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OLIVE (LOLA) HENDERSON (GROFF) ZEEMEL

Born: Sep 10, 1916

Date of Passing: Nov 11, 2020

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OLIVE (LOLA) HENDERSON (GROFF) ZEEMEL

Born September 10, 1916 to Frank and Annie (Cole) Groff; predeceased by her loving husband Albert O. Zeemel (1980), her granddaughter Heather Keay (1993), her eldest son John (2003) and daughter Carol Keay (2006). Also predeceased by her four brothers, Robert, Douglas, Ted and Alan Groff, and sister Margaret. She is survived by three of her children, Robert (Sandy) Zeemel, Ed Zeemel, Maree Sigurdson, 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson Levi.
'Granny' passed away peacefully on November 11, 2020, at home, in her sleep.
She was born and raised in Winnipeg and was successful in pursuing a career in teaching until she met the love of her life Albert and was married in 1940.
After the marriage they travelled to Holtyre where they lived until 1953, after which they returned to Winnipeg. With the polio epidemic happening, they decided to purchase a cabin on Lake of the Woods, which later became known as Camp Granny.
She was a dedicated member of the United Church, and most instrumental in establishing the Meadow-Wood United Church where she was active until she was called to do her service from above.
We would like to thank Sue Groff (2020) and Shari (Groff) Barker for always being there, they were a big part of Granny's life.
Family was everything to Granny, be it her own family or her church family. She was always strong willed, and never backed down from a challenge. She will be dearly missed by too many to count. As she would always say, "A card laid is a card played".
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Canadian Cancer Society or Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Society.
A Celebration of Life to be held at a later date.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 21, 2020

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • We (The Stewarts) were neighbours on South Drive. Lola was a wonderful human being, full of grace, compassion and energy, always ready with a mischievous smile, a hearty laugh, or some good old down to earth advice. Always ready for fun or an adventure, or whatever life might bring, Lola will be sorely missed by her family and many friends. Heather, Bryan & David (Tranter) Roberts - Posted by: Heather and Bryan Roberts (Friend) on: Nov 22, 2020

  • Mrs. Zeemel was an important part of my teenage years when her daughter, Carol, was my close friend. I knew the family well, spending a great deal of time with them on South Drive and up at the lake. I moved away to California but on several trips back spent time with Granny. She was a spitfire, spoke her mind readily but loved deeply her family and their friends. The last time I saw her she was in her 90s and still climbing the rocks up to the cabin. My condolences to the family for the loss of this remarkable lady. Sharon Kristjanson Ziel - Posted by: Sharon L Ziel (Friend) on: Nov 22, 2020

  • Although it has been many years, I do remember Mrs. Zeemel's kindness and sense of humor. My condolences to the family. Bob Williams - Posted by: Bob Williams (family friend) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Condolences to the Zeemel family. Granny was a strong willed fire cracker. Loved her stories and the bonfires on the point at the lake. She will always be in my heart. So glad I got to visit her when I was in Winnipeg a year ago June. - Posted by: Lesley Nixon (Family friend ) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • I grew up in the Zeemel family while living on South Drive in Fort Garry. John was my best friend in life. Lola and Albert were truly unforgettable as parents and I spent more time with them than I did with my own parents. Lola had no easy role in raising the 5 children. I do not recall any time that Lola did not guide with love and generous amounts of understanding. The Zeemel family introduced me to many firsts in my life, from hunting, flying, diamond drilling, water skiing, motorcycles, skiing behind cars in Gimsu Hut. I do not recall Lola ever scolding, but always encouraging her children....and I was one of them. A truly remarkable lady that enjoyed every moment in life. My sincere condolences to Bob, Maree and Eddie during this time. Lola left her mark on many! She will be missed. - Posted by: Eric Landon (Family friend) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Condolences Bob & Sandy, Rob, Lisa & Tara. She is gone but not forgotten. We are both thinking of you all in this sad time. - Posted by: Bobbie & Hank Wesa (friends) on: Nov 21, 2020

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