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Born: Jan 15, 1949

Date of Passing: Feb 19, 2020

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It is with great sadness we share that Arlene Janis Wiley died Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, MB, during a brief hospitalization following a fall at her home.
Arlene, the eldest child of the marriage January 14, 1948, of Arley-Bly Mains to Gordon Walter Wiley, was born January 15, 1949, in Brandon, MB. She was raised in a loving home by our mother and grandmother Mains from Carnduff, SK, after the 1960 legal separation of our parents.
Arlene is survived by her siblings, Karen Elves and Lorne Wiley, and their spouses, Emmett Elves and Gay Wiley; as well as three nephews, Michael (Michelle Klimczak), Robert, and Andrew (Duncan Frater) Elves; and she was thrilled at the arrival of her four grandnephews, Archer, Callum, Tomson and Isley Klimczak-Elves.
She attended St. Michael's Kindergarten, Central School, Earl Haig Junior High School, Brandon Collegiate Institute, and Assiniboine Community College. She was active in student life, and was on a winning curling team in high school. Her many hobbies included cake decorating, baking, sewing, reading, calligraphy, and entertaining. She began her working life at Great-West Life in Winnipeg, but later moved to the position she retired from in 2004, as Post-Graduate Administrative Assistant in the Department of Family Medicine for the University of Manitoba, where she worked with Family Medicine residents and Teaching staff. At her retirement she was thrilled to be given an Honorary Assistant Professor Certificate. She loved her work, the residents, and their families, and kept in touch with many.
She enjoyed many activities and hobbies throughout her life: church children's programs at St. Paul's United Church (now Central United), including attending and teaching Sunday School, Explorers, CGIT, Hi-C and choirs. She took piano lessons at St. Michael's and BU Conservatory of Music, where she also studied voice. She performed in recitals, concerts and festivals, as well as for seniors at Fairview during her youth. She attended the local YMCA, took figure skating lessons at the Wheat City Arena, and spent many winter evenings skating at Central Community Centre.
Her life held many challenges, including deafness, mobility problems and Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, but health care providers, suppliers and support service providers from salespersons to Handi-Transit drivers, building managers and caretakers, made her days easier. She returned their kindness with her cheerfulness in most encounters throughout these recent years.
Arlene's life will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m., Sunday afternoon, on February 23, 2020, at St. Margaret's Anglican Church, 160 Ethelbert Street at Westminster Avenue; where her family will welcome all the friends she has brought into their lives, the family members she cherished, and the wonderful folk she has worked with, lived near, and embraced all these years.
Donations may be made in her memory to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Room ON1160, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9, and Riverview Day Hospital, One Morley Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3L 2P4.

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Publish Date: Feb 22, 2020


Arlene Janis Wiley, aged 71, passed away on February 19, 2020, at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, MB.
Her funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 23, 2020, at St. Margaret's Anglican Church, 160 Ethelbert St., Winnipeg, MB.
A longer obituary will follow in tomorrow's paper.

475 Provencher Blvd.,
in care of arrangements, 204-775-2220

Publish Date: Feb 21, 2020

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 21, 2020, Feb 22, 2020

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • Arlene was a friend to many especially to little people in this world. When Peter our son was young, in addition to making beautiful birthday cakes, she helped with baby sitting and often took him to movies. When Peter’s two sisters arrived they also received Arlene’s special cakes. We all enjoyed Arlene’s cheese cakes and other goodies. Dinner and swimming at her pool in the heat of the summer was a treat. Arlene had a gift for making everyone feel special. In your word’s Arlene - God Bless. We will miss you our friend! - Posted by: Michelle Joubert (Old friend ) on: Apr 12, 2020

  • We are so saddened to hear of the loss of Arlene and sorry to have missed the funeral. Mom has such fond memories of Arlene, especially as a child and her growing up and playing with Tanis. I can remember Arlene singing at weddings and other occasions. She had a lovely voice. We send our love and condolences to the family and are deeply sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Ann Mechlair and Michele Siemens (Family friend) on: Mar 05, 2020

  • Sincere condolences to Arlene's family. Arlene was such a thoughtful, kind person who gave so generously to others in her work and personal life. She was a human bulletin board when it came to the Family Medical Centre, also my son's first babysitter (outside of family) and maker of fabulous dinosaur b'day cakes. I will miss her cheerful voice and our phone chats. Was in Victoria so missed her celebration of life sadly. - Posted by: Gerri Thorsteinson (Friend) on: Mar 04, 2020

