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Born: Apr 10, 1937

Date of Passing: Apr 18, 2017

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OLGA LAFORME (nee BRELIS) April 10, 1937 to April 18, 2017 After a lengthy illness, Olga passed away peacefully and with dignity on April 18, 2017. Olga was born at Hubbard, SK on April 10, 1937 to Mary and Peter Brelis, both first generation Ukrainian immigrants. She was the youngest of seven children. She leaves to mourn her daughter Arlene (Robert) Sinclair; granddaughter Victoria (Cole); grandson Matthew; son David (Bonita); grandsons, Dusty (Laurie) Sauder, Thomas (Jessica) Sauder; great-grandchildren, Elaina, Ayrton and Beckett Sauder; her brother Mike and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Mary and Peter Brelis; husband Raymond; daughter Melissa; sisters, Helen, Nellie, Sophie, Anne; brother John; brother-in-law Tony Pasiezcka; sister-in-law Mary Brelis and nephew Robert Pasiezcka. At age 16, Olga left the family farm and moved to Winnipeg. While she completed a stenographer's course and took her first job she lived with relatives until she moved into a boarding house on her own. She was never without work and a steady income to support herself. Her favorite things were to go dancing and window shopping on Main Street and Selkirk Avenue, which were abuzz at that time. She looked forward to Sunday visits with her relatives. She met the love of her life, Raymond LaForme and they were married on September 28, 1957. Mom and Dad endeavored to create a loving and joyful environment for their three children. Summers were spent picking wild berries, boating, swimming and fishing at Falcon Lake and winters were spent tobogganing, skating and snowmobiling at Grandma's and Auntie Anne's farm. Mom was a wonderful and caring mother who without hesitation gave up for herself to give to her children. As unique as Arlene, David and Melissa were, she loved (and tolerated) each of her children equally. She was an excellent cook, always preparing enough food for 12 for a family of five. She loved her garden, being in nature and large bonfires at the lake. She was most famous for making popcorn over an open fire and her singed eyebrows! After Dad passed away in 1997, Mom took numerous trips with relatives to various destinations in Canada and the United States. Mom was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at age 12, but never allowed the disease to deter her from living her life. She was content in her later years to embrace every new day with a positive attitude, even after the death of her best friend and baby, Melissa, in 2011. Not once did Mom complain or ever feel sorry for herself. She cared about others more than herself and was an exceptionally generous and humble lady. If all were as generous within their means as she was, the world would have no hungry children. Mom was famously stubborn and proud to live in her own home until she entered the hospital and later Riverview Health Centre in December, 2016, where she spent her final days. The family would like to thank her long-time Home Care nurse, Glenda, and the staff at the Riverview Health Centre for exceptional care. Cremation has taken place. In keeping with Olga's wishes, a graveside service will be said at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26 at Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens, 455 Lagimodière Blvd. Family and friends may gather in the foyer at the cemetery office at 10:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Winnipeg Harvest, 1085 Winnipeg Ave. Winnipeg, MB. R3E 9Z9. Desjardins 204-233-4949 1-888-233-4949

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 21, 2017

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • I always liked my Aunt's positive outlook on life. Read in peace Aunty Ollie To the family I send my condolences on the passing of a great mom. - Posted by: Diane MacDonald (Niece) on: Apr 22, 2017

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