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Born: Dec 14, 1994

Date of Passing: Apr 30, 2021

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December 14, 1994 - April 30, 2021

With overwhelming sadness our shining bright light has left us.
Celebrating her life is her mother Eleanor Kotelo (Tony), father Jerry Kotelo, sister Shannon Blair (Ryan), Oma Erna Garnett, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Kim grew up in West St. Paul. She fulfilled her dream of becoming a nurse in September 2019 when she graduated from Red River College. Her nursing career was her love. Kim worked in the acute medicine unit at Health Sciences Centre. She told her Mom "I'll always remember my first year of nursing", because of COVID. Kim was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes in her teens. This disease ultimately helped her connect to patients with her diabetic tattoo and vast knowledge of this disease. Her future goal was to help educate more people about type-1 diabetes. She was compassionate, caring, understanding, and had a unique quality connecting with patients and families. She was often called upon to start IVs or draw blood, as she "got it" on the first try.
Her family and close friends meant so much to her, she valued their support, love and encouragement. She was so proud of her sister's artistic talents that she had her draw up her past two tattoos, with a third one in the design process.
Many great summers were spent at the cottage at Lake of the Woods. Kim also loved coming to Falcon Lake to visit Uncle Barry and Aunty Ev for "fast golf cart", skidoo, or convertible rides.
In her young, short life, her passion was travel. From Belize, Ireland, Greece and Mexico, but don't ask her to camp as she could be quoted saying "I'm a five-star girl".
Her mom, her Oma, and her Granny K were the strong women in her life and she looked up to them.
She loved the fact that she could play cribbage with her Dad, and that he could fix anything. She was his Kimmy-bear.
Little-tumble-weed would be at her godparents, Aunty Sue and Uncle Don's in a heartbeat, baking up a storm.
Kim's pride was making perogies, as Oma taught her. This gal loved her Ukrainian food. She will be missed at family gatherings as she could out-eat ALL of her cousins. Now there will be leftovers for cousins Trevor and Kurtis.

Think of all things we have shared and seen...
Don't think of the things that might
have been...

With Kim's passing, the support we have had is beyond measure. A private family ceremony will be held, a celebration of her life will follow when we are able.
Flowers gratefully declined, donations in Kim's name may be made to the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (

To share a memory of Kim, please visit

Your journey continues, my child...
Love you forever,

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 08, 2021

Condolences & Memories (29 entries)

  • I am completely shell shocked. I am sending love and sincere condolences to the Kotelo family. I remember when Kim was a baby! I had no idea she had passed. To Shannon and Eleanor, Jerry, sue, Don…. You are all in my thoughts right now. I am so so sorry for your loss. Sending love. She will be truly missed. She was much too young. Darcie Ward ❤️ - Posted by: Darcie Ward (Friend of the Family) on: Jun 21, 2021

  • Eleanor, I was so saddened and shocked to hear of Kim’s sudden passing. My heart aches for you. I cannot imagine the loss you must all be feeling. Although I haven’t seen Kim in many years, I remember what a beautiful soul she had. She was always smiling and so friendly, just lovable. Please know that my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Hugs to you all. - Posted by: Carrie Keep (Delaney Chiborak’s Mom) on: May 26, 2021

  • Hi, I just read about your daughter today. As a nurse myself, I feel a strong kinship to her as she lived and loved nursing. I am so sorry for your loss. What resonated through her obit was the love you have for her. I thank Kim for being there during the pandemic and know for myself that she will never be forgotten. Much love and healing to everyone involved in Kim life as well as the rest of the health care teams continuing the fight in hospitals all over Canada. Kim is a beautiful reminder of why we each need to do our part to stop the spread. Xox - Posted by: Carole (Collegue) on: May 19, 2021

  • Eleanor Jerry and Shannon We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Kim. Please know we are thinking of you during this difficult time. Keven and Val Clark - Posted by: valerie clark (friend) on: May 17, 2021

  • I didn’t know or ever meet this beautiful young lady but my heart just goes out to her family and friends for seeing some someone so beautiful and way too young to be gone. She gave everything of herself being a nurse and we have nurses in our own family so I know how hard they have had to work through this horrific Covid virus pandemic. Thoughts and prayers to everyone. God Bless. - Posted by: June Evans (No relationship just feel sad for her family ) on: May 16, 2021

  • Dear Eleanor, this is so sad. I am so so sorry for you and your family. Kim was an exceptional young woman. The world has lost someone very special. My heart aches for you. - Posted by: Susan Allen (Friend to mother) on: May 15, 2021

  • Eleanor, Jerry and all of Kim's family - our hearts go out to you as you deal with the death of a beloved daughter, sister, niece, granddaughter. We we'll remember Kim at Devils Gap in the summers we spent there. She was a vibrant child who grew into a beautiful compassionate young woman. She will be missed. - Posted by: Kathy and Lorne Lautens (Friends) on: May 14, 2021

  • We were so very shocked and saddened to hear this tragic news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. - Posted by: Lorne and Kathy Lautens (Friends) on: May 13, 2021

