LILLEY: It is with great sorrow that we the family of Garry Matthew Lilley announce his sudden passing on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 65 years. Cremation will take place. There will be no service at this time. Complete obituary information to follow.
LISCHYNSKI: Joseph (Joe) Lischynski passed away on February 1, 2008 at his home at Central Park Lodge (Valleyview Care Centre), Brandon. He was born in Pine River, MB on June 15, 1924 to Victor and Amelia Lischynski. Joe lived and worked in Winnipeg, MB until a few years ago when he moved to Brandon and made his home at Central Park Lodge. Joe was predeceased by his parents Victor and Amelia; sisters: Joanne Poloway, Lily Olynick, Betty Sadowsky and brothers: John, Mike and Walter. He is survived by sister Celia Rudy (Brandon) and brother Tony (Flora) Leschynski (Calgary) and many nieces and nephews. A special thanks to all those who looked after Joe at Central Park Lodge. The Funeral Service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Wednesday February 6, 2008 with Fr. Dominic Yuen of St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church officiating. Honorary Pallbearers were Don and Tim Nahachewsky, Paul and Aaron Rudy and Kevin and Dean Barber. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery.
LAWSON: Dawn Robin Lawson, beloved wife of Claude Jones, died peacefully after an 18 year battle with Hepatitis C, at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on January 24, 2008. Dawn was born on March 8, 1946 in Winnipeg, MB. She grew up in Charleswood and lived in Winnipeg, Germany, Dauphin and Brandon. She attended Charleswood Collegiate and Keewatin Community College where she graduated as a Dental Assistant. During her lifetime, Dawn worked as a homemaker as well as for the Province of Manitoba – Children’s Dental Program and for the Brandon Mental Health Centre as a Dental Assistant. She took great pleasure in gardening and garage sales. Dawn is survived by her husband Claude Jones, children John Lawson and Robyn Lawson (Rob), mother Joy Gallaway, brothers Bill Gallaway (Vivian) and Graham Gallaway, sister Sharon Bulloch (Bev), nephews Randy Bulloch, Marshall Gallaway and Clayton Gallaway, and great niece Emma Bulloch. She also leaves to mourn her best friends, Betsy Playter (Ross) and Jean Cook (Hank Leslie) of Brandon and her Uncle Nick Chrest and his family. Dawn was predeceased by her father, Clarence Gallaway. A graveside service will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Dawn may be made to the BRHC Foundation, "Palliative Care," 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3.
MOFFAT: Verna Hazel Moffat, beloved wife of the late John (Jack) Robson Moffat and dear mother of Grant Moffat of Forrest and Janie Hale of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, passed away at her home at Central Park Lodge on October 24, 2006.
Verna was born on October 10, 1923, the youngest child of Grant Charles and Bertha Wheeler. Her arrival on their farm in the Brandon Hills area completed their family which already consisted of 2 boys, Clare and Lloyd. She attended school at East Brandon, traveling to school on horseback or with a horse and cutter in the company of her cousins. In 1945, the family sold their farm and moved to Chilliwack, BC, however Mom returned to Manitoba after a short stay. Upon her return, she did sewing for the Red Cross and shared an apartment with a friend.
In the spring of 1947, she attended a dance at the Orange Hall in Brandon and caught the eye of a young local bachelor, Jack Moffat. They were married on February 12, 1949 and moved to the Forrest area, where they lived most of their married life. Son, Grant was born in 1951 and daughter, Janie, completed the family in 1954.
Their early years together involved milking cows, raising chickens and selling the by-products of cream and eggs to residents in Brandon. Mom was involved with the church with the choir, Sunday School, and later Session. She was treasurer for the Forrest United Church for 50 years.
Helping with the farm, raising children, gardening, and involvement in the community left little time for personal hobbies, but she still found time to knit baby outfits for family members and friends. Her garden often included gladiolas, which frequently became a stunning bouquet at Forrest United Church on Sundays.
Once Grant and Janie were old enough to take music lessons, regular weekly trips into Brandon became part of the routine. At age of nine, Grant joined the 4-H club and Janie followed a few years later, which brought Mom into the realm of being a 4-H leader, which she did for 10 years.
