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Born: Jan 07, 1937

Date of Passing: Jan 14, 2022

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January 7, 1937 - January 14, 2022

Bernice Lindsay, age 85, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, passed away peacefully on January 14, 2022, at the Middlechurch Personal Care Home.
She was born and raised on her family farm in Oakbank, Manitoba, on January 7, 1937. It was here on her family's farm that she cultivated her tireless work ethic, passion for cooking, devotion to family, and her love for animals of all kinds. In 1954, Bernice met and fell in love with her first husband, Fred Chomyn. Fred and Bernice moved to Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and together raised four beautiful children, Lilly (Robert), Elaine (Brian), Susan (Alan), and Larry (Laurie). In 1968, Bernice and Fred moved back to Winnipeg in pursuit of more opportunities for their family. Bernice worked at various jobs, and her tenacity and work ethic undoubtedly contributed to her occupational success. In 1982, she married Byron Lindsay and shortly thereafter she retired. Bernice and Byron shared many laughs together and a mutual passion for travel and adventure. Sadly, Byron passed away suddenly in 1986. At this time, Bernice decided to move back to Transcona to be closer to family. Gardening became a renewed passion and she was especially proud of her rose bushes. We remember her apple trees having the most beautiful blossoms and Bernice making the most delicious apple pies. She was a phenomenal cook, always experimenting with new recipes; however she was especially known for her perogies and cabbage rolls, which were enjoyed at every special occasion. Bernice had a real sense of fashion and style and took pride in her home. At Christmas especially, her home was always beautifully decorated for the enjoyment of family and friends. Bernice loved to dance! She had such an appreciation of music and would often attend concerts or take in the community festival where she delighted in the local music. Fiddling was one of her favourites. Bernice had such a love for nature and wildlife. She often drove out to the countryside to walk on trails with her puppies Spirit and Chinook. Throughout her life, Bernice always remained a strong and independent woman, who was hard working and self sacrificing. Her amazing strength and great sense of humour undoubtedly helped her remain in good spirits throughout the years of pain she experienced before her passing.
She will forever be remembered and dearly missed, not only by her children, but by her seven grandchildren, Kyle, Robyn (Andy), Joel, Michelle, Sarah (Jason), Emily (Keelan), Jessica (Richard); and four great-grandchildren, Annalee, Christopher, Wren, Zachary; and her sister, Iris and those that loved her. Bernice was predeceased by her brother Richard; and parents, John and Rose Kowalski.
The family would like to thank the staff at Middlechurch Home for the tender and professional care they provided to mom over the years.
At Bernice's request, a private graveside service was held at Pineridge Cemetery in Birdshill Park, on Thursday, January 20, 2022.
To view this obituary and condolences, please refer to Klassen Funeral Home.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 29, 2022

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