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Date of Passing: Feb 17, 2021

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Peacefully, on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, Jean passed away, surrounded by the love of her family, at the age of 104.
Left to mourn her passing are her sons: Lynwood (Brigitte) and Jim (Kim); grandchildren: Tim, Debbie, Chris, Stefan, Chantel, Jolene, Katelyn and David; great-grandchildren: Tristan, Trinity, Joshua, Riley, Tyler, Zachary, Ashley, William, Oliver, Gemma and Shelby. Jean was predeceased by her husband Vince, and her brother Alex Godkin (Helen).
Raised by a loving mother widowed by the Spanish Flu outbreak, Jean spent her youth in her hometown of Morden. It was there that she met her husband Vince, and the young couple moved on to Winnipeg where Jean took nurses' training at the General Hospital. Upon her first child's arrival (Lyn), Jean gave up her career aspirations to become a caring, dedicated homemaker, honing her cooking and baking skills. Those skills were her gateway to spoil children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren for many decades with her delicious treats, often bags of cookies in hand to take home. Sunday dinners for her family members were full of love and laughter. Friendships made with Jean lasted a lifetime, an indicator of the loving person that she was. There was never a critical word from Jean. The harshest words uttered by her, were "Oh, dear!"
After Vince's retirement from his many years working as a teacher and principal, he and Jean enjoyed trips to Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, and winters in the U.S. Friendships were forged on frequent weekends spent selling lapidary and leather goods (handcrafted by Vince and Jean) at rural and local flea markets. Jean's proficiency as a knitter ensured that each family was provided with a beautiful afghan / blanket, stitches lovingly linked. We have such wonderful memories of Jean to fill our hearts.
Our family would like to thank the staff at the Kiwanis Courts on Ness Avenue, and staff at the Golden Door Geriatric Centre for their excellent care of Jean throughout her residency in both locations. We also extend our heartfelt gratitude to Jean's dear friend, Helen Hill, whose regular visits and friendship meant so much to Jean, and to our family.
Due to Covid restrictions a private memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 20, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Jean was a graduate from WGH School of Nursing 80 years ago, truly amazing. From the beautiful tribute to to Jean's life she was loved. On behalf of the alumni we extend our sincerest condolences to Jean's family and friends. - Posted by: MARIAN Ulyatt (WGH/HSC Nursing Alumni Friendship Convenor) on: Mar 02, 2021

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Jean was a lovely lady & I have fond memories of our family visits both at Morden & Winnipeg. I would like to extend my my heartfelt sympathy. Glennys McRae - Posted by: Glennys McRae (Jean was my Mother’s first cousin) on: Mar 01, 2021

  • Lyn & Brigitte Chad emailed the news of Jean's passing. So sorry to hear that. I believe I met her at the wedding. Although she lived a very long and no doubt full life, I'm sure the whole family will miss her. My condolences. Blair - Posted by: Blair Thompson (Chand's father) on: Feb 21, 2021

  • I was so sorry to hear about your mom. You were so good to her! Please accept my deepest sympathy. Love Norma - Posted by: Norma Thompson (My son's father in law) on: Feb 21, 2021

  • I often look at the Wpg obituaries even though I have been gone almost 25 years from the city. I recognized the Madder name because your Father and Grandfater was my Principal at Principle Sparling and Sargent Park schools. I Loved your Dad, wow when he walked the halls in his crisp suit and shined black shoes we all stood still. He was a man to be respected yet very kind and very fair. I met him at Polo Park years later when he was selling some of his work, I picked out a beautiful pendant that resembled a ship in the ocean, I went to pay for it and he so gently said I would like to gift this to you. I still have this pendant along with some other precious pieces. Although I didn’t know your Mother she sounded like a Beautiful soul who will be greatly missed. I send my deepest condolences and hugs to all. ❤️❤️❤️ - Posted by: Judith A Fitch (Past student) on: Feb 20, 2021

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