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Born: Sep 05, 1942

Date of Passing: Dec 27, 2016

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WALTER TONY BONKOWSKI Walter Tony Bonkowski of Brandon, Manitoba passed away suddenly on Tuesday, December 27, 2016. Walter was born on September 5, 1942 in the unorganized district of Bifrost, Manitoba (in the Riverton area). Walter received his early years education at Progress and Ledwyn Schools and attended Riverton High School. He grew up helping out on the family's mixed farm. Walter worked his way through the Co-op system, retiring as General Manager in 1997. Walter had many interests and involvements including membership in the Masonic Lodge and Shriners, First Responder, Chamber Committee member and Lukkenfest. He was an avid sports fan; loved his curling, golf, baseball and hockey. He shared his passion for dancing, instructing and performing Clogging and Line Dance. Walter was a devoted parishioner and member of Trinity United Church, where he avidly volunteered his time and faith and served as the custodian for 15 years. Walter is survived by his wife Donalda (Manastyr); three children, Wesley (Jacquie), Teresa (Mike) and Trevor (Marilyn); grandchildren, Nathan, Rebecca (Raymond), Ashley, Brett (Kanesha), Dakota (Jenna), Mitchell (Hilary), Kaitlyn and great-grandson Aaden. He was predeceased by his father Tony; his mother Anna; his sisters, Phyllis and Judy. A celebration of Walter's life will be held at Trinity United Church, 1515-6th Street, Brandon, MB on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Doug Neufeld officiating. Urn placement will take place prior to the service at Brandon Cemetery Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, donations in Walter's memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Trinity United Church, or a charity of one's own choice. Arrangements are in care of Brockie Donovan Funeral and Cremation Services, Brandon, MB, (204) 727-0694. Messages of condolence may be placed at

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 31, 2016

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Donalda We were shocked and saddened to learn only today............... At times like this we never know what to say but we hope you know our thoughts are with you and your family. Memories of our Line Dance Workshops in which Walter taught at so earnestly, will remain with us always. May you find comfort in knowing he was always well thought of and an enjoyment to have around. He will be sorely missed. - Posted by: Lorraine and Terry (Fellow Line Dance Instructors from Winnipeg) on: Jan 03, 2017

  • I have clogged and done line dancing with Walter for many years at workshops. We will miss him dancing with us! - Posted by: Nancy Gates (Line dancer/clogger from Winnipeg) on: Jan 01, 2017

  • My cousin Walter was one of the nicest people I ever knew. A man with an easy smile, a deep laugh, and an open heart to all. His father (my mom's brother) and mother welcomed us with open hearts and a welcoming home when we came to Canada from Germany. I remember playing with my brother Bernie and Walter. I cannot express how sad I feel at his too early passing. I regret not telling him how important his family was to us. May he rest in peace. With love from his little cousin. - Posted by: jeanne pauls (Bernacki) (first cousin) on: Dec 31, 2016

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