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Born: Sep 04, 1927

Date of Passing: Oct 18, 2020

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(nee WELLS)
September 4, 1927 - October 18, 2020

Mom passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 18, 2020.
Left to mourn her passing are her children: Shaun Leonoff (Les), Lori McKay (Brad), Marc Wankling, Blair Wankling (Janet Harvey); grandchildren: Nicole Leonoff (Ryan Johanneson), Darcy Leonoff (Joanne), Megan Godard (Yvon), Patrick Leonoff (Karisa Morrow), Jessica Byskal (Nick), Nathan McKay (Brianne), Roen McKay, Morgan Wankling, Lindsey Wankling and Eric Wankling; 17 great-grandchildren, as well as her many dear nieces and nephews and special niece and friend, Charlene Wells-Phelps. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Claude, sister Verda Hogue, brother Leonard Wells and at the young age of 18, her mother Emma Wells.
Mona was born in Winnipeg on September 4, 1927. She grew up on Bowman Avenue and Greenwood Place and subsequently worked at Great West Life. Then her new life began when she met and married Claude Wankling in 1948. When Mona and Claude were first married they lived on Toronto Street where they welcomed their first daughter, Shaun. They moved to Olive Street in 1955, and while living there, they had a second daughter, Lauren (Lori) and put down permanent roots in St. James. After their move one street over to Rita Street, Marc and Blair were born. Mom remained in that forever home for the next 62 years!
Mom and Dad became active members of their new neighbourhood, enrolling their children in the newly opened schools. They were pioneering members of Silver Heights United Church and Mom remained an active member always. They also cherished many happy times with the "Rita Street gang" who were building their homes and watching their kids grow up together. When her own children became older, Mom started volunteering outside of the home in the local schools. She volunteered at Strathmillan, Athlone and Bruce Schools. She was active on many committees, championing family life and enrichment programs. She also taught numerous kids in St. James through the years at the Tiny Tots program at both Sturgeon Creek and Silver Heights Community Clubs. After Dad passed away, too soon in 2000, Mom continued to stay active with travel, family events, meals out and visits with friends. One of her travel highlights was her trip to San Diego with her four children for her 90th birthday. She welcomed all to her beautiful garden and took great pride in her roses. Backing on the schoolground enriched her life in many ways as she enjoyed the children playing and making new friends who passed by while she was in her yard.
Throughout her life, Mom had a great love for all dogs including family dogs, Scamp, Snoopy, Smokey and Shadow and her numerous granddogs. Mom had many other passions including horseback riding in her youth, crafting, sewing and her lifelong love of camping right up to her 85th birthday. Her planning of the month long camping trip was the highlight of every year. These trips allowed her to engage in her love of nature. She was an environmentalist before there was such a thing! She was always happy to be the host for every Birthday, Easter and Thanksgiving, preparing a big meal for all. Christmas was something she greeted with great excitement every year, making sure not a detail was missed! Her greatest love of all, though, was her family. She took great pride in saying that she had four children, 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She will be greatly missed by all of them.
Thank you to the staff at Golden West Centennial Lodge for the care they gave her in her final months.
If you so wish, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Assiniboine Park Zoo Animal Care Fund, Prairie Spirit United Church, World Vision Fund or Winnipeg Humane Society.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 24, 2020

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • To All the Family We were so sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing. She was an amazing woman who always had a big smile and a warm hug for us when we would meet up at Silver Heights United on Christmas Eve or at other community events. She loved to tell us all about you and her grandchildren and what you were up to. We know you will miss her greatly but she will always be with you, close in your hearts. - Posted by: Scott and Marilyn Preston (Payne) (Friends) on: Oct 30, 2020

  • Dear Shaun and family extending my deepest sympathy on the passing of your dear mother Mona Wankling. Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute. Shaun you shared wonderful photos of your mom's 90th birthday! It was fun to follow along the adventure! She leaves a legacy of love and the value of family! Thinking of you all at this sad time. RIP Lynda Ruban Canadian Cancer Society (retired) - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (Canadian Cancer Society (retired)) on: Oct 26, 2020

  • Katie and I appreciated Mona's enthusiasm and joie-de-vie. Mona and Claude were great friends and important mentors in both our lives. We continued to visit Mona every summer when we returned to Winnipeg from our home in Calgary. Both Claude and Mona were key members in the life of Silver Heights United. Well done good and faithful friends. (Rev.) Bob Mutlow - Posted by: Rev. Bob Mutlow (Minister - Silver Heights United 1979 - 88) on: Oct 25, 2020

  • I first met Mona at a you and your baby class that she taught. We reconnected when I became her Dental Hygienist. She was a ray of sunshine and I always enjoyed our time together. Mona had beautiful teeth and they were always clean. Her enthusiasm for life was contagious. My condolences to her family. - Posted by: Sandra Lemoine (Friend) on: Oct 25, 2020

  • Dear Marc & Family, My heart filled condolences on the passing of your mom. Truly a beautiful woman inside and out, always with a smile and a wave greeting everyone that passed by the house. - Posted by: Adriana Silvestrin (Neighbour / school friend) on: Oct 24, 2020

  • To Blair and family my sincere condolences. Your Mom was such a lovely lady. My Mom always kept me up with Rita St. chats she had with your Mom. - Posted by: AnnaMaria Colman ( Silvestrin )0 (School friend and neighbour) on: Oct 24, 2020

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