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RITA MARIE ANGE FLETCHER (published on January 23, 2010)

RITA MARIE ANGE FLETCHER (nee Avanthay) May 21, 1925 - January 20, 2010 Sadly, the family of Rita announces her unexpected but peaceful passing at the age of 84 years at Grace Hospital, with her family lovingly at her side. Rita (Mom/Grandma) will be deeply and profoundly missed by her surviving nine children: Don Fletcher (Evelyn), Teri Bryan (Paul Hobson), Barb Gislason (Stefan), Rod Fletcher (Karen), Debbie Fletcher, Denise Komoski (Wayne), Bonita Kastes (Dane), Angie Chabot (Dave), and Dean Fletcher (Marcia Timms); her 16 grandchildren: Robson Fletcher, Jack Bryan (Alicia), Lori Bryan, Kris Bryan, Laura Gislason (Chad Neufeld), Leifur Gislason, Jared Fletcher, Janelle Fletcher, Jason Komoski (Chris Sullivan), Tara Komoski, Paul Kastes, Evan Kastes, Kallan Kastes, Randi Rowland, Caden Chabot and Myra Fletcher; her three great-grandchildren: Theo Siegers, Russ Burling, Brooke Burling; and her one great-great-grandchild Kaylee. She is also survived by her brother Roland Avanthay of Edmonton, and her sister Hilda of Kelowna, BC. Surviving nephews include: Bill Vermette (Calgary), Roland Vermette, Louis Avanthay (Medicine Hat), Raymond Avanthay, Albert Proulx; and niece Louisa Plehwe (Edmonton). Mom was predeceased by her husband Ted Fletcher, her brothers Henry and Maurice Avanthay and her sister Yvonne Vermette. In addition, she was predeceased by four of her sons: Bernie, Gary, Ted and Marty; and one grandchild, Sarah Gislason. She will also be deeply missed by her special adopted family from Ethiopia: Girma and Elsa Guje and their children, Zewdi, Bruk, Yabez, Tesfa and Joshua; as well as special friends Pat Fraser, her daughter Kelly Hunt (Jason) and grandchildren Riley and Natasha. In addition, she will be missed by Marianne Lee (Hamilton) and Betty Lou Hackl (Caledonia) who are the children of Mom's late husband, Ted, and with whom she became good friends later in life. Mom was born in Ste. Anne, Manitoba and at the age of three, after the death of her mother, was raised by an aunt and uncle in Notre Dame de Lourdes. When she was eight she moved to Winnipeg where she grew up with her father Etienne and her sister Hilda. After the Second World War she met her husband Ted and together they lived in many places in Western Canada, especially in White Rock, BC, before finally settling back in Winnipeg. Mom was the strongest, most resilient person we have ever known; yet she was also quiet and humble. She had a great sense of humour and was always humming to herself. Mom enjoyed the outdoors and loved camping with her children and grandchildren, in particular at Gimli, Lilac Campgrounds and Lake Malachi. She had a passion for baseball (Go Blue Jays!), horse racing and figure skating (Go Leif !). She loved baking cookies (especially ice box and hermit cookies), playing board games, cards, word games and doing puzzles. Her profession was that of a mother and what a mother she was! Each and every person she met, she accepted as they were. She was open-hearted, generous and selfless. She loved children of all ages and stages in life. She loved unconditionally and always saw the good in people. In return, she was loved by many many more than can be mentioned in this short note of remembrance of her oft-difficult yet amazingly full life. Here was a mother indeed! Here was a good and faithful servant of love. A celebration of Mom's/Grandma's life will take place on Tuesday, January 26 at 10:00 a.m. at Thomson In the Park Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd. Interment will follow at Green Acres Cemetery at Highway No. 1 East and Navin Road, the Reverend Nancy Finlayson presiding. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Shelter Box Canada, either through their website at or by mail to 1272 Mysty Woods, Victoria, BC V8Y 3G6. Thomson In the ParK 925-1120 Condolences may be sent to

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