LOWE: Beatrice Dorothy Rubina Lowe of Bradwardine, Manitoba passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2005 at the Hamiota Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. She was predeceased by her husband, Alvin. Bea will be forever missed by her son, Wayne (Barbara) and daughter, Maxine (Barry), as well as four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, one brother, Norman Draper and one sister, Bernice (Gerrard), also a special friend Rudy. Bea had a passion for horses. She showed ponies for over 50 years, and, in March, 2005, she was inducted into the Canadian Hackney Hall of Fame. Bea was also one of only two Canadians ever profiled in a US magazine "HACKNEY WORLD". Everyone in the horse fraternity, in Canada and the United States will sadly miss Bea. Funeral service was held at Central United Church, Brandon, Manitoba, on Tuesday, May 3, 2005 with Rev. Joan Jarvis officiating. Bea’s son, Wayne Lowe, gave the eulogy. Interment took place in the Tarbolton Cemetery. Donations, in memory of Beatrice, may be made to Hamiota Health Centre Foundation, Box 671, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0. A special thank you to all the nurses, doctors and staff at Hamiota Hospital for the wonderful care of our mother and grandmother.
LEVINS: Anna Elizabeth Levins (nee Rowe) passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Sunday, June 5, 2005. Anna was born April 30, 1926 in Wellwood, MB, the eldest daughter of Lucy and Fred Rowe. After receiving her schooling in Neepawa, Anna worked at the Bank of Montreal in Neepawa. In 1946, she married Jack Levins of Lyleton, SK, and later settled in Virden where they raised four children. Ann began working at the Westman Nursing Home in 1971, where she made many wonderful friends and worked until her retirement in 1991. In July of that year, she, Jack, Wayne and Greg moved to Brandon. Anna was predeceased by her husband Jack in 1999 and oldest son Wayne in 2003. She leaves to mourn her passing daughter Glenda and family of Vancouver, son Scott and family of Winnipeg, son Greg of Brandon, as well as sister Mardy Lough and family of Brandon. A Graveside Service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens on Thursday, June 9, 2005 at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. John Nesbitt of Trinity United Church officiating. If friends so desire, a donation may be made in Anna’s name to a charity of choice.
LAMONT: On June 19, 2005 at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon, Manitoba, Gwendoline Marion Lamont passed away peacefully with a family member at her side. Gwen was born August 17, 1914 in the R.M. of Whitewater to Daniel and Mabel Lamont. She graduated with her nursing degree from the Brandon General Hospital, pursuing her career of nursing with a major part spent working for the Doctors of the Brandon Clinic. In retirement, Gwen curled, golfed, played bridge, quilted, sewed, belonged to Seniors for Seniors, and travelled the world. Most of all she lived and enjoyed life with family, friends, neighbors and the community. To love and cherish those memories, Gwen leaves behind her sister-in-law, Donnie; nephews Tom (Betty) of Canora, SK, Jim (Susan) of Killarney, MB; great-nephews Rob, Jason and Paul; great-niece Sherri; great-great niece Madison and great-great nephews Zakary, Carter and Blake; very special cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Daniel and Mabel; her sisters Helen and Isobel; brothers Hugh, Doug and Murray. A family graveside service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery on Thursday, June 23, 2005 followed by a memorial service at Central United Church at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood officiating. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations in memory of Gwen may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3 or to a charity of choice.
"There will always be a bright star in the sky"
LONEY: Evaline "Eva" (nee Senkbeil), 1914 – 2005. Eva passed away at The Red Deer Regional Hospital, January 15, 2005 at the age of 90 years. She will be dearly missed by her daughter, Audrey Clark (Herb) of Lacombe; her son Harvey Loney (Shirley) of Calgary; her brother Les Senkbeil of Brandon; and sister Muriel Baker (Doug) of Kelowna. Eva is also lovingly remembered by her grandchildren: Kevin (Kathy), Dean, and Paul of Lacombe, Michelle (Jason) of Brandon, Derek, Lori (Graham) and Leanne (Cory) of Calgary, as well as 10 great-grandchildren. Eva was predeceased by her parents, Fred and Leonora, and brothers, Howard and Jim. She enjoyed gardening and taking care of the home she and her late husband, Lester, shared for 54 years in Brandon. Eva was an avid curler and a member of Women in Harmony for the past 40 years. A Memorial Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, July 5, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will take place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 437-9th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4A9.
