WEIMER: Margaret Rose Weimer passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, October 23, 2006. Margaret was born in Scott, Saskatchewan on November 18, 1922. In 1952, she moved to Virden, MB where she resided until 1954, when she moved to Pierson, MB for a few years. She then relocated back to Virden and finally moved to Brandon in 1966. During her lifetime, Margaret worked as a housewife and enjoyed selling Avon products. She is survived by her son Rodney Weimer of Parksville, B.C and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Thadeus (Ted). A memorial service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, October 27, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. with Deacon John MacKenzie of St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church officiating. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations, in memory of Margaret, may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB R7A 2W8.
WILSON: It is with great sadness and sorrow we announce that Ron Wilson, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend to all, passed away peacefully with family at his side on Tuesday, October 10, 2006. Ron was predeceased by his father, Purvis, mother, Mary and brothers, Jack and Albert. He was born on August 12, 1931 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, where he was raised. Ron joined the Queens Own Rifles of Canada in 1953. He took his training at Ipperwash, Ontario. Many postings followed along with many long lasting friendships that were made through those years. Ron retired after 34 years of military service in Shilo, Manitoba and resided in Brandon, Manitoba. Ron enjoyed the simplest of life, never in a hurry, always waving to whomever he knew. Having coffee with the guys was one of his great joys after retirement. Ron started life with humble beginnings. He worked hard, was strong willed and shared his knowledge with many friends and family. Ron had a deep love for his wife and two children that was expressed more in action than by words, and he allowed us to make mistakes but was always there for support. His grandson, Evan and granddaughter, Leslie were a great source of enjoyment and gave Ron many happy moments. He leaves to mourn his wife, Betty, of 50 years; daughter Fern (Rick) and grandson Evan, Brandon, Manitoba; son Brian (Vivian) and granddaughter Leslie, Winnipeg, Manitoba; sister Fern, Lethbridge, Alberta; brother-in-law Leo (Terry) Wynyard, Saskatchewan; two nephews Darcy (Ricki), Lethbridge, Alberta and Brent (Chris), Red Deer, Alberta and many cousins. He will be missed dearly by all. A time of visitation will be held at the Brockie Donovan Funeral Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon on Monday, October 16, 2006 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Chapel on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Fr. Dominic Yuen of St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, Brandon will officiate. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations, in memory of Ron, may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB R7A 2W8.
WILSON: Gladys Mary (née Connon), beloved wife of the Late William (Bill) Wilson, passed away peacefully at Fairview Personal Care Home on Monday, October 9, 2006. Gladys is survived by her children: Helen Pitt (Bill), Wilma Knutt (Ken), Ken Wilson and Ron Wilson (Vicky); eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Eileen Connon and Jean Connon and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Bill in 1985 and infant son, Douglas in 1949; brothers: James Mearns, Keith Connon and John Connon; sisters: Margaret Nadler, Alice Brandon, Primrose Durnin and Irene Wilkie. Gladys was born in Brandon to Helen and James Connon, on August 6, 1913 and lived her entire life in the Brandon area. She married Bill on September 24, 1938. Gladys worked at the Brandon General Hospital and Nurses’ Residence in the Housekeeping Department, for over 26 years. After retirement, Gladys enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Funeral service was held on Friday, October 13, 2006 at the Brockie Donovan Chapel with The Rev. Dr. Dale Woods officiating. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, 350 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 3J2 or to a charity of choice. A special thank you is extended to the 2nd floor staff of Fairview Home for the care and kindness Gladys received during her 3½ year stay.
