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summers. As a result, in 1990, she graduated from the University of Manitoba with her Bachelor of Education and, in 1993, received a Post Baccalaureate Certificate III Education. Marlene is presently completing her 38th year of teaching. Her teaching career has taken her to many schools in Manitoba: Oak Leaf, Oak Bluff, Sanford, General Byng, Viscount Alexander and Oakenwald. Her husband, John (September 1, 1937), is looking forward to his retirement in September 2000. Leaving home at the early age of IS, John's work experiences have taken him to many places throughout Manitoba, Alberta and Ontario. He was employed as a fann hand, labourer in mines, oil well, CN Railway, bush camps, mechanic, and manager of Pembina Shell Service Station and caretaker for the Fort Garry School Division. Besides working, Marlene and John enjoy visiting and playing cards with their family and friends, love to attend dances, fish and camp around Thunder Bay and spend many hours playing with their two grandchildren.
Marlene and John's son, Kevin John (February 20,
1965), married Vana Hodson (September 16, 1966) on November 9, 1991. They have two children: Sarah Kelsey boru on March IS, 1994, and Ryan John Leland, boru on February 28, 1997. Kevin is presently driving for Purolator in Winnipeg. Vana is a Customer Service Rep. for Investor's Group and is able to work out of her home as a Remote Client Service Representative. Marlene and John's daugh ter, Myra Yvonne (April 12, 1970) married Cory Fortin (March 21, 1969) on September 4, 1999. Myra is employed as a hair stylist at Utopia Hair Salon in Thunder Bay. Cory and his dad own and operate Techni-Cool, a Radiator Repair Shop.
Back row: John, Kevin Mutch, Cory Fortin, John Mutch, Bill Wickstrom, Brian
Front row: Tracy Sillen, Ryan, Vana and Sarah Mutch, Myra Fortin, Marlene, Dianne, Emily and Linda Hitchins
Dianne Janet Faye (September 1, 1948) received her schooling at Lakelet, Minnedosa and Winnipeg. After high school, Dianne worked as a Nurses' Aide at the Winnipeg General Hospital where she decided that she would make her career in the medical profession. To receive her nurses' training, she enrolled at Red River Community College (formerly Manitoba Institute of Technology) and Brandon General Hospital. In 1970, upon her graduation, she was employed at the Health Science Centre (formerly The Winnipeg General Hospital) where she worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse. In 1996, with the deletion of LPN's, Dianne transferred to positions within the Health Science Center as a Unit Clerk and Vestibular Technician. She is presently completing her 30th year of service at the HSC. On August 26, 1978, Dianne married Bill Wickstrom (July 11, 1945), and they moved into Dianne's home in Fort Garry. In 1979, they purchased another home on the same avenue in Fort Garry where they reside today. Bill has been working at TransX Trucking since 1987, as a Customer Service/Operations Manager. Prior to TransX, Bill worked for Trucking Companies in Toronto and Winnipeg. Since 1992, Dianne and Bill have enjoyed their summer home in Miller's Campground at Portage la Prairie. It is here that they are able to relax and enjoy a taste of country life away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The friendships they have made there are similar to the neighbourly friends that Dianne remembers while grow ing up on the farm. For the past seven winters, Dianne and Bill have spent some time vacationing in various parts of Mexico. Daughter, Tracy Leigh Sillen (April 4, 1971) is employed at TransX in Winnipeg as a Payroll Clerk. Her fiance, Garry Thorsteinson (August 4, 1962) works at Parr Metal.
Editor S Note: They have one child, Cheyenne Florence Dianne Thorsteinson, boru January 8, 2000.
Brian Nelson (November 20, 1951) attended Lakelet (a one-room rural school) and Minnedosa Collegiate. After leaving school, Brian spent his first summer working at the 4 and 10 Esso Service Station in Minnedosa, until it was demolished. At the age of 19, Brian decided a fanner he was meant to be, so he returued to the farm to work and learn from his dad. They farmed together unti I 1981, when Adolph decided it was time to let Brian carry on alone. Adolph, remaining on the farm until his death, was always interested in new calves being born, crops being planted and harvested as well as various carpentry projects. Over the years, Brian bas acquired additional quarters of land (N 1127-17-17, NW 8-17-17, SW 6-17-17) and, in addi tion, rents other neighbouring quarters. Brian continues to farm and live on SW 7-17-17, wbich was bought in 1914 by Brian's grandfather, Johan OlofSillen. Along with grain farming, Brian spends his time looking after his many head of cattle and cutting wood in the winter time. He