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Born: Jun 18, 1948

Date of Passing: May 09, 2018

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ELIZABETH DELGATTY Elizabeth Delgatty, 69, of Winnipeg, died May 9, 2018, in St. Boniface Hospital. She was born on June 18, 1948, in Flin Flon, Manitoba. Elizabeth graduated from Hapnot Collegiate in Flin Flon and received Bachelor of Science and teaching degrees from the University of Manitoba. Elizabeth is predeceased by her parents Margaret and Jack Delgatty, mother-in-law Sophie Konefall and her ex-husband Erich Mantler. She is survived by her husband Bob Ludwick, by daughter Andrea Mantler and son Tony Mantler, by Mark, Ashley (Fenske), Matthew and April Ludwick and grandchildren Sophie, Aster and Charles Ludwick, and by her siblings Doug, Bob and Janet. Elizabeth started her teaching career in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba and moved to Winnipeg in 1971, where she taught decades worth of children in River East School Division and was their beloved "Mrs. Mantler." After retirement, she developed her considerable painting skills and was an active member of the Local Colour Art Group, the Manitoba Society of Artists, and the Gwen Fox Gallery. Her favourite subjects were trees, especially birch trees. Her favourite colour was yellow and it was a feature of her life, including in many of her paintings. Her Missing Women series was exhibited in several Canadian locations and one of the paintings was chosen to be in a Canadian high school art textbook. Her works were chosen for several juried art shows and she had several one artist shows. One of the highlights of her life were the summers spent at the family cabin on Big Island Lake near Flin Flon, and especially the canoeing there, first as a child and teen and later with her beloved Bob. Elizabeth and Bob spent happy years traveling together after they retired. As a couple, they were devoted to each other and to their family. Elizabeth loved being a grandmother. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Thanks to her GP Dr. Loepp, CancerCare Manitoba staff and the Palliative Care staff at St. Boniface Hospital for their compassionate care of Elizabeth.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 12, 2018

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • December 3rd/2018 Elizabeth Delgatty was my Elementary Teacher at Springfield Heights. She had the maiden name of Mantler at that time. Since, I was in school I had learning difficulties throughout my school year. Let's just say I had a double lung pneumonia at the age of six where I was in the hospital for nearly a month. Mrs. Delgatty, was my Grade Three Teacher which is around the year of 1998 who was a very sweet, kind, and strict because she would not settle for excuses and made it clear that she wanted to project creativity in her practicum as a teacher. If no one understands the Education Lingo that means school lessons. Delgatty, would not let me make excuses and hide by any barrier. She was a mother to me in the education system and above that she is a family friend. I put her in the same category with Mrs. Alison Kuran and Mrs. Sherry Faller that would accommodate me to become a better person and tackler of life to push against any barrier. Given, I am a believer that the former (first) barriers happen to all of us, but not to go biblical on anybody but grey hair is a sign of wisdom. Hence, as I got older... I got wiser. Also, the latter (second)... Having teachers that became friends that helped me mold a person I am into today. But, no means I will never categorize myself as perfect, but I do not settle for no's. I've ruffled feathers because my goal in life is to surpass my limitations being in the presence of Delgatty, Faller, and Kuran. I reckon that is going to happen because there is a correlation with all three of them of the friendship/teacher relationship I have with my mother. I feel guilty not finding about this till now because Delgatty passed in May/2018 and it is already December. I found out today from a conversation with my mother that Mrs. Kuran another teacher that taught at the same school as Delgatty that played a major role in my life and still does even with the passing. I graduated high school at Kildonan East in 2007 with a grade average of 53 percent. By any means necessary, I do not consider that reputable or credible of the influence my mother, Delgatty, Faller or Kuran had on me as a teacher in life. So, I enrolled in the learning centre at Mcleod Education Centre in 2010 and took Consumer Math, English Trans, Family Studies, and Law 40S where I upgraded that to 77 percent. Why is this so important to me? In Grade 3 health I believe I received my first ever A+ and Delgatty implemented ways to strategize various styles of learning whether it be visual, sound, kinesthetic, and the other two. She would help you see your best if you did not. That added a boost of confidence that I deem necessary to where I am at today. In retrospect, I went to the learning centre in 2010 to take these courses which further progressed my journey to the University of Winnipeg to pursue a double major Sociology & Psychology where I nearly finished in 2015, but bottomed out, burnt myself out, and was not in a good place physically, mentally, financially and spiritually. It's 2018 I am back taking an English course at the learning centre to prepare for my last year of University and I know and believe it can happen.. having Delgatty being spiritually there in my heart forever will never be tainted or forgotten. Same as my Mom, Brother, Father, Mrs. Faller, and Mrs. Kuran that have supported me when I gave up and said ain't going to happen. The last I heard from Mrs. Delgatty was an e-mail message I exchanged with her in February detailing a life long dream to take my mom for. I had a list of people I wanted to invite. Unfortunately, that did not happen because I was spending more then I had. But, Delgatty gave me the encouragement I needed and she always has and always will. Finally, how should we remember Delgatty? Not by her passing. She was an exceptional artist. There is a saying in society that "Pictures can say a thousand words". It should've been coined and perhaps on a coin by the late Elizabeth Delgatty. If anybody has ever seen her artwork at various art shows, textbooks, and even being a student in Springfield Heights Elementary Schools. She always had a knack for accentuating the positives and hiding the negatives because excuses were not going anywhere with her. She showed students that barriers are non-existent same as borders in society. We live in a digital age where technology has forgotten the simple premise that love has no borders. He said or she said does not matter. Arguably, people may claim that well you get photos, videos, and all sorts, but they will never override the memories you have with that person positive or negative. You should be the Michaengelo and Picasso of your life. So, this probes many underlying questions which I am going to address the three. (1) When would NOW be the time to return to University?, (2) How can you tap into your artist work and express creativity and influence that Elizabeth Delgatty had in your life?, and (3) What could you do if you could not fail? The answer to three part loaded question and novel is simple I am going to finish what I started Adult Ed is almost over, I am planning to figure and implement ways to honor Elizabeth Delgatty's legacy and try to do it all over again. The greater the risk, the greater reward. As such, "never underestimate the power you give other people by believing in them and lastly never underestimate the power you give yourself by believing in you." - Posted by: Derek Loewen (Elementary School Student& Friend) on: Dec 03, 2018

