Aug 3, 1940 – Mar 1, 2018
Georgina Lazzarotto (nee Godwin) was born Aug 03, 1940, the last of three girls to George & Agatha Godwin of Rhydyfelin, Glamorgan, S. Wales UK. She left to be with the Lord on March 01, 2018 after a short stay of 5 days in hospital at Salmon Arm, B.C.
Georgina came to Canada as a young nurse in 1964 along with 3 others to seek adventure after answering an ad for nurses in the Province of Saskatchewan. She started her career in Paradise Hill a small town in NW Sask, she spent a short time in Calgary at the TB San. and in the early 1970’s started work with the Federal Department of Indian Affairs as it was called then. Her duties took her to remote First Nation villages in Northern, Sask, These included La Ronge, Stanley Mission, South End and Co-op Point.
She developed a wonderful relationship with the Cree First Nation who honored her with Moose hide jacket. She worked with community elders who accompanied her to translate. Often her patients had to be flown to a large community centers for treatment. It was while flying around the North that she met Lorne who was also flying in the North with the RCMP. Lorne was transferred from La Ronge to Morse, Sask prior to their marriage in Saskatoon on Feb 03-1973.
After the birth of their first son Ryan they moved to Regina where Lorne continued with the RCMP. During these years in Regina Georgina stayed at home to raise Ryan and their chosen son Christian. It was while in Regina she started to develop her love for music by taking on the request of the priest to direct the church choir. At one point Georgina was directing three choirs in that parish. Regular choir, children’s choir and a choir that sang at funerals.
Together they moved to Williams Lake in 1986 after ten years in Regina. In Williams Lake she again took on the challenge of directing the church choir, working with 7 different priests over a period of 27 years. In addition to regular duties on Sundays she played at weddings, funerals and special occasions. The first special one involved fund raising for a brand new church organ. This was used the whole time and was played by several special pianists while she lived there.
In addition to church involvement Georgina volunteered on the children’s Festival Committee for many years and taught voice lessons to as many as 18 students on the go at one time. Her greatest individual musical achievement was to obtain her Licentiate in Voice with the highest mark in Western Canada from the Western Board of Music.
In addition to all this she continued her nursing career at Cariboo Memorial Hospital, working in the operating room, day care and recovery. After being on call for many years and with age creeping up she retired from active nursing in 2002. She then took an instructor position with Thompson Rivers University in Williams Lake teaching several courses in the Home Support Resident Care Aid Program to finish off her nursing career. One class was specially designed for First Nation Women.
In order to be closer to family in Revelstoke the last move was made to Salmon Arm in 2013. While in Salmon Arm she again was involved with the church choir but in a lesser capacity as her directing arm was getting worn out after 37 plus years of standing out front of a choir. Georgina continued her association in volunteering with the local Music Festival. Other volunteer work involved visiting the sick in the hospital as an outreach with the Catholic Church.
Special thanks to Dr.’s Main & Wilson for their considerate care and excellent liaison with the family during Georgina’s latter days. Also, a loving hug to the nurses in ICU who guided her throughE a rough time with all the medical attachments. Blessings to you all.
The Funeral Service for Georgina will be held on Monday March 12th @ 11 am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Salmon Arm. Reception to follow in Church Hall.
Donations in Georgina’s name to “The BC Lung Association”, PO Box 34009 Stn. D, Vancouver, B.C. would be welcome to further research Pulmonary Fibrosis. Arrangements entrusted to Fischer’s Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd. (250) 833-1129.
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