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Born: Sep 12, 1980

Date of Passing: Jul 16, 2019

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September 12, 1980 - July 16, 2019

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Kristin Leah Chaban, after a short and aggressive battle with cancer. She passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at the age of 38, at Riverview Health Centre surrounded by her "six pack".
Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Will and Alex Chaban, parents, Gerald and Karen Freund, sisters, Kerry Starkell (Clayton) and Karla Freund (Scott Walls), nieces, Kenleigh and Clara Starkell and nephew Seth Walls, grandmother Linda Freund, and her boyfriend Bryan Finney.
Kristin was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She grew up and attended school in Transcona. Growing up Kristin enjoyed playing ringette and baseball. Ringette was her sport of choice and she played from a very early age and later became a timekeeper, referee, shot clock operator, and board member. She lived and breathed ringette for over 33 years. She had the privilege of reffing four times at the Western Ringette Championships. Kristin loved candy, playing bingo and going to socials. She was a huge Bombers fan and was a season ticket holder for many years. She thoroughly enjoyed her Tim's coffee every morning on the drive to work and throughout the day, XL black, double cupped with a dome lid!
Kristin worked for Canada Revenue Agency for 15 years and recently became a Collections Officer. She loved her job and excelled at it. There wasn't anything that Kristin could not do. When she did a job, she put her heart and soul into it and was proud of all of her accomplishments. Her resume was full!
Kristin's two sons, Will and Alex brought the most joy to her life. They meant the world to her. The boys were involved in hockey and soccer. She was always seen cheering for the boys at their sporting events. She was such an energetic parent who encouraged cheering with cowbells, especially during the playoffs.
Kristin's family would like to thank the countless people who cared for her; but also the exceptional community of neighbours and close friends contributing delicious meals, errands, childcare and unwavering moral support and love.
A celebration of her life will take place on Tuesday, July 30 at Transcona East End Community Centre at 1:00 p.m. on Rink 2. Kristin loved sports, so please come dressed in sports attire.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for Kristin's boys, Will and Alex Chaban at Casera Credit Union under Kristin's Journey.

Family and friends may sign a Book of
Condolence at

Glen Eden Funeral Home & Cemetery

Publish Date: Jul 27, 2019

September 12, 1980 - July 16, 2019

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Kristin Leah Chaban on
Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Riverview Health Centre, after a short battle with cancer, at the young age of 38 years.
A celebration of her life will take place on Tuesday, July 30 at Transcona East End
Community Club at 1:00 p.m.
A longer obituary to follow in Saturday, July 27 paper.

Family and friends may sign a Book of
Condolence at

Glen Eden Funeral Home

Publish Date: Jul 20, 2019

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 20, 2019, Jul 27, 2019

Condolences & Memories (20 entries)

  • A beautiful, vibrant, young lady that will be missed by all. My condolences. Garnet - Posted by: Garnet Workman (Cousin) on: Jul 31, 2019

  • I’m sorry to hear about Kristin. She was a fighter, I will always remember our conversations when she dropped off Will & Alex at my home. Please boys know I’m always here for you, this was your home during the day for many years & sleepover with my son Eric. Rest In Peace Kristin without pain! ❤️ - Posted by: Shelley Neumann (Professional ) on: Jul 30, 2019

  • To Karen and Kristin’s family, we are profoundly saddened by your loss and please accept our deepest sympathies. It took one conversation with Kristin after which you knew she was one of the good ones. Your MB Ringette family will miss you! Take care Kristin, and watch over us all. - Posted by: Eastman AA Ringette (Friends) on: Jul 30, 2019

  • Sadness at its most profound. There are no words. Collectively holding you close in our hearts and thinking of Kristin's spirit, passion and caring with deepest regards, - Posted by: Laura Shwetz (Fellow Ringette Official) on: Jul 30, 2019

  • We met Kristen through hockey as Will played with our grandson. I also knew her mom from park city. Our heart aches for her family. Keep your memories close and she will always be with you. May she rest in peace. - Posted by: Julie Schmidt (Friend) on: Jul 30, 2019

  • To the Freund family, our deepest condolences - Posted by: Brenda Stadnyk ( Cousin) on: Jul 29, 2019

  • It hurts my heart to hear of Kristin's passing. She was such an energetic and fun girl. We met through bowling and became friends. I used to babysit Will when he was just a little guy and he was even our ring bearer for our wedding. All my love and condolences to her entire family, but mostly those 2 amazing boys. She was so loved and will be greatly missed - Posted by: Lauren Lange (Friend) on: Jul 29, 2019

