April 28, 1961 – June 21, 2022
Leona, affectionately known as Oni, passed away peacefully in St. Boniface Hospital on June 21 with a sister and brother at her bedside.
Leona, daughter of George and Herta Loewen, was born and raised with her two sisters (Evelyn, Ruth Sherwood) and brother (George Jr.) in Abbotsford BC.
After high school she moved to Winnipeg to pursue higher education, graduating from CMU (MBBC) and University of Manitoba and then launching a career in Early Childhood Education that spanned four decades.
While close contact remained with her immediate family in BC, Leona’s prairie “families of the heart” included the Care-a-Lot Daycare Centre, Elmwood Church friends, and the Dunrobin Ave. neighbourhood. In these spheres of relationships “Oni” was beloved and blessed.
She was appreciated as a reliable hard worker, generous and compassionate to friends and strangers alike, a kind courageous woman.
Leona enjoyed being an aunt to Jillian and Meredith, never ignoring an opportunity to spoil her nieces! Advent/Christmas and summer vacations with them on Gabriola Island BC are precious family traditions and we will especially miss Leona’s presence there.
Leona’s life with us was resolutely heaven-bent; she generously gave of her time and talents for the benefit of others and to the glory of God.
A memorial service will be held July 9, 2022 at 11:00 am at Maclure Road Mennonite Cemetary.
For more on Oni’s life and a link to the livestream of the service, please search “Leona Loewen” at dignitymemorial.com
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