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EVA WILK Loving daughter of Jean and the late Ted Evernden passed peacefully on May 14, 2018. Eva is survived by her partner Bill Siwak, her children, Sandra (Cam Case), Charlene (Doug Engstrom) and Robert (Keri), her grandchildren, Kelsey (Dan), Brendon (Brooke), Courtnay (Pierre), Troy (Kayleigh), Jordyn (Kevin) and Corbin, her nine great-grandchildren, and the father of her children Ernest Wilk. A service will be held in Eva's honour on Friday, May 18 at 2:00 p.m. at Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd. In lieu of flowers, the family requests anyone who wishes make a donation to the Autism Society of Manitoba. The family would like to express their extreme gratitude to the staff of the Gimli Regional Hospital for their loving care of Eva in her final days.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 16, 2018
Condolences & Memories (6 entries)
It is with deep sadness that I heard about Eva's passing. I had the joy of working with Eva at Pollard and she just radiated with a joie de vivre that is hard to put in words. You immediately made a connection with Eva. She was one of those rare people that just made you like and admire her instantly. A light that shone brilliantly - gone out too soon. She will be deeply missed and kindly remembered by those of us at Pollard. - Posted by: Brian Hemeryck (Co-worker at Pollard Banknote) on: May 23, 2018
Eva is a recent friend. We met a couple of years ago in AZ at the Legion. Her and Bill were sitting next to us and I started talking to them. Eva and I instantly had a connection, so I gave her our address and told them to come around and see us. Long story short, they bought a place in the same park we are in and the friendship bloomed. Although my time with Eva was short, every minute of it was precious. Last winter we shared a lot and I am glad I got the chance to say goodbye to her a few weeks ago when we chatted on the phone. I will miss her next year, but am I so glad she touched my life, even for moment. My deepest condolences to the family. - Posted by: Pat Smale (Friend) on: May 17, 2018
She is my fiancé’s aunt. She was an amazing lady, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt. I met Eva about four years ago and was instantly her friend. She welcomed me into her family with a big hug and a smile. I recall the joy she showed when speaking about her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. Watching her laugh as her great-granddaughter Dawsyn was learning to walk and bee-lining straight into Eva’s big hugs and kisses!! She was the boss and nobody questioned that. She was the head of the “Winnipeg Clan”. She’s left a big hole in the family with her passing that can never be filled... Sunday dinners will never be the same. Miss you. Love you. - Posted by: Grady Gilchrist (“Nephew” ) on: May 17, 2018
During this very hard time, I would like to reflect on the times I shared with my aunt. There are a lot of great memories but I will try to keep it brief. The ones that come to mind immediately are because they stay close to my heart. - auntie Eva trying her hardest to get my frozen tongue off the metal sled outside in a Manitoba winter. How it got there you ask? Well, ask Sandra about that.... aunt Eva finally, after trying many things, had to pull me off, on the count to 3. Of course auntie Eva pulled on 2, she then took me inside and made me some hot chocolate... ouch !!! Not the best thing for a raw tongue. - Summer vacation was much better in Winnipeg, hanging out at the lake with Sandra, Charlene, and Rob when I was little, but the best time, I remember is when she surprised me and took me to get my ears pierced. My mom had been saying no for awhile so auntie Eva instantly become my favourite thing!! - My most favorite memory of all is when we finally talked aunt Eva into going down the water slide at the hotel we were staying at for Kelsey’s wedding... it took us a while to convince her. Janele went down, I went down, Bonnie had to go, then Grace had to go. Finally she gave in and made her way up to the top. I can’t put it into words but I can sure act it out when telling this story. Usually you can hear someone coming down the water slide with a scream or a laugh or a woohoo!! Well Not a sound from aunt Eva, we are all in the pool, looking up trying to find her on the slide, when all of a sudden, outa nowhere, auntie Eva comes flying out, top speed in the luge position, lying flat with her arms above her head and she shot out of the water slide so fast she was sideways as she skimmed across the water almost taking out her sister Grace. After retrieving her from down under, Bonnie, Janele, Grace and myself were in a panic “are you ok?!” She was holding her ears as not to lose her gold hoops and eyes as big as saucers, Hair flat, gasping for a breath. After we knew she was ok, and failing to tell her that lying down is the fastest position on slide, she said she fell back at the beginning and was in that position during the whole slide.. you can imagine how fast she was going... We all could not stop laughing ... belly ache laughing, laughing so hard ... well let’s just say, it was a good thing we were all in the pool. I know aunt Bonnie and my mother Grace are smiling right now just thinking about it.... I have always admired aunt Eva’s strength. Always the strong one, and worrying about everyone else first. She was strict and took control, but always in a loving and caring way. She once told me that I was a very good mother and coming from her, that was truly a compliment. I will miss her very much but when I start to cry, I will try to think of these stories and so many more from St. Martin road and I will smile. My heart and thoughts are with you all today and big hugs all around. Shannon, auntie Eva’s favorite niece :) - Posted by: Shannon peddle (Niece ) on: May 16, 2018
Shocking news! I will always treasure our beautiful coffee breaks and chatting at the old 'Bus Depot Lunch' in Beausejour enjoying delicious Prune Buns and Muffins baked by Mary Lesko. Your Friendship will be sorely missed. R.I.P. - Posted by: Lorraine Drewlo/Molinski (Coffee Clutch Friend when we both worked in Beausejour 1968) on: May 16, 2018
My dear Aunt Eva, a true fighter, leader and caring individual. There are so many things I admire but most of all I appreciate how Eva was a “doer”, she did not spend a lot of time talking or procrastinating, once she had her mind set on something that was it, she would get it done. A true leader knows how to delegate and she had no problem with this. With such a large family someone had to take the lead and this was her. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Auntie Eva we will celebrate you always. Lots of love, Melanie - Posted by: Melanie Koller (Niece) on: May 16, 2018
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