It is with heavy hearts and fond memories that we announce the passing of Diane Dowler surrounded by family and friends at her residence on November 12, 2022 at the age of 75 years and 1 day. Mom was predeceased by her parents Dan and Olive Pynoo, her in-laws Ivan and Iona Dowler and her husband of 46 years Dan Dowler.
She will be lovingly remembered by her daughters Cathy (Cam), Debbie (Bob), son Darcy, special daughter Christina, and honorary sisters Pat Oleksuk and Joan (Ron) Ryland. Grandchildren Josh, Jordon, Maddie, Sarah (Matt), Sarah (Nick), Grace (Mac), Mackenzie, Hannah, Lily and Abby (Ryland). Great Grandchildren Owen, Aria, Amelia, JJ and Jonah.
Mom is also survived by her sister in-law Gayle Dowler and many nieces, nephews, friends and special god daughter Donna (nee Ryland).
Mom was a hockey Mom to the core and spent many hours at the rink with Dad cheering Darcy on. They went on many hockey trips and always had so much fun with all the other dedicated hockey parents (you know who you are).
Nothing made her happier than her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was an amazing Nana and Great Nana and as a Nana myself (Debbie) I have always tried to be just like her.
While Mom was sick, she spoke to a lot of doctors, nurses and health care providers and she made sure to tell every single one of them that her daughter Cathy was a nurse and her chest would puff up with pride.
Mom and Dad really enjoyed their time at their place in Lac Du Bonnet and made many lifelong friends at Heather Game and Fish. As a family we always went to the Rylands for Christmas Eve and that was a highlight of the year. In their later years Mom and Dad travelled with Pat and Doug Oleksuk south of the border where they had great times and a lot of laughs. There were also the trips to Hawaii with Aunty Judy and Cousin Dan. Mom always spoke of those trips with such fondness.
Although Mom had the terrible diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in September she never cried about it, in fact she just looked at me and said “well I guess I gotta fight this thing” and she did. Mom wanted to remain at home and we made that possible for her. As her birthday approached and Cousin Dan was coming, we knew that’s what she was waiting for. Then one day past her 75Th birthday as we were all sitting around looking at pictures talking and laughing about the good times we’ve had, she decided to quietly leave us and join Dad. She will be forever loved and missed by all who knew her.
Love you Mama!
Celebration of life will take place Saturday December 3, 2022 from 1pm-4pm at the All Saints Ukrainian Church located at 1500 Day Street in Transcona.
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