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ALEX SOKOLOWSKI It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts we announce the passing of Alex Sokolowski on November 11, 2009 at the Hunter Memorial Hospital in Teulon after a courageous battle. Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife Anne of almost 60 years; beloved daughter Cathi, his cherished brother Paul (Ruth) and their family; dear cousins, extended family members and numerous nieces and nephew; also his cherished dear friends and neighbours and family and friends in Europe. He was predeceased by his parents Theordore (Fred) and Katherine; brothers Nick, Mike, Steve and Peter; sisters-in-law Jessie, Maisie and Nellie. Alex was born in 1916, and raised in Meleb, MB. He lived and farmed on the homestead all his life. His passion for farming and animals started at a young age. He loved his Meleb homestead and truly enjoyed the farm life. He enjoyed the many pleasant visits by many dear family members and friends. Alex also enjoyed gardening, his many pets, picking mushrooms, watching the birds and the outdoors. He also enjoyed reading and listening to his radio programs, especially Ukrainian music. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all. Alex was a devoted husband, and a loving and caring father. His presence will be profoundly missed. Alex proudly enlisted in the Army with the Canadian Patricia Pat's Canadian Light Infantry and was stationed at Portage la Prairie. His brother Paul also enlisted in the Army and his brother Steve enlisted with the Navy. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2009, in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel, Gimli, at 11:00 a.m. Viewing will be held one hour prior to. Interment will follow in the Parkside Cemetery, Meleb, MB. Our sincerest thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Teulon Hunter Memorial Hospital. Special heartfelt thanks to Dr. Clare Ramsey at Health Sciences Centre for all her care and compassion, and to the doctors, nurses and staff at GH6 HSC. God took your hand and we had to part, he eased your pain but broke our hearts. If you could have spoken before you died, these are the words you would have replied: This life for me has truly passed, I have loved you all; till the very last. Weep not for me, but courage take, and love one another for my sake. The Lord is my rock, His way is perfect, forever loved and remembered. Till we meet again. His presence in our lives will be profoundly missed. Vichnaya Pam' Yat Gilbart Funeral Home, Gimli in care of arrangements.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on November 16, 2009