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Born: Apr 26, 1959
Date of Passing: Aug 15, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
With a heavy heart, we had to say goodbye to Wanda Coates (nee Hayek). After a fearless battle with cancer, she passed away, with family by her side, on August 15, 2019.
Wanda was born on April 26, 1959 in Winnipeg. She was the youngest of three children and raised largely by a single dad. As a result, she was enrolled in the Big Sister's program where she was introduced to her first life-long friend, Elizabeth. Wanda continued to create lasting memories. Through time spent out at the family farm in Camp Morton, MB, to time spent with friends getting into trouble and eating rosebuds at Winnipeg Beach. She spent most of her working life in the labour industry and met her husband, Ken, while working at Moser Manufacturing Co. Having spent her life in Winnipeg, she created a strong community of friends and loved ones around herself. Wanda was loved by everyone that knew her. She was the person who people would call upon in a crisis, and Wanda would never back down from those who loved her. Kind, generous, quiet, and yet, not afraid to tell it how it is to those who would listen. She was passionate, hardworking, and dedicated to everything and everyone.
Wanda is survived by her daughter Ashley Coates (Tyler), stepmother Helene, brother Brian Hayek (Lesley), sister June Lambert (Bob), nieces, Christina Gray (Cory), Lisa Stoyko (Matt) and Sarah Kuehn (Nicholas), her great-nephews, Elijah, Gustav and Sigmund, and great-niece Cora. Wanda was predeceased by her husband of 35 years, Ken Coates, as well as her parents, Florence (Peresky), and Tony Hayek.
The family would like to send thanks to the staff at Women's Hospital for their kindness and support. As well as a special mention to Charyl whose compassion in our time of loss did not go unnoticed.
There will be a celebration of life to follow, to be announced.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 24, 2019
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
Our sincere condolences to Ashley & Tyler, June & Bob and family, Brian & Leslie and family, Big Sister Elizabeth and Helen. Wanda, Caroline and I have been friends since elementary school. We have more memories then this page will allow me to write, like our long summer walks from Brooklands to Papa George’s on Henderson Hwy for pizza, summers spent at my parents cabin in Winnipeg Beach, weekends at my sisters cabin at Twin Beach, trips to Grand Forks, socials and there were many of those, dancing in her basement and just driving around looking for boys in KP park or Pioneer Arena. We had so much fun together, my dad often refered to us as the 3 musketeers. Our lives were enriched by Wanda’s beautiful spirit. The night she passed my grandson and I were taking pictures of the most beautiful sunset over lake Manitoba we both had an unexplained green dot on our pictures, later that evening I heard that Wanda had passed she passed just 15 minutes before the pictures we’re taken. I believe this dot was Wanda saying Good Bye (my favourite colour is green) so to you our dear friend Wanda we say Good Bye and Thank You for being our friend and sharing your life with us. Until we meet again, we love you. - Posted by: Wendy Stevenson (Friend) on: Aug 30, 2019
I remember Wanda very fondly, I went to school with her and later I worked at Mosers with her where she met Ken. I have not seen them for years but I remember sharing good times and lots of laughs. May you Rest In Peace Wanda - Posted by: Cheryl Collins (nee Steinke) (Childhood friend ) on: Aug 26, 2019
Our Sincere Condolences to Ken and daughter Ashley. The Hayek family, as well as all family and friends. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I will remember Wanda by her beautiful smile. Anytime I saw Wanda she was always smiling🙏❤️ Thinking of all of you at this difficult time🙏 - Posted by: Wendy Still (DeCarle) (Brooklands school/neighborhood) on: Aug 26, 2019
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