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Born: Feb 18, 1931

Date of Passing: Nov 19, 2022

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February 18, 1931 – November 19, 2022

Jean was born on February 18, 1931 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan then was fostered and adopted by Albert and Helena Klaassen on August 16, 1933. She lived happily with her new parents and brother, Harvey, in Maine Centre, Saskatchewan on a homestead. They eventually settled in Herbert, Saskatchewan where she attended Herbert High School and sang as the soloist in her 1950 graduation.
Jean enrolled to the nursing program at the Regina Grey Nuns' Hospital. She attended training for three years and was awarded the Bedside Nursing Medal at graduation. She worked in the Case Room for a year and then married Robert Malowski in November 1954. She then transferred to surgical unit 3D.
In 1956 Curtis Robert was born, 1958 Roberta Leah was born, 1959 Trevor Todd was born, 1961 Tracey Janet was born and in 1965 Blair Preston was born, completing the family. She worked part time and casual until 1961 when she commenced private duty nursing.
In 1971 the family moved to Winnipeg, at which time Jean took on a new role with the Tache Nursing Home. After a year of community-based work, Jean returned to acute care at St. Boniface Hospital to work Obstetrics and Gynecology for the next ten years. She grew tired of shift work and went to work at Mount Carmel Clinic for five more years then retired in 1985 which for her had been a very satisfying and rewarding career. Jean found other activities that brought her joy and satisfaction, such as paper tole creations, knitting, pottery, singing in the choir and attending bible study, endless reading and travel.
Happy times in her life included celebrating many joyous wedding anniversaries, seeing the family grow, travelling east and west coasts of Canada with multiple return trips to Victoria, the United States, down to the Florida Keys, United Kingdom, Europe, Cypress in the Mediterranean and finally her dream, Hawaii.
With happy times come sad, and this was the case when the family lost the first-born son/brother in 1992. Jean also mourned the loss of her husband, Bob, in 2019. Life lost some of its luster and Jean's health slowly declined over the next three years. Jean passed away peacefully, with family by her side, on November 19, 2022 at the Meadowood Manor Personal Care Home.
Jean is survived by children: Roberta, Trevor (Phyllis), Tracey (Rob) and Blair (Esther), grandchildren: Kimberley (Cory), Victoria, Mark (Kelley), David (Chelsea), Carly (Tristan), great-grandchildren: Elijah, Zachary, Halle, Logan, Luke, Axel, Finn and Amelia.
We wish to acknowledge the caring and attentive services of all the attendants at Meadowood Manor Personal Care Home where Jean spent her last six months and her remaining time with family.
A memorial service will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 24, 2022 at Faith Lutheran Church, 1311 Dakota St.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 23, 2022

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Dear Family of my cousin Jean, I’m sitting looking at her beautiful picture and reading her “story”. From the bottom of my heart I extend my condolences to you. Saying good-bye to a parent forever (as far as this life on earth is concerned) is hard, even if they are very old, and just living had become difficult. I pray that the LORD Himself will comfort you – and that you will share grief and comfort together as a family. And that the echo of your Mother’s life as it comes to you through friends will help. Our parents' farms were only about 4km apart. Our dads, brothers. Given the difference in age - Jean was 11 years older than me, we did not have a lot in common, so I hardly remember times together. However, in the summer of 1978 while visiting in Canada - my late wife Lucille and I along with our children were living in Germany - I ended up in Winnipeg in hospital for thyroid surgery (suspected cancer). Jean knew I was there and came from her work to visit. That was so kind of her and so meaningful to me. I experienced what probably is reflected in her Bedside Nursing Medal. - I doubt we ever met again. When my wife passed away 3 years ago, (cancer), my family and I found great comfort in knowing that because she trusted JESUS she is now in a better place - forever. That is our greatest comfort. That can be yours too. Doyle (Klaassen) - Posted by: Doyle Klaassen (first cousin) on: Nov 27, 2022

  • I was so sorry to hear of your dear Mom's passing. I had the pleasure of knowing both your parents when they lived down the hall from mine at Dakota House. Your Mom was a special person whom I know will be dearly missed. May she rest in peace and love until we meet again. Deepest condolences. - Posted by: Brenda Besant-Thompson (Friend) on: Nov 25, 2022

  • So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom, you all are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. - Posted by: Chris Smith (Friend) on: Nov 23, 2022

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