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Lena passed away peacefully on February 20, 2020, at Bethania Personal Care Home. She was 91 years old.
Left to cherish her memory are sister Jean Grynol of Winnipeg; nephews, Joe (Eileen) Kolopenuk of Kelowna, BC; Peter (Nina) Kolopenuk of Westaskiwin, AB; Ray (Michelle) Grynol of Winnipeg; nieces, Susan Grynol of Winnipeg and Priscilla (Jim) McLeod of Sherwood Park, AB.
Lena was predeceased by her parents, Peter and Mary; brothers, Bill (in infancy), John, Nick, Metro, Mike, Steve and Alex; sisters, Catherine, Anne, Nellie, Doris, Pauline; close friend and sister-in-law Christina; and nephews, Alec and Wayne.
Born in Chatfield, Manitoba, Lena spent her early years helping out and working on the family farm. Even after she moved to Winnipeg, where she lived with her sisters, Doris and Nellie, and worked for the majority of her career as an Administrative Assistant at Fraser Sand and Gravel, Lena still maintained her connection to the farm. She often travelled there on weekends or holidays to help other family members by tending to the cattle and to the garden, repairing equipment and buildings, mending fences, and doing all the other necessary chores to keep the farm running. Never one to shy away from hard work, Lena always approached every task with cheerful enthusiasm.
Her nieces and nephews all fondly remember her kindness, fun-loving spirit and sometimes playfully mischievous nature.
As a devout member of the Jehovah's Witnesses, Lena had faith in the Bible and its promise of resurrection to life on a paradise earth where pain, sickness and death will be no more (John 5:28, 29; Revelation 21:3,4).
The family would like to thank the members of staff at Bethania Personal Care Home for their compassionate care for Lena during the last fifteen months. Also, sincere thanks go out to the members of the Jehovah's Witnesses congregation who cared for and supported Lena. She loved to connect with her friends from the Kingdom Hall.
Cremation has taken place. The family will hold a graveside service at Lena's interment at a later date.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 02, 2020
Condolences & Memories (1 entries)
My family moved to Winnipeg from Germany when I was 12 years old. Lena was one of the first people I remember meeting. I have fond memories of going out to the farm that she, two of her sisters and three of her brothers worked about an hour west of Winnipeg. We had great times exploring the property, helping with tilling, and enjoying the surroundings. When I turned 17 (living in the Yukon) Lena lent me enough money to purchase my first car and allowed me to pay it back as I could afford. The last time I saw her was a few years ago when in Winnipeg on business. I look forward to seeing her again when the promise in John 5:28, 29 comes true. - Posted by: Matthias Lemke (Friend and fellow Jehovah's Witness) on: May 03, 2020
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