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Born: Mar 18, 1941
Date of Passing: Aug 29, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
March 18, 1941 to August 29, 2021
Left to painfully mourn her death are her children, Allison Hanuschuk (Rod), Barb Cobb (Dallas), Andy Chudo, and Nancy Kessler; her grandchildren, Emily Hanuschuk and Morgan Kessler; her sister Alexis Dunstan; her nephews, Chris Dunstan and Kirby Dunstan; and cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews. Also, the numerous caring and compassionate friends Mom absolutely cherished having in her life.
Mom wore her big heart on her sleeve which was evident in her ability to care, share, and light up a room with her personality and laughter. She always ensured people in her presence were comfortable, regardless of their age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.
Born in Winnipeg and raised in the West End, Mom graduated from Gordon Bell High School in 1959 and married in 1961. She briefly worked as a bank teller until starting her family. Later in life, she returned to work at Laura Secord, Hallmark, and Laura until her retirement in 2010.
The love Mom had for her children and the care she had for her community brought her happiness and fulfillment. In the early 1980s, Mom co-founded K.E.E.P. Child Care on Selkirk Avenue, a place where new Canadians could safely leave their children while enrolling in language courses and furthering their education. She sat on numerous school boards as a parent, motivated by the desire to ensure fairness and equality. She was politely vocal with her opinions, and on more than one occasion, politicians were subjected to the power and persuasion of one of her well worded, hand written, but always respectful letters.
Mom was incredibly smart, clever, and sassy. She was a wicked kick-ass Scrabble player, so much so, games often ended with players up on their feet but they always came back for more. Along with sewing, knitting, and baking, mom's hobbies included reading. Reading meant a lot to Mom. She read on a daily basis and introduced reading to her children and grandchildren at a very early age, and encouraged them to be lifelong readers.
Always on tap were weekly trips downtown by bus, where Mom would take us to visit the library, throw a penny with a wish into the Bay Paddlewheel, or give a quick rub to Timothy Eaton's toe.
You will forever be in our hearts, Mom. Take big steps, laugh along the way, live it all!
Thank-you to everyone who assisted Mom, including Tuxedo Villa Extendicare, Metropolitan Kiwanis Courts, Movement Disorder Clinic (Dr. Douglas Hobson), Charleswood Seniors Active Living Centre, Dr. Andrew Gomori, Dr. Heather Domke, Charleswood Safeway Pharmacy, and Grace Hospital.
All are welcome to Mom's funeral service to be held on Friday, September 17 at 11:00 a.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB. Interment will follow at Glen Eden Cemetery, 4477 Main Street, West St Paul, MB.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Parkinson Canada. It is important because wait times to diagnosis and access to multidisciplinary care are significant concerns in the Parkinson's community. One in five people wait more than a year to receive a diagnosis. There is one Parkinson's specialist for every 1,679 people living with Parkinson's. There is no consistent approach to care across the country, and there are geographical barriers for people living in rural areas. Thank you.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 04, 2021
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
Bonnie and I were classmates in grade 7 at General Wolfe Junior High. She often hosted class parties at her family home. Later on in life as I came back to Winnipeg we would connect for coffee or lunch at Polo Park! She was a great person and I am sad to read about her passing. RIP, Bonnie! Barb Johnston - Posted by: Barbara (McMullin) johnston (Friend) on: Sep 25, 2021
Sending our deepest sympathies to all of you on the passing of your sweet Mom. I remember fondly coming to your house when we were kids and having soup and grilled cheese sandwiches (yum). Your Mom was always so happy and welcoming to me. Take care and may your memories help comfort you in the coming days, months and years. Wendy - Posted by: Darren and Wendy Dusik(Shimonek) (Friend) on: Sep 18, 2021
Allison and family, Please accept my heartfelt condolences on your Mom's passing. I always enjoyed seeing your Mom at Laura Secord and was so happy when she joined our Hallmark family. We had many many good talks while working together over the years. Rest peacefully Bonnie. Barb Shapiro - Posted by: Barb (Former coworker ) on: Sep 04, 2021
I have not seen Bonnie in years since I live in Louisiana but I remember her well. Always a laugh and smile until you upset the red head. I was just a kid when we went to Winnipeg to attend her wedding. We were allowed to participate in most of the activities. I remembered helping to make what seemed like thousands of tissue flowers for their going away car. It was the prettiest thing I had ever seen. I'm so sorry for your lose. I have to smile at her picture...100% Rutherford . Prayers for all of you. - Posted by: Deborah Quinn (1st cousin) on: Sep 04, 2021
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