February 20, 1925 ~ April 6, 2019
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, Violet, with her family by her side on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at East Gate Lodge in Beausejour, MB at the age of 94 years.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Eleanor Meisner, Dorothy Meyer (Larry), Henry, and Helena Unwin (Gordon); grandchildren, Heidi (Jason), Wendi (Glen), Andrew (Crystal), Krystle, and Brett (Argelia); great-grandchildren, Caleb, Eli, Aiden, Mason, Livie and Wyatt; her four sisters, Evelyn Zimmerman, Linda Herzog, Gladys Verch (Reinhold) and Marjorie Harwart; sister-in-law Irene Drewlo; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Violet was predeceased by her husband Arnold; son-in-law Wayne Meisner; her parents, Gustav and Emma Harwart; sisters and brothers-in-law, Edna Yaeger (Albert) and Clara Cesmystruk (Peter); brothers-in-law Edward Zimmerman and Ed Herzog; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Lena (Herman), Art (Delila), Margaret(Ted), Emil (Almida), Linda (Bill), and Albert; and nephew Walter Roucek.
Violet was born on February 20, 1925 in Winnipeg, MB. She grew up on a farm in Bayton School District. She married Arnold Drewlo on June 23, 1950 and they farmed in the Moosehorn area until moving to Ladywood in 1964, where they continued to farm until they retired and moved to Beausejour in 1992.
One of Mom and Dad’s greatest pastimes was taking long Sunday drives with their friends. Mom was a long-time member of Grace Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir. She had unwavering faith in God throughout her entire life.
She had many interests and hobbies, which included cake decorating, gardening, knitting, crocheting, casino trips, bingo, puzzling, and word search. Mom was happiest in the company of family and friends.
After Dad passed away in 2003, Mom remained fiercely independent. She moved to South Haven and then to Stony Plains where she made many friends. Mom resided at East Gate Lodge for the past 11 months.
Mom loved her family greatly and made sure to tell us that all the time. She was extremely proud of her grandchildren and absolutely adored her great-grandchildren and loved when they came to visit. Her youngest great-grandchild, Wyatt was born in November 2018 and although she didn’t meet him personally due to the distance, she got to know and love him through pictures and videos.
Violet’s funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m. at Sobering Funeral Chapel, 1035 Park Avenue E. Beausejour, MB with Pastor Ward Yunker officiating. Viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the Beausejour Cemetery. Pallbearers are Larry Meyer, Gordon Unwin, Andrew Meisner, Brett Meyer, Jason Barley and Glen Gosling.
Our family would like to thank Dr. Van Rensburg and the amazing staff at East Gate Lodge, Shamrock Unit for the care, support and compassion they showed our Mother. Thank you to Pastor Ward, and Mom’s dear friends Anne and Val for all your visits that Mom enjoyed so much. A special thank you to Aunt Marj for always being there for Mom and us.
Donations in Violet’s memory may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, Box 538, Beausejour, MB R0E 0C0 or East Gate Lodge (Recreation Department), Box 1690, Beausejour, MB R0E 0C0.
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