LANE: Florence " Leone" Lane (nee Berry), beloved wife of the Late Bill Lane, passed away suddenly at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, September 12, 2005 at the age of 76 years. Born in Cromer, MB on January 4, 1929, Leone was the 4th child of Lawrence and Fanny (nee English). Leone is survived by her children: Barb Andrew (Garry), Gord, Dan (Adele), Peggy Maunula (Brian), Tim, and Andrew (Carmen); twelve grandchildren: Barry (Pam), David (Deanna) and Bill (Jaime) Andrew, Erin and Alicia Lane, Becky, Bryce and Brent Lane, Amanda, Jeff and Scott Maunula, and Liam Lane; great-grandchildren Brady (P: Bill & Jaime) and Dalton (P: David & Deanna); brothers Barrington and Robert (Janet); sisters Joyce Fitzpatrick, Ruby (Kris) Kaasgaard, and Louise Croft; sister-in-law Evelyn Patterson as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Leone was predeceased by her husband Bill Lane, her parents, her brother Albert, sister-in-laws Roberta Berry and Eileen Berry, brother-in-law Al Croft and grand-daughter Tammy Fawn Andrew. Leone grew up in the town of Cromer, MB in a close-knit family that farmed and operated the local store. Always active, Leone was an accomplished photographer as a youth; she enjoying being outdoors and reading about travel. Always interested in people, she developed deep friendships while attending school in Cromer, Woodnorth, Virden and Brandon Business College. In 1948, Leone married Bill and together they created a welcoming home and family. Leone will be remembered by her family as a devoted sister and Mother. Mom participated in family fishing and duck hunting outings and with Bill took the family on camping excursions from coast to coast in Canada. Coordinating the activities and adventures of six children, Mom was our nurse, seamstress, supporter, role-model and referee. Mom was very proud of her children and grandchildren and always interested in our activities be it education, sports, family or careers. Mom enjoyed life; flowers, a good book, a chance to chat, an ice cream, and especially a family get together. Leone was a member of Central United Church and also enjoyed attending services at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Over the years, Mom belonged to the UCW as well as the Naomi Rebekah Lodge where she was a Past Noble Grand of Lodge #6 and Past District Deputy President. For a time in the 1960’s, she served as Tawny Owl to the Brownies that held their meetings at St. Mary’s Anglican Church. Leone was a passionate sportsperson enjoying walking, cycling, curling and lawn bowls. As a lawn bowler, Leone served on the executive of the Wheat City Lawn Bowling Club, trained as a coach and official, and competed locally, provincially and nationally. Leone’s early interest in travel was fulfilled with trips in Canada and the USA as well as a major excursion to Australia. The family wish to thank all of the wonderful caregivers on the 3rd floor of Fairview Home for their compassionate, respectful care of Mom during her residence there. Donations to Leone’s memory may be made to Manitoba Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7, Manitoba Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 437-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4A9, or a charity of your choice.
