Lang, George Reginald

Lang: George Reginald (“Reg”) was born at Coulter, MB on January 16th, 1931 to Frank and Ethel (Murray) Lang in a family of five sons and four daughters. He was predeceased by his wife Jean, his parents, an infant brother Everett, brothers Francis (Sonny) & Murray who were killed in World War 2, brother Andy, sisters Jean Downey, Dorothy Downey Margaret Greaves & Lorraine Richardson, sister-in-law Ila Lang, brother-in-law’s Louis Downey, Leighton Downey, Gerald Greaves &

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Ludlam, Isabelle

Ludlam, Jessie Isabelle

With broken hearts the family of Isabelle Ludlam (nee Curtis), announce her passing, with her loving husband Jim by her side, on October 31, 2022 at the Souris Hospital. Isabelle was born on June 17, 1941 in Souris to Fred and Mary Curtis, third in a family of five children.  She was raised on the family farm near Chater, just off the low road to Shilo.  She grew up on a fox farm (in the early years) which later changed to a dairy operation, provided ample opportunity for exploring and adventure.  She enjoyed quiet times playing with her dolls as a young girl, but was just as at home playing in the barn, in the loft and in the fields surrounding the farm.  Her adventures were limited only by her imagination.  Isabelle was an avid reader, often re-reading an available book, several times.  As an adult, she continued in that tradition.

Isabelle attended school in the one room country school in Chater.  Junior high and high school were spent at St. Michael’s in Brandon.  After high school, she enrolled in the LPN program at the Manitoba Technical Institute in Winnipeg.  Isabelle met her future husband while she was a nursing trainee in Souris.  They began courting (how proper!) for some time before Isabelle ‘suggested’ that they get married.  They were married on June 1, 1962 in Chater, honeymooning in Niagara Falls.

Their first house was a basement – no house, as they lived there while the house on top was being built.  Later, when the house got too small for the growing family, they found and fell in love with an old abandoned house. It was located on the south side of Souris, across Plum Creek.  Together they resuscitated the property to its former glory, continually adding to its beauty and history with their own personal touch.  Later it became known as the property, Rose Hill.  Isabelle was extremely proud of the house and gave all her children wonderful, happy memories growing up there.  Many family gatherings and celebrations were held there; Isabelle would be quietly preparing and organizing every one of them! In more recent years, Isabelle and Jim built their retirement home on the exact spot they first met – the old Creamery (later known as the Cheese Plant), again, filling the house with love and providing new adventures and happy memories for the next generation – all her grandchildren.

Isabelle had a long and satisfying career as a nurse, mainly working at the Personal Care Home.  Her work there was more than just a job, this really was her calling.  She gave every resident all the love and attention they should have as if they were her family.  In the summertime, she would organize a tea party at her home for any of the residents so that they could have a chance to enjoy an afternoon away in a beautiful setting.

Aside from nursing, Isabelle was heavily involved with St. Paul’s United Church, serving on various committees, UCW, teaching Sunday School and helping out with the thrift shop. She also helped out with other groups, such as the Kinettes, the Lionelles, Town Beautification, to name a few.

Even with all this, Isabelle’s main priority was still to her family.  She always had time to participate in anything that her children were involved in, school, play or otherwise.  She supported her family in whatever endeavor they tried and always gave them a safe, secure place to come home to.  And that same love and support was extended in recent years to her grandchildren, which she was proud to be a “doting Grandma”, being able to spoil them!

Isabelle rarely did a single thing for herself; it was always about the other person and what she could do for them! One of the few things she did that she truly enjoyed was to camp and travel Coast to Coast across Canada as well as to visit such places as: England, Australia, Hawaii and Mexico.  Hawaii was truly a highlight as she was able to share her love of travel with her whole family, taking her children and grandchildren to a truly magical place!

