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Born: May 31, 1945

Date of Passing: Sep 26, 2021

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(nee BETKER)

Surrounded by family, Eileen Shuel, age 76, passed peacefully on September 26, 2021, after a very short illness with Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease that took her far too soon.
Eileen was predeceased by her husband of 49 years David, parents, Adolf and Amanda Betker, brothers, Arnie, Randy, Alvin, sister-in-law Sharon Betker.
She is survived by daughter Kelly Ann (Thom) Doherty and grandsons, Brendan and Connor; son James (Michelle) and granddaughter Emma. She is also survived by her mother-in-law Sophie Shuel; sister Eleanor (Garry) Shuel; brother Ernie (Lynn) Betker; sisters-in-law, Mary Betker, Terry, Anne, Kathy Betker and the many nephews, nieces, and cousins that she thought so highly of.
A special thanks for the warm support and visits from friends that brightened Mom's days and helped us all through this difficult time. The family also thanks all who
connected to express how much Eileen meant to them and to let us know how many lives she touched.
Eileen was born May 31, 1945, in Winnipeg, and grew up on the family farm in Cloverleaf, Manitoba. She went to school there until Grade eight, spending Grade nine in Beausejour and completing high school in Oakbank. At 18 she moved to an apartment in Winnipeg, with her roommate Linda, and began her career with Great West Life.
In 1965, Eileen went to Steve and Rosie's Grocery store in Cloverleaf to get supplies for her parent's party. That day Rosie had family visiting in the back yard of the store and Eileen was invited to join the group and that is where she met David Shuel. He asked her out that same day, they dated for two years, and were married in 1967. They moved together into a newly built home in Winnipeg in 1969 and Eileen left her position to raise her family when daughter Kelly was born the following year, and son James six years later. In 1982, when her family had grown enough, Eileen returned to work at Assiniboine Credit Union, where she continued to work until her retirement in 2004. During the 1980's, she and David built a cabin in Northwestern Ontario, where she spent many summers and fall days enjoying the lake and hosting friends, family, and neighbours. Eileen was always willing to help people, being the first to pitch in at a social, a shower or party and would never just let others work without rolling up her sleeves. She always felt that "askers make poor givers" meaning you don't ask if people want something or need help, you just give it to them. She always believed that "you don't give to get" and that you should "always give with a warm hand". She was generous and selfless and never expected anything in return because she felt it was important to "always be nice to every-one". She loved to shop and find items for others and most of all loved buying baby clothes "just in case", and she could never pass up a good bargain or a garage sale.
Whether she was hosting or just visiting she focused on creating a welcome space for people. Eileen was actively interested in talking to people and hearing about their lives and she connected many people together.
At home, or at the lake she was always the first to start cooking, the last to eat, and always ensured that she made enough food so that people could have seconds or thirds, with still enough leftovers for everyone to take home because she always made for "that one more that might show up". Her famous devilled eggs and birthday cakes were always a welcome treat that she would bring with her along with her contributions of veggie and fruit platters to so many events.
Eileen enjoyed gardening, especially growing tomatoes, and Canna Lilies. Every summer cars would slow down to admire her flowers, which made her happy. We will
always remember her love of foraging for mushrooms, blueberries, and strawberries. She enjoyed the hours spent with friends and family picking, just as much as the time spent cleaning them before giving them all away.
Eileen was a devoted, loving, and affectionate mother and an especially proud and enthusiastic grandmother to Brendan, Connor, and Emma. She was happiest when she had a chance to give them an affectionate rub on the head, a special gift, or just her time and patience to listen to them tell her about their lives and accomplishments.
As her illness progressed, Eileen was first at the Grace Hospital and then spent her final days at Riverview Palliative Care ward. The family would like to extend their appreciation to all the medical professionals for their support and guidance, especially when dealing with such a rare disease. Finally, a big thanks to the Palliative Care Ward at The Riverview Health Center for their wonderful support and care.
As per Eileen's wishes, cremation has taken place and no formal funeral service will be held. An interment in Beausejour will be planned later.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Riverview Health Center (1 Morley Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3L 2P4), or to Eileen's favourite charity - Agape Table (Mail to: Agape Table Inc. P.O. Box 26111, Winnipeg, MB, R3G 3R3 or via etransfer).

