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November 9, 2023
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It is with heavy hearts that our family announces the passing of Donna Jean Wiedmer (nee Lucier) on Thursday, November 9th, 2023, aged 78 years, of Gimli, MB. Jean passed away peacefully with family by her side. Jean was predeceased by her parents, Alexandre & Julia; brothers, Fred & Ken; sisters, Doreen & Rita; brothers-in-law Darwin & Gordon, and nephew P.J.
She will be fondly remembered by her husband of 59 years, Hans; her three children Barb (Dave), Donna (Brent), Randy (Josée); her three granddaughters Brittany, Danielle and Brigitte (Dylan); and brothers Dave, Edward, Roy (Vida) and Edwin, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Jean was born on February 3rd, 1945 in Eriksdale, Manitoba. She moved to Winnipeg in 1962 and it was there she met her soulmate, Hans, on a blind date. Jean and Hans married on February 1, 1964 and while living in Winnipeg, their first child, Barb, was born. They moved to Swift Current and added a second daughter, Donna to the family. They moved back to Winnipeg and in 1969 Hans & Jean moved to Stony Mountain, and made their family complete with the birth of their son, Randy. Stony Mountain became home for over 30 years.
Mom supported her children in everything they did growing up. She was always available for a ride to hockey, figure skating, ringette, drum & piano lessons and school field trips. Mom was always supportive and her kids’ #1 fan. Jean’s pride & joy were her 3 granddaughters: Brittany, Brigitte and Danielle. The girls spent many sleepovers with Gramma and Grampa. Jean also loved to “babysit”/housesit with her grand cats and dogs.
One of Jean’s greatest accomplishments was obtaining her GED with her good friend, Alice Baker. Jean spent many volunteer hours within the community. She kept busy with weekly bingo, the annual Fall Supper, school library, St. Joseph’s Parrish, and the Kinsmen Club. She volunteered as scrutineer during Municipal elections and was also chairperson for the local MMF. Jean had many hobbies she shared with family and friends. She loved playing Bingo, cards, games, scrapbooking, and even tried her hand at knitting. She enjoyed “popping in” to have a cup of coffee or tea and chat with friends. Jean loved listening to music, playing her accordion and piano, and she was her son Randy’s #1 groupie when he played drums with various bands.
Jean and Hans retired to Gimli in 2001. She enjoyed going to old time dances, bingo, activities at the 55+ club and card making. She enjoyed taking scenic drives around the Gimli area, going to outdoor concerts at Winnipeg Beach, and their annual trip to South Beach Casino.
Jean’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the healthcare staff at Betel Home in Gimli, where she resided for the last 5 and a half years.
A very special “thank you” goes out to Josée for all of her time and effort she put into ensuring Mom had the best care possible. Words cannot express our gratitude!
Funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel, Gimli, MB.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society.