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Born: Jun 19, 1942

Date of Passing: May 09, 2022

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June 19, 1942 - May 9, 2022

The family wish to announce that Mom/Grandma has passed away.
Left to mourn her passing are her daughters, Marie (Jim) and Maxine; her two grandchildren, Adam and Laura Alkana; nieces and nephews, cousins and dear friends.
She was predeceased by her best friend and spouse Dennis Johnson, her parents, Hjortur Jon and Unnur Sigurlaug Josephson, her sisters, Ethel (Stoney) Olafson, Helen (Encil) Arksey, her brothers, Howard (Jean) and Dorland, two infant granddaughters, Jennifer and Jessica, and her first husband Ken Litton.
Mom was born in Eriksdale but the family moved to Winnipeg early in her life. She had many great times and shared many good memories about growing up at "907" in Fort Garry. Mom and Dad married in 1962 and they moved to Rathwell where they operated two businesses - Rathwell Grocery and The Wild Turkey Inn. They returned to Winnipeg and, after a few years, Mom joined forces with Dennis in Lundar. They had many happy years together.
Mom was fiercely proud of her Icelandic heritage and spent countless hours researching her family genealogy. She attended many INL conventions and visited Iceland on two occasions. She was always eager to meet the visiting Icelandic choir or tour members and had many lasting friendships from these events.
Mom enjoyed life and happy times. She was outgoing, enjoyed teasing and liked to be the center of attention. She wasn't shy and would do almost anything to lighten the mood or get a laugh.
Mom enjoyed her time in Lundar. When it was suggested that she return to Winnipeg, she flatly refused. Her friends were very dear to her and she couldn't imagine life without them. She took pride in her flowers and got great enjoyment from feeding and caring for the many bird species that frequented her yard.
Family was also important to Mom. She kept in touch with her nieces and nephews and thoroughly enjoyed time with her grandchildren. She welcomed opportunities to see her great-nieces and nephews as well.
The family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the exceptional staff of Lundar Home Care, Lundar Palliative Care and the E. M. Crowe Memorial Hospital in Eriksdale. Special thanks to Dr. Yang and Brittany of CCMB. The care and compassion shown by each and every one of these health care professionals made a difficult time so much easier.
A private interment has been held.
If desired, donations can be made in Mom's honour to the Coldwell Community Foundation, PO Box 154, Lundar, MB R0C 1Y0 or to a local charity of one's choice.

Arrangements by:
Ashern - Lundar

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 21, 2022

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Dear Marie and Maxime, I am so sorry to hear about your mom... I spoke to her a year ago even though we had not spoken in over 20 years. she new my voice 😊we laughed together..I remember the time when we out in the country in the fall. there was straw in the field. We got out and I stuffed her with straw . She made a great Strawman . I think you may have the picture. Take care - Posted by: Dorothy Chapman (Friend) on: Dec 04, 2022

  • Our sincerest sympathy Marie, Maxine and family. We have fond memories of your Mom when they lived out here. Cherish her memory and share the stories and she will be right there with you always ❤️ - Posted by: Norman and Melanie Pritchard (Friends from Rathwell ) on: May 27, 2022

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