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Born: Nov 17, 1954

Date of Passing: Mar 17, 2021

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1954 - 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our dear sister, aunt, and friend, Dianne Ewaschuk. Dianne passed away at the Health Sciences Centre on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
She was predeceased by her husband Paul Ewaschuk in 2016; her parents, Hans and Scotty Rasmussen; her siblings, Edwin, Gord, and Elaine; and two sisters-in-law, Lorraine Rasmussen and Nancy Faintuck. She is survived by her brother Ken (Joanne); sister-in-law Diana Rasmussen; and her much-loved nephews and their families - Myles (Crystal, Edwin, and Hayleigh), Mark (Sabrina, Seattle-Anne, and Cam), Justin (Renée), Jason (Leanne, Anika, and Liam), and Benett (Tara, Maëlle, and Kai); and her niece Kisha and her family. Her loss is also mourned by Debbie Johnson, a cousin who became her "adopted" daughter. Dianne will also be sadly missed by her precious Sheltland Sheepdogs - Willow, Bindi, Yoshie, and Ginger. They are now in the loving care of her dear friend Marilyn O'Donell - with whom Dianne shared her love of breeding Shelties. Dianne leaves behind many close friends and colleagues, but none closer than her best friend Sally Brosnyak who has been like a sister to Dianne for over 40 years.
Dianne was born in Winnipeg on November 17, 1954. She was raised in St. Vital. She graduated from St. Boniface Diocesan High School in 1972 and married Paul on September 30, 1978. After graduating from nursing school, Dianne pursued a 38 year career at Health Sciences Centre, first as Head Nurse of Cardiac Surgery and later as Manager of Patient Care, Adult Operating Room.
Dianne openly expressed her love for her family and the importance of traditions and bringing people together. She needed to know that everyone was okay. Dianne was always available to offer support, advice, and encouragement. She took much pride in hosting her grand Christmas dinners, which she has hosted for the last 27 years. It was a special celebration with food, songs, and games where everyone was included - she believed that no one should be alone on Christmas Day.
Dianne's favourite outings were the WSO performances, the Fort Whyte Centre Goose Flights dinners, and going out for brunch with close friends and family. She was a strong supporter of local organizations, shops, and restaurants. Over the years, Dianne was faced with numerous health issues, which she overcame, one by one, with a resilience that was inspiring to all who knew her.
We would like to express our sincere and heartfelt thanks to Dr. Kaufmann, Dr. Ziesmann, and the staff of the Health Sciences Centre OR and SICU for their kindness and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, should anyone so choose, donations can be sent to Fort Whyte Centre, CancerCare Manitoba, or the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Diabetes Association. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a funeral will be held at a later date.

"The song has ended but the melody
will live in our hearts forever."

475 Provencher Blvd.
in care of arrangements, 204-775-2220

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 27, 2021

Condolences & Memories (21 entries)

  • So much time has passed since I worked with Dianne in HSC operating room. I was not married yet, but she took this newly graduated RN under her wings along with a fondly remembered Daphney Howard. My maiden name was Symbolic. I was full of knowledge, short on experience yet during the most stressful trauma cases Dianne taught, lead and allowed our human emotions to be validated. I will forever be greatful for knowing Dianne. - Posted by: Kim Schifke (Past co-worker) on: Dec 19, 2022

  • Some time has passed since you left Dianne but the grief is unchanged. My condolences to your family and friends who you shared your love of life. We worked in HSC at the same time but didn’t meet till our BN degree at UofM. You named us “Study Buddy’s”. We laughed and studied; mostly laughed! A Sunday night tradition of visiting you & Paul became a cherished time together. I left Mb 25 years ago but phone calls on birthdays, weekends and Christmas Day continued. The background sounds of happiness and joy on Christmas Day are fond memories. I met many of your family but not your closest friends so I look forward to meeting them at your memorial. Sitting in my front porch chair now where most calls were made it’s hard not to tear up thinking of a wonderful cherished friendship. Gone, but you are never forgotten Study Buddy. Study Buddy Tom - Posted by: Tom Willis (Friend) on: Jul 02, 2021

