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STEFENIA (STELLA) LYSYK (BALAN)
Born: Nov 30, 1922
Date of Passing: May 20, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
STEFENIA (STELLA) LYSYK
She will be reunited with her husband Mathew, son Ed, and daughter Jane. On the rainbow bridge she will meet her loving dogs Daisy, Cindy, Mandy and Buffy. Stella will once again, share good times with many family members and friends who left this world over the past years.
Stella was born in Dallas, Manitoba, to Mary and Harry Balan on November 30, 1922. She had three sisters, Olga, Anne and Helen; two brothers, Fred and Mike; and a special uncle, Peter. She leaves behind, for now, but to see her in the future, her daughter Bonnie, granddaughters, Breanna and Darcey, grandson Byron, and great-grandchildren, Mya, Nolan, and other extended family members and friends.
"My mom was not only a loving mother, she was my best friend and my rock. She taught me to be good to people, to work hard, to enjoy life, to be respectful of others, and above all, to remain positive even in difficult times. My mom cherished life and the outdoors. Even after she suddenly lost her sight at 88 years of age, she maintained a positive spirit and outlook, and courageously accepted the adjustments she needed to make to continue living in her home of over 65 years until the last couple of months."
Stella loved gardening, cooking (she was amazing), playing bingo and some slots, walking far and fast (especially walkathons), travelling, taking care of birds, picking strawberries every year, collecting stamps and coins, doing crossword and word search puzzles, playing Scrabble, bowling, knitting and crocheting (very talented), watching the Price is Right and Jeopardy, and enjoying time with family, especially helping to raise Breanna and watching her dance and perform gymnastics. She worked for nearly 20 years in retail sales mainly with Woolco, and enjoyed time with the friends she made there such as Lena, Eileen, Shirley and Margaret. Her longtime neighbors including Bev, Betty, Randy, Harry and others were important to her. She loved Daniel O'Donnell music and attending his concerts, and cherished her photos with him. Listening and dancing to Ukrainian music and polkas made her happy.
Over the last eight years, Stella developed a deep and caring relationship with Doris Reyes who was a wonderful and dedicated companion and friend. Doris' husband Ed Senaris was also always there when needed. Others who importantly touched Stella's life over the last eight years included Nkem, Odessa, Esther, Lelani, her neighbour Julie, Jerry Floom of the WRHA, and her trusty handyman/yardman who could always be counted on to help Stella out.
Tribute to Stella
You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all she's left
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her and only that she's gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she'd want:
Open your eyes,
And go on.
- David Harkins
In her memory, donations can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 25, 2019
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
We are very sorry for your loss. Your Mom sounds like she was a lovely women who lived a full life. We are Harry Lysyk’s grandchildren. Brother of Matthew. Mike Lysyk is our Dad. It would be very nice to meet or have a chat. My email is email@example.com - Posted by: Michele lysyk (Relative) on: Jun 02, 2019
I can remembering going to that little cozy house on Lorette, eating dinner at the table with the family. Mrs. Lysyk, was a lovely pretty lady and made me feel so welcome when I would drop by to see Jane. I am sure all the family including the dogs are waiting for her to come. She will receive a very happy welcome. Hugs, Jo - Posted by: JoAnne Kullman (Friend of daughter Jane) on: May 28, 2019
Thank you for the call about your mother. I was so sorry to hear of her passing. Sharing in your sorrow with love and friendship. ..... Betty - Posted by: Betty Puloski (Friend and neighbour) on: May 26, 2019
My sincere condolences on your loss. She lived a long and meaningful life. I pray that memories of happier times will see you through your time of grief! "God gave us memory so we might enjoy roses in winter." - Posted by: Bob Strong (Former friend of daughter Jane) on: May 25, 2019
I remember Stella when I was a youngster always walking through the neighborhood. I would often see her walking to and from Grant Park Shopping Centre even in her later years. She loved her daughter and grandkids so much and would always chat to my Mom about how proud she was of them. I know my mom Bev will be waiting for her in heaven with open arms to welcome her. Marie ( neighbor ) - Posted by: Marie Gledhill (neighbor) on: May 25, 2019
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