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Memorable Manitobans: Josephine Ernestine Fenny (1919-2018)


Born at Winnipeg on 28 July 1919, daughter of Gaston de Goesbriand (1892-1941) and Josephine Gallais (1893-1962), she graduated from St. Mary’s Academy and College in 1939 then received BA, MA, and BEd degrees. She worked for the Winnipeg School Division, teaching at Mulvey School (1944-1950), Earl Grey School (1950-1956), and Queenston School (1956-1961), and serving as the Principal of Argyle School (1961-1965), Cecil Rhodes School (1965-1968), and George V School (1968-1971). She was later Deputy Assistant Superintendent. On 19 July 1943, she married Lieutenant Walter Joseph Fenny (1915-?) and they had a daughter Alixe Marie Fenny (1947-2014) before separating. She died at Winnipeg on 16 February 2018.


Birth registration [Walter Joseph Fenny], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Marriage registration [Gaston de Goesbriand], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Seven graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in colorful evening ceremony,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 May 1939, page 21.

“Bridal vows made at St. Ignatius,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 July 1943, page 8.

“Births,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 January 1947, page 16.

“Doctor of law degree to go to Manitoban,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 June 1951, page 3.

Obituary [Anne Fenny], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 June 1973, page 16.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 February 2018.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 April 2018

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