In closing we share one of Eileen's favourite passages:

Goodbye my family
My life has passed
I loved you to the very last
Weep not for me
But courage take
Love each other for my sake
For those who love you
Don't go away
They walk beside you every day

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 02, 2021

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Eileen and I were best buddies when we both attended Cloverleaf School. I left school in 1960 to work and live in Winnipeg and Eileen joined me in 1966 where we first shared a little 2 room hole in the wall apartment (bathroom down the hall) but later moved together to more spacious accommodations which we shared until Eileen’s marriage to David in 1967. Life took us in separate directions but we always managed to stay in touch. She was just a marvellous person and my condolences go to her children and grandchildren as well as sister Eleanor. - Posted by: Linda Downard (Friend) on: Oct 23, 2021

  • Eileen, was such a gracious lady, so kind and wonderful, such a special person. I think of the first time I met her, we were going out to a dance on a cold January evening. Russell, Davie and I were in the car, when we went to pick Eileen up, she came out carrying her high winter boots! yhere I was with high heels only. (she was sensible too). Rest in peace Eileen. - Posted by: Elaine Reynolds (friend) on: Oct 17, 2021

  • I’m very sad to hear of the passing of Eileen!!! I worked with Eileen many years ago at Assiniboine Credit Union. I’m pretty sure I hired her to work in the Payment Services Department. She was a hard worker, always concerned about people, had a beautiful smile for everyone and never once did I hear her complain!!! A pleasure to have her worked for our organization. I would come to her department to interview candidates for positions and Eileen would always come and say hi to me and always so positive!!! Our sympathies go out to Eileen’s family. Just know that she was an exceptional individual and will always remain close to your hearts… Pat and Kevin Larson💕 - Posted by: Pat Larson(Trush) (Co-worker at Assiniboine Credit Union) on: Oct 08, 2021

  • Eileen was such a beautiful person in every way. I have fond memories of Eileen and her sister Eleanor that go all the way back to when we were kids in the country. Eileen was always there for me during family occasions, and I remember how she helped out at Paul's and my 50th Anniversary celebration. She was a devoted. loving wife to Davey, and a wonderful daughter-in-law to Sophie and John. We will miss her so much, and send our deepest sympathy to Kelly and James and their families. - Posted by: Steffie Slivinski (Late husband's cousin) on: Oct 04, 2021

  • Dear Eleanor and Family: It is with ultimate sadness that we learn about the passing of your dear sister Eileen. Memories of the both of you on the school bus way back when come quickly to mind along with many other events. I cannot image what it is like to loose your dearest sister, long before her time was due. Please know we are thinking of you at this tragic time in your life. Tony and I have been living in the Okanagan Valley, BC for the past 20 years and although distant we always remember our acquaintances from Manitoba. Our thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with you at this time. We wish you strength and prayers to help you endure this tragedy. Much love with memories--Valerie and Tony Kent. - Posted by: Valerie (nee Krawchuk) and Tony Kent (Friend) on: Oct 02, 2021

  • Thanks for sharing Eileen’s obituary. It describes her to a T. This lady was one of the most selfless people I’ve known. Eileen always gave of herself, always thought of others first and loved her family with all her being. We will all miss you Eileen. Rest In Peace my dear Sister-in-Law. - Posted by: Mary Betker (Sister-in-law ) on: Oct 02, 2021

  • Eileen was always such a warm, gracious, kindhearted soul to all who had the pleasure of being in her company. Our deepest sympathy to the family for your loss. Keeping you close in our thoughts💕 Bryan and Sheryl Thiel - Posted by: Sheryl Thiel (Cousin) on: Oct 02, 2021

  • So sorry to learn of your mother's passing. Carl was a school mate of David's and we also lived on Community Row from 1971 - 1987 when our children attended the same school. We were all from the same general area of Springfield and were often at the same dances, ball games, etc. The Shuel's garage was a mainstay of our childhood, and Sophie Shuel was a neighbour of ours again when we lived in the Hazelridge area in the 1990's. It seems that our paths continued to cross from the 1950's right through until the 90's. Eileen was a special person and your obituary captured her personality totally. Good memories for you and your family. - Posted by: Mae Fisher (Friends and neighbours ) on: Oct 02, 2021

  • My sympathies to the family Kelly, Jami and family. We were best of friends since teenage years. Your mom and dad will be greatly missed. Take care. - Posted by: Brian Ewanika (Friend) on: Oct 02, 2021

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