  • I was extremely sad to hear of “Auntie” Arlene’s passing. After the loss of my Auntie Sandra, we reconnected and have stayed in touch since then. Arlene always took the time to write me lengthy emails, and she never missed sending a birthday wish. Arlene was always thinking about others, and I will miss her dearly. As Auntie Arlene would say at the end of every email, “God bless.” My deepest condolences to the family. - Posted by: Nicole Blowes ( Friend ) on: Feb 29, 2020

  • I just wanted to give my heartfelt condolences to the family. I only know Arlene from a few occasions when she helped take medical students of ours from Riverview. She was a very nice person and the students absolutely loved her and enjoyed the experience. Arlene was a wonderful educator to the students and we appreciate her volunteering for their home visits. - Posted by: Mark Nytepchuk (Health Care Professional @ Riverview) on: Feb 28, 2020

  • So very sorry to hear of the loss of Arlene. My twin sister & I baby sat for Arlene, Karen & Lorne when they were youngsters. We lived in the home with them, while we attended Business College there, and baby sat for them while Arley was at work. I have many fond memories of our time with them. Their Mom was such a sweetheart to work for. Sincere condolences to all the Wiley family. - Posted by: Esther (Wiggett) Clark (Baby sitter for the Wiley family many many yrs. ago) on: Feb 26, 2020

  • We are very sorry to hear the passing of Arlene. She has been a patient at Connect Hearing for ten plus years and it was always a pleasure to see her at her appointments because she always had a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Erica Payne and Jeff Naismith (Friends at Connect Hearing) on: Feb 25, 2020

  • My sincere sympathy for the loss of your sister and aunt. I knew her through the Family Medicine Residency program 1985-7. She was a capable and caring lady who enhanced the learning experience of the students. She sure could organize a potluck party, too. - Posted by: Karen Bergner Juce (colleague) on: Feb 23, 2020

  • Arlene will be missed. Even though she had her own health issues she was extremely supportive during mine. She was a good friend and cousin and I'm sorry physical distance kept us apart. Rest in Peace Arlene. - Posted by: Anne Mains (cousin) on: Feb 23, 2020

  • I have so many fond memories of Arlene from my time at the Family Medical Centre. She was one of the key people which kept the place going and made it a success. She enriched my life and I'll always remember her warmth, helpfulness, support, laughter and friendship. My condolences to her family. - Posted by: Florence Merredew (family medicine resident and friend ) on: Feb 22, 2020

  • I worked with Arlene for many years in Family Medicine. She was always interested in other people and cheerful to be with. Arlene kept in contact with former residents and colleagues for years and could 'fill you in' when you would meet her. She is someone who made a real difference to those around her and will be sadly missed. I am in Mexico and unable to attend the service to celebrate her life. My condolences to her family and friends. - Posted by: Gail Schnabl (Colleague and friend) on: Feb 22, 2020

  • To Karen and family .... I am so sorry for your loss of your beautiful sister Arlene. Siblings are usually the longest relationship in life.. you will miss her. All the wonderful memories and everyday thoughts you will always have are proof of heaven. My sincere condolences Lynne McMordie Rempel - Posted by: Lynne Rempel (60’s Brandon Girl) on: Feb 22, 2020

  • I will always remember Arlene Wiley with her classy outfits of vibrant colors, amazing smile and a hug that was the most warm and welcoming you'd ever had. She welcomed me into the Family Medicine "family" in 1994 and even after her retirement; I'd catch up when we could. I was reminded of a time when I was a young mom and she welcomed me to her home for the day to "just be me" (not a mom, but focus on myself). She made afternoon tea and we laughed and visited the day away. She made the lives of the many, many residents she "took care of" so much better. It was a intense 2-year program for the residents; but she would make connections with each of them. She made their lives easier while they were in their hard training. In return; each person who got to work with or know Arlene; was blessed by her true friendship. Arlene's ability to not only focus on the glass 1/2 full; but would remind us that we were lucky to "even have a glass". I will miss her; but am thankful that I got to know her, learn from her and laugh with her! I'll never forget you Arlene! Rest peacefully, Michelle - Posted by: Michelle Jubenvill (Work colleague / friend) on: Feb 21, 2020

  • Arlene was the glue that held Family Medical Centre together for a number of years, working with residents and doctors with compassion and competence. She was a kind and warm person. My condolences to her family. - Posted by: SARAH kREDENTSER (former colleague) on: Feb 21, 2020

  • Auntie Arlene, good friend, best birthday cake baker, costume maker, skilled decorator and of course kind human being! I will miss you! Heartfelt condolences to Arlene's family and friends. - Posted by: Brenda Morrison (Friend) on: Feb 21, 2020

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