  • Elizabeth was the first person I met in the neighbourhood when I moved into my house on Glenwood Cr. At the time, I was 9 months pregnant with my first child and she was so excited to soon have a playmate for her youngest child - Tony. She made me feel welcome - it was a great start to making this neighbourhood my home for the last almost 39 years. Elizabeth was a unique and special person. I loved her quick mind, kind heart and quirky sense of humour. Our neighbourhood was blessed with her presence and she will be surely missed. My deepest condolences to Bob and family, Andrea and Tony. - Posted by: Barb (neighbour) on: May 29, 2018

  • We are so very sorry for your loss and our prayers are with the family. Elizabeth will be fondly remembered in our hearts, she was always positive and happy even in the most trying of times and made everyone around her feel important and welcome. She will be greatly missed but not forgotten. -Roy McTaggart Family - Posted by: Roy McTaggart (Cousin) on: May 24, 2018

  • Charmaine and I were acquainted/reacquainted with Elizabeth last year at our cousins reunion. We both wish it we had done so much sooner. We were inspired by her courage and we admired her work. We will miss her. - Posted by: Charmaine and Bruce McCuaig (Cousin) on: May 16, 2018

  • One of my special memories of Elizabeth was when we were just kids. She was two years my senior and she took me fishing (for my first time) on Big Island Lake. She paddled the canoe and when out in deep water, I got a bite on my line. I panicked in my inexperience, but she had everything in control and netted and landed a nice Jack fish. My aunt (her mother) fried up the fish for dinner that evening. It was the best fish I've ever tasted. Elizabeth was exceptional in her ability and that was evident early on. You will be missed! - Posted by: Nancy Vaughan (nee Sirett) (cousin) on: May 15, 2018

  • We will miss seeing Elizabeth on her daily walks in the neighbourhood. We always enjoyed the casual chats as she walked by. She made our neighbourhood a better place. Our condolences to Bob, Andrea, and the whole family. - Posted by: Elise, Gene and children (Neighbourhood friend) on: May 14, 2018

  • Elizabeth was such a trooper. She persevered to keep moving and getting outside as much as she could. She always had a smile and kindness to offer us and especially our children. We send our deep sympathies to the whole family. - Posted by: The Smith family on Leslie (Neighbourhood friends) on: May 13, 2018

  • I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4). - Posted by: Megan (Friend) on: May 13, 2018

  • I am saddened to learn of Elizabeth's passing and wish to extend my deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to all her family. She was an outstanding teacher-libraraian colleague when she taught in River East School Division. May the sun forever shine upon her face and the wind always be at her back. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. - Posted by: Norm Guilbert (Fellow teacher) on: May 13, 2018

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