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Born: May 13, 1941

Date of Passing: Aug 28, 2016

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JEAN ANNE KOWBEL Jean Anne Kowbel passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Jean was born on May 13, 1941 in Virden, Manitoba to Nicholas and Anna Kowbel (Czekan). She was the fifth born of six siblings. Jean was predeceased by her mother Anna, father Nicholas and sister Julie. Left to mourn are her brother Michael of Forrest; sisters, Mary of Forrest and Cathy of Winnipeg; brother Danny and wife Pat of Forrest; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. Jean was born in Virden, MB, living on the farm in Oak Lake. At the age of two, her family moved to the current family farm. Jean took her education in Forrest and completed her high school at St. Michael's Academy in Brandon. While still employed, she received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg. After retirement, she received her Master of Arts in Slavic Studies from the University of Manitoba, and summer studies of the Ukrainian language in Lviv, Ukraine. After graduating from St. Michael's Academy, Jean moved to Winnipeg, where she and her sister, Cathy, shared an apartment. After working at the Bank of Nova Scotia and the Federated Co-op, Jean got a good lead for employment with the Federal government, Department of Transport, in airport control (personnel), which took her to her retirement. Jean's special interests were travelling, curling, camping and fishing, reading, sewing and cross stitching. She loved all animals, big and small, wild and tame, but her favourites were her cats... Grandpa and Tiger. There are many fond memories of Jean. One thing that we will always remember was at Christmas time, and her bags of candies and nuts that she prepared for each loved one. We also will never forget her impeccable sense of style. Always looking polished no matter what! And Jean's sense of humourwas like no other. She was a member of the Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Parish of Winnipeg up until her untimely passing. Jean also volunteered at the Winnipeg Opera. After retirement, she volunteered for the Ukrainian Catholic Chancery of Winnipeg and with the Progress newspaper, where she did proof reading and translations. Prayers were held at Brockie Donovan Funeral Chapel in Brandon. Divine Liturgy was held at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Brandon, on Saturday, September 3, 2016 with Rev. Michael Tkachuk as Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jean may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6, or the Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1001 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3M 1Y3, or a charity of your choice. Messages of condolence may be placed at Arrangements were in care of Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services, Brandon, (204) 727-0694.
Publish Date: Sep 10, 2016

JEAN ANNE KOWBEL Jean Anne Kowbel, late of Winnipeg, Manitoba, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, at the age of 75 years. Prayers will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, September 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy will be held at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 927 Assiniboine Avenue, on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., with Rev. Fr. Michael Tkachuk as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Brandon Cemetery. Complete obituary information to follow. Arrangements are in care of Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services, Brandon, MB, (204) 727-0694. Messages of condolence may be placed at

Publish Date: Sep 1, 2016

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 10, 2016

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Saddened to hear of Jean's passing. Jean was my supervisor at Transport Canada. Over the years, I often wondered where life took Jean, such a wonderful personality and soft soften! God grant Jean's family and friends many good and loving memories ... Lesley - Posted by: Lesley Hoban (co-worker) on: Feb 24, 2017

  • It is with great sadness and joy that I today learned of the passing of my good friend Jean. She was a kind and gentle spirit and the world is truly a more sad and emptier place without her presence. Jean and I met thru work at Transport Canada many years ago and she became a mentor and a close friend. When things got stressed at work she would have us break out the crayons and coloring book, which would bring laughter to the workplace. She was always willing to share of her vast knowledge and even as a supervisor she always made you feel her equal. She somehow was able to maintain a beautiful demeanor no matter what came her way, which always inspired me to try and be a better person. With her eloquent talent she bestowed on me a beautifully written farewell that I will always treasure. She would remember to send the birthday and anniversary cards or an e-mail at just the right time, which made you feel special. I do in my 'great' sadness though have to rejoice with her in now being joined with her mother and our Lord, both whom she loved dearly. And sadly though we had not communicated many months before her departure, I comfort myself in that I will one day see her and that beaming smile again! Talk to you soon Jean. Love always, Donna Samson - Posted by: Donna Samson (Friend/Former Co-worker) on: Jan 21, 2017

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