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It is with profound shock and devastation that we announce that we lost the best of our family, Stephanie Herlinda Oland Duncan.
Left with her memory is her husband Blair and adored sons, Ethan and Sam; her mom and stepdad, Janet and Rob; her dad Peter and his partner Nancy; her sister Susie, husband Dale and her adored niece Mya and nephew Mackenzie; her stepsiblings, Denise and her partner Amanda, and Chad and his partner Sarah; her father-in-law Gordon; and her besties, Patti and Laura.
To say to know her is to love her is an understatement. Stephie was loved by all. Her childhood was spent making lifelong friends, becoming a talented athlete, and growing into a loving and compassionate woman. Blair and Stephie were married for a couple of years before their boys came along and her world changed in the moment. Those boys were her everything and they loved her back just as much.
Stephie held her family and friends close. And when she loved you, she loved you fiercely. We know from all her pictures. She loved to take a picture...or 100. She always captured the memories. And while at the time, we may have had enough, we will now appreciate and cherish them.
Stephie gave her time to everyone. She attended every school committee, work event and became ingrained in the Stonewall community. She was forever doing something for someone who needed it. She cheered the loudest, worked the longest and smiled throughout it all. She worked so tirelessly on everything for everyone.
For 25 years, Stephie worked in Stonewall starting at the Argus and Teulon Times and then moved with the Tribune. She loved her work and was the most honourable and hardworking team member on behalf of her paper and her customers. She listened and learned how every unique business operated. She got to know the business owners and wanted to help them succeed. She earned their respect and trust.
Our family wants to thank the team at the Grace Hospital for loving, caring, and praying for her over the last several weeks. And to the team at the MICU at the Health Science Centre.
It is hard to believe that we will not see her smiling face again. But we will hold it forever in our hearts and our memories.

Love you. Big Hugs. See you.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grace Hospital Foundation.
A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 21, 2020

Condolences & Memories (22 entries)

  • Blair and family, I am so very sorry to hear about your devastating loss. It is beyond my comprehension the pain and grief that you must be experiencing. I am so grateful that we had a brief opportunity to re-connect last December. May Stephanie’s memory be eternal. May her memory be a blessing. - Posted by: Graeme Young (High School Friend) on: Nov 10, 2020

  • Blair and the boys, Suzie and the whole family- I am so sorry for your huge loss. No words can express this. You are all in my thoughts. I have thought of so many memories of Steph that I have since we were little ones and then as adults and in all of them she was seriously always the kindest and fun person. She will be missed! Steph let everyone know how fiercely she loved her family, how proud she was of her sons and her little puppy and her zest for life. I hope you can find some strength in speaking of her often and finding laughs. Take care. My thoughts are with you! - Posted by: Karen McInnes (Friend) on: Oct 30, 2020

  • We first met Stephie when her family moved to Vancouver from Halifax. She and Susie were the same ages as my children and they became inseparable. The four of them and the two moms were together every day. It was a sad day when they moved to Winnipeg. We all find it hard to believe that she is gone. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. - Posted by: Pat, Mike and Cath Scarlett (friends from Vancouver ) on: Oct 24, 2020

  • To Blair,Ethan,Sam and family My sincere heartfelt condolences What a lovely kind woman and a wonderful mom Rest In Peace Stephanie 🌸❤️ - Posted by: Gerry Gyles (Friend ) on: Oct 24, 2020

  • We Met Stephanie and Blair about 26 years ago at Nelson and Richelle’s for a fun evening of food and games. We played Pictionary and laughed so hard and had a blast. When they moved to Bedson, Stephanie asked me to make shades for their home, our daughter babysat the boys and cats, I used to walk our dog in the back lane and would stop for a chat and they were both always so welcoming and friendly. Blain, Ethan and Sam our deepest condolences on the loss of your shining STAR, but, she will always be in your 💕 - Posted by: bob and Darlene Anderson (Friends) on: Oct 22, 2020

  • Our deepest sympathies go out to your family. Stephanie will be remembered as the ultimate cheerleader for Lincoln and Westwood sports teams. The Langelaar's - Posted by: Nadine Langelaar (acquaintance) on: Oct 22, 2020

  • Thoughts and prayers go out to you. - Posted by: Louisa Azzam (Cousin) on: Oct 22, 2020

  • Absolutely shocked to hear of her passing, I want to send heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. The day her sweet kind bubbly smiling face entered my store to introduce herself was like I had known her all my life. She was such a kind caring soul, and you just knew that immediately. My heart breaks to know this world is without such a wonderful person. To Blair, Ethan and Sam...I didn't meet you all, but know all she had to say about you and the wonderful life you had was her pride and joy. I looked forward to her life stories. It was always such a pleasure to see Stephanie stop by. I looked forward to it everytime and miss her deeply. Sincere condolences. Nicole from Quarry Pets. - Posted by: Nicole Nagy (Friend thru biz in Stonewall) on: Oct 22, 2020

  • It just doesn’t feel real. You were suppose to grow old together, spoil your grand kids. I’m so much better for knowing you and and being in awe of all that you accomplished in work, friends and most of all family. When I think of you I see that smile and hear your cheery voice. Thank you. Much love to Blair, Ethan and Sam. - Posted by: Ken Mularchuk (Friend) on: Oct 22, 2020

  • I pray that you are all able to find a healing peace. - Posted by: Sherisse Demkiw-Smith (Friend of family) on: Oct 22, 2020

