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It is with heavy hearts that our family announce the passing of Joan Alice Bowerman on November 9, 2023. She was 94 years old.
Left to cherish her memory is her loving family. Mom is survived by her children, Kathy and Jay (Mary); her four grandchildren, Gabrielle (Andre) Succar, Renee (Brent) Hartmann, Tyler (Alyssa) Bowerman, Kelsey Bowerman (Chelsey); and many great-grandchildren, Camila and Sofia Succar, Alice and Christina Hartmann, Eva and Oliver Bowerman.
Mom was predeceased by her sisters, Betty and Shirley, and Len - her husband of 55 years.
Mom and dad spent many years and summers in Victoria Beach. They ran the Moonlight Inn in the late 1950s and early 1960s. After the birth of their second child Jay, they returned to St. Vital where they spent the next 50 years. Mom took great pride in being a homemaker.
Mom spent most of her time in the backyard enjoying her flowers and vegetable gardens. There she was in her happy place. Sundays were always a highlight for mom. It was tradition to have Sunday suppers and to gather after the dishes were washed and put away to play Rummoli and poker. Wednesday afternoons she gathered with the ladies to go bowling.
Joan was a devoted wife, a great mother, friend, sister and a wonderful grandmother. She will forever be missed. It warms our hearts knowing that mom is now at peace.
We love you and will always treasure our memories. We will miss your smile and laughter. Say "Hi" to dad for us, when you have a chance.
Our family wants to express our appreciation for the wonderful care and compassion shown by Kari and the staff of The Rosewood on Waverley.
A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date for immediate family.
In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Alzheimer's Society of Canada or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 18, 2023, Nov 18, 2023
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
Kathy and Jay Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families with the loss of your Mom and Grandmother. Joan, Shirley and Betty were my second cousins and who could ever forget their Dad, Uncle Buck. Over the years as a young guy, I could never forget the laughs we had whenever Buck, Frank, Percy and Bill were ever all together. Those brothers could have been stand up comedians along with their sister Auntie Ella and Grandma Moore. Also the family gatherings on Moore Avenue bring back many, many wonderful memories of the days gone by. Love Fran and Lionel Moore - Posted by: Fran and Lionel Moore (Relatives) on: Nov 21, 2023
Deepest condolences to the Bowerman family. Memories live on. Tommie - Posted by: Tommie Au (Close family member) on: Nov 18, 2023
Joan hired me to work at the Moonlight Inn when I was just 14. I learned the kitchen routines, preparing potatoes to make chips by putting them into a washing machine tub, turning it on and letting it run... to strip the peels off, prior to putting them one at a time into the chip maker fastened on the kitchen wall. Then we pre-fried to speed up when orders were brought from the front counter. That is when I learned never to dry dishes. They were to be washed by hand in detergent water, then rinsed in a sink field with Javex water and placed standing in the dish racks to dry. Scooping ice cream when the tubs were just delivered built up the muscles in my right arm (Frozen hard took a lot of pressure to create cone and milkshakes). Being ready for the crowd after the movie nights in the Community Club meant working quickly... they were ready to spend money. The Notions side of the inn carried cigarettes, aspirin, et al. Afternoons when people were on their way to the beach (2-4PM), they would stop in and buy fountain Cokes in milkshake containers with ice. Being open until 11PM, then walking home to the family cottage on Bayview was safe even with no street lights on the road. Learning to work as part of the team of teens was fun, and we would wait in the room upstairs until our shift began gave us time to know more about each other, our families, and what was going on in the Beach. The Moonlight Inn was beside the summer office of the RCMP, and close to the railway station. On Sunday mornings, when church let out in time for people to meet the noon train, we would get busy as they streamed into the Inn and got something to eat on their way back to their cottages. On the other side was the log cabin where Joan and Len lived. And beside that was the Barber shop during the summer months, and across the road from the Butcher shop. We didn't see much of Len as he was in the City, and came out on weekends. That was a great summer job and I appreciated Joan taking a chance on hiring me as a 14 year old... Rest well Joan and say hi to Len - Posted by: Lila Larson (Former employee at Mooinlight Inn, Victoria Beach) on: Nov 18, 2023
Our sincere condolences on the loss of your Mom, grandmother and great grandmother. I remember Moore Avenue so well! She will be sorely missed. Gail & Mark Dunham - Posted by: Gail Dunham (Friend) on: Nov 18, 2023
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