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McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home & Chapel

1411 Hunt Club Road, Ottawa, ON

OBITUARY

Mikaela Kristine Desloges-Launspach

February 19, 1990November 1, 2019
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Mikaela Kristine Desloges-Launspach (nee Masnyk) passed away November 1, 2019 from injuries resulting from a car accident. Our brilliant light and joy has gone from our lives. She is survived by her husband Joel Desloges-Launspach and her beloved puppy Freya. She is also survived by her parents David and Terry Masnyk; her brother Nikolaus Masnyk; grandmother Donna Carty; her aunt Dawn (Joe) and nieces, Abigail, Emily and Isabelle; uncle Rick (Therese), aunt Nancy, aunt Lori (Chris), aunt Kathy (Roger), aunt Marion (Clancy) and aunt Janice; mother-in-law Monique Desloges (Ken East) and father-in-law Steve Launspach (Ewa Gabrys); sister-in-law Morgan Desloges-Launspach (Gaston); nephews Jacob and Brody; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was pre-deceased by her grandfather Reid Carty, grandfather and grandmother, Donald and Marjorie Lynds and her Uncle Randy Lynds.

Mikaela was born February 19, 1990 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Over the years she lived in Courtenay BC, Winnipeg MB, Cornwall ON and Colorado Springs CO. After graduating high school, Mikaela moved to Ottawa to attend the University of Ottawa where she received a BA in Honours French and a MA in Education. She spent a year teaching ESL in South Korea and on her return to Ottawa, taught elementary French with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. She also worked as an interpreter at the Canadian Museum of Food and Agriculture and as a lifeguard in various locations.

Mikaela was always very active. She always had to be doing something. She loved gymnastics, trampoline, swimming, rock climbing, bungee jumping, scuba diving, silks aerobatics, biking, snowboarding, white-water rafting, painting, playing guitar, making crafts, knitting, playing board games, and cooking. She loved camping and being in the outdoors whenever she could. She loved spending summers at her Oma’s cottage when she learned how to ride horses, swim, kayak, grow cucumbers and eat lots of french fries and key lime pie.

Mikaela was in Girl Guides, Cub Scouts and Air Cadets where she was top cadet. In Colorado Springs she was a Squadron Leader with JROTC. She was the President of the French National Honour Society and won the Polyglot award (for the ability to speak more than 3 languages) for the State of Colorado. She was an All-State athlete for Gymnastics for competing at a state level while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. While attending high school she completed 3rd year University level French. She was in the cross-country running club and competed in several marathons and mud runs. She achieved her black belt in Tae Kwon Do at 10 years of age.

Mikaela spoke 5 languages and loved to use those languages on her many travels. Her adventures took her to many exotic locales such as Cambodia, Thailand, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Caribbean, Europe and her last excursion was to Morocco to trek with a Berber family through the Atlas Mountains (mostly she wanted to see goats in trees).

Mikaela loved to organize. She loved to make lists. She loved a bargain. If it was free or almost free it was for her. She loved her family and her friends. To her, friends were family. She never met a stranger. She loved her dogs Kai and Freya. They were her babies and they always came first. Mikaela was the most generous and loving woman. She has donated her organs so that others may have hope and an opportunity to live a full life like she did. Please sign your donor card and for more information please contact the Trillium Gift of Life Network at www.giftoflife.on.ca.

In Lieu of Flowers, Mikaela would love for you to donate in her name to the Ottawa Humane Society as she loved animals with a passion. Contact donations@ottawhumane.ca or call 613-725-3166 ext 299. Visitation (meet and mingle) at McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home, 1411 Hunt Club Road, on Friday, November 8 from 10-11 a.m., Celebration of Life (stories and memories) from 11 a.m. - 12 noon, and a luncheon from 12-1 p.m.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, November 8, 2019

Memories

Mikaela Kristine Desloges-Launspach

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Rachel Godby

November 11, 2019

Mikaela and I went to high school together and we were on the gymnastics team together. She was such a kind and warm person. A great friend to have and a joy to be around. It is amazing to hear about all of the things she accomplished. I will be sending love to her husband and family. I am so sorry for their loss.

Valmay Rutherford

November 8, 2019

Dearest Terry, Dave, Nic, Joel and Families,
Our heart is broken. We grieve for you all and the beautiful Mikaela. We have not stopped thinking about Mikaela and how very short her life was. She had achieved so much, traveled and married the man of her dreams, Joel. She had so much ahead of her in life. We have cried so many tears. We have looked back over our photos of the time we lived in Dingwall St, Courtenay on Vancouver Is. We loved our neighbours Terry, Dave, Nic & Mikaela. Such fun and so much life. We remember the time we took Mikaela & Nic to a swimming lesson. Came outside and the Aussies were crazy, it was snowing. Never in Australia. The time we had an Australia Day Party. The Didgeridoo came out, Mikaela pretended to be a Koala Bear and the cutiest we have ever seen. The Aussies couldn't get over all the snow that year, the most in 8 years we were told. Yes, the neighbors showed us how to shovel snow and have the best fun. So many more wonderful times were had. We will never forget the Masnyk Family. Today will be a very hard day for you all. There will be such a celebration of Mikaela's life in true Masnyk style. We truly wished we could be with you all today. Please know our thoughts and so much love are with you all. We will celebrate Mikeala's life with you all but from afar. Sending you all the biggest of hugs and love. Valmay, Michael and Ellie We love you so much. xxxxxooooo


Michael & Deborah Masnyk

November 6, 2019

Dear Joel, David & Terry,

We were shocked & saddened to hear the news of Mikaela's tragic accident and her passing. Although we cannot begin to understand the depth of your grief or the sadness in your hearts, please rest assured that you are all in our prayers and that we grieve with you.

Please accept our most sincere condolences.

Michael & Deborah Masnyk
Noblesville, Indiana,

Gaetan & Colette Dery

November 6, 2019

Joel, Terry & Dave
Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of Mikaela. We were shocked to learn the news.

We wish there was something we could say that would make the hurt go away.

You are all in our hearts and while we are unable to attend physically , we will be with you in spirit on the 8th.

Gaetan & Colette

Ron Lowry

November 5, 2019

Our condolences to Dave and Terry, the Lynds family and Desloges-Launspack family on the loss of Mikaela.
Uncle Ron, Donna and The Lowry Family

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