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Born: Dec 12, 1932

Date of Passing: Dec 12, 2021

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December 12, 1932 – December 12, 2021

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Elsie Deger on December 12, 2021, at the St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 89.
Elsie was predeceased by her mother Elizabeth Dressler (nee Metz) in 1947, her father Rudolf Dressler in 1968, her husband Anton (Tony) in 2003, her son Greg in 2019, and her brothers Ewald in 1982 and Alfred in 2012.
Elsie is survived by her sister Adelaide Miller, her daughter-in-law Michelle, her daughter Linda, and her son Anthony (Tony). Also left to cherish her memory are her adored nieces and nephews as well as the many relatives and relations living in home towns spread across the German countryside and the Canadian prairies.
Elsie was a devoted member of Beautiful Saviour Lutheran Church as well as the Lutheran Women's Missionary League; her faith was dignified and unwavering.
Elsie's childhood was spent on a homestead near Saltcoats, Saskatchewan. The combination of growing up on a depression-era farm and the premature loss of her own mother taught her much about hard work and responsibility, instilling in her the determination and conscientiousness that she displayed throughout her life. Elsie was married to her beloved Anton on September 19, 1959, in Neudorf, Saskatchewan, and together they set out on the adventure of their lives. Although life during their early years together in Winnipeg's north end might be considered lean by today's standards, their mutual love and devotion to their growing family ensured joy, prosperity, and many happy memories over the decades to come. Elsie was an exceptionally skilled and knowledgeable gardener, and she happily toiled for countless hours in her oversized garden each summer. The thoroughness with which she tended her plants was only exceeded by her enthusiasm to share the harvest with family, friends, and neighbours. She also loved her flowers; the varieties that she planted and nurtured were always glorious in their natural splendour. She was a tireless custodian and groundskeeper, always particular about the upkeep and appearance of her home and yard, regardless of the time and effort required. Elsie was no stranger to foreign travel, having made many trips to explore and enjoy such diverse destinations as Las Vegas, Alaska, Germany and Italy. Elsie enjoyed many recreational activities; asking her to revisit a previously enjoyed escapade or to embark on a brand new one was never an issue, as she delighted in the enjoyment of those around her as much as the event itself. Cottage life, fishing trips, light aircraft flights, RV camping, hot air balloon rides, professional baseball games, and trips to the Pine River hunting camp were just a few such memorable adventures. Some of Elsie's favorite evening pastimes included completing the paper's daily crossword puzzle and ongoing skirmishes with the latest 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle – only after the day's chores were completed, of course. Visitors to Elsie's home were without exception made to feel welcome; it made no difference what the purpose of the visit was or who was visiting. Fresh tea and home-made cookies were generally on hand to mark these occasions, and if time and circumstances allowed, a well prepared meal would be another treat not soon forgotten by her guests.
Mom, you were a strong, tough, honest and caring woman who endured much, complained little, and always supported us without hesitation or concern for yourself. We will always carry your memory in our hearts, and we will miss you forever.
The service to remember Elsie will be held on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at 2:00 PM at the Green Acres Funeral Home in Winnipeg, and will be livestreamed via Updated Provincial guidelines regarding gatherings are in effect. Proof of vaccination will be required at the door.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the charity of your choice.

Publish Date: Dec 24, 2021


On December 12, 2021 at St. Boniface Hospital, Elsie passed away at the age of 89 years.
The service for Elsie will be on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Green Acres and will be livestreamed via Proof of vaccination will be required at the door.
A longer obituary will follow.

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Publish Date: Dec 18, 2021

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 18, 2021, Dec 24, 2021

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • So sorry to hear of this loss ... I have many fond memories growing up in Winnipeg with Mrs. Deger (Elsie) as a friend of our family. - Posted by: Ryan Cheys (Family Friend) on: Jan 09, 2022

  • Dear Tony, Linda & Michelle thank you for sharing this wonderful tribute to your mother and mother-in-law. We honour Elsie's legacy and steadfast commitment to her family and community! With sympathy and sadness Lynda Ruban - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (staff at Health Sciences Centre Foundation) on: Dec 29, 2021

  • My sincerest condolences dear Michelle, I know how much Elsie meant to you, glad you got to see her one final time right before her passing on her birthday, she treated you like you were her own daughter, Greg and his parents are together now, that can bring you great comfort that he is reunited with them. - Posted by: Carole Lambert-Ward (Michelle's cousin) on: Dec 28, 2021

  • Our deepest condolences, Ed and Pat Wilchek - Posted by: Ed and Pat Wilchek (Family friend) on: Dec 28, 2021

  • Very sad to hear of your loss. Wishing you and your family, peace and comfort during this time. - Posted by: Connie (Acquaintance) on: Dec 27, 2021

  • In loving memory of Elsie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Tony and Michelle, during this difficult time. Love Anni, Annette and Nicole with family - Posted by: Anni La Croix, Germany (Friend) on: Dec 21, 2021

  • Extending my deepest sympathy to Elsie's son & daughter-in-law Michelle. I so enjoyed our opportunities to chat & appreciated her connection to the foundation. I had been thinking about her alot lately. It's been a difficult journey and I'm so very sorry to see she passed away. Rest in Peace. Lynda Ruban staff & friends at the HSC Foundation. - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (staff at Health Sciences Centre Foundation) on: Dec 20, 2021

  • Dear Tony, I am so sorry for your loss. You took such good care of her. Blessings to you always. Susan in AL. - Posted by: Susan (Friend) on: Dec 20, 2021

  • Our sympathies Michelle! 😘 Love, Jo and Wayne - Posted by: Joanne McCarthy (Cousin) on: Dec 18, 2021

  • My condolences to my niece Michelle on the passing of her mother-in-law. Have courage, my dear niece! - Posted by: Janine St-Hilaire (friend of family) on: Dec 18, 2021

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