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Born: Jun 27, 1929

Date of Passing: Jan 29, 2019

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ELSIE ROEHL June 27, 1929 - January 29, 2019 It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Elsie Brunhilde Roehl (nee Berndt). Elsie peacefully passed away, with her family at her side, at the age of 89 years, at the Gilbert Plains Health Centre. Elsie will be missed and remembered by her husband of 65 years, Henry; son Garry (Deborah); daughter Linda (Brian) Sharpe, and daughter-in-law Ann; six grandchildren, Scott (Kristen) Roehl, Katelyn (Patrick) Wideman, Adam (Jenn) Sharpe, Matthew Sharpe, Christopher Roehl and David Roehl; two great-grandchildren, Ascher and Greyson, as well as nephews and nieces. Elsie was predeceased by her son Allan, parents, Gottfried and Mathilda (nee Schmidt) Berndt, brothers, Frederick (Willie), Herman and Arnold, and sister Helen. Elsie grew up on the family homestead west of Moosehorn in the New Home District. Early in 1950 she met a young ball player, Henry, who played for the Moosehorn Hardball Team. In 1953, Elsie married Henry and they moved to Faulkner. In 1956 Henry and Elsie moved to Fairford and lived there for 57 years, until October 2013. It was here that Mom and Dad raised their three children. Mom was actively involved in operating their rural store, Fairford General Store, served as postmaster assistant and helped on the family hobby farm. On days when Dad would travel to Winnipeg for groceries and other business supplies, Mom was in charge of the entire family operation which involved selling groceries, hardware, and gas; distributing mail; making sure the cattle were taken care of and many more responsibilities. Mom lived the early years of her life as a pioneer with no electricity, telephone, or indoor plumbing, with wood heat and simple hand operated machines. Her clothes dryer was a clothesline and the great outdoors. Mom enjoyed gardening, baking and cooking. Mom could quickly put together a hearty and delicious meal to serve to family and friends. When time allowed, Mom also enjoyed attending community social events and the occasional road trip to see what was happening in the community and beyond. In 2013, Mom and Dad moved to Gilbert Plains and lived there until her journey ended. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Peace Lutheran Church, Moosehorn, MB with Dawn Tober officiating. Viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment to follow in the Peace Lutheran Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Scott Roehl, Patrick Wideman, Adam Sharpe, Matthew Sharpe, Larry Vince and David Roehl. Honorary pallbearer will be Christopher Roehl. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 10 - 120 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 4G2 or to the Peace Lutheran Church, Box 68, Moosehorn, MB R0C 2E0. Special thanks to the staff at the Gilbert Plains Health Centre for their excellent and compassionate care. Thanks to John of Arnason Funeral Home. Arrangements by: ARNASON FUNERAL HOME Ashern - Lundar 1-204-768-2072 1-866-323-3593

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 02, 2019

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Elsie was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved her family, and worked hard in the family store and on their farm. She will be missed by her family. My condolences to the Roehls as they celebrate her life today. - Posted by: Janice McGregor (Relative) on: Feb 09, 2019

  • I grew up in the community of old Fairford with this family. They will always be special to all the people they served. I was very sad to hear when they left the community. Henry and Elsie were part of us when they were in Pinaymootang. Our most sincere condolences to the family, from Stanley, Myrtle, mom Priscilla, and sisters, Rhoda, Sara, and Florence. - Posted by: stanley thompson (A very dear friend originally from Pinaymootang First Nation.) on: Feb 05, 2019

  • Sincere condolences to Henry and their family on the passing of Elsie. Elsie was always such a sweet lady and they were always so wonderful to visit with even after they no longer ran the store or took care of the mail. It was a pleasure knowing them growing up. They are missed in the community. - Posted by: Sherry Woodhouse (Friend) on: Feb 05, 2019

  • I remember as a young girl I'd walk to the store. They were always respectful, even letting me "owe" them if I didn't have enough money to buy what I wanted. Mr. & Mrs. Roel always had a big hello when I walked in. When they left I felt a sadness, it was the end of an era. There'll never be a place like that little country store that had almost everything. Rest Mrs. Roel, and to your family. Bless you and may you have many good memories like I have...hearts - Posted by: Joe and Evy Decker (Friends) on: Feb 05, 2019

  • We will always remember the Roehl family. Elsie was always there to help and I was always amazed with her energy. Everybody stopped at Fairford General Store. She was there to pass messages to families if there was an emergency. The Roehl family did very much for our community members and that is what we will always remember. God bless. - Posted by: Alvin Thompson (Friend) on: Feb 05, 2019

  • Sincerest condolences to Henry and the Roehl family on Elsie's passing. She was a longtime store owner and post master in our community of Pinaymootang First Nation (formerly known as Fairford) - Posted by: Lana Thompson-Racette (Friend) on: Feb 05, 2019

  • Our sincere sympathies to Elsie's family and friends - it was our honour to care for her. Remembering how her eyes would light up when she saw baby animals or when Sandy came for a visit. May she rest in peace. - Posted by: The Residents and Staff att he Gilbert Plains Health Centre (friends) on: Feb 04, 2019

  • Condolences to Elsie's loved ones. A very special lady. - Posted by: Barbara Ewanyshyn (Neighbour and Nurse) on: Feb 02, 2019

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