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Born: Jan 29, 1951

Date of Passing: Nov 27, 2021

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January 29, 1951 - November 27, 2021

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Teresa, our loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, who passed away peacefully after a short illness, with family by her side.
Teresa will be deeply missed by her two loving children, son Jesse and daughter Sari (Kalyna Morrow-Litke). She will also be lovingly remembered by her father Frank Slivinski; sisters, Marguerite (Don) Grela, Pat (Neil) Sheppard, and Jacqueline (James) Chevis; brothers, Ken (Liz Peterson) Slivinski, and Mark (Angie) Slivinski; brother-in-law Ed Nizio; sisters-in-law, Judy (Brad) Allum and Carole Rickey; as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. Teresa was predeceased by son Corey Habiluk, mother Florence Slivinski, and sister Cathy Nizio.
Teresa grew up in Winnipeg and graduated from Sisler High School. In 1975, she married Patrick Habiluk and together they started a family. They moved to Haines Junction, Yukon in 1983 with their sons, Corey and Jesse, and spent many happy months up north until Corey became ill and they returned to Winnipeg. Corey's death in 1985 devastated the family, and Teresa cherished his memory throughout her life. After a period of healing, daughter Sari was born in 1990. Sadly, a few years later, Teresa and Patrick separated. In order to be a stay-at-home mom, Teresa lovingly provided day care to many children. Once Sari was school-aged, Teresa worked at Christ the King school and later Glenlawn Collegiate. Ill-health led to early retirement.
Teresa was a devoted sister, who enjoyed regular coffee dates and "girls' weekends" with her sisters at Spruce Sands. She treasured the epic journey they made together in 2014 to visit the Chevis family in Australia. Teresa was also a wonderful friend and confidant who cared deeply for and treasured her lifelong friendships. She fondly remembered her trips to Arizona and Mexico. Her family would not have been complete without the cuddles and companionship of her two Shih Tzus, Alfalfa and Darla. Teresa also had a creative side and loved to decorate and create beautiful things. Many have been blessed by gifts of her cross-stitching and other hand-made crafts.
Special thanks to the Palliative Care team and staff at Riverview Health Centre who provided Mum with incredible care and compassion during her final days.
As per Teresa's wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family memorial service will be held, with interment to take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba or Riverview Health Centre.

Those we love don't go away,
they walk beside us every day.
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
so loved, so missed, so very dear.

Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 04, 2021

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • I first met Teresa when I applied for the job she was leaving at the Marketing Branch of the MB Dept. of Agriculture. We met again when she told me about a job opening in the department she worked for in the Legislative Bldg. in the early 1970s. Teresa had made plans to go on a two week vacation to Hawaii and she was looking for someone to go with her. I signed up and we enjoyed a memorable trip to the land of palm trees and tropical breezes. It was my first time on a plane and I think Teresa's as well. Back in the days of Wardair's 747 charter flights, they served Mai Tais and other cocktails once we departed our stop in Calgary and the party was on. Many memories of the lei greeting at the airport upon our arrival; going to the Don Ho show and attending an after party in his dressing room; a luau party on a private beach with roast pig and an open bar; enjoying steak and lobster -- another first for me; sun and fun on Waikiki Beach and so many more good times. Teresa was fun loving and easy to be with. I was sad to hear of her passing and send my condolences to her children and family. - Posted by: Terri (Teresa) Krasnowski (Former Co-Worker) on: Dec 11, 2021

  • We are very sad to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts. Hard to find the words to express how sorry we are. Sincere condolences to Marguerite/Don and Family in the loss of Teresa. Richard & Ruth Staszkiewicz ; - Posted by: Richard & Ruth Staszkiewicz (Friends) on: Dec 10, 2021

  • Teresa was a devoted and loving mother to our children. I will cherish and remember her life, the sacrifices she made and all the times we had together. - Posted by: Patrick (Spouse) on: Dec 07, 2021

