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LOIS GWENDOLIN SERLE

Born: Jun 30, 1931

Date of Passing: Jul 14, 2022

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SERLE: Lois Gwendolin Serle of Brandon, Manitoba left this life on Thursday, July 14, 2022. Lois was born on June 30, 1931 to Dora and Harvey Dalzell in Elgin, Manitoba. Mom was raised in the Elgin area and attended all of her primary and secondary schooling there. Upon completion of school and seeking adventure, Mom moved to the Onanole/Wasagaming area. Her first employment was at the Wigwam restaurant and then working for Ralph and Elizabeth Frith at the Dude Ranch, west of Onanole and following that, The General Store in Onanole. It was while working in Onanole that she met her future husband, Harold Serle. They were married on October 25, 1958. They continued to live and raise a family in Onanole. Mom was a permanent fixture at the store, working for successive owners until she decided to retire in 1991. Dad passed away in 1988; however Mom continued to live and look after the family acreage in Onanole until 1999, when she decided to simplify her life and moved into a condo in Brandon, where she resided until her passing. Mom always considered herself fortunate to be self-sufficient and to be able to live on her own, loving her independence. Mom was an originator of sorts. We believe that she initiated the first neighbourhood watch, well before any formal organization came to be. She loved to see what was going on in the neighbourhood, who might be out and about and to make sure that the neighbourhood was safe and secure. This became doubly important to her, once she moved to the city. Persons who didn't belong in her area or were abusing the grounds of the condo complex were on her radar. Mom also loved to read the paper from cover to cover, always starting with the obituaries. While living in Onanole, Mom was a keen supporter of the community, always ready to roll up her sleeves to take on whatever role or task needed doing. Mom could outwork most people and was much stronger than she realized. She never shied away from any challenge. Mom loved to go to old time dances with Dad and was pretty light on her feet. Mom also participated in the local curling club until the kids activities got in the way. Mom had three gardens on the go in Onanole. The gardens were always very bountiful and they allowed for having fruit and vegetable stored for use through the winter. We didn't realize at the time, how lucky we were to have the ability to manage our own food supply. Mom is survived by her sons: Kevin (Shelley) of Regina, Saskatchewan and Blaine (Laurie) of Manitou, Manitoba; grandchildren: Brett (Danielle) and Dylan of Regina, Saskatchewan and Cassandra of Manitou, Manitoba; one great-grandchild, Jackson of Regina. She is also survived by her sister, Beryl Truscott, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Mom was predeceased by her parents; her husband of 30 years Harold; sisters: Aileen and Bernice and brothers: Gordon (Bud) and Welland as well as several brothers and sisters-in-law. Mom will be greatly missed by family, friends and her neighbors in the condo complex. The family would also like to thank very much, Laurie Jackson for everything that she had done for Mom, especially during the Covid times, which allowed her to remain safe and stay home. Cremation has already taken place. As per mom's wishes, there will be no funeral service. Interment will occur at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined.

Messages of condolences may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.

As published in Brandon Sun on Jul 23, 2022

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Lois was a lovely lady. So glad to have known her. Evelyn (Rod) Lewandoski - Posted by: Evelyn Lewandoski (Friend) on: Jul 24, 2022

