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KENNETH JOSEPH GERMAIN (KEN)

Born: Aug 20, 1945

Date of Passing: Mar 19, 2021

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KENNETH JOSEPH GERMAIN
August 20, 1945 - March 19, 2021

With overwhelming sadness, love and thankfulness for the years we were blessed to have him, we say goodbye to our husband, father, gigi, brother and friend, Kenneth Joseph Germain, who passed away at the Bethesda Regional Health Centre, Steinbach, MB, on Friday, March 19, 2021.
Ken was predeceased by his parents, William and Jeanne Germain; his in-laws, Metro and Joanna Holowachuk; infant brother Orest; brothers-in-law, Ralph, Emil and Mel Holowachuk, Allan Fortney, Steve Kowaliuk; sisters-in-law, Vera Fortney and Dianne Germain; and niece Leanne Germain.
He is closely survived by his loving family, wife Margaret, daughter Tanya (Blaine Kohut), son Kevin (Leanne), son Trevor (Tanya) Burkitt; grandchildren, Caitlyne, Chelsea and Tim Kohut, Hailey and Ryleigh Germain.
Ken was born in Vita, Manitoba on August 20, 1945 and spent his childhood years at the Germain Century Farm in Tolstoi, Manitoba.
On June 28, 1975, Ken married his soulmate Margaret and had two children, Tanya and Kevin. They recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary and have resided in St. Malo for the duration.
Ken enjoyed working for Manitoba Hydro for 35 years. In his retirement he was employed for the last 12 years with his second family at Honeyland Farms making weekly trips to the USA delivering hay to dairy farms.
Ken was born a farmer. He had a deep rooted interest in farming with his son Kevin. He always appreciated the hot field meals that Marge brought out to her boys.
Ukrainian culture was very important to Ken. Travelling to the Ukraine with his daughter Tanya was a trip of a lifetime.
Ken was community driven and was an active volunteer. He served as Vice-President of the Ukrainian Catholic Parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Tolstoi and director at the Pansy Hall and Tolstoi Homecoming.
The family wishes to thank Health Sciences Centre CancerCare, Bethesda Regional Health Centre, Steinbach, MB, Deacon Leon Twerdun, and Chaplin Lydia Summerville.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date once restrictions are eased as per Ken's wishes.

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Publish Date: Mar 27, 2021

KENNETH JOSEPH GERMAIN
August 20, 1945 – March 19, 2021

With overwhelming sadness, love and thankfulness for the years we were blessed to have him. We say goodbye to our husband, father, gigi, brother and friend. Kenneth Joseph Germain passed away at the Bethesda Regional Health Centre, Steinbach, MB, at the age of 75 on Friday, March 19, 2021.
Ken was predeceased by his parents William and Jeanne Germain, his in-laws Metro and Joanna Holowachuk, brothers-in-law, Ralph, Emil, and Mel Holowachuk, Allan Fortney, Steve Kowaliuk, sisters-in-law, Vera Fortney and Dianne Germain, infant brother Orest Germain and niece Leanne Germain.
He is closely survived by his loving family. Wife Margaret, daughter Tanya (Blaine Kohut), son Kevin (Leanne), son Trevor (Tanya) Burkitt, grandchildren, Caitlyne, Chelsea, Tim Kohut, Hailey and Ryleigh Germain.
Ken was born in Vita, MB on August 20, 1945 where he spent his childhood years at the Germain Century Farmstead in Tolstoi, MB. This is where his passion for farming started.
In his youth, Ken attended school in Bellingham, Washington where he studied Education. Ken taught for several years at Palonia School No. 732 in Palonia, Manitoba. He loved teaching Mathematics.
On June 28, 1975, Ken married his soul mate Margaret and had two children Tanya and Kevin. They have resided in St. Malo, MB for the past 45 years. The family has shared in many adventures together. Traveling to the Black Hills of South Dakota, family reunions in Alberta, Alaskan Cruise and Ukraine.
Ken enjoyed working for Manitoba Hydro for 35 years. In his retirement, he found employment at Honeyland Farms in Dufrost, MB doing weekly runs to the USA delivering hay to dairy farms for the past 12 years. Ken always said that working for Honeyland Farms was like working for family and they treated him like family. It was always a good day to hear Ken and the Honeyland crew and family having their morning banter and laughs over coffee before the workday began.
Ken was born a farmer. He had deep rooted interest in farming with his son Kevin. He cherished working the fields and always appreciated the hot field meals that Marge would bring out.
Ken loved and was proud of his Ukrainian culture and heritage. Continuing traditions was very important to him. A recent trip to the Ukraine with his daughter Tanya was one of the many highlights of his life. Supporting his granddaughters, Hailey and Ryleigh at dance recitals and Malankas brought a smile to his face. He was a proud Gigi.
Ken was community driven. He volunteered on many boards. Ken served as Vice-President for the Tolstoi Ukrainian Catholic Parish of the Sacred Heart. He served as a director at the Pansy Hall and Tolstoi Homecoming.
Ken will be deeply missed by many. He could always be found helping where he could or shooting the breeze with friends and neighbours. His kindness will always be remembered.
The family would like to thank and acknowledge the team at CancerCare Manitoba, Health Science Centre, the doctors and staff at Bethesda Regional Health Centre, Steinbach, MB, Deacon Leon Twerdun, Chaplin Lydia Summerville and Birchwood Funeral Chapel.
Donations can be made, in memory for Ken, to CancerCare Manitoba or to the Tolstoi Ukrainian Catholic Parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date once restrictions ease as per Ken's request.

Vichnaya Pamyat
Eternal Memory
Always in our hearts.


Publish Date: Mar 25, 2021

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As published in The Carillon, Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 25, 2021, Mar 27, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • My condolences to the entire family. Ken was a outstanding person, always kind and loved a good joke at times. Rest in peace my friend. - Posted by: Edward Bella (old friend) on: Mar 27, 2021

  • R.I.P. Ken you will be missed ,,, - Posted by: garry horbul (cousin) on: Mar 27, 2021

  • Margaret and your family our deepest sympathy to each of you! Many wonderful memories! - Posted by: pat gaetz (friend) on: Mar 27, 2021

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