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GERTRUDE IDA TYSKO Gertrude passed away on July 4, 2012, at the age of 89, in The Hamlets Nursing Home in Penticton, BC from complications resulting from a fall and hip surgery. She is survived by her loving sister, Alice Evans, and her husband Len Evans of Winnipeg. In addition she leaves two sisters-in-law and their husbands, Mary Kyluk (Mike) of Winnipeg and Stella Romeo (Joe) of Calgary. Also surviving her are many nieces and nephews including Wendy Harris (Allen) of Victoria, Lyle Wonnick (Debbie) of Kamloops, Valerie Garafano (Joseph) of Penticton, Linda Manitowich (Doug) of Winnipeg, Donna Topp of Calgary, Brenda Thompson (Richard) of Calgary, Brenda Evans (Ron) of Birtle, Manitoba, Janet Evans (Chris) of Ottawa and Randy Evans (Cathy) of San Diego. She was predeceased by her parents, Ferdinand and Emma Mazinke, and her sister and husband, Elsie and Henry Wonnick. Gertie was born in rural Manitoba on October 12, 1922 and moved to Winnipeg with her family in 1945 where she met the love of her life, Steve Tysko. They were married on May 22, 1948. After Steve retired from the Air Force they moved to Penticton in 1969 where they lived happily for many years until Steve passed away in 2007. Over the years Gertie and Steve were active members of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Besides being very active in her church Gertie enjoyed spending many hours with her various hobbies including sewing, crocheting, knitting, gardening and painting in water colours. Over the years she and her late husband enjoyed travelling many miles across Canada visiting friends and relatives. Cremation having taken place a celebration of life service will be held at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1370 Church St., Penticton, BC on Tuesday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Curtis Aguirre officiating. The family extends its heartfelt appreciation to the wonderful staff of The Hamlets Nursing Home for their excellent and loving care. Gratitude is also offered for the love and care of church members and especially Evelyn Ryll who comforted Gertie to the end. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gertie's memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C., #4-1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9. Condolences may be sent to the family through providencefuneralhomes.com Providence Funeral Homes Parkview Chapel, 250-493-1774
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on July 07, 2012
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