  • Lois. Probably one of my best friends I have ever had. Lois, my son Aden and I go back a long, long time. I was a single Mom to a 6 month old in 2005, when we first moved in across from Lois. I remember her being so kind and approachable. We would see each other in the halls sometimes and had little chit chats. On one occasion, our relationship became the beginning of close friendship and a making of a new, small family. One very cold January morning, when Aden was one by then, I went out to the car to start it and warm to take Aden to daycare and me to work. I left him sitting down on the couch eating Cheerios when I planned my quick escape to the car without him noticing. When I returned back from starting the car, there stood Lois with Aden in her arms. Rocking him as he caught his breath from crying after finding I was gone and met Lois in the hallway. She just looked at me. Said he was fine. No judgements. Just her patting his back as assuring us both, that everything was going to be okay. From that moment on, we made a silent pact that we would all be there for each other. That without us knowing, we would each need each other more than we ever knew. Lots of time was spent a Lois’ apartment. We would come to show her new toys. She would watch us play on the floor and giggled to herself. We had dinner at her apartment often, year after year. She came to every single Christmas concert Aden had in elementary school. The 3 of us would go to Music In the Park downtown, to watch Aden sing and dance. She would babysit if I had a work presentation in the evening. She would feed me first and then take care of Aden after. She attended Aden’s hamster’s first birthday party. She stood along side Aden and I and watched as our hamster with a small toothpick, hit a piñata. As Aden grew older, we would come to visit to play cards. We’d watch curling, go through the paper together. She was always there to enjoy Aden with me. That excitement a parent feels when their child has reached a certain milestone or did something funny… I wanted to share them all with her, and she gladly accepted my request. She saw me the happiest I have ever been in my life and she watched and grabbed hold of me when life took some wicked twists and turns. We stayed in contact through COVID to make sure we both knew we were on each other’s mind. We talked endlessly about the comings and goings in the building! We had our conspiracies that we would go on about. Talked about life. Everything. We told each other things I am sure no one else but us have told each other. She was an endless, constant in our lives for so many years. She helped shape me into the Mom I wanted to be and created a small family for Aden and I. We loved each other. She loved my son. She will so be missed. I will forever be greatful for meeting and getting to share a part of her life. Love you Lois, Meeghan & Aden MacMillan - Posted by: Meeghan and Aden MacMillan (Friend and Confidant ) on: Jul 24, 2022

  • Lois. Probably one of my best friends I have ever had. Lois, my son Aden and I go back a long, long time. I was a single Mom to a 6 month old in 2005, when we first moved in across from Lois. I remember her being so kind an approachable. We would see each other in the halls sometimes and had little chit chats. On one occasion, our relationship became the beginning of close friendship and a making of a new, small family. One very cold January morning, when Aden was one by then, I went out to the car to start it and warm to take Aden to daycare and me to work. I left him sitting down on the couch eating Cheerios when I planned my quick escape to the car without him noticing. When I returned back from starting the car, there stood Lois with Aden in her arms. Rocking him as he caught his breath from crying after finding I was gone and met Lois in the hallway. She just looked at me. Said he was fine. No judgements. Just her patting his back as assuring us both, that everything was going to be okay. From that moment on, we made a silent pact that we would all be there for each other. That without us knowing, we would each need each other more than we ever knew. Lots of time was spent a Lois’ apartment. We would come to show her new toys. She would watch us play on the floor and giggled to herself. We had dinner at her apartment often, year after year. She came to every single Christmas concert Aden had in elementary school. The 3 of us would go to Music In the Park downtown, to watch Aden sing and dance. She would babysit if I had a work presentation in the evening. She would feed me first and then take care of Aden after. She attended Aden’s hamster’s first birthday party. She stood along side Aden and I and watched as our hamster with a small toothpick, hit a piñata. As Aden grew older, we would come to visit to play cards. We’d watch curling, go through the paper together. She was always there to enjoy Aden with me. That excitement a parent feels when their child has reached a certain milestone or did something funny… I wanted to share them all with her, and she gladly accepted my request. She saw me the happiest I have ever been in my life and she watched and grabbed hold of me when life took some wicked twists and turns. We stayed in contact through COVID to make sure we both knew we were on each other’s mind. We talked endlessly about the comings and goings in the building! We had our conspiracies that we would go on about. Talked about life. Everything. We told each other things I am sure no one else but us have told each other. She was an endless, constant in our lives for so many years. She helped shape me into the Mom I wanted to be and created a small family for Aden and I. We loved each other. She loved my son. She will so be missed. I will forever be greatful for meeting and getting to share a part of her life. Love you Lois, Meeghan & Aden MacMillan - Posted by: Meeghan and Aden MacMillan (Friend and Confidant ) on: Jul 24, 2022

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