Forever treasuring Isabelle’s memory is her loving husband Jim; her children, Ron, Brad (Randi), Todd (Karen), and Robin as well as her beloved grandchildren, Judith, Melody, Graeme, Sam and Rob. Also mourning her loss is her sister, Letty, brothers, George (Marilyn) and Bruce (Debbie), as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Isabelle is predeceased by her parents, Fred and Mary as well as her brother, Tom.

Mom’s Creed

Respect All People

Listen To Each Other

Be Kind to Everybody

Love Each Other

Funeral service was held at St. Paul’s United Church, Souris on Saturday, November 5, 2022 with a private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Isabelle, donations may be made to St. Paul’s United Church (New Door Fund) Box 899 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0 or to the Souris Beautification Fund c/0 Municipality of Souris-Glenwood Box 518 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0. click to read more

Logan, Alan William

Logan, Alan William passed away suddenly on March 19, 2022 in Souris at the age of 54.  While taken from us far too soon, he nevertheless made a huge impact on this Earth with his infectious good nature and kindness to everyone he met. Alan is survived by his partner Deanna Way, mother Viola Logan, son Kyle (Pacience), daughter Alicia, brother Clark (Shari), nephews Brett and Tyler, Uncle Carl and Aunt Rose, and many cousins. He was predeceased by his father Gordon Logan, Uncles Cecil and Lloyd Logan, and Uncle Albert and Aunt Fay Long.

Alan grew up on a farm in the Griswold/Terence area, north of Souris in his early years and then moved to Souris with his parents Viola, Gordon, and brother Clark.  He attended Souris School and graduated in 1986.   A highlight during Alan’s high school days was football, as #67 offensive center for the Souris Sabres to which the team receive 1st place in 1983 and brought home the R.M.F.L. Provincial A Championship in 1984.

Upon graduation Alan worked for a few years as a security guard with Tasko Security and attended ACC to complete his Correctional Officer training, February 1987.   He became employed at the Brandon Correctional Institute in 1989 and spent the next 31 years within the BCI establishment.  Alan retired February 14, 2020.

Alan was a proud, dedicated and loving father to Kyle and Alicia.   He was a role model and coach for many of their activities and interest.   His own interests over the years involved baseball, fishing, hunting, camping and music.  He introduced Kyle and Alicia to music at a young age and relished taking them to concerts. His love of music and connection to the Minnedosa community led him become involved with Rockin’ the Fields of Minnedosa.  He was active as a volunteer and since 2019 was in the elected role of president.  His dedication, passion and vision for the festival were admirable qualities. He was looking forward to live concerts again in 2022 and was very involved in the planning for this year’s event.   He was most excited about the chance to ‘people again’ and just to reconnect with his RFM family and community.

Alan was always interested in the family history and artifacts. This led to a hobby centered on antiquing. He was always ‘picking’ and took great pleasure in finding just the right item at an auction or a place he was invited to look through.  He collected and sold items for many years, and as a result he became very well known in the antiquing community.   It was through this hobby he met his partner Deanna in 2018.   Alan returned to Souris, where he and Deanna lived, owned and operated a retail space of their ‘pickings’ and made a home together.  He enjoyed participating in various community organizations and became a member of the Souris Hillcrest Museum.  Alan was so happy he was able to do what he loved as a hobby in his retirement with a person he loved, in a town he loved.  A celebration of Alan’s life was held on April 11, 2022 at the Souris & Glenwood Community Hall with a private interment in the Souris-Glenwood Cemetery.

Alan’s love, compassion and soft spot for animals is another notable quality.  If he wasn’t donating to support furry friends, he was feeding neighbourhood cats, building shelters and being a loving and doting pet dad.  In lieu of flowers, in memory of Alan donations can be made to the Souris Dog Park c/o Municipality of Souris-Glenwood Box 518 Souris MB R0K 2C0 or to the Brandon Humane Society 2200-17 Street East Brandon, MB R7A 7M6.

