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DONNA JULIA CALDER

Date of Passing: Aug 28, 2019

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DONNA JULIA CALDER

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Donna Julia Calder on August 28, 2019 (75 years old). Donna left us peacefully at CCU in Health Sciences Centre Wednesday morning, from complications of pulmonary hypertension.
Donna was predeceased by parents, Joseph and Olga Strembicki, her Uncle Billy and Aunt Pearl on her mother's side and aunts, Mary, Sally, Jeanette, Anne and Amelia, and Uncle Stanley on her father's side.
Donna is survived by her wife and loving partner of 47 years, Jo-Anne Ford. Donna felt great love for her children, daughter Traci Calder (Doug) of Dryden; and son Kerry Calder (Doris) of Thunder Bay; and her grandchildren, Tyler and Nikolas who brought her great joy. She is also survived by her sister Gail Kuchnicki of Winnipeg, whose kindness and love she cherished every day; her nieces, Saundra (Andrew) and Terrlyn (Julian) of Ottawa and her new great-nephew, Henry, whose photo stream gave her hours of enjoyment.
Donna grew up in Transcona where she kept many good childhood friends, still close to this day, some as far back as before grade school. After working 29 years, she retired from C.N.R. in 1995 and continued to enjoy many years of retirement at her cottage at Grand Beach with her children, grandchildren and many good long-time friends. For the last 11 years, Donna wintered in Mesa, Arizona where she gathered many new friends and many good memories there too. Friends and neighbours were important to her, who always shared lots of laughs and many good times. Donna always tried to remember everyone's special occasions, either with a card or a special phone call birthday song and was happiest with her friends around her.
Cremation has taken place and at Donna's request, a private family ceremony and interment at Transcona Cemetery will be held in spring.
Donations in Donna's name can be made to a charity of your choice.
We thank you all for the love and kindness you have shown to Donna and Jo-Anne over these last difficult months.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 31, 2019

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Jo-Ann, I am so sorry to hear the passing of Donna. I have always been fond of you and Donna and miss the both of you. Donna was a straight shooter and said it like it is. She knew how to make Don and I laugh. Knowing Donna and you made my life richer. Love and kisses. Linda - Posted by: Linda Tennant (Friend and collegue) on: Sep 17, 2019

  • I have fond memories working with Donna in the Winnioeg Crew Office. She had a great attitude and was a team player. - Posted by: Jim Kane (Work Collegue) on: Sep 01, 2019

  • I have fond memories working with Donna in the Winnioeg Crew Office. She had a great attitude and was a team player. - Posted by: Jim Kane (Work Collegue) on: Sep 01, 2019

  • I have fond memories working with Donna in the Winnioeg Crew Office. She had a great attitude and was a team player. - Posted by: Jim Kane (Work Collegue) on: Sep 01, 2019

  • Will miss Donna's laugh and her big smile! Will always remember Donna under the table in Ajjic Mexico as an earthquake rolled by we all laughed so hard after. So many memories, Donna I know you are smiling down on us saw you last night shinning so bright one more bright star in the sky. Jo -Anne I'm sending Big Hugs from the Sunshine Coast. Please visit. - Posted by: Lorraine Aime (Friend) on: Aug 31, 2019

  • Dear Jo-Anne So sorry to hear that you have lost Donna. You sure made an awesome team. We have great memories of the two of you as our neighbors at the beach. Take care: Barb & Paul - Posted by: Barb and Paul (Friendship made at the beach) on: Aug 31, 2019

  • Dear Jo Ann Our Sympathy to you and family. We will truly miss her smile, kind words, her Wave as you and Donna drove by our home, the garage sales. You and Donna were one of the first that moved to Summerview Lane. May she rest in Peace, Love Matt & Mary - Posted by: Matt & MarySobocan (Neighbour) on: Aug 31, 2019

  • We enjoyed spending time and laughs with Donna and Jo-anne, especially at our pot luck dinners on "Manitoba" Avenue. - Posted by: Sandra and Michael Danielson. (Friendship made in Mesa, AZ) on: Aug 31, 2019

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