Memorable Manitobans: Charles Arnold Ursel (1906-1997)
Educator, municipal official.
Born at Winnipeg on 13 December 1906, youngest son of Charles “Karl” Ursel (1879-1961) and Anna “Annie” Fiks (1885-1957), he grew up at Marquette and attended Prairie School. After earning his teacher certification, he returned to the area, teaching at Belcourt School and Prairie School (1928-1930). There, he met and later married fellow teacher Mary Angela Gillerlain (1912-2000) on 12 August 1940 at St. Mary’s Rectory. He was the Principal of Woodlands School (1937-1938), and following their marriage, the couple had two children and settled at 489 Eveline Street in Selkirk, where he taught at Devonshire Collegiate (1939-1942). From there, he moved to Winnipeg to join the staff of the Winnipeg School Division, where he taught at Lord Selkirk School (1944-1954), David Thompson Junior High School (1955-1968), and Elmwood High School (1968-1971), until retirement in 1971. He also served as a Councillor (1954-1958) of St. Boniface, a trustee for Norwood School District No. 2113, and was a member of the Optomists and the St. Boniface Wildlife Association. He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 7 April 1997 and is buried with his wife at Assumption Cemetery.
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1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“Reads pink paper,” Winnipeg Tribune Junior Edition, 11 March 1916, page 3.
Engagements, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 July 1940, page 10.
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“St. Boniface,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 October 1949, page 1.
Ville Cathedral de Saint Boniface: The Cathedral City, promotional pamphlet, c1958.
Anniversaries, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 August 1990, page 34.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 April 1997, page D8.
Obituary [Angela Ursel], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 August 2000, page C11.
Valley View Memorial Gardens (British Columbia), Ursel, FindAGrave.
We thank Anthony Wlock for providing additional information used here.
Page revised: 2 May 2020
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