Ethel Pearl Rach

April 25, 1924 - November 16, 2015

Ethel Pearl Rach

April 25, 1924 - November 16, 2015


Why order flowers through us?

Buying flowers from us ensures that your order will be fulfilled through working with a network florists that are trusted by local funeral homes and recognized partners of the funeral industry. A customized message, along with a photo of your selected arrangement will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender. This allows you the opportunity to choose a different product to ensure the family has a beautiful and unique selection of unique floral arrangements.

The price of these selections also includes the funeral home’s care of the flowers after the funeral and the delivery to the family or facility of choice where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.

Memorial Candles

A Perpetual Tribute

The solitude and quiet peace of a flickering candle has long been a symbol of remembrance. Each candle lit will remain lit within this memorial website for the period you select. Your thoughtful gesture will be captured both in the candle as well as listed in perpetuity within the tributes section.

Memorial Trees

Circle of Life

In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.

Sympathy Cards

A Thoughtful Gesture

Placeholder - to be replaced with Donations

Place a Donation

The gift of giving

We are proud to provide this service allowing friends and family to donate to any registered charity throughout North America. You will receive an official tax receipt immediately via email and your thoughtful gesture will remain on this memorial website in perpetuity.

Financial Support

A Helping Hand

The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.

This memorial currently does not have financial support enabled.
To notify the funeral home of your interest, complete and submit the following form:

Obituary for Ethel Pearl Rach

Ethel Pearl Rach
April 25, 1924 — Nov. 16, 2015
Ethel Pearl Rach ( née Wonnacott) passed away on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, at St.Paul’s Personal Care Home in The Pas, at age 91.
Born in Winnipeg on Friday, April 25, 1924, Ethel spent her first three years in Miami, MB, before the family moved to a farm near Grand Marais, 60 miles north of Winnipeg.
As a young woman she worked at Matt’s Grocery Store, which primarily served summer vacationers at Grand Beach, then later moved to Winnipeg where she spent several years working as a waitress.
In the mid-1960s, Ethel moved to Toronto and worked for several years at the Royal York Hotel, until striking out on her own, selling cookies and baked goods at Farmer’s Markets in various communities surrounding Toronto.
A lifelong fan of country music, she cherished a photo taken of her with popular singing star Porter Wagoner at a concert in Toronto. For years after, she would refer to him as her “boyfriend.”
In 2000 Ethel moved to The Pas to be near her sister-in-law, Vivian, after her brother Leo died.
She is lovingly remembered by her son, Alan (Melinda) of Calgary; sister Martha (Liz) Goerzen of Gretna; sister-in-law Shirley Wonnacott of Grand Marais; grandchildren Laurie (Monty) Sealey of Creighton, SK; Doug (Liza) Rach of Flin Flon, and Warren (Donnette) Rach of Martensville, SK, and former daughters-inlaw Lynne Ewen Rach of Saskatoon, and B. Lynne Rach of Olds, Alberta.
She is also survived by four great grandchildren, Chelsea, Tyler, Megan and Dylan, and two great-great grandchildren, Bentley and Lexton.
She is survived by nieces, Leona (Wonnacott) French; Alice (Wonnacott) Smith; Sherry (Goerzen) Kehler; Betty (Goerzen) Froese. Nephews, Eugene, Richard, George, Bill, Tim, Bob and Lance Wonnacott, and Matt Goerzen.
Ethel was predeceased by her eldest son, Richard (Rick); brothers Leo and Dick Wonnacott; brother-in-law Frank Goerzen; sister-in-law Vivian Wonnacott; parents George and Mae Wonnacott; ex-husband Arthur (Archie) Hugo Rach, and her later-in-life partner Paul Colamartini of Toronto.
Ethel loved being surrounded by family and would travel as often as she could to visit her children, grandchildren and siblings in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Until failing health and a stroke robbed her of her mobility, she enjoyed frequent social outings with friends, playing cards and indulging one of her passions — BINGO!
The family wishes to express sincere thanks to the staff at St. Paul’s for the devoted care and attention paid to Ethel during her six years at the care home.
Cremation has taken place through Hemauer Funeral Home in The Pas. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to a charity of their choice.
A memorial service will be held next summer at St. Jude’s Anglican Church cemetery in Grand Marais, where Ethel’s ashes will be interred beside her parents as she requested.

Send a gesture of sympathy to Ethel Pearl Rach's family

  • Brought to you by

  • 122 Lathlin Ave. Box 416
    R9A 1K5
  • 204-623-3261

Help & Healing Resources

In the event that there is an error in the information presented, please contact the funeral home by clicking here.