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Dorothea immigrated to Canada and met and married her soulmate Vernon. Together they raised three sons.
Dorothea became a registered nurse, receiving her education at the Grace Hospital, and worked in Labour and Delivery at the Concordia, Seven Oaks, and St. Boniface Hospitals; and at a care facility in Chesterfield, Nunavut.
Left to mourn are her sons, Robert (Janet), Kevyn (Ruth), and John (Shannon); grandchildren, Bob, Chantel, Collin, Mattheus, Spencer, Lauryn, Everett, and Lewis; sister Gertrude (Ken); brothers, Gerald and John (Angie); nephews, Steven (Renee) and Tim; niece Danielle; and "sister wives", Mary-Ellen, Ruth, Jan, and (Marnie).
She will also be missed by Vernon's family, her extended family, and many friends.
We are grateful to the staff of Health Sciences Centre, MICU, for their valiant efforts, and also their caring and kindness.
A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 28, 2019, at the Holy Family Church, 778 Archibald St., Winnipeg, MB.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Siloam Mission or to a charity of your choice.
475 Provencher Blvd.,
in care of arrangements, 204-775-2220
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 26, 2019
Condolences & Memories (16 entries)
My apologies ... in addition to my post today about Dorothy's passing I wish to send sincere condolences to Dorothy's family and friends on the loss of such a fine lady. - Posted by: Christine Jacobson (friend) on: Jun 27, 2020
Dorthy was a reliable and loyal employee of Manitoba Hospital Services on Lombard and Main Street for many years where I first met her. We became friends and even shared baby-sitting duties as young mothers. We met again many years later while she visited her relatives in Maple Creek, Sask. and spent hours catching up on old news. The last thing we spoke about was her then upcoming sojourn to another city in regards to her health diagnosis. I am happy, though, to know that she spent many years since as a happy and productive grandmother and mother and many hours in the company of good friends. I am saddened to hear she has passed away. - Posted by: Christine Jacobson (good friend) on: Jun 27, 2020
My sincere condolences to John, Shannon, and the kids, on the loss of your beloved mother, mother-in-law, and grandma. - Posted by: Tauba (friend of Betty) on: Dec 02, 2019
I had the honour and privilege to work with Dorothea. She truly was an inspiration and amazing to work with. Thanks for being one of the nurses who moulded me into the nurse I am today. Rest well, Dorothea. - Posted by: Renate Scheffer-King (Colleague) on: Nov 28, 2019
Our sympathy to Dorothea's family. How blessed you were to have this woman as your Mom/Oma. Dorothea was my sister Mary-Ellen's friend who became our honorary family member. She was full of kindness and generosity and had a wicked sense of humour. We will miss her lively spirit at our family gatherings. - Posted by: Debbie & Clarence, Brian & Paula (Family Friend) on: Nov 27, 2019
Our sympathy to Dorothea's boys. She was my sister and I will miss her always. We had such a wonderful time on her visit to Nova Scotia a few months ago. Dorothea I can see you sitting on your bench with your soulmate. Love Gertrude - Posted by: Gertrude Morse (sister) on: Nov 27, 2019
I took my training in nursing in the same class as Dorothea, graduating at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg in 1974. We both lived out of residence and often met for coffee before class. Dorothea worked hard to do well at her studies in addition to meeting her family responsibilities. When I saw her most recently at a nursing reunion in June of this year, we had fun reminiscing about our student days. She spoke so fondly about her children and grandchildren and it was obvious how precious her family was to her. - Posted by: Jo-Anne Montgomery (nurse classmate and friend) on: Nov 26, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss, Kevyn. I know from the many talks we have had about your mom that she was an amazing woman. Cherish your memories. My condolences to the entire family as you figure out what will be the new normal for all of you. God Bless. - Posted by: Kathy McGill (Friend of Kevyn) on: Nov 26, 2019
We will miss seeing Dorothea at our meeting. She was a lovely lady. Our condolences to her family. - Posted by: Gail Ashuk and Joan Neill (Friend from WW) on: Nov 26, 2019
We wish to extend our Condolences to all of Dorothy’s family. We had known her since she came to Canada as we came just a few years before her family, and lived in St. Andrews not far from us. We enjoyed many family get togethers at their Family home on McLennan Road. Dorothy was a wonderful lady, a caring person, and always a ready smile. Rest In Peace Dorothy. - Posted by: Maryanne (Overwater) and Joe Schers (Friends) on: Nov 26, 2019
Danielle, Doug, Lauran and Hunter extend our sincere sympathy to all of the family. We are so sorry for your loss. I will fondly remember all of Aunties visits to Nova Scotia always with love ❤️ We hold all of you In our thoughts and prayers We love and miss you Auntie xo - Posted by: Danielle Haas (Niece ) on: Nov 26, 2019
I first met Dorothea as a multip in labour at 0555. She had the devastating task of telling me I was only 3cm. However, knowing Dorothea as we all do, that little multip went from 3cm to delivering in 20 mins with her passion and ability to get a baby out like no one could. Dorothea and my husband literally picked me up w/one hand each and put me on the "stretcher" to deliver. She was Hard Core!! Later as a colleague, I admired her integrity when I knew she "had" to work. I never forgot that story when I felt weak and a story I still think of. She could run circles around us little girls, but it took about 20 yrs for me to realize that. Many years later we became colleagues again and to see her rolling out of bed and coming to work in 40 below (or 50??) inspired me to rise to all the occasions life brought. Dorothea is older than my own Mom and shamed most people a fraction of her age. She really did. I wanted her determination. So from my heart to all of yours who've worked with this Lady and shared all the laughs, drama, egg painting in the "epidural room", stress...ya stress and all the stuff we ever did--lets toast to this Trailblazer!! Sleep well Dorothea Lana L Lekopoy - Posted by: Lana L Lekopoy (patient/colleague) on: Nov 26, 2019
I meet Dorothea about 15 years ago ,been with her to all her apts and she was a brave lady ,caring ,lovable. I miss her I miss her text every morning asking how I am . We had good times and I’m missig her a lot. Rest In Peace my friend till we meet again. - Posted by: Ruth (Friend ,sister, daughter in law ) on: Nov 26, 2019
Dorothea was a Grace Hosp class of ‘74 classmate of mine. She was one of the older gals in our class and I admired her determination and ability to complete training and raise a family at the same time! She was a real spunky lady, always full of laughs. So glad she was at our reunion this past June, still full of life and laughter. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. Rest In Peace Dorothea. - Posted by: Betty King (Nursing classmate) on: Nov 26, 2019
Our sincere sympathy to Dorothea's family. We will miss her, and cherish all our good times together. May she rest in peace. Sincerely Mary and Mike, friends from the block - Posted by: Mary Basic (Friend) on: Nov 26, 2019
My sympathies to all the family. I became friends with Dorothea in just the last couple of years at WW. I was so sorry to find out she passed away. I am really going to miss you Dorothea. We met once a week at WW and when we were at our homes we would play Criminal Minds on Facebook. We recently connected with Fitbit to challenge each other. I also met with her a few times with The Seniors Group for a bus trip and breakfast. Dorothea would bring her grandson Spencer to WW workshop so we got to know him pretty well. Dorothea loved keeping busy and was such a friendly gal. Retired nurse and a good friend to many. May You Rest In Peace my friend Love from your friend Gloria Nagy - Posted by: Gloria Nagy (Friend at WW ) on: Nov 26, 2019
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