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HELEN SEMENIUK (nee SWEDLO) The family of Helen Semeniuk (nee Swedlo) are saddened to announce her passing on Thursday, July 5, 2012, at the St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 81. She will be fondly remembered by her daughter, Cathy (Marty) Holmberg and son, Chris (Tracey Epp) along with her grandchildren, Jennifer, Brett and Kierstin Holmberg and Nick, Raisa and Alexander Krosney. She is survived by her sister, Pauline Zuk. She was predeceased by her parents, Michael and Mary Swedlo, brothers Joe, Walter, Steve, Pete and sisters Minnie Kowalyk, Nellie Swedlo, Caroline Zorniak and Hattie Leduchowski. Helen was born on the family farm in Poplarfied, MB, on April 23, 1931, the youngest of 10 children. She graduated from Normal School in Teulon and at the age of 19 began her teaching career in rural Manitoba. After several years of teaching in Winnipeg, in 1957, she married Harry Semeniuk (predeceased) and moved to Dryden, ON. She taught at St. Joseph's Catholic School until her retirement in 1996. Former students and teachers will remember Helen's dedication to her career. During her Dryden years, she raised her children supporting them in their endeavors while juggling her career and completing her Bachelor of Arts. She was active in sports enjoying baseball, curling and bowling. She was an active member of the Roman Catholic Church in Dryden and Winnipeg as well as a member of the Moose Lodge. Helen enjoyed the outdoors whether gardening, blueberry or mushroom picking, fishing and hunting. In 1996, Helen moved to Winnipeg to be closer to family. She was able to pursue her love of gardening, cooking and crafting along with being a grandmother. Fond memories of grandma's house revolve around homemade perogies, watching her stories and shopping. Throughout her time in Winnipeg, Chris and Tracey were a tremendous support to Helen through her progression of Alzheimer's Disease. On family gatherings, she could be found singing a tune while enjoying Chris' dogs. Thank you to the staff of Residence Despins for your care and support and St. Boniface Hospital ICU unit for showing compassion and dignity towards Helen during her last hours. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the Residence Despins in The Chapel, 151 Rue Despins, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Interment will follow at the Hamerlik Cemetery, Poplarfield at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Society of Canada. Mackenzie Funeral Home (Arborg) is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Publish Date: Jul 9, 2012
HELEN SEMENIUK (nee SWEDLO) It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Helen Semeniuk of Winnipeg on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at the St. Boniface Hospital. MACKENZIE FUNERAL CHAPEL STONEWALL 467-2525 email@example.com
Publish Date: Jul 7, 2012
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on July 09, 2012
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