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SELF, Denise Eleanor

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our cherished mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and cousin on December 14, 2014, at the age of 80, in Kelowna, BC. Denise is survived by her sons, Tim (Lisa), Michael (Juvy), Gordon (Theresa) and daughter Janice (Randy), and her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Denise was predeceased by her beloved husband Lorne in 2009. Born in Norway House, Manitoba, Denise later moved to Winnipeg with her sister Claire (Don) and their parents Jack Wright and Armande Gingras. She went onto Holy Cross School and then the School of Nursing at St. Boniface General Hospital where she graduated with a RN in 1955. Besides nursing, the other love of her life was first and foremost her husband, having celebrated their 50 wedding anniversary in 2006. Denise was an avid golfer, loved watching baseball, going on reunion trips with her nursing alumni friends, and spending many wonderful retirement winters in Phoenix. Her faith was a source of much strength, and she volunteered at many parish activities in Winnipeg and Kelowna. She will always be remembered as a kind and cheerful woman, who treated people as “all God’s children.” Many patients, friends and family will never forget her spirit of compassion, and healing touch.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Charles Garnier Parish, 3645 Benvoulin Road, Kelowna, BC at 11 am on Thursday, December 18th, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Okanagan Visually Impaired Society (OVIS), PO Box 216 #9, 3151 Lakeshore Road Kelowna, BC. For those wishing to send a condolence, photos or share memories, may do so by scrolling down this page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”


Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 11:00 am

St. Charles Garnier Parish

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Okanagan Visually Impaired Society (OVIS), PO Box 216 #9, 3151 Lakeshore Road Kelowna, BC


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The service for SELF, Denise Eleanor is scheduled for Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 11:00 am . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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St. Charles Garnier Parish

3645 Benvoulin Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Lois & Gordon Scarlett says:

    Deepest sympathy to the Self family. We knew your mother from the Bristol Gardens complex and also from the Thursday morning coffee group at the clubhouse. She was always willing to help and helped us alot at our social events. We shall miss her dearly.

  • Laurie Van Elslander says:

    My sincere condolences to the Self family, being a friend of daughter Janice, and knowing the family was a joy ! Going to visit
    Janny in Kelowna after years of enjoying Rockcliff Road in Winnipeg visits with Mrs Self was always the same, full of warmth and love! She will be missed but Janny and I will always remember with our nights of giggling!! Hugs to all during this very sad time.

  • Denise Hundt says:

    We shared many happy moments with Denise in our OVIS group. She was such a lovely lady. Always helpful with a kind word, a smile and a hug. We really appreciated her support in spotting us with our Monday morning bowling & shared many fine memories on our trips & picnics with OVIS! We send our love and prayers to the family at this sad time. We will miss you, Denise.

    Love Kornelia (Korny) Lewis & Denise Hundt

  • Karen Porterfield says:

    Love my beautiful Auntie Denise. I will miss you so much. This is a picture of my Aunt with Louise Trudel and my mom, Auntie’s sister Claire.

  • Brenda Claggett says:

    To all of Denise’s family,
    My deepest sympathy on Denise’s sudden passing. I always had such a good time golfing with her and visiting with her and Lorne while they still lived in Winnipeg. She was such a sweet soul and never had a bad word to say about anyone. Denise’s goal in life seemed to be to make others feel comfortable and she always knew how to listen. She will be missed deeply.
    Thinking of all of you at this sad time.
    Hugs, Brenda Claggett

  • Darlene Pranke says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Godrdon, and the family. Take care in this time of sorrow.

  • Alma Acheson says:

    I had the privilege of working with Denise for many years at St Boniface Oncology Dept some years ago and we kept in touch over the years. She was also such a nice lady to work with and cared so much for her patients. Her stories about her familybwete always filled with the special place you all hsd in her heart. I know you will miss her terribly. My sincete condolences at this time

  • Elaine Bebchuk says:

    Our sincere condolences to the entire Self family. Denise and I worked together in Oncology at St.B for many many years. She was a very caring and special person. Her patients loved her and her co-workers rejected her highly.
    We are very sorry for your loss.
    Elaine & Bill Bebchuk

  • Marlene Chorley says:

    I am still a member of St. Boniface Golf Club where Denise belonged and remember a very kind and thoughtful lady who belonged to our ladies league. My deepest sympathy to all her family, we all
    thought very highly of her.

