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HRUND SKULASON (published on January 15, 2010)



HRUND SKULASON With family by her side Hrund, aged 101 years, passed away peacefully at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg on January 12, 2010. Born at Akureyri, Iceland June 16, 1908 she came to Canada with her family in 1919 to live at Hayland, MB where her father was a minister. Hrund is predeceased by her beloved Jonas (1959), her daughter Sigrun and son-in-law Jack, daughter Gudrun, her parents Rev. Adam and Sigrun Thorgrimsson, her siblings and grandsons David, Danny and John. Left to mourn her memory are her children Kristine (John), Herman (Elsie) and Thor, sonin-law Gordon (Freda) and grandchildren Lori, Melvin, Carol Anne, Joni, Gwen, Neil, Jim, Derek, Alison, Darrell, Diana, Denise, Laura, Andrea, Heather and Maggie, as well as 31 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter, in-laws Warren, Angela, Lillian, Edwina and numerous nieces and nephews. Mom married Dad in 1932. They took over the family farm at Fogruhlid in Geysir where they raised their five children. Farm life was a busy one but they found time for community work and the church. They acted in several Icelandic plays that they performed in several Icelandic communities in Manitoba. The Icelandic library Visir was located in our home. Mom was very active in the Ladies Aid Freyja. In 1960, after Dad's death, Mom moved to Winnipeg where she soon became involved in the First Lutheran Church for which she served faithfully. She was employed at the Icelandic Department of the University of Manitoba Library for nearly 15 years. An industrious lady, Amma found time to knit and crotchet many lovely things - many of which she won first prizes and points of praise at the Red River Ex. The family will always treasure the heirlooms she so lovingly created. Mom enjoyed many trips to her beloved homeland - the last of which was in 1998 when she was 90! In spite of her severe hearing loss she kept in touch with her ever growing family and circle of friends. Her baking was always a hit especially her wonderful pönnukökur. A remarkable lady, she was the mainstay of our family. We will miss her dearly. Her strength is our heritage. A celebration of her life will be held January 16, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Ardal-Geysir Evangelical Lutheran Church in Arborg followed by interment at Geysir Cemetery. The family wishes to send their heartfelt thanks to Calvary Place Personal Care Home for the kindness and care provided to Hrund over the past several months. Many thanks to the staff at Health Sciences Centre ER for their professionalism and the kindness provided to our Amma and the family. If friends desire, donations can be made to Ardal-Geysir Evangelical Lutheran Church, Box 160, Arborg, MB R0C 0A0 or First Lutheran Church, 580 Victor St., Winnipeg, MB R3G 1R2. Goda nott elskan Arborg (MacKenzie) Funeral Home in care of arrangements.


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