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Born: Jul 03, 1934

Date of Passing: Apr 27, 2021

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July 3, 1934 - April 27, 2021

It is with deep sadness that we announce the recent and sudden passing of our mother, Olga. Mom left the world as she lived it - with strength, dignity, and a calm grace.
Mom leaves behind to mourn her sons, Gary, Dean (Jumi), and Brent; her sisters, Verna, and Betty (Cliff); as well as dozens of nieces, nephews, and a countless number of friends. She will be dearly missed by all those she left behind.
Mom was predeceased by her beloved husband of 55 years, Jerry (Gerald); her parents, William and Helen Malenko; sisters, Victoria and Mary; and her brothers, John, Alex, Peter, and Nick.
Mom was born and raised on the Malenko family farm near Sirko, Manitoba. After teaching at Sunbeam School (1951 to 1952) near Sundown, MB, she moved to Winnipeg in 1953. She spent four years working at Investors Syndicate before becoming a stay-at-home mother. She also worked part-time at Eaton's until the birth of her third son. Ollie returned to the paying workforce when her boys were well on their way to adulthood and worked for 25 years caring for the elderly at Bethania Personal Care Home. Along the way, she also developed herself into a professional seamstress and baker.
Though small in stature, Mom was the backbone of our family and gave us all so much love, care and understanding. She was a friendly, warm-hearted person who enjoyed socializing and meeting new people. She especially loved to dance. The connection Mom and Dad had on the dance floor was truly a sight to behold and reflected the deep love they had for one another.
Special thanks go out to Dr. McKinnon and the staff in Unit 5E at the St. Boniface Hospital.
A warm-hearted thanks also goes out to her nieces, Kim Poole and Vicky Hilderbrand, who provided so much more for Mom than can be expressed in words alone.
To fulfill our Mom's wishes, there will be no funeral service. Cremation has already taken place.
In lieu of flowers, if so desired, donations can be made to Diabetes Canada or to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Mom, it will not be long now until you and
Dad are cutting a rug up amongst the stars.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 01, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Condolences to the Harrison family on the loss of your sister and aunt. To lose a sister always leaves 'a hole in one's soul' that will be filled one day at a time with treasured memories of Ollie. She certainly was a dynamic woman that left the world a better place because she was in it. She left footprints on many hearts. Wanda Urschatz (Berezanski) - Posted by: Wanda Urschatz (friend) on: May 04, 2021

  • Condolences to the Beckman family for the loss of your mother. Your mom was a warm person and it was always a pleasure to be in her presence. We were very fortunate to be 'stay at home' mothers. She and I enjoyed sewing for our families. She always looked incredible wearing the clothes she had sewn. She certainly was proud of of 'her boys'. May the precious memories you have of her balance the grief that you feel as you journey without her. Wanda Urschatz (Berezanski) - Posted by: wanda urschatz (friend) on: May 04, 2021

  • I am truly sorry for your loss. Your Mother/Sister/Aunt was a genuine, loving lady and she will be truly missed and will always be remembered. The Beckman’s and Harrison’s Homes were always open to friends of their children. I cherished the time I spent at both and take with me lots of amazing conversations, good laughs, true friendship and many memories. - Posted by: Brenda Solilak (Sewell) (Friend ) on: May 03, 2021

  • My condolences to Mrs. B’s family. She always made the Best Cinnamon Buns on Fridays! My Mom Helen made perogies on Fridays and they would share their perfections with one another’s families. Gary, Dean, Tom and I had a friendship like no other as kids. That was until the Beckman family moved east to E.K. and we moved west to St. James. The memories of College Avenue are still vivid. May your family treasure your memories of Mrs. B always. - Posted by: Debbie Mryglod (College Ave Neighbour) on: May 01, 2021

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