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BRENDA LEE DONALDSON (CHANOWSKI)
Born: Sep 20, 1962
Date of Passing: Sep 21, 2020Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
BRENDA LEE DONALDSON
September 20, 1962 - September 21, 2020
She is survived by her husband Jim of 36 years; son Kelly (Sabrina); daughter Kerri (Patrick); grandsons, Jaxon and Flynn; as well as her mom Eileen; her brothers, Brian and Deb (Wyatt), Darren (Sarah, Linus and Mila), Kelly (Shayna and Joshua).
Brenda was predeceased by her father Edward and her daughter Amber.
Brenda enjoyed her youth at her grandparents farm in Dugald and her dad's family farm in Anola. Growing up in Transcona, she graduated from Transcona Collegiate in 1980. She continued to live and raise her family in Transcona. You could find her at Kelly and Kerri's hockey events, or at Blue Bomber and Winnipeg Jets games, as well as jamming at a rock concert. She enjoyed her family vacations to Florida and Hillside beach. She adored every moment she spent with her beautiful grandsons.
Brenda touched so many lives, including aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Brenda's first day with Pitblado's predecessor Law Firm, Buchwald Asper Henteleff was July 4, 1983 as an Administrative Assistant. Judy Payne impacted Brenda's life in many positive ways, she was more of a friend than her boss. Brenda appreciated everything Judy and the Pitblado family did for her.
Thank you to the doctors and staff at St. Boniface CancerCare and Palliative Care.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Brenda's honour to CancerCare Manitoba.
Cremation has already taken place. A private Celebration of Life with family will be held at a later date. Make a donation to
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 26, 2020
Condolences & Memories (12 entries)
I just heard of Brenda's passing this evening...I am so very sorry, Jimmy, Kelly, Kerri and each of your families. I remember Brenda's always smiling face! She was always very kind, helpful and happy. Godspeed to you all. Love and Blessings from Cindy Drysdale (Hansell) xxx ooo - Posted by: Cindy Drysdale (Friend of the Donaldson Family) on: Oct 29, 2020
So sorry to hear about Brenda. I always enjoyed our visits at family gatherings. Deepest sympathies to all her family. - Posted by: Bette Palmquist (cousin) on: Oct 14, 2020
Our deepest condolences to you, Jim and the kids. Brenda was a ray of sunshine. She was the kindest person I met. I worked with Brenda at Buchwald Asper for many years. She will be deeply missed by everyone. - Posted by: Molly and Greg Lindenbach (Friend and Co-Worker) on: Oct 06, 2020
I just heard about Brenda's passing this past weekend. I worked with Brenda at Buchwald many years ago and remember her as always having a smile on her face. She was incredibly kind and caring and a truly wonderful lady - I am sorry for your loss.... - Posted by: Arlene (former co-worker) on: Oct 06, 2020
With heavy hearts, Jim, Ed and I send our deepest prayers and thoughts to you and the family. We will always remember Brenda’s beautiful smile. Love, Ed and Joan Burnett - Posted by: Ed & Joan Burnett (Cousin) on: Oct 04, 2020
I am so terribly sad to hear of Brenda's passing...she was the sweetest, most kind person I ever met. I had the great privilege of working with her at Buchwald/Pitblado for years, we became friends outside of the office. My deepest condolences to Jimmy, Kelly, Keri and family. RIP dear friend....heaven received a very special angel. xo Laurie (Lotty P) - Posted by: Laurie (Fotty) Sapischuk (Friend) on: Sep 30, 2020
Brenda was a neighbourhood mom like me and I watched her at all the hockey games as well!!! That is such a beautiful picture of Brenda exactly exactly how I remember her no words can express of difficult this for you at this time but know that you have many tell me and friends to help you 🙏 Cathy Bill and the Franceschetti clan ❤️ - Posted by: Cathy (Neighborhood friend) on: Sep 26, 2020
So sad and sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Jimmy, Kerri, Kelly and families. Karen and Frank Sawchuk - Posted by: Karen and Frank Sawchuk (Friend of family) on: Sep 26, 2020
I had privilege of sitting next to Brenda when I first started at Pitblado in 2000. She was a kind, friendly, cheerful person and I appreciated her so much. She was always willing and happy to explain whatever it was I needed help with. I recall each morning, before 8 am (because she always got to work early), her phone calls to her children to ensure all was well, that they had good breakfast and to remind them of whatever they had going on that day. Most of all, I remember the expression of love for her children as this daily event took place. I am sad for her family and all who knew and loved her, however, how blessed you were to have had her in your life. - Posted by: Deb Smyth (Co-worker) on: Sep 26, 2020
I am terribly saddened to hear of sweet Brenda's passing. I met Brenn'r, as I called her, while working at Buchwald, instantly we became friends. She was always so very kind to me, and we enjoyed a grand friendship away from the office with many other co-workers. Brenda was a gentle soul, she truly will be missed by soo many... My deepest condolences to Jim and family.. Jan (jan'r) - Posted by: Jan Hocken (friend/co worker) on: Sep 26, 2020
So sorry for your loss. We will miss her laughter and great giggle. Always will remember the "summer games" at the beach with the whole family. Lots and lots of laughs. Hugs to all. - Posted by: Ida & Diane Selman (Aunt/cousin) on: Sep 26, 2020
I am sad to hear of Brenda’s passing. Brenda was a customer of mine downtown. I spent many years doing her annual Christmas party makeup. She was always so happy, calm and caring. She was very proud of her grandsons and would show me pictures and chat about them often. My condolences to her family and friends. I will sure miss seeing her. Xox Mel - Posted by: Melanie Lesk (Friend) on: Sep 26, 2020
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