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NANCY VIOLET WIENS (published on September 17, 2011)



NANCY VIOLET WIENS (nee SHEPHERD) Nancy Violet Wiens (nee Shepherd) of Selkirk, Manitoba surprised us with her passing in the early hours of September 13, 2011. She was born May 1, 1924 at the old Grace Hospital, Winnipeg to immigrant parents from Salford, England. Nancy completed her schooling at Luxton Elementary School and St. John's High School in Winnipeg's North End. She studied nursing at St. Boniface Hospital. In 1947, she met and married Frank Wiens of Poplar Point, Manitoba, who was studying education at St. John's College. She shared his life's work at the St. John's Cathedral Boys' School north of Selkirk, serving as nurse and administrative office assistant. They were married for nearly 63 years before Frank's death in May of 2010. In her retirement years she gave her time to volunteer activities in the Selkirk community, as a member of Rotary Anns, working at the Selkirk Food Bank and the secondhand clothing shop The House of Economy . Though her physical health began to fail, her mind and conversational skills remained sharp until the end and she insisted on remaining in her own home. Nancy was predeceased by husband, Frank Wiens; parents Frederick William and Nellie Katie Ann Shepherd, brothers Frank and Harold, son-in-law Bruce Handford, and infant children Richard and Cynthia. She is survived by her ten children: Robin (Emilie Lagacé), Johanna, Rick, Linda, Barbara (Keith McKay), Kimberly (Bill Kerker), Kevin (Alicia Gueller), Christopher (Lynn), Susan (Richard Ingimundson), Sigrid (Tim Adelmann), daughter-in-law Teri Wiens; her 23 grandchildren: Jean-Paul Lagacé-Wiens (Ria), Philippe Lagacé-Wiens (Claire Sevenhuysen), Elizabeth (Bruce Greenaway), David Ross, Mara (Tyler Sattler), Alaric Wiens, Xenia Wiens, Matthew Tesar, Christopher Tesar, Roberta Tesar (Reade Tereck), Patricia Tesar, Charles McKay (Michelle), Robert McKay, Ryan Kerker, Karyn Kerker, Terry Brown (Shawna), Denise Wiens, Katie (Wade Krawchuk), Kurt Ingimundson, Hugh Ingimundson, Susan (Kayne Dunn), Ben Adelmann (Andrea), Sam Adelmann, and her eight great-grandchildren: Adrienne, Jacqueline and Rylan Wiens, Alexandre Lagacé, Samantha Hrabi, Nicholas Tesar, Shayla and Kaylee McKay. Nancy's priority was her family. She raised her ten children with patience, resilience and determination. She instilled a love of reading in all her children with the bed-time story, poem and song ritual that we remember fondly. Lunches were always packed with homemade cookies that she baked when she arose early in the morning. Keeping a large family in clean clothes was her challenge and her commitment. After school, she was there to help with projects and homework. She planted and nurtured our imaginations and creativity and delighted in each of our achievements. Mom made warm and thoughtful decisions to ensure every birthday and Christmas was special to us in keeping with each of our personalities. She knew each of us intimately. When the grandchildren began arriving, she carried on with her care and interest in their wellbeing. Most recently, visits, photos and stories of her great-grandchildren were a source of joy. Our mother was a woman of committed Christian faith. She loved to sing and to participate in her parish church services. She was generous; she shared all that she had and often deprived herself to do so. Our family was blessed by her many examples of perseverance and faithfulness. We pray that those who find themselves in seasons of grief will look to God who alone can bring healing and consolation. The Wiens family extends fond gratitude to the congregation of St. Peter's Dynevor for their many years of fellowship and care shared with our parents. Our family expresses gratitude to Dr. Demsas and his receptionist Janet, along with the Emergency room staff of The Selkirk District General Hospital for their compassionate approach in the care of our mother. Funeral services will be held at St. Peter's Parish, Dynevor, in the old stone church near East Selkirk on Monday, September 19 at 3:00 p.m. Interment will follow immediately in the cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in Nancy's name may be made to The Selkirk District Community Foundation - 200 Eaton Ave., Selkirk MB, R1A 0W6 or to St. Peter's Parish, Dynevor - Box 43, Grp 7, RR 1, East Selkirk MB, R0E 0M0. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements. www.gilbartfuneralhome.com


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