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Born: Sep 29, 1927
Date of Passing: Dec 03, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
Caroline is survived by her sons, Chris (Debra) Thorkelson, Dan (Donna Wang) Thorkelson, Ben (Margaret Mills) Thorkelson, Trevor Thorkelson; grandchildren, Erika, David, Thomas; sisters, Julia, Deloise; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
On September 29, 1927, Caroline was born to Barzillia Joseph and Florence Belle Marchant in North Kildonan. She grew up with eight siblings during the great depression and inherited her father's work ethic and green thumb. She loved gardens and worked hard to improve everywhere she lived. Whether she did a full renovation or created a window box geranium jungle, she made each place into her home. Home and family meant the world to Caroline.
Caroline's working career began in her late teens at Eaton's. She continued to work there while raising four sons. Later she was proud of working for Sperry Univac until her retirement. She was also very proud of her private pilot's license and membership in The 99s: International Organization of Women Pilots.
Caroline's long life included adversity. At times she needed help to carry on. In gratitude, she volunteered on the Winnipeg Crisis Line.
We are genuinely grateful to the Lion's Manor staff in Winnipeg for their dedication and the level of care they provided to Caroline. Thank you for giving her a safe place to drift in for a soft final landing.
In accordance with Caroline's wishes, there will be a cremation and no service.
Instead of flowers or cards, please donate to your local crisis line or SPCA - Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
THOMSON FUNERAL HOME
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 08, 2020
Condolences & Memories (2 entries)
Canned bacon sizzling on the griddle, swimming in the cool waters of Red Rock Lake, the shed-burning in Dougald, and visits to Hamiota. Caroline made every event a special one, and every one is indelibly etched forever in all who knew her. - Posted by: Randy Clinch (great-nephew) on: Dec 08, 2020
When I was a little girl, I always looked forward to my visits with Auntie "Betty". I new there would always be time spent with one craft or another, or perhaps something created with the sewing machine that she never really put away. Painting, sewing, gardening, baking, always something to put a smile on a little girls face. As I grew up, we drifted apart, and later I moved away, so our visits were very few and far between, but I have never forgotten. My deepest condolences to my cousins and their families, Charlene - Posted by: Charlene Bears (Neice) on: Dec 08, 2020
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