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MANITOBA - Boissevain - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 5

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Date: Tuesday, 28 June 2016, at 10:47 p.m.


It is with sadness that the family announce the passing of their father William Maxwell Bell at the Dr. Gendreau Personal Care Home in Ste. Rose du Lac April 19,1999.

He was bom June 17, 1904 to George Garthwaite and Isabella (Maxwell) Bell in the Ninga disrict. He lived most of his life in the Desford, Ninga and Killamey area.

He attended the Maple Grove School. He was married to Thelma Winnifred Gudmundson October 11,1933. They farmed in the Ninga district and finally ended up on the Bell home farm that his Grandfather and Father bought from the railways. They mixed farmed and Dad showed cattle at the country fair. He loved all types of lifestock. They raised 5 children. In 1975 Dad and Mom retired and moved into Killamey. In 1987 he lost his wife of 54 years to cancer.

Dad was very proud of his family, and was always keeping up with his kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents George and Isabella Bell; brothers Christopher, John, Stanley and Gordon Bell; his sisters, Grace Mitchell, Jean Chester, Georgina Brown; his loving wife Thelma and oldest son William; seven brothers-in-laws and five sisters-in-law.

He is survived by daughter-in-law Doreen Bell, Outlook, Sask., son Russell & wife Elaine, Winnipeg, Man., daughter Sharon & husband Larry of Ste. Rose du Lac., daughter Shirley & husband Joe Forester, Glenboro, Man., and son Bob and wife Lucille Bell, Ste. Rose du Lac, Man.; grandchildren Bill & Laurie Bell, Outlook, Sask., Tiffany & Cesar Devlantes, California, Gary Bell, Winnipeg, Barry Andrews & Rochelle Marchuk, Arborg, Bev Andrews, The Pas., Shelly & Sheryl Forester, Glenboro, Jamie & Steven Bell, Ste. Rose du Lac.; three great grandchildren, Avery & Andrew Bell, Outlook, Sask. and Alexandria Devlantes, California; five sisters-in-law and three brothers-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews; niece Grace Greaves and her family, Stockport, England.

Pallbearers were his grandchildren Bill Bell, Barry Andrews, Bev Andrews, Gary Bell, Shelly Forester, Sheryl Forester, Jamie Bell and Steven Bell.

The funeral was held in Ninga, Presbyterian Church, April 23,1999 at 2:00 p.m.. Those wishing may make donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or charity of choice. Killarney Boissevain Funeral Home in care of arrangements.


Florence Halladay passed away at her residence, Evergreen Place, Boissevain on Thursday, September 10, 1998. Her granddaughter Karla was at her side. She was 104 years old and the last member of Robert and Clara Tufts family. Florence was predeceased by her parents, brothers William, James, Frederick, Philip, Herbert, Edward and Harry, sisters Hazel Dobson and Bertha Kaake and their spouses. Millie died as a child, her husband Elmer died in 1974 and son Lorne in 1990.

She will lovingly be remembered by daughter Phylis Arde (Ben), daughter-in-law Doreen Halladay, granddaughters Judy Foster (Robert), Karla Wilbee (Richard), Deana Halladay (Gerry Kuta), great grandchildren Scott and Angela Foster, Brandon, Adam and Jennifer Wilbee and numerous nieces and nephews.

Florence was born in the district of Fairfax, Manitoba and received her education at Gilead and Fairfax schools. After Florence and Elmer married in 1919 they farmed together at 28-4-20 until 1948 when they moved to Boissevain. Until recent years Florence lived a busy life, helping with certain chores as a farm wife and always had a garden and houseplants which she took great enjoyment watching grow. In spare time she did crocheting, quilting and embroidery work, and always enjoyed visits with friends, neighbors and family. She had been a member of the Dunallen Ladies Group, Eastern Star and Women's Auxiliary of the Anglican Church.

Florence lived in her own home until the fall of 1996 when she moved to Westview Lodge. She never really recovered from a broken hip due to a fall. This, along with poor eyesight and impaired hearing, had made her very dependent on the excellent care she received at Boissevain Hospital and since going into Evergreen Place in October 1997.

