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Born: Oct 29, 1930

Date of Passing: Sep 16, 2020

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It is with great sorrow that the family of Genova announces her passing on September 16, 2020. Genova was born on October 29, 1930, in Redvers, Saskatchewan.
She is survived by her husband Norman, children, Caroline (Russell), Betty-lynn (Dennis), John (Maureen) and Michael (Jacqueline); 10 grandchildren, Lori, Catherine, Samuel, Ian, Christopher, Lauren, Brendan, Tarynne, Amanda, Aeron; and six great-grandchildren, Conan, Beta, Heathcliff, Arianna, Everett and Liam. She is also survived by her two sisters, Angeline and Olga, several nieces and nephews; and her dear friend and sister-in-law Marge Harrison. She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Mary, sister Dorothy, and brother John.
Genova grew up on a farm in Maryfield, Saskatchewan where she worked hard helping her mother with gardening, preserving and tending to her younger siblings. After completing high school she moved to Winnipeg to attend Success Business College. It was here that she met Norman Shinnimin and married on May 18, 1953. She worked with the Provincial Government for a few years and then moved on to work with Sill, Streuber, Fiske & Company, a very fast growing and successful Chartered Accounting firm. She spent the next 25 years as a valued employee, becoming the office supervisor, coordinating very demanding timelines for the preparation of Corporate and Personal Tax Returns and Financial Statements, as well as managing human resources and office supplies. She was well respected for her ability to work well with others and accomplish the demanding timeline of the tasks at hand. She was admired as a pleasant and charming co-worker. She then moved on to help her husband and sons establish their automotive machine shop and auto parts business, Heads Up. For many years she assisted with the bookkeeping and general office duties before retiring.
Genova cherished her family and was always there to support them when in need. She would sew trendy outfits for her daughters and costumes for their dance recitals. She entertained friends and family and always had neighbourhood children over. She loved animals and many times would nurse injured birds or other little animals that the kids brought home. She enjoyed curling with her husband, going to her daughters' dance and music recitals, and watching her sons play baseball and hockey. She loved to dance and sing, and demonstrated her love for life with her joyful laughter.
One of the happiest times of Genova's life was when she came to know her Creator, Jehovah. She was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses on March 15, 1980 and from then on she spent many years sharing with others the good news of God and His promise of everlasting life on earth by means of His Kingdom (Mathew 6:9,10; Psalm 37:29). Genova was a spiritual person and will be remembered for her kindness, generosity and beautiful warm smile.
A memorial service will be held via Zoom on October 3, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 26, 2020

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Genova: I worked on your Dad's farm in the late 1940's. When the time was ours , we went to school dances and sometimes to a movie in Maryfield. I was always treated like a member of the family. I have many wonderful memories of our youth , so long ago. - Posted by: John Fefchak (cousin) on: Oct 02, 2020

  • While we never had the privilege of meeting dear Genova we have come to love Carol, Russ and dear daughters. Over the years we have heard about her wonderful reputation as a faithful, lover of our Creator, family and friends. We are so sorry for your loss but look forward to welcoming her back healthy and happy. - Posted by: Bruce & Marilyn Nickerson (Friend of the family) on: Sep 30, 2020

  • I met Genova and her family when they moved to a rural community north of Winnipeg to have some horses and a bit of land. Genova had a ready smile, welcoming any visitors with an offer of coffee and something sweet. She saw what was positive in life, rarely complaining of anything whether it was work on the land or the daily drive to work. She wanted and created a strong, loving family that is a powerful legacy to her. - Posted by: Jill Kavanagh (Genova's daughter is my sister-in-law (Betty-Lynn)) on: Sep 30, 2020

  • I have so many fond memories of visiting Genova's family on their farm near Maryfield, was my favorite places to many fun things to do, they had a huge garden, berries to pick, etc. It was there that I learned to ride one of their new bikes...balloon tires! Even though Genova was older than I was, she always took the time to include me & treated me like a sister. Sending special hugs to Olga & Angeline at this time. Love & Blessings, Dora - Posted by: Dora Cooper (Cousin) on: Sep 30, 2020

  • We would like to join in with zoom if you could email the details to join in please. - Posted by: Dorothy Antonation and family (Friend) on: Sep 29, 2020

  • Dear Carole and family: We were saddened to hear of the loss of your mother and grandmother. We know that you are comforted by the promise of the resurrection. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Please send details for us to join you on Zoom Saturday. Love, Bob and Joy - Posted by: Robert And Joy Pollock (Inlaw) on: Sep 29, 2020

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