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Alma Elaine (Newton) Carnochan

March 8, 1922 ~ August 14, 2011 (age 89)

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August 19, 2011

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Chapel of NairnChyz-Wolkowski Funeral Home
325 Main Street West
Roblin, MB R0L 1P0

Roblin Knox United Church
227 Main Street NE
Roblin, MB R0L 1P0

In Loving Memory of

Alma Elaine Carnochan

1922 – 2011



Having reached the age of 89 years and several months, Alma Carnochan passed away peacefully on August 14, 2011 at her home in Roblin, MB, with family members at her bedside.

Alma is survived and dearly missed by her son Lyle Carnochan of Roblin, daughter Edith  (Delmar) Burnside of  Neepawa, MB and dear grandchildren Cory (Angela) Burnside of Neepawa and Susan (Ryan) Carlson & their children Sophia and Aidan Carlson (Alma's 2 great-grandchildren ) of Vancouver, B.C, as well as sister-in-law Olive Newton of Hamiota, MB and numerous nieces and nephews.

Alma was predeceased by her parents Oscar & Mabel (nee Smith) Newton, her husband Donald Carnochan and by her three siblings, Ada Baxter, Florence Schiedel, and Earl Newton and by almost all her in-laws, as well as by several nieces and nephews.

Alma Elaine Newton, the youngest of the four children of Oscar & Mabel (nee Smith) Newton, was born March 8, 1922 in the R.M. of Blanshard, MB near the village of McConnell. After completing high school Alma attended Normal School (Teacher Training) in Winnipeg in the early 1940's. Her teaching career spanned parts of five decades. She taught at Miniska School (rural Russell area) and at Rose Ridge School (south-west of Grandview).

Alma married Donald Carnochan of Grandview, MB in July 1946. In the fall of 1952 the family left the farm at Grandview and Alma returned to teaching, which took the family to several communities in southern Manitoba, then to Makaroff in 1960 and later into Roblin to reside.

Over the years, Alma taught every grade from one through twelve, and in one-room country schools with students in grades 1 through 9, and then to multi-classroom Consolidated Schools where she took up the challenges of Assistant Principal and Principal. In the early 1970's Alma took a leave from teaching to attend full-time at Brandon University where she completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1972 at the age of 50 years! She returned immediately to the classrooms of Roblin Collegiate Institute, later Goose Lake High, from which she retired in early 1981. Alma was an encouragement and an example to her many students and to her children and grandchildren. Along with her teaching duties, she worked diligently for the betterment of her students and her community, such as chaperoning sports team trips and student field trips as well as assisting her students in any way she could. She and several other teachers and community members were instrumental in establishing the Roblin Parkland Speech Arts Festival in the mid - 1960's.

After her retirement in 1981 there was time for frequent trips to Gladstone to attend special school, sporting and 4-H events in her grandchildren's lives. Her two grandchildren have treasured memories of holidays in Roblin - berry-picking, preparing fair entries and enjoying the prize winnings, card games and fun outings to Madge Lake or Silver Beach. In retirement she was involved with The Manitoba Retired Teachers Association, The Roblin Horticultural Society and the Roblin 50 & Over Drop-In Centre. In later years Alma enjoyed concert trips to Brandon and social outings for a drive and lunch with a group of ladies. Countryside drives with Lyle at the wheel were always an enjoyable way to celebrate Thanksgiving, Mother's Day or just a pleasant afternoon or evening. Alma enjoyed working in her garden or flowerbeds, the earlier in the day the better. She was keenly interested in both geography and history and enjoyed travelling from coast to coast within Canada. She was proud of her family heritage which is documented back to the early days of Manitoba's Red River Settlement where her great-grandfather, an employee of the Hudson's Bay Company, was a major figure in the management of the RRS. Many years were given to caring for her husband in his struggle with Alzheimer's disease. And of course... walking! She firmly believed that it was walking which kept her alert and active over the years. This habit was established back in the early years of her teaching when she was used to walking a mile or more each way to and from her school, sometimes through bush land trails.

Visitation for family and friends was held Friday August 19, 2011, 7:00 – 8:00 PM from the Chapel of Nairn–Chyz Funeral Home, Roblin.

Alma’s Funeral Service was held Saturday August 20, 2011 at 2:00 PM from Knox United Church in Roblin with Mrs. Grace Skomorowski officiating.  The Organist, Mrs. Betty Wenner, led the choir and congregation in singing the hymns “ How Great Thou Art”, “In The Garden”, “Take My Life And Let It Be”, and “Shall We Gather At The River”.  Six nephews served as Casket Bearers; David Fisher, Ivan Fisher, Murray Newton, Larry Newton, Bert Newton, and Jim Baxter. Ivan Fisher played the violin during the Recessional.

An Interment Service was held at Grandview Memorial Gardens where Alma was laid to rest beside her husband Donald.



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