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Born: Feb 27, 1920

Date of Passing: Jul 13, 2021

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1920 - 2021

Ludviga Smolinskis passed away peacefully on July 13, 2021, at the age of 101.
Ludviga will be lovingly remembered by her son Juris (Marie) and her daughter Lidija (Imants) Deme. She will be fondly remembered by her step-granddaughter Jennifer Burland (Andrew); her step-great-grandchildren, Ashleigh and Harrison; her granddaughters, Karen Deme (Ross), Larisa Deme (Chris); and great-grandsons, Ruben and Theo.
She was predeceased by her husband, Kazimirs, in 1981 and her son, Antons, in 1945.
Ludviga was born in Varkava, Latvia on February 27, 1920. She married Kazimirs in 1939 and welcomed son Antons in 1940 and daughter Lidija in 1943. In 1944 the family left Latvia and spent the rest of the 1940s in a Displaced Persons Camp in Memmingen, Germany. After moving to Canada in 1950, Ludviga and Kazimirs spent two years working on a farm near Carman, MB before moving to Winnipeg where, in 1953, their son Juris was born. Ludviga worked as a seamstress in the garment industry until retirement.
A private Funeral Mass will be held at Christ The King Church on Tuesday, July 20, at 11:00 a.m., with the Reverend Father Chrys Agu presiding; followed by interment at St. Boniface Cemetery.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 17, 2021

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • Lidija - I don't know if you remember me from Arts and the Education 12 week cohort. Thought I would offer you my condolences. I hope your mother, who lived a very long life, had good quality of life until her death. My sympathy. Albert Parsons, Minnedosa, MB - Posted by: Albert Parsons (former classmate of Lidija) on: Jul 26, 2021

  • Dear Lidija, Juris and extended families we were all very saddened to hear of your Mom's passing. Your Mom and my Mom were so dedicated to Daugavas Vanagi, for all those years. I can think back on all the evenings spent together in someone's basement raffling something off to raise money for those who had suffered during the war. A spring bazaar, a fall supper or just visiting, it seems like yesterday but so many years have passed. Lidija, I remember being at your wedding to Imants, being at the Stasus farm for DV Dienas - Latvians worked hard and played hard. What I remember most about your mom was her never ending energy and cheerfulness. The numbers keep dropping. Our love and thoughts, Martin & Vivian Jandavs and our families - Posted by: Martin Jandavs (Family friend) on: Jul 20, 2021

  • On behalf of all of the Stafeckis family, we send our love, condolences and deepest sympathies to the family. Aunty Luda was well loved, admired, and will fondly be remembered with love from all of our family. She had the kindest heart and smile. God Bless. With Love, From all of our Stafeckis family xo - Posted by: Tammy Boyko (Stafeckis) (Friend of the Family ) on: Jul 19, 2021

  • Lidija, Juris and family, Our sincerest sympathies are with you during this time of loss. Your mother was a wonderful woman, full of strength and goodness. She will be sorely missed. - Posted by: Laima and Wayne Nyysola (Friend) on: Jul 19, 2021

  • Very sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest condolences. - Posted by: Randy McElhoes (Friend) on: Jul 18, 2021

  • Our deepest condolences for your loss. - Posted by: Randy McElhoes (Friend) on: Jul 18, 2021

  • Lidzjutibu gimenei. Another amazing family story of hardship and survival, followed by happy years in a new land. Vieglas smiltis. Lilita un Zigrida Klavina - Posted by: Lilita Klavins (Friend of the family ) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • Izsaku līdzjūtību (Condolences In Latvian) - Posted by: Viesturs Zarins (Acquaintance ) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • Juris and Lidija, I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I have very fond memories of her from the old neighborhood on Pilgrim. Condolences to you and your families. - Posted by: Larry Antoniuk (Neighbour) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to the family. Ludviga will forever be remembered for her sparkling smile & sweet sound of songs in our Latvian community. She was a treasure to our family. Rest easy dear Ludviga. - Posted by: Debby Jandavs, daughter of Andris (friend) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • Joan and I were sorry to read about your mothers passing. I hope you and your family are able to get together and celebrate her life. - Posted by: Marvin Chittick (friend) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • Deepest sympathies Veechnya pamyat, everlasting memories. - Posted by: Roger and Liz Roziere (Friend) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences to the whole family. Love Mara - Posted by: Mara Tolks (Friend) on: Jul 17, 2021

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