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Born: Aug 07, 1948

Date of Passing: Nov 18, 2020

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Peacefully, at home, with her husband at her side, the Servant of God, Christina Mariash, fell asleep in the Lord, on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
Christina was born in a little log cabin on the Brokenhead Reserve, Scanterbury on August 7, 1948. Tina received her primary education in the on-reserve two room school. At age 14, she went to live with her grandparents in Winnipeg. Returning to Scanterbury a few years later, she found employment as the first Band Manager for the Brokenhead Band when the "Indian Agent" was first devolved to the bands in the mid-1960s. When an opportunity arose for an Aboriginal Teacher's Aide at Happy Thought School, East Selkirk, Tina applied and happily filled that position. She had found her true vocation as a teacher. Through BUNTEP, a teacher training program offered by Brandon University, Tina, over the course of several years, obtained her Bachelor of Education degree. It was during her teacher training at Brandon University that she met the love of her life, Leonard, who happened to be at a Principal's Conference in Brandon. A long-distance courtship ensued with Christina teaching in Bloodvein First Nation and Leonard serving as principal in the First Nation community of Oxford House. They married the next summer, on August 10, 1980, in Leonard's childhood church, Holy Trinity Church, in the Beausejour Pioneer Village. Two kids who grew up along the Brokenhead River, began their 40 years of married life in Garden Hill First Nation where their much loved son began his life. They moved to Winnipeg in 1985 and became deeply involved with the St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church. Tina joined the St. Anne Branch of the U.C.W.L.C. and spent many happy hours helping with the many Ladies' League projects. She often remembered Mikey's warning of making sure that the potatoes were peeled just right. She served as Branch President for one year, but her love for teaching beckoned. She then went on to teach in the First Nation communities of Little Grand Rapids, St. Theresa Point, Brokenhead and Opaskwiak. Unfortunately, her health did not allow her to continue
Tina was a wonderful lady who made friends easily with her winning smile and people loving personality. She loved jewelery, often admired by many, with the fingers on both hands often covered with her diamond rings. A cat lover, she conceded to love our wiener dog, Stripe, and missed him very much. She loved to watch and talk about the antics of her "Mr. Squirrly" and the blue jays fighting for peanuts in the back yard. Not a gardener herself, she insisted that potatoes be planted in our garden. To her, a meal wasn't a meal unless potatoes were served. She loved playing cards especially cribbage. She kept in phone contact with her many friends and relatives. The proudest and happiest time of her life was the birth of her son, Theodore.
She had expressed a wish, many times over, to have her body rest in St. Anne Church, the night before the funeral but this is not to be; her picture, will, however, rest by the Holy Family icon at the church on that night.
Christina is survived by her loving husband, Leonard and her devoted son, Theodore and fiancée Stefania. Coming from a large family she is survived by her brothers and sisters, Louis, Cecil, Nancy, Adeline, Eva, Destiny and Sophie and numerous nieces and nephews. A nephew, Michael, and a niece, Theresa, Sixties Scoop kids, were especially dear to her heart. She was predeceased by her parents, Mary Ann (nee Chief) and Walter Olson and brothers and sisters, Patricia, Sybil, Emma, Abert, John, George and Joseph.
Special thanks to our neighbours Ron and Michelle Schur, my sister Marge, for their friendship and for all the help over the past few months. Thank you to Anne Penonzek for her friendship and to Anne and Fr. Allan for serving communion to Tina at home.
The beautiful Ukrainian Catholic funeral service, Parastas, will be celebrated with the immediate family at Sobering Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at the St. Peter and St. Paul Ukrainian Catholic cemetery in Thalberg. A larger Celebration of Life will follow in the new year.

Farewell, my love, but not goodbye.
You don't have to suffer anymore.

"To your servant, O Lord, who has fallen asleep, grant rest in a place of light, a place of verdure and a place of tranquility, from which pain, sorrow and mourning have fled."

Vichnaya Pam'yat!

& CREMATORIUM, Beausejour
204-268-3510 or MB Toll Free 1-877-776-2220

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 21, 2020

Condolences & Memories (23 entries)

  • Uncle Len & Ted, We are very sad and extend our deepest condolences. We all loved Auntie Tina! We will fondly remember her for her joyful laugh, her big smile, her concern for others, for teaching us, and, of course, for being the first at the table for a game of cards! We will miss her and will always remember and cherish her! Deidre, Jeff & Braeden - Posted by: Deidre Smith (Niece) on: Dec 03, 2020

  • My mother always spoke of Tina with respect when she called me in BC. Four years ago I returned to Winnipeg and I had the privilege of getting to know Tina through visiting Len and Tina from time to time, and having telephone chats. I met Ted too. I feel like my Mom did...Tina was a lovely lady. May she rest in peace. My condolences to Len and Ted...may your memories comfort you. - Posted by: Barbara Bendera (Cousin) on: Nov 29, 2020

