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WINNIFRED CHEETHAM (published on August 30, 2008)

WINNIFRED CHEETHAM 1919 - 2008 Winnie Cheetham passed away peacefully at the Neepawa Hospital on August 25, 2008. She is survived by her daughters, Gayle Fischer and Judy (Frank) McKinney; grandchildren, Mike (Allie) Fischer, Jennifer (Ron) Pink and Jillian Fischer; and great grandchildren, Braden and Carson Fischer. She was predeceased by her husband Norman, her sister and brother-in-law Merle and Herb Wilson, son-in-law Bill Fischer and nephew, David Wilson. Winnie was born in Baldur, MB on November 5, 1919 to Marvel and Jim Ellis. The family moved to Neepawa in 1930 where she has lived ever since. In 1939 she married Norman Cheetham and they raised two daughters, Gayle and Judy. She worked as a secretary for many years and in 1965 was able to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. She taught business subjects at the Neepawa Area Collegiate until her retirement. Her students were very special to her and she continued to hear and receive visits from them for the rest of her life. For Winnie, her family was her life. She cherished the regular phone calls and visits from her daughters, grandchildren and great- grandchildren. The arrival of Braden and Carson brought special joy to Great Nan . The Bailey family (Jan, Brian, Jerilyn, Ryan and Allison), with whom she and Norm shared a home for many years, were very special friends to her. Winnie always surrounded herself with a multitude of friends from all walks of life. Her many friends, too numerous to mention, will undoubtedly remember her always upbeat attitude, her amazing skill at bridge, and her dedication to her church. In recent years her red hat friends brought her great pleasure as did her involvement with the Neepawa Retired Teacher's Association. Her words of encouragement and support often took the form of poetry under her pen name of Shakesham . Just as her life and friends brought her so much joy, she provided a role model extraordinaire and made the world a happier and more cheerful place for everyone she met. She was truly an inspiration to all. We sincerely thank Dr. Ong and all the nurses and staff for the wonderful care extended to our Mom. Also, thank you to all her home care workers for their assistance in allowing her to be in her own home until her death. We are truly grateful to all of you. A memorial service honoring Winnie's life was held at the Neepawa United Church on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. George Cargo officiating. Arrangements were in care of White's Funeral Home. Donations may be made in Winnie's memory to Country Meadows Personal Care Home or a charity of choice.

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