Waltra S. Greene, age 80, passed away on March 9, 2017 at the Eddy Memorial Geriatric Center in Troy, NY.
Born in 1936 to Adam and Jean Laguniak in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada she grew up and was educated in that city. Following her marriage, she resided in Winnipeg; Rochester, MN; St. Paul, MN; Saranac Lake NY; Fargo, ND; Castle Point, NY; and Albany, NY.
Wally graduated from Kelvin High School in Winnipeg followed by graduating as an RN at the St. Boniface School of Nursing in 1958. She then did post graduate work at the Margaret Hague School of Nursing in New Jersey leading to a Midwife diploma.
Waltra returned to Winnipeg in 1959, and to the St. Boniface Hospital where she was the head nurse in Obstetrics.
In February 1960, she married Jerry G Greene MD, and for 57 years remained his devoted and loving wife, and the proud mother of Deidre Greene (Morley Friedman, Esq.), Dr. Cheryl Greene, DDS (Michael Roberts), and Michael Greene Esq. (Malini Manickavasagam, Esq.).
In Rochester, MN Waltra worked at St. Mary’s Hospital and in Saranac Lake NY she worked with Jerry at the Medical Associates of Saranac Lake.
Waltra began a second career in Fargo where she was employed for more than a decade at Dayton-Hudson stores as a model and personal shopper.
Wally was an active member of the St. Boniface School of Nursing Alumni Assoc. and a 20+year member of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include her husband, Jerry G, her children and their spouses, 3 grandchildren—Medora Greene-Rheault, Lilith Greene-Friedman, and Evan Greene; her cousins Monique Barnes and her daughters Pat and Lilly of San Diego, CA, and Virginia Kubish of Beausejour, Manitoba, as well as many friends and extended family in Canada, the US, and Poland.
Wally was a wonderful role model, as a nurse, wife, mother and as a loving homemaker par excellence, clothier, gourmet chef, giver of parties, antique collector, world traveler and expansive reader. She was always a joy to be with and will be remembered by all as a class person.
Funeral services will be private followed by cremation at McLoughlin and Mason Funeral Home. Please visit www.mcloughlinmason.com.