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In Loving Memory of Lorna Locht, By Winona Giesbrecht

Lorna Winona Locht (nee Davidson)

July 5, 1925 - February 10, 2024

Mom passed gently to her Heavenly Father early Saturday February 10, 2024 at the age of 98.  

Mom always said "I am the most blessed person that I know."  She was born in Winnipeg, the fourth child in the family, a surprise package with her elder siblings aged 13, 17 and 19.  Mom has great memories of growing up surrounded by friends and family, feeling loved, secure and very special.  After high school she graduated in 1943 from Success Business College having excelled at shorthand, typing and accounting, so was promptly hired as Executive Secretary to Mr. Edgar Powell, Founder and President of the Caterpillar Tractor dealership.  She worked there until 1953 when she married Dad, Edward Locht.  Mom was fully engaged as a farmer's wife and kept busy with 2 children under the age of 2 until they moved to St. James while Dad continued farming in Rosser.  Throughout her life Mom shared her leadership and public reading abilities in many capacities of church life at Grant Memorial and Bethel Baptist, mostly with youth as her passion. Later she served in Gideons and women's ministries:  Stonecroft, Christian Women's Club and the Ladies Auxiliary of Providence, as well as on their Board of Governors.  And in more recent years, also in the Seniors' Fellowship and Golden Echos choir at Grant.

In later years Mom and Dad enjoyed travelling and spent many winters in Florida.  Our families were always welcome to visit them and let the grandchildren be well spoiled.  Mom cherished time with family and especially her four grandchildren of whom she was SO proud!  She loved them dearly, talking about them and showing her yearly picture calendars.  Mom was known for her smile and graciousness, always ready to welcome others into their home and make them feel like family.  Until the last couple of years, Mom would whip up some homemade soup or muffins to share with other residents in their senior condo or her "very busy" grandchildren's families.  She was famous for her peach pie!

Mom has a family history of influence on the city of Winnipeg, including her grandfather John Johnson who helped build the original Swedish Baptist church on Logan and Ellen, now known as Grant Memorial Church on Wilkes Avenue.  Her great uncles, the Davidson Brothers Contractors, built several prominent brick buildings in the early 1900's, including 529 Wellington Avenue.  Her other great uncle Frederick Harvey Davidson was Mayor of Winnipeg in 1917.  Davidson Street in St. James was named in recognition.

Mom would often say "God gave us memories so that we may have roses in December."  She was always grateful for her "galleria" of memories as the Lord journeyed with her.  Her life was full of many friendships, love and devotion to her family and serving her Lord and Saviour.  She was loved and will be greatly missed by so many.  Dad predeceased her in 2017.  She will be lovingly remembered by: her daughter Karen Toews (Randy) grandchildren Kristen Guffey (Brendan) Andrew Toews (Ali); daughter Nonie Giesbrecht (Gerry) grandchildren Nathan Giesbrecht (Nadine) Maegan Fast (Nathan); and 6 great-grandchildren: Hailey and Caleb Giesbrecht, Jaida and Aria Fast and Elise and Lincoln Guffey; nephew Sheldon Howe (Charlene).

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