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Gertrude Anne Stephens

October 1, 1941 — February 12, 2024


Gertrude Anne Stephens

With her husband John at her side, Gertrude Stephens peacefully passed away at the Altona Community Memorial Health Centre.

 Gertie was predeceased by her father Reinhold (Ronald) Radons; her mother Anne Radons (Recksiedler); her three brothers Alvin, Richard and Harvey Radons; her sister Ivy Smith, and her sister Rosalie Radons who died at birth.

 Gertie will be lovingly remembered by her beloved husband John Stephens, and their children James (Cyndi) of Oakbank, Heather (Michael Friesen) of Winnipeg, and John (Kara) of Ridgeville; her 5 grandchildren Alex, Rebekah, Charlotte, Braelyn and Curalise Stephens; her brother Ronald Radons (Sherry) of Dugald, and her many nephews and nieces.

 Gertie was born in Beausejour. She was named after Gerturde Friesen, who was Gertie's mom's best friend and neighbour.

 As a young girl, Gertie enjoyed summer camps and took on babysitting jobs. She graduated from high school in Beasejour and then moved to Winnipeg to attend Success Commercial Career College. Gertie was a high speed typist, who was top of her class. She worked in an Ophthalmologist Office for 7 years for Dr. Krowman in the Power Building in downtown Winnipeg.

 In 1963 Gertie met John Stephens in Winnipeg. On June 6, 1964 Gertie and John got married at the Grant Memorial Baptist Church in Winnipeg. They lived in Winnipeg until 1972 when they decided to purchase a farm in Ridgeville. They lived on the Ridgeville farm for 39 years.

 After selling the Ridgeville farm, Gertie and John moved to a hobby farm in Greenridge for 8 years. Right before the pandemic in 2018, they moved to Altona.  

 While on the Ridgeville farm, Gertie did lots of volunteer work supporting the church, community, and her political party. She attended the Emerson Baptist Church for over 40 years serving as a treasurer, Sunday School teacher, the Women's Group, and various committees. She was on the board at South Gate Haven in Emerson for approximately 8 years. Gertie was a leader in the 4-H Ridgveille Club, and baked many pies for the Ridgeville Community Hall. During elections, Gertie volunteered as a Registration Poll Officer.

 Gertie evolved as a small town girl to a hard working farmer where she enjoyed gardening, cooking, and all the animals. She was a master in the kitchen. She was an excellent money manager and could really stretch a dollar. She managed the farm books for years. She was a life long learner and enjoyed reading.

 The family would like to thank the support of the hospital staff in Altona including Dr. Al-Abassi, the nurses and health care aids. They are also grateful to the healthcare support at the Morris Hospital.

 Gertie's Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 1 pm at the Altona United Church on 45 3rd Avenue SE.

 As expressions of sympathy, if friends so wish, donations maybe made to Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.

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Meeting ID: 875 4381 5723
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 Arrangements by Wiebe Funeral Home Altona Ltd.

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Saturday, February 17, 2024

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