Bisson, Georganne

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our beloved mother Georganne Bisson, after a long battle with cancer.

She leaves to mourn her daughter Tanya Bridges (Chandra), sons Jeremy Bisson (Kirsten), and Michael.  She is also survived by her aunt Myrna Merriman (Roy), stepmother Luella MacDearmid, and many cousins. Georganne was predeceased by her husband Denis Bisson, father George MacDearmid, mother Nadia Adair, and step father Don Adair. She will be deeply missed by best friend

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Barrows, Marjorie Eileen

 Barrows, Marjorie Eileen, 92 years, beloved wife of the late Harvey, mother of Don, Sandra, Jack, Shirley and Ken, passed away in Hartney, Manitoba on Saturday, February 5, 2022. Funeral service was held at the Hartney Centennial Centre on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Riverside Cemetery, Hartney.  In memory of Marjorie, donations may be made to the Hartney Community Health Centre or Cameron Lodge, Hartney, Manitoba.             

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Boyes, Garth Wayne


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Garth Boyes on July 10, 2021, in the Souris Hospital.

Garth was born on November 25, 1943, to Walter and Dorothy Boyes (Canning). He grew up on the family farm where he continued to live and farm until he retired in 2000.

On October 12, 1968, he married Lorraine Reynolds and they took over the family farm. There they raised three children Janine, Terry, and Sheena. Garth had a mixed farm with milk cows, cattle, pigs, chickens, buffalo, and mixed crops. He and Lorraine retired to an acreage south of Deleau in 2000.

Garth was a devoted husband, father, and Grandfather. He was a true family man who was always there to lend a helping hand and advice. Rodeoing was a passion which continued with his children and grandchildren. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren, all their accomplishments and endeavours.

Garth was a man of many skills, from snowmobile racing to leatherwork, carpentry, restoring and building horse wagons and sleighs. He loved to drive his mules and participate in fairs and parades. He was very involved with the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association.

He truly enjoyed the company of family and friends and loved to have fun and a good laugh. In later years he and Lorraine went on a variety of trips. He lived life to the fullest.

Sadly, he has passed, but his legacy will live on with all who knew him. He was one of a kind and there will be no other like him. He was a character who loved to visit and tell stories, he will be deeply missed by family and fiends.

Garth is survived by his wife Lorraine of 52 years.

His children:

Janine Bruening (Warren), Jordynn (Courtney), Shelby

Terry (Rachelle), Jenel, Jacey,

Sheena Dunham (Kevin) and Stran.

He is survived by his sister Marlene (Ron) Harrison, sister-in-law Maureen Foxworthy, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made in memory of Garth to the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation-Cardiac Sciences Program.

Thank you

Our family would like to send out a huge heartfelt thank you to everyone for the calls, visits, food, flowers, and cards. Your thoughtfulness is so very much appreciated!

We had a beautiful day to say our official goodbye to Garth. Shane Boyes delivered the perfect service. Linda Swaenepoel gave words of remembrance and a toast to Garth. It truly was a “Cowboy” goodbye. Thank you both so very much.

To our friends and neighbours who made pies and helped with everything and anything and continue to do so. We are so thankful for you all!

A good life leaves behind seeds that keep on growing, his stories, his values and his love will live on in each of us.

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Basiuk, Frank Elmer

Frank Elmer Basiuk, was born September 28, 1929 on the farm homesteaded by his grandfather near Foam Lake, Saskatchewan. He grew up in the nearby small town of Parkerview with his two brothers, Henry and Joseph and his twin sisters Eleanor and Evelyn.

Always active, from a very young age Frank had a penchant for wandering away from the family home, often accompanied by his dog. These early explorations earned him some punishment, but were perhaps indicators for his later willingness and interest in travel.

Growing up in Parkerview through the 1930’s during a time of shortages fostered in Frank a deep respect for resources and a sense of ‘making do’ with what was available. These are values he carried with him throughout his life and his workshop was testimony to his ability to fix, repair, improve and build things.  Karen considers her house to be the house that love built as Frank and Uncle John (Thelma’s brother-in-law) were at the ready and quick to to lend their considerable skills.

Frank started his schooling in the Chiselhurst one room school located 2 km from Parkview, Saskatchewan. When the school enrolment increased, the school was subsequently moved to Parkerview where he completed his elementary education. He continued his high school education at the Yorkton Collegiate, which required boarding as Yorkton was some 70 km away from Parkerview. After completion of high school he traveled to Winnipeg, Manitoba to take a six-week teacher’s permit course.

