Elsie Goetz

Elsie Goetz (Schnell)

Friday, September 28th, 1917 - Sunday, April 25th, 2021
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ELSIE GOETZ (nee Schnell)
September 28, 1917 - April 25, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that our family announces the passing of our precious mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt, Elsie Goetz on April 25, 2021 at the age of 103.

She was predeceased by her parents, Christopher and Dora, husband William, son in-law Vladimir Kozak; siblings, Dorothy, Otto, Fred, Alvina and their spouses.

Left to cherish Elsie’s memory are her four children, 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; one sister and numerous nieces and nephews.

• Son Harold Goetz (Margaret): children, Jason Goetz (Michelle) – Anna & Emmett,
Keith Goetz (Gisele) - Aiden, and Kevin Goetz (Kim) – Carter & Charlsey

• Daughter Elizabeth Kozak: children, Laurie Kozak (Michael Block) - Talon Block, and Glen Kozak

• Son Calvin Goetz (Sharon): children, Trevor Goetz (Michelle) – Courtney, Breanna & Justin, and
Shannon Hood (Jon) – Callie & Kaitlyn

• Daughter Audrey Feltham (David Sayer): children, Donovan Harmon (friend Tracy) Rocky, River & Fisher,
Christy Lynn Hall (Percy) – Braden, Daylon, Hanna, Emily, & Kaylynn, and William Harmon (Jennifer) – Lily & Brady

• Sister Violet Krashy

Elsie was born on September 28, 1917 in Tolstoi, MB to Christopher Schnell and Dora Schindel – the 4th of six children.
She married William Goetz in 1939 and they worked his family's homestead SW 8-1-5E, by the one-mile road, in Tolstoi, Manitoba, R.M. of Franklin, and raised four children, until they retired to Ridgeville in 1971.

Elsie was an extremely hard worker. On the farm she got up before sunrise and went to bed in the wee hours of the morning to be able to complete all the chores of cooking, cleaning, washing, sewing, canning, and farming plus raising a family. There were no modern conveniences back then, everything was done by the will of the spirit and hand.

She had many skills from being a gifted quilt maker to an amazing pool player, a pool shark at the Ridgeville Community Club. She loved watching baseball especially supporting the Ridgeville team, a regular mascot, and curling. She loved playing cards, dice, and cribbage at which she had a perfect 29 hand at the Emerson Personal Care Home. Her last game of cribbage was played on Good Friday, before Covid-19 took her. Sharp as a tack, you could not put anything over Elsie, she remembered everything. An amazing cook, family and friends will miss Elsie’s Ukrainian and German delicacies.

Elsie will be remembered for her work ethics, integrity, generous spirit, sense of humor, and strong will. She will be greatly missed by all.

Rest in peace sweet little lady.

Thank you to the Emerson Health Centre - Personal Care Home nurses and staff who took care of her.
Funeral Service is on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 11:00 am at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street, Winnipeg, by invitation only.

The service will be available to the public by livestream only -

Viewing is on Sunday, May 2, 2021 from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm by appointment only. Please call Friends Funeral Service at 204-339-5555 to schedule a viewing time.

Interment will be Monday, May 3rd, 2021 3:30pm at Overstone Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.
Donations may be made in memory to Friedensthal Memorial Fund, Box 419, Emerson, MB R0A 0L0.
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  • Service

    Monday, May 3rd, 2021 | 11:00am
    Monday, May 3rd, 2021 11:00am
    Friends Funeral Service
    2146 Main Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Funeral Service is on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 11:00 am by invite only
    The service will be available to the public by livestream only -

    Viewing is on Sunday, May 2, 2021 from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm and is by appointment only. Please call Friends Funeral Service at 204-339-5555 to schedule a viewing time.
    Reverend Gerhard Friesen
  • Interment

    Monday, May 3rd, 2021 | 3:30pm
    Monday, May 3rd, 2021 3:30pm
    Overstone Trinity Lutheran Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Sunny and Henry, Florence and Chuck. Roy Schnell family.

Posted at 07:08pm
We were so sorry to learn of your Mom's passing. What a life she lived with such a" ready for anything" attitude and a real zest for life. She lived through those tough times and kept a sense of humour and fun. no denying she will be missed. We watched the service online and thought it was ever so good. Keep safe everyone.

Carol Wilkinson

Posted at 10:53pm
Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family. We have many fond memories of Elsie. One that stands out in my memory is of the time she and Willie came to our place and Elsie taught me how to make perogies. In fact, although I haven't made a lot of them, I used her recipe not all that long ago. I also have great memories of her at the baseball games and have a lovely picture of her and Willie with the team. She will be missed by many. Hugs to all. Carol and Vernon Wilkinson

Ken Schwark

Posted at 09:56pm
Condolences to the Goetz family on the passing of your mother She was a great lady and we always enjoyed speaking with her. May she Rest In Peace
Ken & Carolyn Schwark

Judith schnell

Posted at 02:46am
Condolences to all family how very sad she certainly lived a long life. I remember when she and I stayed up most of the night talking when Harold and Margaret stoped at our home in strathmore ab . What an interesting conversation we had. I learned a lot of history from this lady .it was very enjoyable for both of that was a long time ago.i pray she rests in peace now her toiling is complete . God bless every one and stay safe. Always, until we meet again.

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