Denise Madeline Steedsman (nee Scheirlinck)
1931 ~ 2023
On Thursday November 30, 2023 at Tabor Home, Denise Steedsman, 92 of Morden, MB passed away.
She is survived by two daughters, Sandra and Ed Friesen, Lori and Jim Timmer, her son, James Steedsman and their families. She was predeceased by her husband, Jack in 2010.
In Denise’s own words: "I was born in Minto, Manitoba on October 21, 1931. My parents came from Belgium. I was raised on a farm, went to a country school, and later to Boissevain High School. After graduation I worked at the telephone office. On June 7, 1952 I married Jack Steedsman, the love of my life. We continued to operate the farm south of Deloraine for the next 5 years. We were blessed with 2 daughters, Sandra and Lori. It was a struggle, so in 1957 we made a bold move and moved to Winnipeg so Jack could attend the U of M in agriculture. The next 6 years were a struggle, until we began our life in Morden in 1963. We discovered what would be our pride and joy, a house at 168-10th St. Love and laughter were very much a part of our life there.
Much as I loved our home and raising a family (son James had arrived by that time), I joined the Kinettes and started volunteering at Tabor Home. I loved the residents there so much. I was there for 21 years. Life was going smoothly until Jack's battles with migraines started and lasted nearly 20 years. A few years later, Jack started losing interest in the things he once loved, which was the early sign of what would become Alzheimer's disease. It slowly progressed to the point where I could no longer care for him, so with many tears I had to let someone else take care of him. I cried a lot those days. He passed away on September 29, 2010.I cried a lot again, but realized that tears are not a sign of weakness, they are a sign of healing. I miss Jack very much. I am a survivor. Death is beautiful, and you don't have to be afraid of it. Dying is dignified and regal. God has been good to me, and I thank him every day. Remember every day, every minute, every breath is truly a gift from God."
Funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday December 7, 2023 at the St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church 2 Academy Drive in Morden with interment to follow at Chapel Cemetery, Morden. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Denise’s memory to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.