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Lougheed, James Alexander

Lougheed: James, 91 years, who passed away at the Souris Personal Care Home on Saturday, May 22, 2021. Due to the Covid 19 restrictions a private family graveside funeral service will be held at the Elgin Cemetery. In memory of Jim, donations may be made to the Souris Personal Care Home c/o Prairie Mountain Health Box 10 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0. click to read more

Lisitza, Larry Jefferson

Lisitza: The family of Larry Lisitza are saddened to announce his passing on Sept. 28, 2020 at the Souris Hospital.  Larry lost his courageous battle with prostate cancer but will be remembered for his sense of humour and amazing positive attitude throughout  the last 5 years.

Larry was born in Sherridon, Mb in 1946 to Frank and Marie Lisitza.  At age 2, Larry and his family moved to Flin Flon, Mb.  Larry met and married Kathy and remained in Flin Flon with their children Jim and Kelly until 1984 when a job opportunity in Brandon with the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba became available.  Larry worked as a Community Addictions Worker in the southern parts of Manitoba until 2002 when he and Kathy retired to spend time travelling to the southern US and Mexico which they loved.

Larry had many hobbies.  His love of country music took them to many music festivals in the 1990’s.  After retirement , Larry’s favorite hobby was collecting and repairing old boat motors and he was successful in getting many of them up and running again.  Every June Larry travelled to Flin Flon to visit old friends and spent many hours out fishing with his buddies.

Larry was predeceased by his parents Frank and Marie; brothers Jim and Lynn, and sister Audrey.  He leaves to cherish his memory; wife Kathy, children Jim(Cassandra), Kelly, and Mark(Bev);  grandchildren, Mikayla, Samara, and Lydia; and brother John.  This past year Larry fortunately was able to meet and spend time with his son Mark, who had been given up for adoption at birth.

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Linstead, Harry Arthur

Linstead, Harry Arthur

It is with heavy hearts we announce that on Tuesday April 28, 2020, Harry Arthur Linstead, aged 69, passed away peacefully at Prairie Mountain Health in Brandon Manitoba.

Harry was born in Brandon Manitoba to Lenora (nee Addison) and Arthur Linstead in 1950. He is survived by his four sons, Perry (Darlene), David (Sheri), Darcy, Casey and his daughter Fay (Doug) Cassidy, and was blessed with eight granddaughters Bryna, Heida, Lindis, Skyla, Tiana, Leighton, Kenzie and Chayla. He is survived by brothers Barry (Carol) Williams in Utah and Joe (Cecilia) Linstead in Calgary and predeceased by sister Ruth (John) Siemens (nee Williams)

Harry was a charismatic, charming and talented individual who could tinker and fuss with all things mechanical and make it work again. He loved his Ford 8N, as much as he loved to have a friend pull up at the farmstead for a visit. Harry was a talented musician and spent most of his life entertaining others. He was generous and kind and had the best of manners which he insisted his children adhere to at all times. He loved music, his dogs and his love: Jackie Linstead whom he lost in September 2018.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and further details will be released as social distancing measures are relaxed. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to CancerCare Manitoba. click to read more

Lang, Ila Mae

Lang: Ila Mae Lang passed away peacefully at the Souris Personal Care Home at the age of 94 on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 with family by her side.

Mom was born on May 21, 1925 at the family farm in Elm Creek, to Adine and Charles Clark.  She had five siblings Max, Louis, Norma, Evan (Corky) and Al.  Mom grew up during the difficult dirty thirties, and after attending “Normal” School in Winnipeg, she taught in small rural schools near Carman and in Fairfax.  In 1947 she moved to teach in Souris where she met Andy Lang, a young mechanic from Coulter who was working at his Uncle Andy’s garage – Murrays Garage.  They were married in 1951, followed by the birth of Clark in 1953, Ruth in 1956 and Frank in 1958.  The family have many fond memories of summers and family time at their cabin at Oak Lake, trips to Minneapolis to watch the Twins, watching Clark and Frank’s hockey games with the Wheat Kings, and many holiday and family celebrations with the Lang and Clark families.

