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ELISE PEDERSEN (published on September 10, 2011)

ELISE PEDERSEN (nee HERTZ) On Thursday September 8, 2011, our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed peacefully in the night. Elise arrived in this world in Kongens Lygnby, Denmark on November 18, 1926, third child to Laura and Jens Michael Hertz, pharmacist to King Frederick of Denmark and many other Danes. Following an active childhood which included badminton, ballet, girl guides, and a member with her father in the Danish Resistance Movement in the 1940s, Elise met Arne Pedersen and was married for 32 years until his early passing in 1980. In November 1959, Mom boarded a DC-4 for Canada with six children, including eight month old Michael, to meet Dad in Winnipeg, who had left Denmark six months earlier to find a job and home and a new Canadian life for the young family. Five more Danish Canadians arrived in the ensuing years, and the family kept growing with the addition of sons and daughters-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. A stay at home mom with 11 children, her demeanor underscored the quiet and dignified strength of character she lived every day of her life regardless of hurdles along the way. With Dad's passing and young kids still at home, Elise needed to learn to drive the family car so that she could continue the traditional family camping trips, find work to support the family, and volunteer and participate in the community. She did so with pride and joy, and cherished to the end her friendships made along the way. Remembering the wonderful times in Denmark with the Girl Guides as a young girl, she volunteered with the local branch of the Girl Guides and moved on to become a Commissioner with the Girl Guides of Canada. One of her many accomplishments with this organization include running a winter camp well into her retirement years. She was an active member in the Winnipeg Scandinavian Club for many years, was a Director of the Danish Canadian Club, twice an Ambassador for the Scandinavian Pavilion for Folklorama, a special ambassador for the Folk Arts Council for Folklorama, and a member of the Scandia Fun Folk Dancers, a role she took special delight in and whose members were close friends and whom she considered an extension of her family. Elise's greatest love was her family. She loved all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren deeply and unconditionally. She refused to be judgmental; it was beneath her. There is enough good in everyone that it was simply unnecessary. Family gatherings were the norm: birthdays, special occasions and not so special occasions, spontaneous gatherings, it didn't matter. A family get together was just that, a time to be together. Here continuing to be together are her children John and wife Shelley; Annette, with whom we mourn the passing and celebrate the life of her husband Fred Koss; Peter and wife Debra; Chris and wife Carmen; Lars; Michael and wife Tammy; Karen; Paul and wife Annette; Christine and husband Mike Taylor; Elizabeth and husband Manny Briol; and Annelise and husband Michael Sigurdson; Elise's grandchildren Melanie and husband Ed LeBrun; Jennifer and her husband Todd Hineley; Jason Dufault; Laura and her husband Ron Alcock; Lisa and her husband Joel Bautista; Dorothy and her husband Larry Wall; Ingrid and Viviane Pedersen; Sean Pedersen; Ashley and her husband Tim Grohs; Eric and his wife Sara; Cody Johnson and his wife Miranda; Katelyn and Sarah Johnston; Jessica, Justin, and Amanda Pedersen; Petra and her husband Mike Stewart; Andrew, Danielle, Nicole and Grace Briol; and Kaia Sigurdson; Elise's great-grandchildren Riley and Kalan LeBrun; Dane Hineley; Daniel, Elias, and Emily Alcock; Gil, Isaiah, and Laila Bautista; Matthew Wall; Abigail and Nicholas Grohs; and twins Liam and Madelynn Stewart. In Denmark, our cousins and Elise's niece Charlotte and husband Torben Jelert; nephews Hans Viggo Hertz and wife Brita, Jens Michael Hertz and wife Inge-Lis, and Anders Christian Hertz. A special thank you to Karl Sorensen and Elise's granddaughter Katelyn Johnson for their poignant earlier biographies of Elise which will be long cherished by the family. Thank you also to Dr. Mehta and the nurses and care givers on the 6A Family Medicine Ward of the St. Boniface Hospital for making our mother's final days dignified and comfortable. A celebration of Elise's life will be held on Wednesday, September 14, at 10:00 o'clock a.m. at Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd. with reception to follow at the Scandinavian Centre at 764 Erin Street. Pallbearers are her grandsons Eric, Justin, Andrew, Sean, Cody, Jonathon, and Jason. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Canadian Lung Association. Tak for alt, Mor, du vil altid v re med us! (Thank you for everything, Mom, you will always be with us!) Family and friends may sign a Book of Condolence at www.glenlawn.ca. Glen Lawn Funeral Home 982-7550


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