OBITUARY

Katherine Juin-Yu Lou

February 27, 1932 ~ January 2, 2021

It is with deep sadness our family announces the sudden passing of Katherine Lou on January 2, 2021.

Kathy was predeceased by her husband David and sister Peggie. To cherish her memories, Kathy is survived by her son Patrick; grandchildren Kevin, Samantha, Lindsay and their mother Mary; brother-in-law Hsien-Ping (HP); nephew Lawrence and his daughter Estrella.

Kathy was born in Shanghai, China and later moved to Taiwan, where she and her husband David raised their son Patrick. After David’s passing, Kathy moved to Canada to provide her son more opportunities. She worked for many years and eventually retired from her job as a payroll key punch operator at the St. Boniface Hospital.

Our grandma was a social butterfly and was regularly found chatting on the phone with one of her friends. She always had a story to share and this will be something we will miss greatly. Beginning in 1979, our grandma was a dedicated teacher at the Manitoba Academy of Chinese Studies. She continued teaching for 30 years and was a well-respected laoshi. After retiring from teaching, she maintained her connection with the school through participating in tai chi and yoga.

Our grandma was kind, funny and adventurous and she always had a big appetite. She will be most remembered by her selfless and loving nature. This was evident in the relationships she had; whether it was her own family, friends or someone she just met, she always made you feel at home.

Nini, you will be greatly missed. We love you so much and will cherish all our memories together and the stories you shared.

Our family would like to thank our grandma’s dear friend Paula, who was a helping hand to her over the past number of years. As well, we appreciate the support from our family and friends during this difficult time.

Cremation has taken place and a private family interment will be held January 13, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, please continue to keep our family in your thoughts and prayers.

Services

  • A private family interment will be held.

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Betty Hannem

18 January 2021

My sincere sympathies to Kathy's family and friends. Kathy was a lovely, cheerful friend to our group of ladies who have been meeting weekly for coffe for many years. She was truly a genuine and sincere person and I will miss her very much.

Gillian Sze

10 January 2021

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Aunty/Teacher Kathy. My sincerest condolences to her family.

I have so many fond memories of her: being her student, running into her in the hallways of MACS, and seeing her at other cultural events in Winnipeg. Though she was small, she was always bursting with life, kindness, and warmth.

I will always remember the night she invited my family over to her home. She had this flower that only blossomed at night. It opened just briefly and then closed before dawn. We stayed up with her and watched it bloom. All the while she shared stories about her life. It was a beautiful night. I'll never forget it.

CAROLYNNE HEW

10 January 2021

Just wanted to share this beautiful photo of Auntie Kathy holding our newborn son, Tate (alongside my mom Cora) from 2009.

Carolynne Hew

10 January 2021

Auntie Kathy was my favorite teacher during the countless Saturday mornings spent at MACS' Chinese school. She was always eloquent, gracious and kind - but it was her cheeky sense of humor that endeared her to the kids. She always had a sparkle in her eyes and a laugh in her voice. As someone also born in the Year of the Monkey, I felt that kinship with her.

And later on, I was lucky to see her almost every time I came back to Winnipeg to see my parents because she was mom's best friend: when they chatted on the phone they sounded like teenage girls, trading romance novels and meeting up at Grant Park Mall all the time. My sister Nettie and I were always grateful that mom had such a great BFF to enjoy retired life with. Later on when I brought my husband Cameron & our son Tate to Winnipeg, they also had the blessing of knowing Auntie Kathy and her mischievous sense of humor. Sincere condolences to Patrick and his kids for your loss. She will be dearly missed. May she rest in peace.

Kind regards,
Carolynne Hew (& Cameron & Tate Bailey)

Cora & Len Hew

10 January 2021

We are heartbroken by the sudden death of our dearest friend, Kathy. It's hard to accept that she's gone from this world... her lovely spirit, her caring nature, her sense of humor. We shared so many good laughs and good times together over 40 years of friendship. We will cherish these memories of her, and know that we were lucky to have had her in our lives. Our heartfelt condolences to her son Patrick & his family.

Love,
Cora & Len Hew

ELSA WONG

10 January 2021

Kathy was my friend for over 30 years. She was a fine lady with a radiant smile, always kind, friendly and compassionate. She was my children's favourite teacher at MACS. Now she is in the protective arms of God, free from pain and sorrow. My heart goes to Patrick and the grandchildren. Kathy has left a legacy of love and sweet memories for you to cherish forever.
Elsa Wong

Tina/Henry Sze

9 January 2021

It is with deepest sympathy as we remember Teacher Kathy. We knew Kathy since our children started kindergarten at MACS over 30 years ago. She was a such lovely lady. Kathy will be missed, but the pictures and memories of our time together will keep our hearts warm forever.

Agnes Leung

9 January 2021

I met Kathy when my children attended the MACS Chinese School. She was a dedicated teacher and very pleasant person to be around. She was always ready to share an interesting story about the antics of her students. Her sense of humour and her upbeat personality brightened the days of those around her. Kathy would be missed dearly by all who had the chance to know her.

Richard Lim

9 January 2021

Dear Patrick and family, Uncle HP, Lawrence and family:
We are so saddened to lose Aunty Kathy from this world, and extend our comfort and support to all of you. Aunty Kathy was a close friend to our family over many decades. We also remember her well as our MACS Chinese school teacher. She was dedicated to teaching even when there was only one student in her class or when she met us outside of Chinese school. She always encouraged us to keep learning. She had high standards and took time to chide us as an 'aunt', share life lessons and wisdom when called for. She also knew how to laugh at and with us (and herself) with witty stories. She was an 'aunt' and true friend to many. She will be dearly missed.
(Jeanette, Brian, and Richard Lim)

Anne Loh

9 January 2021

I met Katherine close to 40 years ago, when teaching together at the Academy of Chinese Studies. She had Winnipeg Chinese children's Chinese language education at heart.

Through my introduction, Katherine made acquaintance with my parents, and soon they became good friends and visited one another very often. We often went out together for lunch or for a walk.

Katherine had very likable personalities and people enjoyed being around her. She was honest, trustworthy, and had an open mind and heart.

Katherine had a loving son, Patrick and three grandchildren. Her sister predeceased her several years ago, but Katherine remained fairly close to her brother-in-law Hsien.Ping and family.

Katherine is now gone, but her fond memory will stay with us for ever.

Anne Loh