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Born: Oct 24, 1928

Date of Passing: Nov 11, 2021

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October 24, 1928 - November 11, 2021

Emily Charlotte Fast, aged 93 years old, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at De Salaberry District Health Centre in St. Pierre, MB.
She is survived by her six children, William (Jeannette), Alex (Annette), Fred, Emily (Murray), Karen (Ron) and Carl (Heather), as well as her grandchildren, Gregory (Sheri), Jason (Jocelyn), Alison (Cam), Stephen (Sherisse), Matthew (Darcy), Matthew L. (Priscilla), Colin (Tash), Nicholas (Emma), Elena (Brock), Ryan (Nancy), Jane (Jesse), Christopher, Kyla (Dylan), Joshua, and 16 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Betty (John) and Friedel.
She was predeceased by her loving husband Alexander Mielke Fast and her brothers, William, David and Jake.
Emily was the first child born to William and Anna Dyck, on October 24, 1928. She was born in Gnadenthal, Manitoba. Shortly after, her family moved to Coaldale, later to New Bothwell and finally settled in Niverville. As new immigrants, her family worked really hard to make a living in Canada. As the eldest child, Emily was required to help with the family's various business ventures, but hard work was not something she shied away from. She spoke fondly of all of her working memories, including bee keeping, egg turning at the family hatchery (sharing a brick of ice cream with her father often followed this), and actively building WM Dyck & Sons with her father and later on with her husband.
On August 19, 1950 Emily married the love of her life. She often joked about the competition for Alex's affection being quite steep and felt like she won the lottery when he asked for her hand. This feeling was evident in her love and dedication throughout their marriage. They rapidly began to fill their "quiver full", as was discussed at the alter on their wedding day, with the birth of their first son on June 5, 1951. Five more beloved children followed this and Emily became a very busy mother but never too busy to be present for anyone who had a need, or just wanted a visit. Her home was rarely empty and there was never a shortage of food to eat. She was the master hostess, both in craft and in spirit, and made all who came across her path feel welcomed and valued.
Emily was a creative soul and her interests and hobbies reflected that. Some of her greatest joys were being in her garden, writing, and painting beautiful landscapes. She graciously shared the bounty of her garden with friends, family and passersby. She was also an avid cook and baker. Her family grew accustomed to fresh buns every Saturday and a home cooked meal every Sunday. Nobody could multi-task quite like Emily. Grandchildren in need of caretaking were often hauled along to deliver the large meals she cooked for her brother's farm crew. Emily had a selfless, loving heart and showed this love to all around her. Her strong faith in God was evident in all she did and said.
As life slowed down, Emily managed to be the number one fan for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren at an array of sporting and musical events. She remained vibrant and witty, even during her struggle with memory loss. As the matriarch of her family, she instilled the importance of family by gathering us together. She often spoke about how proud and pleased she was that her family loved each other so much. She will leave a large hole but her legacy will go on.
As a family, we would like to extend our warmest thanks to all who have had a part in supporting and caring for our Mom/Oma throughout her journey.
A private family memorial will take place to celebrate her life.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Emily's memory can be made to the Town of Niverville for the Opa's Park Restoration Project. The land which this park is situated on was donated by Emily's father. Cheques can made out to 'The Town of Niverville' and be mailed to: Box 131, Niverville, MB R0A 1E0. Please kindly indicate in the memo that the funds are to be earmarked for the Opa's Park Restoration Project.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 20, 2021, Nov 20, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I have fond memories of Emily and Alex from the days we attended church together and invitations to events and meals in their home. I admired her energy and the love she showed as she took care of everyone. My deepest condolences to the are in my thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Debbie Hopkins (Whyte Ridge Baptist Church friend) on: Nov 22, 2021

  • Carl and Heather so sorry for the loss of your mom. - Posted by: Allyson Mueller (Friend) on: Nov 21, 2021

  • What a lovely tribute! Will be thinking of the family at this time. - Posted by: Bernice Goertzen (belonged to the same church for years) on: Nov 20, 2021

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