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Edith Motkaluk

Edith Motkaluk

Monday June 22, 2020
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Peacefully, on Monday June 22, 2020, Edith passed away with family at her side. She will be remembered with much love by her daughter Brenda; son Vince and his children Judy, Jaden and Jarod; daughter Barbara and her children Myles and Nolan.

Edith was a lively, social person who loved sports and played softball for many years. While working full time, she raised her children alone, supported them in sports and other activities, volunteered at Deer Lodge community club, and was very involved at her church. She was a member of the Winnipeg Press Club in the 90’s and was Secretary of the Schmockey Committee for a period of time.

Eventually she followed her heart and worked in the far north on the DEW line. She travelled to Europe, and to her bucket list destination of Australia.

Her adventures were slowed down over the past several years due to poor health, but she always pushed herself to the limit and she remained resolutely independent. Edith was a force to be reckoned with!

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 301 - 1 Wesley Ave, Winnipeg MB R3C 4C6 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation 1379 Kenaston Boulevard, Winnipeg MB, R3P 2T5
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Sharon Flett

Posted at 12:09am
In 1956 Edith and I became friends while working at the Workers Compensation Board in Winnipeg. We were in and out of
each others lives from then on, always there when we were both in Winnipeg, Edith being there when I needed someone's
shoulder to cry on when I separated from the father of my children. The stars lined up for us in January 2001 when we
went on a trip together to Hawaii and on to Coolangatta, Australia - 100 kilometers from Brisbane and were able to strike
it off our bucket list. Our hotel was right across the street from the ocean. We had a terrific time touring the area and going
to the zoo to see all the animals - koalas, kangaroos and Edith's favorite - snakes. We wished that we could have had a longer
stay there was so much more to see. We often talked about our trip and how great it would be to return but health was not
on Edith's side. She kept telling me if you don't use it you will loose it so I continue to refuse help if I can handle the load myself
and tell everyone that I am listening to Edith. She was a great friend and I love her and will miss her dearly. Sharon (King) Flett.
 
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Barbara Motkaluk Posted at 12:05am

Sharon.... you are amazing and a true valued family memeber. You two ladies... omg ! lol ! The travels in life you both shared together & separate made you the amazing woman you became ! Undevoted love from us 3 Xoxoxo
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deniscoulombe60@gmail.com

Posted at 10:53pm
Denis Coulombe
In 1987, Edith and I were colleagues on the Dew Line Cape Dyer. We became friends and very good friends after she moved back to Winnipeg In december I have got stranded in Winnipeg because a CP Air strike from Toronto. I had to spend one week in Winnipeg before the next flight for Dyer. Edith took me under her wing for the whole week. Driving me around, when to Jets, etc. What a nice week. Another time,, got my gloves stolen she bought a new pair. Bought me an alarm clock , time problem (this clock travelled 20 years around the wordl) the joke is on her. For the last 32 years we kept in touch. I will remember Edith with a health problem but what a fighter and generous human, always happy and funny,like she used to say: Oh well, Ah !Ah!.

Farewell, Edith, I will keep in touch every Xmas and 30 of jan. Best friends forever.
Denis
 
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Barbara Motkaluk Posted at 01:37pm

Thank you Denis so very much for your kind, funny and loving message. I remember my mom speaking of you ! The north was a true highlight for her.
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Barbara Motkaluk

Posted at 05:35am
Mom always took us on road trips, short; Stonewall, Cowan, Swan River, Brandon, Portage La Prairie (just for the day), medium; Brandon, Gilbert Plains, Dauphin, and a few long ones , Ontario, Edmonton.
Her courage was undeniable, alone with 3 kids. What a woman !!!!!!
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Polly

Posted at 03:08pm
Edith and I met in 1966 in the maternity ward of the Belleville General Hospital. The hospital at that time had a procedure that they matched the mothers with something they had in common. What we had in common is that our husbands were in the RCAF and stationed at Base Trenton. I had Michael and she had Barbie. We kept in touch afterwards by visiting as we were both living in Belleville.
We were stationed away from Belleville/Trenton and the Motkaluks went out west but Edith and I corresponded and spoke on the phone a lot.
I was in awe at the energy she had while raising her 3 kids on her own, her life in sports and her church and working outside her home. I always thought I would go see her in Winnipeg one day but it just did not happen. There never seemed to be a good time for it because of both of our heath problems. I miss you my friend. Love Polly
 
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Barbara Motkaluk Posted at 05:43am

Dear Polly, I thank you so very much for your very kind personal sharing about Mom. I know how much she loved and enjoyed your friendship. As young as I was.... I do remember you 😃 I will put a flower on Mom's resting place for you 💗
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