Funeral service was held at St. Matthew's Anglican Church, Boissevain on Saturday, September 12 with Father Larry Winslow officiating. Pallbearers were Bert Chambers, Brian Clark, Howard Dalrymple, Blaine Mains, Wayne Patterson and Laverne Tufts. All who were in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. Interment in Boissevain Cemetery. Killarney-Boissevain Funeral Homes were in charge of arrangements.

Rest in Peace Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma


The death of Anna Catherine Kentner, age 88, occurred September 18, 1998 at the Boissevain Health Centre.

She is predeceased by husbands Arthur Conroy and Roger Kentner, daughter Helen Rice, son-in-law Alvin Rice and son James Conroy. Surviving are grandchildren Darlene (Mike) Edgar, Gail Rice, Aubrey (Jolene) Rice and great grandson Brett, all of Portage la Prairie, stepson Bill (Carole) Kentner (Hennie Vangerwyn) and step grandchildren Julie, James and Brian. Anna also leaves brothers and sisters Vic (Irene) Swanson of Boissevain, Jim Swanson and Bertha Turner, both of Brandon, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 22nd, 1998 at St. Paul's United Church in Boissevain at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Boissevain Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. Killarney-Boissevain Funeral Home in care of arrangements.


Edith Caroline Hawking of Brandon passed away peacefully at Central Park Lodge on September 18, 1998 at the age of 91 years.

Edith will be lovingly remembered by her husband Ken; sons Barry and wife Jean of Parksville, B.C., Don and wife Carol of Clear Lake, MB; granddaughters Dawn of Vancouver, Judith of New York, Jennie (Patrick) of Toronto, Tara (Brent) of Winnipeg; brother Jim Ludgate of Boissevain and sister Flora Greaves of Boissevain. She was predeceased by 4 sisters and 4 brothers.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Tuesday, September 22, 1998 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Bob Hunter of Knox United Church officiating. A private family interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Edith to the Central Park Lodge Handi-Transit Bus Fund, 3015 Victoria Ave., Brandon, MB, R7B 2K2. Arrangements were with Brockie Donovan.

Special thank you to all Central Park nurses and support staff for the loving care they gave to Edith.


Peacefully, surrounded by her family, on September 1, 1998, Florence Marie Hamilton (nee Clark) passed away in her 83rd year at Boissevain Health Centre.

Florence was born June 6, 1916 in Boissevain, the second oldest in a family of six. She received her education at Blue Dale and Boissevain Schools. On November 1, 1951 she married Robert James and they farmed in the Lake Max district for 45 years until Mom's sickness forced them to retire to Boissevain. Mom loved to knit, she enjoyed the outdoors. Her family recalls many happy and laughter-filled times on the family farm. Her children and grandchildren were her life and she cherished them all. Mom was by nature a quiet and gentle person and was well respected by many.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband Robert (Bert); seven children, daughters Jackie Ramsey (Pat), Brandon; Bernice Regier (friend John), Leduc; Norma Debreuil (Norman), Pilot Mound; Laura Turner (Gordon), Boissevain; sons, Allen (Marilyn), Killarney; Ralph (Kathy), Winnipeg; Paul (Janet), Boissevain; 19 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Also, 2 brothers, Norman Clark (Doris) and Eddie Clark (Muriel); one aunt, Jean Mains; her sister and brother-in-law Ida Roy (Bob) and numerous nieces and nephews. Mom was predeceased by a daughter Margaret at infancy, her parents Phil and Susan, two brothers Bob and Paul, one sister Laura, son-in-law Bill Fox and granddaughter Pam Regier, also a very special aunt Gertrude Walker.

The funeral service was held at St. Paul's United Church on Friday, September 4 with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating. Interment was at Boissevain Cemetery. If desired, contributions may be made in Florence's memory to the Cancer Society.


Clifton Russell McKinney of Evergreen Place, Boissevain passed away on Wednesday, October 21 at the age of 102 years and 357 days.

