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Born: Oct 14, 1928

Date of Passing: Aug 12, 2020

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October 14, 1928 – August 12, 2020

Bill passed away peacefully in his sleep at Selkirk Regional Health Centre, after a brief illness, at the age of 91 years young.
He was born in Hafford, SK to Matthew (Mike) and Mary Kotelko. Bill graduated from teacher training at Saskatoon Normal School in 1945 and taught his first year in a one-room school (Sand Lake) south of Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan, with 34 students from grades one to ten. While visiting his parents who had moved to Warren in July 1947, he was offered a teaching position at Woodlands, where he taught grades five to eight for four years. In 1951 he was hired at Warren to teach grades six, seven and eight until 1958, when he taught one year of high school. He was appointed principal of Warren Elementary School in 1959 and held that position until he retired in 1986.
Bill married Pat Rodway on June 11, 1955 and they lived in Warren, where they raised two sons and a daughter. Bill and Pat enjoyed 28 winters in Mesa, AZ after his retirement, where they made many friends. They moved to Lion's Manor in Stonewall in 2013. Bill was proud to be a charter member of the Warren and District Lion's Club.
Bill is predeceased by his parents, Mike and Mary, sister Joan, and son Neil, and is survived by his wife Pat, son Perry, daughter Yvonne (Ron), six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, sister Phyllis Crockatt and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place and a private family ceremony will be conducted at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba if so desired.

Arrangements entrusted to
Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 15, 2020

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • I was terribly saddened to hear of Bill's passing. He was one of the nicest people I have had the pleasure to meet. Our families go back a lot of years and we were blessed he was a part of our lives. - Posted by: Wanda Phipps (Family friend) on: Sep 07, 2020

  • So sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Kotelko. He was a dear friend to my parents Ron and Rose Gibson. My deepest condolences to Mrs. Kotelko and family. - Posted by: Cindy Gibson (Friend) on: Aug 30, 2020

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Our sincere sympathies are with you Pat & family. - Posted by: Bill & Frances Pinchin (Friends) on: Aug 24, 2020

  • Dear Pat & Family: My deepest condolences to you Pat and your family in the loss of Bill. Norm and I and others enjoyed many days playing music together on our patio in Arizona and for the Park. He was a good friend and will be sadly missed. Sincerely, Doreen Brisbin - Posted by: Doreen Brisbin (Friend) on: Aug 21, 2020

  • The Interlake Retired Teachers' Association wishes to extend its sympathy to you and your family on Bill's passing. We hope that many fond memories of Bill will help you through this difficult time. - Posted by: Darlene Dufily (Friend) on: Aug 18, 2020

  • Yvonne, so sorry to hear the passing of your dad. To you and your family our sincerest sympathy. Alden and Sally - Posted by: Alden and Sally Darragh (Friend of Yvonne) on: Aug 17, 2020

  • So very to hear the loss of Willam. - Posted by: Frederick Hare (friend ) on: Aug 17, 2020

  • My condolences to the Kotelko family, Bill certainly contributed greatly to education of students in the woodlands and warren areas and will be remembered for his work in education. - Posted by: Pat Lennox (ISD) on: Aug 15, 2020

  • Bill was a good friend and a great musician. We first met Bill in Mesa AZ many years ago . Our Condolence to Pat and her Family and Bills sister Phyllis Crockett . We are going to miss Bills Violin tunes that he played so very well . - Posted by: Ralph & Shirley Sinclair (Friend) on: Aug 15, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He taught me at Warren Elementary and I could only think of him as "Mr. Kotelko" till just recently. - Posted by: Brenda and Ray Lesyk (Friend) on: Aug 15, 2020

  • Sorry to hear about the loss of your father Perry. Condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Ken Schindel (Friend) on: Aug 15, 2020

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