Passed on January 31, 2022
With the heaviest of hearts, we sadly write to inform of the sudden passing of Nancy Fleury (Friederici), of Teulon, Manitoba (“Nanny”) at the age of 75. This incredible lady will be forever missed by the great love of her life, her best friend, devoted and adoring husband of 57 years, Eugene, and her beloved daughters Laurie (Angus) and Cathy (Keith). Also left to mourn and celebrate her life are grand-daughters Brandy (Tony), Nikki (Marty) and step-grandchildren Megan (Moe), Alexandra, and Tyler (Kristy), along with great-grand-daughters Toni, Marley (Brandy), expectant grand-baby (Nikki), and Elizabeth (Alex), Darius and Rae-Anne (Megan). She is also dearly missed by her life-long best friend, Ellie Hodges of BC, and her extended family, which she adored.
Mom was born in a 1 bedroom farmhouse on February 19, 1946 to Otto and Martha Friederici of Arborg, Manitoba and was one of 8 children, the youngest of 4 daughters. She was pre-deceased by her parents, brother Herman, and by her grandson Christopher (Cathy) but is survived by loving sisters Helen Puhach, Tillie Twohig, and Shirley Carbert (Don), and brothers Eric, Albert (Judy), and Arthur (Betty).
Those who knew her will not soon forget the great love she had for family, her strong compassion for all, her desire to do things right, her strong determination, and that wicked, sometimes inappropriate sense of humour that endeared her to all. Her go-to quote was “couldn’t give a rat’s arse”, which would always bring a smile to our faces because most times she really couldn’t. She was that liberated, and told it like it was, even if it wasn’t what you wanted to hear. She taught us that when life got tough, get tougher, and yet to always find the way to be kind. She was hard working, compassionate, so humble yet strong, always loving and honest, caring and forgiving and she always, always put the needs of others before her own. Her favourite of the 4 seasons was Spring, as she had a deep love of plants and gardening – her favourite flowers being lilies and roses. She loved camping, fishing, fireside hotdogs, and sometimes just to go for a car ride in the countryside to enjoy dad’s company. She was also an amazing cook, making something extraordinary out of seemingly nothing, passing her passions through generations to come.
She was also the strongest believer in helping others, and quickly saw the need to help locally when mom and dad moved to Teulon in 1977. She started many local charitable organizations including the Teulon Christmas Cheer Board, the local Food Bank, and she was an avid catalyst for donating to those in need, ultimately receiving the Governor-General’s award for Community Service in recognition of her hard work.
It’s impossible to sum up in a few paragraphs the essence of who she was, but the best of her will be carried in us all for our lifetimes and beyond. She is forever loved and missed by those fortunate enough to have known her.
As hard as it is for us to say goodbye, it’s time for you to rest in peace, beautiful lady. You will always be remembered with the greatest of affection. Your legacy lives on in us all.
A heartfelt thank you to the nurses and doctors at Stonewall Memorial Hospital for their kindness and compassion to ensure mom was comfortable.
Her loving family will be hosting a celebration of her life in the coming months. In lieu of flowers, we respectfully request donations in her name to your local food bank.
Our most sincere condolences to all Nancy's family and close friends, our thoughts and prayers are with you all!
Leonard & Gladys Kohler
My sincerest condolences to Eugene and family. I have known and adored this wonderful lady most of my life and all the years we worked together, I turned to Nancy for friendship and guidance. An angel then, now and forever... RIP Nan...💔
My sincerest condolences to Eugene and the entire family. I enjoyed knowing her and her pleasant nature when I had the chance to see her. RIP my friend . 💔
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