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GLORIA JEAN TURCHYN (DUNK)
Born: Jun 20, 1944
Date of Passing: Jan 23, 2021Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
GLORIA JEAN TURCHYN
Gloria was born to Arthur and Hazel Dunk on June 20, 1944 in Fort William, Ontario; growing up with sisters, Joan (Joe), Gayle, Deloraine (Mike) and Dayle. Gloria loved to swim in the Neebing River, play tennis in the summers, and dig snow tunnels and skating on the outdoor rinks in the winter.
Gloria worked as an operator for Bell telephone in Thunder Bay, which is where she met and married her wonderful, loving husband, Leonard George Turchyn (1942-1999). Leonard and Gloria had four children, Brad (Meloney), Brent (Tammy), Tamara (1972-1973), Joanna (Jeff).
Gloria had great style and taste. Whether it be clothes or house décor, she knew how to make everything beautiful! In addition to being a dedicated and loving mother, Gloria loved family gatherings. Christmas was her favourite. Gloria knew how to make a house a home, and loved watching her grandchildren playing games such as, guess how many candies in each jar, while surrounded by her children.
Gloria also enjoyed summers at the cottage. After working part of the day on cottage life, Gloria liked to relax by the lake, beach fire and fireworks, and sip a cool gin and tonic. Even on the beach in Lundar, Gloria still kept it classy.
Shortly after moving to Stonewall from Charleswood, Gloria began what would be a 24 year career with Manitoba Hydro, serving the Stonewall and later the Selkirk area. Gloria was a dedicated and professional employee who loved her job; her co-workers will always remember Gloria as an energetic and fun lady.
Not long after her retirement from Hydro, Gloria found a new love, Oakley. He is an energetic, fun loving Shih Tzu, who loved to cuddle with Gloria, especially in her final days.
Gloria also leaves behind nine grandchildren, Edyn, Lily, Nick, Ethan, Julia, Alexandra, Tatyana, Kali and Drew. Gloria never missed a Christmas concert, and tried to split her time between soccer and volleyball as best she could. Granny loved them eternally and will be missed by all.
Special thanks to the doctors, nurses and medical staff at Selkirk Regional Health Centre and Health Sciences Centre who helped take care of Mom with skilled and respectful care.
When Covid allows, a Celebration of Life will take place.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to CancerCare Manitoba.
Ken Loehmer Funeral Services
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 13, 2021
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
So sorry to hear of Gloria's passing. Although we didn't keep in touch, she was in our thoughts over the years since Leonard's death. We visited briefly over the years, and enjoyed their company. Our sympathies are with the family at this time. - Posted by: Bernard and Susan Gulenchyn (cousin to her late husband) on: Feb 15, 2021
I remember so many fun active times with Gloria and the sisters. We were at Uncle Arts or my parents home every Christmas together . The concerts were the main attraction of any family gathering. Cousin Gloria was beautiful and older than me and was definitely a positive female role model for young girls. - Posted by: Debbie Dunk (Cousin from Thunder bay ) on: Feb 13, 2021
Brad, Brent, Joanna and families, It was with great sadness that I learned of your mother’s passing. I can’t begin to tell you how wonderful of a friend and neighbor she was to my mom and John and all my sisters and their families. I would always love running into Gloria because it was like reliving a part of my past. What wonderful memories we all shared around each other’s pools and homes. I got my first babysitting job watching Brad, Brenty, and Anna banana as you were lovingly called. Your mom was loving and threw me a bridal shower in your home which I’ll always remember. Hang on to the many wonderful memories guys. We had only recently heard of Gloria's illness and she was always on my mind. Now she has joined your dad in heaven where I’m sure there are a lot of her loved ones there including her daughter. We are left here on earth, but she would not want us to grieve, but instead have a gin and tonic or play a game of farkle in her memory. Looking forward to a time when we can all meet up to celebrate the wonderful person she was! Take care ❤️❤️❤️ Candy - Posted by: Candace (Candy) and Vernon Koehn (Friends/Neighbors) on: Feb 13, 2021
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