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Born: Oct 17, 1952

Date of Passing: Jun 25, 2018

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MARIE EVELYN ZORNIAK (nee SHEWCHUK) October 17, 1952 - June 25, 2018 It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Marie, beloved wife, mother and sister, on June 25, 2018, at St. Boniface Hospital following a short illness. She is lovingly remembered by her husband Don; sons, Jeremy (Darcie) and Derek (Brianna) and her sister Eileen; and many family and friends. Marie was predeceased by her mother and father Nicholas and Minnie Shewchuk. Marie grew up and attended school in the north end of Winnipeg. She married the love of her life, Don, June 2, 1973 and they became the original Donnie and Marie. She worked for the Winnipeg Tribune and the Manitoba Telephone System. Marie's sons were her joy and focus and continued to be until her last day. In 1986, she decided to enter the Faculty of Education and follow her dream of becoming a teacher. She was a passionate and talented teacher. She touched the lives of many students and fellow educators with her determination and zest. Marie took the time to know each of her students as individuals and provided guidance and love to all of them. Marie had a love of history and spent many summers travelling to historic War of 1812 sites in Canada and the United States where she soon earned a reputation of being a gourmet cook. Cooking over an open fire she fed many fellow living historians. Eventually Marie's passion expanded to include other time periods including; First World War and Second World War eras. She was the consummate organizer and volunteer; she assisted and ran workshops for students and fellow educators. She was one of the original organizers of the Red River Heritage Fair and worked tirelessly on the Manitoba Social Studies Teacher Association (MTS PD Day). She was a dedicated member of the Manitoba Living History Society. In her spare time, Marie loved to travel. Europe was her favourite destination. However, once her son Derek moved to Texas she discovered another favourite destination. It was Marie's plan to spend her retirement days embarking on new adventures. Sadly, it was not to be. She is now up there organizing, cooking and teaching. A special thank you to the doctors and nurses of St. Boniface General Hospital for their caring and compassionate treatment. A Celebration of Life will be held at Korban Funeral Chapel, 907 Main Street on Friday, June 29 at 10:00 a.m. with interment to follow at the St. Vital Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba or Canada's History Society at KORBAN FUNERAL CHAPEL (204) 956-2193

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 27, 2018

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • I was very saddened to hear about Marie's passing. My sincere condolences to the family. - Posted by: Corinna (Former colleague) on: Jul 08, 2018

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of Marie. She was always supportive of me while at U of M. I only have fond memories of her. Condolences to Donnie and sons. She was a special lady. - Posted by: Viola Fleury (University Friend) on: Jul 03, 2018

  • Please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of dear Marie. She was a very dedicated and long-serving educator who made an important difference in the lives of so many teachers and students. May she rest in peace and may her memory be eternal. - Posted by: Val Noseworthy (Colleague) on: Jun 29, 2018

  • I was so sad to hear of Marie's passing. She was special as a child, very caring and one of the sweetest school friends I have ever met. Even as a young child Marie had the amazing gift of maturity and the knowledge of how to make people feel special. I'm not surprised how her life turned out and know she will truly missed by all. R.I.P. Marie we can only wish to be half the person you were. - Posted by: Roslyn Saurette (elementary school friend) on: Jun 28, 2018

  • Dearest Marie, Dearest Auntie Marie๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’– All our children agree along with us, our fun memories were picnics at different parks, and summer weekends at our home.๐Ÿ˜Auntie Marie made it so much more fun, always ready to teach the kiddies (at the time) fun outdoor activities and re-inacting 1812 events. Always there for our family, good times, and sometimes not so good times. To know and love you dear friend will be forever with us all in heart. You have left a tremendous legacy of true friendship, loaded with trust and understanding in our souls. I have always said, the heart knows no distance, no matter where we live, we are right there with you. We will dearly miss you always. Xo xo xo xo xo xo xo - Posted by: Dennis and Ronnie Okowinsky ,Dan ,Casey (Karla) , Catherine ,Tyler (Family friends forever ) on: Jun 27, 2018

  • We were so sorry to hear of Marieโ€™s passing. We enjoyed your friendship when we lived on Sydney Ave. many years ago. We should have kept in touch but we have followed all the things that you and Marie were involved in. Marie was always so willing to help you out at anytime. It was such a pleasure to know both of you. We think of both of you all the time. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers! - Posted by: David and Sharon Samson (Neighbours years ago on Sydney) on: Jun 27, 2018

  • I am so glad I had the chance to talk and work with Marie at the Red River Heritage Fair. She inspired me to do Heritage Fair with my classroom students and to offer it as an enrichment option when I went into resource. I loved hearing her "success stories" about students who she had turned onto Canada's history. Her dedication spanned decades and she was instrumental in the evolution of the Red River Heritage Fair. She was passionate about students and about making history come alive. She was often there in costume engaging others in conversations and inspiring other teachers and students to get involved and care about Canada's history. I hope there are some special awards created in her memory at the 2019 Fair. She will be missed and her passing is a great loss to all. - Posted by: Tina Hellmuth (fellow teacher) on: Jun 27, 2018

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