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Born: Dec 07, 1938

Date of Passing: Dec 10, 2002

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DR. EVELYN JANETTE HINZ Dr. Evelyn Janette Hinz, Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Manitoba and life companion of John Teunissen, went into the world of light on December 10, 2002. Evelyn faced her dying with the same courage with which she approached all of her lifes challenges, and died where she wanted to be, in her home with John at her side. They were married in time, and are married in eternity. Evelyn was born on December 7, 1938, thirteenth of the sixteen children of Andrew Hinz and Aloysia Nenzel, farmers of Muenster, SK. She was predeceased by her parents and siblings, Margaret Saretsky, Conrad (Lucy), Harold, Lawrence (in infancy), Wilfrid and Agnes Enright; and by her in-laws, Brigitta Hinz, Raymond Hilgers and Joaquin Recio. She is survived by John Teunissen; and siblings, Albert (Isabel), Las Vegas, NV; Marie Hilgers, Humboldt, SK; Fr. Leo (George), O.S.B., St. Peters Abbey, Muenster; Anne Recio, Wellsville, NY; Joseph (Dolores), Humboldt; Sr. Louise, O.S.U., Maceio, Brazil; Edwin (Michel), Fairmont Hot Springs, BC; Lillian, Muenster; and Sr. Denise, O.S.U., Humboldt; and in-laws, Joseph Saretsky, Humboldt; Janina Campbell, Kanata, ON; Sylvia Hinz, Saskatoon; and Patrick Enright, Vonda, SK. Also surviving are Johns mother Mary van Nuenen and sister Helen Mason (Lawrence), both of Calgary; and numerous nieces and nephews on both sides, and their families. Evelyn began her brilliant academic career with a Governor Generals Medal upon her graduation from St. Ursulas Academy, Bruno, SK, in 1957. While pursuing her undergraduate degree she was employed full time by the Saskatchewan Government as a social worker in Regina and Prince Albert, by the Department of Northern Affairs as a kindergarten teacher in Pelican Narrows, SK, and as a writer-producer by CFQC-TV, Saskatoon. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, BA with great distinction and high honours, and MA, then proceeded to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she received the PhD in 1973. Evelyn came to the University of Manitoba in 1972 and remained there ever since. Besides her teaching and research duties, she served for 20 years as editor of the universitys scholarly journal, Mosaic. As a scholar, critic and editor of international reputation, Evelyn was honoured by many awards and held a number of positions, among them president of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals and more recently, appointed member of the Committee on Honours and Awards of the Modern Language Association. Evelyn was also an award-winning teacher, and teaching was what she loved most. She was known to be challenging and demanding, yet fair, and many of her students found her love of literature to be an inspiration. She served as mentor and role model for numerous young women, many of whom chose teaching careers of their own. Evelyn considered her former students to be her best memorial, consequently she desired no ceremony to mark her passing. Cremation has taken place at Thomson Funeral Chapels. From the onset of her illness, Evelyn received the most professional and compassionate care. No words can adequately express our gratitude to Dr. Pat Harris and her staff of angels at Grace Cancer Clinic, to Dr. S. Parham and to Dr. A. Choudhury and his staffs at Health Sciences Centre and St. Boniface General Hospital, to Dr. Tak Chan of the Abbott Clinic, and to the nurses and other staff of the Home Care Program. Donations in Evelyns memory may be made to The Hinz Memorial Scholarship Fund, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, 1437 College Dr., Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W6.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 13, 2002

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  • I remember a lovely, strong lady who helped me and my brother in Amherst. I got my of love of literature from my dad, starting with C.S. Lewis. I also remember a woman who tried to reach out to an angry teen. She got thru but I had to leave...I should have left the door open. My condolences, she was awesome. Eternally grateful your daughter, Alexandra L. Teunissen - Posted by: Alexandra Teunissen (Friend) on: Oct 06, 2017

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