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Born: Oct 12, 1929

Date of Passing: Dec 17, 2020

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October 12, 1929 – December 17, 2020

After a heard fought battle with dementia and other ailments, Margaret passed away at the age of 91 on Thursday, December 17, 2020, in her favorite season, Christmas time, at the Lac du Bonnet Personal Care Home.
She will be sadly missed by her daughter and son-in-law Barb and Ray St. Hilaire, sister Joan (Melvin) Neimi, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husband Johnny in 2010 and son Gary in 2008, sisters Ella and Lil, and brother George.
Margaret was born October 12, 1929 in old Pinawa, Manitoba to parents, Carl and Anna Nelson. At a young age, she moved to Winnipeg with her sister Lil and worked at the Nutty Club candy factory and later Perth's Drycleaners. Then she received a job offer to work at the Pointe du Bois General Store where she met her future husband Johnny Mikolaychuk whom she married on August 8, 1953. They raised their children, Barb and Gary, and enjoyed living in Pointe for 51 years until 2004 when health issues necessitated a move to Lac du Bonnet.
Mom loved the country life in Pointe and was an accomplished homemaker and baker. She loved curling, cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter months, and in the summer she enjoyed boating and fishing, blueberry picking, gardening, and especially enjoying a glass of red wine with friends and neighbours in their beautiful yard. She loved to travel, especially to visit her sister Ella in Sweden, and numerous hot spot destinations in the winter months.
She was a woman of strong faith, a Sunday School teacher for many years, and always has a soft spot for animals, including the wild ones that roamed the bush in Pointe. Her last pet before she left Pointe was a feral cat that she and Dad slowly tamed over the course of one summer until he happily moved indoors in the fall. As children, we couldn't leave the movie Old Yeller until Mom composed herself because she couldn't stop crying over the sad ending.
Deepest appreciation to the wonderful staff at the Lac du Bonnet Personal Care Home who took such exceptional, compassionate care of Mom for her final three years.
No formal service will be held, and should anyone wish, donations in her memory can be made to the Lac du Bonnet Personal Care Home, Box 1030, Lac du Bonnet, MB. R0E 1A0 or any charity of your choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 19, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Barbara please accept our sincere Condolences for your Mother, Margaret. When we lived in Pointe du Bois townsite, my husband Evan, and I would visit your Mom and Dad. I loved your Mom's dog Brandi, she would always bark when you were walking by yard. We would stop by and visit with Margaret and Johnny and hear all the good old stories of Pointe du Bois an even have a nip of Frangelico with coffee. Your parents were always happy and delighted to welcome us into their home! Your Mom is now with her beloved Johnny. Sending prayers to you and your family to deal with this loss. - Posted by: Gloria Moffat (friend) on: Dec 31, 2020

  • Barbara, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. My parents, Elmar and Dzidra Chulka, have known Margaret for a long time, my dad in particular knowing her since the 1940's. Mum and Dad were good friends of both Margaret and Johnny, and have wonderful memories of large group fishing excursions on the Winnipeg River, among many other regular get togethers. Margaret will be remembered as a very kind, cheerful and generous friend of my parents, Elmar and Dzidra, and our family. She will be remembered with fondness. - Posted by: Sandra Chulka (Friend) on: Dec 29, 2020

  • Conrad and I use to go over to visit Johnny and Margaret when we lived in Pointe du bois, they always invited us in and made us feel at home. We went there at least once a week to visit and hear all the stories of the good old days in Pointe. Conrad and I took in Tommy the cat, we had to lay him to rest in June of this year. I know Tommy greeted Margaret in heaven to give her one of his special love bites that he always did.❤️ My deepest condolences to Barb and Ray - Posted by: Sherry & Conrad (Friend) on: Dec 20, 2020

  • Barb, Please accept our most sincere condolences on your Mom's passing. She was a great lady. Sincerely, Jan and Ron - Posted by: Ron and Jan Hoffman (Friends) on: Dec 19, 2020

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