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In early September, Lillian Hope Romaniuk, aged 83, went peacefully to the care of the Lord, at West Park Manor Personal Care Home in Winnipeg.
Lillian will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 60 years, Lawrence (Larry) Romaniuk, along with her sons, Ross, Leon (Alison), Eugene (Jenifer) and Gregory (Stacey), and her grandchildren, Emma, Taylor, Alycia, Annika, Claire, Lucy and Carter. She is also survived by brothers, Beggi Anderson of Selkirk, Manitoba and Martin (Barbara) Anderson of Cypress River, Manitoba, as well as by numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters, Rosa, Kristine, Dora, Margaret and Doreen, and by her brothers, Magnus, Oli, Harold and Lawrence. Lillian was blessed with two sets of parents: Helgi and Sigridur Anderson of Geysir, Manitoba, and Magnus and Rannveig Anderson of Ledwyn, Manitoba.
Affectionately called "Lil" by family and friends, she was born in Riverton, Manitoba in October 1936 and moved to a farm in nearby Ledwyn with her new adoptive parents at the age of three. She was always grateful for her wonderful, happy upbringing at the farm with her 10 siblings. Lillian attended a one-room school in Tarno, walking three miles each way through all kinds of weather, before going to high school in Riverton and eventually to normal school in Winnipeg where she displayed a strong determination and work ethic.
Her teaching career included two years in Norway House, Manitoba at an annual salary of $2,500. She loved the children there dearly, and developed close friendships with many of the families in the community. More details of Lillian's life are recalled in Lawrence's memoirs, Taking Root in Manitoba.
Lillian and Lawrence were married in 1960, and Lawrence's career in meteorology took them to many weather-forecasting locations across Canada including Gander, Newfoundland, Toronto and Regina, and finally to Winnipeg in 1976. Meanwhile, they enjoyed vacations in the US, Mexico and Europe, as well as a memorable tour of Ukraine. However, some of Lillian's happiest times were spent at her family's cottage in Geysir on the Icelandic River, a short distance from her grandparents' homestead. At the cottage, she loved hosting friends and relatives over the years.
Her children and grandchildren were a constant joy to Lil. She instilled in her sons an enthusiasm for music and sports while staunchly supporting them as a hockey and curling mom, as well as by driving them to and from their activities.
Throughout her life, Lillian maintained a steadfast love for her Lutheran church and for God. She was involved in various church activities and committees including the altar guild and choirs, and as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent for several years. With her leadership and example, she passed this devotion along to her family and friends and left all of us with the greatest gift of all – the gift of faith. We thank her for that.
More than anything, Lil is remembered for her cheerful and outgoing personality, engaging laugh and bright smile.
Our family gives special thanks to the dedicated and caring staff at West Park Manor, who looked after Lillian so well since 2016.
A private family funeral service and interment are being held at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home and Cemetery, Winnipeg.
Flowers are gratefully declined, though donations in memory of Lillian can be made to St. James Lutheran Church, 871 Cavalier Dr., Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2Y 1C7.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 12, 2020

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • My deepest condolences to you Larry, and the family. I have such fond memories of Lil and you in church, especially singing with Lil in the choir! She always offered such cheerful encouragement to me, a loving smile, and a good laugh! I have missed those for many years, and I was very sad to hear of her passing. I have been blessed to have people like Larry and Lil - and so many others - in our church community over the years, always offering encouragement to me as I grew up and well into my adult life. Lil will be remembered fondly not only by me, but by everyone else in our church. - Posted by: Sarah Little (Church friend) on: Oct 16, 2020

  • Lawrence & Family, Our deepest condolences go out to you all at this very sad time. - Posted by: Gordon & Valerie Klym & Family (Friends) on: Sep 23, 2020

  • Dear Eugene and Jenifer, I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear Mother, Mother-in-law and grandmother. My sincerest condolences to your family and wish that you find peace in your memories the special times that you shared over the years. - Posted by: Judy Schroen-Galinaitis (Friend and co-worker) on: Sep 16, 2020

  • Mrs Romaniuk was a wonderful mom and supporter of her children. I remember her always calling us kids in for ice tea, perogies or simple snack whenever we played at their house. I can still hear Lil cheering us on at baseball games!! She was a huge supporter of her kids and ther friends. It was a privilege to know Mrs Romaniuk and to personally know their awesome sons. My thoughts are with all the family surrounding her today. The Sharpe’s. - Posted by: Duane Sharpe (Friend) on: Sep 15, 2020

  • Dear Larry,Ross, Leon, Eugene, Greg and families. Our deepest condolences. We hope the stories and memories of Lil will bring some comfort as you find your way through this difficult time. Sincerely, Bill and Linda Archer - Posted by: Bill and Linda Archer (Friend) on: Sep 14, 2020

  • Mrs Romaniuk was a lovely lady, the Romaniuks were long time neighbours of my husbands family. In the early 80s, we were so lucky to get our dear Harriette (a Pug) from them. Mr Romaniuk we are so very sorry for your loss, you were so dedicated to your wife. - Posted by: wendy and tom mulvenna (neighbour) on: Sep 14, 2020

  • So sorry for your loss and may God Bless you all at this sad time. - Posted by: Barbara Baxter (Church member) on: Sep 14, 2020

  • It was a pleasure to be associated with Lil through church. She also carried a positive attitude which you could see in her smile. She and Larry were very involved in their 4 sons lives with music, sports, and youth involvement at church. God bless her! - Posted by: John Little & Bonnie Bernhardt (Church member ) on: Sep 12, 2020

  • The few times we met, in Riverton or Winnipeg we will remember Lil as a vibrant personality with a dazzling smile and ready wit.Our sincere sympathy to you, Larry, and your family. Bill and Lorraine Helgason - Posted by: Bill and Lorraine Helgason (Friends of friends) on: Sep 12, 2020

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