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Born: Jan 07, 1950

Date of Passing: Mar 07, 2023

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Mom passed away on March 7, 2023, at Grace Hospice, supported and surrounded with love in the preceding weeks by her partner Barrie Kjernisted and their families, friends and loved ones.
Sandra Mary was born January 7, 1950 in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba to Harvey John Rowat, 50 and Ellen Rowat (nee Cameron), 49. Mom grew up with her nieces and nephews who were like siblings as they were so close in age. An excellent drummer, mom carried on the family tradition of playing in the Gilbert Plains Band, and at one point the Rowat family could boast of three generations playing in the band.
"Sandi" as she was known by her nursing friends and colleagues, graduated as a registered nurse from the Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing in 1971 and was immediately employed at this Hospital. Mom would work as a nurse, primarily in Labour and Delivery in Winnipeg, MB as well as general nursing in Arborg, MB and Stonewall, MB for over 30 years.
Sandra married Larry Hewlko in 1971 and they had three children and four grandchildren: Christie Hewlko (Mike Field) and their daughter Dylan; Cory (Tracy) Hewlko and their children, Lola and Liam; and Shannon Hewlko (Cary Bohnet) and their son Teddy.
Over the past 20 years, mom and her partner Barrie have enjoyed spending time with their friends and family, including Barrie's four children and their growing families: Tracey Sicotte (Monty) and children, Sophie, Tyson and Cooper; Glen (Jena) and children, Lincoln and Adley; Ryan (Heather) and children, Jase, and Xander; and Shane (Chrissy) and children, Brady and Trevor.
In addition to her children, grandchildren and extended family, Mom is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Don and Joan Rowat, her niece, Shannon Rowat and many more nieces and nephews. Mom was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Phyllis Rowat.
Throughout her life, mom established lasting friendships and is remembered as a respected and compassionate nurse and caregiver, caring for her mother and her auntie Sue in their later years. Mom had a wonderful sense of humour and supported others through tough times. Throughout her own life challenges family and lifelong friends did our best to return the love, patience and understanding she so graciously showed to us all in our early years.
Mom's strength, kindness, compassion and selfless love live on in her children and all of those she held dear over the years.
A service of remembrance will be scheduled for the spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations in mom's memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

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Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 18, 2023

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • It is with sadness that I heard of the passing of Sandi! We had a great visit at our last reunion and I was hoping to see her against the end of this month to celebrate our 52 years reunion! You will be missed but remembered!! A fabulous nurse who witnessed many births and cared for moms and newborns! Always fun to be around! Condolences to family and many friends near and far…Cathy (Snitka) Hopfner - Posted by: Cathy Hopfner (Nursing classmate) on: May 13, 2023

  • Had the pleasure of working with Sandi on LDRP at Womens for several years before she retired. Always a joy to work with. I recently was able to connect with Sandy and we shared many laughs about our times working together. Happy we had that last laugh! Rest easy dear friend! Condolences to her family. - Posted by: Crystal (Womens Nurse colleague ) on: Mar 22, 2023

  • Lucky to have worker with Sandy …. Such a beautiful person with a kind and gentle smile. My deepest condolences to her family. - Posted by: Janet Wilgosh (Coworker) on: Mar 22, 2023

  • Working with Sandy was great! She was a gentle soul and very giving when it came to her work. I hosted her retirement brunch and enjoyed all the stories being shared, God bless and may she rest in peace. - Posted by: Charlene van Schijndel (Co - worker at Women’s) on: Mar 22, 2023

  • So very saddened in learning of the passing of Sandra. We were friends growing up, but lost contact when we went our separate ways. Sandra was home (Gilbert Plains) a few years ago. I remember we start catching up on each others lives, we talked for hours. A wonderful person. She well be missed - Posted by: Sandy Lukey (Childhood friends) on: Mar 19, 2023

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