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ERIN LEE PALAMAR (published on May 28, 2010)

ERIN LEE PALAMAR (nee KOLODIE) The life of a remarkable young woman has been lost, but never forgotten. It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Erin Palamar on May 24, 2010 at the Victoria Hospital. She was 38 years old. Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband Michael, her parents Maureen and Richard Kolodie. Brothers, Michael/Kristin Kolodie (Spencer and Cameron); Colin/Karen Kolodie (Riley and Mackenzie); Michael's dad Milton Palamar, Michael's sisters Marilyn/ Wayne Gerring (Ashley, Desiree, David); and Leanne/Jarred Baker. She was predeceased by her mother-in-law Arlene Palamar. Erin was born at the Victoria Hospital in Winnipeg on September 30, 1971. She was a graduate of Fort Richmond Collegiate. At the young age of 15 Erin worked at Bargain Harold's and later was the manager of a Red Apple Store. She also worked evenings at Pizzanne's Pizza. She spent six months in Vancouver working at a Real Estate Office where she learned word processing, and had fond memories of staying there with her Aunt Marj and Uncle Ron. On her return to Winnipeg and for the last 18 years she worked at St. John's College at the University of Manitoba, where she was the Registrar and Confidential Secretary to the Warden. Erin loved people. She had an infectious personality and an amazing sense of humour which drew people to her. She would brighten any room the moment she walked in with her beautiful smile, quick wit and one-liners. Erin loved going to the family cottage at Pickerel Lake and trailer camping with Michael and their dog Rex. She was very proud of her nieces and nephews and would spend hours doing arts and crafts with them. She had amazing patience. Erin had a large circle of friends and touched so many lives. She was always there for you, in good times and bad. She would laugh with you and cry with you. Erin had an unfledging courage as she persisted through long years of many different illnesses which began at the age of five. She accepted these without complaint and believed that each day was a gift. Her faith in God carried her through. Erin asked that we thank Dr. Richard Blouw and his wife Mrs. Penny Blouw; Dr. Brian Penner, Dr. Vincent Woo, Dr. John Karvelas, Dr. Ian Maxwell and Dr. J.B. Sharkey who looked after her and our family the weekend of her last struggle. Thank you to the countless other doctors, technicians and nursing staff involved in her care, especially Wanda, Jennifer, Ivy, Ann and Caroline. Thank you to Erin's brother Colin for crafting Erin's urn, reflecting the joys in her life. Also, Erin wanted to thank Maureen Dunn Jewellers for designing eight beautiful rings in only three days, so that Erin could give them to her special friends before she died. Thanks also to St. John's College for so many reasons. St. John's College has established a bursary in Erin's honour. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations be made to the Erin Palamar Bursary in Nursing, c/o St. John's College, 92 Dysart Road, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M5. Erin had asked that I remind you what she said in her final post on Facebook. Do not be sad for me as I am going home to meet my maker where there is no suffering. Love ya! Posted... May 17 at 12:03 a.m. In keeping with Erin's wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of Erin's life will be held on Sunday, May 30 at 3:00 p.m. in The Meeting Place, 139 Smith Street. Parking is available at the Union Centre Parkade next to The Meeting Place. Private interment will take place at a later date. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. The Coutu family in care of arrangements: E. J. COUTU CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald St. 253-5086

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