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Date of Passing: Mar 05, 2021

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ethel Mildred Ellie (nee Danchuk) on March 5, 2021 at the Riverview Health Centre at the age of 92.
Ethel was predeceased by her loving husband Roy of 67 years, her first born son Ronald; her brothers, Dr. Edward Danchuk, her baby brother Steven, as well as her Mom (Patricia) and Dad (Fred). She was also predeceased by brothers-in-law, Peter, Brownie, Fred, and sister-in-law Patti.
Ethel is survived by her son David (Alice) and granddaughter Nicole; and her eldest son's spouse Yvonne and grandchildren, Brooke and Bryce; brother-in-law Bill, sister-in-law Eugenia, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Ethel was born in Winnipeg and went to Norquay School and St. John's Tech High School where she forged many long lasting friendships. Prior to becoming a homemaker, Ethel worked at Wolfe Sheet Metal and at the Winnipeg Free Press as secretary to the President. In her capacity as secretary she unknowingly passed encoded messages from "A man called Intrepid" to the military during the war.
Ethel travelled to Cuba with family and friends for 18 consecutive years and enjoyed over 55 years of cottaging at Falcon Lake. Her immediate family all knew who the best fisherman of the family was and it wasn't a man.
Ethel was many things to many people. Mom is known by many loving names including Baba, Bobs, Eth, Ethel, Poopsie, Zalzulka, Choch or just Mom. Each one of these names was an expression of love between people who were joined at the heart with her. She was committed to her family and determined to do the best for them.
Many thanks to the compassionate staff at the Riverview Health Centre during her brief stay as well as the dedicated Home Care workers who helped Ethel stay in her home for as long as possible.
Cremation has taken place.
In lieu of flowers, please direct any donations to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9.

Condolences may be left on Ethel's memorial page at

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 13, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • My family had been neighbors of the Danchuks when we were recent immigrants to Canada in the mid-1950s. I became acquainted with Ellie when her mom became my landlady almost 20 years later. When I ventured to Patricia and Fred's house once a month to pay the rent, Ellie was often there and we had delightful 3-way conversations while I was treated to a "mandatory" glass of whiskey. I wish I had taken notes for some of those conversations, which often rivaled journalist James Gray's famous reminiscences of Winnipeg. Ellie was a wonderful, warm-hearted, and classy lady, who I am sure will be missed and fondly remembered by many; my condolences to them all. - Posted by: Karl Pfeifer (Family friend, now retired and living in Melbourne Australia.) on: May 29, 2021

  • Dave, Alice and Nicole, Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold dear in all your hearts. Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of your Mother and Grandmother. Lori and Johnny - Posted by: Lori Joachim (Neighbor ) on: Mar 17, 2021

  • My darling mom, whom I so very sadly lost last July (a horrifying year to remember), and Mrs. Ellie were "partners in crime" years ago. They enjoyed seeing the opera together, then I was told, hanging out at Salisbury's until the wee hours. I am betting dad and Mr. Ellie, who carpooled to work at Shell, wondered WHAT exactly the ladies were discussing! Mrs. Ellie had a wicked sense of humour and gentle nature. My parents and Roy and Ethel had plenty of days spent together on the sunny shore at Falcon Lake. The ladies would chatter on beach towels while the fellows sat stoicly in the shade. Further, there were card games and visits. Mrs. Ellie, like my parents, had values honed in Winnipeg's north end. She was a super lady. It's with a shattered heart that I am now missing so many of our dearest ones. But I pray Mr. and Mrs. Ellie and Ron, will be visiting again with mom and dad in the Great Hereafter, sharing more stories of days gone bye. RIP - Posted by: Barbara Jane Sowak (old friend ) on: Mar 13, 2021

  • One of the nicest ladies I ever met. - Posted by: Rick Fennell (friend) on: Mar 13, 2021

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