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Born: May 29, 1927

Date of Passing: Jun 28, 2021

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Following a decline in health, Winnie died in her 94th year on June 28, 2021 in the arms of her family. Winnie was born on May 29, 1927 in Halifax to Edna and Fred Sandever. Winnie was the second eldest of seven children and she has outlived them all.
As a young girl Mom loved swimming in the Bedford Basin ("where the ships came in", she would say), skating on Crusher Pond in the winter, going to picture shows and church with her girlfriends and working at The Admiralty House "Ad House" as a waitress in her early adulthood.
Mom met and married Bill Kowk in 1950 and were blessed with two children, Leslie and Robin. Following the tragic and untimely death of her son Leslie in 1972, Mom and Dad moved west to Bill's birthplace of Winnipeg, Manitoba for a fresh start.
Winnie worked as a housekeeper and then as a laundress and met some nice friends through her work at The Birchwood Inn (now Holiday Inn). Mom loved attending the picnics and parties hosted by The Birchwood Inn to celebrate special holidays and delighted in bringing her family and their friends along for the fun. In later years Mom's favourite activities were playing bingo, card games, and checkers with her daughter and fellow residents of her supportive care housing unit, Les Despins. Mom's favourite sport was professional wrestling, whether on TV or in print but most especially attending WWF live matches at the old Winnipeg Arena or Bell MTS Place with her number one son-in-law Mark well into her 70s and 80s.
Mom was a lover of all animals - dogs, cats, geese and ducks being some of her favourite. Without a doubt Mom's favourite activity was feeding the ducks and geese followed by a picnic at St. Vital Park. Mom was most happy when dozens of ducks and geese were honking and carrying on around her. Mom always gave the more aggressive birds heck for "bullying" the more timid geese out of the way and would make sure the less aggressive birds got their fill of birdseed. We are quite sure there are much thinner ducks and geese at St. Vital Park this year.
Preceded in death by her son Leslie, her husband Bill; her parents, Edna and Fred Sandever; and siblings, Marion, June, Iva, Roy, Teddy and Marjorie. Winnie is survived by, and her memory will forever be cherished by her daughter Robin (Mark) and grandson Dustin.

Mom's message to all would be to,
"Rejoice and be happy for I am free of pain.
Do not feel sorrow. I am finally home…home with many of my loved ones". Mom is feeding the ducks on the greatest pond of all now.
Happy duck feeding Mom! I LOVE YOU.

Winnie's family wishes to thank all the staff at Les Despins Supportive Care Housing where Winnie (and Robin) were happily part of their family for 10 years.
A close family Celebration of Life was held on July 5, 2021 at Chapel Lawn with Glen Knudson officiating with burial in Four Prophet's Cemetery.
Flowers are gratefully declined, if family and friends desire, our family suggests sending memorial contributions to the Winnipeg Humane Society or Ducks Unlimited. Please also reach out to the ones you love and show them how important they are to you. Love never forgets.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 24, 2021

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • I will always cherish the time we spent together Winnie. It was always an adventure taking you to the wrestling matches and we had such great laughs when we went. I'm going to miss our visits together and the card games that you always seemed to beat me at. You always would say to me "who's having more fun then we are!" and we would both shout out, no one!! I'll never forget those days! I can still taste those fantastic prime rib dinners you use to make at your old place! I am so very grateful that Robin and I were able to take you back to the east coast in your later years and I could experience your joy at returning to your roots. I love you Winne and will miss you dearly. Rest in peace. Love Mark. - Posted by: Mark Pernitsky (Son-in-law) on: Jul 29, 2021

  • Sounds like Mrs. Kowk was a wonderful lady who brought joy to many in a long life well-lived, being 94 years young and passing in her 95th year. Condolences to her family and friends. May she rest in peace. - Posted by: Bradley Pisiak (sender of condolences) on: Jul 24, 2021

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