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RUTH MARY BRECKMAN

Date of Passing: Dec 04, 2017

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RUTH MARY BRECKMAN 1932 - 2017 Ruth died peacefully on December 4, 2017. She grew up on the Forrester family farm near Emerson, Manitoba. As a girl, she loved to sing and to ride horses. Later in life she trained a horse for her daughter and had success training dogs for obedience trials. In 1951, she married Gordon Breckman of Lundar, Manitoba. He soon re-enlisted in the Canadian Army. They had many adventures together: exploring Europe with their young family, living in Ontario and Nova Scotia until Gordon retired from the army in 1970. Back in Winnipeg, Ruth was employed full time by the Girl Guides of Canada, training adult volunteers, running a summer camp, and starting a Brownie group in the inner city. Later, she put all of her formidable energy into volunteer work. As President of the Manitoba Genealogical Society she helped to greatly expand membership. She became President of the Manitoba Heritage Federation at a time when they were responsible for grants to local museums and heritage sites across the province. After Gordon died in 1991, she became an active senior: travelling widely in Canada, Europe and Australia; joining a writers' group; and continuing to play a fairly competitive game of Bridge. As she liked to say, "I might be getting old, but I can still count cards." She enjoyed the social life at Lions' Place where she had many friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Gordon, and by her daughter, Susan Kushniruk, who died in April 2017. Survivors include her son, Douglas Breckman of Toronto, son-in-law, John Kushniruk of Portage La Prairie, grandchildren, Jaryth Kushniruk and Jennifer (Peter) Sadney, great-grandchildren, Brody and Finn Sadney, sister, Jean Hewko, brother and sister-in-law, Leslie and Cathy Forrester, sister-in-law, Thelma Forrester, and many nephews, nieces and friends. The family would like to thank emergency staff at Grace Hospital for their skill and compassion, as well as her good friends, Gerald Brown and Zana Lutfiyya, who came to her aid and stayed with her at the end. A memorial service will be held for Ruth at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 29, 2017, at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue (across from Brookside Cemetery). Interment will be for immediate family members, later in the afternoon at Lundar, Manitoba. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200 neilbardalinc.com
Publish Date: Dec 23, 2017

RUTH MARY BRECKMAN 1932 - 2017 Ruth died peacefully on December 4, 2017. She grew up on the Forrester family farm near Emerson, Manitoba. As a girl, she loved to sing and to ride horses. Later in life she trained a horse for her daughter and had success training dogs for obedience trials. In 1951, she married Gordon Breckman of Lundar, Manitoba. He soon re-enlisted in the Canadian Army. They had many adventures together: exploring Europe with their young family, living in Ontario and Nova Scotia until Gordon retired from the army in 1970. Back in Winnipeg, Ruth was employed full time by the Girl Guides of Canada, training adult volunteers, running a summer camp, and starting a Brownie group in the inner city. Later, she put all of her formidable energy into volunteer work. As President of the Manitoba Genealogical Society she helped to greatly expand membership. She became President of the Manitoba Heritage Federation at a time when they were responsible for grants to local museums and heritage sites across the province. After Gordon died in 1991, she became an active senior: travelling widely in Canada, Europe and Australia; joining a writers' group; and continuing to play a fairly competitive game of Bridge. As she liked to say, "I might be getting old, but I can still count cards." She enjoyed the social life at Lions' Place where she had many friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Gordon, and by her daughter, Susan Kushniruk, who died in April, 2017. Survivors include her son, Douglas Breckman, of Toronto, son-in-law, John Kushniruk, of Portage la Prairie, grandchildren Jaryth Kushniruk and Jennifer (Peter) Sadney, great-grandchildren Brody and Finn Sadney, sister Jean Hewko, brother and sister-in-law, Leslie and Cathy Forrester, sister-in-law, Thelma Forrester, and many nephews, nieces and friends. The family would like to thank emergency staff at Grace Hospital for their skill and compassion, as well as her good friends, Gerald Brown and Zana Lutfiyya, who came to her aide and stayed with her at the end. A memorial service will be held for Ruth at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 29, 2017, at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue (across from Brookside Cemetery). Interment will be for immediate family members, later in the afternoon at Lundar, Manitoba. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200 neilbardalinc.com
Publish Date: Dec 16, 2017

RUTH MARY BRECKMAN 1932 - 2017 Peacefully on Monday, December 4, 2017 at the Grace Hospital, Ruth Breckman passed away at the age of 85 years. A Memorial Service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 29, 2017 at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue (across from Brookside Cemetery). A longer obituary notice to follow. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200 neilbardalinc.com
Publish Date: Dec 9, 2017

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 23, 2017

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I only knew Ruth for a short time however all I can say is she was one of the nicest people I have ever met. She was always happy and always speaking about her family...she will be missed. My condolences to the entire family. - Posted by: Monique Hanif (Friend ) on: Dec 29, 2017

  • I knew Ruth during her time with the Girl Guides in Winnipeg. I will always remember her as a compassionate, capable woman whose sense of humour and love of having fun was infectious. My sincere condolences to the family. - Posted by: Karen Caithness () on: Dec 19, 2017

  • Ruth was a warm and caring human being and I am a better person for having known her. Her passing came as such a shock. My condolences to her family. - Posted by: Coralie Bornais (Friend from Whist) on: Dec 10, 2017

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