OBITUARY

Candice Carolyn Copenace

February 4, 1972November 1, 2018
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Candice Carolyn Copenace (Gidagizimigisibinesikwe Spotted Eagle Woman, Atik Dodem Elk Clan) February 4, 1972 to November 1, 2018

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Candice Carolyn Copenace suddenly and tragically at HSC in Winnipeg. She left this world surrounded by loving family. She is predeceased by her mother Rosalyn Kelly and aunts and uncles and cousins and grandparents and her sister Harriet. She is survived by her sister Serena Copenace (Brian Shuba ) and brother Chuck Copenace (Janell Henry) and nephew Brendan Copenace; her fathers Charles Copenace ( Anita Cameron) and Peter Kirby (Darlene); her Kokum Orpha Mandamin; her sisters Nadya Kwandibens, Cassie Redsky, Cindy Pahpasay, and Gloria Jack-Mclure; and brothers Nazareth Kwandibens, Manley Wapioke. Also surving her are Greg Strang, our foster brother; aunts Mary Kelly, Linda Kelly, Phyllis Kelly, Frannie Kelly, Ida Copenace, Peggy Copenace, Kathy Kinew, and Lucile Kelly; uncles Donald Copenace, Reggie Copenace, and Gilbert Kelly; and other aunties, uncles, and cousins, too many to name but all who loved her and she loved so much.

She struggled the last twenty years or so with addiction, trying to stay sober and reach her goals. Despite this, she accomplished many things. She graduated from Beaver Brae High School with honours and went to Lakehead University and then the University of Manitoba. She also finished a certificate in Carpentry. She was a naturally talented artist, musician, athlete and billiards player. She was truly gifted and so, so smart. She worked at Treaty Three Cultural Center in the 90’s and she loved that job. She also volunteered helping youth. She worked most recently at call centres in Winnipeg.

She loved the outdoors and being on the lake. She loved to spend time with family and most of all her nephew and her mom in Northwest Angle in Regina Bay. She had strong cultural beliefs and learned our language from our mother Rosalyn Kelly and others. She taught herself to bead and sing and she loved to make necklaces and other beaded items.

Many helped her along the way—Yvonne Bear Bull and others at the Kenora Fellowship Centre; Patti and Richard and Dan and all the other workers at the Morningstar Detox; Janice, Lo-anne and Michelle and others at Clarissa Manor; workers at treatment centres, including Peguis Al-Care, Migisi, Anchorage, Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe'iyewigamig (WNHAC); doctor Kevin Bozyk and doctor Laurence Hunt; Sharon and Hillary and Julie at Legal Aid Ontario and Probation Officer, Bobbi-Lynn.

Many others at the Jubilee Church and Salome Mission, the Kenora Shelter, extended family, friends of family and strangers helped her when she was in need with a ride, a meal or a kind word of encouragement. Those she called her family on the streets of Kenora cared for her and she for them.

Candice was a grateful person and volunteered to help out clients and staff at all the places she stayed or visited.

Candice had so much to offer. She was a beautiful, funny soul. She touched all those who crossed her path. She had much to share of her talents and gifts Creator gave her. She had so many goals she had yet to achieve. She wanted to be an addictions counsellor or work with children with whom she bonded so easily.

Her life will be remembered not for the struggles she had, but for the beauty, love and laughter she spread on this earth. Sadness and pain overcome us now, but we will remember the happiness she gave forever. Love you “Candy Cane” and may you walk with the Eagles and with mama. No more pain, no more suffering, no more sadness. Just light and love.

Viewing at Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Conducting Wake and Funeral will be Mide Kiwenzie (Elder Peter White) on Thursday, November 8, 2108 at 1:00pm and funeral on Friday, November 9 at 10:00 a.m at Onigaming School Gymnasium.

Online condolences can be sent to www.brownfuneralhomekenora.com.

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Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, November 7, 2018
  • Wake Service Thursday, November 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 9, 2018
REMEMBERING

Candice Carolyn Copenace

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Michael Hanlan

November 8, 2018

It was very hard to hear of Candice's passing. We were friends many years ago and I somehow lost touch with her as we took different paths. We had many good times together and I will keep those memories with me. I remember a lot of laughter. My condolences go out to her family and loved ones.

Carla Northcote-Brewer

November 7, 2018

Rest in Peace Candice. Always friendly and pleasant. I'm sure you are entertaining those who have gone before you.

