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Martha Olive Akre Winnick
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Birth: Jan. 23, 1912
Death: Jan. 4, 2007

Olive Winnick passed away peacefully with family by her side on Thursday, January 4, 2007 at the age of 94 years. A beautiful young lady entered this world on January 23, 1912. Martha Olive Akre was born in Yellow Medicine County, Clarkfield, Minnesota to Carl and Bertha Akre.

In the summer of 1912 Olive and her family moved to Alberta, homesteading in the New Brigden area. Olive rode her beloved pony Fanny to school past the giant heaps of buffalo bones on the prairies. Olive met and married Corp. Bill Winnick R.C.M.P. in 1929. When Bill retired they bought their first Marshall Wells Hardware store in Chipman, their second one in Vegreville, and their third one in Wainwright. Olive enjoyed her work as a merchant and loved her fine china section in the stores.

Bill and Olive flew to New York in their own airplane in 1949 as the first Canadian private flight to that airport after World War II. They enjoyed a first trip to Hawaii in 1950. Their second trip in 1955 turned very tragic when Bill passed away at the Queen's Hospital in Honolulu. Olive moved to Boca Raton for three years then to Edmonton for twenty-seven years. She moved to Calgary in 1986.

During her life she enjoyed travelling. Her travels took her around the world to Japan, Australia, Europe, and Hawaii. She was proud of her Norwegian heritage and took a trip to Norway too.

"Gram" enjoyed knitting and baked the best apple pies and chocolate chip cookies. She was an excellent story teller, a great listener, a courageous, kind and gracious lady with a beautiful smile and fantastic sense of humour. She will be greatly missed.

Olive was predeceased by her brother Oliver, 1910; her mother and father; her brother Kenneth; and her sister Gladys. Olive is survived by her daughters, Dr. Carol Winnick, Pat and her husband Dr. Mike Petryk; her granddaughter Dr. Susan Petryk and her husband Dr. Ahmad Moustapha; grandson Bob and Melanie Petryk; and her seven great-grandchildren, Aisha, Maryam, Hamza, and Muhamad Moustapha and Anika, Austin and Emory Petryk. She is also survived by her very dear friend Regina Koshlay.

From obituary published in the Calgary Herald on 1/5/2007.

*Thanks to jaynetty for the grave photo
Okotoks Cemetery
Calgary Census Division
Alberta, Canada
Created by: Milou
Record added: Feb 17, 2007
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Martha Olive <i>Akre</i> Winnick
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Martha Olive <i>Akre</i> Winnick
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