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KATIE ANN KARLOWSKY (published on March 06, 2009)

KATIE ANN KARLOWSKY (nee URQUHART) On Monday, March 2, 2009 Katie Ann Karlowsky passed away at St. Boniface General Hospital at the age of 78 years. Remaining to forever cherish Katie's memory are her loving husband of 42 years, Niel; daughter Jodee and son-in-law Greg; son Daniel and his wife Anja; grandchildren, Tea (Mushmouse) and Nolan (Pussycat) as well as her kid sister Chrissie Muir; nephew Peter Muir and his family (Shona, Scotty and Montana); favorite niece JoAnne Wiebe and her family (Howard, Janaiya and Sarah). Katie loved them all as her own. She also leaves to mourn her brother-in-law Elroy Karlowsky (Kathy) and sister-in-law Dianne Tuinhoff and their families. She had a special place in her heart for all of her nieces and nephews, especially June, Susanna and Murray. Katie Ann was born May 8, 1930 and grew up on Rathgar Street in Winnipeg. After graduating high school she went to work for the Royal Bank and was loyal to the Royal until her marriage to Niel. Mom had many stories about her years in the bank, getting locked in the vault, her girlfriends and her customers. She was active for many years in Sorority and we have many pictures of her exploits including her trip to Barbados with the crazy five . She was fortunate to spend a year working and living in London with the bank and regaled us with stories of her adventures in Maida Vale. In 1966, the city girl married the farmer and Mom moved out to Brunkild. She wanted to learn about the farm so she listened and learned. While they were courting, Dad had told her jokingly that if the chickens were out of the coop, it was going to rain. Mom took it to heart and told everyone that rain was coming because the chickens were out. That became a running joke for Mom and you couldn't drive to Winnipeg without her saying It's going to rain, the chickens are out! Mom always seemed to be larger than life and full of mischief. She could be stern when she wanted to be and getting the silent treatment was a sign she was mad, but she could never stay silent too long. She would always have a comment or something sharp to say. Mom had an irreverent sense of humor and loved to ask questions and learn about the people she met. We teased her constantly about getting out the flashlight to interrogate visitors and maybe getting a job with the secret service. Mom did not want a formal funeral service and in accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. Interment will follow at a later date. We wish to thank the nurses, doctors and staff of the St. Boniface Palliative Care unit and Palliative care for all their compassionate care and support. Special thanks to nurse Louise (Buttercup), Jen, and Gina and Ann-Mar for everything. And to all the friends and families for the phone calls, letters, thoughts and prayers over the last couple months. Rather than flowers, we would ask that you celebrate her life by considering donating to Cancer Care Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 0V9, the St. Boniface Palliative Care Unit, 409 Tache Avenue, Wpg, MB, R2H 2A6 or donating to the Paterson Global Foods Challenge for life team as Jodee Greg will be walking in the Challenge for Life.

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