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Date of Passing: Dec 15, 2020

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It is with profound sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of McKenna on the morning of Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at the young age of 20 years old.
McKenna was known by many nicknames including Kenna, Kenna Lou, Jeena, Lou Lou, Jee, JeJa, Nanner, Nan, all of which were given out of great love. McKenna was gifted with an amazing sense of humour and quick wit, which she used to great effect with her family and friends alike. Her kindness and empathy towards all people was a quality that was admired by everyone who knew McKenna, and the very qualities that led people to gravitate towards her. She had a tremendous eye for style, and was able to see the beauty of people and places wherever she went.
McKenna had a love for dancing and enjoyed her jazz ballet, tap and hip-hop classes. As she got older, McKenna found the love for the game of hockey. McKenna enjoyed the sport over the years, but mostly enjoyed the teammates she was able to meet and play with. McKenna enjoyed the simple things in life, like time with friends and family, camping and enjoying the outdoors, ripping on the Seadoo, and eating a good hot dog with ketchup, onions and banana peppers. Since a little girl, McKenna always wanted to be a "pay lady" (cashier) and make ice cream cones at The Kiln. Funny enough, McKenna did reach her two young occupational goals by spending her teen years working at The Kiln in Stonewall, Sobey's in Gimli, and working at Rexall in Stonewall. McKenna loved the people she met through her work, and spoke highly of the many customers she served.
McKenna attended Brant - Argyle School, in the community of Argyle, MB until grade eight, Sturgeon Heights for grade nine, and then finished the remainder of her high school years at Kelvin High School. McKenna was excelling at the University of Winnipeg right up until the time of her passing, with her sights firmly set on a career as a Speech-Language Pathologist. She was extremely proud when just recently she learned that she had earned her place on the Dean's Honour List, as well as receiving an Academic Proficiency Scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year. McKenna's marks so far in 2020-2021, left no doubt that her academic success would continue.
McKenna is predeceased by her grandfather Lewis Riley; and her great-grandparents.
McKenna is survived by her parents, Kevin and Lisa Riley; her older sister Brooke-Lyn Riley; and grandparents, Donna Riley, Ted and Darlene Wittenberg. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins including Tony and Renee Wickler (Andrew and Sarah), David and Kim Riley (Brayden and Madisyn), Derek Riley and Tracy (Camryn, Ashlyn, Lauryn, Sophie), Drew and Janis Raeburn (Kaase), Tanis Suthern and Lars (Nolan). McKenna is also survived by her boyfriend Dawson and his family; as well as her precious kittens, Percy and Biggie.
A celebration of McKenna's life will be held when COVID restrictions lift; an announcement will be made at that time.
The family will be creating legacy funds in McKenna's name with a focus on the Manitoba Women's Junior Hockey League (MWJHL) and the Community of Argyle, which will be handled by the Interlake Community Foundation (ICF). If anyone wishes to donate, they are encouraged to contact the ICF through their website:
The family wishes to thank the health care teams from Stonewall Hospital, HSC, as well as the paramedic teams involved. Also, a special thank you to Transplant Manitoba – Gift of Life organization. Kevin, Lisa and Brooke-Lyn want to thank all the friends and family for the messages, letters, flowers and gifts. They are grateful for the beautiful memories that have been shared with them. They are so proud of their Baby Jee.

Ken Loehmer Funeral Services

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 26, 2020

Condolences & Memories (44 entries)

  • Lisa and family...we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your precious McKenna. Our sincere condolences and prayers go out to you...that God will touch and comfort your broken hearts. - Posted by: Gary and Brenda Dyck (Former co-worker) on: Jan 28, 2021

  • So sorry to hear. My thoughts are with you. Dave Wolle - Posted by: David Wolle (Colleague) on: Jan 15, 2021

  • Dear Kevin, Lisa & Brooke-Lyn, Our deepest sympathies on the sudden passing of McKenna. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. With heartfelt condolences, Cory & Sandy - Posted by: Cory & Sandy Shumila (Friends ) on: Jan 08, 2021

