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Born: May 07, 1936

Date of Passing: Jul 15, 2019

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(nee MASON)
May 7, 1936 - July 15, 2019

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend Nathaleen (Nan) Wakshinsky on July 15, 2019 with her husband and three daughters by her side.
Nathaleen will be deeply missed and cherished by her husband of 57 years, Edward Wakshinsky; her daughters, Tanya Skiba (Koli Hoxha) and grandson Mason; Darcy Wakshinsky (Donna Boiteau); and Dana Thomson (Larry) and granddaughters, Myleigh and Morgan; her sisters, Audrey Roscoe, Deelyght Nordling (Ken); and numerous other extended family members and friends. Nathaleen was predeceased by her parents, Nathan and Dorothy Mason; sister Rose-Etta Mason; brothers-in-law Ron Wakshinsky, Larry Roscoe, Ron Collett, and Ron Pirie.
Nathaleen was born in Warroad, MN on May 7, 1936. At the time, her parents worked for CN Rail at the Graceton depot in Minnesota. During her childhood years, Mom lived in various places such as Fort Frances, Kamloops, Regina and finally settled down in Winnipeg, MB. It was always difficult to leave good friends behind and as Mom got older she had a harder time with this. During these years Mom had a special bond with her sisters, Audrey and Deelyght and with her Mom and Dad which would help her cope with all the moves. While in Regina, Mom got her first job at the Bank of Montreal. When they were transferred back to Winnipeg she was able to transfer with the bank. She remained with the bank for 18 years.
In 1959, Mom met Edward Wakshinsky. Dad found a way to get Mom to surrender to his charms and on June 2, 1962 they were married. Throughout their marriage Mom and Dad supported each other and family, which was most important to them. In 1964, Dad began working up north with BACM Construction. This lasted for 10 years. Upon Dad returning home from up north, they found out they were finally going to have a family of their own. Mom was delighted and their first daughter Tanya was born in 1973 and then the twins Darcy and Dana were born in 1975. Nicknames like "Honey" were now changed to "Mom" and "Dad". At this time, Mom left her job at the bank. She would continue working once Wakshinsky Bros. was established in 1972. Mom worked with Wakshinsky Bros as a bookkeeper until she retired in 2015. Even after retiring from the family business, she remained active in the day to day activities.
In 1979, Dad and his brothers started competing in tractor pulls and Mom kept us on track packing up all the kids and supplies needed for every weekend on the dirt track. This went on for years and we loved our tractor pulling families and have great memories. We also enjoyed many family trips to Vancouver and Victoria BC, our annual visit to Williams, MN to visit with the Mason clan, and many family reunions across the US. Mom loved to go antiquing with her sisters and brought home many treasures from her trips visiting her sisters in BC.
Mom and Dad moved to the farm in West St. Paul in 1980 and we have many great memories on the farm. Mom loved her yard and spent many hours working on her flower gardens. She turned a mud-filled piece of property into the beautiful landscape yard and garden that it is today.
Mom enjoyed visiting lots of coffee shops and restaurants over the years due to her love of food and visiting. She always had a smile for everyone she met. She made a lot of friends every where she went. She enjoyed life, music, dancing and visiting with family and friends and whoever she happened to meet while out and about. For those that didn't know Mom's name, they referred to her as the "Nice Lady". Mom met her special friend Wendy at Grassmere Family Restaurant, one of her favourite places. A special thank you to Grassmere Family Restaurant, Salisbury House Restaurant (GC), The Rock in Stonewall, Sorrento's (GC) and many other establishments that Mom frequented with Dad and enjoyed many meals and visits over the years. Mom really enjoyed her "outings" and looked forward to them every day.
Mom always made time for family and friends as it was so important to her in life. She would do everything and anything for us. She was wife, mom, grandmother, sister, aunt, cook, nurse, babysitter, seamstress, teacher, counsellor, chauffeur, decorator and most importantly, a friend. We will miss her so much!
Our family would like to express our sincere appreciation to all the staff at Seven Oaks Hospital for all the compassion and professional care Mom received. Special thanks to Dr. Sobowale and the rest of her team for all their efforts in treating Mom. Thank you to the nurses and aids who helped Mom each day during her stay in the hospital. We met a lot of nice people and we will be forever grateful.
Please join us for a Celebration of Life for Mom which will be held Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Diabetes Canada, 401-1 Wesley Avenue, Winnipeg.

In tears we saw you sinking,
We watched you fade away,
You suffered much in silence,
You fought so hard to stay.

Your golden heart stopped beating
Hard working hands at rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.

If all the world were ours to give
We'd give it—yes, and more,
To see your loving smile again
And greet you at our door.

How often there comes before us
Your dear face, kind and true,
For death can never take away
Our memories of you.

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Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

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

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • Very well written!! I am deeply sorry for your loss, my sincere condolences. Mike from SanDale - Posted by: Mike Rodrigues (Friends with Ed) on: Jul 31, 2019

  • Some people come into our lives to stay for a while and put footprints on our hearts. Sympathy and prayers to the family during this time. Our deepest condolences. - Posted by: Pamela Mulchand (Waitress) on: Jul 28, 2019

  • Sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Paul Anderson (Former employee/friend) on: Jul 24, 2019

  • Sorry to hear of Nan's passing. She was always such a pillar of strength for your family and a great friend to all who met her. Our deepest condolences to Ed and the girls and their families. Bert and Kathy (Pulling Friends) - Posted by: Bert and Kathy Campbell (Friends) on: Jul 22, 2019

  • My heart is truly saddened. From a very young age upon the meeting of the Wakshinsky twins, I knew what a special Angel they had in their mother. A woman who would do go above and beyond for her family. From driving us places, to buying treats, to just giving that warm smile and hug...she was one in a million! God now has the ultimate Special Angel. May she Rest Peacefully. I’m so sorry for your loss Wakshinsky klan ❤️ - Posted by: Candace van Reede (Family Friend) on: Jul 22, 2019

  • My heart goes out to the family on the passing of this wonderful lady. It was a blessing to meet everyone and I wish nothing but the best for everyone as they go through this time of sorrow. God Bless - Posted by: Alice (Aide) on: Jul 21, 2019

  • So sorry for the whole family, Nan was the best. I will always carry with me the memories of the 5to10 minutes of zen I had in Nan`s office when things were going south. She was like My mom. Hopefully i`ll see her again, but today I can only play sad songs. Love Herb - Posted by: Herb Menzel (Friend) on: Jul 21, 2019

  • My heartfelt condolences to Ed and family for your great loss. It was pure joy for me to associate with the Wakshinsky family for many years and while its structure has been severely weakened by this loss I pray God brings you the comfort needed to manage through this dreadful time and beyond. - Posted by: Garry Harland (Friend) on: Jul 20, 2019

  • We were absolutely heartbroken to learn of Nan's passing. Our sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to all of you during this very sad and difficult time. Prayers are being sent for your comfort and peace as you go through this. You are in our hearts and our thoughts, always. Much love, Tess and Ernest - Posted by: Tess and Ernest (Friends) on: Jul 20, 2019

  • Ed & family, our deepest condolences at this time. Nan has a special place in everyone’s lives that crossed paths with her. - Posted by: Nicole, Robin, Jordyn & Taylor Shymko (Theme party friends ) on: Jul 20, 2019

  • I am sorry to hear of the loss of Nan. She always had a smile for everyone and kind words. A very gentle lady. Bev Hansell - Posted by: Beverley Hansell (Friend) on: Jul 20, 2019

  • Nan was a great lady and will be truly missed. - Posted by: David & Diana Starin (Family) on: Jul 20, 2019

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