Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be held at 11:00AM on Tuesday October 4, 2022 at Westside Community Church. Donations may be made in Liz's memory to South Central Cancer Resource and BTHC Foundation designated to Palliative Care.
Elizabeth (Liz) Melita Kuhl (nee Voth)
1946 ~ 2022

With grace and dignity, Elizabeth “Liz” went to her eternal rest on September 29th.  We will miss her beautiful smile, positive attitude, kindness and her sense of humor.  We thank God for keeping her in relatively good health for most of her 76 years.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, and she will always be remembered for her outstanding skills in the grandma department!

Born in Winnipeg, MB on June 24, 1946, Elizabeth Melita Kuhl (nee Voth) was the oldest daughter of 10 siblings.  She was raised by the late Abe and Mary (nee Warkentin) Voth of Boissevain, MB.  Liz attended school in Boissevain for 11 years, and after this completed LPN training at the St. Boniface Hospital for the next year, graduating in 1967.  During her childhood and teen years, she sang in choirs, babysat her siblings and neighbors and milked A LOT of cows. 

Liz met Don Kuhl in 1965, when he was admitted to the hospital due to a farming accident, and she was one of his Nurse’s Aides.  She fell in love with Don and his 1964 ½ red Mustang convertible shortly after he was discharged from the hospital.  They were later married on November 11, 1967.  God blessed their marriage with three children, Tammy (Kevin), Terri (Bob) & Patti (Ryan). Tammy was born while they still lived on the Dr. Wiebe farmyard a few miles northwest of Winkler; Terri and Patti were born after they had later moved into Winkler and settled on Harmony Lane.  Don and Liz lived in Winkler until 2017 whereupon they tried something different and moved to Winnipeg.  They enjoyed their time in Winnipeg where they made many new friends and enjoyed having mom’s favorite drink, iced coffee at McDonalds in summer, and Tim’s coffee in the Grant Park Mall in winter.  In November, 2021 they moved back to the Pembina Valley and settled in Morden. 

Liz loved her family and worked hard, always providing them with a clean home, good meals, and homemade clothes including costumes for Halloween and skating carnivals.  Her perfectly rounded buns and perfectly shaped and iced cream cookies were the absolute best.  She made them for every occasion, and when grandma was coming over the grandkids' mouths watered knowing those cream cookies would be in tow. Liz was a wonderful, loving mother and a true “baby whisperer”.  She couldn’t get to her daughter’s houses quick enough if ever they needed her to help or babysit.  Liz’s grandchildren always came first.

Liz volunteered on many executives and non-profit organizations, including the Winkler Skating Club, Winkler Ladies Curling & Golf Clubs, Pioneer Girls, Winkler Festival of the Arts, Winkler United Way & Christmas Cheer; at Boundary Trails Health Centre in both the Breast Screening and Palliative Care Departments, at South Central Cancer Resource as both a volunteer driver, and the Driver Dispatcher.  She was a woman of warmth, skilled hands, faith, strength and determination.  She loved sewing, cross-stitching, and in her later years crocheting.  Her goal was to crochet an afghan for each grandchild, and she got about halfway there before a very nasty case of Tennis Elbow, or as Liz humorously called it, “crochet elbow”, made it impossible for her to complete.  Liz always had a warm smile for everyone, and she could talk to anyone.  She loved to laugh, and laughed easily.  She loved the special relationship she had with her siblings, and she had many friends in Winkler, whom she both curled and golfed with.  Liz was an athlete!  She loved playing and watching sports of all kinds.  In the early years of her marriage while her daughters were very young, she played 2nd base for the Winkler Skylarks.  For many years, she and Don shared laughs and dinners together with Terp and Elma Thiessen after Blue Bombers games. Liz also was an avid curler and golfer, and she was extremely humble about her abilities.  It wasn’t until we were older that we learned she excelled at both sports, whereas growing up she led us to believe that she wasn’t very good at either. 

Throughout the years, wonderful memories were made on family trips to Disney World, Phoenix and B.C.  After the kids got older, Don and Liz also enjoyed trips to Mexico, Jamaica and Hawaii.  They tried a short stint of snow-birding in Phoenix which didn’t last for too many years, as Liz could not bear to be away from her grandchildren for that long.

When Patti was old enough to stay home alone, Liz worked at a lady’s dress shop in the Southland Mall, “She’s a Lady”, and later for nine years at the Winkler Clinic, where she was a very valued employee who the doctors could always rely and depend on to get the work done, and also put her translating skills of both low and high German to good use.  Throughout her illness, some of the doctors she worked for including Dr. Woelk, Dr. Lane & Dr. Klassen all remarked on the good memories they had of when Liz worked for them. 

Liz was predeceased by her beloved siblings, Rudy, Marilene and Will; four sisters-in-law, Cecile, Irene, Susan & Marge.  She was also predeceased by one grandchild, Rylan Rach and her parents, Abe and Mary Voth, as well as her parents-in-law, Henry and Susie Kuhl. 

Liz is survived, and will be greatly missed by her husband, Don, with whom she shared love, joy, and laughter for nearly 55 years.  She is also survived by her three daughters and their husbands; two sisters, Edith (Dave) Hammond and Hedy (Ed) Albrecht; four brothers, John (Esther), Henry, Ed (Sandy) and George (Irene) Voth; sisters-in law, Vera Voth and Lori Voth; brothers-in-law, Jake Froese (Irma), Henry Kuhl, and Jake Toews; many nieces and nephews and eight very special grandchildren: Logan, Kaden, Lauren, Brenna, Rhett, Danika (Joey), Seth and Natalie, and these were her favorite people in the entire world.  Even at the very end when she could barely communicate, there was ALWAYS a sweet smile for her grandchildren. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Boundary Trails Health Centre, including the Community CancerCare and Palliative Care programs; with special thanks to Dr. Dhala, Dr. Borchers and Dr. Woelk, and the many wonderful nurses and health care aides who took such excellent care of her.  Donations may be made in Liz’s memory to South Central Cancer Resource or Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation Palliative Care Program. 

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