He started his teaching career with a one-year assignment in Roblin, Manitoba following which he returned to Chiselhurst, Saskatchewan to teach for a year in the school he attended as an elementary student. In 1952 he enrolled in Normal School in Winnipeg to obtain his teaching certificate. Upon graduation he took a position as principal in Elva, Manitoba teaching grades seven to eleven. Then in 1955 he moved to Manson, Manitoba to teach there until 1958. Frank taught for a year in Lyleton, Manitoba before moving to the Reston Collegiate in 1960. During the four years in Reston, he commuted to Brandon University taking courses to complete his Bachelor of Teaching degree as well as his Class Four standing with the Department of Education. He moved to Hartney, Manitoba in 1967 where he was principal of the elementary school and taught in various positions until 1987, when he retired. The highlight of his teaching career was an exchange he accepted to spend a year teaching in a school in Maitland, Australia in 1982 – a trip that changed his perspective on teaching, travel and life in general.

Frank’s life-long partner was Thelma Banks who he met and fell in love with while teaching in Elva. She was a registered nurse who had returned to Elva to care for her sick brother. Frank and Thelma were married in 1956 in a small ceremony. Together they had three children; Robert born in 1957, followed by Karen in 1959 and Grant in 1964. Thelma passed away in 2016 and Frank never stopped thinking about her or loving her.  In his words, she was the love of his life

Products of small towns, Frank and Thelma endeavoured to make positive contributions wherever they lived. This was done as a matter of fact and in a manner that was unconditional and carried out in a selfless, quiet manner. Whether it was volunteering at the rink, driving kids to hockey, sports, band or scouts, contributing to community projects or simply being available to help, they were willing. Always active in the church Frank was unable to refuse when asked to serve on any number of committees, boards and associations.

Frank’s other love (after Thelma and family) was music. Self-taught, he played the accordion, guitar and violin and was a member of several orchestras over the years. Playing for socials and gatherings throughout south-west Manitoba gave him a joy that was perhaps matched only by dancing with Thelma. A lasting memory will always be their beaming smiles while dancing the ‘hop polka’. After they moved to Brandon in 2002, he continued to play and entertain on a regular basis at the personal care homes; playing as he put it, “For the old folks.” (himself being well over 80 at the time).

Family was very important to Frank and he kept in touch with not only his own brothers and sisters, but also those of Thelma’s family. Christmas at home was unknown as it was always celebrated with Frank’s parents in Parkerview and then on to Thelma’s sisters in Regina. Summer holidays found the family in the car, driving and camping to visit relatives in Ontario one summer and British Columbia the next. Just as all were welcome in the house, there was never any hesitation to get in the car and drive to visit a relative or family friend; including weekly visits to those sick and in need of cheer.

This willingness to travel never diminished and the year spent in Australia fuelled a desire for even more travel. Australia was followed by trips to the US, New Zealand, Malaysia (8 times), Borneo, Singapore, Hong Kong and to the Orkney Islands to explore Thelma’s origins. Frank and Thelma would have continued to explore new destinations but Frank’s dialysis made it challenging.

Throughout his life, Frank kept active, whether it was walking to and from school each day, playing floor hockey, or curling. It helped that Thelma was also an active woman and always up for a walk, skate, ski or cycle depending on the season. They seldom just sat as there was always a deck of cards handy for a game of cribbage or, if friends were over, a game of hearts, 31, or an invariably noisy round of “Oh Hell!”.  In later years they enjoyed playing dominoes.

A true prairie ‘boy’, he enjoyed the winter, continuing to walk to school no matter what the weather. And when spring came, out came the boat and the golf clubs for his two summer passions: fishing and golfing. Those who played Hartney’s 1st hole will appreciate the irony and maybe the order should have been golfing and fishing for his ball!

Above all, Frank was a great Dad and a loving husband. He and Thelma provided a supportive, love-filled and nurturing household in which to grow up. Always there, always willing to listen, not always willing to give in (thankfully – in retrospect), always a gentleman; he expected little, but always acknowledged and appreciated simple gestures. In so many ways, Frank set the example for his family as a true class act.

Frank is survived by his twin sisters, Evelyn Gillander of Brandon and Eleanor Wowk of Saskatoon, sister-in-law Barbara Maher of Bellingham Wa, brother-in-law John Young of Calgary, as well as his three children Robert (Josephine, children Danielle and Donovan) of Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, Karen (Ken) Barrows of Hartney, and Grant (Suzanne, children Holly and Toban) of Calgary.

