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February 26, 1950 – December 12, 2018

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Sigrid Johnson
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Obituary for Sigrid Johnson

It is with a great sense of sorrow that we announce the untimely passing of a remarkable woman. Our beloved wife, mother, sister and friend, Sigrid Johnson, passed away on the evening of Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at the age of 68. She left us peacefully with family by her side at the Riverview Health Center, following a courageous two-year battle with cancer.
Sigrid was born February 26, 1950, in Arborg, Manitoba. The first-born child of Snorri and Gudny Johnson, she grew up on the family farm near Arborg immersed in the Icelandic language spoken by her parents and grandparents. Prior to Sigrid entering primary school Icelandic was the only language spoken in the home. Being her first language she was able to absorb its intricacies both naturally and lastingly. Her mastery of the language of her ancestry from a young age privileged her with an ability to deeply connect with the richness and vitality of Icelandic culture and history. Throughout her life, she generously shared her knowledge and love of all things Icelandic with those around her. Sigrid completed her elementary and high school in Arborg, before going on to earn her BA from the University of Manitoba and BLS from the University of Alberta. In June 1975, Sigrid began her 43 year career at the University of Manitoba as the Icelandic Librarian and later the Head of the Icelandic Collection in the Elizabeth Dafoe Library. On December 11, 1977, Sigrid married Robert Sproule and together they raised three children. She was a devoted wife and mother, who selflessly put her family above everything else. Throughout her career Sigrid was very involved in the Icelandic community. She was former co-editor/editor of the Icelandic Canadian magazine, former president of the Icelandic National League of North America, former director on the board of the Canada Iceland Foundation, and former board member of the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba. Over the years Sigrid travelled to Iceland on numerous occasions for both business and pleasure. In recognition of her impressive career and contributions to the Icelandic community, Sigrid was honoured with the University of Manitoba Outreach Award (1992); the government of Iceland’s Order of the Falcon (2000); the University of Manitoba Long Service Award (2001); was selected Islendingadagurinn’s Fjallkona (2003); and most recently received the Jon Sigurdsson Chapter of the IODE Good Citizenship Award (2018). Sigrid was a dedicated woman who truly loved what she did. After she was diagnosed with cancer in August 2016, Sigrid continued to work at the Icelandic Collection for as long as her health permitted. She officially retired in August 2018.
Sigrid was predeceased by her parents, infant son Andrew Neal; uncle Kjartan Johnson; and uncles (and their wives) Kristjan and Kristin Johnson, Hermundur and Thora Jonasson, and Alli and Bjorg Laxdal. Sigrid leaves behind so many wonderful memories to be cherished by her husband Robert; children - Meghan, Michael and Matthew; brothers Brian (Loretta Kermaschuk) and Lorne; and brothers-in-law John Sproule (Jane) and Donald Sproule (Christine Norman). Sigrid also leaves behind her aunt, Valdina Johnson, and many cousins.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all those who had a part in Sigrid’s health care, to Dr. Harris and the nurses at the Grace Hospital Cancer Center who saw to her treatment, to the home care nurses whom she saw both at home and at the Fort Garry Access Center home care clinic, to the staff at the Grace Hospital who cared for her during the nearly three months she spent in hospital this autumn, to the palliative care nurses and home care aids who made it possible for her to return home, and to the staff at the Riverview Health Center who looked after her in her final days.

“Love you Mom” Goda nott elsku Sigrid

Service Information

Friday, December 21st, 2018 11:00am
Neil Bardal Funeral Centre
3030 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3H 1B9
Location Information
Across from Brookside Cemetery