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Born: Sep 26, 1930

Date of Passing: Dec 02, 2022

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September 26, 1930 - December 2, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce that Juliana (Julie) passed away peacefully at the age of 92, with family by her side.
She is survived by her children Maureen Penko, Judith Rigby, and Gerard D'Souza (Donna); eight beautiful grandchildren, Lauren Penko (Brandon Watson), Stephen Penko, Jordan Rigby (Lee Howard), Sierra Rigby (Travis Schrader), Aidan Rigby, Nicole Taylor, and Luke and Priya D'Souza; great-grandchild Wynona Watson; and sister Agnes Gonsalves.
She was predeceased by her loving husband Benjamin James Salvador (2014) and her second child Mary (1957).
Juliana was born in Bangalore, India to John and Florence Fernandes and was the oldest of four children. She was respected and valued by those she worked with in a career that spanned three countries: an accomplished educator, teaching drama and math in Jamshedpur, India; working at British Tobacco and Game Reserves in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Africa; and as an Executive Assistant to the Brigadier General, Royal Canadian Air Force Base, 17 Wing, Winnipeg, Manitoba (retired 1998).
Juliana and Benjamin were married for 60 years, sharing a love for family, faith, tradition, travel, the cultural arts, and community. Juliana earned the respect and love of everyone she encountered in her passion for sports, fitness, and learning, earning a Business Diploma at University of Winnipeg. She will be fondly remembered as an active member of the Catholic Women's League, the Women Business Owners of Manitoba, and the Pan-Am Pool. Juliana had a contagious spirit and smile that drew people to her and will be remembered for her kindness, gratitude and being an extraordinary lady. In all aspects of her life, these qualities made her a role model for her children and grandchildren.
A very special thank you to the staff at Misericordia Place Unit 1 for their wonderful care and compassion.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, December 9, 2022, at 11.00 a.m. at Saint John Brebeuf Church, 1707 John Brebeuf Place, Winnipeg, MB. Livestream available at
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer Canada or the Misericordia Health Centre Foundation Inc.

in care of arrangements, 204-775-2220

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 07, 2022

Condolences & Memories (16 entries)

  • We never really got to spend time with and get to know Aunty Julie as a person until pretty late in her long life. Which is when one probably wouldn’t expect anyone to be at her/his best and make the greatest impression. Yet, she did just that. An amazing and energetic woman with a zest for life and a lovely sense of humor, yet independent and with an alert mind and a strong core. It was not hard to spot those special qualities in her that helped her raise and keep together a lovely family, and her children and grandchildren are testament to her amazing energy, affection and genuine warmth. May she always rest in the peace of The Lord. And may He grant her family strength to bear this irreparable loss in the knowledge that she still watches over them with love. - Posted by: Colleen, Sushil & Julian D'souza (Close Family) on: Dec 13, 2022

  • Dear Judy and family, We were so saddened by the loss of your mother/ grandmother. Her strength and love for her family, returned many times over, were admired by us all. We remember when she came to the golf lesson and was so charming to everyone, her smile brightened a chilly winter night and she was the centre of attention even without swinging a club! She had a remarkable life and her community, family and friends were blessed by her presence and her generous spirit. Brenda, Paul and Laura - Posted by: Brenda Kritzer and Paul Scrivener (Friends of Judy Rigby) on: Dec 12, 2022

  • It doesn’t matter how old we are, we always need our mothers. Our thoughts are with you. May your family be comforted by the beautiful memories you have of her. Wishing you and your family great strength during this time of sorrow. - Posted by: Rose - Armin (Judy - CDTO) on: Dec 12, 2022

  • Dear Steven, Maureen & Lauren, Deepest sympathies to all of you and the family. Your parents were special people, unfortunately the last time I met you Julie was in 2015, at my own moms funeral service. I did not know you too well, but believe we met a couple of time over the years. We are now in Edmonton, due to medical conditions of our boys, but remember Ben and Julie fondly. The last time I talked to her on the phone, a couple of years ago, she seemed a little confused, and did not seem to remember. She was always pleased too talk about her children and grandchildren. With deepest sympathies The Dias family, Mayola, Jude, Peter, Andrew & Gabrielle, Louis - Posted by: Louis & Dias family (family friends) on: Dec 11, 2022

