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November 18, 2021 in Winnipeg
She was the wife of Mark Manzer and the mother of their cherished son Thomas, who exemplifies the best qualities of both of his parents.
Her passing has been deeply felt by her family and friends, both in Sudbury where she was born and spent the first half of her life, graduating from Laurentian University, and in Winnipeg where she obtained a Masters at the University of Manitoba and met her future husband.
Siobhan worked in the administration at the University of Manitoba, playing a key role with Alumni and Donor relations during the university's largest ever fundraising campaign.
More recently, she brought her data management and large-scale fundraising skills to The International Institute for Sustainable Development.
Siobhan approached every task in her career with a clarity of thought and purpose and an unparalleled work ethic.
By no means was her impact on others, limited to her professional life.
Siobhan had a social conscience and was kind and generous to all.
She was a devoted mother who played an active role on school committees and the local hockey association. After initially learning how to play Fortnite as an activity to share with her son, she mastered it to the point that she was soon a self-admitted gamer.
Mark and Siobhan both came to Winnipeg from other parts of the country. Together they developed deep roots in the community. Summer vacations at Falcon Lake were a family tradition.
Despite her passing, her presence and personality will not diminish in the memories of everyone who knew Siobhan, whether as a friend, family, an acquaintance or a co-worker.
She was the beloved daughter of Elizabeth Kari (Ron Swiddle) and Roy Kari, predeceased (Heini Heinonen-Kari), sister of Shannon Kari, daughter-in-law of Ralph and Marianne Manzer, sister-in-law of Shelley and Tim Keizer, aunt of Noah and Caleb, niece of Genevieve Leslie (Norman Zlotkin), cousin of Laura Zlotkin-Leslie, niece of Harvey Leslie, predeceased (Joy Carle).
A celebration of Siobhan's life will be held in Winnipeg in the New Year, on a date to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Siloam Mission, which provides meals, shelter and life skills programs for the less fortunate.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 27, 2021, Nov 29, 2021
Condolences & Memories (8 entries)
I was so sad to hear about Siobhan's passing. We became friends during our time on the board of the Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society, where she served very capably as president from 2011-2012. She was a dedicated, talented and highly ethical communications professional. She helped improve our profession through her volunteerism. While we hadn't spoken in years, I'm sure we would have naturally picked up where we left off. She was a good soul. I will always remember her wit. She had a great sense of humour that made her a good leader at CPRS and an all round good person. My condolences to her family. Adam Dooley, President of Dooley PR and Marketing. - Posted by: Adam Dooley (Friend) on: Dec 30, 2021
I was so sorry to hear of Siobhan's passing. My thoughts are with her family. Siobhan was a classmate in graduate school at the University of Manitoba. I remember her as incredibly smart, capable, and beautiful. What a tragic loss. - Posted by: Janalee Morris (Friend ) on: Dec 27, 2021
My niece Siobhan was a delightful child, and a beautiful woman who everyone in her family saw as a source of strength. We will all miss her support, affection and wise counsel, as well the benefits of her research into our family’s history. She was a connection to the past and a link to the future. Siobhan was a much-wanted child whose birth brought great happiness to her family. I remember Siobhan doing many interesting things as a teenager and young adult – including working as a magician’s assistant and helping her mother in her law office! After moving to Winnipeg and meeting her life partner, Mark Manzer, Siobhan enjoyed many years of happiness with Mark and their son Thomas. Although she lived far away, she fostered family connections through visits and with many photos and videos showcasing Thomas and showing her whole family having fun. We will miss her greatly, but will always think of her with love, respect and happy memories. Genevieve Leslie - Posted by: Genevieve Leslie (aunt) on: Dec 07, 2021
The St. Vital Business Ladies Curling Club was absolutely shocked and devastated to hear about Siobhan's passing. We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family. Siobhan was a very valued curling member and we were looking realy forward to welcoming her again when she was ready as she had indicated she would like to be a spare for us next year. She was a great curler and she will be dearly missed. Emilie Bissonnette President St. Vital Business Ladies Curling Club - Posted by: St. Vital Business Ladies Curling Club (curling member) on: Nov 28, 2021
I am a friend of Siobhan's from Lo-Ellen. We shared the exact same birthday and while we joked about that, wondering about the possible science involved, or a perceptual bond if you will, it was the conversation starter that sparked a friendship. I used to hop on my bicycle to visit her Edgewater family home and from there, we did the things that teenaged girls do. The world is a small place, so it was amazing to learn about other friends and family also in Winnipeg; sounds like there was a reconnection there, which helped Siobhan and I reconnect on Facebook. We were able to catch up, and although I have never met her son Thomas or husband Mark, I could feel her love for you both. She was certainly a proud wife and mother, more than words that I can share with you here. My deepest and sincerest condolences for your loss. Siobhan was taken from us much too soon. Virtual hugs to you all - Posted by: Debbie Lahti (friend from Sudbury) on: Nov 28, 2021
What a shock when I learned of Siobhan's passing. I had the privilege of looking after Siobhan's and Mark's precious son Thomas on many occasions when he was a baby and toddler. It would be hard sometimes on Thomas when his mom left and I remember on one occasion Siobhan sitting on the floor holding hands with Thomas in his highchair while I tried to feed him! Also remember fondly the pizza with "bacon balls"! My heart goes out to you both Mark and Thomas. - Posted by: Fiona Innes-Smith (Friend) on: Nov 27, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family; it was always an absolute pleasure planning events with / for Siobhan and her support was invaluable to me. I will never forget you. Rest In Peace. Maria - Posted by: Maria Vieira (Colleague ) on: Nov 27, 2021
I was shocked and devastated to hear the passing of Siobhan. I was hired by Siobhan and she was my direct report at the University. She was so kind and genuine and had such a huge heart. She was so knowledgeable in her field of work and the love she had for her little boy Thomas was like no other. She was a true Gem and someone who will be remembered fondly by so many as she touched so many lives in a positive ways. Sending love to her family during a very difficult time. ❤️ - Posted by: Angela Caron (Past Employee) on: Nov 27, 2021
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