Jennie Levandoski (nee Zarowski)
September 9, 1932 - October 27, 2020
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our adored Mom (Nana) Jennie Levandoski at the age of 88 with her beloved family by her side. Jennie Levandoski (nee Zarowski) was born September 9, 1932 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Joseph and Mary Zarowski.
Jennie was a dedicated mother and Nana first and foremost. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as Nana Banana. Mom/Nana/Jennie leaves behind her memory to her surviving four children Colleen (Peter), Jamie (Salim), Melissa (Zenon) and Michael; grandchildren; Brendan, Jacqueline, Matthew, Ivan and Jacob and numerous other loving relatives and close friends.
Mom was an extremely hard worker and shared her self-taught gifts and talents as cook, baker and knitter with her family and friends. Her greatest joy and passion was providing for her children and grandchildren and this was evident as our home was always surrounded with unconditional love, understanding, patience and teachable moments without judgement.
Mom was an extremely generous hostess and her many dinner parties were always filled with love and laughter leaving her family and guests with the greatest of memories.
Mom cared deeply for her family and always made sure us kids were safe, healthy and happy. We often heard that at some point in any conversation with her friends, the conversation always "ended up talking about you kids." In addition to the hours spent baking and cooking from scratch, she always found time to make an extra special baking for Michael, the infamous Apple Pie with no sugar. She said the sweetness came from her love.
As a former self-employed owner of a Cafeteria of her many special dishes, she was known for her butter tarts. When she refused to give up her recipe to the company she often baked for, they sent a dozen of her butter tarts to be analyzed in Toronto. It was no surprise when they couldn’t duplicate her recipe.
Once retired, she marvelled in the outdoors. Traveling to various destinations, cycling, walking her unofficially adopted four legged friends that were found abandoned or meticulously caring for her yard and gardening. Everything she did was executed with care, pride and love. As a self-taught knitter, we eagerly awaited the making of dish cloths, hats or her beautiful hand crafted afghans that you knew would be wrapped around your body and embraced with her warmest hug as she whispered in your ear "I love you.”
Mom, your departure has caused much sadness but we are so grateful for all the years that we have spent with you. Despite the many ups and downs that life presented, you were a fighter and forgiver.
All conversations with Mom/Nana ended with, I love you more.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to those who cared for her during her short time at Riverview Health Center.
Due to COVID 19 restrictions, and as per Jennie’s request a private family memorial service with interment will be held at Holy Family Cemetery.
“What we once enjoyed and deeply loved, we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a
part of us. "Helen Keller"
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter, Riverview Health Center or a charity of choice.
Please note the bottom statement with regards to flowers is not our wishes. If you want to send flowers contact Korban Funeral Chapel.
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