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Date of Passing: Dec 05, 2021

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It is with great sadness our family announces the passing of our dear daughter and sister Monika Leigh Stanson peacefully at home, on Sunday December 5, 2021 at the age of 26.
Monika was born in Winnipeg and spent her early years in Seoul, South Korea and Hong Kong, SAR. During these years she developed a penchant for travel and experiencing other cultures. Upon return to Canada, she attended LaSalle Elementary School, St. Mary's Academy, University of Manitoba and lastly Red River Community College to obtain her Degree in Nursing. Throughout her studies, she achieved academic success obtaining a place on the Dean's Honour List.
Monika was employed at the Sturgeon Creek Retirement Home, where she loved working with the seniors. She also spent many years tutoring, lifeguarding and volunteering in the community.
Her passions were reading, gardening, fashion, playing with the dogs, and decorating with her mother. She also enjoyed playing baseball, ringette and swimming, where she eventually became a Certified Life Guard.
In spite of Monika's struggle with mental health issues, she was still able to find many joys in her brief life. We would like to thank our family and friends that have helped us to navigate through these difficult times.
Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 4588 Roblin Blvd., on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 1:00 pm. with Mgsr. Comeault officiating. Proof of double vaccination required for all those attending. A reception will follow from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Hilton Airport Suites, 1800 Wellington Ave.
Streaming will be available via Our Lady of Perpetual Help at
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention.

E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 11, 2021

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Michelle, Bob, Trevor & Mark So sorry to hear of Monika’s passing. Our heartfelt sympathies to you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Wayne & Sandra Payette - Posted by: Sandra & Wayne Payette (Friend ) on: Dec 17, 2021

  • I first met Monika at Sturgeon Creek Retirement Residence. She had already been working there for a while when I was employed. During our first shift together, we clicked instantly. As the friendship grew, we began spending quite a bit of time together outside of work. I’ll always remember how much fun Monika was to be around. We would die laughing over the smallest things, and the conversations we shared were the best. Monika will always be one of the most special people I’ve known, as she was such a genuine, selfless and caring person. I’ll miss her so much, and am devastated from the reality of her passing. Sending prayers to the family. - Posted by: Lexi Pavlick (Close friend) on: Dec 15, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences during this difficult time. We are praying for your family. - Posted by: Scarlette Ulrich (Friend of Stanson family. Sister-in-law to Jim Stanson ) on: Dec 15, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts are with you and your family - Posted by: Angela Dawyduk (Past co-worker PanAm Surgery ) on: Dec 14, 2021

  • Sending my deepest sympathy to Monika's family. I worked with Monika for years at the Rady teaching swimming lessons and lifeguarding together. She had a smile that would light up the room and a kind and bright personality to match. My heart goes out to her family. - Posted by: Stephanie Kereliuk (Lifeguard co-worker) on: Dec 14, 2021

  • Michelle, I’m so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. - Posted by: Lise Mireault (Friend) on: Dec 14, 2021

  • Michelle, Bob, Trevor and Mark; We are so very sorry to hear of Monika's passing. When I think of Monika, it is at the ripe old age of 4 at Nursery School, as that is when we first met. I remember her as a kind little soul with a glimmer in her eyes. She had a quiet wit about her that kept us smiling and even outright laughing at times. We are so saddened by your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you all. Shaun, Lori, Adam & Renee - Posted by: Lori Dufresne (family friends) on: Dec 13, 2021

  • I worked with Monika at the Ready for years. She was one of the nicest most genuinely kind person I've known. She will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Stacie Rivard (Lifeguard friend) on: Dec 12, 2021

  • Monika was always a sweet girl and her smile was contagious. The kids at the pool loved her and I often would get special requests for her to be their teacher. My heart goes out to her family as she was a lovely person. - Posted by: Jayelle (Co-worker and Supervisor at the Rady JCC) on: Dec 12, 2021

  • Our thoughts are with you and your family. - Posted by: Claudette Schelander (High school and nursing school friend to Michelle) on: Dec 12, 2021

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