WORKMAN: Margaret Irene Frances Workman (née Huys), with her family at her side peacefully passed away at the Assiniboine Centre on Thursday, October 5, 2006 at the age of 82 years. Margaret was the second daughter born to Henry and Sidonie Huys on the home farm near Deloraine. She received her education at Grove county school and at the age of fifteen, moved with her family to the Goodlands area. She attributed her strong work ethic to her early days of farm chores, working at a grocery store and helping with the family business in Deloraine. Margaret was employed with MTS as a telephone operator in Lyleton, Boissevain and then Brandon in the late 1940’s. One of her greatest achievements was becoming the first female supervisor for MTS. Margaret married Trevor Workman in 1955 and together they had one son, Wayne. Nothing brought her more joy than spending time with Wayne, Tricia and her three grandchildren. Over the years she spent countless hours in public service and with various volunteer organizations. She served as a Brandon City Councilor for nine years and has been the local matriarch for the Liberal party. Margaret has been a mentor to other women who have followed in her professional and political footsteps. She has also been a member of the YWCA, the Catholic Women’s League, the Provincial Council of Women, the MS Society and the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum. Margaret was recognized and awarded the YWCA Women of Distinction Award (volunteer) and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. The kin-keeper of the family, Margaret maintained correspondence with many relatives in Belgium and enjoyed her trips to the Old Country. Even after her retirement in 1983, she remained active with volunteering, traveling, reading, needlepoint and even took on a part-time job in her late seventies. As busy as she was, she always had time for family and friends. Her gift for making people feel special came from her genuine interest in and concern for others. Her kindness, thoughtfulness and consideration will be remembered by people of all ages. Margaret will be lovingly remembered by son Wayne, daughter-in-law Tricia and grandchildren Michael (Crispin Butterfield), Amanda and Justin. Also by very special niece Kareen Rommelaere (Ralph Huechert), sisters Isa (Gilbert) Lesy, Harriet (Albert) Rommelaere and their families. By brother-in-law Malcolm (Dora) Workman and their family, niece Jane Steckler and nephew Robert (Joy) Hamilton and their families. Margaret was predeceased by her husband Trevor in 1984, parents, sister and brother-in-law Beryl (Peg) and Robert Hamilton. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church on October 11, 2006 with Father Barry Schoonbaert as Celebrant. Interment followed in the Brandon Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons; Michael and Justin Workman, nephews; Lloyd Lesy, Lorne and Jason Rommelaere, Robert Hamilton and Gerald and Allan Workman. Donations in memory of Margaret may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
WILLIAMSON: James Edwin (Jim), formerly of the Roseland District, beloved husband of Audrey and loving father of Debbie, Kim, Sheri and Wenda, passed away peacefully at Fairview Home on Wednesday, September 20, 2006.
Jim was born on December 16, 1934 in the Williamson Homestead in the Roseland District just outside of Brandon. Jim was the 10th and youngest child of William and Dorothy Williamson.
Jim attended school at Roseland and graduated from Brandon Collegiate in 1953. After graduation, Jim was offered employment with a local bank, but Jim preferred to go farming, which he did for over 40 years, retiring in 1993. Jim was the third generation to own the Williamson farm. The farm was designated a Centennial farm in 1991. In May of 2006, Jim sold the farm to his nephew, John Williamson, – the 4th generation to own the Williamson Homestead.
Jim married Audrey Wilken of Redvers, Saskatchewan in 1958. They were married 48 years and have 4 daughters, Debbie, Kim, Sheri and Wenda and five grandchildren, Dallas, Darcy, Corey, Brittany and Chelsea. Nothing was more important to Jim than his family. He spent many good years enjoying time with Audrey and the girls, their families and the grandchildren. Christmas was a very special time to Jim and he always made it fun. It meant everything to Jim to have his family close.
Jim was very interested in and participated in many sports over the years. He pitched baseball for twenty years, and coached women’s fastball in which they won two provincial titles. Curling was a big part of Jim’s life. He started curling at Roseland in 1948 at the age of 14. His first big Bonspiel was in Brandon in 1950. Jim joined the Wheat City Curling Club for the 1957/58 season. 1958 was a special year for Jim as he won the Brandon Men’s Bonspiel and got married!
During Jim’s years of curling, he was draw-master, caretaker and storekeeper at the 1-Sheet Roseland Curling Club for twenty years. He curled at the Brandon Curling Club from 1959 to 1962.
In 1963, Jim joined the Golf & Country Club the year the new facility was built. He won 4 Club Championships at the Country Club. Jim served several years on the Wheat City Directorate and was President in 1978, 1979 and 1980.
Jim was very proud to receive the Gord McGunigal trophy in 1981, which recognized his outstanding contribution to the game of curling over the years.
During the 1960’s, Jim participated in the Provincial Consols Playdowns, now known as the Safeway Select. Jim & Audrey participated together in 3 Provincial Mixed Playdowns in 1973, 1974 and 1975 and won the Provincial Forresters Playoffs in 1972. Jim also made it to two Massey Ferguson Provincials, open to farmers, and lost the final the second year.
Jim was draw-master of the Brandon Men’s Bonspiel from 1968 to 1991. He was a member of the Manitoba Curling Association executive from 1966-1978 and was awarded a Life Membership in the association in 1980.
Jim and Audrey were two of the first in the province to receive a Curl Canada Instructor’s certificate and together they taught curling at many different venues including local high schools. They volunteered at numerous curling events over the years.
Jim served as a councillor for the RM of Whitehead for 33 years.
Jim joined the Army Navy Air Force Unit #10 in Brandon in 1985 and was awarded with a Life Membership in 2001. Jim was very active in the club. He was a member of the executive for over 10 years and was Sports Chairman for many of those years. He started the afternoon Senior Snooker League and organized a Junior Eight Ball League for ages 12-16 years. He was instrumental in getting provincial command to start up a Ladies Command Golf Tournament. Jim has many good friends at the A.N.A.F. and enjoyed lots of fun times at the club.
