Laurie Lynn Turko
October 16, 1973 – August 12, 2019
It is with heavy Hearts that we announce the passing of Laurie Lynn Turko, on August 12, 2019, at Health Sciences Centre, after a courageous battle with ALS.
Laurie was born on October 16, 1973 in Winnipeg, MB, and is survived by her parents Edward and Sophie Turko, brother Jeffrey Turko, and family in Manitoba, Ontario, and Alberta.
Laurie grew up in St. Vital, Winnipeg, and attended Christ the King school and church, where she was an altar server. She enjoyed attending Brownies and Girl Guides, with her mom as group leader. Laurie became involved in her love for dance, by attending tap, and Ukrainian classes at a young age. She went on to attend Holy Cross, and St. Boniface Diocesan schools, and graduated from Glenlawn Collegiate in 1991, and then moved with her family to East St. Paul, MB.
Growing up she loved spending time with her family camping and at her grandparent’s farm in Stonewall, MB. In 1997 she worked at Club Regent Casino, and later McPhillips Casino until 2011, when she pursued her childhood dream of becoming a registered nurse. In 2016 Laurie graduated with her Bachelor of Nursing degree from Red River College. She began her nursing career caring for others in Family Medicine at Concordia hospital, until September 2018. Laurie loved fashion, dancing, Zumba classes, and spending time with family and friends.
The family would like to thank Dr. Karen Braun for over 25 years of compassionate care, and the kindness of Pastor Shane Brothers. The family would also like to extend sincere thanks to Dr. Stephan Pacin, the team at the ALS clinic, and Dr. Andrew Dyck, the amazing staff at Riverview especially nurse Lyle Kucharsky, the staff at Palliative Home Care, HSC, Dr. David Rush, nurse Tricia Carte of The Gift of Life, and the team at Transplant Manitoba. Much gratitude to the friends and family who provided care, visited, and supported Laurie during her journey.
The Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, September 6, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Concordia Avenue Church of God, 705 Concordia Avenue, Winnipeg, MB.
In lieu of flowers, if family and friends wish, they can donate in Laurie’s honor to the ALS Society of Manitoba www.alsmb.ca or Crosspoint Community Church www.crosspointcommunitychurch.ca
- Memorial Service Friday, September 6, 2019
Laurie Lynn Turko
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September 2, 2019
I would like to convey my deepest condolences on the passing of my cousin Laurie Lynn.
My prayers are with the rest of the family in Manitoba.
September 1, 2019
I was in nursing with Laurie and had her in my very first skills lab group. She was such a kind, caring, compassionate individual and was always willing to help someone out whenever needed. My condolences to her family and friends during this difficult time.
August 19, 2019
Dear Sophie and Ed & family
I was most shocked to read of the passing of your dear daughter Laurie and I wish to express my most heartfelt condolences on her passing.
As you may know I lost Walter three years ago due to an ongoing illness and these trials sent to us are difficult.
May the good Lord bless you all and comfort you during this trying time.
August 15, 2019
I went to nursing with Laurie, we graduated in the same class. Laurie and I were in a group project together in our last year. I remember her as being so kind and compassionate, understanding, patient, incredibly intelligent, funny and supportive. My condolences to her friends and family during this difficult time.