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Born: May 21, 1943

Date of Passing: Oct 06, 2020

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Sadly, on October 6, 2020, Mom passed away surrounded by her loving family after a long struggle with cancer, a battle she faced with unwavering courage and grace.
Born in Selkirk, MB on May 21, 1943 to Thorbjorg Margaret Peterson and Neil Craig. She married Alan Partridge in 1958 and in the early years spent many idyllic summers at Husavik on Lake Winnipeg. While Dad was away working she pulled their three small children around on a wagon to the grocery store and to fetch water from a nearby farm. She had many careers and at every stage made friends to whom she was loyal to her entire life. Mom was brave and went back to school to get her degree in Developmental Studies. She spent most of her career working with youth and families at MacDonald Youth Services.
Mom loved her family and was fiercely proud of her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She had many talents and
interests and was famous for her baking
especially the annual production of Vinetarta lovingly gifted to family and friends at Christmas. She loved difficult puzzles,
Leonard Cohen, British mysteries, CBC, and any occasion to wear her signature red
Mom was described as the matriarch of a large family of cousins and was keenly
interested in their family history.
She is survived by her sisters, Donna-Rae (Tom) and Randi (Danny) sons, Michael (Sudha) and Chris (Wendy), daughter
Jennifer (Barry), grandchildren, Arun, Anil, Chloe (Daniel), Ben, Luke, Chase and Alisa, nieces, Danielle, Cassie, Kirsten and D'Arcy and nephew Jean-Paul.
Special thanks to Dr. Ralph Wong as well as the palliative care team at St.Boniface
Hospital and her devoted family doctor of many years Dr. Ruth Simkin.
Due to Covid we will not be having a
Celebration of Life at this time, but we can celebrate Mom's generous spirit by donating to Sunshine House which was one of Mom's favourite charities to support in whatever way she could.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 17, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I was a friend of Chars through a book club. I wanted to share with her family the pride and love she had for each one of you. As I read her obit I recognized every name as she spoke and showed us pictures of every one of you. We know of your family's celebrations and special event and people in your lives. She was a positive and lovely story teller. I always felt she had a book in her waiting to be written. Maybe one of you can write it for her as I understand you are one of the most talented family ever, My sympathies to all of you - She was a wonderful friend and I will miss her. Bonnie Thomson - Posted by: Bonnie Thomson (Friend) on: Oct 24, 2020

  • I am so saddened to hear of Charlene’s passing. My Mom, Nell Johnson and Margaret were good friends and supported each other through some tough years in the 40s and early 50s. As fate would have it, my son and future daughter-in-law worked for Carlene in the early 90s at McDonald Youth Services. I was living in Ontario at the time and I still remember Scott telling me about this old family friend that he was working for. How they discovered the connection is testament to their Icelandic heritage, “we must be connected somehow”. Last December I reconnected with her on Facebook, it wasn’t difficult to know that I had the right person as she looks just like her beautiful Mom. It was wonderful to be back in touch and great to see her in February at my sister’s birthday party, still the sweet person we knew from years ago. We had some fun phone conversations remembering old times, I will miss that! My condolences to all of the family. She has left a legacy of kindness and respect for family, friends and society. Sending many virtual hugs to all of you! - Posted by: Ruth Gray (Friend ) on: Oct 18, 2020

  • Our most sincere sympathy to Michael, Chris, Jennifer and their families. They will always have great memories of a wonderful mother and grandmother. Susan and Philippe - Posted by: susan clement (sister in law) on: Oct 18, 2020

  • Charlene and I were friends in Selkirk during our adolescent years. I also think we went to Sunrise Camp together. I often thought of your mom and wondered if she was still as full of life as she was when we were young. She was great to be around. So full of life. Everyone who met her, never forgot her. Lorraine Stephanson - Posted by: Lorraine Fotheringham (Childhood friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

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