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Born: May 21, 1961

Date of Passing: Sep 05, 2020

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(nee DUFF)
May 21, 1961 - September 5, 2020

It is with heavy hearts and sorrow we announce the sudden passing of Kimberly Teresa Kozar on September 5, 2020. Kimberly Kozar passed peacefully in her home at the young age of 59.
Kimberly loved and lived for her family and her four boys. She leaves behind her husband Slavko, sons, Joshua (Cheryl), Luke (Olivia) and Matthew (Ainsley), parents, Marlyn and Edward, mother-in-law Kristina, brothers and sisters, Kathy (Ken), Allan (Karen), Kelly (Brian), Myles (Shannon) and Angela (Tim), brothers-in-law, Leo (Barb), Joe (Kari), Frank, and sisters-in-law, Dragica (Colin) and Ivanka.
Kimberly grew up in Winnipeg attending Pierre Radisson Collegiate while spending countless hours as a live-in nanny to many families. Working with children was always her passion. She later began her career with MTS Communications Inc. in 1979. She met the love of her life in the summer of 1982 and often referred to him as her Kowie. After the birth of their first son, Kimberly would dedicate her entire being to remaining at home with the family while tirelessly battling Lupus.
Kimberly will always be remembered for her infectious smile, upbeat personality, her giving heart and ability to brighten any room. She could often be found surrounded by her Yorkie puppies over the years while reading the latest Nora Roberts novel. Kimberly's passions included crocheting future baby clothes, blankets and dolls, gardening and collecting antiques. She took pride in the home her and Slav spent countless hours renovating and building while recently celebrating the last of their sons "leaving the nest".
A viewing ceremony will take place on Thursday, September 24, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Please RSVP to (204) 233-4949 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. A private family service will be held on Monday, September 28 at 1:00 p.m. The service will be live streamed from Desjardins Funeral Home - (password - ARBOR2020). Kimberly will rest peacefully at St Vital Cemetery.
The family thanks all for their condolences and thoughts during this difficult time.
If desired, donations may be made to Lupus Canada.
Kimberly was the most beautiful soul and was taken far too early but God had other plans and we know she'll be looking over us and continue to guide and love us as she always had - He got one of the best. Mom, we love you dearly and you will never be forgotten, we will continue to make you proud and honour your memory.

We'll see you again, "li'l mama" xoxo


I wish I could see you one more time
come walking through the door
But I know that is impossible
I will hear your voice no more.
I know you can feel my tears
and you don't want me to cry
Yet my heart is broken
because I can't understand
why someone so precious had to die.
I pray that God will give me strength
and somehow get me through
As I struggle with this heartache
That came when I lost you.

Forever in my heart.
We meet to depart and
We depart to meet


Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence online at

Desjardins Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 19, 2020

Condolences & Memories (32 entries)

  • I hope that all is well with Kim. How are things with Kowie? - Posted by: Michael Winiarz (Co-worker with Kowie) on: Mar 16, 2021

  • Rene, myself, and our boys were so sad to hear of Kim’s passing. I will remember her easy beautiful smile and sweet nature. Our heartfelt sympathies to you Slav and to the boys. Bonnie - Posted by: Bonnie & Rene Mabon (Parent friends from the boys school and sports activities) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • So sorry for your loss my friend. God bless - Posted by: Ron Paslawski & family (Co worker) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • Our prayers to the family. We remember our dear neighbour, Kim, from Everingham Bay. May she fall effortlessly into the arms of our good Lord. Thinking of you all at this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love from the Steinburg Family (Calgary). - Posted by: Angie + Kevin Steinburg (Friends ) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • So sorry for your loss. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel and she will watch over her boys each and everyday, take comfort in that and celebrate her life each day. Love and hugs. - Posted by: Albert and Cindy Friesen (Friends) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • Please accept my most heartfelt condolences. It was such a shock to hear of Kim’s passing. I know she is watching over her entire family, completely pain free and her contagious smile will live on in all of our hearts 💕 I Love you all So very much and wish I could be there for you. Much love and hugs from Jan, Larry and family - Posted by: Jan and Larry Davis (Cousin) on: Sep 25, 2020

  • To my beautiful cousin Kim, a beautiful girl inside and out, thinking of you and your family at this sad time. RIP Kim, love always Michelle Duff O Farrell and family from Ireland xxx - Posted by: Michelle Duff O Farrell (Cousin) on: Sep 23, 2020

  • We had the absolute pleasure of having our hearts touched with the meeting of Kim while she shared a room with our dad at St Boniface Hospital. She was one of the sweetest, kindest women I have ever had the pleasure of spending time with. Her infectious smile was such a pleasure to see while having our daily conversations during her time there. Watching and experiencing the friendship that developed between her, her husband and my parents was magical. She left a mark with whomever she met. Our deepest condolences to her family she will be eternally missed. - Posted by: Nadine Arnal (Friend) on: Sep 22, 2020

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you. Wishing you healing and peace. - Posted by: Vivian Horvath (Coworker) on: Sep 21, 2020

  • I was so sorry to read about Kim. My husband Brian and I played baseball with Kim and Slav and went to their home after games many times. We had some wonderful times with them. Rest in peace Kim. You're in my thoughts and prayers Slav. Cathy Gilmore - Posted by: Cathy Gilmore (friend) on: Sep 21, 2020

  • My deepest sympathies to Slav and family. Kim was a beautiful,loving,caring woman and I am so grateful that I got to know her these passed years. She will be forever missed. Rest in Peace my friend. 🌹💗 Christine - Posted by: Christine Boehmer (Ainsley's mom) on: Sep 21, 2020

