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Memorable Manitobans: Madeline Gertrude Bretz McFee (1907-1988)


Born at Toronto, Ontario in June 1907, daughter of Franz H. Bretz (1878-?) and Lily M. Bretz (1878-?), she moved with her family to Winnipeg in 1917, attended Gladstone School, Earl Grey School, Kelvin High School, and graduated from the University of Manitoba (BA 1928). After teacher training, she taught at Bonnie Doon School (?-?) and was Principal of Rosser Village School (1930-1932). On 9 July 1923, she married James George “Jim” McFee at the Crescent-Fort Rouge United Church and they had three children: Maureen McFee (wife of Leo St. Laurent), Robert McFee, and Harry McFee. Her continued working as a substitute teacher in the Winnipeg School Division though the 1940s. She was a member of the Winnipeg Lionelles, University Women’s Club, Manitoba Historical Society, Crescent-Fort Rouge United Church, and served on the board of the YWCA during the 1960s. She died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 30 May 1988.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Results of university examinations are announced,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 1928, page 5.

Anniversaries [Madeline & Jim McFee], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 July 1982, page 34.

Obituary [James G. McFee], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 January 1987, page 18.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 June 1988, page 40.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 15 October 2017

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