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Death of Winifred Elderfield, former teacher at LGB

jeudi, 21 juillet 2016   (1 Comments)
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Winifred ElderfieldWinifred Elderfield died peacefully in Morges on Sunday 17 July 2016. She was 97 years old. She taught Maths and English at La Grande Boissière from 1962 to 1982, and continued as a supply teacher for many years thereafter.

There will be a memorial service at the Anglican Church in Gingins on Thursday 28 July at 14h.

Miss Elderfield had been living at La Gracieuse retirement home in Morges in recent years, where her friend and former colleague Doris Rushton also lives. In a contribution to the Former Staff section of this website last year she mentioned her love of reading, cinema, knitting and playing bridge.

She also loved travelling and had particularly fond memories of her visits to Russia, Egypt and England. She was often accompanied on her travels by her friend Diana Smith, another former Ecolint teacher. Diana writes:

 "Winnie and I go way back, to the 1970s, and we have travelled the world together. Since her husband Leo passed away in 1983 we became very good friends. We spent many holidays together, to many different countries, and she was a brilliant travelling companion.

She was active to the last - she had a full social life and was dearly loved by so many people.  She will be greatly missed."

News of Winnie's death reached the Alumni Office via Roseanne Wildman (LGB '67), who got to know her only recently, as a fellow member of the International Women's Club of Nyon. "She was such a wonderful person," Roseanne wrote, "so with it, so friendly and warm. I will miss her."

Winifred Elderfield is pictured above, 8th from the left, along with Senior Primary colleagues. Doris Rushton is 3rd from the right. The photo appears in the LGB Yearbook 1973.


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Evelyn R. Igielko-Asor (Igielko) says...
Posted vendredi, 22 juillet 2016
Mrs. Elderfield was one of my best and favourite teachers; I will remember her with gratitude and affection. Evelyn Igielko '72

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