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ELENORE INGRID WIELER
April 29, 1953- November 1, 2023
Elenore Ingrid Wieler crossed over on November 1, 2023 knowing that she’d lived a life full of love and joy. She had arrived at a place of deep peace, surrounded and supported in Spirit by all the many beautiful people in her family, circle of dear friends and church families in Winnipeg and Kelowna.
She was born on April 29, 1953 to Elsie Dyck and George Wieler and was the elder sister of Hannah Schoenfeld and Richard Wieler.
She attended school in Winnipeg, graduating from Daniel MacIntyre Collegiate in 1970, from U of W in 1976 with her BA (gold medal) and Masters of Education in 1994 (U of M). During this time, she also studied piano and music theory taking Royal Conservatory exams to grade 10.
In 1975 she married her life’s partner, Roland Patenaude and they had one son, Noel born 1976.
Elenore worked in education for 31 years, teaching all grades as well as enjoying the administration posts of music coordinator, vice-principal and principal. When she retired from teaching in 2008, Elenore and Roland moved to her favourite place, Delta Beach MB, and then added two more favourite places, Kelowna, BC and Mazatlan, Mexico.
Family was her first love. She is forever grateful to her son Noel for the joy he brought to her life, and to daughter-in-law Victoria for her friendship as well as the gift of three beautiful granddaughters, Alberte, Ella and Jaden Patenaude. Being Mom and Oma ranked among the most special of all her roles and living with the family in Kelowna was the most amazing way to grow even closer.
Music was another love. Besides studying piano, Elenore sang in school choirs, sang in and conducted choirs at First Mennonite Church and played in several bands... She performed at many special events with Roland and put on shows backed up by orchestration she programmed into her keyboard. In Mazatlan and Kelowna, they started performing with ukulele and guitar as well as singing in the choir at First United Church. Their balcony concerts at Delta Beach during covid were a special highlight of the ‘Delta Duo’ performances.
During the last months, when visits had to be short, many family members and friends brought food and flowers and most important, loving support. Many more stayed in touch with emails, allowing Elenore to enjoy her previous activities vicariously. There were so many people for whom she felt deeply thankful, which is a testament to the abundance of love that can be reaped in 70 years of a blessed life.
Elenore was deeply and forever full of gratitude for 49 years of love and life with the most beautiful man in the world- Roland Patenaude. Her last wish was that all people could open their hearts to love.
A memorial service will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at Central Okanagan United Church, 721 Bernard Avenue, corner of Richter Street, in Kelowna BC. The service will be broadcast on facebook live as well as on zoom. Information about attending on zoom can be requested at firstname.lastname@example.org
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