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Born: Sep 16, 1922

Date of Passing: Jul 23, 2019

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September 16, 1922 - July 23, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Jean Cuthbertson at Charleswood Care Centre on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at the age of 96.
Jean was predeceased by her parents, Joshua and Ina; brother, Murray; beloved husband, Al and son, Bruce.
Born on September 16, 1922 in Burk's Falls, Ontario, to Joshua Webber and Ina Webber (née Nicholls), Jean was the oldest of three children. She is survived by her brother, Calvin; her three sons, Douglas (Bonnie), Dale (Sharon) and Brent (Georgia); grandchildren, Murray, Matthew, Lynn, Michael, Michelle, Megan, Lauren, Brandon and Alyssa; great-grandchildren, Julian, Jonty and Emily, and many other friends and relatives.
From an early age, Jean was a passionate champion of humanity, a supporter to those in need and a pioneer of what would later be defined as feminism. She moved to Toronto and registered in the Nursing Program, where she graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1944.
Jean moved to Red Deer, Alberta, where she met her future husband, Alan Cuthbertson and married in 1948 in Edmonton. Al had joined the Bank of Montreal (BMO) in 1947, and his job required them to move often. She retired from nursing in 1950 with the arrival of their first son Bruce. By 1959, they had four young boys and had lived in five cities in Alberta and Saskatchewan. They added five more cities to the places they called home before settling in Winnipeg in 1975 where she lived until her passing. Steadfast in their faith, Jean and Al became members of the Westwood Presbyterian Church upon arriving in Winnipeg, spending 44 years as members.
Never one to stay still for long, Jean and Al loved travelling together by car and spent much time together travelling throughout Canada, the United States and Mexico. They travelled north to the Yukon, east to visit her eldest two sons, and west to British Columbia for her two youngest sons.
In 1983, after her youngest son Brent had moved out of the family home, Jean enrolled at the University of Winnipeg in the Arts program where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in History and Art, she was 61 years young. There she had found her passion; spending countless hours at the various galleries around Winnipeg, debating the structures and interpretation of art with colleagues decades younger. She was not defined by her age, seeing it only as a number.
In 1991, Jean suffered a brain aneurysm at the age of 69. Fortunate to survive, she spent several months recovering in hospital. And while Jean also suffered from macular degeneration, she viewed the loss of her eyesight as only an inconvenience, continuing to enjoy her passion for art, music and time with friends and family. Ever the planner, she convinced Al to sell their family home in 2010 and move to Westhaven Community before the loss of her eyesight became too great. She fought for her independence, refusing to accept that she could not continue to live freely and independently.
Jean loved music, big band to be exact, and in her younger years she would spend weekends dancing at the dance clubs with her girlfriends, at friends' homes singing by the piano and in recent years listening to the weekend edition of the CBC with her eyes closed and her toes tapping.
Most of all, Jean loved her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. While never one to bite her tongue, she coached her many grandchildren on the importance of their education, celebrating the unique traits of each child and sharing a loving embrace and kind word.
The funeral will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Westwood Presbyterian Church, 197 Browning Blvd., Winnipeg. Interment and reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Winnipeg Inner City Missions ( or through the Westwood Presbyterian Church.

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 31, 2019

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