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JOYCE NYKOLUK In compliance with Joyce's wishes, there will be no formal funeral service. A celebration of her life has been held in her honour. Wojcik's Funeral Chapels & Crematoriums, Winnipeg, 2157 Portage Avenue, 204.897.4665 www.wojciksfuneralchapel.com
Publish Date: Aug 19, 2017
JOYCE NYKOLUK (nee PETRASH) It is with breaking hearts the family of Joyce Nykoluk (nee Petrash) announce her passing at the age of 77 years. Joyce leaves to forever cherish her memory her daughter, Lynn; aunty Martha Ryan (Harry) of Winnipeg; cousin Cynthia Ryan and children Chloe and Kyle of Winnipeg; cousin Cecilia Ryan and children Brendan and Nicole of Winnipeg and Vancouver; aunty Betty Pitura and family of Red Lake, Ontario; uncle Adolf Marks (Gert) and family of Belleville, Ontario; sister-in-law Diana Hansell and family of Beausejour; aunty Mary Lopuck of Winnipeg; aunty Jo Lopuck and family of Winnipeg; Gord Nykoluk (Kim) and family of Winnipeg; Doug Nykoluk (Dorothy) and family of Abbotsford, BC; numerous relatives and extended family across Canada and the U.S.A. and her feline love, Jack. She was predeceased by her beloved Husband, Richard in 2006; father Jim Petrash in 1991; mother Emily Petrash in 2010; brother Karl in infancy; brothers-in-law Barry Hansell and Jack Nykoluk; sister-in-law Sylvia Nykoluk as well as numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins across Canada and the U.S.A. Mom was the second baby born in the new Gimli Hospital in 1940. She was raised and educated in Red Lake, Ontario where she spent several happy years with her parents, aunts, uncles and her cousins. Mom moved to Winnipeg with her family at the age of 15, where she completed her education at Miles Macdonell Collegiate. She met Dad in 1960, and married in 1963, settling and raising their family in Winnipeg. Mom worked at Moores Restaurant, the Fashionette and Woolco, later devoting all of her energy, love and attention to her family and home. Mom was a caregiver in the truest sense of the word, and was an amazing wife, mother and daughter, always placing her family first. She enjoyed entertaining, hosting many gatherings with family and friends at home and the family cabin at the Big Whiteshell Lake. Her home always included pets, as she loved all animals, cats in particular. Friends and family would frequently seek out her advice about an ailing furry family member. Neighbourhood squirrels, birds, rabbits and strays would always find safety, love, food and water at her home. She was a supporter of the Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Humane Society. Mom was a sensitive, caring, compassionate soul with a wonderful sense of humour and quick wit. She was an amazing cook including doughnuts, fresh dinner rolls and buns, perogies, cabbage rolls, borscht, butter chicken and BBQs. Everyone looked forward to her family famous jelly molds. She loved to cook and bake, read, watch old movies and musicals, complete crafts including flower arranging and decoupage - she could easily take something ordinary and plain and transform it into something beautiful. Mom always kept up to date and informed about world events and the latest news. Her moto was "if I am going to watch T.V., I'd better be learning something". She always supported those less fortunate than herself and sponsored children through World Vision. More than once, Mom would buy lunch or coffee for someone in need. In compliance with Mom's wishes, there will be no formal funeral service. A celebration of her life has been held in her honour. The family would like to extend their appreciation for the compassionate care Mom received at the St. Boniface General Hospital, in particular the staff in the MSICU and 5E, Acute Medicine. Special thanks to Fred and Eileen Kurnell, Aunty Martha Ryan and Harry, as well as Aunty Diana Hansell for always being there, Michelle Glass for always providing patient and compassionate care, and Liz Grzbeniak - thank you. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a no kill pet shelter, the Humane Society, or sponsor a child through World Vision in her honour. Wojcik's Funeral Chapels & Crematoriums, Winnipeg, 2157 Portage Avenue, 204.897.4665 www.wojciksfuneralchapel.com Mothers and Daughters It is a special bond that spans the years through laughter, worry, smiles and tears. A sense of trust that can't be broken, a depth of love sometimes unspoken. A lifelong friendship built on sharing, hugs and kisses, warmth and caring. Mother and daughter, hearts as one, a link that can never be undone. Love and miss you forever, Mom - until we meet again.
Publish Date: Aug 12, 2017
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 19, 2017
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