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Born: Aug 07, 1952
Date of Passing: Jul 13, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
Darlene was born on August 7, 1952, in Saskatoon City Hospital, to Helena (Wiens) and Peter Warkentin. She attended Wilson School in Saskatoon, Rosthern High School in Rosthern, and graduated from Rosthern Junior College in 1970. She loved music, playing piano, and singing in numerous choirs.
Darlene graduated from the nursing program at Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in Saskatoon in 1973, and moved to Steinbach, Manitoba to work in Bethesda Hospital. In 1974 she moved to Winnipeg, where she lived until her passing. She worked in the Intensive Care Unit at Misericordia Hospital, at the Red Cross Blood Services, and lastly in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Boniface Hospital.
Darlene was a patient and encouraging mentor to the less experienced nurses who worked with her. She had a wonderful sense of humour - her nursing colleagues recall a night-shift Christmas pageant complete with shepherds, a stuffed sheep, an angel, and Darlene, resplendent in a blue towel veil as the virgin Mary. She was a loving, compassionate caregiver and advocate for the wee ones in her care and their families. She would snuggle the babies close, stroking their faces and whispering, talking, and singing to them as if they were her own.
She loved babies and children, both those she cared for as a nurse, and those she cared for in her family and circle of friends. She was truly a beloved aunt to her nieces and nephews, and to numerous others whom she "adopted" as part of her family. To many, she was simply "auntie" - spoken with great affection, no first name needed.
She loved her family. Before the pandemic, she visited and cared for her mom in Saskatoon with regular, lengthy visits. She enjoyed family reunions, camping trips, card games, music festivals, concerts, holidays, and meals with her family. For many years, her Winnipeg family, immediate and extended, would gather for a meal on Friday after work, followed by card games and visiting. We will miss her especially then.
Darlene was predeceased by her grandparents, her dad in 2007, her nephew Daniel Benson in 2017, and by numerous uncles, aunts and cousins. She is lovingly remembered by her mom, Helena; her siblings, Erwin/Wark (and Val), Sherry, Duff (and Joan), Ken (and Lydia); her nieces and nephews, Elyssa, Thor, Luke, Jeff, Peter, David, Joe, Karl, Laura, Kat, Dom, Jane, Jesse, Elliot, Dave and their families. Her great-nephews, Fritz, Watson, Dominic and Logan will miss her terribly. She is also remembered with love by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. During her illness, her dear friends, Ruby Tretiak, Dawn Sherrett and Barb Froese were especially supportive. We are so grateful to them.
Special thanks also to the palliative home care folks who made it possible for Darlene to remain in her home for as long as she could, and to the wonderful staff at Riverview Health Centre for their compassionate care for Darlene and her family.
Arrangements for a memorial service are pending reduced public health restrictions.
Messages of condolences can be left at www.friendsfs.ca
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 17, 2021
Condolences & Memories (2 entries)
Dear Warkentin family. Darlene was a wonderful friend to me and a great 'auntie' to our children, especially all the years we lived in Winnipeg. She was and excellent listener, and had a terrific sense of humour, and we shared much time together in those years. I have many good and loving memories of her. I remember meeting all of you, Helena, Wark and Val and your children, Duff, Sherry and Ken, and loved visiting with each of you. When Rob and I moved to Toronto, it became difficult for us to stay in touch. I did see her from time to time when we came to visit our own family in Winnipeg, but eventually but it was difficult to stay in touch. I did go to see her a few years ago, after she got sick, and we reminisced about our many visits together. Please accept our condolences, as losing her must be a great loss for all of you. With much love, Rose Barg - Posted by: Rose Barg (friend) on: Aug 12, 2021
Darlene was truly a beautiful person inside and out. I enjoyed the times we worked together! Bless your soul always! - Posted by: Carol Niven (Co worker) on: Jul 17, 2021
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