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Dear Mom

Your journey began with tumultuous years in your childhood by trying to survive and
escape The Second World War. You lost your
father at the tender age of seven as he was
taken as a prisoner by the Stalin regime and died at a young age due to the poor living
conditions and pneumonia.

Your escape involved living in many different countries including Russia, Ukraine, Poland (where you were born) and France. Each country had forced you to learn the language and you became quite fluent in French. It was again that your travels brought you to Canada where you became a Canadian citizen in 1950.

As a young woman you were employed as a Nanny to look after the Minuk family who lived on Machray Avenue. In your care were Sammy, Josef, Maureen and Garry. Mrs. Minuk assisted in teaching you the English language. Your family home was purchased on Scotia and the unfortunate and unforseen flood of the 1950 had to be dealt with as well.

Despite all of these obstacles you remained resilient and hopeful. As a Mother you were caring, generous and always provided a good home for your children Anita and Lydia. You were our strength and our "rock" and not a day goes by that we do not think of you and miss your infectious smile and zest for life. You were an inspiration to us despite your own shortcomings.

In the latter years you sustained your home and enjoyed the company of your dogs,
Smoky and Sandy, and the numerous
birdfeeders in your yard. Your love for
nature and the outdoors and your gentle spirit will never be forgotten!

Miss you dearly Mom
Happy Mother's Day
All our Love Gerhard, Anita and Lydia

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 08, 2021

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