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ELSIE ELLEN DUYNISVELD (HARASYMEC)
Born: Jul 01, 1939
Date of Passing: Nov 01, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
ELSIE ELLEN DUYNISVELD
July 1, 1939 - November 1, 2019
Wife, best friend and dance partner to Bill for over 56 years. Mom to Gerry and Rita (McKay), Sandra and Allen (Garinger) and Janice and Graeme (Bidewell). Grandma to Katie, Laura (Alex), Steve (Jessica) and Cole (Taiya). Sister to Eugene and Carolyn Harasymec. Sister-in-law to Lenie Roks, Cathy Flegel, Len and Linda Duynisveld and Joe Swinkels. Auntie to numerous nieces and nephews. Honorary Mom, Grandma and Auntie to many of our friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, Steve and Nellie Harasymec (Winzinowich); in-laws, Paul and Truus Duynisveld, Corry and John Vander Loo, Gerry and Corrie Duynisveld, Case and Bernice Duynisveld, John Roks, Bill Flegel and Margaret Swinkels.
Mom was raised on the family farm in Cooks Creek, MB where she learned about hard work and the good fortune of being with family and friends. She received her teaching certificate and her first posting was a one room school in Rossdale, MB. Later, she taught at elementary schools in Transcona. Former students would still recognize her even though she only taught until 1968 - a sign of making a difference in someone's life.
Elsie and Bill met at St. Mary's Cathedral C.Y.O. in 1961 and were married on July 13, 1963. They made their home in Transcona where they enjoyed being together whether it was gardening or taking a turn around the kitchen when a good polka or waltz came on the radio. Having family together was always important to Mom. Whether it was just us kids or the 25+ people on Christmas Eve or Easter morning - Mom was happiest seeing everyone together. Her faith was important to her and was involved with numerous committees at Blessed Sacrament Parish where she developed many lasting friendships.
Despite dealing with dementia for the last few years, music, dancing, visiting with family and friends (Friday night card games with Auntie Stella), and always being with Bill brought smiles and a sense of peace to Mom.
YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE,
MY ONLY SUNSHINE.
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Publish Date: Nov 9, 2019
ELSIE ELLEN DUYNISVELD
She is survived by her beloved husband Bill, children, Gerry, Sandra and Janice and their families.
Funeral mass will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with viewing beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish, 710 Roanoke Street in Transcona.
A complete obituary will follow in Saturday's paper.
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Publish Date: Nov 5, 2019
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 05, 2019, Nov 09, 2019
Condolences & Memories (10 entries)
Dear Bill and Family, I was so sorry to hear about Elsie’s passing. I know from you telling us in our group about your dancing and I always thought that this was so lovely. I will have a dance with Ted tonight for you and Elsie. God bless and my thoughts and prayers are with you Bill and your entire family. Pat and Ted from group meeting - Posted by: Pat And Ted (Friend) on: Dec 04, 2019
Dear Uncle Bill, Gerald, Sandra, Janice and families, Please accept our deepest sympathies and condolences regarding Auntie Elsie's passing. We apologize that we did not make it out from Hong Kong to Winnipeg for the service. My Mom said it was a very nice tribute to Auntie Elsie and that Stephen provided a wonderful Eulogy. I look back fondly to the wonderful times and memories at Cooks Creek playing baseball, having a campfire barbeque and cannot forget the awfully out of tune but most enjoyable sing a longs we had with all of you. The Boxing Day family get togethers at your house also bring a big smile to my face. Your wife and mom was and remains a very special person and a wonderful lady that never had anything bad to say about anyone, always had time for you to ask how you were doing and was quick of wit. Auntie Elsie is in a better place now and please take some solace in knowing this. We wish you comfort in this time of sorrow and please know that our warmest regards and kind thoughts are with you all. Gary, Diane, Megan, Hannah and Jaclyn Dolski - Posted by: Gary Dolski (Family) on: Nov 10, 2019
DEAR BILL AND FAMILY, OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ON THE EARLY PASSING OF ELSIE. TOO YOUNG!!! I WILL BE MISSING ELSIE AT OUR YEARLY TAX MEETING, AND THE POLKA MUSIC IN THE BACKGROUND. SENDING PRAYERS AND COMFORTING HUGS. JAN & HARVE ROCHELLE VICHNAYA PAM'YAT - Posted by: JAN ROCHELLE (ACCOUNTANT/FRIEND) on: Nov 10, 2019
My deepest sympathy to Bill and family, we just recently had the pleasure of meeting Bill & Elsie at our dinners, we occasionally had the opportunity of sharing the same table. Elsie was truly a special lady, she will be greatly missed. Theresa and David - Posted by: Theresa Zabowski (Seniors Wednesday night dinner) on: Nov 07, 2019
A kind and loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be sadly missed but never forgotten. Her role model as a teacher set a high standard for the profession. Sincere condolences to Bill, the family and friends. Wayne W. - Posted by: Wayne Warren (Friend of the family.) on: Nov 06, 2019
Elsie always had such a beautiful smile for me when ever we met one another, We will miss seeing you at the Golf course after mass for Breakfast, Bill this will be so hard losing your long time partner, We were always in awe of how you cared for Elsie & loved her so much, You were always present to her in her fears, You were always a pillar of strength, patience & reassurance to her. What a blessing you were to her.. God bless you. Know that you & your family are in our thoughts & prayers. - Posted by: Frank & Helen Torchia (Friends ) on: Nov 06, 2019
Dear Bill & Family I am so sorry to hear of Elsie’s passing. She was such a sweet, gentle lady who was so kind. Thinking of you all. - Posted by: Sharon McLaughlin (Acquaintance from the neighbourhood) on: Nov 06, 2019
Mrs Duynisveld was my grade 3 teacher at Wayota. It was 1967 and my first year in Transcona. I remember to this date that I sat in the class and was in awe staring at my favourite teacher. To this day she is and always will be my favourite. Sad to here about her passing way too young. She will continue teaching in heaven. RIP - Posted by: Sandra Olesen (Aspin) (Grade 3 student at Wayota 1967) on: Nov 05, 2019
We were saddened to hear of Elsie's death. She will be missed. Our condolences to you and your family. Kathy and Bill - Posted by: Kathy and Bill Kostuk (cousin) on: Nov 05, 2019
George and I were saddened to hear of Elsie's passing. She was a good friend when we taught together at Wayoata. She was a gentle lady. Our condolences to Bill and all the family. - Posted by: Jean Hanson (Friend) on: Nov 05, 2019
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