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Born: Sep 18, 1923

Date of Passing: Feb 04, 2020

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September 18, 1923 - February 4, 2020

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Ollie Olinyk, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, cousin and dear friend to many.
Ollie was predeceased by her husband Mike; son Anthony (Sonny/Tony); parents, Steven and Katherine Gagaluk; and brother Walter. Left behind to cherish her memory are her children, Jim; Gayleen (Brian); Kathryn (Fred); daughter-in-law, June; grandchildren, Darren, Michael and Victoria (Nick); great-grandchildren, Chloe and Evie; as well as her surviving siblings, Nellie, Jean, Ann and Verna.
Ollie was born on September 18, 1923, in Broad Valley, Manitoba, to Steven and Katherine Gagaluk. Her early years were spent working on the farm, with some of her fondest memories being of the many animals her family raised, and cutting cord wood with her father. Ollie met the first love of her life, Mike, at a local dance, and they married on December 29, 1945. Following that, the family moved to South Transcona to raise their four children. Ollie was a devoted mother and wife. She loved her flower and vegetable garden, and was a fabulous cook and baker. Her cinnamon buns and paska were legendary. Whenever there was a gathering, the more people the better. Ollie's favourite hobbies included dancing and bowling. She enjoyed many hours with the people there.
Ollie was lucky and found love a second time, following the passing of Mike, with Gus, a lovely man from British Columbia. Following Gus' passing, Ollie returned to Winnipeg to live out the remainder of her life.
Ollie lived her life to the fullest – her house was never empty, nor her stove turned off. Her door was always open (and unlocked) for anyone who needed someone to talk to or a place to go. Ollie was happiest when surrounded by family and friends, and that is how we will keep her memory alive. She was also a member of the Transcona Memorial United Church, and the Royal Canadian Legion – Ladies Auxiliary, Transcona Legion Branch No. 7.
In her life, there were good times and hard times. Whatever was sent her way, she dealt with it and just kept going.
Ollie will be fondly remembered for her beautiful smile, enduring kindness, and unconditional love for her family, friends and community. She was, and forever will be, in our hearts.
Our family would like to thank those who showed their kindness towards Ollie in these last few years, and those who lent support to our family during these trying times.
A final thank you to the staff of East Park Lodge and Park Manor Personal Care Home – our angels on earth.
Funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., at the Transcona Memorial United Church, 209 Yale Avenue West, in Transcona, Manitoba. Interment will take place at the Transcona Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ollie's memory can be made to the Transcona Memorial United Church Building Fund, 209 Yale Avenue West, Winnipeg, MB R2C 1T9.

"Sunshine passes, shadows fall,
Loves remembrance outlasts all.
And though the years be many or few,
They are filled with remembrance of you."

Arrangements entrusted to
Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 08, 2020

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • I was so sorry to hear this, we had no idea she passed away. Auntie Ollie was my moms favorite Aunt, who she loved dearly. May she RIP, she was a beautiful lady. - Posted by: Deborah Lowing (Long lost family) on: May 28, 2020

  • I was saddened to hear Ollie has passed away. I have great memories of her always attending and supporting our local community centre no matter what the occasion would be. She always came with a friendly smile on her face, food for the pot lucks, donations for the silent auction and enjoyed celebrating with her family, friends and neighbors. We will all miss you. - Posted by: Louise Hedman (Neighbor ) on: Feb 14, 2020

  • My deepest sympathies to the family. Ollie was a remarkable hard-working person. She was always thinking of others before herself. Growing up in the community I spent much time playing with the other kids at the Olinyks'. On numerous occasions we were invited in for a treat of Ollie's fresh baking which was evident by the aroma throughout the house. She was usually busy but always had time for a friendly hello, a big smile and a story or two. Mom and Tilly will be so happy to see you again up there in the Lord's wonderful Garden. God Bless you Ollie. Rest in Peace. - Posted by: Gary Chabluk (Neighbour) on: Feb 10, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to Ollie's family and friends. Ollie was one of the nicest people I knew. Everyone loved her. She was always smiling and loved having visitors. She never had a bad word to say about anyone. Ollie will be truly missed. - Posted by: Barbra Shepit (Friend) on: Feb 10, 2020

  • So very sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Don & Dorothy Shuturma (Friends) on: Feb 09, 2020

  • I want to say how sad Jack & I are to hear of the passing of your Mom. She was a truly wonderful lady. I spent many, many hours in your home as a young girl and she always made me feel very loved and welcome. She will be missed by so many and left us with so many fond memories. Our sincerest condolences to your entire family. - Posted by: Darlene Harris (Friend) on: Feb 09, 2020

  • A beautiful spirit. She will be greatly missed. Love from Barb and Barry Ross - Posted by: Barb Ross (Family friend) on: Feb 08, 2020

  • Such sad news to hear, Maw was the most kind person and a breath of fresh air, we shared many happy times and recipes and smiles, she will be sadly missed, sending our love and friendship, sure was nice having such a kind soul for a neighbour. - Posted by: Cheri, Desiree and Georges (neighbours ) on: Feb 08, 2020

  • Condolences to the family on the loss of Ollie. What a gal.Her laughter and beautiful smile. Her love of dance.Her love of baking. Always making you welcome in her home. It was a pleasure knowing her. - Posted by: Marg Balak (relative and friend) on: Feb 08, 2020

  • RIP lovely lady. Loved our conversations on the South Transcona bus. Condolences to her family. - Posted by: Dave and Marlene Kerr (Neighbor) on: Feb 08, 2020

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