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LAVINA JEAN (VINIE) GLASS
Date of Passing: Jan 07, 2020Offer Condolences or Memory
LAVINA JEAN (VINIE) GLASS
Born in Deloraine, Manitoba, she was the daughter of the late Percy and Nora Glass and the youngest of five close-knit siblings - Noble, Lloyd, Vivian and Vern. She moved to Winnipeg in 1943, but never lost her ties to Deloraine, relishing many summers with her family on nearby Lake Metigoshe in the Turtle Mountains.
A professional woman ahead of her time, starting in the late 1950s, Vinie worked in what was then a largely male advertising industry, advising local Winnipeg businesses such as Birt Saddlery, Wilson's Furniture and Success Business College, as well as the occasional political campaign. She also taught creative communications at Red River College and became a friend and mentor to many along the way.
Once holding the Manitoba record for longest women's high school softball throw, Vinie played in the Canadian loop of the "league of her own" with the St. Vital Tigerettes championship team from 1949 to 1954, and was later inducted, with the team, into the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame. A member of the Puffin Ski Club, Vinie was a regular at Holiday Mountain Ski Resort in La Riviere, Manitoba in the 1950s, and a lifelong fan of professional sports. She and her ukulele would ride the Grey Cup train to Toronto, and she once sent a fan letter to the baseball great Reggie Jackson. An amateur stage actress with Actors' Showcase and patron of the Manitoba arts throughout her life, she was proud to have served on the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre's Board of Directors.
Turning heads with her style and confidence, she drove convertibles, enjoyed moderately blue humour, and was not averse to betting on the ponies.
In 1961, Vinie married Edward Francis "Ted" Glass (no relation), a union that lasted 32 years until Ted's passing in 1993. She was a loving mother to sons, Ralph, John and Bill; and fun-loving grandmother to Marlo, Ted, Alexandra, Evelyn and Victoria. Vinie will also be deeply missed by her daughters-in-law, Karen Knop, Julia Korsakova and Jennifer Glass; sister-in-law Geraldine Glass; nephews, Michael (Amber), Eric (Cindy), Robert (Trish) and Steve (Dawn) Glass, their families and many extended relatives. Mom and Dad supported all of our adventures and, truly, blessed us with everything we ever needed.
Vigorous and mirthful, Mom was the life of the party, entertaining with ukulele sing-a-longs, magic tricks, bubble makers, flying toys and, most amazing of all, her mastery of the miniature harmonica - hands free.
Vinie was a proud Canadian who loved her life in Manitoba. She was an avid reader and collected a vast number of vintage magazines, from which she curated displays of print advertising at the Western Canada Aviation Museum and elsewhere that highlighted the evolving role of women, the march of technology and other changing social mores through the 20th Century. Retirement also brought a turn to creative writing, including a collection of whimsical short stories and poems published as part of the legendary CBC Radio host Peter Gzowski's Morningside Papers.
Vinie connected with people from all walks of life, enjoying long conversations in her sunroom in Woodhaven. She revelled in hearing of the successes of others, celebrating their achievements big and small and offering encouragement and advice along the way. Mom will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.
We offer sincere appreciation to the wonderful staff of the Riverview Health Centre, Unit CD3.
In accordance with Mom's wishes, no memorial service will be held.
Friends and family are encouraged to celebrate each new morning and, if desired, to support The Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba at https://www.goodbear.ca.
Chapel Lawn Funeral Home
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 18, 2020
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
I am Shirley Glass' daughter from St. James, Manitoba. We were very close to your Mother with weekly visits from her. She was a very special lady. In 1964 she gave me a lady figurine which I still have to this day. I think of her often! My families deepest condolences to yours. Maybe we could meet one day. - Posted by: Sandra Downes Myers (Shirley Glass Downes daughter ) on: Feb 20, 2020
I used to live at Waskada, and I contacted Vinie many summers ago. I visited her at the Glass cabin several times, and we had some wonderful conversations. She shared many memories of her family and my Mom’s families, and how close they were. I think Mom...Lillian (Glass) and Vinie’s sister, Vivian, were close friends, as I recall. My condolences to all her family. She sounds like she was a trendsetter! I would like to be in contact with any of you...my email and cell number are on here. I do not wish to lose contact, and there are other Glass cousins who want to be in contact, too. - Posted by: Marilyn Anderson (I am a cousin...Lillian Stevenson’s daughter.) on: Feb 19, 2020
I was a teenager at my 1st job at Sanford Evans Printing on Lombard Avenue in the late 50's. Vinie's desk was across the room from mine. She was such a "joy' to work with - always laughing - always "up". She certainly held her own with the other men in the Sales Department. There was much to admire about Vinie - but what stands out the most to me was the way she treated everyone the same. Always kind and respectful. A great lady! My sincere condolences to the family - a life well-lived indeed! - Posted by: Joy French (Former co-worker) on: Jan 18, 2020
A life well and fully lived, for sure. Her extended family throughout Western Canada was close as well, due in no small part to Vinie’s efforts and influence. She was the unofficial family head, for many years. If it was gonna happen – a party, wedding, reunion, odds are it was at her home on Oakdean, later Ashcroft Point, or Lake Metigoshe. Outgoing, creative, generous, supportive and caring – all come to mind. My Dad – her Uncle Doug - said you could see early she would make her own mark. Calling standard bred horse races at eleven years old at Deloraine Fairs – running a hot dog stand at those fairs as a child - always active, one step ahead, and pulling away. She was indeed an athlete. I saw her play ball at Osborne Stadium, saw her sliding into home plate, with spikes up! Her cars – as a young lady – and later – she favoured unique rides – a 1937 Plymouth Coupe, black, with suicide doors. “It could dam near fly!!” – a brand new 1957 Chev Bel Air convertible – a classic. The Chev was the first car I ever drove. What a way to start! She drove her 57 in many Winnipeg parades, displaying off the dignitaries. Her littler cousins knew her as “Top-Down Vinie” She actively supported and encouraged her younger cousins – Bill Sanderman and I – maybe others –supplying a “half way house” as a residence while we found our first jobs and bachelor suites in the big city. She and Ted also were high level motivators and counsellors. Life and career coaches. A visit with them, and you felt like you could do anything. ANYTHING. “Hey, you’re a Smith!” That halfway house extended to migratory uncles, and any other relatives who happened to show up. Never a dull moment. You don’t see many like her. She would have responded “Just as well, too!!” - Posted by: Wayne D. Smith (1st cousin) on: Jan 18, 2020
Vinie was unique and a true friend. Join the Smith family and you had a friend for life. Her mother was a Boissevain Smith. She welcomed me when I married Wayne and we spent many sunny winter afternoons enjoying the scenes out the sunroom windows. We were very proud to claim her at the St. Vital Museum display of her baseball team. Her advice, when asked for, was spot on what one needed to hear. She was very supportive of my pursuit of the Smith genealogy. Thank you Vinie, for many hours you answered my endless questions. We'll miss you! Love, Beverley Smith - Posted by: Beverley Smith (Cousin in law) on: Jan 18, 2020
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