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BETTY MADGE COMBERBACH (published on August 21, 2010)

BETTY MADGE COMBERBACH It is with tender love we announce the passing of our dear Mother, Grandma and Great-Grandma, Betty Comberbach on Friday, August 13, 2010, at the age of 91 years, with three of her daughters by her side. In compliance with Betty's wishes there will be no funeral service. She thought this would not be a happy event and she wants you to remember her and her life with smiles, joy and laughter. Remember her humour, that she was feisty and spirited, and spoke her mind. Remember that when she was lonely or anxious, you were there for her. Betty's death is not sad or tragic because her life was long and full, rich with family and friends, and more experiences than she ever expected. She lived longer than anyone predicted and thrived against the odds. Sixty-three years ago, Betty had surgery to remove part of her lung and was the first person in Winnipeg to survive after this procedure. Betty's husband of 52 years, Denny, was her partner, companion, delight and strength. She missed him so much since he passed 19 years ago. Together they raised four daughters to be complete and unique women. They were very proud of their girls as women, wives, mothers and grandmothers; and of their contribution to the work world. At retirement, Betty and Denny were able to spend many wonderful winters at Pine to Palm Trailer Park in Weslaco, Texas. Later, living in Lindenwoods Manor, Betty made many good friendships that she truly treasured and brought great value to the years she lived there. She continued to make good friends in the year she lived at Misericordia. Betty loved baking pastry, pies, butter tarts, New York slice, mince meat, pineapple delight all these and more. She enjoyed competitive bowling and shuffle, winning trophies and accolades. She was a knowledgeable and avid fan of tennis, golf, baseball, football and curling. Perhaps more than anything else, Betty enjoyed a good card game. From bridge, to cribbage, poker and other card games she played them all. She gathered her family and friends around the card table, urging even the youngest to participate while sitting on her knee. You might know that Betty had fun at the VLTs in her later years. She earned her nickname Lucky Betty by getting more than a few Royal Flush jackpots even two in one weekend! Though Betty has left our card game, her hand was well played, her luck was good. She enjoyed playing the game. She would want us to play on and deal again, but not for her. She'll watch our game from the side. Three daughters remain in Winnipeg to forever cherish Betty's memory: daughter Judy Meaden and husband Bob; daughter Jill Dutka and husband Len; and youngest daughter Joy Dacquisto and her husband Jon. Betty's oldest daughter Joanne Robertson and husband Bill live in Nanimo, BC. Betty will be sadly missed by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Marlene Meaden of Winnipeg; James Meaden (wife Julina, son Gavin and soon to be born twins) of Mosinee, Wisconsin; David Meaden (wife Jennie, and daughter Katie) of Atlanta, Georgia; Wendy Warren (children Aleesia and Alex) of Winnipeg; Heather Markham (husband Mario and children Leo and Josh) of Winnipeg; Natalee Dacquisto of Winnipeg; Mickey Robertson (wife Becky, children Sammy and Vicki) of Ottawa, ON; and Rick Robertson (wife Tanya, children Bethany and Liam) of Kamloops, BC. Our special thanks and deepest gratitude goes to the staff of Cornish 2 at Misericordia Health Centre. Their tireless professional care was kind and compassionate for Mom and those at her bedside. Healthcare should be very proud of the Resident Care Manager Tara Woligrocki and all the staff on C2. They are truly an excellent example of the caring professions. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Betty's memory to the charity of your choice. When I am gone, release me; let me go. I have so many things to see and do, So you mustn't tie yourself to me with tears. Be happy that we had the years. I gave you my love. You can only guess how much you gave to me in happiness. I thank you for the love you each have shown, But now it's time I travel on alone. So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must Then let your grief be comforted by trust.

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