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Date of Passing: Mar 09, 2016

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MARGARET (MARGIE) ANNE KVERN With profound sadness we acknowledge the passing of Margaret (Margie) Anne Kvern (nee Lysack) on March 9, 2016, beloved wife of Brent, and mother of Allison and Michael. Predeceased by Stefan, survived by her parents Allan and Shirley, siblings Cathy (Stu), David (Lisa), John (Annalee), Andrea, and Liz (Shaun), sister-in-law Patti (Brent), and her niece and nephews. She was blessed with wonderful friends who form our second family: Cathy, Jeff, Teresa, Gary, Suzanne and Grant are also left to mourn Born in Winnipeg and raised in Dauphin, she graduated with her BN from the University of Manitoba and later with her Masters in Nursing. One of the most pragmatic, organized and no-nonsense people we knew, Margie also teemed with love and compassion. A self-described mama-bear', she was fiercely protective and immensely proud of her children, urging them to excel in all that they do and to be meaningful contributors to their communities Like family, faith was one of her cornerstones. An embodiment of love through service, she contributed widely to the parish life at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in many areas such as music ministry (flute), Sunday school, and council committees. A believer that one should buy memories instead of stuff', travel was frequent in Margie's life. Often involving visits with, or to see, extended family members, she enjoyed visiting many parts of Canada, the United States and Europe, most recently to Japan and Hong Kong. The three major trips' with her immediate family will always be treasured. Her love of music and performance was manifest through many years of season tickets for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, and the Manitoba Opera, along with many trips to Stratford, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Toronto, and New York for theatre. Musical theatre was a particular fondness. Her love of music was gifted to her children resulting in years of enjoyment at their choir, jazz, and orchestra concerts. Brothers, sisters, parents, in-laws and friends were all welcome with open arms to Chez Kvern. Margie loved nothing more than a family meal with lots of conversation and laughter. Time spent at the cottage was filled with company and community. Growing up she played volleyball, and channeled her significant competitive streak into tennis at Clear Lake. In the city, Margie had decades of attendance at Pilates Manitoba. Trained as a nurse, she worked in the public health arena. Overseeing the tobacco reduction and smoking cessation strategies for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, she had a significant impact both locally and nationally. Eschewing electronic calendars, her paper-based Filofax was full of meetings and contacts, as well as every birthday and anniversary of her siblings and extended family. She trained her family to function by the kitchen calendar - if it wasn't on the calendar, it didn't exist. Her death leaves us all shaken. But she faced her diagnosis with clear eyes and an open heart. She had no self-pity or doubts in her faith, but inspired all with her ability to carry on and face her losses with equanimity, poise and grace. Thank you to Doctors Sarah Kredentser, Patrick MacDonald, Marshal Pitz, and all at CancerCare's Brain Tumour Clinic. A special thank you to the Palliative Care team; her home nurses Lana and Monique, and Riverview's 3E Palliative Care Unit. The funeral will be held 11:00 Thursday, March 17 at Faith Lutheran Church, 1311 Dakota Street. In lieu of flowers, if so moved, donations may be made to the Margie Kvern Memorial Fund c/o The Winnipeg Foundation, 204-944-9474. the Riverview Health Centre's Palliative Care program. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 12, 2016

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • Our deepest condolences, Brent, Allison and Michael. She was a great woman and will be deeply missed. All our Best, Paul and Wendy Raths - Posted by: Wendy and Paul Raths (friend) on: May 06, 2018

  • My deepest sympathy to Margies family. She always brought a positive energy into our Pilates classes and a big smile. She will be missed. - Posted by: Sally Lipschitz (Pilates friend) on: Mar 16, 2016

  • Our Loss is Heaven's Gain.Certainly, Margie is one of the Angels with Jesus. Our sincerest condolences to the Lysack family and Margie's immediate family. - Posted by: Steve & Audrey Heschuk (Friends) on: Mar 16, 2016

