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FRANCES (FRAN) ADA WEISS (nee MAGEE) May 9, 1937 June 19, 2012 It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Fran Weiss on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 75 years. Beloved wife of David; mother of: Gina (Rob) Kirchmann, Janet (Allan Turnbull), Derek (Tara), Paul (Michelle Mailhiot), Shane (Brenda) and Erin (Dan) Polakoff; grandmother to: Leah, Shaun, Mara, Andrew, Hailey and Nathaniel. Fran was born in Ashcroft, BC and grew up in beautiful Victoria where she attended high school at St. Ann's Academy and then obtained her RN at St. Joseph's School of Nursing. She moved to Winnipeg in 1962 and had a wonderful life learning how to be a Prairie Chick' and mastering the ropes of spending summers at the family cottage on Galt Island in Lake of the Woods, Kenora. Fran was so blessed by her brothers and sisters, dear and faithful friends from High School and Nursing, the Holy Cross Parish Music Ministry, and her treasured teammates from the Chemo Savvy Dragon Boat Team in Winnipeg, the Dragon Tamers in Kenora and those from the Heather Curling Club. Fran wrote: Thank you to all who walked this last little mile with me during my encounter with the oddball cancer called GIST. Thank you all for the love and affection over the years. Flowers are gratefully declined. In keeping with Fran's wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial mass celebrating her life will be held on Monday, June 25, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Holy Cross Parish, 252 Dubuc Street with interment following in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, 520 Osborne Street. The family invites those present for a time of fellowship, refreshments and to share in memories of Fran after the interment at 63 Lawndale Avenue. The Coutu family in care of arrangements: E.J. COUTU CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald Street 253-5086 ejcoutu.com
FRANCES ADA WEISS (nee MAGEE) It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Fran Weiss on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at the St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 75 years. In keeping with Fran's wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial mass celebrating her life will be held on Monday, June 25, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Holy Cross Parish, 252 Dubuc Street with interment following in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, 520 Osborne Street. A longer obituary will follow in Saturday's edition. The Coutu family in care of arrangements: E.J. COUTU CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald St. 253-5086
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on June 23, 2012
Guest Book(14 entries)
- Fran's smile, love of life and love of all her family will truly be missed. We may not be there with you all but are definitely there in spirit. We will be thinking of you, as you celebrate her life and those she has touched. With huge hugs to Dave and the family, all our love, Jack & Mardie
- Posted by: Jack & Mardie Orshak (Niece) on: Jun 25, 2012
- Fran Weiss was a big part of my family's life for over 40 years. We arrived in Norwood and were welcomed into the STM community and Weiss family across the back lane. To me, Fran was a wonderful mentor and inspiring catechism teacher. We loved gatherings with Fran, Dave and their kids because we had so much fun together in the city or at the cottage. She could do just about anything, and wasn't afraid to try. She lead the choir, played the organ beautifully and put heart and soul into music, worship, celebrations and her friends. She lived large and yet had time for personal connections with so many people. I love you Fran and will miss our visits. I am so grateful for your joie de vivre and kindness.
- Posted by: Deb Nightingale (Wehrle) (Friend of the family) on: Jun 25, 2012
- We first met Fran and David when their son Paul became engaged to his wife Michelle. She was such a warm, friendly and compassionate person who welcomed you with open arms. We always enjoyed her Christmas get togethers at her home. Our sincere condolences to David and all of their children and extended family members. Rest in Peace Fran.
- Posted by: Rick & Gloria Elgar (Extended Family) on: Jun 23, 2012
- Fran is singing with the angels. She was the first person I met at St. Thomas More thirty-five years ago and the best. She embodied what it means to be a christian, a loving person and a great soul. I am shocked and saddened to hear my old friend died. I am heartened to know that the last occasion I shared with her was a celebration that involved music. She is a terrible loss and a great inspiration. My sympathies to the whole family.
- Posted by: Wayne Selby (Friend and former neighbor) on: Jun 22, 2012
- I was so sorry to hear of Fran's passing.
