- 41 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 15, 1971
- Place of birth:
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, Canada
- Date of passing: Sep 20, 2012
- Place of passing:
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, Canada
|Forever in our hearts... your smile will live on in each of us as re remember you.|
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the sudden and untimely passing of Kathy Leong-Lanthier in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Thursday, September 20, 2012. She is survived by her husband, Jordon; her parents, Wai and Winnie Leong; sister, Connie (Ray), brother Kelly; her nieces and nephews: Taren, Resa, Kayla, Bravon and Kai; godparents Dora & David Leung, her many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, extended family as well as many loving friends especially Elsa Lee-Dhar (Ottawa) and the "Salsa Gang".
Kathy was born in Winnipeg, MB on September 15, 1971. She attended Peretz School, Forrest Park Elementary, Jefferson Junior High, Garden City Collegiate, and the University of Manitoba. At 16 years of age, Kathy started working at Woolco within the candy department and later at Walmart as a photo technician until she retired at the ripe old age of 36 (she really wanted that employee discount card earned only after 20 years of service). Kathy developed her financial skills while working at Comark/ Ricki's and in 2001, moved to AirCanada, working in the Finance Division. Her time at Air Canada fueled her passion for travel.
In 2006 at a salsa dance class, Kathy met the love of her life, Jordon Lanthier. She brought true love and passion to Jordon's world. They became inseparable, marrying on May 2nd, 2009 fulfillng Jordon's promise on their first date when he said he would marry her some day. Their life together was filled with salsa dancing with friends, travelling the world and of course enjoying all of the food that Winnipeg and the world had to offer (Kathy always liked to have her "options"). Kathy enjoyed exploring and visiting new and exciting places (especially if there was food involved) including Cuba, Australia, Hawaii, Beijing, and Singapore. She enjoyed baking and was always up to the challenge of trying a new baking recipe which Jordon was more than happy to sample. She baked the best chocolate banana cake hands down, just ask the Salsa Gang. Kathy was a gorgeous woman. She radiated kindness. Just by smiling Kathy could fill a room with warmth, and brought joy to the lives of all of those fortunate enough to have known her.
What moves through us now is a silence. A quiet sadness. A longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch. We may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember that you lived. Your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget. If it is possible to believe in an angel on earth, then Kathy was the embodiment of that possibility. To those who knew and loved her, we can only hope that with time the pain of our loss will be replaced with the warmth of the memories of our beautiful, sweet, smiling Kathy.
I can't believe it's been 4 years since we said good-bye.
Just the other day I came by to wish you "HAPPY BIRTHDAY".
I wish I could say September & October are easy months but I can't. I finally sorted through some of your pictures and started to scan them onto a hard drive.
I have ask, Why??? Just because you worked in a photo lab didn't mean you needed duplicates and triplicates of the same picture.
I did come across a picture of a family dinner in the basement that made me laugh. We didn't have enough chairs. So we used the sofa as seats and needed pillows to get the right height. Lol!
I hope you and Dad are ok? Don't worry about Mom. Connie and I are looking after her. I love you and miss you! Look after Dad.
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATHY!
Enjoy your special day! Not a day goes by that I'm not thinking about you and Dad. Miss and love you!
"Happy Birthday! Not a day goes by that I don't miss you! ❤️"
"Happy Birthday Kath
Not a day goes by I don't think of you!! Miss you!"
"Happy birthday Kath - you are always in my thoughts and forever in my heart. say hi to dad and Harv for me and watch out for the family - love you always and forever plus one"
sorry haven't been posting lately. seems alot has changed. when it really comes down to it, family is who you can really count on. We are still here. Take care of Dad, he is in a better place now with you and goo ma. con"
Today Dad decided he wanted to be back with you.
I guess with all the changes these last 3 years it was more than he could handle.
You leaving us...
Losing the Teakwood home...
Goo Ma passing away...
He finally had enough.
I'm sorry Kathy. I didn't keep my promise and look after Dad.
When you left us Dad asked you to wait for him.
So please look after one another.
We came to visit you yesterday. Hope your ok?
A lot has been happening lately.
I wish I can say it's been easy not having you around.
Connie's is in Vancouver visiting Goo Ma. She isn't doing very well.
I miss you and love you!
Time goes by so quickly. Think of you often. Love you!!"
