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Born: Jan 22, 1945

Date of Passing: Jan 16, 2021

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January 22, 1945 - January 16, 2021

Peacefully, with her sons by her side, Gwen passed away after a long battle with heart failure.
Gwen is survived by her two sons, Andrew (Krista) and Wayne (Sara); granddaughter Ilaria; brothers, Robert and Ken; sisters, Dorothy and Janet, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
She is predeceased by her parents, John and Olga; sisters, Ella, Irma, Kit, Marjorie, Mary, Ruth and Delores; and beloved kitties, Sarah Jane, Bud, Gator, Trooper and Tatyana.
Gwen grew up in Drake, SK and lived there until she moved to Winnipeg when she was in her teens. She moved to Neepawa later in life and lived there until 2020, when she made the decision come back to the city so she could be close to her sons, their families, and her granddaughter who was the absolute light of her life.
Family was everything to Gwen. She visited and talked to her sons as often as she could, and when travelling from Neepawa became difficult, she learned how to face-time with her granddaughter so she could see her as often as possible. Gwen was especially close with her brother Bob in BC. In earlier days she would visit him often, and later they would talk on the phone frequently. Bob sent delightfully ridiculous birthday cards to Gwen all through the year, and they were always the highlight of her day. She was a big kid at heart, and often had movie nights (horror movies, no less) with her boys when they were younger and loved to play video games with them.
Gwen had a very special place in her heart for cats. Through the years she had five of her own, and then later her grandcats who she spoiled.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to Craig Street Cats in Gwen's name.
Cremation has taken place, and a gathering will be held when it is safe to do so.

Condolences may be left on Gwen's memorial page at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 23, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Dear Wayne & Sara: So sorry for the loss of your dear mom. Getting to know Gwen over the last few years was a pleasure. She was very welcoming and made me feel like family. I always enjoyed our talks and got a kick out of her sense of humour. I’ll miss seeing her again. Antonella - Posted by: Antonella (Friend ) on: Jan 25, 2021

  • I just smile when I think of the years we were close. She was a very special person. Our boys were the same ages roughly and we remember the fun times with her. Horror movie nights were the best! She had an amazing sense of humor and perspective on life. She will always be in my heart. Love you Jean. Rest in peace my friend. - Posted by: Barb Vince..nee Fenwick (Were good friends for years our boys were growing up) on: Jan 24, 2021

  • Gwen. You were a huge part of my mom's life and she loved all the fun times with you. She loved you like a sister and now I hope the two of you have connected again up there to carry on your laughter. I will always have you in my heart too. - Posted by: Kathy Cass (Lutz) (Friend) on: Jan 24, 2021

  • Dear Wayne and Andrew Your mother will always hold a special place in my heart. She was always there when I needed her and never asked for anything in return. Her heart was so huge with love and kindness always putting everyone else first before herself. I am so glad you were our neighbors and became a part of our family. I am sorry we were not able to be as close in latter years but never forgotten. Please take care of yourselves and your families. You made your mother very proud of you boys she will always be there in spirit. ❤️ Elaine Solarchuk & family - Posted by: Elaine Solarchuk (Friends) on: Jan 23, 2021

  • Thank you for being my sister, and for being in my life and sharing yours with me. We had so many laughs about our lives, relative and our families. I shall miss sending you the birthday cards. I am glad that you were able to visit me in Cobble Hill and Mill Bay. I remember your visit to Mackenzie! That was special and funny! R.I.P. So much love Bob. - Posted by: robert neufeld (brother) on: Jan 23, 2021

  • My sincere condolences for your loss. I will miss her. You are in my prayers - Posted by: Joann Chomokovski (Niece) on: Jan 23, 2021

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