LAWRENCE: Mary Cecelia Lawrence (Pryzner) died peacefully on Saturday October 29, 2005 at the Assiniboine Centre after a battle with cancer. Her beloved husband of 62 years Spencer, was at her side. Mary was born in 1923 in Shoal Lake where she received her education. At age 14, she moved to Brandon to find work and during her early life, had numerous jobs. She was particularly fond of the time spent working with patients at the former Brandon Mental Health Centre from 1943-46. When she was 16, she met Spencer. They went together until age 20 when they wed in Brandon's First Church United on December 11, 1943. Mary had a great passion for fishing, golf and playing cards. She and Spencer spent many days on the boat at different lakes throughout the province. Mary was a spectacular cook and homemaker. In 1952, twins Douglas and Darlene made the Lawrence family complete. In 1969, the family moved to Port Hawkesbury where Spencer was transferred with Gulf Oil. There, Mary was active in the United Church auxiliary. She was head of the knitting table for bazaars and loved to knit creations for her young grandchildren and to raise money for church functions. In 1981, the family returned to Brandon where Mary and Spencer bought a home on Broda Bay. That's where they lived until 2003 when they moved into Riverheights Terrace, where Mary and Spencer quickly made dear friends. Mary overcame numerous health problems including bouts with cancer and Giullain Barre syndrome. She recently fought a recurrence of cancer but lost the brave battle. She is survived by her husband Spencer, son Douglas (Mary Jane), daughter Darlene (Darren), grandchildren Nicole (Andy), Jason, Denise (Gary), Tara Lee (Art), step-grandchildren Melissa and Bryce (Tiffaney) and great-grandchildren Dana, Corey, Carley, Gregory and Adam. She also leaves to mourn a niece Marlene (Wayne) and nephew Don (Moira). Mary was predeceased by her parents, Karl and Lena Pryzner, brother Stan, sister Agnes, nephew Earl and her infant son Dennis. A Service of Remembrance was held on Friday November 4, 2005 at the Brockie Donovan Chapel. Everyone in attendance was an Honorary pallbearer. In lieu of flowers, those wishing, may make a donation in Mary’s memory, to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation "Cancer Services" 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
LUNDRIGAN, Lorraine (Lori) (May 12, 1938 – December 20, 2005). It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lori Lundrigan, at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at the age of 67. Lori passed suddenly but peacefully, surrounded by her family. She is survived by her children: David Lundrigan (Cheryl), Kevin Lundrigan (Lorna) and Karen Goodfellow (Lonnie), as well as her grandchildren: Loni-Marie (Matt), Brendan, Melody and Mandi, two great grandchildren: Dade and Emmalie and her two beloved companions, Brandy and Bear. She was predeceased by her son, Tim, in 1997 and her husband, Gus in 1998. Lori was an amazing woman who loved nothing more than to spend time surrounded by her family. She will be greatly missed. Funeral service will take place at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, December 23, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations, in memory of Lori, may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B-10th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4G7 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7.
LEPP, Henry, aged 78, of Brandon, formerly of Rivers, passed away at the Assiniboine Centre, June 15, 2006. He was born May 1, 1928, in the Rural Municipality of Blanshard, the youngest son of seven children to Heinrich P. and Agatha Lepp.
Growing up on the farm he was an avid outdoorsman, he had a trap line with his brother Jack, snaring all types of wildlife. He spent many hours playing hockey on the outdoor rinks and drove his first tractor at age 11.
Henry received his education in Rivers and at the Mennonite Collegiate Institute. While in grade school he was enlisted in the cadets. He continued on to attend the University of Manitoba, earning a Diploma in Agriculture.
He met his future wife, Erica Penner, on a blind date. They were married 3 1/2 years later on July 8, 1951. Together they farmed in the Rivers area where they raised their family. He had a keen interest in flying and in 1964 received his pilot’s license.
In 1963 Henry joined the Wheatland Baptist Church and continued leading Sunday School until the Air Base closed in 1971.
He and his family served as volunteers at mission schools in Belize and Ecuador on numerous occasions.
After retiring to Brandon in 1993, Henry continued his involvement in church activities. He served several years on the Farm Debt Review Board and was a volunteer for the Canadian Red Cross for 15 years.
Henry had a calm assurance of his faith throughout his life. During the last months, he often quoted Woodrow Kroll "we now live the faith we’ve always spoken of".
He is predeceased by his parents, two infant brothers, his sister, Tina Krueger, brother-in-law, David Krueger, sister-in-law, Mary Lepp, and daughter-in-law Julie Lepp.