He was born on the McKinney homestead on 31-2-20 October 29, 1895 to William John and Mary Ann McKinney - the seventh child in a family of 11. He was the last surviving member of the family. He attended Richview, Bluevale and Boissevain schools. He and his brother Harvey operated a Livery Stable for two years until the First World War broke out. He enlisted in the fall of 1917 and returned home in June of 1919. He was an active member of the Boissevain Legion and had been presented with a Life Membership. At the time of his passing he was Boissevain's last surviving World War I veteran. On November 7, 1922 he married Bertha Alice Boyd of Whitewater. They had only one child, Nora Natalie born April 3, 1924. When she married Wilson Ransom in Sept., 1945 Cliff quit farming and moved to Boissevain where he purchased "The Legion Cafe". The long hours, seven days a week, became too much and they sold it 3 years later. The next 23 years, Cliff went carpentering during the summer months with Lou Andrew, Les Diehl and the Coop and worked at the Locker Plant during the winter for Glen Rawson, Miff Johnson and Tom Robinson. From 1955-63 he operated the concession at the Peace Garden where he enjoyed meeting so many people from all over the world. In 1968, at age 73, Cliff went buying antiques for Bob Wright. He worked for Wright-Rankin Auction Services for a total of 23 years helping to list the sales, and holding up the next item to be auctioned off. When he moved into Whitewater Place he took care of the shuffleboard in the park beside it and he initiated many people, both young and old, into the sport. The park became his back yard and he spent many hours raking leaves, shoveling snow, and trimming the trees even though he was over 90 years old. For many years he was a volunteer guide for the Beckoning Hills Museum. His phone number was on the door and he went back many times after hours to let visitors in.

Singing was his big love in life. He sang in the United Church choir for over 20 years and then sang for funerals and services at Westview Lodge. When he became a resident of Westview Lodge at age 95 he led the singing of grace 3 times a day until he was over 100 years old. When he was young he played a mouth organ for dances and then later taught himself to play the violin by ear. He and his wife played for dances and concerts for many years and even made a record. He was an ardent reader and read 5 books every 2 weeks until he was over 100 years old. He especially enjoyed Clarence Boon's books of pioneer times and he owned all of them. He loved sports including hockey, baseball and curling - participating in all in his younger years and as a spectator in later years. He was a fan of the Boissevain Border Kings, the Riverside Canucks and the Toronto Blue Jays. He was especially proud of the baseball autographed by Joe Carter that Westview Lodge presented to him on his 100th birthday.

We will always remember him for his wonderful sense of humor, his patience, his love of people and in particular, children. He was always early for any event, was always busy and on the run all the time. He was blessed with wonderful health, a strong constitution and a wonderful memory.

He was predeceased by his parents, William John and Mary Ann McKinney, 10 brothers and sisters and in-laws, his wife Bertha, his daughter Nora Ransom and son-in-law Wilson Ransom. He is survived by 7 grandchildren: Linda (Ken) Struth of Brandon, Jerry, Lorne (Sheral) and Brad (Jill) of Boissevain, Ross of Ninette, Iris (Harold) Bailey of Wing, North Dakota and Peggy (Rob) of Selkirk. He will also be remembered by 13 great grandchildren: Cory, Clint and Chad Struth, Tyler, Colby, Burgandy and Scarlett Ransom, Stephanie and Shelley Bailey, Chelsea and Cole Salter and Sharly and Slater Ransom and by some nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held at St. Paul's United Church in Boissevain on Saturday, October 24 at 2:00 with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating. The Boissevain Branch of the Legion formed an honor guard. Interment was at the Boissevain Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the Boissevain & Morton Foundation or a charity of one's own choice.


Mary Thelma McKee passed away May 8, 1998 at Evergreen Place with loved ones by her side.

Mary was born April 7, 1907 in the Winchester Municipality - daughter of John and Rosetta Alberts, the second child in a family of twelve. On February 3, 1926 she married David Henry McKee of Whitewater. From this marriage there were six children - Beatrice, Bernice (deceased), Fay, Olive, John and Donnelda. There are 18 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

She was predeceased by her husband Dave in 1955; infant daughter Bernice in 1929; her parents John and Rosetta Alberts; three sisters - Mabel, Myrtle and Florence; five brothers - Henry, Tom, Fred, Jim and Bill; 2 grandchildren - Darren and Heather McKee; 2 great grandchildren - Kimberly Challner and Troy Reeve; and 2 son-in-laws Eddie Olson and John Adamson.