I will truly miss paddling with her in the dragon boat in Kenora. Her bubbly, positive, spiritual outlook on life was inspirational to all of us who had the pleasure to enjoy time with her.
- Posted by: Angelica Haney (Friend) on: Jun 22, 2012
- I first met Fran while visiting the Weiss cottage on Lake of the Woods forty-six years ago. It seemed "youthful" Fran was "in-training" to become the future Matriarch of the Island. And what a regal role she's played! We met again last summer at a concert when I was invited for luncheon to the cottage. I was so warmly welcomed by this talented, loveable, energetic, and highly spirited lady, I was easily convinced to stay the night. However, I needed to pick up a few things in my car. My thoughts were if Fran lived her life the way she drove that boat, there was not a wasted minute! Fran left me with such an impression; I can only say that if you are lucky enough to call her wife, mother, sister or aunt, your life has been blessed! What an honor to have known this wonderful person. As the Irish blessing ends, "....and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hands".
- Posted by: Wanda Mitchell (friend) on: Jun 21, 2012
- Our deepest sympathies go out to Fran's family & also to her Chemo Savvey teammates. Her smile was contagious and her presence felt. She will be greatly missed, but her memory shall live on.
- Posted by: Marcelin Gautron (Friend - Peg City Paddles) on: Jun 21, 2012
- Aunt Fran - I so admire the way you lived your life with such joy, enthusiasm and caring. We love you too and are grateful for the time we shared at LOW and when in Winnipeg. Andrea, Grant, Jack, Scott and Daniel
- Posted by: Andrea Gilfillan (Niece) on: Jun 21, 2012
- Fran was an inspiration to our whole family. At times of great challenge and sorrow, Fran was amazingly supportive and loving. She never missed an opportunity to show us all that she cared and we will miss everything about her - everything - her Halloween treats for the children, her caramel popcorn, her foccacia, sweet nothing meringues, her words of wisdom, her sense of humour, her energy, her practicality, her laughter and, not the least, her beautiful, beautiful organ playing. What a treasure she was. You all have our very deepest sympathy.
- Posted by: carla and alex fleming and family (neighbour) on: Jun 21, 2012
- Tony, our two kids Jordan and Francesca and I were very fortunate to be included in many wonderful Weiss get togethers. We always felt welcome and included by Fran, Dave and their family. We will miss Fran's wonderful sense of humour and tremendous capacity to love. Rest in peace Fran, you will be sadly missed!
With much love, Alison, Tony, Jordan and Francesca Smith
- Posted by: Alison & Tony Smith (Friend's of the family) on: Jun 21, 2012
- May songs of the angels welcome you & guide you along your way. I will miss you so much big sister. You gave us all strength & courage. Love you forever, Margaret.
- Posted by: margaret sills (sister) on: Jun 21, 2012
- My deepest sympathy goes out to Fran's family...she will be greatly missed...her great smile...her inspiration and wonderfully, positive outlook in the face of adversity...She gave me hope and the strength to move forward and I will continue to do so in honour of her memory...Linda Sunde
- Posted by: Linda Sunde (Chemosavvy team member) on: Jun 21, 2012
- I was shocked to hear of the passing of my dear friend and fellow paddler. I was so glad that the last time I saw her I had given her a big hug. She was the biggest little person I have ever met. Her strength in enduring her illness was amazing and very private. All you ever saw from her was a big smile, a laugh, and maybe a song.
I will miss you terribly, Fran, and you will be beside me every time I paddle.
- Posted by: Pamela Brown (fellow Chemo Savvy paddler) on: Jun 21, 2012
- Having last seen Fran in full bloom of health and energy last summer, Bryce and I were shocked and stunned to hear of Fran's passing.
We send our prayers and sympathy to David and all of the children and extended family. What a HUGE loss.
Please call upon us if there is anything we can do for you here at LOW.
- Posted by: Bryce and Nicki Douglas (Neighbour at Lake of the Woods) on: Jun 21, 2012
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