Linda Hyslop

November 7, 2018

I want to extend my sincere sympathy to Serena, Chuch, Peter and all of the family in the untimely death of this young woman
My memories of Candice go back to swim club days when she and Serena were churning up the pool. Candice’s warm personality and sense of fun were well received by her teammates.
More recently I encountered her at the Rec Centre one day. She recognized me and we had a lengthy chat. She shared her struggles in her life and her dreams to beat the demons.
Later, Laird saw her at the skateboard park and he introduced her to his two boys. He told her he would always remember how fast she was in the pool and her flippers!
Janet encountered her many times at the Rec Centre and they would catch up.
May you all be comforted by the good memories of the happy times shared with her.
May she Rest In Peace and rise in Glory.
Sincerely Linda Hyslop and family

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Biography

Candice Carolyn Copenace
(Gidagizimigisibinesikwe Spotted Eagle Woman, Atik Dodem Elk Clan)
February 4, 1972 to November 1, 2018

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Candice Carolyn Copenace suddenly and tragically at HSC in Winnipeg. She left this world surrounded by loving family. She is predeceased by her mother Rosalyn Kelly and aunts and uncles and cousins and grandparents and her sister Harriet. She is survived by her sister Serena Copenace (Brian Shuba ) and brother Chuck Copenace (Janell Henry) and nephew Brendan Copenace; her fathers Charles Copenace ( Anita Cameron) and Peter Kirby (Darlene); her Kokum Orpha Mandamin; her sisters Nadya Kwandibens, Cassie Redsky, Cindy Pahpasay, and Gloria Jack-Mclure; and brothers Nazareth Kwandibens, Manley Wapioke. Also surving her are Greg Strang, our foster brother; aunts Mary Kelly, Linda Kelly, Phyllis Kelly, Frannie Kelly, Ida Copenace, Peggy Copenace, Kathy Kinew, and Lucile Kelly; uncles Donald Copenace, Reggie Copenace, and Gilbert Kelly; and other aunties, uncles, and cousins, too many to name but all who loved her and she loved so much.

She struggled the last twenty years or so with addiction, trying to stay sober and reach her goals. Despite this, she accomplished many things. She graduated from Beaver Brae High School with honours and went to Lakehead University and then the University of Manitoba. She also finished a certificate in Carpentry. She was a naturally talented artist, musician, athlete and billiards player. She was truly gifted and so, so smart.
She worked at Treaty Three Cultural Center in the 90’s and she loved that job. She also volunteered helping youth. She worked most recently at call centres in Winnipeg.

She loved the outdoors and being on the lake. She loved to spend time with family and most of all her nephew and her mom in Northwest Angle in Regina Bay. She had strong cultural beliefs and learned our language from our mother Rosalyn Kelly and others. She taught herself to bead and sing and she loved to make necklaces and other beaded items.

Many helped her along the way—Yvonne Bear Bull and others at the Kenora Fellowship Centre; Patti and Richard and Dan and all the other workers at the Morningstar Detox; Janice, Lo-anne and Michelle and others at Clarissa Manor; workers at treatment centres, including Peguis Al-Care, Migisi, Anchorage, Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe'iyewigamig (WNHAC); doctor Kevin Bozyk and doctor Laurence Hunt; Sharon and Hillary and Julie at Legal Aid Ontario and Probation Officer, Bobbi-Lynn.

Many others at the Jubilee Church and Salome Mission, the Kenora Shelter, extended family, friends of family and strangers helped her when she was in need with a ride, a meal or a kind word of encouragement. Those she called her family on the streets of Kenora cared for her and she for them.

Candice was a grateful person and volunteered to help out clients and staff at all the places she stayed or visited.

Candice had so much to offer. She was a beautiful, funny soul. She touched all those who crossed her path. She had much to share of her talents and gifts Creator gave her. She had so many goals she had yet to achieve. She wanted to be an addictions counsellor or work with children with whom she bonded so easily.

Her life will be remembered not for the struggles she had, but for the beauty, love and laughter she spread on this earth. Sadness and pain overcome us now, but we will remember the happiness she gave forever. Love you “Candy Cane” and may you walk with the Eagles and with mama. No more pain, no more suffering, no more sadness. Just light and love.

Viewing at Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Conducting Wake and Funeral will be Mide Kiwenzie (Elder Peter White) on Thursday, November 8, 2108 at 1:00pm and funeral on Friday, November 9 at 10:00 a.m at Onigaming School Gymnasium.

Online condolences can be sent to www.brownfuneralhomekenora.com.

BROWN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE ENTRUSTED WITH ARRANGEMENTS