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CONNIE SHEILA ALICE WINTER (published on December 19, 2009)

CONNIE SHEILA ALICE WINTER 1957 - 2009 Peacefully, in the early hours of the morning at her home at SPIKE, Connie Sheila Alice Winter made her journey to her new eternal home, to be with Jesus, on Friday, December 18, 2009. Remaining to forever cherish Connie's memory are her mother, Muriel Winter; sister, Bonnie Fedak; brother-in-law, Mike; nephews, Adam Fedak and Robin Fedak (Calgary); great-nephew, Dylan, and his mom, Michelle Jarvis (Calgary); and roommates Patricia, Patty, Pearl and Trudie. She was predeceased by her dad, Ron Winter. Connie fought a long battle with cancer. She never complained. In fact, she did her very best to hide her pain so no one would worry. She loved life and always lived it to the fullest. In the early part of 1990, Connie moved from her parents' home into the SPIKE group home where, as the new roommate, she quickly became part of the family. She added a joyful sparkle to all the activities and day-to-day routines that helped to shape her life. Connie loved music a love that was instilled in her by her dad. Strains of Elvis Presley's Blue Hawaii were often heard, along with Patti Page, Shania Twain, and a variety of singers. She loved to laugh, dance, write, flip through magazines, and collect pictures, stuffed animals and jewellery. Her extensive travels helped to add to those collections. Animals loved her, as well, and she loved them. Connie also belonged to a Rossmere Lanes bowling league for many years, another love she acquired from her dad. She was so proud of her weekly score card. She took pride in setting the table and drying the dishes for her roommates and the SPIKE staff, a few of her daily duties at the group home. She was very particular, and everything had to be just so. Connie had empathy for others and often asked after people and their families. She was a great help to her fellow roommates, encouraging them whenever their challenges became overwhelming. Her hard work ethic earned her a 30-year plaque from Versatech, where she made many friends with both staff and co-workers. After more than 31 years, she retired from Versatech. On Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 2:00 p.m., a memorial service for Connie will be held in the Cornerstone Baptist Church, 505 Oakview Ave. at Watt St. The family extends special thanks to the SPIKE staff, in particular, Shirley and Kathy, all of whom enriched and blessed Connie's life. Special thanks to her medical caregivers, who strived to make Connie as comfortable as possible: Dr. Douglas Lezack; Dr. Paul Daeninck; Dr. Darcy Johnson; Ann Edigar, palliative care program, and others in the palliative care team.

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