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ELEANOR WANDOWICH (EVERTOSKI)
Date of Passing: Jan 10, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Cheryl (Terry) Bartos, son Larry (Cynthia) Wandowich; granddaughters, Jocelyn (Chris Fiola) and Kayla; as well her brother Eddie (Pearl) Evertoski, sister-in-law Pauline Evertoski and many relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Joseph and her brother Joe Evertoski.
Eleanor was born to Mike and Annie (nee Pfeifer) and raised on a farm in Ladywood, MB until being sent in her teens to Winnipeg to live with her Uncle Anton and Aunty Mary Baker to get a taste of "city living". In her younger years Eleanor worked at a bakery, at Nutty Club and as a sewing machine operator. On July 5, 1952, Eleanor married the love of her life Joe and became a happy homemaker raising two wonderful children. They were married for 58 years. While at home, Eleanor had the most unique part time job. She was a home sewer for MGM Sports and would "hand sew" all the numbers and logos onto the Winnipeg Jets jerseys and a few other teams. She even prepared the Edmonton Oilers first jersey for some kid drafted named Wayne Gretzky. Although Eleanor never learned to drive, she always found a way to get where she needed to be - walked, biked or took the bus. That included "Nana's" weekly shopping bus trip downtown with Jocelyn for a malt at the Bay. She adored her two granddaughters, and supported their activities by attending athletic games, dance and very much enjoyed Kayla's piano playing and Folklorama trips.
Eleanor's passion was cooking. Every meal was homemade and it wasn't complete without dessert. Her recipes have been passed down and will live on forever! Eleanor's other passion was being with people. They enjoyed many nights of dinners, Rummoli playing and social gatherings with various family and friends. As her family grew so did her willingness to be involved - school committees (from Faraday to St. John's High), sports, recitals, and many many church events. Since 1966, Joe and Eleanor were parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church.
Eleanor was a member of the Catholic Women's League for over 50 years. She not only attended Mass weekly but served by being part of many Church committees - be it selling religious article items before and after mass, running the canteen and doing the books for the church Bingo for over 35 years. The many Tea's, Dances (including New Year's Eve), priest anniversary's, celebrations, and serving at funerals. Where there was a kitchen, you'd find Eleanor! As life moved on into the retirement years with Joe, her interests varied between babysitting, travelling with family and being part of the church's Seniors club. Of course, at the weekly card day there was Eleanor making the coffee in the kitchen! She was an amazingly organized person and people loved spending time with her.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be having a private Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday January 18, 2021 at St. Anthony of Padua Church. Mom will be laid to rest with Dad at Glen Eden Memorial Gardens.
The family wishes to thank the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg for their unwavering daily care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Eleanor's memory, to the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg.
Heaven blessed us with Eleanor!
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 16, 2021
Condolences & Memories (6 entries)
Dear Larry, Cheryl and families – Our hearts are aching for all of you, and we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. We have known Mrs. Wandowich since 1979. We will carry in our hearts many fond memories of such a wonderful person, neighbor, and friend. What a beautiful life she lived. Sending you strength, love, virtual hugs and anything else you need during this difficult time. - Posted by: Kazik, Krys, Cindy Leszczynski and Family (Friend) on: Jan 19, 2021
Dear Cheryl and Larry and Families, Darlene and I would like to extend our Condolences . Your Mom and Dad were terrific wonderful people. I was very Honoured to be able to take part in your Mother’s Celebration of Life. May God Bless take care, Stay safe. Ken and Darlene - Posted by: Ken and Darlene Chrzanowski (Friends) on: Jan 19, 2021
Dear Cheryl & Family - our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Mother. Hold her close to you and she will always be in your heart. - Posted by: John and Diane Panchuk (Spruce Sands) on: Jan 16, 2021
Sorry to hear of your Mom's passing Larry. Condolences to you and your family - Posted by: Chuck , Bev and Mike Koppang (Friend of Larry) on: Jan 16, 2021
So sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing Larry. Sending loving thoughts to you and your family. - Posted by: Jackie Beaton (Friend) on: Jan 16, 2021
Larry: so sorry to hear of your mother's passing,She was a wonderful women. I hold many memories of her and Joe being such great supporters of the Tigers and Wesmen. Stay safe my friend. Bill - Posted by: Bill Wedlake (Coach) on: Jan 16, 2021
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