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Date of Passing: Jan 16, 2022

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1934 - 2022

Andrew passed peacefully to be with his Lord, on January 16, 2022, at the age of 87.
He is predeceased by his wife Jeanette; mother and father, Lillian and Julian; mother and father-in law, Helen and Peter Letwin; sister Lyla; and sister-in-law Elizabeth. Andrew is survived by his children, Andrea (Brian), Patrick (Beverly), Paul (Karen); grandchildren, Jordan (Holly), Alexandra (Blair), Michael, Emily, Kale, Matthew, Abby (Aaron) and Cassidy; great-grandchildren, Ruby and Milo; and sisters, Irene (Stan), Clara (Bob); and brothers-in-law, Mel, Peter (Margaret) and Frank; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and extended family.
Andrew was thought of by so many as a friend and mentor, with a playful sense of humour. Embedded in this playfulness was a deep peacefulness and quiet joy. Andrew was always willing to support those around him offering caring and hopefulness to each person he encountered in life. His gentleness was his strength and he willingly shared this with others, always putting others before himself. This strength, compassion and enduring faith in God have inspired his children and so many others. The influence of his compassion and steadfast faith extended beyond his family to touch the lives of his church family and the many students and staff with whom he worked during his 35-year career as an educator and school principal in St. Boniface. In his very humble and quiet way he made those around him feel at ease and welcome in his life; offering a simple wave of his hand or a nod of his head to say, "Hello and welcome". He always saw the best in others and trusted in their goodness; always hoping for the very best for each of them.
Andrew was a pillar of faith, and a witness to others of the steadfast and perseverant love of God. He left us to join his heavenly father on a Sunday. What a fitting time for a man of such deep faith and quiet joy to embark on this next journey. Andrew leaves each of us his undying love just as we enfold him in the cloak of our loving hearts as he enters his heavenly home. Even as we are filled with longing for his voice and presence, we know that he will continue to live in our hearts as he joins his beloved wife Jeanette and all those who have gone before him to continue his life in heaven with his Lord.
The family wishes to thank the many who offered their prayerful support over these last few months as Andrew traveled this last part of his journey to his heavenly home. Your prayers and the care provided by the many health care workers who supported Andrew provided the comfort he needed to make this journey.
A private funeral service is taking place with plans for a celebration of life to be held at a future date.
Donations in honour of Andrew may be made to the charity of your choice.

Family and friends may sign a book of condolence at

Glen Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 22, 2022

Condolences & Memories (17 entries)

  • Your father was my first principal when I started teaching at Prendergast School. He was an excellent mentor in my first few years of teaching, exhibiting patience and understanding as well as timely advice to a teacher who was only 8 years older than her Grade 6 students. I was fortunate that he took me with him when he went on to Pierre Radisson where I taught junior high Language Arts. This move was critical in changing my career path for which I will always be grateful. Please accept my sincere condolences in your loss of a wonderful man. - Posted by: Olivia Stadnyk (Colleague) on: Apr 03, 2022

  • Our deepest sympathy to you Andrea, Brian, Jordan, Alexandra and all the family, on the passing of your Dad, and Grandpa. I believe I (Lauren) only had the pleasure of meeting Andrew once, but he left a wonderful impression. Such a sweet, pleasant man. I know he is missed. Take care. - Posted by: Paul & Lauren Godin (Friends) on: Feb 15, 2022

  • For being the principal at Prendergast School and at the approximate age of 27 and I a student in grade four, he should have been scary, intimidating and maybe even a bit arrogant. But even then I recall him as warm, caring and always having a smile. I am grateful for those memories. - Posted by: Ted Hull (Student ) on: Feb 14, 2022

  • So sorry to hear about the passing of Andy. I was hired as a grade one teacher at Prendergast. My first year of teaching. What a super principal!!!!. Ed had the privilege of working with Andy in the Administration field. Condolences to the Ilchena family. Ed. & Bella Lefteruk - Posted by: Bella & Ed. Lefteruk (Friends) on: Feb 06, 2022

