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Born: Jan 09, 1929

Date of Passing: Dec 01, 2018

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JOSEPHINE MABEL GODFREY LECHMAN January 9, 1929 - December 1, 2018 It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Josephine Mabel Godfrey Lechman on December 1, 2018, in Winnipeg. She went peacefully and mercifully into the arms of the Lord while she slept. She was predeceased by her mother Isabella Southward Godfrey, her sister Doreen Schneider and brothers, Walter and Ernest. Her father Walter John Godfrey served in the First World War and was a member of the personal guard for King George V. He died when Josephine was only 14. Josephine joins her beloved soulmate and husband of 63 years, Joseph, who predeceased her on September 10, 2010. She is survived by her daughter Constance; sons, Craig and Carl; and daughters-in-law, Derriene (Carl) and Barbara "Bobbi" (Craig); granddaughters, Lyann, Rebecca and Virginia; and great-grandson Channing. She also leaves to cherish her precious memory, her sisters-in-law, Kathy Broadbent Godfrey, Dorothy "Dodo" Lechman and Eleanor Lechman in British Columbia, her cousin Michael Broadbent in England and many nieces and nephews. Her parents and brothers immigrated to Manitoba in 1924 from Leeds, England. Josephine, the youngest child, was born on January 9, 1929 in Medora, MB where she lived until 1943 when she and her mother moved to Winnipeg. After she graduated from Gordon Bell High School, Josephine went to work at the Manitoba Telephone System as a long distance switchboard operator. Following her marriage to Joseph she devoted her life to raising their children and helping him by meticulously doing all of the bookkeeping for their businesses. Josephine was a skilled homemaker and a wonderful cook and baker. She had a passion for curling and golfing and was an active member of Rossmere Country Club. She served many years on the Auxiliary of the Middlechurch Home where she was able to put her love of handcrafting to use in making centrepieces and items for sale at their annual fundraising tea. A strong, independent woman, Josephine was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who lived her life by the golden rule, treating everyone with empathy, fairness and respect. Down to earth, low key and gracious, she was full of common sense and still able to dispense wisdom until the last weeks of her life. Josephine's maiden name Godfrey is derived from the Old German Godefrid - God Peace, a fitting name for someone who felt blessed to have a loving husband and children and who found great peace and comfort in their presence. Her family is grateful to Dr. C. Jaramillo and Director Betty Bender and the staff at River Ridge Retirement Home.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 08, 2018

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Connie, Craig, and Carl, Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your dear Mom. Remember, Connie, how your Mom would bake us chocolate cake for our little tea parties? I still have the little crocheted shoes she made. Friends from Harbison Ave., Paulette, Gerry, and Debbie Naumann - Posted by: Paulette Convery (Friend) on: Jan 21, 2019

  • Please accept my very deepest sympathy on the death of your mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. I always enjoyed our dinner time conversations at River Ridge. Josephine was well-versed on a variety of topics, but a favourite subject was politics. May she rest in peace. - Posted by: Mary Kuzminski (Friend) on: Dec 17, 2018

  • Rebecca & Ginny , sorry for your loss, my deepest sympathies. To live in the hearts they leave behind. Sheila Hunter - Posted by: sheila hunter (friend) on: Dec 08, 2018

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