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Date of Passing: Jan 17, 2020

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1978 - 2020

Marlo Jayne Jurkowski, lawyer and lifelong resident of Winnipeg, passed away on Friday, January 17, after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 41.
Marlo is survived by her husband of 15 years, Ryan Jurkowski, her children, Quinn and Emmett, and dog Nixon. Marlo is lovingly remembered by her parents, Barb and George Durston, mother and father-in-law Bernice and Len Jurkowski, sister Carly Durston and sister / brother-in-law Karen and Mark Colley. Marlo will be missed by her many surviving grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and colleagues.
Marlo attended both U of M and U of W, where she succeeded in earning a Bachelor of Science, then Arts and finally Law before being called to the Bar in 2005. It was clear she had found her calling and loved to go to work every day - which was in no small part due to the wonderful friends and colleagues that became family over the many years they worked together.
Girl Guides had been a part of Marlo's life since she was a small child and she continued to volunteer as an adult. Among other roles, Marlo held the title of provincial commissioner, and received both the Beaver and Fortitude awards during her Guiding career. Her dedication to the Guiding community lives on with her children and their participation in Girl Guides and Scouts.
Marlo's number one priority in life was her family. Her favourite role was that of a devoted mother to Quinn and Emmett; she loved them more than life itself. She remained madly in love with her best friend and husband, Ryan, and it was evident that they truly enjoyed everyday life as a family together. Her spark for life was fuelled by her family and their happiness.
Marlo was a lover of all things periwinkle, a voracious reader, dance choreographer, skilled camper, crafter extraordinaire and phenomenal baker. She will be deeply missed by her friends, family and all those that knew her.
A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at Rossmere Country Club on Thursday, January 30.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation on behalf of Marlo to the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure, Team Marlo. This will start the 2020 Team Marlo fundraising for breast cancer research.
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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 25, 2020

Condolences & Memories (16 entries)

  • George and Barb & family, so sorry to hear of Marlo's passing. I still remember you George being so proud of your Marlo, talking about her university years and her being accepted into law school. Your had twinkle in your eyes and so much love shining whenever you spoke of her. I can only imagine they emptiness and the pain your must be feeling. There are no words to express this. Thinking and praying for peace and comfort in this difficult time. Dominique & Norm - Posted by: Dominique Fillion (former colleague) on: Feb 03, 2020

  • Barb and George I am very sorry for your loss. Marge has told me what a terrific person Marlo is and how brave she has been My deepest sympathy Cousin Pam - Posted by: Pam Cade (Cousin to Barb) on: Jan 31, 2020

  • Barb and George, We are so very sad to hear of Marlo's passing. Our thoughts are with you. Love, Beth and Jamie - Posted by: Beth and Jamie Cade (Cousins) on: Jan 31, 2020

  • George, Barb and family..I was saddened to hear of the loss of your daughter Marlo. I remember George sharing sweet stories of his girls. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with you. Dina - Posted by: Dina Kingma (Friend/former coworker ) on: Jan 31, 2020

  • Dear Durtson , Jurkowski and Broughton families , We would like to express our deepest condolences for the passing of your lovely Marlo. We know how proud you were of her as a fantastic mother and a brilliant lawyer. ... As well as a courageous fighter .Our thoughts are with all of you. Barb, George, Carly, Ryan, Quinn, Emmett, Aunty Joan, Suzanne, Danny,Jeff, and Madison. .. And spouses. Our hearts are absolutely broken for your devastating loss. With love, prayers and hugs. Uncle Ted, auntie Pat, Teddy, Shannon ,Sharon, Steve, Shawn , Karen, Lorna, Scott , Tyler and families. - Posted by: Ted Cade Family (Aunt, uncle and cousins) on: Jan 30, 2020

  • Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences.Thinking of you and your family at this time. - Posted by: Rick Stefaniuk and team (friend/former co-worker of George) on: Jan 30, 2020

  • George, Barb, and Carly. We are so sorry to hear of Marlo’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. - Posted by: Judy & Jan Rikkelman (Former coworker ) on: Jan 30, 2020

  • George and Barb, please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your daughter. The prayers and thoughts of my wife Betty and myself are with you at this time -Curtis Borsa - Posted by: Curtis Borsa (friend and coworker to George) on: Jan 30, 2020

  • Barb and George, I am so very sorry to hear about your daughter. I cannot imagine the sadness you must be feeling. Please know you are in many people's thoughts and prayers. Take care Dorothy - Posted by: Dorothy Woods (MacKenzie) (Previous co-worker) on: Jan 30, 2020

  • George, I am saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Barb and all of Marlo's family. - Posted by: Les Tkachuk (Friend to George Durston) on: Jan 30, 2020

  • I was so sorry to hear of Marlo’s passing and I send you my most heartfelt sympathy. Although we know there is a natural progression to life, nevertheless when a young person’s life is taken there is a feeling of pain and loss like no other. But there will be quiet moments remembering happy times and those moments will be treasured always. Again, I am so sorry and my heart, thoughts and prayers are with you. Betty Hughes - Posted by: Betty Hughes (Friend of the family) on: Jan 29, 2020

  • We are so very sorry to hear of Marlo’s passing. Thinking of your family during this sad and difficult time. - Posted by: Kim and Craig Gillon (Neighbour) on: Jan 27, 2020

  • I worked closely with Marlo at the WCB and she was my go-to for training and legal advice. She was always willing to help and provided advice in a way that made it easy to understand, for those of us not in the legal field. She always had this ray of positivity and you could not help but be affected by it. I was so sad to hear the news of her passing and can only imagine what her family is going through. My sincere condolences, the community has lost a great member and her laugh and contagious smile will be deeply missed. - Posted by: Janice (Co-worker ) on: Jan 27, 2020

  • Dear Ryan & family, it is with great sadness to hear of your loss. To be taken at such a young age I can only imagine what you are going thru. We will remember the great staff Christmas Party that you & Marlo hosted at your house along with other events we shared with you. Cherish the memories that you shared as a couple & a family. Thinking of you all while we are away for the winter. May God keep you strong. - Posted by: Debbie & Roger Griffiths (Co-worker to Ryan) on: Jan 25, 2020

  • Karen, Mark and family. May you find peace and healing during this difficult time. - Posted by: Pina Romolo (Friend to Mark and Karen Colley) on: Jan 25, 2020

  • Sending my condolences Len and Bernice. - Posted by: Phyllis (Friend) on: Jan 25, 2020

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