  • Lisa, it was only thru a message from Spencer that I learned of the death of your dear daughter McKenna. I wish to extend to you and your family my hearfelt sympathy. I cannot imagine the pain you are suffering -take care. With best wishes and sincere condolences, Shirley Crosby - Posted by: Shirley Crosby (client) on: Jan 08, 2021

  • Dear Lisa and Family. We are sorry to hear about the passing of your daughter. There are no words to take away the sadness when you lose someone you love. Our deepest condolences . Thinking of you during this time. Dominic and Teresa Caligiuri - Posted by: Dominic and Teresa Caligiuri (client) on: Jan 07, 2021

  • Lisa, Kevin and Brook-Lynne I’m so sorry to hear of this terrible loss, my condolences to you and your family. May God give you strength now and the days ahead and may he keep you in the palm of his hands . God bless - Posted by: Daina Gagne(Miller) (School friend of Lisa tannis and Janis ) on: Jan 06, 2021

  • I am a client of Lisa's (she is a dear and lovely person). I did not learn of this until today. I am speechless, profoundly saddened to hear of this family tragedy. My heart goes out to Lisa, Kevin, and Brooke-Lyn. We extend our deepest sympathies to you Lisa may God comfort you and your family. Leslie and Bary Finch. - Posted by: Leslie and Bary Finch (clients and friends) on: Jan 05, 2021

  • Lisa, my deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear dear daughter. I know you were so proud of her and she sounded like a wonderful daughter. It is just so sad to lose family and friends but to Lise your child, that is just cruel. My thoughts are with you and your family - Posted by: Barbara Hague (Friend) on: Jan 05, 2021

  • Kevin, Lisa and Brooke-lyn, Nathan and I we incredibly saddened when we heard the news about McKenna. Please know we are thinking of you and sending all our strength and prayers your way. - Posted by: Tricia Rempel (Friend) on: Jan 04, 2021

  • We remembered your hockey games, how driven and hard worker you were. You made a big impression in the short time we spent with you. Always cheerful, having many topics to talk about with children and adults alike, you had a halo of joy and energy around you. We learned from your successes and achievements in school and sports through your grandparents. We will miss you now that you have left earth but we know you have come back to the Lord’s home, and have become a new shining star in Heaven. We will keep you alive in our hearts, and will always be in our prayers. - Posted by: Jose, Lupita and Valeria Villeda (Friend) on: Jan 03, 2021

  • Lisa, Kevin and Brooke-Lynn, we are so saddened to hear of McKenna’s passing. Our hearts are absolutely breaking for you. We know the strength of your family, and of your love, that will keep McKenna close in your hearts. Cathy & Bob Stewart - Posted by: Cathy Stewart (Friend of Lisa) on: Jan 02, 2021

  • McKenna was always such a joy to be around. Whenever we would happen to see her, she always had a smile on her face. I recall the first time I met her, when she was 3-4 years old for Drew and Janis' wedding in 2004. Fast forward to 2020, attending Uncle Drew's 50th birthday and McKenna laughing at all the shenanigans going on around us. Lisa, Kevin and Brooke, I cannot begin to imagine the pain your going through right now. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all of you. I will keep you in my prayers. Rest in peace Kenna. - Posted by: Jessica Bradley (Family friend) on: Dec 30, 2020

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Words cannot express our deep sadness for your family right now. Lisa, I didn't get to meet McKenna as a young lady but whenever you spoke of her to me you had a twinkle in your eye and you could see how deeply proud you were of both your girls!! McKenna will forever be missed, but her short life will be full of beautiful memories. - Posted by: Heather Fast (Friend) on: Dec 30, 2020

  • Lisa, extending the sincerest condolences to you and your family. There are no words that can help lessen your pain for your loss. Lean on your friends and family and may the wonderful memories of McKenna help to bring all of you some peace and strength during this very difficult time; made even more challenging because of the pandemic. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Take care and hugs to all. - Posted by: Marina Di Nella (Friend) on: Dec 30, 2020

