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Born: Jan 08, 1948

Date of Passing: Sep 28, 2021

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January 8, 1948 - September 28, 2021

Sadly, our beloved Madeleine passed away on September 28, peacefully and surrounded by her family in Gimli Community Health Centre.
She was predeceased by her parents, Emile and Germaine Schiller and her parents-in-law, Abram and Margaret Barg.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Walter; her children, Matthew (Cassie), Lindsay (Gregg) and Graham; her grandchildren, River, Soren, Marie and Hazel; and her seven siblings, Denise, Rita, Jean, Annette (August), Claire, Peter (Barb) and Ray (Wenda).
Cremation has taken place with interment to occur at a later date, at which time a memorial service will be held.
Madeleine was born in North Battleford and raised on a farm near Delmas, Saskatchewan. After completing high school, she moved to Saskatoon for a few years before moving on to Winnipeg in 1972, where she met and wed Walter. Madeleine and Walter shared a unique and admirable bond, demonstrating what it truly means to be life partners and teammates.
Madeleine was a lifelong artist and although she was unable to indulge her passion in her early years, she made up for it in later years after her marriage and a move to Gimli, an art-loving hotbed in Manitoba's Interlake. She won numerous awards in oil painting, watercolours, pastels and coloured pencils at many local art shows, as well as the Red River Exhibition and Manitoba Society of Artists. There was nothing she liked better than an afternoon spent painting in the countryside around Gimli with her good friends Kathy and Eleanor.
In 1989, her life was permanently altered by a brain tumour, which initiated health issues that would last for the rest of her life. Despite this, and with her husband often away from home teaching in Northern Manitoba, she was able to raise three wonderful children and continue to pursue her artistic ambitions, mainly in Gimli, where the family finally settled and established itself. She even ventured to the North with her husband, enjoying a number of winters in the First Nation community of Shamattawa.
Her final, and possibly most devastating, health issue was a stroke in 2014 which pretty well dictated an end to her artistic career, really just as it could have been about to blossom, and which resulted in a gradual but inevitable decline in her health. Nonetheless, she was a fighter with an incredible will to live, surviving far beyond what she might have, and was often called a "miracle lady" by her health care providers. We, her family, consider ourselves privileged to have had her with us for 32 years after the brain tumour in 1989.
As the poem says, "We're not sad that she's gone, we're glad that she was here."
The family wishes to thank the staff at Gimli Community Health Centre and Gimli homecare services for the care they provided for Madeleine, and especially Dr. Adegbesan and Madeleine's nurses for the exceptional professionalism and compassion they showed toward Madeleine.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favourite charity or the Gimli Community Health Centre.

Condolences may be left on her tribute wall at

Gilbart Funeral Home, Gimli
in care of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 09, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Madeleine, together with her husband Walt, was a much beloved and valued friend of mine for many years. She was a gifted and courageous woman who lived with, survived, and transcended much adversity, How I loved our coffee conversations at a cafe in Toronto when they visited here. I found Madeleine to be open minded and resilient, including of my Mysticism. Walt and Madeleine were wonderfully matched and sustained each other over the many years of their marriage. May Madeleine Rest In Peace and reap all of the Benefits of Eternity. - Posted by: Douglas Donegani (Friend) on: Oct 25, 2021

  • RIP Madeleine! now you can devote hours and hours to create your exquisite imagery. Which I got to know in the late 1980s, when we met through CARFAC the national arts org. and we exhibited in the MSA shows. You generously donated artwork to many fundraising events. You introduced me to the Gimli community. Such a creative corner in this big land Canada and the Manitoba Interlake. Bravo your artwork received accolades and awards! not surprising I pricked my ears and opened my eyes. Then when I moved to the Beach we seriously got down to work, building calibre and an amazing art community of which the Icelandic diaspora was the bedrock, and you a guiding light in front. You are missed more than you know by 'Us', heartfelt condolence to your steadfast man Walter and your family. - Posted by: Helma Rogge Rehders (colleague in art making) on: Oct 10, 2021

  • Most heartfelt and sincere condolences to all Madeline's family. I had the pleasure of working with Madeline at Graf Tech. She was one of the nicest and most pleasant persons ever to have known. Prayers to all her family during this sad time. - Posted by: Gladys Kohler (Friend) on: Oct 09, 2021

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