Grant and Janie’s friends were always welcomed into the home and a number of them considered Mom & Dad as second parents. Scott, Bob, Audrey, Carol, Violet, Anthony, and David became regular visitors - a couple extra for meals never caused Mom any stress, she took it all in stride.
Dad was the outgoing visitor in the family, but more often than not, Mom was right along beside him, quietly in the background, but there none the less.
Mom was also involved with the Rugbyettes, a Red Cross group doing sewing, knitting, crocheting, and quilting, along various fund raising projects. She was an active member for 51 years and was happy to attend the last gathering of Rugbyettes in September, 2000. During her time with the group, she held several positions and hosted numerous meetings in our home.
Another facet of their life together was raising purebred Yorkshire pigs, which meant trips to local fairs during the summer, to show their animals. Once Grant started raising purebred Charolais cattle, Mom was kept busy with entertaining visitors to the farm and being his right hand with the many admin details required for organizing cattle sales. She volunteered with the Charolais Association and was always willing to lend a hand to whoever needed assistance.
Of course, she also was involved in making meals for local bonspiels and weddings, dainties for teas, and helping wherever was required. She was a person who preferred to work in the background, rather than be in the spotlight. She was also active with the Legion for 10 years.
Many neighbours became close friends and Mom was often calling them up to check on how or what they were doing and lending a hand if required.
One activity that Mom & Dad enjoyed was dancing – Forester’s Hall, Wheat Kings Boosters dances were favourite spots and they made many friends during that time.
One of her favourite activities was working in the office during the fairs in Brandon. Her skill at organizing all of the ribbons was a marvel to many and she spent many hours there. Summer time always saw her busy canning and making jams and pickles to keep the family supplied for the following winter.
Mom wasn’t one to want to holiday to exotic places, but did enjoy driving to Saskatchewan, Alberta, or British Columbia to visit her family and friends.
Mom and Dad celebrated 50 years of marriage in 1999, with an open house and supper for relatives and close friends, a day which they both enjoyed immensely. Shortly after that, Mom’s health declined and it soon became apparent that they would have to give up their home on the farm. They moved into an apartment in January, 2001, but Mom was only there a few days before going to the hospital. Dad passed away in April, 2001 and Mom then moved into Central Park Lodge, where she has resided since.
Mom was a quiet person with a dry sense of humor and loved to tease. Close friends often got a rough time from her. But she would do anything for them, if needed. In recent years, it was the nurses at Central Park Lodge who got a taste of her teasing remarks, but they loved it and took such good care of Mom, as she never complained or bothered them unless she really needed something. Just last month, we found an old pair of her sunglasses from the 60’s and put them on her and she loved watching the reactions of some of her nurses.
She faced many trials in her life stoically. She was never one to complain, met the challenge head on and fought whatever battles came her way.
She leaves her son, Grant, daughter, Janie, son-in-law, Ron, grandchildren Shawn, Charlene, and her husband Dave, and great grandsons Dylan and Delton. Brother, Clare Wheeler and his family and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Amy and Ron Voy and their family. Also brother Lloyd’s family. She is predeceased by husband, Jack, parents, Grant and Bertha Wheeler, in-laws John and Jane Moffat, brother and sister-in-law, Lloyd and Lillian Wheeler, and sister-in-law, Martha Wheeler.
A funeral service, for family and friends, will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, on Friday, October 27, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Barbara Jardine officiating. A private family interment, at Rosewood Memorial Gardens will be held prior to the service. If friends wish, donations, in memory of Verna, may be made to the Grant Moffat Fund, c/o Westoba Credit Union, 1020 Princess Avenue, Brandon, MB R7A 0P8, any other Westoba Credit Union branch or to a charity of choice.
