Thomson Funeral Home

669 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB


Barbara Anne Freund

18 May, 196625 July, 2020

With great sorrow, we announce the passing of Barbara Anne Freund (who preferred to be called by her maiden name, Houdayer) on Saturday, July 25, 2020, at around 10:20 PM.

She will be missed immensely by myself (her daughter), her brothers, Ted and Richard and everyone else who knew her; her healthcare workers, Angie, and not to mention a few of my respite workers who have connected with my mom over the years, such as Maria, Felisa and Monika. She will also be missed by long-time friends such as Russ, who will become my legal guardian, my Auntie Helga, Auntie Laura (neither of whom are related to me by blood, though we love them as if they were family) and Karen.

She is predeceased by my father, Brian Freund, and both her parents, Anne and George Houdayer and her little sister, Lisa.

My mom was an amazing woman. She always put others before herself, even in her final weeks. She was also brave, never complaining of the excruciating pain she dealt with on a day to day basis and still bending over backwards to make me happy, like taking me to the bookstore. She was also the biggest supporter of everything I did. She didn’t care if my average grade was a D, all she wanted from me was my best, always encouraging me to follow my heart.

By Jorja Freund (Daughter)


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Karen VanTassell

August 8, 2020

It's taken a while for me to write this.
I was so deeply sad when Russ called. My heart was broken. But speaking with Both of you.. Russ and Jorja. Filled me with the knowledge that Barb is in a much better (pain free place)
Most of the 36 years I knew Barbara , she was suffering in some way.
I am so glad she is free.
We met when we were teenagers. Thinking were invincible and always right. Crazy
Barb saved me. I was homeless and hungry. She gave me a place to stay and filled me with food . I know without her I would not be here today. I would not have my son or this life I am so fortunate to have.
She gave me a future.
We survived a home fire and we tried to celebrate that every year. It was a true attestation to our friendship.
Barb I love you friend and you will be so so deeply missed.
Jorja you are a beautiful! Bright star. Your mother would be so proud of you. I know writing the memorial must have been difficult. But Jorja you did it perfectly.
Russ you are a man of integrity, and undeniable strength. Barb was so lucky to have you in her corner. Jorja will be cared for with love and grow to be the best she can be.
Always and forever your Friend

Sue McNeil

August 6, 2020

To Jorja & Russ
I am so very sorry for your loss.
I will always remember Barb as a strong lady that met all of life's challenges head on. Her first priority was always you Jorja. She wanted you to be happy & experience all that life had to offer.
Although you will both miss her, remember that she will be watching & loving you from above.


Nick Donaldson

August 2, 2020

Hello Jorja and Russ. Barb was an amazing friend to me. I have known her for almost half my life. She shared many good times and bad times but were always there for each other. She was generous beyond description. She had a great sense of humour and was very compassionate. I will miss her very much. I am glad to have had her as my friend and also to have met you both.

Helga Rogers

August 1, 2020

Jorja your Mim would be proud of you.
She will always look after you, since she found out she was pregnant with you until her last breath you were her pride, joy and motivator.
Russ Barb loves you too, she never once complained about you all the contrary she always talked about how much you meant to her.
For me I lost my best friend and I miss out chats and laughter and tears. You had a wicked sense of humour and was a fighter to your last breath. You’re free now from the pain and I seek comfort in knowing that when I think and miss you.
Try not to cause too much trouble in heaven soon you’ll have it running smoothly and everyone in order!!!
Miss you terribly

Lori Anderson

August 1, 2020

Russ and Jorja, we are so sorry for your loss. I will miss Barb’s sense of humour and her keeping me up to date on the funny and crazy news.
She was very proud of everything you did Jorja and I know she would be very pleased with your obituary.
With love,
Lori, John, Kaelyn and Cody

Russ Toyne

August 1, 2020

Barb I will always remember our time together. You are missed so much . I can't put into words how much you mean to me .I will always loved you even though I rarely said it. Jorja will be well looked after I promise you this . Love always Russ


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