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Memorable Manitobans: Elizabeth Busch Fingas (1918-2000)

Educator.

Born at Langenburg, Saskatchewan on 29 November 1918, one of 13 children and the youngest daughter of Elizabeth Haas (c1881-1954) and George Busche (1877-1934), sister of Margaret Catherine Wilson and sister-in-law of Belle Patterson Busch, she moved with the family to Manitoba at an early age, settling at Shellmouth. She attended Shellmouth School and the Central Normal School then began her teaching career at Freefield School. While working there, she met Ernest Waldemar “Ernie” Fingas (1923-2012). The couple married on 1 September 1944 at the Lutheran Church in Hoffenthal, Saskatchewan and had four children. They relocated to Inglis around 1952 and operated a general store for four years until a fire around 1956, after which they moved to Winnipeg. She resumed her teaching career and was the first Protestant teacher hired by the St. Boniface School Division, working at Frontenac School (?-?), Prendergast School (1958-1962), and Beliveau School (?-?), and was Principal of General Vanier School (1962-1971). She died at Winnipeg on 6 August 2000 and was buried in Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Sources:

“Fingas - Busch,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 September 1944, page 10.

“‘No recourse’ but removal decision,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 May 1971, page 3.

Obituary [Albert George Frederick Busch], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 March 1981, page 49.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 August 2000, page C13.

Obituary [Ernest Fingas], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 May 2012, page C9.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 27 October 2020

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