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Born: Nov 01, 1942

Date of Passing: Dec 06, 2007

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CAROL HARAPIAK November 1, 1942 December 6, 2007 Carol Harapiak died peacefully, in the early hours of December 6, 2007, surrounded by family and friends, from complications related to lupus. Carol was a war baby, born November 1, 1942 into a world torn by conflict. It was from this vantage point that she somewhat warily viewed her universe. Her parents, Anne and Argyle Eastwood, raised Carol and her siblings Rod, Sandra and Tommy, on the moon-like surfaces of Coniston, near Sudbury, Ontario. Young Carol was a girl guide, a piano player, and a natural at winding her father around her finger. Her childhood was complicated by her mother's ill health. Carol, the eldest, often shouldered more than the usual responsibilities for her younger siblings, especially Tommy, 13 years her junior. Carol's girlhood was interrupted by an unexpected source - the arrival of a farm boy from the prairies come to try his hand at hard-rock mining. On their first date, Harry Harapiak - never one to waste time - asked Carol if she would be prepared to convert to Catholicism. It is a testament to their love that despite her initial refusal they continued dating and were married on May 17, 1962. For 38 years of marriage Carol and Harry were true partners, in every sense of the word, until Harry's sudden death in November, 2000 at the age of 62. Carol and Harry raised a family of five children - Marianne (Todd Lamb), Mark (Blythe Wilson), Christine (Jean-Louis Guillas), Kelly (Mark Aptekmann) and Chad, born last in 1969. When Chad was two years old he was diagnosed as autistic. His needs were immense and multi-faceted. Carol and Harry became tireless advocates to ensure resources for challenged youth in northern Manitoba, where the family had settled in The Pas. Carol became the director of a pre-school for mentally challenged children, and eventually carried those skills with her into Winnipeg where she served as a resource person for day cares. The spectrum of autism disorders is broad. Chad has always been a profoundly disabled person, with the intellect and understanding of a very young child. He remains Carol's two year old boy, trapped in the body of a 38 year old man. The loss of his surviving parent is incalculable and unknown. Harry's death in 2000 was a body blow to the family. Carol had been master of the home front in their marriage. Once Harry was gone, she recognized that she had to engage in the world; she had to say yes to the invitations and supports that were offered to her. So she did. This would not have been possible without the friendship of Leonard and Judy Harapiak, Ted and Maryann Bicknell, Leslie and Herb Johnson, Nicole Koswin, the parish community at St. Timothy's, and countless others. Carol always had a soft heart for the very disadvantaged - young children with mental challenges, and very old people with few supports. She gave much of her energy in her last years of life to these groups of people, faithfully organizing and leading the liturgy at Vista Park Lodge for the last decade. A tribute to Carol would not be complete without acknowledging that she had style and class. She enjoyed the good things in life and didn't mind paying top dollar for them. She leaves, too early, six grandchildren - Julia, Thomas, Scott, Amy, Gwenan and Sophie. The grandchildren will remember Nana as an incomparable cook, a stalwart ally and a natural wit. They are all, thankfully, old enough to appreciate their loss. Prayers will be held on Friday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Timothy's Parish. A funeral mass will follow on Saturday, December 8, at 2:00 p.m. in St. Timothy's Parish, 135 John Forsyth. Cremation will follow and interment will occur at a later date. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations can be made to the Carol and Harry Harapiak Bursary Fund at Buffalo Credit Union, 100-275 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4M6 The Coutu family in care of arrangements: E.J. COUTU CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald St. 253-5086

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 08, 2007

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  • Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark at this time. Erin and Linus Hand Silvermist Productions - Posted by: Erin Hand (Co-Worker) on: Dec 17, 2007

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