  • Our sincere condolences for the loss of your wonderful mother, our prayers and thoughts go out to you - Julius and Eva - Posted by: Julius Grosz (Friend of Judy) on: Dec 10, 2022

  • On behalf of the College of Dental Technologists of Ontario's Council and Staff we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family at this very difficult time. Sending strength your way. - Posted by: The College of Dental Technologists of Ontario Staff and Council (Coworkers) on: Dec 10, 2022

  • I first met Julie in 1988 when I started with DND. She was very friendly and helpful. She always seemed so relaxed and didn't get stressed out by work. She liked to talk about her family; especially first granddaughter Lauren's activities. She always wanted to hear about my family too. We kept in touch over the years after she retired. My sympathy to the family; I'm sure you all have special memories of your mother. - Posted by: Alayne Pearen (co-worker) on: Dec 09, 2022

  • We were blessed to meet Julie and had the opportunity to create beautiful memories that let us take a peek at her feisty spirit. I loved listening to her stories about her life with her husband and her children as she moved across countries and continents. In her visits she enjoyed chatting and laughing, did not shy away from trying new dishes and showed curiosity and appreciation for our family and traditions. Julie was generous and warm. She welcomed us to her house and hosted a Christmas meal when our children were abroad and shared her memories of all the fun gatherings she and her husband had hosted over the years in the basement of their home. We admired her determination and zest for life; which she maintained across situations. Rest in peace Julie💕 Carlos, Alicia and family (Maureen's and Julie's friends) - Posted by: Alicia Ordonez (Maureen and Julie's friends) on: Dec 09, 2022

  • Maureen, Lauren and Steven - our thoughts are with you all on this day. Your Mom and grandmother Julie will be missed. We fondly remember the times at Falcon Lake, on your family holidays. Laughter, sharing stories and food with us many times over the years. Grateful to have spent time with both Ben and Julie and your extended families. Prayers as you say goodbye and celebrate her long life. Hugs from all of us! - Posted by: Debbie and Dave Houston and family (friends of Maureen ) on: Dec 09, 2022

  • I offer my most sincere condolences to the family. Julie was my friend from the Business and Professional Women's (BPW Manitoba) club days, we worked several projects together. We also tried to meet regularly over the years for summer or Christmas lunches. Then she was also a bowling friend of my mother's. small world. You should know she shared pictures and stories of you often. I shall miss her smile and gentle ways. Such a fine lady. - Posted by: Susan Slater (friend) on: Dec 08, 2022

  • I'm sorry for the loss, although I never met her she sounds like a incredible woman, wife, and mother, it's a blessing to reach her age in the flesh body, I'm positive she's enjoying her spiritual body, my condolences 🙏 - Posted by: Kenneth (Friend of Judy ) on: Dec 08, 2022

  • May your memories of your mother and faith sustain you in your loss. - Posted by: Be RMT and Bobbi polet (Friend and costumer of gerrard) on: Dec 07, 2022

  • I worked with Julie at 1 CAD. She was such a kind and caring person. She always had a smile and was a pleasure to deal with. When she retired, I missed her gentle, positive energy. - Posted by: Leslie Franklin (Coworker) on: Dec 07, 2022

  • We are deeply saddened by your loss Judy and would like you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find the peace that you need to go through your grief knowing fully well that your mom is also at peace, watching from heaven and telling you that all is well with her soul. - Posted by: Nancy Leris (Friend) on: Dec 07, 2022

  • Wonderful lady. A dear friend after the first time we met. I will miss her contagious smile and her love - Posted by: Neta (Friend) on: Dec 07, 2022

  • I will remember your mom as a funny, loving and very kind person. As I got to know her better I saw how much she loved you all by the way she spoke about you. You were blessed to have her for so long and the beautiful memories you have will keep her close. Tracy (friend of Judy) - Posted by: Tracy Ledyard (Friend of Judy) on: Dec 07, 2022

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