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Born: Oct 10, 1934

Date of Passing: Apr 25, 2019

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October 10, 1934 - April 25, 2019

Suddenly, but peacefully, on Thursday, April 25, 2019, Donna Willene Bouma passed away, at Poseidon Care Centre, with her family by her side.
Donna was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Jack, and her parents, William and Muriel Parrott (Howes).
Donna will be lovingly remembered by her three daughters, Dianna (Maurice) Berard, Sandra Bergen (Wayne Klepatz), and Linda (Boomer) McLaughlin, all of Winnipeg; grand-daughters, Teresa (Joey), Danielle (Kyle), Jennifer (Jeff), and Katheryn; three precious great-grandchildren, Teagan, Lily and William. Also left to remember Donna is her sister Joyce Schmidt (Parrott) of Nanaimo, BC, her sister-in-law Henny (Stu) Fleck of Winnipeg, as well as cousins, nieces and nephews in Canada, the US, and England and Jack's cousins in the Netherlands. Donna will be missed by her wonderful companion Carol Sterzer, who Mom called her honourary daughter.
Donna was born in Carman, Manitoba, into a musical family, her Dad playing the violin, her Mom playing the piano and Mom singing duets with her sister Joyce. Donna farmed with her family, as well as taking vocal training in Winnipeg in her younger years. After finishing high school in Carman, she became a school teacher and taught in the St. Vital School Division in Winnipeg, while continuing her vocal training at night.
Donna met Jack in Carman at church on the first Sunday that the Bouma family immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands in 1951. They married in Carman in 1956 and moved to Winnipeg where she continued to teach and pursued her singing career. She was thrilled and honoured to win the Rose Bowl at the Winnipeg Music Festival in 1958. Donna taught school until the arrival of her three daughters, but continued her passion for music by performing with the James Duncan choir, Hollow Mug, Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg Singers, CBC, and the Winnipeg Philharmonic. She was a soloist for many years at St. Stephen's Broadway United Church and Crescent Fort Rouge United Church. She made countless friends during her singing career and kept in touch with many of them. Donna went back to teaching after the girls were in school, substituting in the St. Vital School division for a number of years until Jack retired in 1988.
Donna and Jack lived in St. Vital on Moore Avenue for over 55 years. Mom kept a perfect home and encouraged everyone to visit. Often, when we were teenagers, we would find our friends sitting around the kitchen table enjoying a coffee and sharing stories with her, without us even being there! She made everyone feel welcome. Mom was famous (at least to her family) for her Easter Sunday luncheons and her legendary Easter egg hunts that she first created for her daughters and continued when her grand-daughters were born.
Donna and Jack travelled extensively throughout Canada, the US, and Europe, wintering in Hawaii for several years. Every summer they enjoyed the family gatherings at the cottage at Falcon Lake. Donna was known to be found hunched over a jigsaw puzzle, playing cards, crib, and bridge as well as telling hair-raising ghost stories or leading a singalong around the campfire in the glen.
There are no words to express our thanks to Poseidon Care Centre who made Mom's days so fulfilling. Special thanks to Geea, Elaine and Jay. You all went above and beyond for Mom and for that we are truly thankful. We're sure the 5th floor won't be the same without Mom's big smile and her abundance of Werther's candy always being handed out when someone came into her room. Mom was very lucky to have a constant stream of visitors over the years, friends who kept her up to date with the latest gossip, and her family who kept her busy taking her to all sorts of family functions. Mom loved going out for Sunday lunches to Applebee's with her girls, Dianna, Sandra, and Linda, and we all felt blessed to have that special time together, just the four of us, laughing until our sides hurt.
Mom was never happier than being surrounded by her family except, maybe, when she was singing!! Watching and hearing her sing gave us goosebumps and we will miss her beautiful voice.
Cremation has taken place and a private gathering for family and friends will be held on June 1, 2019 at Chapel Lawn.

Doyle's Funeral Home of Carman
in care of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 04, 2019

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • We met Donna in July 2008 at Swan Lake as part of a mini Family reunion. With, regret, I've only learned about her (& Jack's) passing. We wish to convey our Deepest Sympathy to all of Donna's Family as she surely was a 'Treasure!' She will be fondly Remembered. Sincerely Trevor Angell & extended Family Numbers 6: 24, 25 & 26 - Posted by: Trevor Angell (3rd cousin) on: Sep 23, 2020

  • My sympathies in the loss of your Mom. In addition to seeing, and hearing her sing in church every Sunday with my Mom, it was always a pleasure to be invited to join your family at Falcon for some water skiing and fun in the sun over many years! - Posted by: Valdene (Buckley) Lawson (Friend of family) on: May 27, 2019

  • Please accept our condolences. - Posted by: Hank & Bev Kats (Jack's cousin) on: May 06, 2019

  • Dear Bouma Girls, I do not read the obits regularly, but was checking for a recent one when I saw the Bouma name. I am very sorry to hear that your mom died, but very happy to hear her care at Poseidon was so good! I felt the same about my mom’s care at Misericordia years ago. I will be out of town on the 2nd, so wanted to send my condolences this way. Perhaps you three will continue your Applebee’s visits in spirit with your mom.😍 - Posted by: Nancy Gates (Hastings Teacher) on: May 05, 2019

  • She was always very kind to me and my family years ago. Sorry to hear the sad news. - Posted by: Colin Steele (Family friend) on: May 04, 2019

  • Our condolences to Donna’s whole family. I sang with her in the Crescent Fort Rouge United Church choir, she was a wonderful person with a generous heart who will be missed by many. - Posted by: Margo Storey (Choir mate) on: May 04, 2019

  • We remember the Bouma family, and in particular Jack and Donna, from our many conversations at Falcon Lake. They were a wonderful family and terrific neighbours. It sounds like Donna left quite a legacy and she will be missed. Please accept our condolences on this sad occasion. - Posted by: Bill and Careyn Head (Neighbours at Falcon Lake) on: May 04, 2019

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