September 21, 2016
It is with a great deal of sadness that I post the obituary for my dear sister Laverne, aka Weiner. She was a one of a kind and I will miss her dearly.
Laverne Christine Lewandoski (nee Coulson) passed away in the early morning of September 12, 2016 at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg. She was predeceased by her parents Peter and Joyce (Luhowy) Coulson.
Laverne is survived by her husband of 30 years, Dennis Lewandoski, her brother Glenn Coulson, and sisters Darlene Porter, Sheila Klimchuk and Sheryl Dadey. Laverne was Auntie Weiner to numerous nieces and nephews.
Laverne was born in Shoal Lake, Manitoba on May 5, 1960, middle child to Peter and Joyce Coulson. She graduated from Erickson Collegiate in 1978. Laverne worked in Winnipeg at the University of Manitoba, Manitoba Hydro and Angus Reid. On February 29, 1984 Laverne moved to Fort McMurray, Alberta. She started work with the City of Fort McMurray Department of Parks and Recreation before transferring to the RCMP as a civilian shift clerk for “C” Watch, where she worked for 18 years.
Later she joined the Tim Horton’s crew. Laverne loved her job there and had her own fan club of customers. In October 2013, Laverne was recognized for her outstanding customer service and was awarded Fort McMurray’s Tourism Gold Star Award.
She retired in 2015, and along with her husband Dennis, returned to their roots in Sandy Lake, Manitoba.
Laverne and Dennis loved to travel and enjoyed many trips all over the world, some of their favourite spots included Greece, Costa Rica, Israel, Egypt, Panama, Istanbul , and Las Vegas. They recently returned from a two week tour of Newfoundland where they celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.
Laverne loved to get on her Harley and ride, she often said it was the best way to relieve stress. Laverne made many miles on what her Baba Mary Luhowy called that nice” Big Black Horse”! For many years Laverne and Dennis participated in the Ft.McMurray Couples Motorcycle Poker Run where Laverne gained the respect of the seasoned bikers for her ability to handle her own Electra Glide Standard, complete with a Thunder Header…She loved running with the High Milers, and they loved riding with her, because, Laverne never left home without her smile.
Laverne loved her family dearly. Weiner adored her many nieces and nephews as demonstrated by her love for buying toys, the “noisier the better”!
As many of you know, you would hear Laverne’s laughter long before you saw her. And when you did see her, it was like a ray of sunshine walked into the room.
She may be gone but she will never be forgotten. Rest in peace little sister.