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MARIE HOLLINS (BITZE)
Born: Jul 02, 1937
Date of Passing: Sep 11, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
"We do not grieve as those who have no hope." (1 Thessalonians 4:13)
Marie was born July 2, 1937 in Reston, MB to Harry and Janet Bitze. She was the eldest of seven children and took that role very seriously. Her parents were also foster parents to many children and she helped care for them as well.
Marie married Wayne, the love of her life, on June 20, 1959. This past June they had the privilege of celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.
Marie attended high school at Tech Voc and throughout her life had worked for several organizations such as Sovereign Life and The Bay, but her greatest joy was working for the Winnipeg Christian Counselling Group where they all benefited from her attention to detail.
In 1962, Wayne and Marie built a house in Crestview, where they continued to live up to her passing. Marie loved baking. She was known for making, what her family considered to be, world famous butter tarts and gum drop cake. She also loved journaling and continued to seek God's teaching in her life.
Wayne and Marie have attended Grant Memorial Church since 1955 and in their healthier years were active participants in helping the church grow. They taught Sunday school together, Wayne served on the Deacons Board, and Marie as a Deaconess and member of numerous committees and groups.
In the last days of her life, Marie continued to look for opportunities to share her faith with those she came in contact with. She would often share her story with the staff and patients on the Dialysis Unit and told her caregivers that she was not afraid to die because she knew where she was going and who was waiting to greet her in heaven.
Wayne and Marie have three children, Cheryl (Rob), Timothy and Bruce (Monica). They are also blessed with six grandchildren, Ian (Stephanie), Bryce (Sabrina), Allison (Michael), Joshua (Kaylee), Melissa and Kathryn. They also have two great-grandchildren, Emily and Clark. Marie loved them all so much.
Marie was predeceased by her father, Harry, her mother, Janet, as well as brothers, Ken and Wayne. She is survived by her siblings, Leona, Art (Lidia), (Lenore), Garry (Caroline), Shirley Ann (Tom), as well as Wayne's siblings, Barry (Laurie), Dorothy, Joan, Sandra, Judy (Bob) and Janis, as well as many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Marie's life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Grant Memorial Baptist Church, 877 Wilkes Ave. in Winnipeg.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Union Gospel Mission or to CancerCare Manitoba.
The family would also like to thank the staff at St. Boniface Hospital and the Dialysis Unit at Health Sciences Centre for the love and care they showed to Marie over these last few months. We would also like to thank Chapel Lawn for the care and assistance they have provided. Also thank you to family and neighbours for their beautiful and caring spirit to us. We are so grateful.
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Chapel Lawn Funeral Home
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 18, 2019
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
We are so sorry to hear of Marie's passing. Wayne & Marie were a strong welcoming presence at Grant Memorial Church, where we met them and the family. She was a lovely soul. Condolences to the family. - Posted by: Don & Cathy Lewis (friends) on: Oct 09, 2019
We were sad to hear about Marie, but know that you have already sensed God's peace in your loss. Although the years have gone by since we connected I have fond memories of the earlier years when our families connected more often. Marie was always interested in our lives and you had a genuine sense that she was truly interested in you. Marie was one of the cousins that came over to the house when our little Stephanie was born and welcome her into the family. I'm sure the service will be a blessing to all who attend. God Bless Byron and Tammy Gardiner - Posted by: Byron Gardiner (1st cousin to Marie) on: Sep 20, 2019
A lovely, gracious, godly lady who left a lasting impact on our lives as well as our children's and granddaughter. - Posted by: Mike & Judi Millard (Friend) on: Sep 19, 2019
Loren and I remembered many, many precious times with you and Marie, Wayne. The graciousness of Marie was always so evident in her face, her words, and her actions. May God grant to you and your children His peace, and His stability during the weeks and months ahead. He is sufficient in every way. God bless you....each. Marge Humphrey - Posted by: Marge Humphrey (Family friend) on: Sep 18, 2019
Our sincere condolences to you and your family Cheryl. May God grant you His peace and comfort in the days ahead. Sincerely, George and Diane - Posted by: Diane and George Stroop (Friend) on: Sep 18, 2019
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