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GLADYS PATRICIA EASTMAN (published on September 08, 2011)

GLADYS PATRICIA EASTMAN With her loving family at her side, our mother, Patricia Eastman, passed away on Monday, September 5, 2011, after a short six week battle with cancer. Pat leaves behind to cherish her memory her daughters; Michelle (Rob) Kanaski, Heidi (Jason) Johnson; grandchildren Kolten, Kiera, Kaylie and Hunter; mother Oskie Vidalin; brother David (Patti) Vidalin; sisters Darlene D'Hont (Bruce Hodge), and Heather (Greg) Woytowich; brother-in-law Alfred Buddy Eastman; sisters-in-law Margaret (Steini) Sigvaldason, Gladys (Bobby) Gudmundson, Irene Julius, and Rosemarie (Roger) Maksymchuk; special friend Dick Arnason, his son Johann, (Ashley), his daughter Toby (Rob) Noiles, and his grandchildren Harlan, Natasha and Chelsi; best friends Shirley and Gloria; as well as many other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Halldor (Dori) Eastman; father John Vidalin; in-laws Halldor and Herdis Eastman; and sister-in-law Sandra Eastman. Mom (Patsy) was born in Gimli, MB on October 31, 1948. She spent all her formative years in her hometown of Riverton, where she grew up the loving big sister of David, Darlene, and Heather. Patsy believed that a close family was the most important thing, and those ties were kept strong over the years by spending many weekends in Riverton, just hanging out with family. As a teenage girl, Mom was already hard working, getting her first job pumping gas at B B Gas Bar. She was also beautiful, and was named Carnival Queen in 1967. One of Mom's passions was figure skating and it was at the rink where she met our Dad, Dori Eastman. They married on August 2, 1969 and moved to Winnipeg shortly thereafter. Mom began her working career at Eaton's, then went on to Shoppers Drug Mart where she officially became a working mom after having us girls. We moved to Beausejour in 1976 where Mom began working for the local newspaper, The Beausejour Beaver. In 1989, we moved to Selkirk and Mom worked for Interlake/Valley Cable Vision till her retirement. In 2005, Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and Mom looked after him heroically until his passing in 2010. Her understanding and compassion astounded us all. Mom was a vibrant and fun loving lady. She always had a smile on her face and looked great at all times. Patsy was a wonderful mother and did everything for her girls. She called her girls everyday and always ended the conversation with I Love you! She loved sewing and gardening and spent many hours in her immaculate yard. Mom was a wonderful cook and loved to spoil us when we visited. She would always have the best fudge cake, puffed wheat balls and cookies waiting when we arrived. She loved to decorate her house for all the holidays, especially Halloween, her birthday. She would always dress up and looked forward to the kids trick or treating. Mom loved her grandchildren and spent many hours spoiling them rotten. In turn, they loved their Amma more then words can say. Mom had a heart of gold and would always be there with a helping hand. Patsy loved spending time with her mother and they were fortunate enough to share many shopping, gambling, and sight seeing trips together. A service of remembrance will be held Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. in the Riverton Community Centre. The family would like to thank all the staff at the Johnson Memorial Hospital for the wonderful care given to Pat, especially Dr. R.C. Patel, Dr. Gera and nurse Donna Wishnowski. We know you are dancing up in heaven and will always watch over us. Your smile will live in our hearts forever! GODA NOTT ELSKAN Gilbart Funeral Home, Gimli in care of arrangements.

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