"Happy birthday, Yi-Yi!!
I know you're enjoying a big piece of cake, today! Thinking of you always. Miss & love you so much!!"
"Happy Birthday Kathy!
Connie and I are doing our best to look after Mom n" Dad.
We love and miss you!
Enjoy your day!"
I can't believe its coming up to three years since you left. Time doesn't make it easier. I miss you so much...."
"Happy anniversary baby...love you always"
"Christmas isn't the same without you baby.. I put up the tree tonight and see images of u and the orenament that I made the night I asked u to marry me . Miss you so much. Love you"
"Two years has come and gone. I still remember the that first day I saw you in class, your smile, your laugh, the way you you looked at me from across a room and my heart still skips a beat. You will always be in my heart and in my thoughts. Love you always and forever"
Came to wish you a Happy Birthday. Miss you alot especially the last few months with Taren's wedding. it was just not the same without your smile..."
Just a note to wish you a good day, I still miss you but think of you every day, especially when I am doing my deliveries. It is just not the same without you.
Another fall, can't believe it's going on another year and another Christmas without you and your baking, your China specials! miss those so much.."
"Came by yesterday to wish you a happy birthday! I brought you a rose even though you hated flowers but the redness of the flower stood out in the dull background of a Winnipeg fall season.....just like you who stood out above many others. Love you and miss you a lot!"
Everyone came for dinner last night, thinking about how we should have been celebrating your 42nd birthday. Always in our thoughts! Miss you everyday!
Kai and I came by to wish you a Happy Birthday. Hope you love the balloons. Kai is so big now. Hard to believe he is 12 years old, 5"2 tall and wears size 8 in shoes now. Mom and Dad are great. We are planning to come see you this Fri. Love you and not a day go by I don't think about you. Love always! Kel n Kai."
"Happy Birthday Kathy:
Still miss you, not a day goes by that I don't think about you and wish you were here.
Love you always
"Miss you sweetie each day. Everyone is doing well - spent last weekend at the cabin and felt u with me. I know you are looking down on us and keeping an eye out. Love you -"
"My mother is a few plots away and couldn't help but notice the besutiful wedding picture. I like to think they are both smiling down on us... As the first anniversary apotoaches, sending thoughts to you and the family."
"Happy anniversary baby - I will always love you. A day doesn't go by that I don't think of you.. Your smile, your laugh, your touch...!youvwill be my heart forever and day sweetie"
"As our anniversary fast approaches I cant help of think of you the excitement and happiness I felt knowing that you had picked me to spend your life with. I will always love you honey and you will always be in my heart - till we are together again. love you more."
"Setting up the office and not much left to do upstairs honey - I hope you like everything ... found your plans for Ji's stag while I was setting up ... miss the way you write, miss the way you looked at me... but will never stop loving you."
"Happy New Year Kat,
Miss you lots! Mom & Dad are doing well, don't need to worry about them.. Kathy knitted mitts for the girls because they loved the ones she made for you..It's just not the same without you.
And Kel, I saw what you wrote. OK, we know it's true but don't need to advertise!"
"My first christmas without you by my side.. definitely not the same with out you - I know you are looking down on all of us. I will love you always and for ever baby..."
"Hey Kat, I miss you each and every day. Hope you love the wreath we left for you. I would have brought you some bake goods but you know I don't bake. Don't tell Connie but her baking is just not as good as yours. Lol! Merry Chistmas!! Love you!!"
"Hey Kat...Everyday is just not the same without you. You've always been my voice of reason. I can't stop thinking of that day at the hospital. I was beside you. All you kept saying to me was "help me" but there was nothing I could do. As your brother... I'm suppose to watch over you and keep you safe. I'm sorry I failed you Kat. I LOVE YOU !"
You will always be in my heart and will always be the daughter I should have had...I know that you and Harvey are having a time together, watch over us. Love you
Kathy - Mom"
"Kath...I can't pick up up the phone anymore and call you. I will really miss that. Wish we had more time to be sisters. Know mom and dad are in good hands. Be good! We willl see each other again. Love you always....."
"Great friends are hard to find...and even harder to lose. I still can't believe you are gone. We will someday meet again. Miss you sooooo much!"
"To my baby - love you always and forever. I know that you are smiling down at all of us. Miss you."
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