July 27, 1952 - March 15, 2019
Suddenly, on Friday, March 15, 2019, Heather Loreth passed away at home at the age of 66 years.
Heather is lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her husband Bill; daughters Carly (Matt) Gunderson and Jennifer Loreth; sister Pat (Gord) Thomson; brothers Donald and Bruce Thomson and sisters-in-law Maria (Frank) Cullum and Vivian (Rod) Medley of Alberta. She will also be remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins (especially in Teulon). She was predeceased by her parents John and Joyce Thomson; sister Linda Kostovetsky and brother Doug Thomson.
Heather was born in Winnipeg to John and Joyce Thomson on July 27, 1952. She grew up in the Weston area an attended Cecil Rhodes and Daniel McIntyre schools. Right out of school she began her career, as a clerk, with the City of Winnipeg, starting on February 15, 1971. In 1973 she was promoted to Clerk B in Accounting but over the years she worked in various divisions moving up the ranks through more complex jobs and positions. Heather retired from her position as Principal Clerk in the Corporate Finance Department, at the age of 49.
Heather also worked as a Union Shop Steward with CUPE Local 500 for many years and was still recognized as an Honourary Life Member at the time of her passing.
Heather was a devoted wife of 43 years and mother of two wonderful girls. She and Bill recently spent their 40th anniversary in St. Croix which was a highlight in her travel history.
Heather loved the time spent with family and was always the one to host family dinners and special occasions. The cottage at Buffalo Point was a great source of joy for Heather. Bill and Heather purchased the cottage from Heather’s good friend Brenda Galbraith (who had introduced Heather to Bill years earlier). The time she spent at the cottage with family and friends was always high on her priority list. Her family will also fondly remember the many wonderful trips to Grand Forks over the years and her amazing ability to “shop-till-she-dropped”. Heather had family in St. Louis, Missouri and made several trips to visit over the years. Her final holiday was spent in Las Vegas with Bill, Liz, Jennifer in February of 2018.
Over the years, Heather LOVED her weekends “with the girls”, monthly “Rumoli Nights”, and numerous trips to the Shooting Star with her best friend Liz Kiazyk. When she wasn’t at the lake, Heather could often be found in her happy-place, in back yard sipping a beer by the pool. Her annual visit’s to Gull Lake to spend time with her best friend Liz were among her happiest times.
Heather loved her iPad for many reasons. She spent many hundreds of hours reading books, communicating with her many friends via Facebook, or honing her expert-level Candy Crush(ing) skills.
Heather was an amazing person who was never shy about sharing her opinion. She will be missed by her family and many friends. She touched the lives of many people in both her personal and professional lives and will be remembered by all who knew her.
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A Celebration of Heather's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg, located at 603 Wellington Crescent in Winnipeg.
In lieu of flowers, a charitable donation can be made in Heather's name to either the Heart and Stroke and Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, or a charity of your choice.
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