MACMILLAN: Kenneth "Ross" MacMillan of Brandon passed away on October 24, 2006 at the age of 56 years. Ross was born on April 29, 1950 at Brandon, where he was raised. He was very proud to be a founding and lifetime member and of the Optimist Club. He also enjoyed genealogy. Ross is survived by his brother Don (Gail) and their children Heather, Laurel and David. He was predeceased by his parents Angus and Bertha MacMillan. A graveside service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery on Saturday, October 28, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy of Central United Church officiating. Ross received the gift of life through an organ transplant nine years ago. If friends so wish, donations in Ross’ memory may be made to Transplant Manitoba, Gift of Life Program, Room GE 441, 820 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3A 1R9.
MORGAN: Crystal Morgan (nee Groves) was born in St. James, now Winnipeg, in 1919. After marrying her childhood sweetheart, Joe, they spent their life together touring the world with the Canadian Air Force. They had two children, Joanne and Bill. On retirement, they settled in Winnipeg and travelled south for the winter. After Joe passed away in 1986, Crystal continued her passion for travelling. She also kept active lawn bowling, golfing, playing bridge and square dancing. She loved visiting with her grandchildren in Brandon as often as she could. Crystal continued to be very active in St. James United Church until her illness forced her to be cared for by her family in Brandon. When her health continued to decline, she was moved to Rideau Park Personal Care Home where she resided until her passing on Wednesday, October 4th, 2006.
Predeceased by her husband Joe and son-in-law Murray Guild, she is survived by her loving daughter Joanne Guild, grandson Jamey (Kristin) Guild, granddaughter Daina (Ralph) Roberts and great grandchildren, Aydyn and Degan Roberts, all of Brandon. She is also survived by her dear son Bill Morgan of Hamilton, ON. Cremation has taken place and a private ceremony will be held at St. James Cemetery, Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Crystal may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, #1 613-10th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4G6 or to a charity of choice.
MISANCHUK: Ernest Misanchuk passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon on September 20th, 2006 at the age of 82. Ernie was born to Teenie & Michael Misanchuk on July 22, 1924 in Erickson, Manitoba.
As a youngster growing up on a farm near Jackfish Lake, hard work and chores were part of the daily routine. His teenage years were spent working on the farm during the summer and in the winters he would leave by train to head off into the northern bush camps in Ontario to cut and haul wood with a team of horses. As he got into his 20’s, farming was still the main occupation but winters were spent at Canada packers with other neighbours from the country.
As a young man he decided that construction was for him and that the city life of Brandon was calling.
After working for a number of years in the construction industry, a minor workplace accident put him into the Brandon General Hospital to recuperate. There, he met the love of his life, Lorraine Tegg. They were married on October 20th, 1956 and spent the last 49 years sharing their love.
Ernie was very proud of the fact that he built his own home as finances would permit and that he was a good provider for his family.
Fishing, hunting and snowmobiling were all some of the things Ernie enjoyed doing with his children. The family cabin at Minnedosa Lake was a great source of enjoyment for friends and family alike. The door was always open and happy hour was guaranteed, as were huge bonfires every night.
Ernie’s vehicles were a source of pride for him because as child growing up in a family of 10, he never imagined that someday he could possibly own a brand new truck or car.
There were many Friday night meat draws spent at the legion with family and friends. Saturday afternoons would find Ernie with a couple of grandchildren in the legion playing shuffleboard or hoping to win big on Nevada tickets. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for many years.
Ernie was predeceased by his wife Lorraine and will be lovingly remembered by his children: Marilyn (Marlon) Sturgeon, Greg (Kathy) Misanchuk, Lori (Lloyd) Nevins, and Donna (Kelly) Hamm. He will also be sadly missed by his grandchildren: Ryan Sturgeon, Lisa Sturgeon, Braden Misanchuk, Jennifer Nevins, Cody Nevins, Derek Nevins, Amanda Hamm, and Kyle Hamm.
The Misanchuk family extends sincere thanks to the staff at Assiniboine Centre for the care and compassion they shared with our father over the extended period he resided there.
A Memorial Service for Ernie was held on Monday, September 25th, 2006 at the Brockie Donovan Chapel in Brandon, with Rev Laird Russell-Yearwood of Central United Church officiating. Pallbearers were: Wade Misanchuk, Todd Misanchuk, Braden Misanchuk, Ryan Sturgeon, Kyle Hamm, Cody Nevins, and Derek Nevins.