Mom led a very active life in Souris, where she was a charter member of the local Beta Sigma Phi, the choir director at St. Paul’s United Church for many years, and the first Director of the Souris Day Care.  Mom sang in the church choir and in several other singing groups over the years and she was also a prolific painter, a hobby that she took up after we three kids had left home.  She was proud to belong to the Souris Art club and her paintings now hang in the homes of many relatives and friends. Mom also started a small business selling makeup, from which she retired at the age of 91!  Mom’s business included doing people’s “colours” where she provided advice on the right colours to wear for your particular skin and eye colouring.

Mom had some amazing friends that continued to support her and visit her, even up until her last few days.  She also had a knack for cultivating friendships, and kept in touch over many years with old friends and with many relatives through the lost art of letter writing.  Since her passing, so many people have let us know how much those letters meant to them over the years.

Mom and Dad were blessed with six grandchildren who they enjoyed babysitting when they were little and as they grew, they enjoyed spending many hours travelling to their various activities around southwest Manitoba (and beyond!) to watch hockey games, Christmas concerts, sporting events and recitals.  In the past 6 years, Mom was also blessed with the birth of 8 great grandchildren – which she cherished.

In the past year, as Mom’s memory was fading, we posted large pictures of all the family on the bulletin board in her room.  One of our favorite pastimes was to look at each picture and review the names and faces of the grandchildren and the great grandchildren. Every time after she would look at the pictures, she would also say “Aren’t we lucky?”

Ila is lovingly remembered by her children Clark (Judy), Ruth (Trevor) Mealy and Frank (Karen), as well as her grandchildren Cassidy (Steven) Matchim, Jill (Matt) Jenkins, Jared (Kendra) Lang, Riley (Carly) Lang, Taylor Mealy and Hudson Mealy.  She also leaves great grandchildren, Grady and Charlie Matchim, Clark and Hayes Jenkins, Everly and Griffin Lang, and Dierks and Karter Lang.  Ila also leaves to mourn her brother Evan (Corky) and his wife Donna Clark, brother Al Clark, her brother in law Reg Lang, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.   Ila was predeceased by her loving husband Andy, her brothers and sisters in law Max (Hettie) Clark; Louis (Jean) Clark; her sister and brother in law Norma (Art) Reid; sisters in law and brothers in law Jean (Lewis) Downey, Dorothy (Leighton) Downey, Margaret (Jerry) Greaves, and sister in law Jean Lang.

The family is very thankful for the wonderful care that Mom received in the past few years from the staff and doctors at the Souris Personal Care Home. This is truly a wonderful place, where she was so well cared for in a cheerful, clean, inviting environment by amazing staff.

The service to celebrate Mom’s life was held on Saturday, October 5th at St. Paul’s United Church, Souris, Manitoba.  Thank you to Val and Dexter Kowalchuk for your wonderful support and help during this difficult time.  Thanks also to Minister Harvey Hurren for officiating.  Organist Glenda McConnell, choir director Bill Lawson and the St Paul’s United Church Choir (and friends) outdid themselves with the beautiful music for Mom’s service.   In memory of Mom, if you wish you can donate to a charity of your choice or to the Souris Personal Care Home c/o Prairie Mountain Health Box 10 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0.
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Laminman, Alberta (Bertie) May

Laminman: Bertie (Nee: Denbow), 92 years, beloved mother of Terry and the late Linda, grandmother of Marty, Amanda, Jennifer and Sharla, great-grandmother of 9, passed away in the Souris Personal Care Home on Monday, December 10, 2018. In keeping with Bertie’s wishes there will be no funeral service. In memory of Bertie, donations may be made to the St. Paul’s United Church Memorial Fund, Box 899 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0. click to read more