Date of Passing: April 2, 2022
It is with extreme sadness we announce the passing of Myrtle Rose Poersch (nee Seekings). Mom passed away peacefully at the Boyne Personal Care Home in Carman where she had been living for the last 5 months. We celebrated Mom’s 90th birthday in January.
Myrtle (Mom) leaves to mourn the love of her life of 68 years, her beloved husband Lenny Poersch and surviving children and spouses; Maureen (Dale) Wiebe, Blair Baldwin, Susan (Mitch) Parker, Curtis (Gisèle) Poersch, Terri (Ray) Mollot; her 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter Donna Baldwin in 2017.
Mom was born and raised in Headingley, Manitoba. She was the youngest of ten children and was predeceased by her parents as well as five sisters and four brothers.
After high school among other jobs she became a telephone operator. It was during this time she was introduced to a dashing blonde-haired German named Len. Mom and Dad were married within two years and began their life living in Winnipeg. In 1963 they moved to Brunkild where together they raised their five children.
Mom led a very active life working along side Dad who was the Shell Bulk Agent. She was also involved with church activities and catering that was done at the Brunkild Hall.
Mom and Dad regularly attended church and loved to visit with everyone. Growing up we were witness to their extreme love and devotion to each other that continued right up until her passing. There was always music and lots of love in our home.
During the last few years Mom suffered a few strokes which resulted with the onset of Dementia. She always knew us but would sometimes get stories mixed up. She never lost her wit and sense of humor. In October 2021 Mom moved into the brand-new Boyne Personal Care Home. She had an amazing room. She was on the main floor and looked out to a wooded area where deer were occasionally seen.
We contacted the Alzheimer’s Society to assist us with issues of Dementia. We were told that sometimes a woman feels she needs to look after her children and a stuffed toy helps. We gave Mom a little teddy bear named “Harmony”. Mom adored that little bear. She cuddled it and held Harmony on her chest under her housecoat or blanket so Harmony wouldn’t get cold. Mom was proud to show her off. Of course, Mom realized the bear wasn’t real but regardless, it seemed to bring her great comfort.
The staff at Boyne were absolutely wonderful with Mom. They treated her with such kindness and respect. On every visit when we asked Mom how things were going and if she liked where she was she would say “yes, they are all so very good to me!” Mom had difficulty sleeping and we were told she would often visit the night staff and play cards or work on a puzzle with them.
It is very difficult to say good-bye to such a loving wife and devoted Mom but we can be reassured she was loved by so many right until the end.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. in the Brunkild Lutheran Church, Brunkild MB. A light lunch is to follow in the Brunkild Hall. Interment following lunch will be in Sanford, MB at the Sanford Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart & Stoke Foundation, MS Society, Alzheimer’s Society, Boyne Lodge or charity of your choice.