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She had a happy upbringing as the oldest child of Bruce and Ruby Hogg, growing up on the family farm south of Warren with her two brothers. After attending the Manitoba Normal School, Donna began teaching at age 19, spending two years at Grosse Isle and one year at Britannia School in St. James.
She married Ernie Webb of Stonewall in 1957 and became a full-time mother for several years before returning to teaching as a substitute in Stonewall. Later she completed a university degree and became a family support worker for Manitoba Community Services, where she spent 15 satisfying years assisting families with special needs children.
Donna was a talented amateur musician, playing piano and trombone, and singing in choirs. She loved nature, kept a large garden and each year canned hundreds of quarts of vegetables and saskatoons. She was a generous supporter of many environmental groups and medical charities and sponsored foster children in Africa and Central America. During their 43-year marriage, Donna and Ernie enjoyed Elder Hostel programs in Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. After Ernie's death, Donna continued to travel to places as diverse as Alaska, Labrador and Iceland.
She leaves to mourn her children, Bruce (Nicole Armstrong), Allan (Marion Zerrenthin), David (Massimo Lanaro) and Barbara Smith, her brothers, Bruce (Pat) and Glenn (Margaret), grandchildren, Michael Poloski and Carrie Smith, great-grandson Tripp Poloski, sisters-in-law, Marlene Taylor (Jim) and Gwen Webb, many nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as the families with whom she worked over the years. We will miss her generous, supportive nature and her cheerful, common sense approach to life.
The family would like to thank Dr. Graham and especially the sensitive and compassionate staff at Rosewood Lodge who cared for our mother so well in her last year.
At Donna's request, she has been cremated and there will be a small family gathering to remember her life well lived.
Ken Loehmer Funeral Services
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 18, 2020
Condolences & Memories (1 entries)
Always enjoyed conversations with Donna. I ....Carol was in Grade eleven at Grosse Isle when Donna was teaching there and I would go to her classroom at noon hour to chat with her. She was interesting, knowledgeable with a great sense of humour. You will all miss her and our condolences go out to you all. - Posted by: Dan and Carol Nichol (A first cousin to Dan) on: Apr 18, 2020
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