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JOHNSTON, KEITH AND JANET
Back row: Keith, Janet and Melvin Johnston Front row: Shirley, Denver, Devon, Colton and Wilf Sawatzky
Keith and Janet still live on the SW 5-17-18W and Keith is actively engaged in farming. Since the writing of the first history book, we have acquired one son-in-law and three grandsons, bringing us a great deal of enjoyment. Retirement is always a possibility, but it's anyone's guess how soon that will be!
Keith and Janet's son, Melvin, enrolled in Red River Community College in the fall of 1983. In June 1984, he received his licence in Major Appliance Repair and was employed for the next three years at Double S Service in Neepawa as a Service Technician. At the end of this time, he decided to start his own appliance repair business, which he continues to operate at Erickson, along with the added occupation of farming with his dad. In his spare time, Melvin enjoys building and flying radio control model planes, as well as curling and cross-country skiing in the winter.
After graduating from Briercrest Bible College in April 1984, Keith and Janet's daughter, Shirley, spent the summer teaching Vacation Bible School in one-room coun try schools in Montana. Upon her return to Manitoba, she moved to Brandon, where she was employed at the YMCA and Hem), Armstrong's. Shirley moved to Winnipeg in 1986, where she worked at the Bay Downtown until begin ning nurse's training in August 1986. She lived in residence for the next two years. She graduated from the St. Boniface School of Nursing in June 1988, serving as class valedic torian. Shirley commenced employment at St. Boniface General Hospital in July 1988 and continues to work there as a Registered Nurse. On Febrnary 18, 1989, Shirley married WilfSawatzky of Niverville, MB. They have lived in Winnipeg since that time. Wilf served as Youth Pastor at Morrow Gospel Church for several years, and is currently employed by Linster Construction. Shirley and Wilf have three sons: Colton Jeremiah, born on September I, 1994;
and identical twins, Denver Jonathan and Devon Joshua born on December 9, 1996.
JOHNSTON, WENDELL AND MAVIS
Mavis and Wendell Johnston 50th Anniversary
We continued to farm until 1989 when we rented the land to nephews. In 1991, we sold the 'home quarter' to Gordon and Edna Brewster from Thompson, and we moved into a suite in our apartment block in Erickson.
In August of 1993, Wendell had open-heart surgery at the St. Boniface Hospital, having the aortic valve replaced. Then, in March of 1996, Wendell was rnshed to the Brandon Hospital with viral encephalitis and remained in the hospital for almost two weeks. He recovered from these problems really quite well, and in December 1998, we celebrated our 50th Anniversary. Our daughters spon sored the New Year's Eve dance in honor of our anniversary on December 28. We had a wonderful time with family and friends.
Fred, Diane, Scott and Tim Yakiwchuk