Saturday, March 28, 2015


September 28, 1936 - January 23, 2015

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, with her children by her side, on Friday, January 23, 2015 at the age of 78 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 
Lucie was a devoted and loving mother. She is survived by her children, Jeannette, Therese, Mona, Rene, Denise and their partners; her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 
A private family service will be held.
Wojcik’s Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 1020 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB 204.586.8668, in care of arrangements. 

"A mother holds her children's hands for a while...
their hearts forever."
                                 --Author Unknown

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Eunice Mildred Ross
 (nee BOURKE)

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Eunice Ross on Friday, January 23, 2015 in the Charleswood Care Centre, in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the age of 91 years. 
Born on September 11, 1923 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Eunice is survived by her sister Doreen; daughters Darlene Ross-Cook (David Cook) of Calgary, Alberta, Kim Ross (Dennis Engel) of Winnipeg; and grandsons Marcus Engel of Edmonton, Alberta, and Jordan Engel of Winnipeg. Eunice was predeceased by her parents, John P. and Lillian (Pearson) Bourke of Winnipeg; as well as brother John of Headingly, Manitoba.  She was also predeceased by her husband, John Evan Ross on June 18, 1968. 
Eunice married returning soldier John Ross, after the Second World War.  They made their home in the Winnipeg community of Woodhaven, in a home skillfully built by John.  After his early passing, she rose to the challenge of raising her young daughters on her own. Eunice’s strong friendships with her neighbors in Woodhaven provided her with great comfort during the years of raising her daughters. Eunice’s children fondly remember their summers at the family cottage at Lac du Bonnet, also built by John.  The happiness and success of her children and grandchildren gave Eunice her greatest joy.  In her later years, she enjoyed the community of friends in the Metropolitan Kiwanis Courts in St. James.  After a recent illness, she moved to the Charleswood Care Centre.
A private family funeral service will be held at a later date.
The family wishes to extend thanks to the kind care and friendship of the staff of the Metropolitan Kiwanis Courts and also to the staff of the Charleswood Care Centre.                  
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Manitoba branch of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 6 Donald Street, Suite 200 Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0K6.
Wojcik’s Funeral Chapels & Crematorium, 2157 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada 204.897.4665, is in care of arrangements. 
Those who wish to sign the online guest book, please visit our website.

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It is with great sadness the family announces the peaceful passing of Cecile Nott on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
            Cecile was predeceased by her husband Thomas in 1995.
            As per Cecile’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family interment will be held at a later date.
Wojcik’s Funeral Chapels & Crematorium, 2157 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada 204.897.4665, is in care of arrangements. 

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 (nee GRIFFEN)

