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Born: Mar 09, 1931

Date of Passing: Nov 18, 2021

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(nee MILLER)
March 9, 1931 – November 18, 2021

It is with great sorrow that we announce the recent passing of our beloved mother, Genevieve Swerhone in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Predeceased by her loving husband Peter; her sister Mary MacDonald and her brother Cyril Miller.
Gen leaves behind her children, Lorna (Niels Giddins), Danielle, Michelle (Gerry Hagglund), Edward (Christine Finlay) and Patricia (Tami Waters) along with her three grandsons, Daniel Hagglund, Jack and Nicholas Swerhone. She is survived by her brother Edward Miller (Jean) and sister Patricia Rauch (Ken).
Gen was born in 1931 in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, as the first born to Edward and Mary Miller (Becker). Gen chose nursing as a career and graduated from the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, where she was class valedictorian. In her early career, she worked at several rural hospitals throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta. Our mother loved working with people and the highlights of her nursing career included working with polio survivors and assisting on early surgical interventions to fuse spines.
When working in Canora, Saskatchewan, she met Peter, they married in 1956, lived briefly in North Battleford until 1958, before establishing themselves in Winnipeg.
Gen returned to nursing some 20 years after being at home to raise her five children, having bravely returned to school to upgrade her credentials and then taking a position at the Holy Family Nursing Home.
Gen was a devout Catholic and a dedicated volunteer in her community in many capacities. Family was very important. Whether at home in Winnipeg or summers at the family cottage at Victoria Beach, she juggled the demands of Peter's career and five busy kids, but still managed to get us to have dinner together every night. Together our parents travelled extensively, but her favourite trip was going to Rome and in particular the Vatican. She was able to touch Stonehenge in England and kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland.
Gen had many skills, including cooking, but was a true artisan with needlework and had a particular passion for quilting. She was a patient and soft-spoken mother who loved her family. She was by nature profoundly shy, but that is never to be confused with not having an opinion. She has left a hole in our hearts and our family shall continue to be guided by her even in her passing.
Our family would like to thank all the caring staff at Brightwater Senior Living for the excellent care they provide Genevieve over the last few years.
As per Gen's wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made the charity of your choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 27, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • As two groups without relatives in Winnipeg, our families came together to celebrate every holiday that I remember from childhood. Food was always a central player and if it wasn’t our Mom at the stove, it was Gen who was whipping up gastronomical delights as the nine of us kids ran, played and grew up. Thanks for the memories, Gen. Condolences and love to all of the Swehones. - Posted by: Michele Q (Family friend) on: Dec 09, 2021

  • Hey Swerhone families, I just wanted to pass along my condolences. In my memory your mom was the best. She was present in every conversation. She asked brilliant questions. She patiently listened to stories of the latest hijinks or the next planned adventure (usually with bemused concern, but rarely judgment). I never once doubted your mom cared about all of the people in her life and that is hugely rare and special gift. Take care and lots of love. Jonathan Quaglia & family - Posted by: Jonathan Quaglia (childhood sibling) on: Dec 01, 2021

  • Our family was very close to the Swerhone clan when we all lived in Winnipeg. Gen will be forever stuck in my memory for her warmth and beauty. I was always taken by her, even as a little kid. She will be missed. All the best to the family from the Bradley family. - Posted by: Tom Bradley (Friend) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • My condolences. My late mother, Gerrie Melnyk, worked with Gen at Holy Family for many years. I remember her well. Beautiful Lady. - Posted by: Cathi (daughter of co-worker) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to the Swerhone family on the passing of your mother. I have fond memories of all of you, and the many times I looked after the girls growing up. Gen and Peter were great friends of the Milazzo family - Posted by: Teri Ibbott (Friend of the family) on: Nov 27, 2021

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