  • It is true what has been said Kim had a smile on her face all the time . It could be months or even a year that’s past and we could just start talking like no time had past . Kim and Slav were lots of fun to be around . We spent time at New Year’s Eve celebrations and a few years watching our sons play hockey together . Kim loved her boys and especially her lil puppies . Keep smiling Kim. Rip. Jim+TraceyHarvie 💕 - Posted by: Tracey and Jim Harvie (Friends ) on: Sep 21, 2020

  • My deepest sympathy to the Kozar family. Kim was an amazing, kind and strong woman. Your family has and always will have a special place in my heart. Love, Miranda Ramsay xo - Posted by: Miranda Ramsay (Family friend) on: Sep 21, 2020

  • Slav and family please accept our sincere condolences. - Posted by: Doug Devito (Co Worker) on: Sep 21, 2020

  • My deepest condolences. May her love be the foundation and strength for the family to continue on with their lives in her memory. - Posted by: Margaret Baker (Co-worker ) on: Sep 20, 2020

  • Just wanted to send our love to Uncle Slav, Josh, Luke, Matt, Cheryl, Olivia, and Ainsley. Auntie Kim was so sweet and loving and we were devastated to hear the news. We are so sad we can't be there in person to say goodbye and be there for you. We are thinking about you all. I have so many sweet messages from her that I'll always cherish. She was so good at reaching out and keeping in touch with our little family. I'm so glad I got to come and see her last summer and introduce her to Melody. She will be so missed ❤️. - Posted by: Sarah Pushparaj, Abhiram, Melody and Bodi (Niece and family) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • Our deepest sympathies to Ainsley, Matt, Slav and all of Kim's family. She was a beautiful woman inside and out and will be missed dearly. Cindy & Dennis King - Posted by: Cindy King (Friends) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • Dear Slavko and family Thinking of you with love and deep condolences at this very sad time. Darlene, Bill, Sally, Jerome and Quinn - Posted by: Darlene Gerrior (Friend) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • Beautiful and kind lady I will miss getting to know you more. May God will be with you all and give you comfort during this sad time. - Posted by: Linda Lee (Cheryl Lee’s Mom) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • Kim was always a bright ray of sunshine whenever you saw her. Even though she had to deal with that terrible disease, she had a heart of gold and would always welcome you with open arms. Your memories of her will always shine brightly in your hearts as she shone brightly to the world. You are in our thoughts and prayers. 🙏 Rest in Peace Kim ❤ - Posted by: Angie Carriere (Friend) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • Our deepest sympathy to the Kozar Family. Always keep the special memories of Kim close to your Hearts❤️ Hugs to everyone ❤️❤️ - Posted by: Joe & Doris Bullock (Ainsley King/Matt (Aunt & Uncle)) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • I met Kimmy back in the 70s and 80s when we worked together at M.T.S. She was always the kindest person and a caring friend. After I left MTS to have my family..Kim and I would run into each other at the Dakota Sobeys or out walking. She always had a beautiful smile and loving stories of her boys. She and I suffered from Vertigo and had plenty of strange tales to tell each other. I know she will be missed hugely. What a sweetie..such a loss. xxx - Posted by: Eileen Findlay (Friend) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • Wishing the family strength and peace during this hard time. - Posted by: Randall charles (Friend) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • Sending our love and sincere condolences to all Kim's Family. May God be your comfort and strength during this very sad time. - Posted by: Jeff and Ann Parry (Wales, UK) (Friends) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • My deepest sympathies go out to you. Your mom/wife was always a joy to talk to. Such a kind, heart warming woman who spoke highly about her boys. May you cherish the special memories and find the strength to face this difficult loss in your lives. Love, Mme Dubé ❤️ - Posted by: Mme Dubé (Boys Teacher ) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • Sending our love and sincere condolences to all Kim's Family. May God be your comfort and strength during this very sad time. - Posted by: Jeff and Ann Parry (Wales, UK) (Friends) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • What a beautiful tribute you wrote for your beloved wife & momma. Kim was indeed a beautiful soul. She radiated love, kindness, warmth & empathy. To be in a room (or hockey rink as we used to be together in often back in the day!); meant you would most definitely be enveloped with a comforting & welcoming feeling that truly is hard to convey. You will just know what I mean, if you too were as lucky to have been in her presence as I was. I loved knowing your lil’ lady & I I’m so sorry she’s been taken from you all. She IS undoubtedly an angel now and forever watching over you all. You are in my(our) thoughts & prayers. If you should ever need anything, don’t hesitate to reach out. So many are sharing in your sorrow & loss. Take care & much love. Rest In Peace Kim. 🙏🏼❤️Jenn Radomsky & Family (Chad, Kassia, Matt & Juleah) ❤️ - Posted by: Jennifer (Friend) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • Sending our love and sincere condolences to all Kim's Family. May God be your comfort and strength during this very sad time. - Posted by: Jeff and Ann Parry (Wales, UK) (Friends) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • Sending our love and sincere condolences to all Kim's Family. May God be your comfort and strength during this very sad time. - Posted by: Jeff and Ann Parry (Wales, UK) (Friends) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • Sending our love and sincere condolences to all Kim's Family. May God be your comfort and strength during this very sad time. - Posted by: Jeff and Ann Parry (Wales, UK) (Friends) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • Sending our love and sincere condolences to all Kim's Family. May God be your comfort and strength during this very sad time. - Posted by: Jeff and Ann Parry (Wales, UK) (Friends) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • Slav and boys thinking of you, Alli - Posted by: Allison Knapp (friend) on: Sep 19, 2020

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