Jim leaves to mourn his loving wife of 48 years, Audrey; daughters Debbie Williamson; Kim James, husband Bob and son Dallas; Sheri DeGagne and partner Ed Gilbert and Sheri’s son’s Darcy and Corey; Wenda Aube, husband Lorne and their daughters Brittany and Chelsea as well as Lorne’s daughter’s Amber, Courtney, Lyndsey and their children Layne, Rylan, Todd, Darian and Decklan. Sisters Alice Drysdale and Estella (Jim) Brown, brothers Clarence (CK) Williamson and Art (Marie) Williamson. Brothers-in-law, Bill Addison, Hugh Ferguson and Reg Anslow, sister-in-law Lorna Williamson and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Jim was predeceased by his parents William and Dorothy Williamson, Audrey’s parents Alfred and Ruth Wilken, sisters Laura Addison and Evelyn Ferguson; brothers John, Bill and Norm Williamson, sisters-in-law Mary Williamson, Gladys Williamson, Della Anslow, Gertrude Wilken, Tina Wilken, Helga Wilken and brothers-in-law Cam Drysdale, Cyril Wilken and Roger Wilken.
Funeral Service was held at Central United Church on Monday, September 25, 2006, with Reverend Harvey Hurren officiating. Interment will take place at a later date in the Roseland Cemetery. Nephew and close friend Barrie Drysdale gave Reflections. Kim James shared memories of their father on behalf of his four daughters. Active Urn Bearers were grandsons – Dallas James and Darcy DeGagne. The A.N.A.F. Colour Party provided an Honour Guard and poppy service.
Jim fought a long hard battle with both his diabetes. and cancer over the past few years. The family wishes to express their sincere thank you to the 4th Floor staff of Fairview Home for the exceptional care and compassion shown to Jim during his brief stay with them. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Jim to the Canadian Diabetes. Association, 727B – 10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 4G7 or to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation "Cancer Services" 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
Thank you to the A.N.A.F. Unit #10 Ladies Auxiliary for providing the luncheon after the service and a Special Thank You to all friends and family who sent flowers, food, etc or stopped by to visit during this very difficult time. Your kindness was greatly appreciated.
Thank you to Sonny and staff at Brockie Donovan for all their assistance.
WILSON: The family sadly announces the passing of Larry Dwayne Wilson, at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, September 14, 2006 at the age of 58 years. Employed as a journeyman plumber in Brandon and Shilo for 35 years, Larry took pride in his work and made many friends throughout the years. His passions were hunting and fishing – whether he came home empty-handed or not. It was always about the sport and enjoyment of nature. As a long time member of the A.N.A.F. Unit #10, Larry loved the camaraderie of the Shuffleboard League and Saturday afternoon cribbage. Larry was always a proud father and grandfather. Grandchildren, Sean and Cailey will cherish many memories of their "Papa". Larry will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Fran; daughters Crystal (Bob) Davidson of St. Cloud, MN and Laura of Winnipeg, MB; grandchildren, Sean and Cailey Davidson; parents, Wilfred and Ethel; brother, Darryl (Marilyn), his children, Dustin (Tenille) and Chris; sister, Verna and son Danny; brother, Ron; sister-in-law, Marlane Wilson and her children, Corey and Christy (Darren) Burdeniuk; brother-in-law, Gordon Jamieson and his children, Pat, Cathy (Hal) and Mike; sister-in-law, Ruth Stewart and her children, Traci (Scott) and Jerry-John (Shannon) and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Larry was predeceased by an infant brother, Danny and older brother, Elmer. A memorial service was held on Monday, September 18, 2006 at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, officiated by Lisa Hammond, Funeral Celebrant. If friends so desire, donations may be made in memory of Larry to a charity of choice.
WEDGEWOOD: Helen Mary (née Ward), November 6, 1952 – September 14, 2007. With deep sadness we announce the sudden passing of Helen on September 14, 2007. Helen was born in Saskatoon, SK and raised near Rivers, MB where she met and married her husband Doug in 1971 (October 9). They lived in Winnipeg where their daughter Jane was born in 1976. Helen, Doug and Jane moved from there to Dugald, MB where they owned and operated Dugald Convenience Store, before moving to Elie, MB where they ran Elie Grocery, before finally becoming owners of Sanford Lumber and Building Supplies in Sanford, MB. An avid reader, a fan of music, games and golf, Helen’s main focus was always her close friends and family. A second mom to many, Helen had an amazing ability to put people at ease and we often looked to her for advice and counsel. Always the voice of reason, Helen was our rock and our source of strength. Helen will be lovingly remembered by her husband Doug, daughter Jane Chartrand and son-in-law Keith, mother Dorrie and mother-in-law Margaret, brother Larry (Deb) and sisters Cathy (Howard), Dorothy (Andy), Eileen (Larry), brothers and sisters-in-law Bonnie, Betty (Terry), Jim (Michelle), Shirley (Bob), Steve, Roger, Frank (Tammy) and Margaret (Al), nieces and nephews Rob, Sheri, Christine, Jesse, Jim, Zeb, Steve, Dave, Melissa, Jennie, Angie, Kate, Kelly, Savannah, Rory and all of their extended families and many friends. Helen was predeceased by her father Arthur Ward, sister Beverly Lund (née Ward) and father-in-law Frank Wedgewood. A Memorial Service and gathering took place on Thursday, September 20, 2007. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Helen may be made to the Lupus Society of Manitoba, 105 - 386 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 3R6.
