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Born: Mar 18, 1928

Date of Passing: Sep 22, 2021

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March 18, 1928 - September 22, 2021

To love is to place our happiness
in the happiness of another

Our beautiful Liz passed peacefully in the compassionate care of Holy Family Nursing Home.
Dearly cherished, she will be lovingly remembered by sons, Paul and Greg (Shirley); granddaughters, Alexandra (Josiah) and Julia (Jason), and great-grandson Constantine; brothers, Peter (Dodie) and Steve (Ellen) Torbiak; sisters-in-law, Helen (Danny deceased) Torbiak and Ann (Gerry deceased) Genik; nieces and nephews, Siri, Paula and Christopher Genik, Karen and Chris Torbiak, Terry (Donna Lynn), Natalie (Gil) and Darryl (Cathy) Bailley, Daniel (Dawn), Raymond (Roxanne) and Carl (Leanne) Torbiak, their children and her community of friends. Liz was predeceased by her husband Con Genik, parents, Peter and Albina (nee Perchalski) Torbiak, brother Danny Torbiak, and sister Jennie and brother-in-law Bill Bailley.
Born and raised in Poplarfield, Manitoba she was extremely proud of her heritage and Ukrainian Catholic faith. Her small-town sensibility guided her approach to life. Liz boarded at and graduated from St. Mary's Academy, then completed a BSc (Human Ecology) at University of Manitoba. It was here that she met her soulmate Con, and they soon married. Two boys Greg and Paul followed. When the time was right Liz completed her BEd and began her career as an educator, a Home Ec teacher.
Liz proved that you really could do it all. She excelled at being a wife and mother, and at her career vocation. She also made time to make her own very stylish clothes, some of them knitted; create international delicacies and desserts for memorable daily or countless entertainment events; garden and make preserves; finding time also to relax with a book, she was a voracious reader. Liz was gifted at making and maintaining relationships and was an enthusiastic, lifelong cheerleader of family and friends. She could often be found energetically engaged with a stranger or group she'd just encountered.
Life took Con and Liz and boys to Regina, Flin Flon and back to Winnipeg, always heavily and occasionally prominently involved in local community and church groups and associations. Liz loved the sun and enjoyed making family memories in many warm locations. Her and Con also had special trips to Israel, Tokyo, and London. Hawaii and Las Vegas were also favourite destinations where they thoroughly enjoyed being entertained by Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, and their various idols of the day during their travels. Life's plans in retirement changed dramatically when Con experienced a brain hemorrhage that left him blind, and memory affected. Mom assumed full caregiver responsibility and lovingly nursed her 6'4'' gentle giant for 18 years at home until his passing. She was forever grateful to the Stonewall home care team and doctors and health care team for their aid during this time. Despite responsibility for Con's wellbeing, she also continued to operate the 65-seat food establishment they'd purchased to keep busy in retirement! She missed accompanying Con to formal events and occasions, however worked hard to ensure close and regular contact with family and friends. Granddaughters have especially fond memories of grandma on her generously sponsored family trips to Disney World and Cuba.
Eventually Liz moved to Holy Family Towers condominiums taking up residence with son Paul for assistance. She quickly became a contributing member of the Holy Family community and continued her long involvement with the women's auxiliary assisting with nursing home needs. Six years ago, Liz was accepted for placement in St. Francis Ward of Holy Family Nursing Home. Here she received consummate personal, professional, and spiritual care. The family extends their deep gratitude to the staff and management of Holy Family and especially to those associated with the St. Francis Unit. Thank you as well to Doctors Taras and Andrea Babick for your care. Liz lived a very full life, accepting all life changes with grace. Her selfless caring is instructional to us all, as are the innumerable qualities that allowed her to accomplish whatever she put her mind to. Thanks Mom, We Love You and Miss You Greatly.
Ukrainian Catholic services will occur on Monday, October 4 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 737 Bannerman Avenue, Winnipeg. Fathers Daniel Wach and Isidore Dziadyk presiding. Interment at All Saint Cemetery. Current Covid restrictions will be observed.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 02, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Dear Greg and family, We extend our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences on your Mom’s passing. May the Heavenly Son forever shine upon her face and the wind always be at her back. She will be greatly missed by family and friends and fondly remembered. We sincerely apologize for not attending her service this morning. Norm & Sachi - Posted by: Norm & Sachi Guilbert (Tai Chi friend of Greg.) on: Oct 04, 2021

  • Dear Paul and Families: So sorry for your loss, may the memories of your dear Mother ease the pain you are feeling right now, hugs to all Dan and Laurel - Posted by: Laurel Anderson (friend) on: Oct 04, 2021

  • I happily remember Auntie Liz from my youth as half of a wonderful power couple. She was stylish and independent-minded. In later years, I remember how she cared for Uncle Con, stoically and with great kindness. She leaves us as the last survivor of three powerful matriarchs — Albina, Jennie, Elizabeth. I learned much from them about self-discipline, hard work, and the importance of family. My favourite story about her concerns Uncle Con’s funeral. He had given me a bottle of good whisky each year, on my birthday. Wishing to honour his kind gifts, I arrived at his after-funeral reception with a small flask of whisky. I poured some for a few of my cousins. Not discreetly enough. Auntie Liz caught me, gave me a look and asked what I was doing. Having apparently offended a widow at her beloved husband’s funeral, I was devastated. I showed her the flask. She lowered her coffee mug below her table so I could pour her a shot without other people seeing. She gave me a nod and sent me on my way. Vichnaya Pamyat! - Posted by: Dan Torbiak (nephew) on: Oct 02, 2021

  • Paul, Greg and Family, Our sincere condolences. Liz's smile would light up your heart. - Posted by: Ken + Dolores Bielak (Friends) on: Oct 02, 2021

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