  • Andy was my boss when I taught at Marion School in the early 1980s. He was a wonderful principal. I very much enjoyed working under him. I can only imagine how much the family misses him. My deepest condolences to all of you. - Posted by: Susan Gwyer (Andy was my boss at Marion School) on: Feb 04, 2022

  • Paul, Karen, Pat and family - my deepest condolences to all of you for your father’s passing! I know how close your family is and how important your father was to your families! I hope that the huge positive impact your father has in your lives and the Great memories give you lots of comfort. Thinking of the Ilchena Family and wishing you nothing but the best! A life very well lived and a family blessed with lots of love! - Posted by: Michael Borgfjord (Friend ) on: Jan 26, 2022

  • Sending heartfelt sympathy to the Ilchena family on the passing of Andrew Ilchena. Thinking of you at this sad time and difficult time. Sorry for your loss. Lynda Ruban staff at the HSC Foundation - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (staff at Health Sciences Centre Foundation) on: Jan 25, 2022

  • Most people who worked for and/or knew Andy will always remember him as an effective and competent administrator as well as friendly, empathetic, compassionate and generous individual. - Posted by: Ed Katz (former colleague) on: Jan 24, 2022

  • My parents and your parents are now dancing in heaven. They were great friends through their younger years in Transcona. I have the honour of your dad being asked to be my godfather. His faith was very strong and he carried that with him his whole life. Condolences to your family. Glen Wilgosh - Posted by: Glen Wilgosh (God son) on: Jan 24, 2022

  • In the course of one's lifetime we are fortunate to have mentors who cross our paths and change our lives. Andy was one such person. He believed in and hired me at Marion School in the late 1980's and constantly guided me to become a good teacher. When he found out that I was back as the admistrator at Marion he said that I had come back home - to make a difference. Thank you Andy, rest in peace my friend. - Posted by: Alice Young (Colleague and Friend) on: Jan 23, 2022

  • We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family. Andrew was a wonderful, caring person. He surely will be missed by all. Our prayers are with you all . Jack & Jacqueline - Posted by: Jack &Jacqueline Puranen (Freinds) on: Jan 23, 2022

  • My condolences to Clara, Irene and the rest of the Ilchena family. I remember Andrew as a kind and gentle man who always had a serene smile on his face. My mother, Steffie, appreciated the many kindnesses your family bestowed on her as do I. - Posted by: Terri (Teresa) Krasnowski (Second Cousin - Daughter of Steffie Krasnowski) on: Jan 22, 2022

  • Andrew was the sweetest man with a huge heart, he will be dearly missed. He is now with his Love of his life for eternity. Andrea, Pat, Paul and families thinking of you all. - Posted by: Lisa & Brian Hnatyshyn (Family) on: Jan 22, 2022

  • So sad that Andrew has passed. He is with his family now and our God. Andrew always reached out his hand to me every Sunday in church. He had that smile that would light up a room. Andrew you will be missed so much. Rest in peace my friend. - Posted by: Jan Kullman (Friend) on: Jan 22, 2022

  • I was lucky to work with Andy for three years at Frontenac School. He was a kind, caring teacher/administrator who always supported good ideas and good people. I knew him as a family oriented man who spent many hours coaching and getting involved in school and community. My condolences to all family members. - Posted by: Andy Bell (Friend and colleague) on: Jan 22, 2022

  • Andrew Ilchyna taught school in Sand Hill school around 1955. He was a young, single man and a great teacher. Always pleasant, smiling and polite to all the students. Being a religious man, he signed us up for mail catechism lessons. We all felt very important receiving a medium sized envelope in the mail with our names on it. The lessons were small coloured booklets with a questionnaire accompanying each lesson. He also taught us social dancing and etiquette after school for 1/2 hour twice a week. He was the best teacher during the grade one to eight years in our rural school. May God bless him as he enters into heaven. - Posted by: Kathy Krawchuk Fecio (Student at Sand Hill school ) on: Jan 22, 2022

  • We are truly sorry for the loss of Andrew. Always had a big smile and positive things to say. I am sure he will be happy in heaven when he meets his people there. - Posted by: Bob and Shelly Molinski (Friend) on: Jan 22, 2022

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