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Born: Mar 13, 1936

Date of Passing: Jun 25, 2017

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JOSEPH JOHN REBIZANT With heavy hearts and profound sadness, the family would like to announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Joseph John Rebizant, at the age of 81, on June 25, 2017, close to the family home near Malonton. Joseph will be deeply missed by his loving wife Lulu (née Guttormson); sons Ken (Marlene), Terry (Susan) and Chris (Sue); grandchildren Jessica (fiancé Chris), Michael and Joseph; Jane, Thordur and Hanna; and Hunter; and by his brother Russell (Lorraine); as well as many close relatives and friends. Dad was predeceased by his parents, George and Kathleen (née Gutowski), and his brother, David. Dad was born on Friday, March 13, 1936 in Selkirk. He started his teaching career as a permit teacher in Kilkenny, Manitoba in 1953. He went on to earn a B.Sc., a B.Ed., and an M.Ed at the University of Manitoba. Dad taught at several schools in the River East School Division before moving to Teulon. He taught Mathematics at Teulon Collegiate Institute, ending a long successful career as the principal, retiring in 1993. Dad loved the great outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed scuba diving, travelling to the Caribbean, and spending winters in Texas with Mom. Dad was very proud of his Ukrainian heritage, and was a fantastic cook in his later years. He was a community minded man, serving many years as a volunteer ambulance driver, and a coach on his sons' baseball teams. In our eyes, Dad was the greatest husband, father, grandfather and hunter. "I have had a very good life." A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, June 30 at 10:30 a.m. in the Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Selkirk (380 Sophia Street), with Father Peter Chorney officiating. The family would like to thank the RM of Armstrong fire department, the R.C.M.P., the Stonewall Ambulance Services, the staff at the Gimli Hospital, and especially the heroic efforts of Neil and Elwin Smerchanski for trying to save Dad. Mom would like to thank her neighbours for coming to the house and escorting her to the hospital to see Dad. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation, or a charity of one's choice, would be appreciated. Vichnaya Pamyat Condolences may be left at Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.
Publish Date: Jun 28, 2017

JOSEPH (JOE) JOHN REBIZANT Suddenly, on Sunday, June 25, 2017, close to home near Malonton, MB, Joe Rebizant, aged 81 years, beloved husband of Lulu, passed away. Full obituary to follow. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.

Publish Date: Jun 27, 2017

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 28, 2017

Condolences & Memories (21 entries)

  • Many memories of Joe as our vice principal. Very sorry to hear of his passing. Our deepest sympathies to Lou & & the boys & their families on their loss. Al & Cindy Babiuk. - Posted by: Al & Cindy Babiuk (Former students) on: Jul 16, 2017

  • In the late 1980s I became a colleague and close friend of Ken, Joe's son, and was invited to Joe's and Lulu's home to shoot targets. I thought that would be it, shoot and go home. But no, Joe said on that occasion and many times subsequently that I had to stay for supper. It was amazing, he would say come on in, you are not leaving until you have a rum and coke and sit down to a meal of deer steaks, moose stew, or my favorite kapusta soup. My best memories are turkey hunting in the Pembina Valley with Ken, Joe and Uncle David. We always met at the Perimeter and Hwy 3 and the hunt always began with one of Joe's notorious hugs. Joe made the experience fun, at times bazaar and always memorable. Joe was one of my favorite people ever. I wish there could be at least a few more hugs. - Posted by: Doug Pastuck (Friend) on: Jun 30, 2017

  • Had the pleasure of Mr. Rebizant as my principal. He was very fair and you knew where you stood with him. He was a great math instructor. He could really teach with heart and understanding. - Posted by: Nancy Lee (Former student) on: Jun 30, 2017

  • Joe was such a wonderful human being, he was one of those people who would help if at all possible. We know he will be missed BIG TIME.... Know Lu, you are in our hearts and minds. Martin & Merilyn Stroud - Posted by: Martin and Merilyn Stroud (Friend) on: Jun 30, 2017

  • My very first teaching job was at Teulon Collegiate in the late 1970's. I was barely older than the graduating students. This is when I met Joe who was vice-principal at the time. My first impression of him was that he reminded me of John Wayne.....a larger than life character, full of swagger and confidence. As I got to know him a bit better I also saw that he held an underlying sense of humour and compassion for others. Joe was also a force to be reckoned with. Perhaps because I was quite vocal (still am), we had discussions/arguments from time to time. I can't remember what we were discussing anymore, but I do remember a day in the staff lunchroom, my soup bowl lifted up in the air and the contents landed all over me as Joe (who was across from me) had emphatically pounded his fist on the table to make some point or another. When this happened, everything and everyone in the room went quiet....Nobody knew what to say or do. In disbelief, I looked at Joe....He looked at me with an equally shocked look on his face. We both started laughing. Fortunately, I didn't have to wear Campbell's soup for the rest of the day as I lived close to the school and could go home quickly to change. I retired from teaching in 2009 but those early days at Teulon Collegiate still resonate very clearly in my memory and I will always cherish the wonderful students and staff that I had the pleasure of working with. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of the Rebizant family. May the memories of your dear Joe be a comfort to you. Erika Uustalu-Nicholson Art Teacher 1977-79 at Teulon Collegiate - Posted by: Erika Uustalu-Nicholson (former colleague) on: Jun 30, 2017

