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Memorable Manitobans: Mary Catherine Unger Freear (1893-1979)

Educator.

Born in the Rural Municipality of Hanover on 16 July 1893, daughter of David Unger (1865-1938) and Lauretta Anne Fenton (1852-1938), she grew up near Clear Springs and attended teacher training in 1911. She taught in rural Manitoba at Steinbach School (1915-1916, Principal), Birds Hill School (1920-1926), and Sturgeon Creek School (1928-1929, 1930-1931, 1932-1933). On 11 June 1932, she married John Freear (1894-1972) at St. Matthew’s Church in Winnipeg. They moved to Jasper, Alberta had a daughter, Betty. In 1959, they retired to Vancouver, British Columbia. She died at Vancouver on 19 January 1979 and donated her body to medical science.

Sources:

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Ancestry.

1916 & 1926 Canada censes, Library and Archives Canada.

“Those successful at teachers exams,” Manitoba Free Press, 27 July 1911, page 13.

“Freear - Unger,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 June 1932, page 7.

“Freear - Unger,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 June 1932, page 9.

Obituary, Steinbach Carillon News, 7 February 1979, page 22.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 4 June 2019

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