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Born: Jan 02, 1944

Date of Passing: Nov 15, 2022

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Olga Runnalls of Narol, MB on November 15, 2022, at the Selkirk Regional Health Centre, after a long battle with cancer.
She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Bill Runnalls and nieces Shirley Briault (Ken) of Drumheller, AB and Marlene Sul (Cliff) of Winnipeg.
Olga was predeceased by her parents, Lillian, and Fred Kostiuk; brothers, Mike (Nellie), John and Walter.
Olga was born in Gilbert Plains, MB on January 2, 1944, and was raised on the family farm near Grandview. After completion of High School, she moved to Winnipeg. There she met the love of her life, Bill, and they were married in Gilbert Plains on September 30, 1972.
She worked for Labour Canada for many years, starting as an entry-level clerk and ended her career as a Labour Affairs Officer, one of the first women in Canada to attain such a position.
Olga and Bill travelled frequently over the years, including many trips to Europe. River cruising was a particular favourite.
In 1999 Olga decided to retire to a large rural property to indulge her gardening passion. She grew a very large vegetable garden as well as many well-manicured flower beds. Habitats for insects and birds were always part of her gardening plans. She was active in several related groups such as the Herb Society of Manitoba and the Transcona Garden Club.
Olga's other great passion was music; she was a subscriber of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for over 40 years, and she was very active in the Volunteer Committee of the WSO, serving a term as President.
Cremation has taken place. No service will be held at this time, but a gathering is planned for next spring or early summer.
Many thanks to the doctors and staff of CancerCare and Selkirk Regional Health Centre. The care that Olga received was exemplary.
If you desire, contributions in Olga's memory can be made to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Endowment Fund, Nature Conservancy of Canada, or to any other charitable fund.

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Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 26, 2022

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • Our deepest sympathy to you Bill! Olga was a Lovely person. Memories Eternal🌹 - Posted by: Joseph and Linda Skomorowski (Cousin) on: Nov 19, 2023

  • So sorry for your loss Bill. Have thought of both of you over the years and was so saddened to hear of Olga's passing. Thinking of you. - Posted by: Jo-Anne Sutherland (Friend/Co-worker) on: Dec 11, 2022

  • Dear Bill - I'm very sorry to hear of Olga's passing. She was an incredible person and I will deeply miss seeing her smile at concerts. - Posted by: Ryan Diduck (friend) on: Dec 08, 2022

  • Dear Bill, we were very saddened to hear of Olga’s passing. Loosing your soul mate has to be extremely difficult. We have thought of you both over the years and I always enjoyed bumping into you guys on occasion such as at MTC. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Penny and Richard Malegus (Friend/co-worker/Transcona neighbor ) on: Dec 01, 2022

  • I knew Bill and Olga through the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. They both loved music so much and attended many concerts and events over the years. Their love of each other was as inspiring as their love of music. They were a great couple. Rest in peace Olga. - Posted by: Beth Proven (Friend) on: Dec 01, 2022

  • Dear Bill. Our deepest condolences are with you at this very sad time. Olga was a lovely lady and we know she will be very missed. Most sincerely, Chris Carpenter and Dave Henry - Posted by: Chris Carpenter (Friend/Co-worker) on: Nov 30, 2022

  • Dear Bill - Thinking of you in your time of sadness, Drew and Taralee - Posted by: Drew Chant (Neighbor and Friend ) on: Nov 28, 2022

  • Dear Bill, thinking of you during this difficult time, and sending my sincere condolence. Lesley Curtis (SCC) - Posted by: Lesley L Curtis (SCC ) on: Nov 27, 2022

  • My deepest sympathy for your loss Bill. Olga was a special person and very dear to Ernie and myself. - Posted by: Helen Kuch and family (cousin) on: Nov 26, 2022

  • Dear Bill and family, My condolences and love to you. Olga was a special person who shared her love of gardening, music and life with us all. May your special memories bring you comfort and peace. Helen Whetter - Posted by: Helen Whetter (friend) on: Nov 26, 2022

  • I worked with Olga for many years. She was very good at her occupation. Well liked and well respected. I offer my sympathy to the family. Debbie - Posted by: Debbie & Raymond Kashuba (worked at Labour Canada with Olga) on: Nov 26, 2022

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