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Bernia Catherine Brandstaedter

Bernia Catherine Brandstaedter

Saturday, November 7th, 1953 - Saturday, February 27th, 2021
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Bernia Brandstaedter
November 7, 1953 – Febraury 27, 2021

We are saddened to announce that our dear friend, Bernia Catherine Brandstaedter, passed away peacefully on February 27, 2021, under a brilliant snow moon. She will be deeply missed by her chosen family and her animal companions, Abi and Elly.
Bernia was born in Vancouver, the only child of the late Heinz Brandstaedter and Marie-Luise (nee Renftel). Her parents instilled in her a lifelong love of nature. The family moved back to Germany when Bernia was in elementary school, but she was determined to return to Canada as an adult.
After training to become a veterinarian in Berlin, and an internship in Australia, Bernia returned to Vancouver in the early 1980s to complete her certification. In 1985 she joined Agriculture Canada in Winnipeg as a Veterinary Inspector. Most of her career was spent as Veterinarian in Charge of poultry processing in southeastern Manitoba, where she supervised three facilities. She retired on Canada Day 1999.
Bernia lived a full, adventurous life. She was an avid outdoorswoman, knew her way around a map and compass, and could throw up a storm shelter in minutes. She established lasting friendships on paddling and backpacking trips with the Outdoor Women’s Network in the1990s. She realized a lifelong love of music by learning to play the clarinet at age 40, became a Life Master bridge player, a keen golfer, an avid birdwatcher, and an extensive traveller. She even mastered a headstand in yoga and celebrated turning 50 by cycling solo across Canada.
After retirement, Bernia joined the Royal Winnipeg Rifles Reserve, and remained a devoted member of the Regimental Band even after her retirement from the military in 2014. Additionally, Bernia was a regular member of a local jazz ensemble based out of the Winnipeg South Osborne Branch #252, Royal Canadian Legion.
Her volunteer work included a stint at Riverview Health Centre, a short walk from her home, where she was accompanied by therapy dog Tashi.
Bernia ‘s unfiltered frankness was legendary, but so too was her willingness to help, her kindness and her generous spirit. She was an exceptional and loyal friend to many.
Diagnosed with a rare form of uterine cancer in 2018, Bernia endured treatment with her usual stoicism, recovered briefly, and resumed her many activities. Sadly, the cancer returned in 2020, followed recently by a massive stroke. She spent her final days in palliative care in Riverview with her friends at her bedside. Many thanks to the medical staff who took such good care of her.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will take place when pandemic restrictions are lifted. Contact to be notified.
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Jutta Jaeschke

Posted at 11:12am
I can‘t believe it, the love of my life has gone forever. I“m so sad and totally shocked.
Berni, as I called her, was such a wonderful and tenderness woman, and I‘m sure, nobody who ever knew her, will forget her.
We met each other at the age of 15 years in Munich on High School, got very good friends ( and a little more...), moved together to Berlin for your studings, where we lived together. In 1974 she showed me her home country and on this trip she decided to go back to Canada as a vetrinary.
During her youth, she loved walking and climbing, every kind of skiiing and she played in a Soccerteam. There was no sport, she didn‘ try. At this time she was still very, very shy and reserved, did’t like much contact to other people. We had a wonderful and unforgetabel time together although later on she lived far away from me. We visited each other whenever we could. But when her mother died, she broke our friendship and I didn“t heard a lot about her. That‘s why I‘m really very thankful that so many of her friends wrote about her life and spare their memories. Berni was my first great love, I keep her in my heart til the end of my life. Thank you Berni for all you gave me.

Ruth Hodder

Posted at 12:23pm
The last post (Erika’s) prompts me to share the contents of an email I received from Berni on January 25 this year.

I had told her on one of our dog walks a few days earlier that my piano tuner, Stephen, was coming over to my place on the 26, and she had asked me to ask him if he could work on hers, too. When I got home, therefore, I emailed her request to Stephen, with a cc to her.

“One request,” she wrote back. “my name is Bernia (Bern ee aah) abbreviated to Berni (Bern ee).” This, after my spelling her name with an “e” in all my texts and emails to her since we had become friends nearly four years earlier!

There are so many stories to tell about Berni. One that I treasure especially dates back to just a few months ago, in October. Her latest scan had revealed that the cancer had spread to her bones on top of her liver and her lungs, but she was determined to remain as strong physically and as healthy emotionally for as long as she could. She asked me therefore to make music with her – she on the clarinet, me on the piano.

One of the pieces we played together was Erik Satie’s Gymnopedies. I couldn’t find a piano-clarinet arrangement on Youtube, but I did find a guitar-clarinet one:

As today marks the sad four-week anniversary of Berni having a stroke, you can think of her as you listen to the haunting melody of the clarinet.


Posted at 08:19pm
Hey Bernie! Not sure if I should be talking about you or to you. All I know is that when I found out that you had left us, I've been flooded with memories of you and all that was part of a group of friends and what we shared with each other. I remember your way of saying it like it was-no filters-but we still loved you. Your heart was in the right place.
My mother who was in Riverview PCH told me that you had shown up dog-in-hand, to visit her and other residents. She had remembered you as my friend. How thoughtful of you to visit seniors and how much it meant to my mother.
Bernie, I hope you've found yourself a peaceful wooded area with a lake (for canoeing) and gentle wildlife for you to enjoy when needed.
Auf Wiedersehen -Erika Branicki

Fiona Fleming

Posted at 11:08am
A small group of friends engaged Bernia to be our tutor for bridge. She was an amazing teacher, and we still often when playing together will comment (or laugh at ourselves) saying.. "Bernia would not be happy with that bidding / or play". She was also willing to fill in at the drop of a hat if someone needed to give a bridge game a pass. Bernia would hop on her bike and head on over. I have good memories of snacking on watermelon and strawberries and playing bridge in the gazebo on warm summer evenings with Bernia.

Mike Forbes

Posted at 09:53am
I played clarinet with Bernia in a couple of bands but mostly with the Rifles band. She was a great bandmate, loved music, people,didn't take life too seriously. She was an inspiration in the way she worked hard to become a better musician and become a very good one. She was also good company and good listener. This picture of myself, Ron Bilan and Bernia was taken in Quebec City when it was taken by the Royal Winnipeg Rifles Band.

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