Obituary for Darlene Michelle Baschuk
DARLENE MICHELLE BASCHUK
After a lengthy illness, Darlene passed away on Christmas Eve at the Grace Hospital surrounded by family and friends.
Darlene was pre-deceased by her uncle Victor McLeod, her maternal grandparents and her paternal grandmother. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter Kyleen Normandeau, mother Agnes (Donald Collins), father Don ( Cathy Cossette ), sisters Deborah and Donna (Jack Partridge), spouse Dave Thompson, step-daughter Joan Thompson, niece Lauren Webb, nephew Eric Webb, godmother Auntie Bernice Friesen and Kyleen’s father Trevor Normandeau ( Patty ). Darlene is also survived by lifelong friend Dawn Dumontier and longtime best friend Sherry Normandeau, as well as countless family and friends across Canada and in her adopted home in Mexico.
Darlene was born October 10, 1969 in Thompson, Manitoba but was a life-long Winnipeger. Darlene grew up in Charleswood and attended Oak Park High School where she was Valedictorian of her graduating class. She was always a busy girl and was involved in “everything” at school, as well as ringette and many part time jobs including Superstore and her all-time favorite job as a Hostess with the Winnipeg Jets 1.0. In her youth, she attended and was a server at St. Mary’s Anglican Church.
Darlene graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Commerce degree in 1992 and began her career with Great West Life. Her first two years with GWL were spent in Vancouver before returning to Winnipeg permanently. Over 23 years she held roles of increasing scope and responsibility with Great West Life and Investors Group, culminating in senior executive roles with both companies. During those years she formed countless lasting friendships through her work with people across the country.
Darlene was passionate about her many interests including certain movies and music, her many cats, driving only a convertible, playing hockey with the GWLWHL, camping and fishing at Eagle Nest Landing at Pointe du Bois, cheering on the Winnipeg Jets and finally being in the studio audience at The Price Is Right. In 2010, she purchased a second home in Mexico which became her adopted home and her passion from that day forward. As was consistent throughout her life, she made some incredible connections and friendships in Los Ayala and Guayabitos.
Funeral service will be held Friday January 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 3830 Roblin Blvd.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter.
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Darlene Michelle Baschuk October 10 1969 –
December 24 2018..
Décès pour la Ville: Winnipeg, Province: Manitoba