  • My deepest condolences Blair, Sam, Ethan and family. I met Stephanie many years ago in Vancouver and then we reconnected years later after we had both moved to Winnipeg. I moved to Vancouver again shortly after reconnecting in Winnipeg, but through facebook Stephanie and I were able to reconnect once again. From the moment I met Stephanie I knew she was a special person with such an amazing, fun-loving personality. Even though we fell in and out of each other's lives over the years she made a lasting impression on me and I will always see her laughing in my memory of her. I could tell how much she adored her boys and what a wonderful mother and wife she was, which I know makes her loss even more profound. My daughter and I lost my husband 2 1/2 years ago when my daughter was 17. I know how painful that was and still is for us, so I'm sending you heartfelt wishes for strength and peace at this difficult time. - Posted by: Rosalie Donovan-Hebert (Friend) on: Oct 21, 2020

  • Wanted to Express are deepest condolences and we'll keep the family in our prayers. - Posted by: Robert Azzam (Cousin) on: Oct 21, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to you and your family. I worked with Stephanie many years ago at the Fort Garry. Stephanie was always so positive and a fun and caring person to be around. She had an unbreakable spirit and a true joy of life. - Posted by: Cherie (Former c-worker) on: Oct 21, 2020

  • Please forgive me for posting what I shared last week on Facebook, for the right words are hard to come by when I feel so sad... I wish I could talk to Stephanie right now. If I could, I would tell her that I think of her often. That her friendship meant a lot to me. That even though I left Winnipeg a long time ago, she was in still my heart. That she was always really good to me. And to everyone. I never saw her be mean. Ever. That she made me laugh – hard. Like crying hard. She could make anything funny. And FUN. That she looked out for me and took care of me. In a really low period of my life. That I have so many great memories. That she worked hard and cared for people. That she loved so many people. And so many loved her. That people are destroyed by her passing. That I’m sorry we didn’t keep in touch more often. That the world is a shittier place without her. That she will be missed more than I can say. That she will never be forgotten and my time with her will always be cherished. All my love to her beloved Blair, her boys, her sister Susie, her parents and her many, many friends. Stephanie YOU ARE SO LOVED. - Posted by: Chrissie Graboski (Admirer & Friend) on: Oct 21, 2020

  • Our condolences to you Blair, Ethan, Sam, Janet and Peter, Susie and all their friends and family. Our hearts are forever broken. A piece of our lives are gone. I will miss her smile, her laugh and the conversations we had. I will cherish our memories forever. She is loved by everyone who knew her. We are so deeply sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Val and Kristin Sehn (Friends) on: Oct 21, 2020

  • I met Stephanie years ago through her work at the Argus and then Tribune. We became instant friends and she would talk about ALL of her boys with such profound pride and admiration. I will always remember her with great fondness as she was so kind, caring and a true friend. She had a gift for making a person feel great when she was around. My heart is with ALL of her boys at this time. So very sorry for your loss, she really will be missed by everyone that had the pleasure of knowing her. - Posted by: Barb Mankewich (Friend) on: Oct 21, 2020

  • We will always remember the first time we met Steph, she came to our house for one of Richards birthday's, may have been his 18th. She walked in with the biggest smile, we will never forget it. We took to her right away. She was loved and still will be by everyone who met her. Our hearts and strength go out to Blair, Ethan and Sammy. We will always be here for you guys. Love and big hugs Babs and Jeff Jones xxx - Posted by: Babs and Jeff Jones (Friend) on: Oct 21, 2020

  • We are all so shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Stephanie. Our hearts go out to Blair, Ethan and Sam. She was so proud of her family. Thank you Steph for being the cheerleader (to all your other kids) in baseketball and ultimate. Having you there sitting beside me cheering them on throughout all their sports, throughout Middle School and High School is something I will always cherish. May you rest in peace, and know that you were loved by so many. Sending the family deepest condolences, and huge hugs. - Posted by: The O'Dowda's (Friend) on: Oct 21, 2020

  • So sorry to hear Seems like just yesterday that we were running laps around the concourse of the Winnipeg Arena or the halls of Westwood Collegiate Steph was such a bright light On behalf of the Rolstones ........ Godspeed to all of you - Posted by: Derek Rolstone (Old Track Buddy ) on: Oct 21, 2020

  • This news is so devastating. My heart goes out to her boys Ethan and Sam and to the rest of her cherished family and friends. Stephanie was larger than life, a social butterfly, someone that could make friends with anyone - anytime. Her good spirit and laughter filled our offices daily and she kept us smiling with her family updates and client stories. A fire extinguished much too soon. Thinking of you. - Posted by: Brent Polson (Previous Co-Worker) on: Oct 21, 2020

  • Blair, we were truly saddened and shocked to hear. Our hearts go out to you, Sam and Ethan. This is such a heart breaking time for all of you, but you will find comfort in all the wonderful memories that you have. You are in our thoughts and prayers - Posted by: Mary & Rick Carvalho (Friend ) on: Oct 21, 2020

  • Blair & family, I am so sorry to see that Stephanie has passed, I got to know her thru advertising a very long time ago and then thru work. I also knew and was neighbours to her friend Patty (Patricia), small world . I am in shock and very sad to see that she will no longer be popping up somewhere and helping out. please take care and once again I am sending my condolences. - Posted by: denise baker (friend thru business) on: Oct 21, 2020

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