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Born: Feb 19, 1917

Date of Passing: Jul 19, 2021

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(nee O'CONNOR)

Died on July 19, 2021 at West Park Manor Personal Care Home, Winnipeg, MB.
Margaret leaves to cherish her memory her four children, Margaretmary (Robert) Puchniak, Patrick (Susan) Downey, Jack (Marj) Downey and Jane (Tom) Siklos; 16 precious grandchildren and 30 much-loved great-grandchildren.
Margaret was born in Ceylon, SK on February 19, 1917 to Harry and Beatrice O'Connor. She graduated from Normal School in 1938 and began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse, Carnbrogie School in Ceylon. She moved to Toronto, ON during the Second World War and worked in a munitions factory. When the war was over and following his service in the Royal Canadian Navy, she married Joseph Patrick Downey at Sacred Heart Church in Regina, SK on April 27, 1946 and they moved to Saskatoon, SK where their four children were born.
Margaret was a voracious reader, political junkie, devoted friend, fabulous cook, avid bridge player and a dedicated Roman Catholic. She was a lifetime member of the Catholic Women's League of Canada and worked with the organization in Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Regina. She loved to hear and treasured individual life stories, she also loved a good argument over politics or religion. She was the family archivist. Her family was everything to her and she lovingly (and successfully) cultivated that devotion to family in her brood.
Margaret was predeceased by her parents, three brothers, husband Joseph, and great-grandson Oliver Puchniak.
The family extends thanks to the staff on the second floor East Wing of West Park Manor for the care of Margaret during the last three years and four months of her life. In her last week, in particular, her caregivers were compassionate and loving to both Margaret and her family.
Private funeral arrangements.

May the road rise to meet you,
may the wind be always at your back,
may the sun shine warm upon your face,
the rains fall soft upon your fields, and,
until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 21, 2021, Jul 24, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Dear Marnie, to you and your family sincere condolences on the loss of your mom. Thinking of you in our prayers. John and Stanka Klaponski - Posted by: Stanka Klaponski (CWL sister) on: Jul 27, 2021

  • Dear Marnie and family, With sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother...we know that Margaret is in Jesus' loving arms, eternally. - Posted by: John and Colette Mozol (Friends) on: Jul 26, 2021

  • My condolences to the family. I did not know Margaret but I heard a lot about her from Caitlin and I know she will be very missed. My thoughts are with the family. - Posted by: Lisa Armstrong (Friend ) on: Jul 23, 2021

  • Dear Marnie We are thinking of your and your family as you mourn the loss of your beloved Mother. She was a truly remarkable person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you live through these difficult days. With deepest sympathy Laurette Burch - Posted by: Laurette Burch (Friend) on: Jul 22, 2021

  • Margaret was a great person, an inspiration, one of the best conversationalists, on, any topic I've known. She was much loved and looked up to by my dad, her youngest brother, and by our entire family. And she herself raised an incredible family of great people. She will be missed, even by those of us who did not see her nearly as often as we wished. - Posted by: Sean O'Connor (nephew) on: Jul 22, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences to you Marnie, Bob, and extended family. Your Mom always had a nice smile for everyone. - Posted by: OLEH & ROSE GULAY (Friends) on: Jul 21, 2021

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