    Sincerely Marlene Chorley
    Sincerely, Marlene Chorley

  • Laure Salo says:

    Thinking of you, Gordon, Teresa and your beautiful girls as you grieve the loss of your dear mother and grand mother. Wishing you God’s blessings, peace and courage through this difficult time.

  • Nancy Martin says:

    I have such beautiful memories of my Aunty Denise. I always looked forward to her visits, she was always smiling and laughing. I will miss you Aunty. I love you.

  • Joan & Ed Wilkins says:

    Our sincere condolences to Denise’s family, she will be missed by all who knew her and loved her.

    Sincerely, Joan & Ed Wilkins

  • Elly Pauelsen says:

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    May you find comfort in God’s gentle presence with each of you.

    There is a gift that your mom has left behind: her prayers for each of you. Rev. 8:5

  • Barb Zayac says:

    So very sad to hear of Denise’ passing. We first met when she treated my husband in Oncology several years ago. We then crossed paths at St Boniface Golf Club and golfed together. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren. We always kept in touch when she moved to Kelowna. Janice , Gord, Tim and Michael, please know you are all in my thoughts at this sad time. She is now with your Dad and in peace.

  • Marguerite and Rene Fillion says:

    Our sincere condolences to Tim, Michael, Gordon, Janice and all the family.
    I have know Denise for 20 some years. She was part of our foursome at St. Boniface Golf Course until her and Lorne’s move to Kelowna.
    Rene and I spent many pleasant visits with Lorne and Denise in Mesa while they wintered there.
    Denise will be missed.
    Marguerite and Rene Fillion

  • Ken and Karen Steinhauer says:

    My condolences go out to the family. Denise was a cousin, who although I havent seen in quite a while, still stirs fond memories for me. I can remember the Christmas visits to our home with the Lorne and the kids, and how her smile and laugh was always present. And she was such a strong source of support for my Mom in her elderly years.
    We are sorry for your loss

  • Jean Duczeminski says:

    I am saddened by the sudden passing of a very good friend and golfing buddy at St. Boniface Golf Course. Denise will be missed. My thoughts are with all of you at this time.
    Jean Duczeminski

  • Murray and Anne Flynn says:

    Our sincere condolences to Tim, Michael, Gordon and Janice, your mom was such a friendly person, one could not help but love her. So willing and thoughtful. Our prayers are with you at this sad time.

  • Tim & Teresa Steinhauer says:

    Our condolences to Tim, Michael, Janice and Gordon and your families on the loss of your mother. My cousin Denise was a kind, caring and gentle woman. It has been many years since last seeing her, but her voice and her smile will always be remembered.

    Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Mo Shoepp says:

    Janice, so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I know you will greatly miss her and grieve with you.

  • nasreen bhimji says:

    Gordon: my prayers are with you and your family. I feel blessed to have connected with your mom again at your book launch and am shocked at the sudden loss. I also had a nice conversation with her at your place a couple of years back. A very loving, caring and compassionate lady.

  • Samantha & Erin Self says:

    We miss you grandma. We tried several times to see you, especially this last year. We really wished you could have seen us one last time. We are extremely hurt by your passing. We will always remember you and grandpa both.

  • Jacqueline Renaud says:

    it is with heavy heart that I learn of Denise’s sudden passing.
    My heartfelt condolences & prayers go out to all of Denise’s family.
    I knew Denise as a very,loving & compassionate nurse,colleague @ St Boniface.
    God be with you all @ these trying times. Remember mom’s loving smiles & hugs.
    Sincere condolences, Jackie renaud

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