In Loving Memory of

Donna-Jean Winger

1943 - 2021

Obituary of Donna-Jean Winger

Donna-Jean Winger

Passed away peacefully at Douglas Memorial Hospital on March 31, 2021 in her 79th year. Predeceased by her husband of 45 years Gerry Winger. Loving mother to Gary Kendrick, the late Darrell Kendrick, the late Rick Winger (Diane), Ron Winger (Candy), and Todd (Jaime). Cherished “Grammie” to Levi, Ryan, Evan, Logan, Shawn, Megan, Renee (Garrett), Victoria, Daniel and Alicia (Brian) and “Great Grammie” to 1. Beloved sister to Melvin (Helen), Ben (Lori), the late Jake (Grace), and her loyal furry companions Annie and the late Riley. Donna-Jean will by many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

Donna-Jean took so much pride in her home, spending time to make it look like a Country Living magazine and creating a comforting atmosphere for her family and friends. Her home would also be filled with many delicious smells including her famous baked beans, scalloped potatoes and meatloaf. She also made a mean ambrosia salad. She enjoyed watching her bird feeders and loved seeing Hummingbirds, Blue Jays, Oriels, and Cardinals. When she wasn’t bird watching, she enjoyed watching NASCAR with her son Garry and rooting for Kyle Busch. Donna-Jean worked as a Nurse through the Niagara Health System during her working life and truly loved caring for everyone. She has been described as being the type of person that would give the shirt off her back to anyone that needed it and never expect anything in return. Christmas was an important holiday for her family as she would “spoil them rotten” with gifts that she would always put so much thought into. She was also known for her love of Avon and Regal magazine shopping, often being told she was “spending all her money”. Donna-Jean will be remembered for many things, but most of all her independence, her good sense of humor, being quick witted, and her great laugh, happy eyes and smile. She was a great parent, “Grammie” and friend to many.

The family would like to thank the staff of Douglas Memorial Hospital and Dr. Scher, she passed peacefully and comfortably because of your compassion. Essentials Cremation and Burial Services (905-354-2133) has been entrusted with arrangements. As per Donna-Jean’s wishes, cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the SPCA would be appreciated by the family. A celebration of Donna-Jean’s life will be scheduled at a later date in the future. Online condolences may be shared on Donna-Jean’s tribute page on

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Jennifer wood
2 years ago

Our deepest condolences to your family for the loss of a beautiful lady and friend.
With love from Shirley, Carrie, Jason and Jennifer Wood. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Shannon Brown
2 years ago

I am so very sorry to hear of this. I have such fond memories of Mrs. Winger. She was genuinely kind and caring. My deepest condolences to the family and all who love her.

Tom Barrett and family
2 years ago

Ben and Mel. So sorry to hear of the loss of Donna. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family.

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Sharon (Bryant) Everett
2 years ago

So very sorry for your loss. Donna was a fabulous lady. Thinking of all of you.

2 years ago

So sorry for your lost.

Jack & Margaret Pilkey
2 years ago

We’re so sorry to hear of Donna-Jean’s passing. Memories when the family lived on Mary Street are still very vivid. Sincerely Jack and Margaret Pilkey (Goodacre)

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John Mallett
2 years ago

Sorry for your loss.Rotella and Mallett families


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