survived by son Dan, daughters Lynda (Young) and Cathy (Affleck), seven grandchildren, brother Frank Siesling and sister Enid Jubb (both of Vancouver). The Memorial Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, May 12, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. with Major Winnie Perrin of Dinsdale Personal Care Home officiating. A private family interment will follow in the Veterans’ Section at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Kay may be made to The Salvation Army, 9 Princess Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 1R8.