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Born: Nov 27, 1964

Date of Passing: Mar 27, 2023

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With broken hearts on March 27, 2023 we said goodbye to our dear wife, mom, daughter, sister and friend, Catherine Anne Van Nest (McCormack).

Left to cherish Cathy’s memory are her beloved husband John of 37 years; son Benjamin (Brittani Lawson) and daughter Hollice (Adam Warelis); mother Florence McCormack; and siblings, Donna, Dianne, Cindy, Kevin and Debbie. Cathy was predeceased by her father Vernon.

Cathy was born on November 27, 1964 in Winnipeg. She graduated from Miles MacDonnell Collegiate and later Red River College. She retired after a dedicated 33 year career in health care finance and administration.

Cathy enjoyed gardening, painting, crafting and collecting, but most of all she loved time with her family and her pugs, Daisy and Jade.

Cathy generously gave her time, money and heart to multiple charities and community organizations such as Siloam Mission, Children Believe and Manitoba Pug Rescue.

The family would like to thank the staff of the SICU at HSC for their compassionate care and understanding.

A Celebration of Life will be held on April 12, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at Rossmere Golf & Country Club, 925 Watt Street, Winnipeg.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society, Shared Health MB Mental Health Programs, or a charity of your choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 08, 2023

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • John & Family, We are so very sorry to hear this news. Our greatest condolences to you & your family at this most difficult time. May you RIP Cathy & the angels be with you. Barb & Al Wsiaki - Posted by: Barb & Al Wsiaki (Friends ) on: Apr 15, 2023

  • John & Family We are so sorry for your loss. Our condolences to you & your family at this most difficult time. Rest In Peace πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™ - Posted by: Barb & Al Wsiaki (Friends) on: Apr 13, 2023

  • Dearest John, Ben, and Hollie and all the family. Cathy will always be lovingly remembered for her love and laughter. If you listen to your heart, you will never be apart. Love from Lori, Garry, Aunty Shirley and David. - Posted by: Lori Ward (cousin) on: Apr 11, 2023

  • John, I was so saddened to hear this shocking news. My heart goes out to you after this sudden loss. β€œI know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories.” - Posted by: Jose Espinosa (Friend) on: Apr 11, 2023

  • My thoughts are with you and your family, John, during this very sad time. - Posted by: Shelley Zawidoski Fedoruk (Friends) on: Apr 09, 2023

  • It is with the greatest shock that we learned of Cathy's passing. Cathy was a great wife to John and a fabulous mother to Ben and Holly. She was a wonderful mother who took a great interest in her children's education and the friends they made. Cathy and John were parents that wanted an excellent future for their son and daughter. They nurtured their children together to become wonderful and caring people. Our condolences to John, Holly, Ben, with sympathy and friendship. Gary Campbell and Sandy Copp - Posted by: Sandra Copp (friend) on: Apr 08, 2023

  • To John and family, Very sad news to read today. So many years pass but age doesn't always dictate when it is time to go. We are so sorry to know of Cathy's passing. We wish you strength to get through each day with some cause of importance to share in together as a family so that you keep your love and memory of Cathy inside your hearts always. Our sincerest condolences. jill Palmer (McWhinney) and McWhinney family. - Posted by: Jill Palmer nee McWhinney (Friends from school ) on: Apr 08, 2023

  • My deepest, most sincere condolences to you John, Benjamin and Hollice, and the entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. RIP Cathy. - Posted by: Darryl Chubak (Friend ) on: Apr 08, 2023

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