June 6, 1958 – October 13, 2023
Peacefully, with her family at her side in hospital, Brenda Alice Molinski, aged 65 years, was called home to the Lord on Friday, October 13, 2023.
She joins in heaven her brother Richard Zaretski, and parents, Mike and Gloria Zaretski (Shauman), as well as other sorrowfully missed family and friends that have gone before her. Left to treasure her memory are her loving husband of 45 years, Jason, her three children: Dusty (Michelle), Stacy (Ryan) and Cam (Melissa), her four grandchildren: Milo, Eli, Esme, and Theo, her sister Judy Arndt, sister-in-law Merilyn, as well as her nephew, nieces, friends, and other family.
Brenda was born in Beausejour and grew up on the family farm in Brightstone, near Lac du Bonnet, MB. She attended one-room Berryland School before attending the larger schools in town. Feeding chickens, making hay, and other farm duties were part of everyday life and she would often share stories of her childhood, reminiscing about the fun times, and the hard times, alike. After high school, she moved to Winnipeg to attend Red River College, and was proud of the working career that followed, especially her last twenty years at Astroid Management before retirement. She would go on to make the city her home for the rest of her life.
At a dance at Thalberg Hall, she met the love of her life, Jason, and they eventually married on June 24, 1978. They had each truly found their soul mate and their marriage was blessed. Ready to welcome a family, they bought a home and even built their own furniture. Brenda wanted nothing more in life than to have a family. She was a doting mother to three children, and there was nothing she would not do for her family, putting them first above all else. She worked hard to give her kids everything they needed. She loved them dearly and instilled an ethic of respect and hard-work. This love passed to her grandchildren, of whom she was so proud. Friends were important too and she cherished her friendships just as much. She would often be phoning, emailing, and texting, and coffee after church, socials, weddings, barbeques, and other events were not to be missed when there was a chance to spend time with family and friends.
Together, Brenda and Jason built the log cabin they dreamed of. A cherished place, they would be there from spring melt until fall snow, and sometimes even in winter on snowshoes. The cabin was truly a labour of love and the fact that it was literally built by hand together as a family was very special to her.
Having battled cancer in her 30s, it returned in her 60s. Ever thinking of others, she would worry about how we felt through it all, even when she had so much to worry about herself. Truly her father’s daughter, she was brave and never complained, despite so much to complain about. She fought so very hard.
Sincere thanks goes to the exceptional staff of CancerCare Manitoba and HSC Women’s Hospital, 5th Floor, and the many family and friends who provided their care, prayers, and support.
Prayers will be said at 7:00 p.m. at Sobering Funeral Chapel in Beausejour, MB, on Monday, October 23, 2023. A funeral service will follow the next day at 11:00 a.m. with viewing one hour prior, at Sobering Funeral Chapel in Beausejour, MB, on Tuesday, October 24, 2023. Following a lunch, interment will take place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Cemetery in Gull Lake, MB.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation or Health Sciences Centre Foundation.
“And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.”