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Memorial Service: 2:00PM on Tuesday June 6, 2017 at Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church Cremation - No viewing  Interment: Bethel Cemetery at a later date Donations: BTHC Foundation designated to CancerCare or Katie Cares Cottage


 Deborah Ann Janick (nee Kolson)

1953 – 2017

Deborah Ann Janick, nee Kolson, resident of Winkler, MB, formerly of Winnipeg, passed away at home on the evening of Tuesday May 30th, 2017 at the age of 63, with her family at her side.

Debbie was born on September 17th, 1953, daughter of Ben and Joyce Kolson of Transcona, Manitoba.  She was the second oldest of six children, and was known to be a caring, and compassionate person to everyone she met. Debbie attended Murdoch MacKay High School, and went on to study two years at the U of Manitoba and the U of Winnipeg. During that time she worked at Eaton’s to put herself through University.  She was very athletic, an excellent swimmer and speed skater. She loved to dance and enjoyed spending time with her friends.

Debbie accepted a position in Winkler as a Recreation Director around 1973. By the way, how many of you know she was actually Winkler’s very first Recreation Director to be hired?  While visiting a friend of hers in Roland, she happened to meet her future husband to be.  Bob gave her a motorcycle ride, and the rest is history! They were married in 1975 and moved together to Vancouver Island where Bob was working at the time. In 1976, they moved back to Manitoba and settled in Roland where they raised their two children, Sabrina and Michael.

Debbie was a multi talented person, and her employment history spanning over 40 years proved just that.  Over the years she worked as a department store clerk, a theater usher, a swimming instructor, a gymnastics instructor, a Church kid’s program teacher and a teacher’s assistant.  Her work history also included being a Recreation Director, a Bank teller for three different banking institutions, a book keeper, a clothing store clerk, a clothing store manager, a caterer and a person who cleaned apartments.

After returning to live in Winkler in 1990, she continued to make countless friends where ever she went.  Her infectious, vibrant personality was unique, along with her compassion for all people. Debbie had many hobbies and pastimes. She made clay pottery, was an excellent cook,

she loved to ride on the back of a motorcycle, loved the lake and going out on the pontoon boat and let's not forget shopping! She was a committed Christian, and over the last four years, leaned on God heavily in her time of illness.

Debbie leaves to mourn her husband of 41 years, Bob, her daughter, Sabrina, of Halifax, NS, her son, Mike, of Roland, MB, her brothers, Jim and wife, Marjorie, of Winnipeg, brother, Doug and wife, Kara of Winnipeg, her sister, Brenda, of Winnipeg and her sister, Kris and husband, Glynn of Fairview, AB. Debbie was predeceased by her parents, Ben and Joyce and brother, Ben at infancy. She had many, many dear friends and relatives and we are so thankful for all of those who helped care for her in the final weeks.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial service at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday June 6, 2017 at Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church and a private graveside interment will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in Debbie's name to either the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation (designated to Cancer Care) or Katie Cares Cottage.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements


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