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Date of Passing: May 20, 2012

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LYDIA ROSE GIESBRECHT Lydia Rose was 90 years old at the time of her death on Sunday, May 20, 2012. She was predeceased by her husband Bill in 1999 and her son-in-law Larry Friesen in 2010. She is survived by her daughters, Islay (Rick), Lawren (Carl) and Bonnie, her grandchildren, Matthew, Jill, Vanessa, Lindsay and Jordyn, her great-grandchildren Ryan, Devon, Madison, Jackson and Max, and her brother Eldon Toews. Lydia spent the last 13 years in a care home and suffered from Alzheimer's, but through it all, somehow she managed to maintain her sense of humor, her dignity and her grace. She was ambitious and hardworking. She would drag trees out of the bush, plant a huge garden and deliver bundles of washed vegetables ready for the pot. She was famous for her fresh brown bread, green bean soup and raisin cookies that no one has ever been able to duplicate. She loved quilting, sewing, cake decorating and creating in general. She loved the sun and the beach and fishing. She loved education and teaching her special needs kids the most. They were her passion. She was the principal at St. Amant Centre from 1975 to 1986. She was fun-loving and a feminist. She was a teacher to the end. We love you mom. We would like to thank the compassionate staff at Meadowood Manor for the excellent care our mother received during her stay there. The Funeral Service will be held Saturday, May 26 at 1:00 p.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Drive, Steinbach with interment at Heritage Cemetery. If any of you would like to make a donation to in Lydia's name, it would be greatly appreciated. Our mother was a pioneer in teaching autistic children. Thank you from Lydia's family. Arrangements by BIRCHWOOD FUNERAL CHAPEL 1-204-346-1030 OR 1-888-454-1030

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 24, 2012

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • I remember with affection Aunt Lydia's happy smile and infectious laugh. Her many contributions to our world have made it a better place. We celebrate her life that was characterized by personal conviction, commitment, strength and persistence. Rest in peace. - Posted by: Wayne Toews () on: May 25, 2012

  • Thinking of you and remembering the laughter when Aunt Lydia and my dad were together. Remembering how she gave BB and I some rising dough to play with... and the look on her face when we played with it and I offered it back. Remembering the pride in her family and the last time we met. - Posted by: Donna () on: May 24, 2012

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