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Date of Passing: Jun 27, 2009

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JULIA MARGARET KOSTIUK 1922 - 2009 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Julia Kostiuk at the age of 86, on June 27, 2009. Loving and beloved wife and best friend of Stanley Kostiuk of Gimli, MB; our beloved mom, baba, and great baba went to rest in the arms of Our Heavenly Father. She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Stanley; daughter Magdaline Pinky Skazyk (Walter); son Frank Kostiuk (Beverley); four grandchildren, Tricia Sam (Sean) of Winnipeg, MB, Jason Skazyk (Jennifer) of Swift Current, SK, Crystal Caswell (Gordon) of Arnes, MB, Aaron Kostiuk of Winnipeg, MB; two great-grandchildren Ella and Carson Skazyk and a third great-grandchild Landon James, as well as many nieces and nephews, godson Brian Yablonski; brother Joe Wozlowski of Winnipeg, MB and sister-in-law Evelyn Wesley of Selkirk, MB. She was predeceased by her parents Lena (1976) and Wasyl Wozlowski (1985); four brothers Frank Wesley (1972), Stanley Wozlowski (1987), Peter Wesley (1994), and Morris Wozlowski (2002) and one sister Verna Crosby (1974). Julia was born in Kreuzburg, better known as Fraserwood in 1922 and grew up in the Willow Creek area. She was involved in many functions and activities throughout the years and churches such as Sacred Heart Gimli, Komarno Church and St. Peter and Paul Church in Winnipeg Beach. Mom loved to sing at services with the choir and helped in the perogy making. She was always ready to help and participate. She belonged to the New Horizons and was a member of the Winnipeg Beach Legion #61. She loved to sing and play with the bands, Wesley and His Harmony Kings which was made up of Uncle Frank, Wesley her brother and Stan her husband and with her brother Joe in various bands he was with, or just listening to music especially the Ukrainian station CKJS and she and dad would play at many celebrations or homes of family and friends making a joyous occasion for all. She loved to dance with Dad at celebrations and were as smooth as glass on the floor together. Mom used to teach dancing at the first Happy Thought School to students there for Ukrainian Dance, Drills and Square Dancing. In her early years, she worked for Mr. Sloan in their home as a cleaner, Mr. Gorbach's Restaurant Little Dutch Mill as a waitress, catering for North Star Inn and Holiday Inn. Mom was blessed with the talent of many arts and crafts, such as crocheting, embroidery, knitting and cross stitching. Many people were given these gifts of her talents and many slippers are worn by the children and family given to them for Christmas from Mom. Mom was also an excellent cook and at harvest season, dilling and jams, our tongues hung out for, and her perogies. Mom was a gracious hostess and nobody left their home without lunch, supper or snacks. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of ICU and Palliative Care of the Gimli Community Health Center and to Dr. R.C. Patel for all the years of care for her. Special thanks also to Heather, Linda, Cindy, Jennifer and Beryl for their daily patience and compassion for Mom and our family during her stay there and to the Gimli Betel Home and all the staff, especially Melissa for their gentle and loving care of Mom and compassion to her and Dad. Our heartfelt thank you to Fr. Art Seaman for his visits and prayers over Mom, and Fr. Chuckry and Fr. Chorney for their special prayers, visits and communion to Mom. Also thank you especially to Angela Zalevich and Adam Tarnowski for responding so quickly for communion to mom and for your prayers. We will always remember you and your thoughtfulness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 6 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0K6 or to the Winnipeg Beach St. Peter and Paul's Ukrainian Catholic Church, or to a charity of your choice. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, July 3 at 10:30 a.m. in the Our Lady of the Lady Catholic Church in Winnipeg Beach. Viewing will be held one hour prior to service. Cremation will follow the Mass. Her pallbearers will be Jason Skazyk, Aaron Kostiuk, Sean Sam, Chris Kostiuk, Bob Turcan, and Randy Wesley. Honorary pallbearers are Joel Kostiuk, Jeffery Wozlowski, Jody Wesley, Nicholas Turcan, Alex Wozlowski and John Kostiuk and all her friends and family, and the family at Winnipeg Beach Legion #61, especially Victor and Ann Srutwa and Iris and Tom Yuswak and all the caregivers who so graciously gave of their time and Vicky Bugera for her visits every Friday for the whole year and 27 days. Gilbart Funeral Home, Gimli in care of arrangements

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 30, 2009

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