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April 27, 2016



January 30, 1925 – April 27, 2016

Freda passed away peacefully at Trillium Lodge in Parksville on April 27th 2016.

Born in Miscouche, Prince Edward Island Jan. 30, 1925.

Predeceased by her father William, her mother Zeta, brother Wilfred, and sister Norma. Also - first husband Bernie Wurtak, and second husband Jack Barbour.

Family: Brother, Clarence Desroche and his son Gerald of Calgary. Son, Robert Wurtak (wife Joy) of Winnipeg. Son, Lawrence Wurtak (wife Angyal) along with grandsons Travis Wurtak and Karl Wurtak of Glendale Arizona.

Other family: Lorne, Mimi and David Barbour of Qualicum Beach, BC. Maxine Cornwell and children, Philip Kardynal and family, Marnie Brogaard and family.

Close friends who will miss her: Jim And Joyce Ward (Winnipeg), Wade and Jan Casorzo & Pat Smith (Nanaimo).

In 1945, Freda and her first husband came from PEI to Winnipeg where she raised her two sons. She worked at Dear Lodge Hospital and the Royal Canadian Legion #4. In 1975, she moved with her second husband to Nanaimo, B.C. where she lived out her life.

In retirement, Freda was active as a walker for many years at the Woodgrove Mall where she had a wonderful group of friends. She loved having her family over for visits and a good game of Scrabble. She and Jack enjoyed many trips to Winnipeg, and Arizona. She also traveled across Canada, Hawaii, Chile, Peru, and the Yukon.

In the last few years, her health deteriorated but she still managed to stay in her own home until she was 90 “doing it her way”. Eventually she moved to the Trillium Lodge in Parksville where she spent her last days in the care of the Trillium staff, nurses and doctors.

Freda was a sweet soul who will be sadly missed, loved

and forever remembered by her family and friends.

May God bless her and take her into his loving arms.

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