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Born: Oct 12, 1932

Date of Passing: Jan 02, 2019

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ELSIE DUDAR (née LOFTSON) October 12, 1932 - January 2, 2019 Sadly, after enduring the indignity of mixed dementia, with her loved ones by her side, our Mom passed away. She leaves to mourn her son Ray Dudar (Nancy Arason) and daughter Deb May as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Bruno in 2004, and by her son-in-law Laurie May in 2013. Mom grew up in the small Interlake town of Lundar. She was the youngest of nine children, with her closest sibling being almost nine years older. She was very independent and self-sufficient - partially because of her birth order, but also because of her Icelandic heritage. Mom was a bright, inquisitive youngster who considered herself fortunate to attain her Grade 11 education in the one-room schoolhouse in Lundar. In 1949 she moved to Winnipeg to enroll in a hairdressing course where she met our Dad, Bruno. Even though our Dad could not speak English, they quickly became an item. They were two entirely opposite personality types that ideally complemented one another. Together they shared a strong work ethic, determination and a zest for life that was second to none. After they married in 1950, they worked together to build "Bruno's Hairstyling" which they owned and operated for over 50 years. Dad did the work - Mom did the books. Mom was a voracious reader, enjoyed puzzles of all kinds and was a card aficionado. Before the ravages of dementia took over, she was an outstanding, yet unorthodox bridge player and belonged to many bridge groups. She loved knitting and crocheting for her children, grandchildren and most importantly, for charity. Whether at home or at the cottage, Mom was forever decorating and redecorating. For many years Mom was the "volunteer canvasser" for Jupiter Bay - canvassing for Heart and Stroke, Cancer and Diabetes. During the 1960s, she was also actively involved at the Victoria Community Club on Derek Street in Fort Garry. As the club's president, she was instrumental in organizing numerous banquets for the various teams and special events for the seniors in the community. No task was too big or too small - she even made sure all the hockey teams received hot chocolate between periods when they played outdoor games. Mom loved the many years spent at Red Rock Lake in the Whiteshell. She made sure the many guests that frequented the cottage had a lavish culinary experience as they enjoyed all the water toys we had at the lake. Mom and Dad were generous to a fault as they allowed friends and family to experience the pleasure of a day or a weekend at the cottage. Our gratitude to all the staff on the AB Unit at Riverview Health Centre for caring for our Mom for the past two years. A private service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please give to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba or a charity of your choice. Winnipeg Cremation Services 204-981-1701

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 05, 2019

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I am both saddened and joyful for your Mom to finally join your Dad in heaven. I remember spending time at the lake when we lived in Winnipeg (1960 - 63), and "trying" to get up on a surf board ... unsuccessfully!! Much love to you all. Julia - Posted by: Julia Strain (Daughter of Fran and Greg Campbell (and family friend from childhood) ) on: Jan 06, 2019

  • I remember as a young child going on the bus with mom downtown to your dad's shop and he always made us feel like we were the only ones there even though it was a busy day for him. I also remember visiting at the cabin with our family and having so much fun with your family! Your mom and dad were great hosts and your dad and the boys were always trying to make sure everyone had a chance to waterski while your mom was cooking up a feast inside! Your mom always kept in touch with our mom and i know she truly treasured the friendship they had. Our parents shared a lifelong wonderful, caring friendship and now they are all together again! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love and hugs from the Heather Family - Posted by: Jan Murowski (Family Friend) on: Jan 05, 2019

  • So very sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. My mom and dad were good friends of your mom and dad and I remember the stories of the good times they had together. Your mom was a very special, caring lady and she will be dearly missed by all of you. May she rest in peace. Good bless you and your family, Sharon - Posted by: Sharon McGavock (née Heather) (Daughter of Tillie Heather, friend of your mom) on: Jan 05, 2019

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