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DOREEN MARY RITCHER (published on January 12, 2009)

DOREEN MARY RITCHER (nee SNOWDY) With great sorrow and after a lengthy stay at the St. Boniface Hospital, we announce the passing of Doreen, on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at the age of 76 years, with her loving husband Ernie by her side. She is be survived by and will be deeply missed by her husband Ernie, sons Donald (Erin) and David (Susan) and her precious grandchildren Megan, Madison and Mark, whom she so dearly loved. Also by her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Gwen and Vern Sinclair and their children, as well as numerous cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, Clifford and Clara Snowdy, brother Stanley (Bud) and son Bobby. Doreen was born in Cold Lake, Manitoba. She grew up in and received her earliest schooling in Sherridon, then moving briefly to Granville Lake. The freedom she experienced there as a young teen made this a time she later looked back on and spoke of with fond memories. She then moved to Lynn Lake and after completing her schooling was employed at the Post Office. In 1950, she proudly won the title of Fur Queen of the North at that Annual Trappers Festival in The Pas, which included a memorable ski trip to Banff. In 1955, she and Ernie were married, moving to Winnipeg a year later. Although residing in Winnipeg until her passing, she continued to hold a strong, undeniable love of the north. She and Ernie enjoyed the trips they took to Hawaii, Palm Springs, Florida and Texas. In later years she enjoyed spending summer days outside. She spent time reading, surrounded by the beauty of the flower gardens in the back yard, able to appreciate the results from many years of passionate gardening. Especially proud of her cooking and baking, she was forever creating her own recipes with a pinch of this and a dab of that. She had a great sense of humour, was well read and able to offer an opinion on many subjects. Doreen was a caring, loving wife, mother and a great friend and she will be sadly missed by all who knew her. A special thanks to all the Doctors, Nurses and staff on wards 5B and 4B for their care and compassion. The kindness and comforting support of the neighbours has been greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten. In keeping with Doreen's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be a family graveside service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Doreen's memory to the Diabetes Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. SOBERING FUNERAL CHAPEL CREMATORIUM, Beausejour 268-3510 or MB Toll Free 1-877-776-2220

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