On Wednesday, January 21, our dear mother, Beatrice Joyce Hume finally came to the end of her long road, passing quietly and peacefully, surrounded by family, after an eight day stay at St. Boniface Hospital.
In life, Joyce was a graceful, sophisticated, and elegant woman who comported herself with rigorous dignity, finding immeasurable joy in the company of her family and a fierce singular pride in their achievements. She was an educator, both professionally for a time, and as a matter of course throughout her life, sharing insights, observations and understanding with generous enthusiasm. Joyce loved language, music, art and drama, and carefully invested her children with an appreciation for all of these.
At the same time, Joyce was possessed of a remarkable core of iron strength, having known, endured and thrived in the hardships of her Canadian experience -- from the Great Depression on the prairies to Flin Flon’s often brutal northern Manitoba winters. This was not a hypothetical or ceremonial toughness. In her seventies, while driving alone on the Thompson highway and having found the facilities at Ponton not to her liking, she ducked into the woods for a rest stop, slipped, fell and broke an ankle. She walked back to her car, finished the drive, and called family from the ER at Thompson General to let them know she’d had a bit of trouble, but hadn’t wanted to bother anyone before getting it looked after.
Joyce is survived by three children Peter, Heather, and Bob whose wife is Leanne; three grandchildren Lenore (Jack McGee), Lindsay (Jason Gigian), and Vivian; and four great-grandchildren Hailey, Wyatt, Emmett, and Huck; sister-in-law Deanna Griffen; and her nieces Darian (Chris Stroud) and Cathy (Chris Carberry). She was predeceased by her husband Gerald Guy Hume.
On September 24, 1920 Joyce was born at Miss Till’s Nursing Home in Winnipeg to Frederic and Martha Griffen. She spent her childhood in Pelly, Saskatchewan and Swan River, Manitoba. She had three siblings, a brother, Richard, and two sisters, Violet and Addie.
Neither of Joyce’s parents were formally educated, but both learned by doing. Like everyone else, they were strapped for cash during the Depression. Joyce’s mother, a resourceful businesswoman who had a hair salon and later managed a grill canned food and did embroidery and crochet for extra income. Her father ordered an arch-top mantel radio from a Chicago paper for $12.50 which, when it arrived, filled the house with jazz and big band music from America. Joyce later interpreted many of those tunes on the piano, which she played with a deft touch and beautiful phrasing until the year she passed away.
Joyce’s post-secondary education, which began in 1936 (two weeks shy of her sixteenth birthday) took her to United College and the University of Manitoba. She graduated in 1940 with multiple awards, including the Fletcher Gold Medal. During that time, she was awarded several scholarships, most notably to the Banff School of Fine Arts. In her fourth year, she received the highest Sociology mark awarded (98%) and tied a francophone student from St. Boniface for the highest mark in French Literature. Also that year, she came within an eyelash of earning a scholarship to study at The Sorbonne in Paris.
Following graduation, a high point of her work as a teacher at Swan River Collegiate was assisting returning World War II vets in picking up the pieces of their lives and resuming their high school studies. She was offered a principalship, but instead chose to apply for work in Flin Flon, Manitoba. It was there that she first saw Guy Hume. “It was,” she said later, “the warm, brown eyes, bushy eyebrows and open smile.” They were married in Swan River on July 2, 1949. Peter arrived in 1951, and Heather followed in 1952. The 50’s and 60’s in Flin Flon were a golden age of sorts for Joyce. No less than four of Guy’s brothers and their wives as well as his sister, Thelma, lived there. They were a powerful social force, an active and boisterous group.
While Joyce ran the household, first on Tweedsmuir and then on Creighton Street, Guy served on City Council (53 or 54) and was involved with the Coop, the Machinists’ Union, the Legion, the Masons and the Shriners, He was also an avid curler, and ran for mayor twice.
Shortly after Bob was born in 1966, Peter and Heather moved away. Peter eventually settled in Thompson, where he worked for Manitoba Hydro. Heather studied at the Ontario College of Art and worked at the Health Sciences Center before eventually settling into a long career at Great West Life. Peter has migrated to Calgary, Heather has recently retired, and Bob now teaches high school overseas.
In 1974, Joyce and Guy began work on a cabin at Bakers Narrows, which they owned and enjoyed for almost a decade. Working feverishly in the short summers, they moved every single piece of the rough lumber used to build it themselves, first hauling it by station wagon from a saw mill on the Old Road, and then hand-carrying it up a steep slope to the hill-top building site. And there, they assembled it, piece by piece, until it was done. If Joyce had a regret, it was that the cabin passed from their hands after so short a time spent enjoying the fruits of their labour.
Following Guy’s sudden death in 1989 while returning to Manitoba from BC, Joyce moved to Winnipeg, and started a new chapter of her life, living first on Fort Street, and eventually taking an apartment at Portsmouth Retirement home. Her sister Violet had died in the 80’s. Her sister Addie had passed away a decade later. Her brother Richard died in 2006. And now, Joyce’s journey has ended.
We, her family, are sad, but, as she would want us to be, proud of our mother for she met death exactly the way she lived life: gracefully and with careful, deliberate dignity. In the last months of her life, Joyce’s thoughts turned inevitably to the completion of her journey. In reference to the large group of Humes that had once been such a central presence in her life, she acknowledged, “I’m the last one.”
There was no greater source of pride or pleasure in Joyce’s life than her children, and the children they had in turn. “I never told myself,” she said, “that there would be such a wonderful feeling of riches when the children are adults, and they distinguish themselves. It is an epiphany. It is serendipity. It is an unforeseen bonanza.”
We deeply appreciate the superlative care Mom received over the last twenty years from Dr. R. Ramgoolam. We would also like to acknowledge the recent compassionate care provided by Doctors Suss, McClure, and Whetter at St. Boniface Hospital, by Kirk and Karin on the Family Medicine ward, and by Karin from Palliative Care.
There will be no funeral service. Joyce’s family will gather informally in her honour over the weekend.
Wojcik’s Funeral Chapels & Crematorium, 2157 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada 204.897.4665, is in care of arrangements. 

