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Date of Passing: Oct 08, 2016

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CELESTE WALDMAN On the morning of October 8, 2016, our beloved Celeste passed away. Celeste leaves behind her husband of 17 years, Jeff, the joys of her life: her son Joshua, and daughters Lauren and Samantha, who will cherish their fondest memories of their loving mother. Also left behind is Jeff's grandmother Bert, Celeste's loving mother Elaine Brown, her very special mother-in-law Linda Waldman, her twin sister Selena (Frank) Valela, her older brothers Steven Brown (Trista) and Grant Brown (Darlene), as well as her many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Celeste was predeceased by her father Barry Brown in 2008. Celeste was born in Winnipeg in 1974, and according to her mother, she was always an easy child. She spent her early years playing with her twin sister. As soon as she earned a driver's license, Celeste started working in the hospitality industry to buy a car. Celeste met Jeff while they worked at the same restaurant. Upon high school graduation, Celeste earned a university degree in nursing and soon after moved to Kingston, Ontario with Jeff while he attended medical school. When they returned to Winnipeg, they married and started their family. As a wife and mother, Celeste had tireless energy, managing the family schedule without complaint. Her organizational ability allowed the family to keep their lives simple, but she still found time to exercise, bake, walk the dog, and always look beautiful. Celeste was somehow able to make everything about her incredible children, instead of herself. She told her kids that she never wanted them to stop doing the activities that they enjoy. She was always happy when they were having fun, with their friends, playing sports and having a good time. Being a mom was her first passion in life. As a spiritual person, Celeste embraced her Jewish identity and the Jewish community embraced her. As a teacher and educator, Celeste was an outstanding mentor, role model, and coach for her nursing students. As a friend, Celeste gave laughter and joy to everyone she met. Her most recent passion was her academic career, as a PhD candidate in Nursing. Celeste also liked to shop and owned a few pairs of designer shoes, but she always liked to donate anything that her family didn't need anymore, encouraging her children to volunteer and give to charities. She worked tirelessly with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Celeste was selfless, kind, pure and good. She loved her family, and her family loved her. Celeste's kindness and generosity will be forever missed. Her strength and beauty was in everything she touched, and she will live on in the hearts and minds of the many that loved her. Funeral service and interment was October 10, 2016.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 15, 2016

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • I was just informed that Celeste Waldman passed away. My condolences to the Waldman family. It is so sad that this wonderful family has been hit by the dreadful thing that cancer is.Great people! So sorry this has happened to you. - Posted by: Trevor Porritt (Friend ) on: May 16, 2017

  • To express sympathy in the loss of your loved one and to let you know that many thoughts are with you and your family. In the love that surrounds you, may you find strength. In the memories you cherish, may you find peace. With caring thoughts Miro Cerqueti and pharmacy staff - Posted by: Miro Cerqueti () on: Jan 25, 2017

  • A beautiful person that loved life, she will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Jennifer Miller (highschool friend) on: Oct 16, 2016

  • I well remember Celeste as being a confident, competent, caring, capable, happy and a truly beautiful child and teen .... beautiful inside and out. It's good to know Celeste's adult life was on a similar course - but very sad to know of her too-early passing. Having also lost an adult child, I too-well know how incredibly painful and lonely grief work will be for Celeste's family. May you be comforted by a wealth of fun and loving memories, and by many signs of Celeste's on-going presence in your lives. Her spirit is with you -- a part of who you were, who you are, and who you will become. Peace and Prayers ..... - Posted by: Noreen Duncan (Mother of Andrea(Andi)Duncan, Childhood friend of Celeste) on: Oct 16, 2016

  • I met Celeste through working at Canadian Blood Services in the 90's. She was one of the most loving, kindhearted and giving people I knew. Her laugh was infectious to everyone around her. She will be missed by all who knew her. My sincerest condolences to her 3 children and her husband Jeff as well as her extended family. RIP my beautiful friend ❤️ - Posted by: Bonnie Hanesiak-Borsa (Friend ) on: Oct 15, 2016

  • Ron and I would like to offer our sincerely condolences to Jeff, Josh, Samantha and Lauren, along with her siblings, Steven, Grant, Selena and Mom (Aunty Elaine). It was so shocking and heartbreaking to her of Celeste's passing. Unbelief entered our minds, as Ron's sister shared the tragic news. Celeste was an amazing person and true inspiration to everyone who knew her. May her legacy, her loving spirit and passion continue to live through her family. Love and Prayers, Ron, Sherry, Sydney, Sybil and Dylan Lewko - Posted by: Ron and Sherry Lewko (First Cousin) on: Oct 15, 2016

  • Celeste was truly an amazing woman. I am so blessed to have called her my friend. What an incredible gift she was to all who she touched. She left this world FAR too early but left it a better place because she was here. - Posted by: Terri (Friend ) on: Oct 15, 2016

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