Tanya Lynn Knopf     February 24, 1961 – January 5, 2018

 

Tanya Lynn Knopf (née Sagert) passed away peacefully on Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital in Kenora ON. Her heart beat its last as she held the hand of her best friend, husband, and constant companion of 40 years. The sun was shining brightly as it set over the Harbourfront, and she was surrounded by her friends and church family, just as she would have wanted.

 

Tanya was predeceased by her parents, Marney and Norm Sagert, her father-in-law Nelson Knopf, and her aunt Glenna Criggar. She leaves to mourn her loving husband, Loren Knopf and their children Devin (and Jess) Knopf of Revelstoke BC, and Leshia Knopf (and Ben Verkerk – fiancé) of Steinbach MB. Tanya will also be mourned by her sisters, Heather (Eric) Ayres and Glenys (Howard) Vanstone, her mother-in-law Linda Knopf, and the rest of her loving family.

 

Tanya was born February 24, 1961 in Ottawa ON and grew up in Pinawa MB where she met Loren in her senior year of high school. Loren and Tanya were married in 1982 after she completed her diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology. They moved to Kenora in May 1984 for Tanya's job as a Lab Technologist at Lake of the Woods District Hospital. She continued to work there for 28 years, including 12 years as the manager, before taking the position of Regional Laboratory Program Director. She retired in 2016 well-respected by all her peers and co-workers.

 

Besides her work, Tanya lived life to its fullest with planned, methodical enthusiasm. She and Loren travelled the world, cheering on football teams all over the US, cruising the Rhine and the Caribbean, and seeing the birthplace of her Lord in Israel, and the ancient sites of Greece. She spent hours with her flowers and vegetables in her many different gardens, and she created beautiful landscapes wherever she lived. Most of all, she loved to be active outdoors enjoying the Lord's handiwork in any way she could, but especially by kayaking, fishing, hiking, skiing, and just walking. She also loved to dance. Whether it was with Loren, or just by herself in the living room, she expressed her joy through dance. She found adventure despite her healthy fear, and let her family drag her downhill skiing, zip lining, snowmobiling, quadding, mountain biking, and she even dared to ride on Loren's motorcycle.

 

Tanya spent her whole life caring constantly for those around her. Even in her death, she was still concerned with the well-being of her family, friends, and all her caregivers, and always tried to protect the people she loved. Tanya was always kind, and she had a warm and gentle spirit. She taught us that every person deserves respect.

 

Tanya devoted much her time and care to God and to her church, Lakeside Baptist. She volunteered many hours coordinating Sunday school, working on the administrative board, and acting as a support and confidant to many different members of the church family. She always preferred to work in the background, organizing, rather than speaking at the front.  She became part of the fabric of Lakeside, and the void she left will be impossible to fill.

 

Tanya's children (all four of them) were her pride and joy. She would talk endlessly about their accomplishments, never acknowledging that they could only do what they did because of her constant support and unconditional love. More than anything else in this world, Tanya loved her husband, Loren. She was his gentle voice and his steadying hand, and he was her excitement and her encouragement. Together, they modelled how marriage should be: full of love for each other, those around them, and God, but also mutual respect, and plenty of time enjoying life together. They were best friends and dance partners in everything from enjoying football games to fishing to church to travel. They danced together for forty years, but it was still too short.

 

Tanya will be missed by many, and her legacy will live on through her children and those she loved and influenced in her life. It has been said that you rarely remember the words people say, but you remember how they made you feel, and Tanya made us feel respected, heard, cared for, and above all, loved. We are thankful that she now rejoices with her saviour with no more pain and suffering, but we mourn because we will miss her every day.

 

We would like to give special thanks to the gyne-oncology team of St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg and the staff on the third floor of Lake of the Woods District Hospital who provided her the best care for her final months. As per Tanya's request, those who wish to donate in her memory can do so to Ovarian Cancer Canada or the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation.

A celebration of Tanya's life will be held at Lakeside Baptist Church at 2 pm on Friday, January 12, 2018.

Alcock Funeral Home & Cremation Services (Highway 17 West Keewatin) in care of arrangements, 547-6000.