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Born: Nov 22, 1940

Date of Passing: Aug 07, 2021

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(nee RYBUCK)

It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of our mother and grandmother at Grace Hospital on August 7, 2021.
Left to cherish Eleanor's memory are her children, Darlene (Bruce Peto), Angela, Bruce and Robert. Grandma will also be lovingly remembered by her three grandchildren, Carly and Brittany Peto and Gavin Karalash. Eleanor was predeceased by her father John Rybuck, her husband Joseph Karalash, her brother Maurice Rybuck, her mother Mary (Kozak) Rybuck, and her brother Peter Rybuck.
Eleanor was born on November 22, 1940 in Vita, and lived on the family farm in Senkiw. She graduated from Manitoba Teachers' College in 1959 and taught two years in rural Manitoba before marrying Joseph Karalash on July 29, 1961. Eleanor continued to teach in "one-room schoolhouses" until the family moved to Winnipeg in 1968. Eleanor ran home-based businesses including Ukrainian egg decorating (pysanka) and Income Tax preparation. She was recognized as the family archivist, collecting and sharing anecdotes and was passionate about researching the history and contributing to the upkeep of the Senkiw Orthodox Cemetery. Other interests included collecting antiques and other eclectic items from auction, estate and yard sales. In her later years, with decreased mobility, she returned to creative pursuits, producing a plethora of lawn and garden ornaments.
Prayers will be said on Thursday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Korban Funeral Chapel, 907 Main Street. Funeral Service and interment will be held outdoors on Friday, August 13 at 11:00 a.m. at Senkiw Orthodox Cemetery. The Very Reverend Miron Pozniak will be officiating with Cantor Martin Chobotar assisting.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Senkiw Orthodox Cemetery Fund, care of Patricia Gawronsky, Box 24, Roseau River, MB R0A 1P0.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 10, 2021

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • With my deepest sympathy on your loss of a mother, grandmother. I had the pleasure of sharing occasionally phone visits with Eleanor, her interest in the well being of our extended families being the initial purpose of the call but we always managed to share many interests. My paternal grandmother was Maria Mandziuk (Kozak) - Posted by: Diane Pragnell ( Mandziuk) (Cousin ) on: Aug 29, 2021

  • Out deepest condolences to you & your family, Darlene & Bruce. We’re sending prayers your way. ❤️ Lorrie & Frank Restall - Posted by: Lorrie & Frank Restall (Colleagues of Darlene & Bruce) on: Aug 12, 2021

  • Eleanor was a long-time member of The Nativity of St. Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Senkiw where she was fully devoted to her faith. She loved her church and she loved Senkiw. She put Senkiw on the map! Her ingenuity of creating a directory at the cemetery was not only useful but helpful. Her guidance and knowledge in helping the Executive Committee was appreciated and valuable. Thank you Eleanor for what you’ve done for Senkiw. You will be missed and I am proud to call you my friend. May your soul Rest In Peace. To Eleanor’s family, my deepest condolences. - Posted by: Daria Gawronsky (Friend) on: Aug 11, 2021

  • Angela, Thinking of you and your family during this sad time. Deepest condolences. - Posted by: Angela Paul (Friend) on: Aug 10, 2021

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to Eleanor, family and loved ones. Eleanor had a heart of gold, always helping everyone who came in contact with her with their problems or issues. I had alot of fun and contacts with Eleanor and her brothers Peter and Maurice Rybuck in Vita when they would come to the Vita dances on weekends. Every Christmas I would receive a letter from Peter telling me all about his family, loved ones and friends, but mostly about his family that he loved with all his heart. Eleanor is in Heaven with Jesus and his angels and her loved ones who are no longer with us. Heaven has been blessed with another very special angel called Eleanor. I will miss her phone calls I used to receive from her now and then. Rest in peace our precious little angel. God bless you and your loved ones. With Love and Respect, Sylvia and Gordon Bowen, nee Sylvia Dowhy - Posted by: Sylvia and Gordon Bowen, (Distant relative) on: Aug 10, 2021

  • We send our condolences and prayers to the family. Many treasured memories at the farm and during our visits to Winnipeg over the years. I always received a Christmas card to my Calgary home from Aunt Eleanor and my mom (Olive Rybock) enjoyed many phone calls to receive updates on the Rybock's. Shelley (Rybock) and Dave Musfelt - Calgary, Alberta - Posted by: Shelley Musfelt (2nd Cousin) on: Aug 10, 2021

  • My sincerest condolences to the family for the sudden passing of Auntie Eleanor. I will always have fond memories of my "spitfire" Auntie Eleanor. A lady who told it how it is and was not afraid of a good ol' "discussion". I was always amazed at the eclectic and diverse hobbies and interests that she held dear to her. When I was a very young boy, Auntie Eleanor taught us how to make Ukrainian Easter Eggs, which I still think of every time I see a Pysanka. Her love for her Ukrainian roots was obvious. Her love for family was even more obvious. As we were growing up, a Friday night where the adults played cards and the kids played together until we broke something, always ended with, "Ok, time to go home". We will miss her dearly. May God welcome you with open arms. - Posted by: Vernon Rybuck (Nephew) on: Aug 10, 2021

  • We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. Thinking of you Carley and Brittany. Darren and Carla - Posted by: Carla and Darren Bailey (Friends of Darlene and Bruce) on: Aug 10, 2021

  • J. Gawronsky and family would like to send Prayers and Thoughts to the Karlash family during this time. God Bless. Memory be internal. 🙏 - Posted by: J Gawronsky and Family (Church Member. Family Friend ) on: Aug 10, 2021

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