  • Our sincerest condolences to you and your family Kevin. - Posted by: Tyler McClendon (Coworker ) on: Dec 30, 2020

  • Lisa, Kevin and Brooke-Lyn: We are so sorry for your loss. Hockey binds all of us together and any loss is felt by all. Our thoughts are with you. - Posted by: Fred, Kathy and Sarah Hnytka (Hockey Parents/Player) on: Dec 29, 2020

  • Words cannot express the sorrow we feel in your loss of McKenna. Our heartfelt sympathy to all the family and friends. Our prayers are with you. Former members of Gloria Dei church, Charlene and Harold Mitchler - Posted by: Charlene Mitchler (acquaintance) on: Dec 29, 2020

  • Dear Lisa Kevin and Brook-Lyn We are so sorry to hear of McKennas' passing. We are thinking of you. Love from Duncan Theon Naomi and Liam McIvor - Posted by: Duncan and Theon McIvor (Cousin) on: Dec 29, 2020

  • My Dear Lisa, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your daughter, McKenna. I cannot imagine what you and your family are going through right now. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Love, Mrs. M. - Posted by: Donna Mitchell (Friend) on: Dec 29, 2020

  • Our sincere condolences to the Riley family. Larry and Rose Porosky - Posted by: Rose and Larry Porosky (Friend of Donna Riley) on: Dec 28, 2020

  • Lisa and family - our deepest condolences on your loss. McKenna was an amazing person and she will be missed by all who knew her. If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Lorraine, Darren, Justyn and Devon Cassan (Friend) on: Dec 27, 2020

  • Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your daughter, McKenna. There really are no words to express what it feels like to lose a child. We wish you strength and compassion on this very difficult path of loss and grief! Take care, Gwen and Jim Falkingham - Posted by: Gwen Falkingham (Suthern family friend) on: Dec 27, 2020

  • Dear Kevin, Lisa and Brooke-Lynn, and all your family: I’m so sorry to hear about McKenna, and so very sad for your family; what a lovely and accomplished young lady she was. May you find peace in remembering all her wonderful qualities. Kathy Street - Posted by: Kathy Street (Friend) on: Dec 27, 2020

  • Lisa, With deepest regard to you, who always made us feel more like friends than clients, our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family with the devastating loss of your daughter. By all accounts, this remarkable young woman made her mark on this world during her short life- a testament not only to her, but to you and your husband.. May the caring concern and support of others give you all, strength, as well as bring you comfort. And may all the special memories of your beloved McKenna, make you smile through your tears, and keep her forever close. Sincerely.. Pat and Earl Winn - Posted by: Pat Winn (friends) on: Dec 27, 2020

  • To the whole family: Harvey David and I just heard about your tragic loss. There are no words that can be offered at this time other than to again offer our thoughts to you on the loss of a child who was so accomplished and had so much to offer. We know the joy she provided to Ted and Darlene , we can only imagine how painful the loss is, for all of her grandparents, her parents, her sister, extended family, and friends. Lynne and Harvey Fineman, David Solomon - Posted by: Lynne and Harvey Fineman , David Solomon (Ted and Darlene's friends) on: Dec 27, 2020

  • Thinking of you and your family. May the memories bring smiles to your faces during this difficult time - Posted by: Leandra Timmerman (Friend ) on: Dec 27, 2020

  • Our heartfelt condolences to all your family on the loss of your beloved McKenna. Colin and I have known the Riley Family for many years. I got to know McKenna while substitute teaching at Brant-Argyle School—lovely girl! Colin & Darleen Cameron - Posted by: Darleen Cameron (Friend/Teacher) on: Dec 27, 2020

  • I’m so sad to hear of the loss of your daughter. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs . - Posted by: Lana Gabbs (Friend) on: Dec 27, 2020

  • Lisa, Kevin, Brooke and all of your extended family. Please accept our very sincere condolences for the loss of your beautiful daughter McKenna. We have such lovely memories of her. A kind and generous soul, and a supportive and talented teammate. She shared her infectious smile so often. I hope that overtime, the precious memories that you have created as a family, will help to comfort the pain and loss you were feeling now. She will live strong in your heart and in your memories. Sending love and prayers. 💜💜💜 Sharon Gurney, Leah and Calvin Hicks - Posted by: Sharon Gurney (Friend/ Hockey Mom) on: Dec 27, 2020

