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Born: Jul 16, 1956

Date of Passing: Jun 22, 2021

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July 16, 1956 - June 22, 2021

Despite all efforts from the staff at St. Boniface Hospital, on the evening of June 22, Sam Lazarenko's beautiful little body lost the fight and it was time to rest. The world lost an amazing soul that day...
Sam was an incredible woman who wore many hats - Sam, Sammy, Sandy, Mrs. Sam, Aunty Sam, Grandma Sam, or simply Sandra Mae. She was Mom to all our friends and to us, she was our Beautiful Momma. No matter what you called her, Sam impacted everyone who had the privilege of knowing her.
Sam had infinite strength and her generosity knew no boundaries. She was always present and was a sincere and intent listener and loving friend. She was always there when you needed it most. Sam was insightful and whole-heartedly cared about others and was never judgemental. She could 'verbally smack your bottom' and then give you the biggest hug, all in one conversation! Sam was truly one of a kind and a very special human being.
The sunshine that Sam brought to everyone will live on through each of you and the legacy that is "Sam" will be proudly carried on by her children. Sam is survived by her beloved kids (and their fur-babies), Leah Lazarenko (Dash and Bowie), Tara and Matthew Cooney (Eddie Vedder and Finnegan), and Travis Blahitka (Bruce Lee Willis).
Also grieving Sam's passing is sister-in-law Leona Lazarenko; niece and nephew, Megan and Cory Francis (daughters, Maya and Adyson); nephews, David Lazarenko and Heidi Dancho (along with Eva) and Derek Lazarenko and his children, Andrea Hyska-Lazarenko (with her daughter Jayce), Curtis and Austin. Additionally, the entire Rossong Family and Naturk Family are also deeply affected by Sam's loss.
Some of Sam's most cherished friends are Christine Clearly, Candace Beitz, Donna Harlos, Leah Dupuis, and our beloved Mrs. Helen Kroeker (whom Sam knew since she was just a little girl). Sam was predeceased by her parents, May and Peter Lazarenko; brothers Phillip and Richard; and niece Carrie Lazarenko.
Anyone who knew Sam was very aware of her profound love for animals. Over the years she had to say goodbye to many precious fur babies, whether they were her own or her children's - Chrissy, Max, Peanut, Sid, Bailey, Kia, Rosie, Shaniqua, Nixon and Echo. Sam was always a pushover for a senior dog with 'special needs'. It was a running joke that Sam would end up becoming a devoted dog nurse one day! Now we believe that she is forever surrounded by all of her fur babies and grand fur babies.
Sam was the loving centre of our little family and with each new friend or her children's friends, that little family grew. You didn't have to be related to her to truly feel like part of Sam's family. Her house was always the place that everyone hung out at and she welcomed everyone with open arms. She loved having good fun and was always up for a get together with loved ones at home or the beloved cabin in Ponemah.
Sam grew up on Kildonan Drive and kept many of those lifelong friendships like Donna and 'Original Leah'. Daughters, Leah and Tara were born on Macaulay Crescent just a couple doors down from Mrs. Kroeker, who became like a mother to Sam after her own Mom passed. Sam then moved to East St. Paul on Henderson Highway where Travis was born and lived beside the Naturk family, where Sam met Christine Cleary who remained like a sister for the rest of her life. So many fun times were had at the neighbour's pool in the gazebo during summer. In 2008, she left East St. Paul and moved back to Winnipeg to Rutledge Crescent where Sam would spend the rest of her days.
Some of Sam's fondest memories were of summers at the cabin in Ponemah with Phil, Leona, Megan and David, and later Cory, Maya, Adyson and Ollie right next door. Sam loved to have big family dinners (especially when someone else was cooking!) or having adult beverages out on the deck with as many people as we could fit!! It was always the more, the merrier for Sam.
'Love you more' was always a playful argument that Sam had with each of her kids and it will forever remain that way because really, no one will ever truly win.

We all love you the mostest Momma and our
lives will never be the same without you.

As there are so many people that loved Sam, a funeral service will be postponed until after the pandemic.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Humane Society or Siloam Mission in Sam's memory.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 10, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • So Sorry to hear about Sam’s passing. My condolences to you Tara and your family. Your mom was a wonderful person and and friend. - Posted by: Uncle Brent (Friend) on: Jul 13, 2021

  • To Leona and Family and Sandy’s family - We are so sorry to learn of Sandy’s passing. Her legacy will live on through the cherished memories she shared with you. Our sincerest sympathy. - Posted by: Kuprowski Mickey & Larry (Cousin) on: Jul 11, 2021

  • Can’t believe this is true. Gone to soon. Always believed we had more time. Broken-hearted. Leah, Tara and Travis you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you. - Posted by: Karen Zapisocki (Cousin) on: Jul 11, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to Leah, Tara. Travis, and family! Many fun and loving memories of Sam will always be in my heart. - Posted by: Pat Bednarski (Friend) on: Jul 11, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of Sandra’s passing Leah. My thoughts are with you and your family during this very difficult time. - Posted by: Verna Holgate (Cousin) on: Jul 10, 2021

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