Winonah (Nona Girl) Leask, left tragically between July 11th and July 13rd, 2018 at Sapotaweyak Cree Nation. Winonah left many happy memories for her mother, her father, her siblings and her friends. Nona loved her children, Raedee and Akeelah, whom she missed daily. And in her heart, she loved both so very much.
Winonah Summersun Leask was born in Swan River, Manitoba on March 25th, 1994 to her parents, Hughie and Delores Leask. Nona girl was baptized into the Anglican faith.
Her childhood events will be remembered and cherished. Nona was very talented in playing violin and Nona would play the fiddle while her Dad played guitar. Nona was a student at the Neil Dennis Kematch Memorial School until her 10th grade. Nona would be so proud playing along with her Dad’s guitar music. She also enjoyed visiting her mom in Winnipeg, she would make every effort to go see her mom, whom she loved dearly. She loved being a sister to Priscilla, Kimberly and Kendall and her brothers, Eric and Shawn.
Nona loved her nieces dearly, Gwendolyn, Rebekah, Kyla, Alayna, Vayda, Kendra, and Julia, her nephews Thomas, Terrance, and Anaustin.
Nona will be missed by her closest friends Destiny, Deanne, Freda, Christina, Renee, Windy, Amos, and many others.
She is survived by her grandfather, Roderick Genaille. Her aunts, Cheryl, Jennifer, Selena, Della, and Nora, Nelson, Bruce, Hubert, Edward, Dionne, Rubin, and Vincent. Nona’s many first cousins, from Saskatchewan and from many places in Manitoba.
Winonah left with her empathy so great. Her parents ask God and all His Angels, that Nona’s spirit for sharing her heartfelt kindness will be felt by her children, her siblings and her many friends. With God’s love and understanding, Nona’s spirit will remain in His arms for eternity.
Nona was predeceased by her grandparents, Martha and Pearly Leask and Helen Genaille and her great-grandparents, Julia and Albert Cook and Ada and Louis Genaille, her uncles. Edgar, Willard, and Albert John, her special kookum, Josephine Chartier. Nona will join her cousins, Sabrina Maytawayashing, Eileen Brass, Iona Leask, Clayton Mink, Jr., Darren Mink and Darcy Mink.
First off, I will miss you, Mom. You took me as your own and I will never ever forget how happy, just you and me. We were driving around, playing music of course! I can still hear your voice and laughter, your smile. Even if we always got mad at each, we always got through our ups and downs and that is what I love about you. You never gave up on me, you were my support, my rock. I will miss our talks, laughs, man, my twin. I’ll miss when you would say, “Man, we look alike, course you!”
As you always called me, “layn’z”
Love always, Alayna
“My best friend is everything to me without her, life wouldn’t be the same she’s the better part of me.”
I love you, my sister, I will be missing you dearly, forever and always.
Freda Elizabeth Leask
P.S. We did everything together!
Nona-Girl (my girl)
My best friend/cuz, so lost for words, don’t know what to write, say or do but I can still feel your presence, your voice. Grew up with you, I actually thought we were gonna grow old together, now your gonna be a memory, really missing you, love you always, oh and gonna miss hearing you say to me, all the time, “everyone has their destiny”.
Beep I love you always and I will always miss you. You know we will always be here for your babies, my Deedeets (Akeelah) and Taedee Jae (Raedee). I’ll protect and watch them. Rest in Peace my beautiful baby sister. See you again. Love always, Ken, Rude, Bekah, Tear Bear, Kye, Vayda Rose, and Kendra Rae.