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Born: Mar 30, 1927

Date of Passing: Jul 24, 2020

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March 30, 1927 – July 24, 2020

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Mildred, on Friday, July 24, 2020, at home, at the age of 93.
Mildred is survived by her daughter Cathy, son-in-law David (Bowman), grandson Andrew, brother-in-law Stanley Watowich, nieces and nephews and their families, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her husband John, mother and father Anne and Dmytro Yuskewich, dear cousin Marge Warrenchuk, close friend Liz Gaerke, sister-in-law Vera Watowich, brother-in-law Vladimir Zarowski, as well as many close friends and family.
Mom grew up on Grove Street in Point Douglas. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy and immediately after graduation began working in statistics and analytics at CN Rail where she stayed for the next 19 years. She married John on September 6, 1958 and worked alongside him at Harbison Pharmacy until his passing in 1972. After John's passing, she raised Cathy as a single mother. She volunteered many hours at Holy Family Nursing Home, Ronald McDonald House, and anything else Cathy could talk her into helping with. In her younger days she travelled to many places in Canada and the USA. She loved going to the "States" for the day or a weekend get-away, and she and Cathy enjoyed many vacations together. We were fortunate that over the last 20 years we were able to take many road trips to attend family reunions. She loved seeing her nieces and nephews and their families and watching the next generation grow up and spend time together. Mildred loved going to the casino and enjoyed bingo and coffee time at the social club in her apartment building. She was a deeply religious person and up until the last year attended mass regularly at St. Alphonsus Church.
The best day of her life was when her grandson Andrew was born. He was the light of her life and they shared a truly special bond until her passing. When he was young she babysat him, which transitioned to picking him up from elementary school and then in junior high he took the bus to her apartment. She was a fabulous cook and baker, and shared her knowledge of Ukrainian cooking with Andrew. Most recently he was the one making the dishes and taking them to her to critique. They enjoyed going for breakfast at the Eye Opener, for hot dogs at Half Moon, and sharing A&W Mozza burgers at her apartment. They talked daily and Baba was always interested in hearing about what he was doing at university.

Mom, I am so proud to have been raised by such a strong and independent woman. You loved me unconditionally, supported my dreams, and were there with a shoulder to cry on when things didn't quite go as planned. We will all miss you every day but we know that God has prepared a special place for you in Heaven. I hope that you found Dad and are dancing to your favourite songs.

In accordance with Mildred's wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family graveside service will be held at Holy Family Cemetery.
Family and friends may sign a book of condolence at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 08, 2020

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Dear Cathy, David and Andrew, Mildred was a trailblazer who set new high standards for single moms. She will always be remembered as a devoted mother and grandmother who adored her family - especially her wonderful grandson, Andrew, whom she loved so much. They had a special relationship to be cherished. Losing your parents and grandparents is a rite of passage in life but it doesn't come easily. One thing for sure, it makes us eternally grateful for their love and all the years we shared. Take comfort in that. Mildred will always be watching over you, keeping you safe. Love, C, S and G. - Posted by: Claudia D"Souza Bowman, Scott Bowman and Sawyer Garratt (Sister-in-Law, Brother-in-law and Nephew) on: Aug 16, 2020

  • Cathy, our most sincere condolences on the passing of your mom. I know our mother Florence Slivinski always valued the friendship she had with Mildred. I remember many times we met with your mom at Florence and Mike Kryzanowski’s home. Frank Slivinski and family - Posted by: The Slivinski Family (Mildred and our mom Florence worked together at CNRail) on: Aug 14, 2020

  • Cathy, what I remember most about your Mom was that she was always willing to help out family and friends whenever and wherever she could. She was a warm and caring person who truly wanted to care for others. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. - Posted by: Theresa Dondo (Friend of the family) on: Aug 11, 2020

  • Cathy and family, sorry for the loss of your mom and Baba. May your memories help to adjust to her passing. - Posted by: Donna and Wayne Michaluk (Komarno) (acquaintances) on: Aug 10, 2020

  • Cathy and family, Sending thoughts and prayers on your mom’s passing. You were truly blessed to have such a special mom, and grandma for Andrew to love and keep her memory alive in your hearts❤️ From Maureen and Franco - Posted by: Maureen (Friend) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • We only get to know Mildred relatively recently at a couple of family gatherings at her daughter's home. We could see instantly that she was a caring mother and that she was beloved to her family. Our thoughts are with Cathy and her family as they adjust to not having her next door to visit every day. - Posted by: Rick & Carmen Dondo (Friends of the family) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • Cathy & Family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. She was a wonderful and friendly person that always had a kind word for everyone. My prayers are with you and your family at this time. ❤️ Dawn (& David) Bodnar (Typa) - Posted by: Dawn Bodnar (Typa) (Family) on: Aug 08, 2020

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