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Born: May 31, 1931

Date of Passing: Aug 10, 2022

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(nee PENNER)

May 31, 1931 - August 10, 2022

Dorothea passed away peacefully in her own bed on August 10, 2022, in the company of her daughter and caregiver, Kathy Dueck, in her 92nd year.
She was predeceased by her sisters, Sally, Kay, Sue, Helen, Margaret, and Trudy; her half-brother Dick; and her husband of 29 years, Frederick. Dorothea will be lovingly remembered by her children, Elizabeth (Orest), Katherine, Daniel (Cullie), and Christopher (Laura); her grandchildren, Danielle, Katelyn, Rebekah, Amber, and Jessie; and her great-grandchild Morigan, as well as many family friends.
Dorothea loved to sew and knit (and not just her brows). She designed and sewed gorgeous wedding dresses for her daughter, Kathy, and her daughter-in-law, Cullie. She sewed many dresses and outfits for her children and granddaughters. She was always a gifted seamstress, taking up sewing beautiful quilts in later years. Dorothea began knitting when she was a child, and as her eyesight diminished she was still able to knit, and spent most of her days knitting eye-catching afghans and baby blankets, which she gave away as gifts and donations. Her afghans are amongst the prize possessions of family friends across Canada, and down to Mexico. Aside from her family, this is her greatest legacy; that and the many students she taught over her nearly ten years as a Home Economics teacher in Cold Lake and Grand Centre. Dorothea also loved to travel. After her husband's death in 1981, she continued to take many excursions across Canada, the U.S., and many countries in Europe with close friends and family.
Above all, Mom was a kind, gracious, and giving person. Throughout her life, she always found the time and energy to share her resources with others - be it be family, friends, or community members who were in need. She conscientiously donated money regularly to her favourite charities, and very few of the countless quilts, afghans, and lap blankets that she made ever stayed for long in her possession. Her life goal in her words was "to not be a burden on this world, but to continue to be useful." Our Heavenly Father is probably right now enjoying the comfort of one of her lap blankets. If you wish to continue her life of giving, please make a donation to a local women's shelter.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, August 19, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at her former residence. Please contact a family member for further details.

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Evergreen Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 16, 2022

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