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Born: Sep 14, 1967

Date of Passing: Dec 10, 2005

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LORILYN VAN ELSLANDER To all our friends and relatives, Accidentally and tragically, it is with great sorrow and heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved Lorilyn on Saturday, December 10, 2005. She was born Lorilyn (Diana - Baptism name she shared with her big sis) on a beautiful sunny day September 14, 1967 at St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg, MB and came home to 608 Linden Ave. to join her big sister Leonette (Tokyo, Japan), Mom (Peggy) and Dad (Norm) for one year before the family moved to Dunkirk Drive. After two years little brother, Todd Norman joined the family, and that was when she started her Mother role. She attended Norberry School with big sis before it became French Immersion and then moved to Hastings Elementary. After completing grade six she moved over to St. Mary's Academy until graduation 1985 under the direction of Sister Susan. It was here she established her best friend, Christine (Pound) Del Bigio and they graduated together with Father Sam officiating. Continuing on to the University of Manitoba for a BA she subsidized her income with employment at Superstore, Tony Roma's and other restaurant ventures. It was then she announced her desire to own and operate a restaurant. During this time she purchased her own condo and ventured on her own but never too far from Dunkirk Drive and her summers at Twin Lakes Beach and the Garden. During this episode of her career, Darlene (Ness) joined Todd in marriage June 1998 to complete the family. It was Lorilyn's love of gardening that caused all her pots and buckets on her patio for the fresh herbs used at the restaurant. She successfully completed 12 years as General Manager at the Medicine Rock Cafe, however, was currently looking for a different venue. Today she found one. With much love, your special friend, Nancy P.S. She will be joining some very special souls, Mom and Dad's friend, Eva Ostrom 2003 friend and Twin Beach neighbour, Tony Gaudes 2005, her Mom's friend Lorraine's son Dave Halliday-Campbell 2005, maternal grandparents Gladys 1996 and Monte (Pop) Banks 1999, fraternal grandfather Alex (Pet) Van Elslander 1991, special Auntie Elsie Victor 1988 and most important Nana Angela (Nellie) Van Elslander 1974. What a bright precious gift Some gifts must be returned sooner than others. Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 16 at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 778 Archibald St. A private family interment will take place at a later date. The Desjardins Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements, 233-4949 or toll free at 1-888-233-4949.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 16, 2005

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • My condolences to parents, Norm and Peggy, and all your extended family over the sudden loss of my cousin, whose grandfather Van Elslander was my mother's brother. Wilf (and Marg) Gobert, Calgary - Posted by: Wilf Gobert (Family) on: Jan 04, 2006

  • Mr. and Mrs. Van....I haven't seen you since my days at "the Cafe" but wanted to share my deepest sympathy with you during this very tragic time. Lorilyn could be a very tough cookie at times, but her true colors shone through when you could see how at peace she was feeding the geese and caring for the garden. I hope you will find peace in these memories. My thoughts are with you, your family and all of my fellow co-workers. Lib - Posted by: Libby Gair (Co-Worker) on: Dec 19, 2005

  • The sparkle in her eyes and her wonderful impish laugh are forever etched in memory. Dearest Lorilyn, you can now fly with your geese, free from the burden's of this world. We will miss you.... Friends always, Lori & Roberta - Posted by: Roberta Bishop (Friend) on: Dec 18, 2005

  • My sincere condolences to her family at this devasting time. Lorilyn was a good friend and so much fun to be around. She was always so vivacious and spontaneous, that's just a few of the qualities I loved about her. Sincerely, Angela Peskett - Posted by: Angela Peskett ( Bolton) (Friend) on: Dec 18, 2005

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I remember many goods times spent with her in the early years of SMA. She always displayed an infectious smile and would laugh easily. Thinking of Lorilyn and her family at this time. Sincerely, Lynne - Posted by: Lynne Samson (Friend) on: Dec 16, 2005

  • My sincere condolences to the family. I'm so sorry for your loss. Lorilyn was a good friend to me in Winnipeg. We had so many good times together. I will remember her smile and Lorilyn's laugh forever. My thoughts are with you at this time. - Posted by: Angela Peskett ( Bolton ) (Friend) on: Dec 15, 2005

  • I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I had my first job at Medicine Rock Cafe and often bussed tables for Lorilyn. She was such an inspiration to me and I learned so much from her. I will always remember her fantastic dessert creations. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. - Posted by: Nik Dethmers (Co-Worker) on: Dec 14, 2005

  • Norm and Peggy: Sorry to read about your daughter's passing. God bless you as you lay her to rest and as you grieve her loss. P.S. I am the John Wiebe from the "old Chicken Delight days" on Henderson Highway - Posted by: John Wiebe (Acquaintance) on: Dec 14, 2005

  • Dear Mr. and Mrs. Van, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Lorilyn was such a beautiful young woman and so full of life and promise. The sorrow you must be experiencing is unimaginable. Please accept my sincere sympathy. Colleen Atamanchuk St. Francois Xavier, MB. - Posted by: Colleen Atamanchuk (Acquaintance) on: Dec 13, 2005

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