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Date of Passing: Mar 18, 2021

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1931 - 2021

Jean passed away at Deer Lodge Centre on March 18, 2021. Jean was born in Sinclair, Manitoba and raised in Red Lake, Ontario. She graduated from Misericordia General Hospital in 1952 as an RN and obtained her BN from the University of Manitoba in 1971.
She is survived by two brothers, Walter (Joan) Thunder Bay, and Joe (Judy) Winnipeg; and two nieces and three nephews.
Cremation to take place and private interment at a later date.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 20, 2021

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Our deepest condolences to Walter, Joey and families to a truly remarkable and loved lady. In loving memory of Annie “Jean” Duczeminski. My mom’s (Melvena “White” Johnston) best friend for over 82 years, truly a friendship like no other! And our special Auntie Jean. The many memories are so dear to our hearts as Auntie Jean has always been a part of our family. The four of us; Rory, Lori, myself and Croy have all been baptized in the christening gown she gave to mom in 1955 for the 1st special occasion as Rory’s God Mother. I have it now to hand down the tradition. Lori was blessed with her name sake and Auntie Jean also her God Mother. They both have very similar personality traits. She hosted our family on numerous trips to Winnipeg or as we passed through to Ontario. The laughs we shared in the garden gazebo or on the backyard glider swing, She loved our phone calls to chat but not on bridge night! We loved how she would tell us about her trips to “Canada Tire” or “Safe Ways”. Auntie Jean came at a drop of a dime to provide comfort, the visits at Winnipeg hospital after Rory’s plane accident and at the passing of Dad. She was there for us. She shared many happy times too. Melanie and Troy’s wedding, the vacations to Costa Rica, England, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Japan, and Christmas in Mexico. Auntie Jean and I shared our love for travel and always enjoyed each other stories of our adventures. She was very proud of the young man Croy has become, his sense of adventure but most of all his University achievement. Auntie Jean will be truly missed by our family. I know she will rule heaven with an iron fist as she did her operating rooms (there are doctors and co-nurses to tell those stories). We Love you for all that you were to us. You will always remain in our hearts. Thank you for being a part of our family. Rest in eternal peace. Forever with Love Melanie, Troy & Croy Johnston - Edmonton - Posted by: Melanie Johnston (Family friend) on: Mar 27, 2021

  • I bid farewell to my best friend "Jean". A friend from school in grade 2 (82 years ago), maid of honour at my wedding, god-mother to two of my children. Jean was with us for many occasions, Christmas, wedding anniversaries and the funeral for my husband. We never missed seeing each other every year. We travelled South East Asia, Japan, England, Ireland, South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, New York, Chicago, Boston and Las Vegas. Until we meet again. Melvena Johnston. - Posted by: Melvena Johnson (Friend ) on: Mar 26, 2021

  • Miss D was a much respected unit manager and OR head nurse. She worked hard, intelligently and always fair in her decisions. Jean scrubbed up for cases to stay relevant and also give the associates opportunity to run the unit. She remained very loyal to staff, patients, surgeons and Children’s Hospital. Her ‘well, doctor....’ phrase usually introduced a serious topic, and we surgeons paid attention! The ‘Miss D in the OR’ video presented at her retirement dinner was viewed many times later. ‘Miss D took herself out of the hospital by retiring, but one could not take the hospital and children out of Miss D’. Families and staff were blessed by her leadership. Thank you, Jean! - Posted by: Ray Postuma MD (Colleague) on: Mar 23, 2021

  • I am very saddened to learn of the passing of "Miss D.", as all who worked with her at The Children's Hospital knew her. I worked with her from 1979 until her retirement and had nothing but respect and admiration for her professionalism, knowledge and the way she cared for her small charges. Many of us are better nurses because of her example. I was fortunate enough to meet with her on a few occasions over the last few years and very much enjoyed her company and sharing memories of our times together at Childrens. Rest in Peace Miss D. - Posted by: Sue S. (Co-worker) on: Mar 20, 2021

  • Jean or Miss D as she was known on the floor, was a superb OR Head Nurse at the Winnipeg Children's Hospital during much of my tenure as Chief of Surgery. Jean was one of the most efficient OR nurses I have had the pleasure of working with and made immense contributions to surgical child care in Winnipeg as well as to the education of OR Nurses and Surgeons. Per Ardua ad Astra. - Posted by: Dr. Merv Letts (Friend and Colleague) on: Mar 20, 2021

  • Our matriarch of the Children’s Operating Room. I didn’t realize what a great head nurse she had been, not until she had retired. A giant void had been left. We will miss her at our “Oldies Dinner”. Rest In Peace “Miss D” Everlasting Memories - Posted by: Helen Skomorowski (Co worker ) on: Mar 20, 2021

  • I worked with Jean and she was my nursing unit manager. Never have I worked under a more precise, intelligent manager in my life. She had our ward in perfect condition and control always. I admire her so much. If I were sick I would want her to look after me for sure! Nothing passed her or got missed and that shows true dedication. She is a wonderful mentor to follow. Over the years I have wondered where she went, now I know, in heaven and surely an angel. Colleen - Posted by: Colleen (Coworker) on: Mar 20, 2021

  • I worked with Jean at Misericordia. She was the nursing unit manager. She was very intelligent and precise. I haven’t worked for anyone as good at her job since. She was amazing. If I were a patient it would be her I would want to be looking after me. There should be more like her. She was obviously devoted to her career. I often thought of her over the years and wondered where she went. Now I know, she is in heaven and definitely an angel. I will never forget you Jean, you were definitely a mentor for others behind you. Colleen - Posted by: Colleen (Co-worker) on: Mar 20, 2021

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