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Born: Dec 17, 1933

Date of Passing: Aug 30, 2023

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December 17, 1933 – August 30, 2023

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our mother and grandmother.

Colleen will be missed by her daughters Brenda Boychuk (Tim Boychuk), Shauna Butters (Ross Teaque), and son Brad Gechel (Michele Rupert). She was the proud grandmother of Cassandra (Scott Boyd), Ashley, Stephanie, Liam, Ella, and Luke, and great grandmother to Braden. Colleen is also survived by her sister, Donelda Asuchak. She was predeceased by her husband Joe, and her brothers Merv and John Huntley.

Colleen was born and raised in Fort Macleod, Alberta, to John and Grace Huntley, the first of 4 siblings.

Colleen started her working career in Lethbridge, Alberta. At a community dance she met her loving husband, Joe. They married in Lethbridge in 1955 and soon thereafter, started their family. Through Joe’s work, they moved to Edmonton in 1971 and then to Winnipeg in 1974. Colleen and Joe quickly embraced the friendly Winnipeg community, becoming involved in many activities, including membership at Breezy Bend Golf & Country Club. In 1986 Joe and Colleen were transferred to Thunder Bay, Ontario, however, returned to Winnipeg in 1992, as Winnipeg was dear to both Colleen and Joe, both for family and friends.

Colleen lived a full life as a wonderful mother, homemaker, and worked as a telephone operator at AGT and MTS. She loved to cook and hosted many dinner parties. She always looked forward to spending time with family on special occasions. With encouragement from Joe, Colleen took up golf as a social hobby that led to many wonderful friendships with members of Breezy Bend. Colleen with Joe travelled extensively including winter vacations in Arizona and Texas, and other parts all over the world. Colleen was also an avid reader and spent many hours solving crossword puzzles. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church for over 60 years.

Colleen was a very social person and enjoyed many activities, including bridge, membership with the Red Hat Society, and interacting with condo neighbors in the Linden Woods community they resided in for close to 30 years. At the Boulton River Heights Retirement Community, she looked forward to taking part in all social activities. She loved her family and instilled in her children, strong values that have served them well. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.

A service will be held at Westwood Presbyterian Church, 197 Browning Blvd. on Friday, September 29, 2023, at 11:00 a.m.

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Publish Date: Sep 9, 2023


1933 - 2023

On Wednesday, August 30, 2023 Colleen passed away at the Victoria Hospital at the age of 89 years

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Publish Date: Sep 2, 2023

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 02, 2023, Sep 09, 2023

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Sending our deepest sympathy to everyone. We always enjoyed visiting with both Joe and Colleen. They sure were very proud of all their grandchildren! Love the Kowals - Posted by: Janet Kowal (Friends with Brenda and Tim ) on: Sep 19, 2023

  • Dear Brenda, Brad, Shauna and family - I was so shocked to hear that your Dear Mom passed away. I have been trying to call her and Email her this past while. My family and I are keeping you in our thoughts with much Love, I have beautiful memories of of your Mom and Dad and all the fun we had over the years in Lethbridge. Cherish your memories I know you have so many. Love and hugs to all, Sherry Visosky♥️ - Posted by: Sherry Visosky (Friend) on: Sep 12, 2023

  • To Shauna, Brenda and Brad and families my sincere condolences on the passing of your Mother. Her story sounds like a life well lived. Her legacy lives on in all of you. May your memories of her bring you comfort. - Posted by: Huguette Chartrand (Friend of Shauna) on: Sep 09, 2023

  • Sincere condolences Shauna, Brenda, Brad and families. What a lovely, full life Colleen had with her husband, children, grandchildren and friends. May the happy memories of your mother help you during this sad time. - Posted by: Patricia Kuz (Shauna's friend) on: Sep 08, 2023

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