Herborg Thomasson
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Herborg Thomasson

September 04, 2007

Herborg Thomasson

September 04, 2007

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Obituary for Herborg Thomasson

HERBORG THOMASSON (nee GISLASON) It is with great sadness that we the family of Herborg (Herbie) Thomasson announce her passing. She passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 4, 2007 with her angel on earth at her side, her daughter Alda, in the Calvary Place Personal Care Home where she had resided almost three years. Herbie was predeceased by her loving husband Thorsteinn (Steini) (1998) and three children: Hjalli (1964), Inga (1987), Eric (2004) and her son-in-law Jim Haywood (2007). She was also predeceased by her parents (Hjalmar and Inga) and all her siblings (Sigga, Steina, Freda and Ragnar). Left to cherish her memory are her children Arni (Ruth), Kris (Cathy), Carl (Wendy), David, Alda, Joe and Heidi Thomasson, Thora Innes (Dave) and daughter-in-law Sharon (Eric). Grandchildren who will always remember their Amma are, Shauna (Dan), Paul (Angelique), Kevin (Cristina), Tania (Frank), Darrin (Laura), Kara (RJ), Jason (Christine), Lisa, David, Danny, Jared, Steven, Kelly, Karly (Clint), Andrea, Trevor, Michael, Dale and Rylee. Herbie had 11 great-grandchildren. Herbie also leaves to mourn her passing her in-laws, Kristin Thomasson, Helga and Jim Block and Michael Jaskolski. She was predeceased by Steini's four brothers and four sisters. Herbie was born August 1, 1924 and grew up in the west end of the city. She met Steini while working as a coat check girl at the Icelandic Hall before he had to serve overseas. Herbie loved to write and it was certainly all those wonderful letters she wrote to him while he served in the war that made him anxious to come home. They were married on January 21, 1947 and celebrated over 50 years together. Steini and Herbie started their married life living on Maryland Street and after a couple of moves ended up building a home in the new development of St. Vital. It was here they raised all their children. Mom's house was always special to her because Steini had built it. The house was always special to her family because that is where they were always sure to be welcome with a smile and hot cup of coffee. Herbie had many loves but mostly she loved being a Mom. She loved to tell people she had ten children because they were always amazed. There was nothing she loved doing more than sitting and holding a tiny baby in her arms. That would explain the number of children she had! When her own kids were not enough, she looked after the neighbour's kids running Nana's Nursery School for a few years. In the later years when the children weren't babies any more Herbie had time for her other talents which included writing, sewing, and painting. She enjoyed meeting with her writing groups and with her painting friends. She left many special paintings for her family to enjoy. The family would like to thank the staff of 3 South at Calvary Place for the wonderful care she received while staying there. Words cannot describe our gratitude knowing she was so well looked after at that stage in her life. The past three years have been very difficult dealing with many of the decisions that had to be made regarding our Mom. We have to thank our brother Kris for his strength in dealing with all the obstacles along the way and for his determination in what was best for our Mom. Our sister Alda gave us all the assurance that Mom was in good hands and we have to thank her enormously for the undying devotion, care and love she showed to our Mom. Viewing will take place at First Lutheran Church, 580 Victor Street, on Saturday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m., and the funeral service at 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Michael Kurtz officiating. Interment will take place at Chapel Lawn. Pallbearers are grandsons Kevin, Paul, Jason, Kelly, Jared and Trevor. The honourary pallbearers will be Herbie's other 12 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calvary Place Personal Care Home, 1325 Erin Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 3R6, the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4G2, or to a charity of one's choice. NEIL BARDAL INC. 949-2200 nbardal.mb.ca

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