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Born: Aug 10, 1938

Date of Passing: Sep 27, 2019

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Lorna Elaine Aasland ("Elaine"), nee McHardy, of Winnipeg, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away on September 27, 2019, at the age of 81.
Born in Winnipeg on August 30, 1938, Elaine was the only child of George and Nancy McHardy, hailing from Country Kintore, Scotland, and Wales respectively.
Our dearest Mother and Grandmother, our friend, teacher, and confidante, our companion, our shoulder, the very heart in each of us, and of our family. You are forever deeply loved, and cherished. Our arms around you, as ever yours around us. You lived a full life, with a great many adventures, and accomplishments. We love you for all you are, and all you gave to us, and we are so grateful to have been on this journey, hand in hand, with you.
Two of Elaine's great passions, children and education, came together in her calling as a teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba in 1966. Elaine taught at Glenwood School and Ramalah Hebrew School in Winnipeg, as well as teaching primary school for a number of years in London, England. She left teaching to devote herself to the care of her five children and their many pursuits. She was a tireless supporter of the musical, artistic, theatrical, and sporting passions of her children and grandchildren.
Elaine's love of travel spanned her entire life with early and prolonged trips through Europe including England, Scotland, Italy, France, and Spain. Her many and storied adventures included Volkswagen van road trips from Rome to Stiges, Spain with a clutch of close friends, appearing in an Italian movie, selling sweaters in the shops of London, and making forays to discover the lovely and sometimes outrageous extended family dotted throughout the UK. Old letters from Manchester, photos from Venice, or playbills from Prague turning up would prompt the question, "When were you there?" delighting us, as the details emerged of yet another adventure. She belonged to a great generation that knew how to live.
Throughout her full and busy life, many trips were taken with her adult children. Elaine was quite "at home" in cities as varied as Montreal, Portland, Toronto, Greensboro, NC, and Abbotsford, BC, with favourite haunts in each. She loved to go for drives, especially in the country under a big blue prairie summer sky, and to pop in on Winnipeg's eclectic neighbourhoods to investigate the homes, architecture, history, and gardens. In fact, she loved all things Winnipeg, and all things Manitoba.
Her love of reading was deeply rooted in the belief that education is the gateway to the world. While she especially loved thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction, and crossword puzzles, after instilling in each of her children that same love of reading, the house was ever filled with stacks of books of every description.
She was an avid supporter and lover of the arts, especially the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, but she attended the complete spectrum of Winnipeg's live performance offerings, including working for a spell herself in stage management at the Manitoba Theatre Centre when still at the Dominion Theatre under John Hirsch and Tom Hendry. Elaine contributed to a wide range of Winnipeg charities yearly, and was actively involved in canvassing and fundraising for the Diabetes Foundation.
She delighted in socializing with her friends, and frequenting the Westwood Tim Horton's, where the staff all knew her favourite beverage: three-quarter coffee, one-quarter hot chocolate, plus three creams - with a spoon!
Elaine is survived by husband of 53 years, Bjarne ("Ozzie") Aasland; daughters, Nancy Aasland (Kerniel) of Winnipeg, Pamela Aasland-Chilenski of Portland, Wendi Aasland (Ali) of Abbotsford, and Heather Aasland (Ben) of Winnipeg; son Derek Aasland (Sharon) of Toronto; beloved grandchildren, Madison, Jacob (Lorena), Amadea, Noah, Seth, and Evan; and cherished brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Odd and Joyce Aasland of Cranbrook, BC.
We treasured, and will greatly miss her wisdom, comfort, humour and company.
Elaine is preceded in death by her parents, George and Nancy McHardy; and her dear Aunt Helen McHardy ("Auntie Lala").
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., October 21, 2019 at St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church, 3 St. Vital Road, Winnipeg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Oyate Tipi ( or Manitoba Theatre For Young People ( or the Heart & Stroke Foundation (


As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 19, 2019

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