Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

429 2Nd Street South, Kenora, ON


Nazareth Andrew Kwandibens

June 9, 1978November 13, 2019

Nazareth Andrew Kwandibens, 41, of Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nation, passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Nazareth was born in Kenora, Ontario, to Georgina Anne Kwandibens and Charles Copenace on June 9, 1978. He studied culinary arts at Confederation College in Thunder Bay and aspired to be a youth and addictions counselor. Nazareth was charismatic and made friends easily. His wit and quick smile will be missed by many.

Nazareth is preceded in death by his mother Georgina Anne Kwandibens, grandfather Sam Copenace Sr., uncle Sam Copenace Jr., and sisters Candice Copenace and Harriet Scott.

Nazareth is survived by: children Jesse-Anne Kaytlin Kwandibens, Leara Jeslyn Lachinette, and Shawntee Ogemah; siblings James Hodgeson (Samantha), Crystal Bird, Nadya Kwandibens, and Elijah Kavanaugh (Colleen), Serena Copenace (Brian), Chuck Copenace (Janell), Cassandra Redsky, Manny Wapioke, Cindy Pahpasay, and Gloria Jack-McClure; parents Donald Kavanaugh and Charles Copenace; grandchildren Troy and Jenaya Paypompee; grandmother Orpha Copenace; and all his nieces, nephews, cousins, aunties, and uncles who love him dearly.

The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Kevin Bradley of the Thunder Bay Police Services, Shelter House Thunder Bay, community workers, Brown Funeral Home, and Animakee Wa Zhing #37First Nation.

Wake ceremony will be Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 10:00 am at the Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nation community hall. Funeral services will be held at same location 10:00 am, Thursday, November 21, 2019. Burial will follow at 503 Kavanaugh Road with Ron Indian-Mandamin officiating.

Online condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralhomekenora.com



  • Wake Service Wednesday, November 20, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 21, 2019


Nazareth Andrew Kwandibens

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ashly markwart

November 20, 2019

Sending some of my love and condolence to Nazareth and his family. Heartbreaking to hear and some tears shed. I just met Nazareth the beginning of November this year. Me, rocking my mohawk and Nazareth just loving it, came up to me, said hi and introduced himself. Very nice and kind. And a smile you won't forget. I was looking for him every time I would go for supper, but he was never there. I understand why now... I will miss you when I go for supper. Always remembering that smile.