WOOLFORD: Terry Dale Woolford passed away suddenly at his home in Brandon on September 17, 2007 at the age of 44 years. Terry was born and raised in Swan River. He was a fisherman at heart and spent many early morning hours on the lake. Terry loved spending time with his son Jared and was always proud and supportive of all Jared’s accomplishments. Terry will be dearly missed by his wife Lorraine McLellan and son, Jared. He is survived by his father Basel Woolford of Swan River; sisters Lorraine (Roy), Barbara (Irvin), Delilah (Irv) and Vera; brothers Leonard (Pat) and Ken (Barb); sisters-in-law Mary (Ed), Myrna, Valerie (Kelly), Rhonda, and brothers-in-law Bernie (Jan), Allen (Celina), Wayne (Bev), Sam (Kim), Archie (Audrey), Colin, Gordon (Lou), Terry (Lorraine) and Ian as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother Sadie Woolford. The Funeral Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, September 24, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be held at the Birchwood Cemetery
in Swan River at a later date. Donations in memory of Terry may be made to the Brandon Friendship Centre, 836 Lorne Ave., Brandon, MB, R7A 0T8.
WOLSKI: Mrs. Nellie Wolski of Brandon, passed away at the Assiniboine Centre on Monday, July 16, 2007 at the age of 87 years. Nellie was born on January 25, 1920 in Vita, Manitoba. She grew up on a farm in the Vita area and also attended school there. Nellie met her husband, Bill, while working in Winnipeg. They would have been married for 63 years in September. When they were first married, they farmed north of Basswood, Manitoba. Both children, Don and Pat, were born during that time. They later moved to Brandon where Nellie worked at the Brandon Mental Hospital and Assiniboine Community College in the food services area. Nellie was known for her excellent cooking. She also enjoyed quilting, sewing, knitting, gardening and fishing. Nellie is survived by her son Don Wolski and wife Karen; daughter Pat Hillers and partner, Gary Lapinsky; grandchildren Devin Wolski, Melanie Ross and husband Ron, and Vernon Hillers and partner Kristin Smith; great grandchildren Beau Ross, Tucker Ross and Jaysin Hillers; sisters Ann Ricena and Kay Stecky and numerous nieces and nephews. Nellie was predeceased by her husband William, who died just two weeks before her, on July 1, 2007, also her parents Nick and Lena Lukianchuk; her brothers Matt and Fred Lukianchuk; her sisters Helen Bodnarchuk, Mary Kereliuk and Stella Krieger. A memorial service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on July 20, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. with Fr. Dominic Yuen of St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church officiating. Interment took place in Rosewood Memorial Gardens. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. If friends so wish, donations, in memory of Nellie, may be made to a charity of choice.
WRIGHT: Mabel Irene (Givens) passed away at her residence, Hillcrest Place, Brandon, on Sunday, July 8, 2007 at the age of 98 years. Mabel was born October 3, 1908 to Thomas and Helen Givens and was raised in the Orangeville, Manitoba district. In the late 20s, she moved to the Benito, Manitoba area where she worked for MTS. Here, she also met and married Harold E. Wright in 1935. They farmed for a short while in that area before moving to Brandon, Manitoba in 1940. Besides being a mother and homemaker, she became a busy volunteer around town. One of her greatest joys in her life was meeting with friends and residents of BMHC. She planned many picnics, outings and did baking for all of these occasions. She enjoyed the interaction with the staff and patients during the late 1950s and 1960s. She always enjoyed driving the "old ladies" for ice cream and coffee to Souris, Virden or just around Brandon. Most of the ladies were younger than Mabel! Mabel was predeceased by her husband Harold in 1986. She is survived by her son, Dwayne (Anne) of Brandon, grandson Edward (Iona) and great granddaughters Christine and Janet all of Winnipeg, plus a special nephew Roger Walters of Brandon. A memorial service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, July 13, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Orton Anderson officiating. Interment of the cremated remains will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, #1, 613-10th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4G6, Hillcrest Place, 930-26th Street, Brandon, MB R7B 2B8 or to a charity of choice.