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Elizabeth Schirmer

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(née HORNE)

August 5, 1948 – November 29, 2023

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Elizabeth Schirmer at St. Boniface Hospital.


She was predeceased by her parents, Ivy and Rod Horne; husband Perce (1998); and partner, Brian Grevstad (2020). She will be missed by brother David (Dianne); sister Jennifer (David); and nephews, Allan (Kim), Neil (Claire), Michael (Lindsay), and niece Andrea (Neil); as well as lifelong friends and her Horne and McMurray cousins. She loved her great nieces and nephews, Kate, Alex, John, Julie, Brian, Ariana, Keiran, and Ellie. Her life was enriched by the Grevstad family, and in particular step-granddaughter, Olivia.


Born and raised in Winnipeg, Elizabeth taught elementary school for a decade. Through the joy of travel, she met Perce Schirmer while travelling in the UK. They fell in love by writing letters. When they married, Elizabeth moved to Adelaide, Australia, where she lived happily and travelled the world. Once widowed, she returned to Canada in 2000 to renew her life in Winnipeg and spend time with her parents. She was able to again attend the McMurray family Christmas party and the Horne Thanksgiving party at the family cottage in Matlock.


Elizabeth showed remarkable courage throughout her life, taking significant risks for love and adventure. She always gave back to her communities of Adelaide, Australia and Winnipeg. She enjoyed many volunteer opportunities including The Migration Museum in Adelaide, Ronald McDonald House in both Adelaide and Winnipeg, helping newcomers learn English and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.


A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 4 at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church (525 Wardlaw Avenue). To watch the Celebration of Life, please click here.


Donations in memory of Elizabeth may be made to a charity of your choice or to the Parkinson’s Society of Manitoba.


Cremation & Life Celebrations

530 St. Mary Avenue - Winnipeg

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