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After an amazing 89 years, Rita Frejuk has gone to be with our Lord.
Rita was born to Scottish immigrant parents and was raised and lived in Transcona. She married the love of her life, Peter Frejuk (a Transcona boy) and shared 62 wonderful years, raising their family with him in their home on Cloverdale Crescent. They were destined to meet as they both shared the same address growing up - one living on Yale Avenue West and the other on Yale Avenue East (they sometimes even received each others mail).
She will be lovingly remembered and missed by her husband Peter; daughter Wendy (Doug); son John (Christal) and special granddaughters, Shayna (Steve) and Kara (Bryce) whom she adored. She loved animals and will also be missed by her grand fur babies who gave her many laughs. Although an only child, Rita had a special bond with her cousin Iris who will miss her terribly, as will many other friends and family.
Rita loved being a stay-at-home mom/grandma and used much of her time to create a loving and caring environment for family and friends. She had a compassionate heart and was always helping others - rarely did we ever see her get mad. Rita loved music, singing and dancing - her and Peter could be found many nights practicing their dancing in the kitchen. Rita's favourite place was Grand Beach (Marais) where she spent every summer growing up. The family later rented a cabin for two weeks every summer for many years and enjoyed spending every day at her special place on the beach with family and friends. Even though they also spent many wonderful years on the other side of the lake at Spruce Sands, she always made the trip back to her beloved beach at least once a summer, where her and Peter loved walking hand in hand on the water's edge.
Rita was a people person and was involved in many community groups and events. She attended Transcona Memorial United Church for many years where she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. She had a strong belief in God and greeting her in Heaven are her parents, James and Rachel Fairley; good friends Gloria and Jean and many other family and friends.
She loved her Scottish heritage and loved the bagpipes. She was thrilled when, at her 75th birthday party, a piper arrived to serenade her. Rita's favourite song, and her granddaughters' favourite lullaby, was Danny Boy. "In Sunshine and in Shadow" - until we meet again.
A small, private "Celebration of Life" will take place later this spring.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 19, 2022

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • We have been Rita and Peter's neighbors for 20 years. Such a pleasure being able to chat and visit and watch how they adored our kids. Our hearts go out to all family and friends who were blessed to know Rita. She will be missed. - Posted by: Sue Brander (Neighbor) on: Mar 27, 2022

  • Rita was the first Sunday school teacher we met when Doreen and I decided to attend TMUC with our children. She was the friendliest and most welcoming person to everyone. Normally kids do not like attending school (Elementary or Sunday ) but Rita made it special and fun. So much that our eldest son is married to her daughter. Rita and Doreen are both teaching Sunday school in Heaven. - Posted by: Dennis and Cathie McMullin (Friend) on: Mar 22, 2022

  • My condolences to the entire Frejuk family. Mrs. Frejuk was a wonderful, caring person. She always had a smile and a kind word for all of us kids that lived on the street. We were so lucky to have lived in such a supportive place with such wonderful neighbours like Mr. and Mrs. Frejuk. - Posted by: Karen Herd (Neighbour) on: Mar 20, 2022

  • We would like to extend our sympathy to Peter and family regarding the passing of Rita. We remember her as a very kind and caring neighbour, always laughing with a twinkle in her eye. She will be missed here on earth but welcomed with open arms by everyone up in heaven. - Posted by: The Preece Family (Longtime neighbours) on: Mar 19, 2022

  • My condolences to the Frejuk family. Growing up throughout my teenage years, l was always at the Frejuks home. Rita was a wonderful person, she always made me feel like part of the family. I considered Rita as my second mother, and feel blessed to have had her in my life, throughout those years. R.I.P. - Posted by: Merv Joseph (Friend of the family.) on: Mar 19, 2022

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