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Memorable Manitobans: Bertha Baumann (1916-2005)

Nun, nurse.

Born at Arbuthnot, Saskatchewan on 1 September 1916, daughter of Anselm Baumann and Welhelmina Banholzer. She had worked for two years at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Gravelbourg before entering the Grey Nuns Order on 5 February 1939. She took her first vows on 15 August 1941, and three years later, made her perpetual vows at the Mother House in Montreal. She graduated as a registered nurse in 1947 from the St. Boniface General Hospital School of Nursing and, in 1951, as a Laboratory Technologist specializing in Clinical Chemistry.

Named Supervisor of the Laboratory at St. Boniface Hospital, she served for twelve years until she became Assistant Administrator of St. Boniface Hospital in 1962. A few years later, she was appointed administrator of the St. Boniface Sanatorium, later to become the St. Amant Centre, where she helped the cognitively impaired children and young adults of Manitoba. After 22 years in this role, she continued until 1994 to serve at the Provincial House in various community services but mainly as coordinator for the visiting residents whose health required medical needs at the hospital.

She was inducted into the Order of Canada (1985) and the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt (1986).

She died at Winnipeg on 19 April 2005.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 April 2005.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 December 2018

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