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Born: Nov 29, 1931

Date of Passing: Jun 09, 2021

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(nee KAWKA)

Gracefully slumbered into the arms of her Lord June 9, 2021, at 4:50 a.m.
Mom was a highly respected and loved resident of Deer Lodge Centre for eight years. Mom had superior care from all the faculties and health care workers, especially her nurses. The family thanks all of them for their devotion.
Jean was born in Neepawa, MB November 29, 1931. Firstborn to Anne and Nick Kawka and was surrounded by many relatives of the Wasyluk Clan.
Mom met Wally Hyra and married in 1950. They relocated to Winnipeg for careers and to raise a family. A family of five, Joanne Archibald; Randy; David; Kenny (Heather); Cindy (Elia) Hyra; later stepdaughter Joanne McGibney (Mike).
Mom had a very tight relationship with her siblings. They were best friends: Shirley Sawchuk (Todd) and Walter Kawka (Eve). And of course she truly loved her nieces and nephews: Kim; Corey; Darren; and Dale Sawchuk; like her own.
Jean managed to build a career as the Office Manager for R E SPEAR while raising five children. An achievement in itself! She was well recognized by Mr. Bob Spear. Bob once said he could not have expanded without her!
Mom was blessed with 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren: Charlene Hyra (Chris and son Sam); Ashley Hyra (Christian and daughter Lexi); Taylor Archibald (Vanessa); Bryn Hyra (Jessie and daughter Emily); Kyle Hyra; Bronwyn Brett (Jono, children, Levi and Norah); Kelly Hyra (Matt); Robin Hyra (Britt); Rachel and Ryan McGibney; John and Conor Hyra.
Mom had a second blessing in her life. She met James McRitchie in 1980 and married in 1982. What a life they had! Mom journaled all their adventures across North America. What a journey! One thing for sure, they would always be home for Christmas to see all the family and grandchildren!! Tiny deceased in 2002, along with her special son-in-law Rick Archibald.
Mom pursued her hobbies and love of cooking (chicken soup and perogies). She passed that skill down to all of her family. Thank you for this!
Where Mom could volunteer she would. Mom served on many committees in her lifetime, her last committee was for Deer Lodge Centre as Chair of the Advocacy committee for patients. She did an excellent job and even became the volunteer face in the halls of the Centre.
In closing Mom, life was hard at times, but you always found a way to smile and make us feel loved, we will be calling upon you from time to time in prayer. We will cry till our tears run dry. You were a woman of strength and faith. We loved you so much but we know you are with God. We will miss everything about you!
A private family service will be held on Friday, June 18 at 2:00 p.m., due to Covid restrictions. Please visit to view the livestream.
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Now and in our hearts.
Forever you will be remembered Mom.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 12, 2021

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • I always loved to get Jeannie phone calls about her account. She was a quick as a whip and the most lovely lady. I often told her that it's a good thing we didn't grow up together because I'm sure there would be trouble. I will miss her calls but will hold her memories close. Until we meet again my Friend. My sincerest sympathy to her family and friends, Diane Jenkins - Posted by: Diane Jenkins (Work in the Finance Department, Deer Lodge Centre) on: Jun 22, 2021

  • Thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Although many years ago I remember a time when my mom and dad and the younger kids would go over to your mom and dad's and it would end up being a sleepover only because they probably had a great time partying and dancing it up and also because they were being responsible adults at that time. My mom always said they were good times. May she rest in peace and may the memories sustain you. - Posted by: Carole Bouchard-Langlois (Family friend) on: Jun 18, 2021

  • Jeannie was the sweetest woman. So friendly and genuinely nice. I enjoyed spending time with her and my uncle Tiny. We got to see them traveling in their motorhome in the states. My mom loved her. I'm so sorry to hear she has passed away. May she RIP and may the perpetual light shine upon her. - Posted by: Robin Beck (Niece by marriage) on: Jun 15, 2021

  • My heartfelt, deepest sympathy to Jeannie's family. I will miss my dear friend beyond what any words can express. I will hold in my heart the blessings that her friendship placed in my life and have comfort in the knowledge that we will meet again. To her loving family, I wish you God's peace and comfort in knowing the wonderful memories will dwell in your hearts forever. Sincerely Flo Chandler. - Posted by: Flo Chandler (Friend) on: Jun 14, 2021

  • Jean was an amazing person, with the kindest heart. I worked and knew Jean for many years, first on Lodge 5 west then on Tower 5. She loved her family and always loved coming to recreation programs on Lodge 5. We were all Jean's extended family, she will be missed by so many. Farewell Jean Lisa Bailey - Posted by: Lisa Bailey (Caregiver and Friend) on: Jun 12, 2021

  • On behalf of Andrew Johnson and myself from DLC we wish to extend our deepest sympathies as we grieve with you. Jean was such a blessing in our life. We appreciate her grandmothering of Andrew and all the time they spent togeather discussing politics, the news and life in general. She always was smiling and encouraging and prayed for Andrew everyday. She certainly enjoyed my cinnamon buns and supported my bake table. We will miss her greatly but rejoice she entered her heavenly home peacefully. - Posted by: Faith Johnson (Friend) on: Jun 12, 2021

  • My parents, Vince and Erna Rinella always spoke very fondly of the good times they spent with Jean and Tiny. My condolences on the loss of your mother. - Posted by: Janice Cummine (Friend) on: Jun 12, 2021

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