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Born: Feb 19, 1928

Date of Passing: Jul 17, 2020

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Peacefully after a brief illness, Jonas Johannesson Guttormson passed at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, July 17, 2020, aged 92 years.
Jonas was predeceased by his parents, Einar and Holmfridur Guttormson, son Derrick, sisters, Birgitta, Asdis, Roberta (Bertie) and Helga, brothers, Frederick, Simonder, Henrik and Clifford. He is survived by his spouse Christine Guttormson and sister Eileen Rozenhart of Surrey, BC. He leaves behind daughter Darlene Tataryn (Doug), son Garth (Renate), grandchildren, Benjamin, Ali, Thomas, Desta, Mitchell and Jeffrey, along with numerous nieces and nephews living here and across Canada. Also, stepchildren, Jacqueline, John, Selena and Georgina, together with their partners, children and grandchildren.
Jonas was born on the Libau homestead February 19, 1928, where he lived with his large family of eight siblings. The day of his birth, his father went to get the midwife and brought her back to the farmhouse by dogsled. At an early age Jonas went to live on the farm next door with the Gislason family where their son Harold and Jonas became the best of friends. Jonas had to quit school in Grade 8 to help with the farm work because his older brothers, Henrik and Fred, were drafted into the Second World War. Later, Jonas moved to Winnipeg where he met and married Margret Ellen Brown in 1957 and raised three children, Darlene, Garth and Derrick. He worked in the Manitoba brewing industries for 42 years, a milestone he was very proud of. He always spoke fondly of his brewery co-workers and attended the frequent dinner gatherings hosted by the companies.
He was a generous person, always returning to lend a hand to his father and brother Sam on the homestead. Lifting commercial fishing nets from Lake Winnipeg in winter, trapping muskrats in spring or cutting and baling hay for the cattle many weekends during summer, he was always there to help. Jonas was a very jovial person, who endeared himself to everyone he met. Always one who could tell a joke and lighten the mood, he loved a good crowd. He could play spoons to keep the beat but most of all, he loved to pull out the Horner harmonica and play Red River Jig music for everyone to clap and dance along to. Time spent at his cabin at Anderson corner in Libau was a favourite pastime before and after retirement.
Service at the Thomson Funeral Home and interment at the St. James Anglican church in Libau will take place at a later date to be determined.
Special thanks to the nurses and doctors of the third-floor South wing of the Grace Hospital for the wonderful care provided to him.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation in his memory. Thank you.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 25, 2020

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • The news of Jonas' passing saddens us deeply. Since his visits stopped in the past few years, we often wondered how he was keeping. We always loved it when he pulled into the yard to say hello, share a beer and more than once, a meal too. We liked to load him up with homemade jam to take home for himself and his wife when he left. Our cat even decided to try and go home with Jonas one time! Jerry and I took some time a few years ago to put new shingles on the cabin and Jonas was so appreciative. We will surely continue to miss Jonas' smiling face and fun filled stories and jokes. Condolences to Jonas' family on the loss of this special man. Jerry and Deanna Zaretski (Libau) - Posted by: Deanna Zaretski (Friends) on: Jul 27, 2020

  • Jonas was a very important part of our family. He was loved by all who knew him. Old and young he could relate to us all. Will miss his jokes and stories. Rest In Peace Jonas. You will always be remembered!! - Posted by: Brenda Pruden (Friend) on: Jul 26, 2020

  • Jonas was part of a group of Libau friends who we (particularly Joe) had the privilege of being invited into and we often enjoyed short chats with Jonas at social and musical events in latter years. Our deepest sympathy to Christine and his family on your deep loss. - Posted by: Joe and Pat Psooy (Friends from the past) on: Jul 25, 2020

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