  • I want to extend my sincerest sympathy to your family with the passing of Teresa. I remember when we were all kids and visited together all the time. Such wonderful memories! It is always a difficult experience to endure the loss of one so dear, but I pray you will all find peace in the days ahead. My prayers are with you all. - Posted by: Greg Kostyra (family friend) on: Dec 06, 2021

  • I was so sad to hear of your mother’s passing. She was so genuinely kind and true. - Posted by: Carol Noyes (Teacher Glenlawn) on: Dec 06, 2021

  • I am so sorry to hear of Teresa's passing. Our friendship began in the early 1980s when we met each other at the Manitoba Cancer Clinic. Her son Corey and my daughter Stephanie were both receiving treatment there. We developed a bond that helped us both cope with the difficult situations we were trying to maneuver through. Sadly, both Corey and Stephanie lost their battles within two weeks of each other. Our friendship grew as we struggled with our grief, and continued till this time. We enjoyed many lunches and dinners together, as well as long phone calls. My husband, Dave, got to know Teresa as well, as a fellow board member for Ronald McDonald House. I will miss Teresa, and her loving spirit, dearly. My deepest condolences to her family, and especially Jesse and Sari, who were the light of her life. - Posted by: Fern Dyck (Friend) on: Dec 06, 2021

  • Teresa's family & my family were good friends from our childhood years. We all lived in the North End of Winnipeg & we went to the same church. We attended catechism classes together & later on we were in the same high school together. Our parents were also members of the Canadian Polish Athletic Club, better known as C.P.A.C. The Christmas parties & annual picnics every summer were the highlights of the year for us kids. Our parents also rented cottages from the resort at Gull Lake which was owned by the club & operated by the volunteers from the Resort Committee. Our parents were very involved with C.P.A.C. & we have very fond memories of spending 2 weeks at Gull Lake every summer playing together on the beach or walking to the Chip Stand down the highway to buy ice cream. Teresa was always fun to be around because she had a great sense of humor & she knew how to make people happy. Our sincere condolences to the Slivinski & Habiluk Families. Teresa will be forever loved & never forgotten. - Posted by: Bernadine Brown (Friend) on: Dec 05, 2021

  • Condolences to the Slivinski Family. All of you are in my thoughts at this sad time. - Posted by: Michael Ewatski (Old Time Friend of the Slivinski Family) on: Dec 05, 2021

  • I am so sorry to hear that Teresa passed away, my heart aches for Jesse and Sari and all Teresa's family. She was a very caring, kind, loving person. Over the years we had many memorable family times together. In recent years we would often talk on the phone, especially in these last 2 years. She always spoke so warmly about her children. Some of the memories I have of Teresa is the amazing recipes she shared with me. I still make them today. I also remember her creative side and love for her hobbies that she enjoyed so much. Her home was filled with her creations which I admired. I miss Teresa dearly, a beautiful soul gone much to soon. I will never forget her loving spirit. - Posted by: Carole Rickey (sister in law ) on: Dec 04, 2021

  • Teresa and I were neighbours from the late ‘70’s to the late 80’s, with the exception of the few years they spent in Haines Junction. We became good friends. Corey and Jesse were the same ages as my two children, so they played together often, usually with Teresa and I having coffee nearby in her home or ours. We exchanged child care often, giving each mom the opportunity to get out on her own. When they returned from Haines Junction, Corey was ill. Over the next months, as the doctor appointments and hospital stays became more frequent, Teresa and I often sat together, trying to process what was happening. The loss of a child permanently impacts a family profoundly, and that was true for them. Teresa was a loving mother to each of her children and a kind, sensitive friend to me. Although we lost touch when I moved away, my fond memories remain. My condolences to Jesse, Sari and the extended family. May good memories of Teresa come often in the years to come. - Posted by: Elaine Enns (Neighbour and friend) on: Dec 04, 2021

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