  • I am deeply saddened by the passing of Kim who was one of my nursing students. Having classes of 60-70 students I often do not remember them all over time but Kim was a vibrant, energetic young lady who approached her studies with great enthusiasm and worked very hard to be become the best nurse she could be. She left a special place in both my memory and my heart. She will always be remembered and sadly missed. Sincerely, Lee Jones, Nursing Instructor - Posted by: Lee Jones MN RN (Nursing Instructor) on: May 13, 2021

  • Jerry, Eleanor & Shannon, We are so saddened to hear about the passing of Kim. We cannot imagine the grief you are feeling at the loss of your daughter/sister. We both remember how happy Kim was when she would come to see you at camp the year you worked there Shannon. She always had a big smile on her face and a hug for you. Remember those moments and the love she had for you all. Sending prayers for strength. -Kim & Rick - Posted by: Kim & Rick Scherger (Knew the family/Shannon) on: May 12, 2021

  • On behalf of my family, our deepest condolences on the loss of your most precious gift. I am so terribly sorry. Words cannot express my sorrow for you regarding this absolute tragedy. I surround you with my prayers and complete availability just around the corner anytime. May she Rest In Peace, Eleanor. - Posted by: Margaret (Tony’s Neighbor ) on: May 11, 2021

  • Our thoughts are with you at this incredibly difficult time. From the first families get together it was evident that Kimberly was truly special. Sincerely Neil and Gloria Payne - Posted by: Neil payne (Friend ) on: May 10, 2021

  • Jake and Eleanor, my heart goes out to you & your family after this sudden loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Nicki Robert - Posted by: Nicki Robert (Cousin) on: May 10, 2021

  • There are no words that will heal your pain. You are in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest condolences. - Posted by: Maureen Mozel (Friend/ cousin) on: May 10, 2021

  • Memories of summertime best friends, Kim and Lindsay at Devils Gap. Such special cherished times. Sending love, Smiley Lisa Hayley & Lindsay - Posted by: Johnston family (Friend) on: May 09, 2021

  • May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Our sympathy and thoughts are with you. Maria & Murray Bamforth - Posted by: Maria & Murray Bamforth (Friends ) on: May 09, 2021

  • On behalf of my family, we extend our most sincere condolences to the Garnett and Kotelo families for your loss. - Posted by: Wade Doberstein (Friend) on: May 09, 2021

  • A precious life taken way too soon. My heart breaks for you on your loss and the difficult days ahead. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Please accept my deepest condolences. - Posted by: Maureen Mozel (Friend / cousin) on: May 08, 2021

  • Jerry, Elenore and family. So very sorry to hear of Kim's passing, cannot imagine the pain your family is going through at this time. You're in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Kim Cousin Lorraine Bryck - Posted by: Lorraine Bryck (Cousin) on: May 08, 2021

  • Jerry and Eleanor, Words cannot express how saddened we are to hear of your daughter's passing. Throughout these difficult times you must remain to be extremely proud of Kim's shortened career as a nurse. Her goal in life appeared to be the need to help others in need. These thoughts must be cherished by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bob and Veronica Osiowy - Posted by: Bob and Veronica Osiowy (relative) on: May 08, 2021

  • Knowing Kim briefly through work she was one that always got me happy and excited, to know I would have her there for a long night ahead. She was hilarious, compassionate and an amazing person to know and work with she had a contagious smile usually followed by a loud laugh. My deep condolences to her mother, whom she talked about being so close with, and to her family and friends. - Posted by: Chantale (Co-worker & friend) on: May 08, 2021

  • My condolences to you Eleanor, Jerry, and your families. Dave - Posted by: David Hnatishin (Friend) on: May 08, 2021

  • We had the privilege of knowing Kim from birth to the Beautiful Young Lady she became. Words cannot express the loss we feel today. Her spirit and our memories of her will forever live in our hearts. Our condolences to the family. - Posted by: Marilyn n Moe Kilborne (Close friend) on: May 08, 2021

  • My heart goes out to all that have to carry the burden of this tragedy, so sad, it should not be this way. Life is precious and beautiful, but at times harsh and wicked. Remember that life continues and their spirit lives on through each and every one of us. Honour that spirit by carrying on and sharing everything that they have taught us. - Posted by: Tyler Grodecki (Friend) on: May 08, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of Kim’s passing. My condolences to Jerry and Elenore and family. ❤️ - Posted by: Kelly bryck (Cousin) on: May 08, 2021

  • Eleanor, Val and I were devastated when we saw Kim's obit in today's Free Press. I can't imagine what you must be going through. She was so young and had such a promising future. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Norm and Val - Posted by: Norman Huzel (Friend) on: May 08, 2021

  • Please know we are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Our deepest sympathy. - Posted by: Cathy Schneider (Co-worker) on: May 08, 2021

  • Oh Eleanor my heart just breaks for you on the loss of your precious daughter. This is not supposed to happen. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Jake, my sympathies to you on the loss of your beautiful girl. Stay strong. - Posted by: Barbara Kilborne (Friend) on: May 08, 2021

  • Dear Eleanor & Family, I was shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Kim. Wishing you all peace to bring comfort and the courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. You are in my thoughts during this difficult time. - Posted by: Vicki Fidler (Previous co-worker (Eleanor)) on: May 08, 2021

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