  • Our sincerest condolences to the strong family and dedicated friends that helped ease the battle and pain. May she sing in the angels choirs until we meet again. - Posted by: Dianne Hyra-Kuzenko and family (Relative) on: Jul 29, 2019

  • I had the honour of getting to know Kristin as a person both on the rink and from behind the boards. She became a trusted fixture on the Manitoba ringette scene and was a pleasure to kibitz with and complain to from the bench. I truly liked Kristen and will miss her presence in the rinks. We will miss you. Rest well - Posted by: Rob Walker (Colleague) on: Jul 28, 2019

  • We started off as officiating partners. You offered mentoring and advise to help me develop. As we got to know each other and I moved up in the ranks you always encouraged me to think for myself and to be confident in my decisions. This advice and mentoring has helped me become a stronger person on and off the ice. We got closer this past season, doing more games together then ever before. Our chats in the dressing room unveiled a vulnerable side to you had not seen before. We also had a great time sharing candy and stories about our kids. When you called me to tell me that your tumors had come back I could sense your fear but you were putting on a brave face, worrying about how and when to tell your Mom and the boys. Through the next few weeks I saw both your mom and Jodi a lot at the rink. One day Jodi and I talked about you and your family in the cold dark parking lot for quite some time. We made plans to come and visit you one evening. The evening we came to see you, you were having a rough time. Even though it was tough and you were in a lot of pain I could see the fight and determination in your eyes. A few days later I reached out to Jodi to see how you were. She said your family wanted to have someone with you almost all the time. Through Jodi my name and number was past to Karen and within a couple hours I had my first shift. When I first came in the door and sat down beside you I felt our friendship become closer in that very moment and the more time I spent with you and the rest of the "6 Pack" only made it stronger. Now you are no longer with us, I will look back and miss you with many tears but laughter too. I will always be grateful to have been your friend and for the bonds that were built forming the "3 Blind Mice" and ultimately the "6 Pack". You will forever have a place in my heart. Love you always my FRIEND. - Posted by: Sandra Riesz (Friend) on: Jul 27, 2019

  • I remember Kristin as a young girl in my classroom. She was so eager, cheerful, and loved to write. She often wrote notes which she dropped in my mailbox or left on my desk at school. Actually, her mom and the girls came always to my house for Halloween. They even came when Kristin had children of her own. Ringette was definitely her passion!, as were most sports! So very sad to read this in the paper today! I wish I had known Kristin was ill. I would love to have had time to visit with her! She loved life and was a beautiful woman! So sorry, Karen, and all the family! Thinking of you all and sending you and all the family courage for the journey ahead! - Posted by: Bonnie Scott (Neighbour (around the corner) and former student of mine at Radisson School) on: Jul 27, 2019

  • My heartfelt condolences to Karen and the Freund family. Words can not express how sorry I am. Please remember every happy moment with Kristen and the boys. - Posted by: Lucille Gregory (Former co-worker and friend of Karen) on: Jul 27, 2019

  • I am heartbroken and so sorry for your loss. Kristin was a wonderful person and proof that only the truly good die young. Way too young. RIP Kristin. - Posted by: Katherine Green (Friend, colleague, bingo buddy) on: Jul 27, 2019

  • Words cannot express how sorry iI am to hear this. Deepest condolences to all of the family. Have known Kristen through ringette since she was very young. - Posted by: Darlene and Don Muise (Friend) on: Jul 27, 2019

  • Sending condolences to the family. So sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Theresa Day (Friend) on: Jul 23, 2019

  • Our deepest sympathy, sincere thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow. - Posted by: Ray & Heather Wright & family (Neighbour) on: Jul 23, 2019

  • My deepest sympathy to the family of Kristin. There are no words to make this easier, but know that kind thoughts are being sent to you in this dark time. - Posted by: Nancy Buckmaster (Former co-worker of Karen) on: Jul 22, 2019

  • To the Freund Family, very sorry for your loss. With the deepest sympathy Larry and Janet Stadnyk and Family. - Posted by: Larry Stadnyk (Cousin) on: Jul 22, 2019

  • There are no words to express our heartfelt condolences, to Kristin, her boys, & her family. Our paths crossed this year, as our boys played hockey together. Kristin was a huge support for our team, and I will never forget her kindness & commitment. I wish we had more time. Thank-you Kristin. Rest now. ❤️ - Posted by: Sam, Amanda, & Mckenzie (Friends ) on: Jul 20, 2019

  • My sincere sympathy for the loss of a great person. Kristin will be sadly missed by everyone that knew her. Rest In Peace Kristin. - Posted by: Debbie Buhler (co-worker/friend) on: Jul 20, 2019

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