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Born: Jun 02, 1953

Date of Passing: Jan 23, 2023

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June 2, 1953 - January 23, 2023

It is with the utmost sadness that we announce the passing of our wife, mom, oma, sister, and friend.
She leaves to mourn the love of her life Witholt (Wheats), son Wesley (Chantal), daughter Monica (Georgie), brother Olaf (Wendy), grandchildren, Ethan, Austin, Benjamin, Edison and Isla, brother-in-law Fritz (Helga), nieces, nephews, long-time friends, Gunter (Butch) and Marion Kuklik, and family in Germany.
Astrid was born in Hamburg, Germany and immigrated to Canada with her parents (Hans and Christel) and brother Olaf in 1956. She attended West Kildonan Collegiate where she met Wheats and graduated in 1971 from River East Collegiate. As a girl she enjoyed camping and spending time at the family trailer at Bird River. She also enjoyed skiing, even having skied in the Swiss Alps. Astrid took a few trips to Germany to visit her father's family, who she continued to remain close with to this day. Her favourite place to visit was Hawaii, where she honeymooned and where she was able to enjoy special moments with her family. She shared this love of Waikiki with her mother-in-law Alice. Our family trip in 1990 to Disney World will never be forgotten.
Astrid was so proud and supportive of her children, and of their achievements in sports and careers. What made her most proud were her five grandchildren. She loved to hug and cuddle with them, and cook for all, delicious German dishes.
Our hearts are shattered, but the love you gave, will continue to emanate from us all, as we try to go on.

"How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard"

If you so wish, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Crohn's and Colitis Canada, or an organization of your choice.
Cremation has taken place with private family interment to take place. Celebration of Life may be planned later.
Special and heartfelt thanks to Drs Estelle and Klemmer, Nurse Joy, and Wheats' nurse and RT at St. Boniface Hospital ICCS and ICMS the night of Astrid's passing.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 28, 2023

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Very sorry to hear of Astrid's passing. We will always remember the fun times we all had at Bird River with you both and your parents. Our thoughts are with you. Diane and Bob Fraser - Posted by: Diane and Bob Fraser (Friends) on: Feb 07, 2023

  • Here in Hamburg, the sad news also hit us very hard. We always remember Astrid with pleasure. We have special memories of her visits to Germany. But especially the "secret surprise visit" for the 60th birthday of her uncle Günter in 2000. First, aunt Hiltraud and cousin Iris picked up the two, Astrid and Witholt, from the airport and hid them at their homes. At the birthday party on the old lightship on river Elbe, my father was visibly overwhelmed and asked quite surprised "where did you come from now?" ... We will never forget the joy in Astrid's and Günter's eyes. We had such a great time then. Also our trips (all in 2011, me in 2016) to Canada were an experience each time. The warmth how we were welcomed in Winnipeg was always - despite the much too rare visits - extremely wonderful. She was so happy to see eachother again. But at least we talked on the phone regularly for birthdays and Christmas. Astrid wanted so much to come to Germany again. Such a pity that this could not work out anymore. But she actually talked about it every time. It would have been so nice to see her / them here. Perhaps Moni will do so soon with Astrid in her heart. The last time we spoke was shortly before Christmas. She was more concerned about Witholt and put her own health behind. That was just the way she was. But it was nice to hear her voice again ... who could have guessed that it would be the last time? In deep mourning, Björn Günter & Maren, Hiltraud and the rest of the German family - Posted by: Björn (Cousin / Family in Hamburg) on: Feb 05, 2023

  • Dear Wesley and Monica, we are very sorry for the loss of your Mother. Please give Wheats our heartfelt sympathy. Heinz and Wheats were childhood friends. Wheats was Heinz's Best Man at our wedding . We have many fond memories of Astrid and Wheats, when we were in our 20's. Thinking about you at this difficult time. Seeing you our Love. Heinz and Christel Kolke - Posted by: Heinz and Christel Kolke (friends) on: Jan 28, 2023

  • Wheats and family, So sorry to hear of Astrid’s passing, Rod and I have fond memories of family gatherings in Lethbridge and Winnipeg, We remember Astrid as a lovely lady , who enjoyed laughter and made us feel welcome in her company, Thinking of you all at this time, Take Care, Ursula and Rod Morrice - Posted by: Rod and Ursula Morrice (Whithold’s cousin) on: Jan 28, 2023

  • I am so sorry that we will not see her beautiful smile again although we will once Monica is able to smile again. Birthday parties and family gatherings will be harder without her. I will miss you Mrs. W. I know you have a rough several years with your health and in the end covid. You will be missed but we will tell stories to your precious babies so they will remember you. Rest well beautiful. Shawna Brambilla - Posted by: Shawna (Friend of Monica) on: Jan 28, 2023

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