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Elsie Mauws

October 28, 1939 - August 10, 2019


In the early morning hours of August 10, 2019, the laugh that turned so many heads and instantly identified Elsie Mauws was silenced. She was an extremely kind and generous person, but let there be no doubt: it’s that incredible laugh that many will miss the most.

Elsie was the only child of Yvonne and Remi Rigaux. Her earliest years were spent on a farm near Mariapolis, Manitoba, but she grew up in Winnipeg where she attended Holy Cross School. There she met Janet Kapelus (St. Germaine) who would be her best friend until geography eventually separated them in their 20s.

In 1960, Elsie married Larry Mauws, with whom she had two children, Susan and Michael. Shortly after Susan’s birth, the family moved to Portage la Prairie, MB where Larry had secured a job with Case Power & Equipment. It was there that Elsie would spend most of her adult life.

One of the best decisions Elsie and Larry ever made was buying a house on Yellowquill Drive. It was a dead-end street with many young families, many with children the same age as theirs. They quickly became friends with Marg & Garry Cobbe, Jeannie & Bob Demman, Betty & Jack Ediger, and Cathy & Bob Francois. Through them and other neighbours, they met many other people that would become close friends.

Life on Yellowquill Drive included countless get-togethers both large and small. When the group was large and the hour late, the result was almost always a singalong with Elsie taking the lead on piano. Many songs were sung (often badly) and, most importantly, many laughs were had together. Those were magical moments for her, her children, and everyone else that was there.

For work, Elsie spent many years assisting Larry in his entrepreneurial efforts. Larry may have had the ideas for new business, but it was Elsie’s organizational talents that kept them running. That said, in her eyes, her most important job was raising her children. She was always shuttling them from one activity to the next, cheering them on in everything they did, and supporting them any way she could. She was then and would always be the very best mother her children could have hoped for.

During those early years in Portage, Elsie had the good fortune to meet Pat Mutala. She and Pat quickly became inseparable friends. So close, in fact, that Pat and her family eventually ended up moving to Yellowquill Drive. The two of them travelled together, shared meals together, and looked for any other excuse they could find to get together. One of those reasons was their weekly “stitch and bitch” club, whose other regular members were Eva Shewchuk and Dawn Crabtree. For many years, its meetings were a consistent highlight in Elsie’s weekly calendar. Sadly, Pat’s life ended prematurely in 1997 and, despite making many new friends, Elsie never found anyone to take Pat’s place in her life.

In the mid-1990s, Elsie and Larry started easing into retirement by building a home in Cartier, MB. They loved their home and its location on the Assiniboine River. But after living there a few years, what they loved most about it was their new neighbours, especially Rose & Albert Overwater and Laurie Mitchel, with whom they shared many drinks, laughs, and adventures. It was also during this time that their first grandson, Christopher, was born. And with him just a short drive away in Winnipeg, Elsie was able to see him often.

Elsie was also fond of the friends she made in Arizona in recent years. Friends from Portage lived in and near the park where they lived, but Elsie also made many new friends there with whom she maintained regular contact.

Elsie’s final move came in 2017 when she and Larry followed Susan to Oliver, BC. Her new home was only five doors away from Susan’s, so she savoured the increased time she was able to spend with her daughter. And with Michael driving distance away in Calgary, she was able to see more of him and his two children, Meredith and Gibson. Elsie’s parents lived well into their 90s, so she looked forward to many more years in Oliver sharing her distinctive laugh with family and all the new friends she was making there. Unfortunately, that was not to be.

Surviving and very much missing Elsie are her husband Larry; daughter Susan (Dave) Clubine; son Michael; grandchildren Christopher Clubine, Gibson Mauws, and Meredith Mauws; sister- and brother-in-law Henriette & Elmer Mauws; nephews Ken, Kelly, Dan, and Don Mauws; and her many cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, Yvonne & Remi; her parents-in-law, Alma & Leon Mauws; her sister-in-law Lorraine; and her brother-in-law George. As per Elsie’s wishes, there will not be a funeral service.

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium

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From: Neil and Toni Bousquet
Relation: Neighbour

Susan and Dave. Neil and I were very saddened to learn today that Elsie passed away during our vacation to the US. We will miss her at bowling and at other events around the Cottages. We, too, enjoyed her laugh, and her sense of fun when she joined in our fun times. We express our most sincere sympathy in your loss of a great Mom and a good friend. Sadly, Toni and Neil

From: Irene and John sutherland
Relation: Neighbor

Sue & Dave&Larry. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Elsie. She brought such sunshine to the cottages in her time here. Know that we are here for you in what ever way you need it . Now and in the months to call me .

From: Dennis and Joan Zwarich
Relation: Portage la Prairie friends.

So very sorry to hear of Elsie’s passing. We We have fond memories of her infectious laugh, sincere friendship and jovial attitude.
She will definitely be missed by all that knew her!
So, so sorry!

From: Bill and Elaine Vint

Larry and family. We are so very sorry to hear this sad news. Our condolences to all of you.
Elaine and Bill Vint

From: Rita Olson
Relation: Neighbor in AZ

Larry & family, we are so saddened to hear of Elsie’s passing. Our thoughts & prayers go out to you & your family from ours. She was such a special person, she always made us feel so welcome.She was a great neighbor & friend. Our hearts go out to you in this time of sorrow. Your AZ neighbors, Gary & Rita

From: Denise Rigaux
Relation: Familie

Mijn innige deelneming aan Larry, kinderen en familie. Wij hebben tijdens ons bezoek aan Canada Elsie leren kennen. Meteen klikte het, Elise bracht iedereen aan het het lachen. Wij zullen haar nooit vergeten! Sterkte aan de familie.

From: Brian Tenszen
Relation: Friend

My prayers are with you Larry, and your family.

From: Jeannette (Jan) Kapelus
Relation: Friend

On this October 28, 2019 I send prayers and warm regards to Larry, Susan and Michael. I so wish I could have had the opportunity to give her a hug and let her know how much her friendship meant to me. Love Jeannette

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