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Date of Passing: Dec 08, 2021

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After a brief illness, it is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our mom Sherilyn Ann Stephen (nee Kolisnyk) on December 8, 2021, at the age of 72 years.
Sheryl will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by her children: Jeffrey (Susan) and daughter Kathryn; Craig (Sandra) and children, Lauren and Clay; and Allison (Nicole) and children, Caleb and Lily; her mother Frances Kolisnyk; sister Marlene Cooper, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Sheryl was born in Winnipeg and grew up in East Kildonan, where she made many lifelong friends. In the 1950s her family purchased a cabin on the lakefront in South Beach, Gimli, which became their favourite summer destination. It is also where she met the love of her life Allan, whose family had a cottage down the road. She would always fondly tell stories of how they met and those early days of courtship at the beach. This was a love story that lasted for 46 years.
Sheryl graduated with her teaching certificate from the University of Manitoba. She married Allan in 1969 and soon after left for Toronto to begin their married lives and new careers in the big city. They moved back to Winnipeg a few years later to be closer to their roots and start a family. They settled in Southdale, where they raised their three children and were active members of the community through their kids' sports, music, church and volunteer work.
Mom loved the role of being a stay-at-home mom. She thrived on nurturing her family through delicious home-cooked meals, baking, and keeping the household running smoothly. She also took time to stay active through exercise and daily walks with friends. Mom was an accomplished sewer; from making her own clothes in her youth to sewing doll clothes and costumes for her kids and grandkids. Over the years she hosted many family gatherings, which brought everyone together on a regular basis.
In Mom and Dad's retirement years they found many opportunities to travel with friends and family. They particularly enjoyed wintering in Texas, where they took up square dancing as a newfound activity.
Mom's five grandkids were her pride and joy. She loved spending time with them and was always creating fun environments where they could work on crafts, bake, and make special memories together.
Very thoughtful and caring, Sheryl would always put others before herself. She was a true angel in this world and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
A service will be held at the Windsor Park United Church, 1062 Autumnwood Drive on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Fully vaccinated attendees and masks required as per COVID protocols.
In remembrance of Sheryl's life, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to Windsor Park United Church.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 11, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Our most heartfelt sympathies to all of Sherilyn’s family and friends. Sheryl had the most beautiful smile and heart full of love! She was an angel in your lives and will live forever in your hearts. Lots of love and hugs from us - Patti, John and children. - Posted by: Patti Duhault (Cousin) on: Dec 13, 2021

  • I am so saddened and so sorry. My condolences to the family. I so enjoyed all of my chats with her at the lake!❤️ - Posted by: Paulette Sullivan (South Beach cottager) on: Dec 13, 2021

  • I was so sorry to hear of Sheryl’s passing. My heart goes out to her children and grandchildren whom I know she adored. She was such a kind, sweet, easygoing person that it was easy to be with her. She will be missed by all who knew her. - Posted by: Judy Kuffner (Friend ) on: Dec 11, 2021

  • Our deepest condolences to you all! Sheryl was always so full of sunshine! We truly are heartbroken for you. We know she and your dad are enjoying the ‘lake’ in heaven. All our love and hugs, Don, Jan, Nettie and kids - fly high with angels - Posted by: Jan Kolisnyk (Cousins ) on: Dec 11, 2021

  • Please except my condolences to all Allen and Sherilyn’s family. We saw a lot of them through our years at Gimili and then in Winnipeg and there were many great memories. They were married the same summer as Wendy and me and at the same Fort Garry Hotel. She will always be remembered as a friendly and gentle person by all who knew her. - Posted by: Bob Stephen (Cousin) on: Dec 11, 2021

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