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Born: Feb 06, 1933

Date of Passing: Sep 12, 2023

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February 6, 1933-September 12, 2023

It is with very heavy hearts that the family announces the peaceful passing of Johanna Makowe at the age of 90 years at the Misericordia Health Centre.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Herbert Makowe, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Otto and Waltraut Grieger and their children, Michael, Robert (Noreen), Peter (Leslie) and Susie Sanders (Peter) and sons, Tanner and Connor. Her nieces, Edith Kaminski (Mike), and Heidi Phillips (Wilson), nephews, Gerhardt Weise and Edwin Weise and their families, as well as, other family members and friends.

She was predeceased by her first husband Alfred Herbert Koch, her mother Adoline Franke and her sister and brother-in-law Erna and Heinz Weise.

Johanna came to Canada to begin a new chapter in her life. She worked as a shoemaker at Canada West Shoe Company until her retirement. Johanna and Herbert were married on May 14, 2004 and celebrated their 19th anniversary this year. They both loved the outdoors and even now where they were living many hours were spent sitting outside and taking in the sun. Johanna was a “sun lover.” Her love of indoor and outdoor flowers was undeniable as she watered and nurtured them. Johanna and Herbert had a routine before they went to bed to read the daily devotions until her health declined and she was no longer able to do this. They loved coming out to the farm for Sunday afternoon visits and catching up on the latest farm events and bringing treats for the dog. Johanna and Herbert travelled abroad and experienced different cultures and traditions.

Johanna’s faith in God inspired her to be involved in many areas of church life. She participated in Sunday services by reading and assisting with communion, bible study groups and as a lay visitor for the homebound members in the church. She was an active member of the “Frauen Verein” and sang in the choir. Herbert and Johanna enjoyed their Friday afternoon get-togethers for carpet bowling and coffee hour first at the church and later at Arms of the Cross. When Johanna was still able to drive, their shopping trips ended in treating themselves to a meal at A&W. We celebrated her 90th birthday and she was Queen for the day - crown included.

Johanna was affectionately called Tante Hanna by her nieces and nephews. She was a great presence in their lives growing up. She enjoyed all the family celebrations and get-togethers. We each have many fond memories of Tante Hanna to cherish.

Johanna experienced much pain since she broke her ankle in November 2021. As it wasn’t healing properly the surgeon had to go back in and put in steel rods but it never was like it was before. She spent over four months at the Deer Lodge Centre in Rehab. It was at that time that we realized the beginning signs of dementia. During this time her mother’s green sweater brought her much comfort and peace. The pandemic did not do any favours for her or Herbert. She had been diagnosed with kidney disease.

Her family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Kidney Clinic at Seven Oaks Hospital for their care and support over the many years. Also, our appreciation and thankfulness to the staff on the 6th floor of the Misericordia Health Centre for their caring and kindness in meeting Johanna’s needs until her passing.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday September 22, at 11:00 a.m., with viewing prior, at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 560 Arlington Street, Winnipeg.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Johanna may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Cross, 560 Arlington Street, Winnipeg, MB R3G 1Z5 or the Manitoba Kidney Foundation, #209 - 2211 McPhillips Street, Winnipeg, MB R2V 3M5.



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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 16, 2023

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