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Memorable Manitobans: Winnifred Isabelle Steen “Winnie” Hatch (1911-2000)


Born at St. Amadee, Quebec on 13 Nov 1911, eldest daughter of Ernest Steen (1879-1941) and Mary Steen, she accompanied the family to Manitoba at a young age. She grew up near Oak Lake and attended Lansdowne School, Oakwood School, and Brandon Normal School. Her career in education spanned five decades including work at Breadalbane School (?-?), Ryerson School (?-?), Hesselwood School (?-?), Lansdowne School (?-?), Johnston School (?-?), and Oakwood School (1943). She later returned to Oak Lake as a Principal of Oak Lake Consolidated School (1961-1968) and a teacher at Oak Lake Junior High School (1968-1970) while also the Principal at Assiniboine School. She later taught Art and Occupational Entrance English at the Camp Shilo School District (1970-1979). After retirement in the summer of 1979, she continued to offer art lessons. On 1 October 1937, she married Henry William Royce Hatch at Oak Lake and they had three daughters and a son, as well as a foster daughter. They moved to Oak Lake in 1965, to Brandon in 1970, and to the Grandview Personal Care Home in 1999. She died at the Dauphin Hospital on 26 February 2000 and buried in the Oak Lake Cemetery.


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

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary [Henry William Royce Hatch], Brandon Sun, 5 February 1975, page 22.

“Around town [Mrs. Winnifred Hatch],” Brandon Sun, 7 July 1979, page 10.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 4 March 2000, page 18.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 22 December 2018

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