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Born: Jun 30, 1923

Date of Passing: Jan 15, 2020

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Born: June 30, 1923
Date of Passing: January 15, 2020

After a long, productive, and happy life, Edna passed away at age 96 in Middlechurch Home.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, Jack, parents, George Frank and Ethel Jenny Martens, and siblings, Frank, Ethel, Theo and May.
She is sadly missed by her children, John and Darlene; Sheldon and Glenys; and Keith and Catherine. Also left to mourn are grandchildren, Cynthia, Michelle (Dave); Michael and Jaclyn; Scott (Tanya) and Lauren (Shaun) and great-grandchildren, Henry and Liam; Alycia; and James and Anna. Surviving are sister-in-law Kato Ansell and brother-in-law Jim Townsend. Others, including extended family, Peter Bachinsky, Tolv Neuendorff and Bob York, along with many friends and family will miss her.
Edna had a very active life as a mother, teacher, consultant, vice principal and principal (such as at Wayota and Central School, Transcona) and as co-founder of the Manitoba Outdoor Education Association. She also became an Anglican minister (St. Catherine's, St. Stephens, St. Barnabas, St. Anne's, St. Martin's in the Field, St. Paul's Middlechurch, St. Helen's Fairford, St. Cyprian's in Teulon, and chaplain of Transcona Legion and the Mothers' Union). Earlier in their married life, Edna and Jack were very active in the Transcona community as it grew from a town into a city resulting in the street, Edna Perry Way, being dedicated in her honour.
Thanks to the many caring individuals at Middlechurch Home, Devonshire House, and Kildonan House.
Service with reception immediately following is 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 20 at Transcona Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1800 Day Street, Winnipeg.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be gratefully accepted by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind or charity of your choice.
Edna was a pioneer in education, the community, and the ministry. Her life story is captured in her book, A Prairie Girl's Life, available on Amazon.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 18, 2020

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • To John, Sheldon, Keith and their families, Today is both a sad and happy day. Sad for the loss of your mother but happy because she has reached her final destination in life and is with God. She was like a mother and friend to our family in our good times and our rough times. I will miss our conversations and bringing her lilacs in the spring. We both loved lilacs and every spring when the lilacs appear I will smile knowing how blessed I am that she was part of my life. With all my love, Susan Horbatiuk - Posted by: Susan Horbatiuk (Neighbor) on: Jan 07, 2022

  • So many happy memories of Cousin Edna at all of our family get-togethers. Playing spoons will not be the same without her watching and laughing at us. Our thoughts are with you John and Dar, Sheldon and Glenys, and Keith and Catherine. - Posted by: Grant & Sheila McVicar (Cousin) on: Jan 21, 2020

  • All of the Tarte family send our condolencesto your family on the passing of an amazing lady, Edna. As members of St. Stephens Church, Edna baptized our daughter, Laura and guided us with her wonderful example of courage, kindness and strength! We particularly appreciated her thoughtful sermons which shared her experiences as a school principal. Edna , you will be missed and thanks so much for all you did for the members of our church, your family and your community. - Posted by: Sheila Tarte (Friend from St. Saseatephens Church) on: Jan 21, 2020

  • My deepest condolences for your loss Sheldon and Glynnys. Although I didn’t know your mother she was such a prominent and influential person in Peter’s life and he loved her. He always spoke of her with so much pride and love that she had been in his life. My thoughts are with you all. Take care. Connie. - Posted by: Connie Bate (Peter Bachinsky’s wife) on: Jan 19, 2020

  • Thank you Edna for hiring and guiding a young educator while you were a principal. Thank you Edna for ministering your first marriage for us. Thank you Edna for baptizing both our boys. But most of all, thank you, for being YOU. Deepest sympathies to Edna's family, relatives and friends. - Posted by: Patrick Bend (Friend & Colleague) on: Jan 18, 2020

  • I am sad to learn of Edna’s death. She was very special to me and great support in my ministry. I cherish the funeral cape she gifted to me and I think of her every time I wear it. May God’s love and grace bring you comfort at this time of loss. Kolleen Karlowsky-Clark - Posted by: Killeen Karlowsky-Clark (Colleague and friend) on: Jan 18, 2020

  • She will truly be missed by so many. - Posted by: maureen clifton (cousin) on: Jan 18, 2020

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