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Peacefully on Saturday, January 17, 2015 Charles Peter Olinyk, aged 88 years old, passed away at the Grace Hospital surrounded by his loving family as were his wishes. He waited until everyone made it home.
Charlie leaves to mourn his loving wife of 63 years, Lois Olinyk; his seven children, Rod (Doreen), Charlene (Dave), Julie (John), David, Barry (Jen), Kathy (Barrie) and Rob (Renee). Fifteen grandchildren, Chris, Shawn (Jenna), Kyle, Ashley (Travis), Kayla (Sean), Lyndsay (Derek), Brad (Kate), Whitney, Jeremy, Ryan R, Ryan A, Travis, Samantha, Abbey, and Jesse. Charlie was predeceased by his mother and father, his sisters, Carolyn, Helen, Evelyn, Verna, and his brother Stan.
Charlie was a man of faith and family. He worked for Manitoba Motor Transit, and then Grey Goose Bus Lines before retiring in 1991. In his early years he played in a band where he met his beautiful wife Lois at a dance and fixed her shoe. They married and settled down to raise seven children, living in Oakburn, The Pas, Dauphin, and finally Winnipeg. Faith was important to Charlie, passed down from his own mother where he grew up on a farm in rural Manitoba. He was a volunteer at the John XXlll Roman Catholic Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and a Eucharistic minister. This is how he lived his life. Charlie was foremost a family man, and loved everything about his children and grandchildren. He played his guitar and sang to them when they were small, and attended numerous hockey games and events for his grandchildren. He prayed for them all daily, and was always ready to provide some advice and just have a visit with them. He was known to smoke a stogie and have a shot with the boys in Rod's backyard and pool. Charlie loved to decorate the house on Addison with Christmas lights, and could be seen each year with a cigarette, frost on his eyeglasses, and a stiff drink to ward off the cold. Charlie loved music, especially country music, and identified with the music of Hank Williams and Johnny Cash as well as many devotional hymns and songs. In his later years, as his mobility decreased, he watched daily mass, and prayed for everyone. This was his legacy; faith and family.
Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated on Thursday, January 22 at 11:00 a.m. at John XXlll Roman Catholic Parish, 3390 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Father Rev. Gerald Langevin presiding.
The family wishes to thank the nurses, and staff at the Grace Hospital for taking care of our father these last six weeks, Father Gerald for visiting and providing spiritual support, Elsie Rosler for bringing communion on Sundays to both Mom and Dad's residences, Susan Zeke at Sturgeon Creek Retirement residence for going out of her way to provide emotional and physical support to both Mom and Dad.
 Rest in peace Dad, and may perpetual light shine upon you. You are so loved. We will always remember that "We come from a long line of love." and take care of one another. In lieu of flowers, you may consider a donation to the John XXlll enhancement fund.


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(nee SMITH)

Peacefully on Sunday, January 18, 2015 Eleanor passed away at the Grace Hospital.
Eleanor (Lally) was born June 29, 1926. She is survived by her loving husband, Norm of 66 years of marriage; sister Joan Lee of North Vancouver; brother – in – laws, Ted and Stan Faulkner; niece Patty; and nephews, Mike and Dave Faulkner.
 At Lally’s request there will be no Funeral Service.
Wojcik’s Funeral Chapels & Crematorium, 2157 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada 204.897.4665, is in care of arrangements. 

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It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of George Francis Townsend on January 16, 2015 at the Riverview Health Centre, where he had resided since February 2014.
            George was born July 30, 1923 in Winnipeg as the youngest child of Bertie and Amy Townsend.  He was predeceased by his beautiful and loving wife Irene (Renie) (nee Cameron) in 1992 after 46 years of marriage; his parents; six brothers, Albert, Stanley, Leonard, Herbert, Harold, Earl; and two sisters, Grace and Inez.
            Left to cherish George’s memory are his sons, Philip (Janet Weiss-Townsend), John and Mark Ahrens-Townsend (Judy Ahrens-Townsend); his grandchildren, David, Kevin, Nicholas, Nathan, Luke, Cameron, Jay, Tamara, Sherilyn, Elise, and Jamie; his great-grandchildren, Madden, Ella, Jace, Nash, and Luka; his brother-in-law Jack Cameron and sister-in-law Arlene Cameron; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
            George served in the RCAF during the Second World War and was a Mechanical Supervisor with Canadian Pacific Railway before his retirement in 1984.  Dad was a real gentleman, had boundless energy and was gracious, gentle, caring, generous, unselfish and faithful to everyone, especially his family and friends, but also with strangers alike who quickly became friends.  He was a dapper dresser taking pride in his appearance which accompanied the eternal smile on his face.  Dad was a builder and loved projects.  He was resourceful, hard working and always took a very positive approach to life and its challenges.  He loved to travel and help wherever he could.  Dad’s faith in our Lord was important and sustained him.  George was a long time member of the Anglican and United churches and various choirs including The Winnipeg Male Chorus from which he took great pleasure.  Dad loved his sons unconditionally and they consider themselves blessed to have had him as their father.  His daughter-in-laws were very special to Dad and they enjoyed a very close relationship with him which has evolved and endured.  Dad passed peacefully from this earthly abode to his heavenly Father to be reunited with mom and all those that he loved and that have gone before.  Dad will be missed greatly by all those who loved and knew him.  His gift to all of his family is that he created a treasure chest of good memories to help sustain them in the years to come.
            The family wants to sincerely thank all the staff of 4D at Riverview Health Centre, Grace General Hospital, Home Care and The Wellington, for all the support, care and love that they showed to Dad as well as his family over the years.  You are all amazing.
            A service to celebrate Dad’s life will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Charleswood United Church, 4820 Roblin Boulevard, Winnipeg, Manitoba at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow.  A private family Interment will be held in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Cremation has taken place.
            Wojcik’s Funeral Chapels & Crematorium, 2157 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (204) 897-4665, is in care of arrangements.

“Well Done, Thou Good and Faithful Servant”

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