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Born: Oct 01, 1932

Date of Passing: Jul 11, 2021

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October 1, 1932 – July 11, 2021

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Elva Jonasson.
Elva was predeceased by her husband, Steingrimur (Steini) of 66 and a half years and sons, Gregory, Mark and Brent; brothers, Norman (Normie) Olafson, Kenneth (Diane) Olafson and Russell (Charlene) Olafson, by sister Louise (Gene) Cumberland and parents, Kristlaug Jofirdur (Loa) Johannson and Frank Olafson
Elva will be lovingly remembered by daughters, Marina (Dennis) Wishnevetski, Kendra Jonasson, and grandchildren, Evan (Tadi) Wishnevetski and Kaitlin (Oz) Kemal. She also leaves behind brothers, Eric Johannson, Doug (Debbie) Johannson, and sister Irene Bjarnason; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in Canada, the US and in Iceland. With special mention of best friend Margaret Wishnowski and cousin Irvin Olafson.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be sent to the Icelandic River Heritage Sites, Box 555, Riverton, Manitoba R0C 2R0 for the Elva & Steini Jonasson Memorial Gazebo Structure Fund.
Please send any stories, remembrances and old photos to Kendra on her Facebook page or at for a book of remembrance for the family.
A Celebration of Life will be held in August of 2022 with details to follow.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 17, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • My deepest sympathy to Elva’s family. I only knew her for a very short time. She tried to teach me Icelandic at the classes at the Centre. She was very encouraging in my attempts to speak no matter how bad I messed up Bless Elva. Rest In Peace beautiful lady - Posted by: Carolyn Warrener (Friend/Student ) on: Aug 14, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to Kendra, Marina and the extended Jonasson family. My Mom and Dad (Joan and Ken Pink) were friends with Elva and Steini through the ceramics business and always spoke so fondly of them both. I hope your many good memories bring you comfort. - Posted by: Barb Pink (Friend of Family) on: Aug 14, 2021

  • My deepest sympathy to all of you on your loss of this beautiful soul from your lives. Keith and I felt so supported and loved by Elva and Steini in our youth as we started out in life. Their love and compassion, perseverance against overwhelming circumstances, their calm acceptance of whatever happened in their lives and their loving and generous spirits were an inspiration to us. The world is a better place because of their having been here. Love from Davvy - Posted by: Davvy Eyolfson (Relative) on: Jul 18, 2021

  • I remember after high school graduation my friends and I all went back to Kendra's . Not only did her parents have champagne chilling on ice for us but Elva prepared Chinese food for us all. My deepest sympathies to you Kendra and Marina and family. May all your memories of your Mom always bing you comfort. Alda - Posted by: Alda Thomasson (Friend of Kendra) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • Our deepest sympathies Kendra, Marina, Denis and family. She was a wonderful lady. We always enjoyed our visits together. She will be sadly missed. - Posted by: Susan and Maurice Grenier (Niece ) on: Jul 17, 2021

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