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Born: Dec 20, 1949

Date of Passing: May 09, 2021

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December 20, 1949 - May 9, 2021

It is with heavy hearts and deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear wife and best friend, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, Josephine Semeniuk, on Sunday, May 9, 2021. Mom passed peacefully with her family at her side at Rest Haven Nursing Home on Mother's Day.
She is survived by her husband William of 52 years and her two daughters: Sherry (Travis), and Angela (Ron) and one son Kevin, four grandchildren: Chelsey (Julian), Lexi, Nicholas, Jeremy and two brothers and their families.
She was predeceased by her parents, one sister and one nephew.
Mom was born in Vita, Manitoba. She grew up on a small farm in Lonesand. She attended school in Lonesand and later in Vita. After finishing school Mom went to work in Winnipeg. Mom met Dad and later were married on April 26, 1969, in Sundown at the Holy Ascension Church. They made their home in Atikokan, Ontario where they had their two daughters, Sherry and Angela. In 1975, they moved back to Sundown, where they returned to a life of farming. Their son Kevin was born in 1980 and they continued to raise their three children on the farm. She enjoyed being a mother and homemaker, as well as helping dad on the farm. She found great enjoyment in cutting the lawn and even helped rake hay when dad needed a hand. She grew a garden and took care of the flowerbeds.
Family was most important to mom and she enjoyed spending time with all of us. Her grandchildren were very special to her. Mom taught us to treasure our family always.
Mom loved Christmas shopping for everyone. It was her favourite time of year. Mom loved giving gifts even if it were birthdays, anniversaries, or any special reason she could find.
Before Mom's illness, she was a huge Jets fan. Kevin would come home on weekends, and they would wear their Jets jerseys and watch the Saturday night hockey game on TV.
Mom enjoyed shopping, going on small overnight trips and going and spending time with her grandchildren until she could not walk anymore in 2018.
Mom was a wonderful cook; she spent countless hours preparing for holidays such as Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. Everyone looked forward to an awesome home cooked meal. Some of the family favourites were Baba's beet leave buns, nalysnyky, meatballs, cabbage rolls, dill pickles, headcheese, blueberry perogies, and assorted pies.
Mom will be dearly missed by her family. Mom was so courageous; she had a five-year battle with ALS. Her endurance and strength were admired greatly. Mom had to move to an assisted living facility in early 2019 due to her illness. In this transition she made new friends who she was fond of. She stayed positive even though she encountered many losses as the disease progressed. She spent the last few months of her journey at Rest Haven Care Home. We watched her struggle until the Lord called our dear mother home. We know she is at peace now in Heaven, and we long for the day we will see her again. Mom, please know we love you and miss you so much and we will meet you again.
We as a family would like to extend our heart-felt thanks for the prayers and support we have received.
If friends so desire, donations in memory of Josephine can be made to the ALS Society of Manitoba.

"I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid." John 14:27

As published in The Carillon on May 20, 2021

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Sherry & Angela, So sorry to read about your mom’s passing. May you and your families be comforted in this difficult time. - Posted by: Charlene (Highschool Friend) on: Jun 13, 2021

  • William I was saddened to read of your loss, my condolences to you and your family... - Posted by: George Krasnuik (Long ago acquaintance,neighbour.) on: May 21, 2021

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