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Born: Jun 14, 1936

Date of Passing: Nov 26, 2022

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June 14, 1936 – November 26, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Leola Aitkenhead, our mother, sister, grandmother, great- grandmother, aunt, sister-in-law, cousin and friend.
Leola leaves to mourn her four surviving children Michelle (Phil Cyrenne), Mark, Meiko, and Valerie (Jesse Schierholtz); grandchildren Tyler Schierholtz (Michelle), Nicolas Cyrenne, Alex Cyrenne, Danielle, Nicole (Dan Hawthorne) and Thomas; great-grandchildren Keira, Olivia, Isabelle, Stella, Amelia and Charlotte; siblings Donald (Rosalind), Claude (Carolee), Valerie Brown, Vivianne Penner (Reinhard), George (Louise), Marie Wadelius (Chris) and Angela Wadelius (Kevin); brother-in-law Roland Bernard; the extended Aitkenhead family; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Leola was predeceased by her parents Leo and Aurore Despins; her loving husband William; beloved son Kevin; sister Rolande Bernard; and brother-in-law Wayne Brown.
Leola was a natural caregiver, and she never hesitated to put her life aside when help was needed. Her friends and family knew her as selfless, dedicated, and loyal. The legacy she leaves is one of compassion for others and self-sacrifice. She always went the extra mile, and she set the bar high for her children as parents, community members and caregivers. Over her later years with various health struggles, her family marvelled at how she kept going, stayed positive, active and involved. She loved her family and enjoyed their phone calls and visits till the end.
In lieu of flowers, if so desired, donations can be made in Leola's memory to the Children's Hospital in Winnipeg.
Even when the heart falls silent, we do not cease to be. Leola may be gone, but she is an inspiration and will live on in our memories.
A celebration of Leola's life will be at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg, 603 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg on December 10, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 03, 2022

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • On behalf of the RBC Pensioners we send our profound condolences to Leola’s families with her passing. She joined us the odd time at our monthly luncheons and we always saw her at the annual dinner. She was a wonderful lady and will certianly be missed. - Posted by: Sharon Lomonaco (RBC Pensioner) on: Dec 19, 2022

  • Dear Meiko, Michelle, Valerie, Mark and family 🙏🕊🌷It was a honour to come to know your mom who was a force of love and kindness and if a life well lived is measured in love your mom’s life was a triumph and a blessing to all you knew her. She will be missed although her legacy lives on in each of you. My heartfelt condolences as you grieve your mom and my hope is the many precious and cherished memories of her will buoy you up as you navigate this sorrowful time........mucho love, Jazz💛 - Posted by: Jazz Sharp (💛😊) on: Dec 05, 2022

  • Dear Michelle and family, extending my heartfelt and deepest sympathy on the passing of your family matriarch. It's evident that through her care and compassion she touched alot of lives along the way! Thinking of you at this sad time. Sorry for your loss. Lynda Ruban Canadian Cancer Society (retired) - Posted by: Lynda D Ruban (Canadian Cancer Society (retired)) on: Dec 05, 2022

  • So sorry for the loss of your dear Mother. I know she was a spark of bright light in your family and she had spirit and tenacity until the end. - Posted by: Leah and Bob (Friend of the family ) on: Dec 03, 2022

  • Our heartfelt condolences to Leola’s family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow. Leola was a great friend of of our mom and dad Alice and Dave Aitkenhead and will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Doug and Diane and Arlene Aitkenhead (Cousins) on: Dec 03, 2022

  • My friendship with Leola began when she was our real estate agent and sold us the Kitchener house we still live in . It was the first time I was invited to stay at an agent’s house while we looked for a suitable house. Our connection with Royal Bank through our husbands made for a long friendship with many mutual friends. Art and I enjoyed many social gatherings in Kitchener with Leola and Bill and I have had lots of enjoyable phone calls with Leola after she moved back to Winnipeg. Leola was such a caring person and I will miss our chats. My condolences go out to her family from myself and Art. - Posted by: Enid Mills (Friend) on: Dec 03, 2022

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