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Date of Passing: Jan 08, 2022

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Katherine (Kathy/Katia) left the world peacefully on Saturday, January 8, 2022, age 74.
She was truly loved and will be missed by stepson Stefan; grandchildren, Reed and Kali; beloved sister Maureen; brother-in-law Allan; nieces, Susan (Mark), Allana (Liam) and Jennifer; great-niece Stephanie (Trevor); great-great-nieces, Sadie and Brooklyn; great-nephews, Patrick (Nicole) and Quinn; and many cherished cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Otakar Pavlik; parents, Eric and Eileen (McConnell) Roos; and many dear aunts and uncles.
Katherine lived her life with courage, grace, kindness, empathy and respect toward others and a creative, open mind. She was a loving friend and mentor to us all. A lifelong learner, she earned a degree in religion and culture, studied communications, marketing, plain language writing, literature, art and music (flute). Late in her life she returned to university and became certified as a Teacher of English as a second language. She travelled to many countries on her own, with Otakar, and with family and friends, always exploring, always learning and always having fun.
Katherine believed that hard work was its own reward. She enjoyed a long and productive career with the Manitoba Museum, retiring as Director of Marketing. She said that being part of a creative multi-disciplinary team was a privilege and a joy. Many friendships and associations were established in these years that remained to the end. She continued working after retirement contributing to the Canadian Cancer Society, Literacy Manitoba and many newcomer serving organizations, where she produced functional plain language publications for English learners. She taught ESL in the classroom and as a tutor with the Immigrant Centre. Here she said, she learned more from her students than she could possibly teach. Her community work included volunteering for CancerCare Manitoba and Palliative Care Manitoba.
Katherine wanted us to thank her medical team at Health Sciences Centre and CancerCare for their amazing expertise and caring.
In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held, however, the family will announce a celebration of Kathy's life at a later date. She wished to be remembered with affection and love by those who knew her.
If friends so wish, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation or a charity of choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 15, 2022

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Deeply saddened to see that Kathy passed away. I enjoyed my time working with Kathy at the Canadian Cancer Society and appreciated her pragmatism and quiet resolve to help get things done. It's evident that she touched alot of lives along the way and will be remembered, as per her wish, with affection and love. Extending my heartfelt sympathy to the Pavlik family. Kathy RIP now joined with your beloved Ota. Lynda Ruban Canadian Cancer Society (retired) - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (Canadian Cancer Society (retired)) on: Jan 17, 2022

  • My son Danton and I loved having Kathy as a neighbour & friend. Her quiet grace and her subtle sense of humour would brighten any of our days at Ashbury Estates. She also shared in the many adventures that the ‘Condo Crew’ got up to there, and they were always enriched by her presence. With love, prayers & respect. Susan - Posted by: Susan Duff (Neighbour) on: Jan 15, 2022

  • Rest in Peace Kathy - Posted by: Ron mcconnell (Cousin) on: Jan 15, 2022

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