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Born: Mar 31, 1952

Date of Passing: May 27, 2019

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A celebration of Diane's life will be held on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. in Khartum Shriners Hall, 1155 Wilkes Avenue.

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Publish Date: Jun 15, 2019

March 31, 1952 – May 27, 2019

With heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Diane Kathleen Gantzel, on Monday, May 27, 2019, after a short battle with Cancer, at the age of 67.
Left to mourn is Jack, her loving husband of 47 years; their children, Andrea (James) Senebald, Dennis (Falyn) Gantzel; and grandchildren, Zander and Jack. She will be greatly missed by remaining family; brothers, Phillip (Lorraine) Pearson and Larry (Gale) Pearson; cherished nieces and nephews: Jennifer (Matt), Amy (Eric), Daniel (Eden), Kristopher, Jesse, Nickolas and their children. Forever loved by her favourite A's: Angel and Allexella; her cousins, (sisters really); the extended Howatt families, the Gantzel families in Denmark and so many close friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Roland and Kathleen Pearson.
Diane was raised in St. James and built her life there. Many early summers were spent at their Sandy Hook cottage or in Manitou with her cousins. After a rewarding 40-year career in nursing, Diane retired early so she and Jack could travel, golf, volunteer and relax in Gimli. Her greatest joys were quilting, creating beautiful items for family and friends, and spending time caring for her "Baby Jack".
A celebration of Diane's life will be held on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in Khartum Shriners Hall, 1155 Wilkes Avenue.
In memoriam donations can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB R3T 0R3.

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Publish Date: Jun 1, 2019

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 01, 2019, Jun 15, 2019

Condolences & Memories (16 entries)

  • I am so sorry to hear of Diane's death. I worked with her at Deer Lodge Centre and then at the Region- she has always been my "go to person" for all issues of occupational health- (and sometimes for Feng Shui advice)- she was visionary in both those areas and in everything she did. Jack and her family were everything to her, and yet she would always care about anyone who needed it- and I know they will treasure many such memories too. - Posted by: Jan Currie (Work colleague) on: Jun 16, 2019

  • So many fond memories of my dear friend Diane. I will miss you so much until we meet again in Quilting Heaven. - Posted by: Donna Chura (Cousin/Friends) on: Jun 15, 2019

  • I was saddened to hear of Diane’s passing. Diane gave me my first Job in Occupational Health Nursing, well before I had my qualifications. She was compassionate and encouraging and always listened to you with her heart. I loved her sense of vision and values. She will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Nancy Phillips (OHN - WRHA (employee)) on: Jun 13, 2019

  • I was saddened to hear the news of Diane’s passing. I had the privilege of knowing her through our nursing training and very 5 years I had the opportunity to spend fun filled times at our nursing reunions. She was one of the trio who made these events come to fruition. Diane was one of those people that you could just pick up where you left off. Thank you Diane for being who you were and most of all thank you for making our reunions so much fun. You will be missed. To Jack and her family I extend my condolences. She was a remarkable lady. - Posted by: Valerie Hunko (Nursing Classmate) on: Jun 09, 2019

  • I met Diane as a student nurse at the Grace General Hospital in the early ‘70s. Her laugh was contagious and always a friend to every one. Every 5 year reunions were planned by classmates with Diane, Wendy, Wendy. My deepest condolences to her family. She will be so missed. - Posted by: Jean Jack (Nursing college) on: Jun 09, 2019

  • My deepest sympathy to family and closest friends. I was a nursing classmate of Diane’s and we had many good times in training. Diane was funny, intelligent, hard working, compassionate and reliable. Rest In Peace Diane. - Posted by: Lorraine Kindle (Nursing classmate) on: Jun 07, 2019

  • A life taken too soon, a loss beyond words. I remember first meeting Diane when we worked together at DLC and I felt like I knew her already as I had previously worked with Wendy. Within hours of our day she had already embraced me in a warm and supportive hug. Through our DLC days we grew close, laughed, cried and even enjoyed a number of after work outings. She will forever hold a special place in my heart for always opening her home and her family to me for numerous meals and beverages when Brian was working exceptionally long shifts, not wanting me to be alone. That was who she was, a loving, giving and generous spirit with an exceptionally contagious laugh. She was so proud of her family and loved them immensely and we are so sorry for your loss. Brian and Shelley Keast - Posted by: Shelley and Brian Keast (Friends/Colleague) on: Jun 03, 2019

  • Fellow classmate and very thankful Diane worked so hard to plan our reunions with other ladies. So thankful I saw her in September. Caring thoughts to all her family. Linda Clarkson - Posted by: Linda Clarkson (classmate in nursing ) on: Jun 03, 2019

  • It was a pleasure to have worked alongside Diane at Deer Lodge Centre where her ready smile, hearty laugh and passion for her role enriched all of our lives. She saw me walking past her office bent over at 90 degrees, and asked what was wrong, I said "just taking short breaths" Her response was "Get in here.." After checking a number of areas she called a cab and said "We're going to the Grace Emergency". I was there for 10 days as the lung infection took time to clear up. Even from a distance Diane could see that assistance was needed. This care was offered to all who knew her. She will be missed. - Posted by: Lila Larson (Former co-worker at Deer Lodge Centre) on: Jun 03, 2019

  • I interacted with Diane through our work relationship for many years. Diane was also kind enough to Feng Shui my home as this was another one of her many talents. Diane was a super lady. She was outgoing, friendly, funny & had a laugh I will never forget. Diane was genuine, there was no pretense. She spoke her mind and shared her thoughts. She will be saidly missed. - Posted by: Daphne Harty (Friend) on: Jun 02, 2019

  • I am devastated to learn of Diane’s passing. I worked with Diane at the WRHA and admired her dedication, passion, and knowledge in Occupational Health. May she Rest In Peace. My condolences to all of Diane’s family. - Posted by: Trish Bergal (Former Colleague) on: Jun 02, 2019

  • Lots of memories of you and Karen growing up on Collgiate, at Sandy Hook, Grads and weddings, and just clowning around at home. - Posted by: Diane Wellwood (nee Foot) (Childhood friends) on: Jun 01, 2019

  • We lived across the street from the Gantzel family on Mandeville Street. Diane iced my wedding cake for me and were at my wedding back in 1981. So sorry for your loss. Diane was a wonderful lady. - Posted by: Lori (Cannell) Hutlet (Old neighbor) on: Jun 01, 2019

  • Diane was a welcome addition this winter to our quilting group - we are all so saddened by her passing and extend condolences to the family. - Posted by: Joan Dupuis-Neal (Quilting Friend) on: Jun 01, 2019

  • It was a fluke to meet Diane when I signed up to help her with Quilt Reflections raffle, she was a super quilty friend after that. Also to meet Jack again from years back with the camera club. It is with a heavy heart to offer my sincere condolences to Jack and all the family! Her bubbliness and joy of life will be missed by many. - Posted by: Rose Anne Burdeny (Quilting friend) on: Jun 01, 2019

  • ...such a loss with the passing of this special lady...over many years my path crossed with Diane from kindergarten to nursing reunions...and always her laughter could be heard above the will be safe up there - Posted by: Wendy Heidrick (Friend) on: Jun 01, 2019

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