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Born: Jun 10, 1939

Date of Passing: Aug 17, 2022

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June 10, 1939 - August 17, 2022

Celebration of Life

Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at 11:00 a.m.
Kildonan Community Church,
2373 Main Street, Winnipeg MB
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Publish Date: Aug 27, 2022


June 10, 1937 - August 17, 2022

Mom passed away peacefully on August 17, 2022, at the Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg, with her family by her side. She is now at rest after suffering a debilitating stroke in January 2020.
Mom will forever be remembered by her children, Kim, Lori and Lorne; sons-in-law, Brent and Brad; daughter in-law Marlene; and her four grandchildren, who were her pride and joy, Kris, Kyle, Evan and Jade. She will also be greatly missed by her sister Jo-Anne Ritchie and family; sister-in-law Lorraine (Nick) Kosowan and family; cousin Marilyn Ferley (Michael) and family; and her brother Fred Sr.'s family. Darleen touched the hearts of many, and will be missed by all.
Darleen was predeceased by her parents, Fred and Helen Ingaldson; her brother Fred Sr.; brother-in-law Raymond Ritchie; in-laws, Helen and Harry Bodanski; and our father, Lorne Bodanski Sr .
Darleen was born and raised in the North End and attended King Edward and Isaac Newton Schools. Basketball was big in the Ingaldson family, and Mom was known for her post basketball parties at 886 Bannerman Ave. Mom worked for the family business, Winnipeg Wholesale Grocery and Confectionary. After running Winnipeg Wholesale for many years she re-opened the family corner store at 950 Manitoba Ave. Her little corner store became the hub of the community. She helped kids with homework and counselled those in need. It was important to her that her corner store was a safe place for all and was there for the community when they needed it.
In retirement, Mom was a busy grandma. She thought nothing of taking her grandsons, Kris and Evan and their friends, to the skate park and spending hours there with them. Mom and Kyle always enjoyed a good card game. Sundays were spent with Jade attending church and going for lunch. She never missed a dance recital or sporting event. She just loved being with her grandkids and had so much patience with them. They spent many hours doing science experiments, playing school and store, drawing, colouring, crafts, playing in the snow, you name it, she did it. She was affectionately known to them as Grandma D. Not only was she known as Grandma D to her grandkids, but also their friends. It would be nothing for one of their friends to say "Hi Grandma D" when she was out and about. Kids always gravitated towards Mom.
Mom was an avid volunteer. To name a few, she volunteered at Kildonan Community Church, The Board at Mount Carmel Clinic, Good Neighbours Active Living Centre, Anishinaabe Fellowship (where she enjoyed reading with the young children) and Volunteer Services for the WRHA, where she received a Volunteer Health Award for her contribution to building community wellness.
Besides her family, Dar's greatest love was music. She was a member of the Winnipeg Jazz Society for many years and could be found on a Saturday afternoon at the Pembina Hotel, Silver Heights Restaurant or, wherever good music could be found. She also played Bridge and Mahjong while enjoying the company of her lady friends for many years.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Kevin Saunders and the staff of Wards E2 and B2 for the care and compassion they provided our mother. We would also like to acknowledge and sincerely thank the entire staff of Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg during the unprecedented times that Covid has challenged us with.
Mom, we miss you already. Thank you for giving us the love of music. We know you are dancing up a storm with Meryle. Thank you for showing us what it means to be good people. You gave to us so selflessly. We will never forget the love and compassion that you gave, not only us, but everyone you came in contact with. Mom, we will see you when we see you. Love you forever.
Because of Mom's love for her furry grandkids, Bear, Mollie, Mookie, Lily and Jack, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a pet rescue or charity of your choice.
Announcement of Celebration of Life to follow.

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Publish Date: Aug 20, 2022

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 20, 2022, Aug 27, 2022

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Lori & Kim, So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I have such cherished memories of her being at our baton events and helping organize things. She was such a cool mom; years ahead of her time really -- being a businesswoman, strong & independent. She was truly special and was the only person ever who got away with calling me "Shirl." I'm warmed after reading her obituary that she continued to have a full life for many, many more years and blessed everyone around her just as I am blessed to have known her. - Posted by: Shirley Jenken (nee Verstappen) (friend) on: Sep 06, 2022

  • To the children of Darleen, my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Just wanted to say that your Mom was special to everyone who knew her. The nicest, most considerate caring person I have ever known. We chummed around together just after we all graduated. There was about eight of us altogether. She was special to all of us. I know that you probably have a lot of good memories of the good times with her. I know I do. Take care and cherish your memories. - Posted by: Naomi Montpetit (Friend) on: Aug 28, 2022

  • Lori - thinking of you during this difficult time. - Posted by: Marlene Ankrom (Friend) on: Aug 27, 2022

  • I lived right next door to Darleen’s store. She was such a nice lady and ran her store so nice. Everybody in the neighborhood loved her. RIP Darleen. - Posted by: Pat Allen (Friend) on: Aug 27, 2022

  • Kim, Lori, Lorne, sending you our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Dan & Pat Sylvester (Friend ) on: Aug 26, 2022

  • My sincere condolences to Darlene’s family. I have very fond memories of Darlene. I often went to the corner store just to spend time with her. She was a favourite of mine while growing up. Darlene would let me “work” at the store and use the cash register. Sometimes, I would see her at the Polish Club on a Saturday afternoon when my grandpa and his band played there. Darlene’s smile was contagious. Rest in peace, dearest Darlene. - Posted by: Tara Smith (Hapichuk) (Friend ) on: Aug 21, 2022

  • Lori, Kim, and Lorne, I am so very sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I have so many great memories of our moms being together, telling stories, dancing and of course laughing until they cried. Your mom had the best hugs, ones that wrapped you tightly in her arms and told you how much she cared about you. I am sending you and your families all my love. I know how greatly Dar will be missed. You are right though, Dar and Meryle will be dancing up a storm again so last night I raised a glass of Amaretto to honour these amazing women we are so proud to call Mom. - Posted by: Ronda Bell (Friend) on: Aug 21, 2022

  • Our sincere condolences from the Atamanchuk family to the Bodanski family. Grandma D you were a beautiful person. R.I.P. - Posted by: Bill Atamanchuk (Friends) on: Aug 20, 2022

  • Kim and family: I am so sorry for your loss. It is always hard to lose a mother. I have good memories if spending lovely days with your family in my youth at the lake. - Posted by: Kim Kuzak (Friend ) on: Aug 20, 2022

  • My sincere condolences to the family of Darleen Bodanski. I remember Darleen and Lorne, together with other members of their family. We had some good times at the Ingaldson cottage in Ingolf Ontario. This was in 1965 and after. - Posted by: RRKuzak (Friend) on: Aug 20, 2022

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