When she was very young Mary went out to work as a hired girl for many. Later she worked as a cook at the Deloraine Coal Mine and Deloraine Hotel. Mary sold her farm at Mountainside in 1976 and moved into Boissevain to the Jubilee Manor. From there she moved to Westview Lodge in 1988 and in 1994 moved to Evergreen Place.

Left to mourn and cherish her memory are four daughters - Beatrice Olson, Fay Adamson, Olive (Bob) Tufts, Donnelda (Bill) Challner, all of Boissevain; one son - John (Dayle) McKee, Melville, Saskatchewan and their families; two brothers - Bob (Rita) Alberts, Abbotsford, B.C. and Harold Alberts, Pipestone and one sister Dorothy Alberts, Dryden, Ontario.

In celebration of her life, funeral services were held Monday, May 11, 1998 at St. Paul's United Church, Boissevain, with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating. Darlene Adamson, on behalf of the grandchildren, gave a tribute of thoughts and fond memories of a wonderful Grandma who gave them all unconditional love. Pallbearers were six of her grandsons - Wesley McKee, David McKee, Blaine Tufts, Darvin Adamson, Tim Challner and Dave Challner. Interment took place in the family plot in Boissevain Cemetery.


Myrtle Josephine Pettinger (nee Suggitt) passed away Wednesday, April 29, 1998 at her residence at Fairview Home, Brandon.

Myrtle was born August 9, 1911 and raised at Imperial, Saskatchewan. She attended Moose Jaw Normal School 1929-30, then taught at Bellhouse School, Parkman, SK 1930-32. She completed her Grade XII 1932-33, then taught at Meadowville School, Imperial, SK 1933-37. She married Geoffrey Pettinger in 1938. They farmed in the Elgin, Fairfax and Margaret districts where they raised a family of four. Myrtle played the piano for many Christmas concerts and played the organ at Margaret United Church for several years. She was active in Women's Missionary Society and United Church Women. After Geoff's death in 1975 she took up residence in Brandon and occupied her time doing volunteer work at the YWCA Thrift Shop, attending travelogues at the Auditorium and talks at the Library as well as visiting friends at the hospital. She ventured on several trips with friends and relatives. In October 1990 Myrtle took up residence in Fairview Home due to the onset of Alzheimer's Disease.

She is survived by her sister Gertrude Cochrane, Ft. Qu'Appelle, SK, step-mother Evelyn Berry, White Rock, BC, her four children Ray (Barb) Pettinger of Shoal Lake, MB, Joyce (Gordon) Johnson of Stuartburn, MB, Bette (Brian) Moen of Kaleden, BC and Glen (Marj) Pettinger of Leduc, AB; 11 grandchildren Cary Pettinger (Kathy), Tannis Pettinger (Todd), Todd (Cathi) Rolfe, Michael Rolfe, Shannon (Greg) Dalgliesh, Erin (Terry) Rathwell, Tracy (Darrin) Bru, Kelly Janzen, Starla Pettinger, Stemie Pettinger and Geoffrey Pettinger (Tearsa); 19 great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law Marion Pettinger, Elgin and Nancy Carter, Winnipeg, brothers-in-law Lin Pettinger, Souris and Warren Hildebrandt, Hawthorne, CA, and numerous nieces and nephews. Myrtle was predeceased by her mother Libby Suggitt in 1911, her father Linton Suggitt in 1944 and her husband Geoffrey in 1975.

Funeral service was held Friday, May 1 at 2:00 p.m. in Central United Church, Brandon with Colleen Gareau officiating. Active pallbearers were nephews David, Chris, Kelly, Larry, Rob and Rick Pettinger. Interment took place at Margaret Cemetery. Donations in memory of Myrtle may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 437-9th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4A9. Arrangements were in care of Brockie-Donovan.

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