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Born: Nov 20, 1924

Date of Passing: Apr 19, 2022

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Antoinette (Nettie) Geisler aged 97 years of Ashern. She passed peacefully on April 19, 2022, at the Eriksdale Personal Care Home, with her family by her side.
Antoinette Broustal was born November 20, 1924 east of the tracks in the Ashern area. She grew up on the Broustal Farm and attended Idylwild School. Mom moved west across the tracks to her sweetheart Eddie Geisler when they married in 1945 and farmed on Geisler Road. Mom's favourite saying was "I lived on the farm all my life"!
Predeceased by her husband Eddie, her parents, Marianne and Louis Broustal, her son Duncan, grandson Brandyn Falk and all of her siblings, Louis, Henry, Marcel, Anne, Mary, Liza, Alice, and Henrietta.
She leaves to mourn, her children: Dennis, Shelley (Randy) Bjornson and Sandra (Ken) Falk; daughter-in-law Lise Pinsonneault; grandchildren: Michelle (Jason) Broussard, Kirsten (Todd) Blackmon, Elliot Geisler, Roland Geisler, Paul (Alex) Geisler, Marianne (Bernard) Lesk; Craig (Jennifer) Bjornson, Derek Bjornson and Brenna (Tim) Sigfusson; great-grandchildren: Annalise, Lydia and Frederick Geisler, Ezra Lesk; Logan and Everly Broussard; Noah Blackmon; Torger and Sigge Bjornson; Finn and Brook Bjornson; Kohl, Charlee and Titan Sigfusson.
Mom worked hard all her life and put her heart and soul into everything she did. Farming alongside Eddie and spending long days in the fields only to come home and cook for a table full of workers. Her love of gardening was evident when you looked into her pantry which was always full of jam, jellies and canning. Her community was very important to her and she gave back whatever and whenever she could. She led many young people in her role as 4-H leader for over 25 years and led her own life by the 4-H motto "learn to do by doing". No one could ever say no to Mom when it came time to buy tickets for community fundraisers and this was evident when she won the Granny Queen Contest for raising the most money. Her leadership skills took her to the Lakeshore Hospital Guild where she held the Presidency for 30 years and remained a member until her passing. Mom was honoured in 1994 as the Northwest Interlake Woman of the Year for all her community involvement. Later in life Mom took up golfing and loved walking around the golf course even after putting in a long day. She often could not see where her ball landed but all she had to do was walk straight to the flag and there it was in the middle of the fairway, always a straight shooter, something Mom was on and off the course.
Mom was a resilient pioneer - there was nothing that she couldn't make, cook or fix, hunt, trap, skin and stretch. She had the biggest heart with unconditional love for her family and would give them everything she could and more. Her love of quilting was evident in the many quilts she made for her family and baby quilts for so many friends. Everyone knew Nettie and loved chatting with her and sitting at her kitchen table over a meal or cup of tea. No one ever left hungry. Everyone received a "Nettie Hug" whether you knew her or not. There was no such thing as "personal space" for her.
Her faith was an important part of her life, and this verse in John 13:34 is a message Mom would want to leave for us all. "A new command I give you: Love one another, As I loved you so you must love one another".
She was very proud of her French heritage and made a trip to France to see her relatives and parent's homestead.

Repose En Paix Maman

Our family is most grateful for the Ashern and area staff and home care workers, Lakeshore General Hospital staff and Eriksdale Personal Care Home staff for their kind, compassionate care for our mother.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Nettie's life will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2022 in the Ashern Centennial Hall with Melanie Kauppila officiating.
In Nettie's honour, donations can be made to the Lakeshore Hospital Guild c/o Julie Bergner, Box 1, Ashern, MB R0C 0E0.

Arrangements by:
Ashern – Lundar

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 30, 2022

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • I was so grateful to spend a day with Nettie when I visited from Australia years ago, staying at Shelley and Randy’s. A day of learning her cinnamon bun recipe and baking them, sewing, a beautiful day. So grateful to have our Aussie connection with the family and we send our love and thoughts to you all. Here in Australia when we heard of Netties passing, we made cinnamon rolls on the campfire in her memory…rest in peace ♥️ - Posted by: Susan Wright (Friend ) on: May 10, 2022

  • Thinking of all of you today, and remember Aunty Nettie with appreciation. She was 70 when I got to know her. (Grandma was lucky to have her as a sister). Such a helpful and caring person. Penny Lickley (Miller) - Posted by: Penny Lickley (Miller) (Niece) on: May 06, 2022

  • Memories of Nettie aren’t complete without the remembrance of her amazing smile and twinkle in her eyes. Our condolences to all of the Geisler family. A sweet woman has gone to be with her love. Rest well Nettie! - Posted by: Deney & Andy Wojtowicz (Friend) on: May 02, 2022

  • Nettie was a wonderful, beautiful, remarkable woman. What a huge void to all who knew and loved her. Heaven will receive her with open arms and there she will be with Eddie again. My thoughts and prayers to her family and friends. RIP Nettie - Posted by: Linda Meads (Friend) on: May 02, 2022

  • What a remarkable woman. Heaven is a better place with her there. Our deepest condolences to the whole family. May your family, friends, time and memories ease your sorrow - Posted by: Debbie Sigfusson (Brenna’s in laws) on: May 01, 2022

  • My sincere condolences to the entire Geisler family for the loss of your beautiful Mom and Grandma! She lived a long and very happy life, surrounded by her family and friends! Nettie gave the best hugs no matter where you ran into her! I remember in my late teens and later, visiting the Geisler farm over Christmas and Nettie and Eddie always made everyone so welcome! She always seemed to be so happy when she had a houseful of people to feed!!! Rest In Peace Nettie and know that you are missed by all those who loved you!! ❤️❤️❤️ - Posted by: Wendy Olafson (Sveistrup) (Friend) on: Apr 30, 2022

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