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Born: Apr 28, 1934

Date of Passing: May 11, 2020

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April 28, 1934 - May 11, 2020

It was with heavy hearts that on May 11, 2020, at the Arborg Hospital, Fjola Bonkowski, aged 86, of Washow Bay, Manitoba, passed away suddenly.
She will be sadly missed by her beloved husband of 65 years, Stanley Bonkowski; and their children, Bridget Ross (Randy), Glynis Buchanan (Doug), Bradley, Todd (Kim), Garvis (Jen); grandchildren, Cameron (Lani), Waylon, Arthur, and Lyle; Michael (Brandi), Jory, Calem, Breese, and Tayvsley; Shelagh (Jason), Keeley, and Kahne; Melodie (Arnie), Ashlee, Hailey, Brody, and Jackson; Marcia (Chad), Trent (Stormie), Wyatt, Noah, and Colin; Trevor, Tihanna, and Terena; Marnie (Mark), Mia and Maddie; Reanna (Christopher); Jodi (Wesley); Shauna-Leigh (Mike), Camden and Beckett; Chelsea (Tyler); Sara (Brendan), Eleanor and Miley; Wyatt, Blayze, Skye, Jaggar, and Onyx. And also, by her brother, Roy (Pat); sisters, Marlene Wilson and Bernice (Fridjon) Finnson.
She was predeceased by her parents, Runa and Valdimar Johnson; sisters, Inga and Margret; brothers, Sigmar, Valdi, Norman and two infant brothers; sisters-in-law, Ruth, Sigga, Gay, and Hulda; brothers-in-law, Steini Palson and Richard Wilson.
Mom was born on the family farm in Riverton, on April 28, 1934. After leaving the family farm, she met Stanley Bonkowski, and together they started a life in Winnipeg. After one winter in Winnipeg, they moved to start farming in Washow Bay. They grew a small farm into a successful farming operation.
Mom was a devoted farm wife, who was involved in the daily decisions as well as the workload. She was meticulous in the way she kept her home and all aspects of her life.
Mom had a big heart, and served many pots of her Icelandic sock coffee from their home in Washow Bay, as well as their winter home in Texas, known as the Canadian Embassy. All were welcome for a hot meal and coffee anytime. Mom was a kind, generous, loving, and devoted, hard-working woman. She was proud of her legacy of five generations, especially proud to be called Amma to her grandchildren. She touched many hearts and leaves an enormous void in all who loved her.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the Riverton Ambulance, Dr. Donnelly and staff at the Arborg District and Health Centre.
Due to the Covid-19 situation, a Celebration of Life will he held at a later date.

Godda nott Mom
Miss and Love you forever.

MacKenzie Funeral Home
1 800 467 0024

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 16, 2020

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I worked with Glynis at the Gillam Public Library and my brother worked with Doug at Manitoba Hydro in Gillam. I felt as though I knew her mother from the way she described her to me, another Western Icelander. My brother-in-law, Murray, has worked with Glynis’ parents on their farm. News of Fjola’s death saddened us all. - Posted by: Janice Christianson-Wood (Friend of Glynis and Doug) on: Jul 28, 2020

  • So sorry to here of your loss. She will be greatly missed. A beautiful soul! - Posted by: Linda and Thor stevens (Friends) on: May 19, 2020

  • Hugs to your family. Co-vid has made saying good bye so very difficult. Hoping you can get together with your family soon - Posted by: Janice and Cliff Harrison (Çousin/friend to Glynnis and Doug) on: May 17, 2020

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