  • I was saddened to read of Dianne's passing. We were teenage friends when we lived across the street from each other on Sterling Avenue in St. Vital. I think back on those simpler days and good times we had. We attended the same high school and I was a bridesmaid at her wedding. My condolences to her family. Rest in peace my friend. - Posted by: Priscilla Hogue (Pilon) (Old Friend) on: Apr 12, 2021

  • On behalf of the nursing alumni we extend our sincerest condolences to Dianne's family and friends. Dianne was lovely and kind, having had a remarkable nursing career. Her nursing classmates have a special memory of Dianne singing 'If I Could Save Time in a Bottle' at their 1976 Graduation services. Dianne attended all 5 year reunions up until the 40th, as sadly the 45th being cancelled due to Covid-19. She was a treasured classmate and will be sorely missed. - Posted by: MARIAN Ulyatt (WGH/HSC Nursing Alumni Friendship Convenor) on: Apr 06, 2021

  • Dianne, Laura Bedard and I grew up together but lost touch. We all went to St. Emile School then on to St Boniface High School. Dianne had such a great singing voice and with Laura and I started a group as teenagers and sang at St. Emile church. I remember singing In the Sounds of Silence during mass, a daring move as it was not traditional song. - Posted by: Michelle Fischer (Mager) (Old friend) on: Apr 05, 2021

  • I often met Dianne at Ken's and Joanne's. Always smiling her trademark smile. Her bigger-than-life presence was always much appreciated. The importance she gave to family was remarkable. Dianne and Paul had asked me to sing at their wedding... seems like yesterday. May they rest in peace together. In our thoughts always. - Posted by: Memaine (her brother married to my sister) on: Apr 01, 2021

  • My heart is broken. I have lost one of my few chosen friends and a family member. We went through the good and bad together. There was no limit to our conversation and she was trusted friend. She even picked up some of my Guyanese slangs. We traveled together to different functions, including going to USA along with my daughter. Dianne been the Driver, she tried to take down vehicles on the highway.. She hosted a wedding shower for my daughter.. My family loved her and Paul. No Christmas without her having her west Indian Christmas cake, ginger beer and roti. Always willing to help and give advice ..we worked together for over 35 years, very supportive to each other.. We had our fights. I know I will have to live through this, but it is going to be difficult for a long while. Dianne has made the world a better place. she did a good job and fought good fight, now she is in the arms of God, accompanied with Paul. The Howard' s family will always love and remember you. Gone too soon. Rest in peace Dianne - Posted by: Daphne Howard (Friend) on: Mar 28, 2021

  • You had touched countless lives in your lifetime, and even after your passing, you live through your good deeds. You are a positive influence in the life of many, a voice of reason, and a great addition to my family. You meant the world to us, and even though not related, you are family. We miss you always! - Posted by: LERONE HOWARD (Family friend) on: Mar 28, 2021

  • I knew Diane since 1992. I used to fixed her ingrown toe nails. She and Paul became my friend and client till they passed away. I am so saddened by her passing away. We just saw each other after the pandemic. She was looking for her knee surgery and wanted to move on with her life and going away and travel. My deepest condolences to her family specially her nephew whom she loved and their wives too. I miss you and it is a great loss. I miss you!!! - Posted by: Anita Tandon (Friend) on: Mar 28, 2021

  • Dianne, am going to miss you when I am in Winnipeg our lunches and chats. Will always remember your beautiful voice and spending time with you and your mom after church. Now you are with her and Paul heaven is so lucky. Penny Coyle Cranbrook BC - Posted by: Penny Coyle (Friend ) on: Mar 28, 2021

  • Sincere condolences to Dianne's family. Memories of Dianne from our high school years are cherished ones..... - Posted by: Valerie Bergeron (friend) on: Mar 27, 2021

