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"ODD" 2007 Obituary


ODDIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-29 published
WENHARDT, Helen Jean (née ODDIE)
Jean WENHARDT, was born November 11, 1914 and passed away December 25, 2007 in Victoria, British Columbia. With joy we celebrate the life of Jean and sadly announce her passing, one month past her 93rd birthday. She was the youngest of four children and grew up on a farm at Milestone in southern Saskatchewan. In 1932, she completed Grade 12 and worked diligently at various jobs for six years to finance her university education. Jean graduated from the College of Home Economics at the University of Saskatchewan in 1941 and completed her dietetic internship at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, British Columbia in 1942. She worked for the Junior Red Cross in Saskatchewan for the remainder of the war years, and was awarded a MBE (Member of the British Empire) for her efforts. She went on to complete an M.A. in Public Health at the University of Michigan and returned to Saskatchewan as the first provincial nutritionist, a post she held for several years. Jean married Arthur WENHARDT in 1951 and their children Lorna, Wesley and Murray were all born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The family relocated to Saskatoon in 1961. She was predeceased by her husband Arthur in 1988 and Jean moved to Victoria in 2003. Jean's connections to people were vital and her relationships dear. Her first love was family and Friends who brought great joy throughout her long and energetic life. Jean had many interests: gardening, camping, travelling the world, genealogy, promoting nutrition, language and lifelong learning. Left to carry on her spirit are her three children: Lorna (Gibson) Victoria, Wesley (Paula) Vancouver, and Murray (Venice) Toronto and her five adored grandchildren: Matthew PIERCE of Brisbane, Australia, Daniel PIERCE (Alison BAILLIE) of Vancouver, Robin PIERCE (David SPICER) of Auch, France, and Ella Jean and Brynn Helena WENHARDT of Toronto. A memorial service will be held in Saskatoon in July 2008. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice that best represents your memory of Jean.

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