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Born: Nov 24, 1949

Date of Passing: May 05, 2022

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November 24, 1949 – May 5, 2022

Elaine was born in Newmarket, Ontario, the third of six children. She married Ronald Paul Rodzinski in 1971 and had two children, Leitha Charlene and Ryan Wesley. Elaine and Ron divorced when the children were small and Elaine moved the family to Vancouver and went back to school to complete her Grade 12 and then become a Registered Nurse (Langara College). Upon graduation, the family moved to Kamloops and Elaine worked at the Royal Inland Hospital and then at the Ponderosa Lodge.
Elaine's greatest love was her children and she would unapologetically tell everyone she met about them. Often complete strangers, upon meeting Elaine's kids for the first time, would ask for the latest updates on the kids' lives and share Elaine's opinions on these matters, much to the children's horror. She also loved animals and the children were lucky to grow up learning to care for and love gerbils, birds, cats and dogs over the years. Elaine was a hard worker and prided herself on being a strong "worker woman." She could drywall a basement, paint a house, build a fence, bake a pie and crochet anything you could need. She won ribbons for her crotchet work in later years.
Although she was hard of hearing, Elaine loved music (Rod Steward, Boney M, Linda Ronstadt and Gloria Gaynor come to mind) and took every opportunity to sing and "boogie." Naturally athletic, Elaine enjoyed swimming, cycling and playing tennis and softball. She was incredibly generous and spoiled her children and grandchildren, often surprising them with gifts just because she saw things that reminded her of them.
Elaine was a voracious reader and often said that reading was like breathing for her. Many nights you could find her in bed, dog snuggled up to her, with a cup of tea and a book reading into the wee hours. She instilled this love of reading in her kids and grandkids.
In 2008, Elaine was reunited with her first-born son Leighton Trent Kathler whom, although she had not raised as a child, she had loved all her life, and his children Nathan and Mitchel. The family grew and Elaine had another child and more grandchildren to be proud of.
Elaine passed away from cancer at the age of 73, six weeks after being diagnosed. She was cheery and sweet in her final days and said it was her faith that helped her to be so happy. Her children cared for her at home until she passed.

She is survived by her children, Leighton, Leitha and Ryan (Adriana) and grandchildren, Nathan, Marcus, Melana and Mitchel.

The family would like to sincerely thank the nurses, care aids, doctors and paramedics that were so supportive all through Elaine's transition from this world.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the coming months. If you would like to make a donation in Elaine's honour, the family suggests the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation:

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 14, 2022

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • DEAR LEITHA and RYAN & your children: Nothing words can say, nothing we can do Can compensate the passing of one so dear to you-- But may it bring some measure of comfort and relief To know love and sympathetic thoughts are with you in your grief. WILL ALWAYS HAVE FOND MEMORIES.. ED & I stood up at your parents wedding. So sorry for your loss .. LOVE Aunty Linda and your cousins Edward--Jeffrey & David - Posted by: LINDA BODE ( NEE : RODZINSKI ) (RON'S SISTER ; LIVING IN MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA) on: May 17, 2022

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