Henry is survived by his wife, Erica, six children; Leonard (Sharol) Lepp, Rivers, Norman (Joan) Lepp, Brandon, Charlotte (Allan) McCrae, Brandon, Arthur Lepp, Carman, (Mona Marcotte and her children Jordan and Jasmine, Winnipeg), Carolyn (Bevan) Klassen, Winnipeg, Donald (Susan) Lepp, Lockport. Eleven grandchildren; Julie (Kent) McNeill, Winnipeg, Jolene (Scott) Kober, Calgary, Kyle (Susan) McCrae, Winnipeg, Jayme Lepp (Jon Graham), Winnipeg, Kristie (Perry) Hutton, Lethbridge, Roger (Samantha) Lepp, Brandon, Kelly McCrae (Heather Gallagher), Winnipeg, Glendon, Steven and Jilaine Klassen, Winnipeg, Nicole Lepp, Lockport. Three great-grandchildren; Mitchell and Kahlan McNeill, Paige Hutton. He is also survived by three brothers; Peter (Helen) Lepp, Paraguay, George Lepp, Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Jack (Hedy) Lepp, Vineland, Ontario and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held at Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, Wednesday, June 21, 2006 with Rev. Steve Janz officiating. Pallbearers were grandsons, Kyle McCrae, Kelly McCrae, Roger Lepp, Glendon Klassen, Steven Klassen, and nephew Ted Krahn. Interment followed at the Rivers Mennonite Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations, in memory of Henry, may be made to Back to the Bible Canada, Box 10, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2G2 or charity of your choice.
"I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die."
John 11: 25, 26
LITSTER: It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Charles (Chuck) Roy Litster, beloved son of Frances and the Late Roy Charles Litster. He was born in Brandon on January 2, 1952 and he received his education in Brandon and worked at various places under C.M.H. – Ventures, Restore, etc. He is survived by his mother Frances of Brandon, sister Linda (Ed) Homeniek of Edmonton, niece Beverly, nephews Mathew and Edward Jr., many cousins including Reg and Laurie Olenick – special, caring cousins, and several aunts and uncles. Funeral service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. A private graveside service will take place at the Brandon Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in memory of Chuck may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7.
LOW: Eileen Beatrice (McKinnon) Millen, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on April 15, 2006 at the age of 83 years. She was born in Wawanesa and educated at Northfield School. She married Joseph McKinnon in 1941. They farmed in the Hilton District moving to Wawanesa in 1947 and later to Brandon in 1953. Eileen enjoyed her work as a clerk at Eaton’s Dept. Store and at the Co-op bakeshop. Eileen married Ivan Peter Low in 1976 and they moved to Kemnay. Mom was an avid fisherman, receiving many angler awards for her catch. She took pride in growing large gardens, and found time to crochet many afghans. Bowling was her favorite hobby and she belonged to both 5 and 10 pin leagues. They retired to Brandon in 1987. Eileen will be lovingly remembered by one son Clarence (Belva) McKinnon, Jon (Cindy), Jodi (Mike) Rogoski, Jade and Lane. Daughters Esther (Jim) Nicol, Corey (Geoff) Van Mackelbergh, Sarah and Erica, Grant (Susan) Halen and Holly, Ryan (Kristy) Dylan and Angus; Lorraine Swain, David, Jennifer, step-daughter Heather. Also surviving are two very dear sisters, Eva Anderson in Calgary and Ella Schindler in Kenora, ON and several nieces and nephews; 2 step-sons, Gordon Low (Rhonda), Courtney and Brayden; Bruce (Teresa); one step-daughter Kim (Wayne) Rudneski, Danniel, Alicia and Kendra. Mother thoroughly enjoyed her last 3 years at Sokol Supportive Housing where she took part in their many activities, while being able to maintain her independence. Predeceased by brother Howard Vincent, killed in action in 1943; husband Joseph William McKinnon, 1971; husband Ivan Low, 1993; and son-in-law Bill Swain in 1993. At Mom’s request, a private family graveside service was held on Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations can be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 8-940 Princess Ave., Brandon, MB, R7A 0P6.