  • We are both so saddened to hear of your great loss.Margie's memory will linger on in so many. May this scripture give you comfort in the days and weeks ahead - 2 Corinthians 5:1 God's blessings to you all. - Posted by: Penny and Fernand Beasse ( Penny mentered Margie in her senior practicum; we were colleagues of her Dad for many years. ) on: Mar 15, 2016

  • We are both so saddened to hear of your great loss. Margie's memory will linger on in so many. May this scripture give you comfort in the days and weeks ahead - 2 Corinthians 5:1 God's blessings to you all. - Posted by: Penny and Fernand Beasse ( Penny mentered Margie in her senior practicum; we were colleagues of her Dad for many years. ) on: Mar 15, 2016

  • We learned together and grew together for six years at ETP. Margie was compassionate, understanding, organized and strong. She was greatly admired and we are so sad to hear of her passing. She leaves a tremendous void; but she nurtured such strong and loving family relationships. Your family is supported now by the dedicated network she weaved each day with everyone she met. She lived a truly inspirational life. You have so much to be proud of -- she built a beautiful legacy of love and respect. Much sympathy to Michael, Allison and Brent. - Posted by: Cathryn and Ryan (Friend) on: Mar 15, 2016

  • Margie was a kind and effective colleague-a real joy to consult with. Now I know why-we both loved the theatre, opera and musical theatre! Even though unshared until I read her story, I agree that she was the embodiment of all that is good in the world. Our hearts are with Brent and the family and know that memories of her will wrap them in warmth. - Posted by: Colleen Metge (Colleague of both Margie and Brent) on: Mar 15, 2016

  • This news is still a shock....We met at residence at the university in our first year...I was lucky to be placed on 8th floor where I met the Dauphin girls...Margie, Suzi and Pauline... Our friendship over the last 34 years is owed to Margie's ability to keep in touch through visits, calls and birthday greetings...Margie was a remarkable woman and a dear friend and I am honoured and happy that I have been a part of her life. Cancer touches too many lives including ours..Brent, Allison and deepest condolences to you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as Margie has been and will continue to be.... - Posted by: jodi duggan and paul and shaeleen hopkinson (friend) on: Mar 14, 2016

  • The news of Margie's passing is not only deeply saddening but a true shock. My family grew up with Margie and the Lysack's and certainly extend our deepest sympathies to her family and her dear friends who are suffering right now. Margie was one of those bright spirits that moved fast and with purpose. I remember her always having that great smile that warmed the room or the entire gymnasium. She was a motivator and loved her team and sport. What she did, we all knew she would do very well. Margie was a leader for us. I am grateful to have known her even in her youth. Prayers to her husband and children, to her parents, brothers and sisters. - Posted by: Rosita Lopez (Friend of the family ) on: Mar 13, 2016

  • My deepest condolences to all of Margie's family. I always worked more peripherally with Margie and our paths would occasionally cross as we progressed in our various roles. What has always been evident was how well respected and valued Margie was. RIP. Margie - Posted by: Trish Bergal (Colleague) on: Mar 13, 2016

  • Our deepest condolences to you, Brent and family, on the loss of such a significant member of the Kvern family. May your love, faith, and memories give you comfort as you prepare to celebrate Margie's life, and in the days to come. - Posted by: Ruth and Larry Ens () on: Mar 12, 2016

  • I never met Margie but reading her very poignant obituary describing her life brought back memories of when my own mother passed 35 years ago. It would appear that yet another remarkable woman was taken far too early from the insidious disease we call cancer. Family and friends will undoubtedly feel a huge void now and in the years ahead but at the same time should be so proud and thankful to have been a part of Margie's life. Hopefully faith and great memories carry them through and that her legacy of living life large, her selflessness and her sense of community live on forever through those whose lives she's touched. God bless. - Posted by: Bill Head (Margie's husband Brent was/is a friend of my brother, Jim.) on: Mar 12, 2016

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