  • I am so sorry to read about the passing of Dianne. I worked with Dianne at HSC OR up until 1983 and then when she joined my team representing HSC OR at St. Boniface General Hospital when we were developing the WRHA Post RN Perioperative Nursing Program in the 90's It was always a pleasure to work with Dianne, her sense of humor, kind spirit and dedication to her love of Perioperative Nursing always shone through, She will definitely be very missed. My sincere condolences to all her family, extended family and many, many close friends she leaves behind and to her beautiful dogs which I know she loved so much. Comfort if any can be found is knowing that now Dianne is joined with the love of her life Paul and together they will continue their journey. - Posted by: Carole Rickey (co-worker HSC OR ) on: Mar 27, 2021

  • Our condolences. Dianne and Joanne sang at our wedding almost 33 years ago. We remember the Christmas get-togethers with lots of Christmas songs and carols. She had a great nursing career, and she will be greatly missed by friends and family. - Posted by: Phil and Beegi Forbes (Friend) on: Mar 27, 2021

  • Dear Dianne’s family; Please accept my sincere condolences on Dianne’s passing. Dianne and I worked together for 30 years at HSC. She was my boss/manager for most of that time. Dianne’s leadership was of the highest quality. Her open door policy, willingness to listen, her compassion & empathy on issues whether personal or work set her apart from others. I felt Dianne really cared about us her staff as individuals. She knew each of us , our strengths, weaknesses and pet peeves. She helped us enjoy the work and do our best. She was the best leader of people I have ever had the privilege of working with. She also was my friend because she cared about me. I respected her & trusted her more than I can say and I will miss her. Rest In Peace Dianne and know you are a role model for all that come after you. Love Sherry - Posted by: Sherry Earl (Co-worker/friend) on: Mar 27, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to Dianne's Family for your loss. I met the Rasmussen in 1950 when we all lived on what is now Sterling Avenue in St Vital. Dianne & Paul became our neighbours on Meadowood Drive in St Vital in the 1980's. Dianne & Paul were a great couple & good neighbours. Sorry to see that they have both passed away. - Posted by: Alex (Sandy) Stratton (Friend/Neighbour) on: Mar 27, 2021

  • I would like to offer sincere condolences to Diane's family and friends on the passing of our dear Dianne . I met Dianne through our mutual friend, Sue Newstruck about 3 1/2 years ago. I adopted Dianne's late sister-in-law's Nancy's dog Herbie. Dianne and I became friends, enjoying coffee, lunches and chats. I felt an instant friendship with her. I will miss her beautiful smile and kindness. Rest in Peace dear friend Dianne. - Posted by: Gloria Vestby (Friend ) on: Mar 27, 2021

  • When I saw Dianne’s obituary today I was saddened by her loss. I had not thought of her for many many years. I just wanted to let the family know what a lovely person and a wonderful role model for me when I was an RN in the HSC OR. She truly had a calm demeanour and skills when we worked some horrible trauma cases. She was a real role model who always, always gave it her best when caring for her patients. I know for a fact that I learned to be a better nurse working with Dianne. May God bless her. - Posted by: Kim Schifke (Past co worker in HSC OR) on: Mar 27, 2021

  • My condolences to Dianne's family. I first met Dianne as a student nurse, and our paths had crossed numerous times over the years. Regardless how many years had gone by, we were able to pick up the thread of our friendship. She was a warm, loving and caring friend and I will miss her. May memories of her beautiful spirit help you through these difficult times. - Posted by: Heidie Allison (Friend) on: Mar 27, 2021

  • Dianne and my mom have been like family all of my life and I am in shock and extremely saddened by her passing. She was always a strong and determined woman who was a strong support to her friends and family. I will miss dropping off stuff from my mom and our chats. Love you forever, Klin - Posted by: Klinita Rigsby (Family friend ) on: Mar 27, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to Dianne's family and friends at this time. Maralyn and Sally, thinking of you and the dear friend you've lost. Dianne shared her genuine passion for her shelties with me, teaching me many things about the breed. It has been an honour and a privilege to have groomed Dianne's beautiful family of shelties for the past 14 yrs. Dianne was truly a generous and supportive friend. I will forever miss her. - Posted by: Sue Nestruck (Groomer of the shelties) on: Mar 27, 2021

  • Thank you for all of the memories Dianne. Our sincerest condolences to your family and many friends. - Posted by: Margaret and Gregory Zed (Friends) on: Mar 27, 2021

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