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Date of Passing: Jul 26, 2022

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Gwendalyn Darlene Buchanan (nee Tronrud) passed away peacefully at Dr. Evelyn Memorial Hospital in Stonewall, MB on July 26, 2022 at the age of 66 with family by her side.
Gwen was predeceased by her parents, David Tronrud and Elsie Tronrud; father- and mother in-law, William (Bill) and Ethel Buchanan.
Gwen is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Bruce; son Trevor (Christine) and grandchildren, Alexis (Sam), Brooklyn, Riley (K.C.); son Tyler (Martina) and grandchild Archer; and daughter Jennifer (Jeremy) and grandchildren, Isabelle and Aiden. Gwen is also survived by two brothers, Mark (Christine) Tronrud and Brad (Karen) Tronrud; and in-laws, Brenda (Brian) Morash and Janice (Cliff) Harrison, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
Gwen was born in Teulon and spent her early years on the family farm West of Inwood. She moved to Winnipeg after high school graduation and worked at Great West Life. She married Bruce on June 26, 1976 and moved to Argyle to start a family and be a staple in the community. She worked for the Interlake School Division for over 30 years in various positions but her heart was always in driving the school bus.
Over the years she fought many health battles but her attitude always remained upbeat. Her positive attitude led her to be a volunteer support worker for CancerCare Canada for over 15 years.
Mom spent countless hours putting her heart and soul into her family's involvement with 4-H, the Argyle Curling Club, the Argyle Community Hall Board, Argyle School Parent Council and anything in the community for which she could provide a committed and selfless helping hand.
Mom and Dad enjoyed travelling and camping. Her true passion in life was for her kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews, and everyone else she called family. Mom and Dad enjoyed travelling to attend their kids' various events and eventually their grandkids' events as well, including anything from sports to recitals to concerts. Gwen was everyone's #1 cheerleader.
Thank you to Dr. Kerr Graham and the staff at Dr. Evelyn Memorial Hospital for the care and compassion you provided mom in the last few weeks.
A graveside service will be held at the Argyle Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 30 with a celebration of her life to follow at the Buchanan Farm from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., bring your own lawn chair.
Honouring Mom's love of flowers please feel free to fill the cemetery with them.
Donations can be made in her name to South West District Palliative Care Inc.

"Perhaps they are not stars in the sky,
but rather openings where our loved ones
shine down to let us know they are happy"

Ken Loehmer Funeral Services
in charge of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 29, 2022

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • RIP my friend. You are missed dearly and we have so many memories of fun, camping, including us in family gatherings, and finally making us fall in love with Palm Springs and the comfort it brings to me when I think of you. Yellow butterflies surround us and land in front or behind us when your girls are together. Butterflies are often seen as a symbol of transformation and hope. In many cultures, the butterfly is also associated with the soul. For example, in Native American culture, butterflies are often seen as a sign of change and new beginnings. My thoughts are with your family today as we remember a beautiful soul. - Posted by: Ang and Gary (Friend) on: Jul 26, 2023

  • Trevor, Christine & Family — sorry to hear of your moms passing. Always enjoyed her presence & upbeat smile at the hockey rinks when the kids were playing hockey. She always had people, community & especially children in mind. Rest assured her memory will live on forever. Sincere condolences; The Roche Family - Posted by: Bruce Roche (Friend of family) on: Jul 30, 2022

  • Gwens passing is a great loss to family and community. Gwen was always a positive presence in her interaction with students and staff. I wish I had been a student on Gwens bus of life. - Posted by: patrick lennox (co worker) on: Jul 29, 2022

  • So very sorry to learn of Gwen's passing. She was such a strong lady, mother and friend to her whole community and all who knew her. She faced so many trials in her life with courage and an incredible sense of life. It was a privilege to know her and the Buchanan family has our deepest sympathy and condolences. Chuck and Val - Posted by: Chuck and Valerie McClure (friend) on: Jul 29, 2022

  • Sincerest condolences to Bruce and family at this most difficult time. Gwen was my wife’s cousin and was a very pleasant, gregarious and outgoing person. I am so sorry to hear of her passing and know she at peace now and know she will be dearly missed by all who knew her. - Posted by: Jim Ross (Friend) on: Jul 29, 2022

  • My Condolences to Bruce and family, may your fond memories help you through this time of sadness, and difficult times to come. Gwen always had a smile on her face, and kind words when you met up with her. She will be sadly missed. Hugs to everyone. Elsie Pounder (Amy) - Posted by: Elsie Pounder(Amy) (friend in passing) on: Jul 29, 2022

  • Thanks for the memories my dear friend, condolences to Bruce, Trevor, Tyler, Jennifer, Mark, Brad and families. May she RIP. - Posted by: Janice Morin/Fred West & Janine/Meghan (Lifelong friend) on: Jul 29, 2022

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