Lovingly remembered but sadly missed.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Kidney Foundation of Manitoba in memory of Frank.

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Burnett, Dorien Sadie

Burnett: Dorien, 89 years, beloved wife of the late James Burnett, mother of Bonnie, Cheryl, Robert, Darlene, Douglas and Robin, passed away in the Valleyview Care Centre Brandon, Manitoba on Thursday, October 29, 2020. The family will cherish Dorien’s memory privately. In memory of Dorien, donations may be made to your local Food Bank or a charity of your choice. click to read more

Boehm, Marion Burnette

Boehm: Marion, 90 years, beloved wife of the late Bob Boehm, mother of Bruce Wilson, David Wilson and the late Denise Wilson, passed away in the Souris Personal Care Home on Monday, October 19, 2020. A graveside service for family and friends was held at the Alexander Cemetery on Saturday October 24, 2020. In memory of Marion, donations may be made to the Brandon Humane Society.

Marion Brunette Boehm, born April 15, 1930 in Minnedosa, Manitoba was the eldest child and only daughter of Herbert James Kitchingman and Annie Brunette Kitchingman (Boyd).  She had one younger brother Wesley Herbert born in 1932 who she always called her “baby brother” when introducing him to others. It was always funny of course because the one she called ‘baby brother’ was an imposing figure who towered over Marion and all others.

Marion grew up in the Minnedosa area. In 1946 the family moved to Shilo where her Dad was employed at the School of Artillery and her Mom was Assistant Post Mistress at Shilo post office.  In the summers she would spend time at the family cottage at Pelican Lake where she loved to explore and learn the wonder and beauty of nature.

As an adult Marion moved to Douglas where she resided with her family of three children Bruce, David, and Denise Wilson for several years. Throughout this time, she was employed with Carnation Foods in Carberry.

Marion eventually moved to the Brandon area and worked as a waitress at Spring Park Motel Restaurant.  It was here that she would meet Bob Boehm whom she later married. They moved to an acreage north of the Village of Alexander where they operated a raspberry u-pick business.

In 1974 Marion started a job at Lindenberg Seeds in Brandon Manitoba. She loved her job, her coworkers and her employer and stayed there for the next 21 years until retiring in 1995.

In the 1980s she made the move to the town of Alexander and resided at 112 Lomond St.  In 2008 her husband Bob passed away.  Marion remained at their home until she moved in June 2014 to the Victoria Park Lodge in Souris to be nearer to her brother Wes; unfortunately, he passed shortly after in December of 2014.  She made many new acquaintances with residents and staff during her 5 ½ years at Victoria Lodge.  While there she took part in planning and planting the outside flower gardens; she loved gardening and with her green thumb she tending to her geraniums and amaryllis at Christmas time.

Marion was an avid curling fan and never missed watching a game throughout the cold winters. While curling was being watched phone calls would go unanswered.  She loved the Brandon Wheat Kings and would listen to the CKLQ play by play on the radio. In the summer months she faithfully watched her favorite baseball team the Toronto Blue Jays.

In January 2020 Marion moved into the Souris Personal Care Home. Marion’s room had a large picture window facing east overlooking a spacious yard bordered with spruce trees and in the mornings, she would watch a family of deer and bunny rabbits which visited her nearly every morning.

In the short time Marion was there she made new friends with residents and staff. She often said that all the doctors, nurses and staff at the Souris Personal Care Home were wonderful and caring and made her feel at home. She was very happy and content in her new home.

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Boulanger, Jeanne Marie Julie

BOULANGER: Jeanne, wife of the late Maurice Boulanger, passed away suddenly on Sunday, March 1, 2020. She leaves behind to mourn her passing her children Lucie (Norm), Yvette, Dolores (Mark) and Felix (Twila); grandchildren Joshua (Tracy), Joel, Jeremy (Jennifer), Dustin, Hillary, Daniel, Brett, Cole and Alyssa and great-grandchildren Lauren, Olivia and Colton. Jeanne was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Maurice, her

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Bond, Alice Joyce Brenda

Bond: Brenda, 92 years, beloved wife of the late Tony Bond, mother of Clive and Howard, passed away in the Souris Personal Care Home on Friday, November 15, 2019.  Funeral service was held at St. Paul’s United Church, Souris, Manitoba on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. In memory of Brenda, donations may be made to the Souris Personal Care Home or to the Souris Palliative Care Fund (both donations) c/o Prairie Mountain Health, Box 10 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0. click to read more