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Arleen was born on December 12, 1944, in Hamilton, Ontario. Her parents later moved to Bluewing, MB in the spring of 1946, and then to Inglis, MB, where she grew up and attended school. In Inglis, Arleen met Richard Wagner and they were married in 1963. Richard and Arlene (some may notice the spelling change here, and that was due to a typo on the marriage certificate where Arlene later took on that spelling), moved throughout various towns in Manitoba. Together, they found many new friends in Winnipeg Beach, Clanwilliam / Minnedosa, Thompson, Gilbert Plains, Dauphin, then settling in for the longer stay in Rivers, MB, where her family would finally call their home town.
Living in Rivers, and while raising a family, Arlene also managed to obtain her nursing degree at Brandon University. She had a lengthy career as an RN at the Brandon Hospital. Later in retirement, she continued to use her skills providing care during her husband's illness, and then for her father. She is the main reason, along with her sister Cathy, that Richard and Ted were able to remain at home during tough times, and for this gift, the family is eternally grateful.
Arlene finally settled in Winnipeg where she accepted her new role as matriarch and head of the family. Her home continued to be a welcome home-base for the family, and there was always soup and a sandwich or pastry treats during family visits. She did her absolute best in keeping our family together, in having her door always open for us. She also kept up with the Wagner side of the family, across the provinces by regular phone calls during all her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law's birthdays, Christmas, and other special occasions.
Arlene was predeceased by her parents (Ted in 2017, and Anita in 1998); infant brother Roger in 1955; and her husband Richard in 2007. Arlene will be lovingly remembered by her four siblings, Terry Holunga (Brenda), Tom Holunga (late wife Elizabeth), Tim Holunga (late wife Shirley), and Catherine (Danny Davis); Arlene's five children, Richard (Tracy), Blair (Laura), Byron (Brenda), Elana (Trevor Loewen), and Corrine (Kevin Wareham); 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are grandsons Richard (Jr) Wagner, Justin Wagner, Tyler Wagner, Ryan Wagner; nephews, Demetrios Holunga, Steven Davis. Honorary pallbearers are nephews, Roger Holunga, and Theodore Holunga.
Funeral service will be held Friday, January 21 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Demetrios Romanian Orthodox Church, 103 Furby Street, Winnipeg with Reverend Father Victor Malanca officiating. Pastor Richard Beinert of St. James Lutheran Church will be assisting in officiating during interment, which will held at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, 4000 Portage Avenue, following the service at St. Demetrios.
For the many who are unable to attend the service in respecting current health orders, we are sorry that attendance is limited to immediate family. We thank you for your understanding and for your prayers.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation are appreciated.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 20, 2022

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • I just heard today of the sad news of Arlene's passing. Our families go back a long, long way. Arleen and my Mom, who passed away last July, were particularly close spending many hours visiting and chatting on the phone over many years. I am sure that now that they are together again that they are having some great conversations and a few laughs. Arleen had such a gentle demeanor and a great love for her immediate and extended family. My heartfelt sympathies to the Wagner and Holunga families at this time. Rest in peace, Arleen. - Posted by: Sandra Iftody (Relative and Family Friend) on: Feb 16, 2022

  • We send our condolences to the Hulunga Family 🙏 ❤️ may she rest in peace ... - Posted by: Karen & Don Hawryshko (Niece to Terry Hulunga) on: Jan 21, 2022

  • I feel honoured to have been able to get to know Arlene over the years. We shared some great laughs and had some heartfelt chats. I will miss her. To her family I am sending love and hugs. I am so sorry for your loss. Remember the laughter and love and she will always be with you. God speed Arlene. - Posted by: Florence Holder (Family/friend ) on: Jan 20, 2022

  • Auntie Arlene was a beautiful, kind, compassionate, and gentle woman. I remember her being a loving and very cherished friend to my mom, who says she "was like a sister". I will miss her grace and the kindness she showed to my family. I will miss her so much and send my love to her family at this difficult time. - Posted by: Kalyn Bomback (Goddaughter) on: Jan 20, 2022

  • We offer our sincere condolences to your family. Your Mom was a beautiful lady with the softest voice. A genuine caring lady. Blessings to you all. - Posted by: Philip and Joanne Desjarlais (Friends of Family) on: Jan 20, 2022

  • To all the Holunga family we are sorry for your loss. Be sure to take the many family memories and treasure the times this will help get you through this sad time. Our love to you all - Helen and Gord Frovich - Posted by: helen frovich (cousin) on: Jan 20, 2022

  • I am so sorry to hear of Arleen's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. - Posted by: Susan Henderson (Family Friend) on: Jan 20, 2022

  • My deepest condolences to the family. First met Arlene around 81/82 when her baby sister met my brother. Every time I would see Arlene, I was greeted with a hug of love. Truly one of a kind and will be deeply missed. God’s garden has another beautiful flower. Rest in paradise Arlene 🙏🏻💖 - Posted by: Connie Instance (Family friend) on: Jan 20, 2022

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