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On February 18, 2022, after a brief illness, Slawka Bejzyk passed away peacefully at Betel Home in Selkirk at the age of 93.
Slawka came to Canada from Ukraine with her parents and three brothers before the start of the Second World War. They settled on a plot of land near Komarno, MB where they worked hard to make a new home and start a farming operation. Slawka went on to become a teacher and spent most of her life teaching in the Komarno/Teulon area while continuing to live on the farm that her family originally settled. As a teacher, Slawka had a long career and taught many hundreds of children. Teaching young children especially suited Slawka, as she had a gentle and caring way about her. Following the war, she spent time in Europe teaching the children of Canadian service members and came back with many stories of her European adventures. She always felt it was her duty to help people. Whether it was through teaching, sending care packages to relatives in Ukraine, or helping her family, she was always giving of herself. As members of her family aged and developed illnesses, she always did everything she could to assist them and make their lives easier. She never complained, instead showing appreciation for what she had and for those around her. Even towards the end, as her life became increasingly difficult, she would always be quick with a smile and a kind comment, appreciative of the care she received at Betel Home and those who visited her. She never lost the ability to smile and say silly things that would, in turn, make you smile.
Slawka will be greatly missed by her nephew David Bejzyk (Alyssa Lindsay); niece Melanie Bejzyk and brother Ole (Sonja) Bejzyk.
She will be buried at St. George's Cemetery just down the road from the family farm, once again close to the beloved family members who preceded her; brothers, Taras and Steve and mother and father Maria and Nykola.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 16, 2022
Condolences & Memories (7 entries)
I unfortunately have just learned of my cousin Slawka's passing through our cousin Joyce Glowachuk (NYC). I remember my cousin through my visits to their homestead in Komarno where I was taught all about the farm animals, since at the time I was growing up in New York City with my parents, Julia & John Tarapacki and sister Florence. Later in my adult life Slawka and I went to my Mother's home country Ukraine where she was my faithful translator. I cherish that memory and my introduction of life in Ukraine where my Mother was born along with Slawka's Mother and family. I would truly like to learn from possibly a family member, the name of the town we visited and pray it is not one that has been destroyed during this sad time. My heart goes out to Slawka's extended family and hope one day to visit St. George's Cemetery as my Mother is also there with her beloved Bejzyk family. My sincere condolences. RIP Slawka. Gloria Kozich, Lake Ridge, Virginia - Posted by: Gloria J Kozich (Cousin) on: Apr 23, 2022
Ms. Bejyk was such a caring individual and had such true genuine interest in her students. No greater example could there be in a world of strife to show what each of us should strive to be like. Thank you Ms Bejyk for your selflessness and kind heart, you will be missed. RIP, you deserve it! - Posted by: Margie Marsh (mother of former student) on: Apr 20, 2022
Our deepest sympathies to the Bejzyk family. Miss Bejzyk was my dad's teacher, also my teacher in grade 1 and 2. She was a GREAT teacher. Cherished the memories. - Posted by: Bev McDonnell (Nee Bejzyk) (second cousin) on: Apr 16, 2022
Our Sympathy to Slawka's family. It was always nice to see her and talk. A very interesting Lady. - Posted by: spakowski / michaluk. families (friends) on: Apr 16, 2022
Miss Bejzyk was my very first teacher at the one room McMillan School. My Dad walked me up the stairs and a beautiful smiling teacher greeted me. From that day forward I wanted to be a teacher like Miss Bejzyk. I had the privilege of staying in contact with my Miss Bejzyk over the 35 years of my teaching career. She will forever be remembered as my first inspiration in life. Vichnaya Pamyat dear lady. - Posted by: Eileen Zinkowski (Former student) on: Apr 16, 2022
Just read her obit. what an interesting human being she must have been-- would have been a joy and a pleasure to have known this wonderful lady May she be a special bright star in heaven above, Rest in peace lovely lady - Posted by: wilma Chornopysky ( NO RELATION SHIP JUST A MOTHER -- ) on: Apr 16, 2022
Condolences Ole and Sonia My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve and celebrate Slawka’s life Take care Peter - Posted by: Peter Dyck (Friend ) on: Apr 16, 2022
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