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this sad time. We have many happy rememories of Tina from our days in Garden Hill. - Posted by: Luna and Richard Risbey (Friends) on: Nov 28, 2020

  • You will be missed by my family, especially my dad Cecil 🌹 we will cherish the moments and visits with you and I’ll never forget your smile 🙏🏽 Rip aunty. You will be missed❤️ - Posted by: Spering Tobacco (Niece) on: Nov 27, 2020

  • Dear Len and Theodore Gary and I are so sorry to hear of Tina's passing. May she rest in peace. - Posted by: Pat and Gary Howard (Neighbors 120 Regatta rd) on: Nov 26, 2020

  • I was saddened to see Tina’s obituary in Saturday’s newspaper. I have fond memories of working with Tina when she was on our staff at Happy Thought School. Her upbeat attitude and easy going nature were greatly appreciated and respected. She will be missed. May you find peace and comfort in your memories. Sincerest sympathies. Joe and Pat Lesko - Posted by: Joe Lesko (Former colleague ) on: Nov 25, 2020

  • Uncle Leonard and Cousin Ted, I am so sorry for your loss. Auntie Tina was a wonderful person, full of love and laughter, and I will miss her dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. - Posted by: Donna Smith (Niece and cousin) on: Nov 24, 2020

  • Tina, I’m really going to miss our monthly chats. I loved getting to know you. I will not forget the message you have given me. Thank you for being you. - Posted by: Crystal Froome (Friend) on: Nov 24, 2020

  • Len and Teddy we were so saddened to hear of Tina’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this devastating time. We have such fond memories of Tina and family from over the decades. A lovely lady with a big heart and a beautiful smile. Rest In Peace Tina. - Posted by: Valinda Kennedy & Jerry Hnatiw (Long time friend ) on: Nov 24, 2020

  • Len and Ted, so sorry to learn of Tina's passing. - Posted by: D. Cooper (Acquaintance) on: Nov 23, 2020

  • So sorry for your loss Len and family. Tina was always such a great host. - Posted by: Jim Caron (Friend) on: Nov 23, 2020

  • Auntie Tina was a favorite to me. I don't know why but we had an understanding and she loved me. She respected me which taught me to respect her and others in her culture. So much to say but, the best is she was special to me I loved her like a mother she almost glowed when we met at family gatherings and I will miss her dearly. God bless Auntie till we meet again always and forever your loving nephew Ronnie. - Posted by: ronald mariash (nephew) on: Nov 22, 2020

  • Leonard, Marge and family,so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with during this difficult time. - Posted by: Loreen Kenyon (Friend ) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Condolences on the passing of your wife. Donna emailed me and I read the obituary and caught up on all the years and your career success. - Posted by: Beatrice Rauch (nee Boss Beausejour Collegiate Gr 11 and 12) (highschool friend) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Leonard & Ted condolences to you both. Shall always remember the good times at Christmas dinners at the farm. Tina was always a very special and happy fun loving person. We shall all miss her. Rest In Peace. Sylvia & Lloyd - Posted by: Sylvia & Lloyd Mazur (Friends) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Our family’s sincerest condolences to Len, Ted and family! A great spirit has moved on to eternal peace. We share many great memories as neighbors and friends ... Aunt George and Uncle Billy will be waiting with open arms! May Tina Rest In Peace free of suffering and pain and may God grant her family the Love and Peace to heal. Tina’s spirit will live on with all. May you Rest In Peace Dear Tina and let your Angel Wings soar❤️ Big Hugs from the Yourchek and extended families! God Bless! - Posted by: Yourchek Family (Former neighbors and friends) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • I was sorry to read about the passing of your wife. My condolences to you and your son Theodore. May the Peace of God be with you at this sad time. - Posted by: Edna Otto(Hintz) (A long time friend ) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Len and Teddy, My Thoughts and Prayers are with you. Those we LOVE, don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, So LOVED, So Missed, So Very Dear. - Posted by: Kim Kozak (St. Anne Church) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Len..We are saddened to hear about Tina. We have many memories of her at Garden Hill. Am passing along condolences to you and Teddy from us and from many others in the community. Prayers going out to you. - Posted by: Kathie and Peter Littke (Former colleague) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • My deepest sympathies as you mourn the loss of your wife Tina. May she Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Adeline Kopp (Friend) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • The best sister-in-law. I love you and always will. Especially Lee. Thanks for being my sis - Posted by: Rosanne Olson (Sister in law) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Tina you were an amazing lady. You conquered so much in your life. You gave so much of yourself to your family and friends. I will miss our little talks and visits. Thank you for being part of my life. - Posted by: Pat & Shawn (Neighbours and friend ) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Dear Leonard, We are saddened to hear of Tina's passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. May she rest in the loving arms of Jesus. Take care, Helen, Jane, John, & Zachary - Posted by: Jane Alderdice (Cousin) on: Nov 21, 2020

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