  • Mr. Rebizant was our Principal at Teulon Collegiate. A well respected man at school and in the community. Our heartfelt condolences to Lu & the family - Posted by: Lorne & Louise Lavallee (Shupenia) (Students) on: Jun 29, 2017

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Rebizant. He was my favourite math teacher. My Deepest Sympathy to his family. Vichnaya Pamyat - Posted by: Deanna Pringle (Drohomereski) (Former student) on: Jun 29, 2017

  • My deepest sympathy to the Rebizant family. During my very first year of teaching an incident involving Joe took place where late on a Friday afternoon he physically removed two unwanted intruders. It was like the scene from a western movie. Joe also took me on my very first deer hunting trip near Malonton. - Posted by: Glen McKenzie (Joe was VP at Teulon Collegiate when I took my first teaching job.) on: Jun 29, 2017

  • Our sincere condolences to you and your family. I was a student at Teulon Collegiate when Mr. Rebizant was a Principal. I remember during a snowshoe event he had taken a few students to his home to pick up some extra supplies. As we stood in the foyer I felt such warmth I remember thinking how fortunate his family was. I could see a bunch of little shoes and hoped one day I would be lucky enough to have a home that was filled with the same warmth. As I was fortunate enough to have my own little shoes at our door I have always smiled as it brings me back to that day. Mr. Rebizant was respected and always had time for all of his students. - Posted by: Louise Corrigan nee Wishnowski (Student of Teulon Collegiate) on: Jun 29, 2017

  • I have very fond memories of Joe. My sincerest condolences to the family. - Posted by: Ken Chobotar (Former student) on: Jun 29, 2017

  • Deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Fondest memories of Joe being my vice principle and principle. At a time in my teenage life Joe offered such heartfelt compassion during a difficult time of which I have never or will ever forget. He had such a big heart. Will be sadly missed. RIPā¤ - Posted by: Monique Ruchkall (Gauthier) (Student) on: Jun 28, 2017

  • My deepest condolences to Lulu and family. I was fortunate to have Joe as my neighbour, he was always ready to help, or lend an ear when needed. I will miss our chats, and the twinkle in his eye when he teased me about my farming skills. - Posted by: LeVerne Tucker (Neighbour) on: Jun 28, 2017

  • My condolences to the family and our thoughts and prayers are with you. I had Mr. Rebizant as we called him in class. He was my math teacher. He was kind and softly spoken. In 1981 he did me a very big favor that I will cherish and remember for ever. Vichnaya Pamyat. Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Mavis Maydanuk (School Teacher And Neighbour) on: Jun 28, 2017

  • Joe was my vice-principal and principal at Teulon Collegiate. He was always supportive of the arts in the school. He shared time with me outside of school hunting and as a senior member of Teulon Ambulance. He enjoyed his life and was always proud of his family. Deep condolences to his family. - Posted by: Benjamin Szymkow (Colleague at Teulon Collegiate) on: Jun 28, 2017

  • In high school I had gotten my hair cut - too short I thought and was kind of self-conscious about it - until Joe noticed it and told me how good it looked and that it was just like his best lady's (Lu). He might not have known it, but he made me feel like a million bucks and taught me that even the smallest kind remark can make the biggest impact. Thank you always for that Joe. Rest in peace and my sympathies to your family. - Posted by: Lucy Kowalchuk (Former student of Teulon Collegiate) on: Jun 28, 2017

  • My deepest sympathies to the families. It is so surreal! Joe was my principal when I attended Teulon High School. Joe ruled the school and was affectionately known as GI Joe but really was a teddy bear. You will be sadly missed from our communities. Rest in Peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. - Posted by: Heather Doroschuk (Former Student ) on: Jun 28, 2017

  • Mr. Rebizant was the greatest math teacher - I loved his classes. I can still picture him sitting on the front edge of his desk talking to the class - about everything but Math! - but there was method in his madness - get the class engaged and they will learn math. My deepest condolences to the family. - Posted by: Cheryl Newman (Drohomereski) (Student) on: Jun 28, 2017

  • Over the years we have met in various places and had a brief visit. To Joe's family: Cherish the memories. You have been blessed. - Posted by: Mike and Rosalie (Kowalchuk) Shupenia (Former student of Teulon Collegiate) on: Jun 28, 2017

  • Mrs Rebizant & family, my heartfelt condolences to you, I have run into Joe on numerous occasions of late, shopping in Selkirk and lunching at Winnipeg Beach, we reminisced about my night Grade 12 classes tutored by Joe and family connections with close friends of mine, the Elliot's of Husavik/Sandy Hook. As a result of his teaching expertise I was able to pursue a great career in the avionics trade. I will always remember him for his humour and sheer dedication to ensure I understood a mathematical concept I was having difficulty with. I've always been and will always be thankful for having known Joe. My thought's and prayers are with you at this difficult time. - Posted by: Laurie (Laurence) Russin (Adult student tutored by Joe @ Teulon) on: Jun 28, 2017

  • Worked with Joe for many years, and we had our differences, both equally stubborn. My deepest sympathies, I know what it is like to lose someone you love. - Posted by: Noreen Stone (friend and colleague) on: Jun 27, 2017

  • To Lou and family Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. Joe touched many people during his life as a teacher, principal, sportsman and member of the Malonton and Komarno communities. He will be missed. Our sympathies go out to you. Sincerely Steven, Mitzi and family - Posted by: Steven and Mitzi Maksymyk (Neighbours) on: Jun 27, 2017

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