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Born: Jul 11, 1929

Date of Passing: Jun 03, 2021

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The family of Mary Winchar are deeply saddened to announce her passing on Thursday June 3, 2021 at the Riverview Palliative Care Centre.
Mom was born on July 11, 1929 in Gimli, Manitoba. She was predeceased by her husband Nicholas, parents, Martin and Annie Wishniwecki; sister Millie, and other family members of the Winchar family.
She leaves to mourn sons, Chris and Allan (Lori); sister Eileen Meiklejohn and brother-in-law Harry Meiklejohn; brother-in-law Bishop Michael Wiwchar; grandsons, Brad (Kristee), Gavin (Tiffany), Cory (Jill), Kolia (Sheena), as well as great-granddaughters, Ellica, Hailey, Miya; and great-grandsons, Dominic, Jagger and Santino, and also numerous friends, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Mom grew up in Arnes, Manitoba in her early years and moved to Winnipeg as a teenager working at the YWCA and Eaton's mail order department while living on Burrows Avenue.
Mom was very proud of her affiliation with the St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church and had just received her 60-year membership pin from the St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Ladies league prior to her passing.
One of mom's favourite comments during telephone conversations was "hold the line" when she was asked to bring anyone to the phone - a phrase commonly used when telephone switchboard operators were previously necessary.
She was fortunate to celebrate 66 years of marriage prior to Dad's passing in 2015. They had lived in Kelowna, BC for 25 years prior to returning to Winnipeg in 2010. Lots of fond memories both in Kelowna and St. Andrews where they created the Green Thumb Nursery.
Due to Covid restrictions there will be a live streaming of prayer services to be held at Cropo Funeral Chapel on Friday, June 18, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. CDT. A livestream link is provided below and starts at 9:55 a.m. CDT on Friday, June 18, 2021:

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Special thanks to all pallbearers and family and friends for their special thoughts, prayers, flowers and cards during this difficult time.
An additional thanks to home care workers Alexis, Rob and Blake, and staff at St. Boniface, Health Science Centre and Riverview for the exceptional care given to Mom.
We are grateful to Fr. Dmytro Dnistrian for his guidance and compassion during Mom's final days.
Donations in behalf of Mom's memory can be made either to:
St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church
250 Jefferson Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2V 0M6
Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky Shrine
250 Jefferson Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2V OM6

"Grant Eternal Rest, O Lord, to the
soul of your servant, Mary and
God Grant Her Eternal Memory"

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 12, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Chris, AL and family. Our sincere condolences on the loss of your wonderful sweet mother and grandmother. We had the great pleasure of meeting Mary years ago when our daughter Kristee married Brad. I can remember her sweet smile and kind soul every time we got together. Cherish the wonderful memories of this sweet lady in your hearts. We send you hugs 🤗. Kim Jim and Kurtis. - Posted by: Kim Jim Kelly (Through marriage of our daughter) on: Jun 18, 2021

  • Chris, Allan & Family, I was very saddened to hear of the loss of your Mom. Your Mom was a very Kind, Gentle, Sweet, and Thoughtful Lady. May you hold unto the Beautiful Memories you have of your Mother close to your Hearts, as you mourn her Loss. Chris, you especially had a Close & Special relationship with your mother, which meant the world to Your Mom. Her face would Beam when she talked about you. You took such Good Care of her. You will be Eternally Blessed. I will always have fond memories of Your Mom. My Heartfelt Prayers & Thoughts go out to You. Virtual Hugs. - Posted by: Patricia Clapa (Friend) on: Jun 18, 2021

  • Dear Chris, Our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your mother. She was a beautiful soul and we feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to meet on several occasions. May the wonderful memories you shared live on forever in your heart. Our thoughts and prayers to you and all the family. Hugs, Gordon & Eileen Z. - Posted by: Eileen Zinkowski (Friends) on: Jun 13, 2021

  • Dear Chris & Allen. My Condolences on the loss of your Mother. May she rest in peace. Norman Markus. - Posted by: Norman Markus (Friend) on: Jun 13, 2021

  • Al and Chris and Family....I will always remember how kind and gentle your Mom was especially back when we were neighbours on River Road...She always made me feel welcome in your home...She is certainly at peace now....Sincerely Ken and Julia Bailey - Posted by: Ken Bailey (Friend) on: Jun 12, 2021

  • Dear Chris: My sincere condolences on the loss of your Mother. I well remember seeing you bring Mary to St. Joseph's for Divine Liturgy. You were a devoted son and I know she loved you dearly. God grant you peace and happy memories of a beautiful lady. - Posted by: Dolores Daniels (Church friend) on: Jun 12, 2021

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