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Donna was predeceased by her beloved husband Abe Kovnats, cherished son Larry Kovnats, her dear sister Betty Letham, parents, Charles and Louise Maloney, and in-laws, Michael and Mary Kovnats. She leaves behind her daughter Jill Kovnats, son Gordon Kovnats (Susan), grandchildren, Daniel (Brittany), Carly (Paul), Dallas, and great-grandson Amari. She is also survived by her dear sisters, Laurine Einfeld, Gayle Petroff (Jack), brother Lynn Maloney (Lana), and many nieces, nephews and their children.
Mom was a kind, funny and friendly person who loved to chat! As a result she made many longtime friends. She grew up in Norwood, the second oldest of five Maloney siblings, residing first on Enfield Crescent and later on Pinedale. She graduated from Norwood Collegiate Institute and many years later organized yearly reunions with her classmates.
Donna and Abe were high school sweethearts who married in 1956. Mom worked at The Bay before marrying Dad, devoting the following years to her family and making our home in Windsor Park a place where their friends and ours were always welcome. Grandpa Mike came to live with us in his last years and Mom made sure he had a loving and comfortable home, including him in everything. She volunteered at our school events and canvassed for the many charities she supported. She had been an avid sewer and curler and, in her retirement, took up golfing with Dad when our folks spent the winter months at their home in Lady Lake, Florida.
Her favourite events included the Maloney family reunions in Killarney, and family dinners here in town where she could visit with our large extended family. Donna and her sisters and brother maintained very close bonds with each other, and she could often be found chatting on the phone with one of them. It seems fitting that her one trip overseas included Ireland, as family was so important to her.
Donna's grandchildren were her pride and joy. "Nanny" as they called her, was at her happiest when they visited at Vic Wyatt Place and later at River Park. Nanny's banter and fun spirited exchanges will be missed the most by her grandkids.
The family extends very special thanks to the staff and nurses of River Park Gardens who cared for our Mom with compassion and kindness over the last two years.
If friends so desire, donations in remembrance of Donna can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB R3T 0R3, or any charity of your choice.
Cremation has taken place and a private family interment will be held. Because of present restrictions, we regret that there will be no memorial service.
We sincerely thank everyone who has reached out with phone calls and cards. It is a beautiful tribute to the friendship you shared with Mom and our family.
Arrangements entrusted to Glen Lawn Funeral Home.
Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence at www.glenlawn.ca.
Glen Lawn Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 22, 2021
Condolences & Memories (8 entries)
So very sorry for your loss Gord & Susie, Carly & Paul, Dallas. Jill & Family. Auntie Edna & Uncle Dan. She was a lovely lady. Love you, Allie, Oskar & family - Posted by: Allison & Oskar Friedenberg & Family (Cousins) on: May 25, 2021
Jill and Gordon, just to let you know we are thinking about you. To say your Mom was unique would be an understatement. For the last 60 years she made our lives a little bit brighter. Spoke to her this winter and as usual did a lot of listening and laughing. Neil and Gloria Payne - Posted by: Neil payne (Friend ) on: May 25, 2021
Sorry for your loss and our prayers are with the family. May she rest in peace. - Posted by: Terry & Adele Kolisnyk (A Friend) on: May 24, 2021
Jill and Daniel: Tonight, when you look up; Don’t think of them as “stars”; Think of them as “porch lights”; Welcoming your loved one, safely home.... Our sincerest condolences to you on the loss of your mom and “nanny” 💐 Cheryl and Les Ellchuk - Posted by: Cheryl/Les Ellchuk (Friends/former co-worker) on: May 24, 2021
Jill and Daniel: Tonight, when you look up; Don’t think of them as “stars”; Think of them as “porch lights”; Welcoming your loved one safely home.... Our sincerest sympathies on the loss of your mom and “nanny”. 💐 Cheryl and Les Ellchuk - Posted by: Cheryl and Les Ellchuk (Co-worker/friend to Jill ) on: May 23, 2021
Donna was a bright light to anyone who knew her. Her and Abe were good friends and neighbours both in Winnipeg and in Florida. I loved visiting with Donna as I could listen to her tell stories and just relax and enjoy the journey! She will be missed but not forgotten❤️ - Posted by: Susan OBray-Buffie (Long time family friend) on: May 23, 2021
Donna & I worked together for a few of the Tache High School/Norwood Collegiate/Nelson McIntyre Collegiate reunions. She was always willing to help, wearing her great smile. Christine (Hallem) Ward - Posted by: Christine Ward (Alumni Association) on: May 23, 2021
Farewell, my bestfriend, till we meet again someday,somewhere. Love always Diane - Posted by: Diane forrest (Friend) on: May 22, 2021
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