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Born: May 05, 1928

Date of Passing: Oct 29, 2013

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SOPHIE KLOWAK ( nee SWARYCHEWSKI ) May 5, 1928 - October 29, 2013 Sophie Klowak passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Concordia Hospital in Winnipeg. She was 85 years of age. She was predeceased by her husband Peter Klowak; her parents William and Annie Swarychewski; her sister Mary Skrabyk; and two brothers Mike and Steve Swarychewski. Left to cherish her memory are her sons Terry and David (Bernadette) and daughters Donna Boyce and Janet (Brian Saint Cyr). She had four grandchildren; Melissa, Ashley-Anne and Adam Klowak and Sheri Boyce; one great- grandchild Kendra Lee; two sisters Helen Surminski and Rose Merritt. Mother was born on May 5, 1928 near Poplarfield Manitoba. Her parents raised their six children on the family homestead. Mother attended New Star School. For better opportunities, she moved to Winnipeg in her late teens and worked at various jobs. On May 30, 1953 she married her beloved husband Peter Klowak in the St. Nicholas Church in Poplarfield. In 1958, with a growing family, they bought a new house in East Kildonan. Here they raised their four children. Marriages occurred and four grandchildren were born. Father passed away on April 17, 1998. They had been married for 44 years. A few years after Father's passing, Mother was blessed with a great grandchild. She continued to live in her East Kildonan home up to her final three weeks. She had lived there for 55 years. Mother had mastered many skills and talents. She could sew her young children's clothes. She could knit sweaters. She was a master chef in baking and cooking, especially Ukrainian dishes. She could do the finest needlework. She planted a backyard garden every year and her house was decorated with colourful flowers. Mother enjoyed trips to Hawaii, Vancouver, Toronto and the casino bus trips into the USA. She loved to play cards with friends. She had many friends. She loved when family and friends would visit her at home. As her mobility declined, she spent more time at home. She was passionate about knitting for an organization called Share Christmas. She was but one, from a group of avid knitters who volunteered their time to knit hats, scarves and mitts for schools in low income neighbourhoods. Over the years Mother had knitted 3000 items so that children could be warm during the cold winters. She will always be remembered for her unconditional love towards her family. A private memorial service to celebrate her life was held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 4, 2013 at the Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main Street, West St. Paul, Manitoba. The Celebrant was Vince Anderson. Interment followed at the Garden of Prayer in the Glen Eden Cemetery. With a brisk cool wind blowing and the sights and sounds of Canada geese flying over, she was laid to rest next to her husband. Pallbearers were her three nephews Dave Ostryzniuk, Bill Skrabyk and Larry Skrabyk; grandson Adam Klowak and sons David and Terry Klowak. A reception followed. While you, dear Mother, rest and sleep Your loving memory, we'll always keep. Glen Eden Funeral Home & Cemetery 204-338-7111

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 09, 2013

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom, Donna - Posted by: Barbara Dobson (long ago friend) on: Nov 24, 2013

  • My deepest condolences to my good friend Terry and the entire Klowak family and close friends of Sophie Klowak. I'll always remember the wonderful visits with Mrs. Klowak when I would be there at the house waiting for Terry. She would always insist that I eat some of her home cooking/baking to "put some meat on my bones" as she would so eloquently tell me. I would always oblige being the gentleman that I am as well as a person of Ukrainian descent, I would never turn down a plate of homemade perogies and followed by the most delicious apple pie I have ever tasted! I am honored to have known her and cherish the few short visits that we had together. Mrs. Klowak, rest in peace knowing that you raised four lovely children and have blessed thousands of people with your generosity in knitting all those articles of clothing especially for those bitterly cold Manitoba winters! You've warmed so many hearts in your life...especially this one! Rest in peace Mrs. Klowak - Posted by: Todd Martin (Friend of Terry Klowak) on: Nov 09, 2013

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