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Born: Jan 10, 1926

Date of Passing: Oct 21, 2017

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NORA GRENFELL Peacefully on October 21, 2017 Nora passed away, at the age of 91, with her family by her side. Left to cherish her memory are her son Peter (Vicky), her daughter Christine (Retired Colonel Richard) and her grandson Eric. She was predeceased by her husband Ken, daughter Susan, son Brian, as well as her parents, James and Hannah, and brothers Reilly and Gordon. Nora was born on January 10, 1926 in Bedlington, Northumberland, England. It was there that she met her husband Ken and they were married in 1950. Nora received her training as a physiotherapist in England prior to them emigrating to Canada in 1953. Nora practiced as a physiotherapist in Winnipeg. She was a founder of the University of Manitoba School of Medical Rehabilitation in 1953. She worked for many organizations, including the Shriners Hospital, Canadian Arthritis Society, Grace General Hospital, and Deer Lodge Centre. She was awarded her lifetime membership in the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 1997. In addition to her professional career, Nora was a long-time volunteer in Winnipeg with Agape Table and Meals on Wheels. Nora was an active member of St. Andrews Anglican Church, where she served as both the Rector's Warden and the People's Warden. She was a Synod Delegate and served on the vestry. She was also a member of the Alter Guild and the church refugee committee. The family is deeply grateful to the staff on 3 West at Extendicare Oakview Place for the care and compassion given to Nora over the last three years. A Celebration of Life will take place on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at St. Andrews Anglican Church, 2700 Portage Avenue, at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, a donation in the memory of Nora can be made to the charity of your choice. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 24, 2017

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • I remember the Grenfell family well from our time growing up on Rowland Avenue. Peter and Christine, all the Olands send our condolences to you and your families. Your mother was such a wonderful person, and set such a great example to you both. Our mother, Rita, said to me today that she always admired Nora. - Posted by: Janice McIlroy ( Oland) (Friend) on: Oct 26, 2017

  • Sending my condolences to Chris, Peter, and Eric as you grieve the loss of your mother and grandmother. I remember Mrs. G as a kind and strong woman with a great sense of humour and a direct and respectful manner. Hanging out with Chris in our formative and teen years meant I spent time with Mrs. G too. When my son was young, we visited at Christmas time, and her generosity then- and since- to our family was remarkable. Mrs. G was immensely accomplished as a physiotherapist, a mother, a community/church member, and a friend. I shall miss her, especially her sense of self, her sense of humour and her gentle strength. Rest in peace, Mrs. G. - Posted by: Fiona Green () on: Oct 26, 2017

  • I had the pleasure of being with Nora on two occasions! One was a happy occasion when Chris was getting married. The second was visiting her at her bedside in long term care. At Both places she was gracious, humourous, stalwart, & content. It was an eye opener reading her obituary & learning about her accomplishments in life! She was so modest. She will be missed and remembered with affection. - Posted by: Dawn Brennan (Family Friend) on: Oct 25, 2017

  • My Dear Aunty Nora was a pillar for me always. The Grenfell family and ours, the Hills Family may not have been blood related but we might as well have been. My Mom and Dad, Sheila and Ron Hills together with Aunty Nora and Uncle Ken were the very, very best of friends. As long as I can remember holidays were not holidays unless we were together. The childhood that I remember was none other than perfect when we were together be it camping,birthdays,Christmas or any event. I was exceptionally fortunate to have Aunty Nora as my Aunt. She was always there for me as a child and as an adult. Always there for listening and never shy to say what she really thought and never ever forgetting some humour. God bless you Aunty Nora and thank you for everything that you were. Never will you be forgotten. Xoxo times infinity Karen. - Posted by: Karen Kroon nee Hills (Family Friend) on: Oct 25, 2017

  • My Auntie Nora and my Uncle Ken (who sadly left us way too early) were fixtures in my life as I was growing up in Winnipeg. Every year as a child we always had Christmas dinner at the Grenfell's and New Year's dinner at the Hills' or vice versa. Frequent camping trips with both families are very happy and special memories for me. We all seemed to be together all of the time. My Auntie Nora was my Godmother and even though we moved to Montreal many, many years ago and I have since moved around a lot since then and didn't talk to her as often as I would have liked; she was always fascinated and supportive to hear what I had been doing - what successes (and failures) I was experiencing. Yup My Auntie Nora, she will always have a special place in my heart and in my mind with all those very special memories that I have of her. I am going to miss her. My thoughts are with Pete and Chris and Eric - your Mom and Grandmother was a very special and unique person. Loved by many and respected by all. Steven - Posted by: Steven Hills (Godson) on: Oct 25, 2017

  • My sincere condolences to Peter, Christine and all of Nora's extended family and many, many friends and associates. Nora was a dear friend to my mother Eileen Card and my Aunt Ella Card, and by extension a friend to our entire family. She will be missed! - Posted by: Gary Card (Friend) on: Oct 25, 2017

  • Mrs. Grenfell was one of Woodhaven's pillars. Although I did not get to know her well she was always a part of my childhood as we attended many of the same events. I know my mum thought very highly of her through their connection at St. Andrew's as well as both being mums in Woodhaven. Christine my prayer for you is peace. - Posted by: Jennifer (family friend) on: Oct 24, 2017

  • From early childhood, and for at least 50 years, whenever I met Nora, I consistently thought that "here is someone that I would like to emulate". Her constant good humor and grace, even under difficult circumstances, set a high standard for me to follow. In short, by way of example, Nora made me a better person. - Posted by: Danny Card (friend) on: Oct 24, 2017

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