  • How dare life let this ever happen. Have no idea why. Please so Wish McKenna was still here. Kevin & Lisa - Posted by: Randy Dawson (Friend ) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • I am so sorry to hear about the sudden passing of Mckenna. She was a lovely girl and definitely way to young to be taken. Reminisce as much as you can! She will never be forgotten! Prayers and thoughts are with you all! - Posted by: Tannis Thomson (Friend of the family ) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • Lisa, Kevin and Brooke-Lynn. Words can not express our deepest sympathies on the passing of McKenna. Know you are surrounded by love of so many who know you. A life too short. Her memory will always be precious to you. Much live and constant prayers to you. - Posted by: Deborah & Craig Judt (Friends ) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • We are so sorry to hear of the passing of McKenna! Although we only met you in August, we were instantly fond of you all! McKenna was very approachable and a pleasure to be around! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! - Posted by: Barbara and Rob Laurin (Friends) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • Our thoughts are with you and our hearts are aching for you. Our deepest sympathies for you and your family. 💔 - Posted by: Greg, Bonnie, Matthew & Brooklyn Hollingshead (Friends) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • Dear Lisa and family. We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful daughter. Our hearts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Linda and Rick Romsa (Friend) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • Kevin, Lisa, and Brooke-Lyn, I had the pleasure to coach Mckenna on 2 separate occasions. Once when she played spring hockey for the Mb Heat and more recently in junior women’s with the SilverTips. She always displayed great sportsmanship combined with her high level of skill. What I will remember most is how friendly and well liked Mckenna was at the rink. She will be sadly missed but never forgotten by all those who knew her. Our heartfelt condolences, Mike, Brenda, and Haley Steciuk - Posted by: Mike Steciuk (Former hockey coach) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Words cannot describe what the family is going through. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Myles - Posted by: Myles Willis (Friend) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • So deeply sorry you have to go through a heartbreak like this. Whatever you’re feeling, please know you’re not alone. We will be thinking of you as you remember McKenna. - Posted by: Tom Colina (Friend) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • When Arlee transferred from Warren to Stonewall Blues, she was so shy and scared of meeting new people. McKenna was the first to welcome her to the team, with open arms and made her feel like she truly belonged they became great teammates, and she was an inspiration to all. We are so terribly sorry for your unthinkable loss 💕🙏🏒 - Posted by: Shauna and Arlee Romanchuk (Hockey teammate ) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • Kevin, Lisa and Brooke-Lyn. We are so sorry to hear about McKenna. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we can’t imagine what you are going through right now. Big hugs to all of you Nadine Bob Kat and Faith - Posted by: Nadine Hoshwa (Friend) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • So sorry for your loss - I’m so glad I got to spend some time with McKenna - I can still see her big smile as she jumped on the sea doo- hold your memories close - your in my thoughts and prayers - Posted by: Evelyn (Friend ) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • Sorry for your loss. It is so hard to believe when we loose our loved one so suddenly without any warning. We have been thinking of you and your families during this time and will continue to send support. I (Diane) work with David and Kim and our sons grew up together in Killarney. I know I have met your family at a rink along the way. Deepest and sincerest care to you all 💕 - Posted by: Diane and Curtis Dickson and Josh Sylvester (Friends of David and Kin brayden and Maddy) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • Lisa and sorry to hear of your young daughter’s unexpected passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during the ongoing grieving process. Speak of her often...she will never be forgotten! 💕 - Posted by: Lori Vandal (Friend) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • Words cannot express my feelings for you at this time Kevin, Lisa and Brooke-Lynn. I pray you will feel the peace and love that is coming your way from all your friends. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter. I hope we can all lift your spirits in some way. Lots of love Susan - Posted by: Susan Chomut (Co worker) on: Dec 26, 2020

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