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Born: Aug 17, 1933

Date of Passing: Apr 22, 2022

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Valerie Theresa Tretiak, passed peacefully in Teulon on April 22, 2022 at the age of 88.
Predeceased by her husband Michael (1994), Mom is lovingly remembered by her family, Gregory (Gail), Rodney (Annette), Bradley (Lora-Lee), grand-children: Victoria and Michael, Kayla, Cody (Jill) and Dylan, Riley (Nicole) and Haylee; great-grandchildren, Jax and Harper; and by her sister Olga, sister-in-law Cassie, and her cherished nieces and nephews and their families.
Jacob and Mary Yaworski's youngest child (daughters - Susie, Helen, Olga and Valerie; sons - Edward, Louis, Henry, Adolph, Edmund, Joseph and Anton), was born August 17, 1933 in Rama, Saskatchewan. Mom and Dad were raised in Rama, they married in Winnipeg in 1952 and then moved to Teulon to raise their family.
Mom began her career at Great West Life in Winnipeg and after moving to Teulon over the course of forty years she worked as the town's switchboard operator, the local pharmacy's store manager and finally at the local restaurant. Active in the community she was Teulon's first female Town Councilor, a founding member and a president of the Kinettes, and member of the St. John Vianney's CWL.
Through her work in the community she built lasting friendships with the residents of Teulon. Engaged, curious, compassionate and courageous throughout her life, she had a way of making those she encountered feel better. Her generous spirit and firm belief in helping her neighbors included regularly enlisting her boys to deliver, intact; homemade soups, casseroles and cookies to friends and neighbors in need. Together with her many friends they watched over the community's children, we were blessed.
A gregarious person, Mom loved to travel whether it was a day trip to a neighboring community or further afield. She especially enjoyed the many travels with her nephews, sisters and Brad across western Canada and the USA to visit with family and friends. On these trips she would have her camera at the ready along with a treasure trove of pictures to share and reminisce. Her memory was photographic, and it never left her, she would recite facts and life histories on command.
During her time on the town council Mom was committed to continuing the health care provided at the Hunter Memorial Hospital and Goodwin Lodge. She recognized the importance of those facilities, however more importantly the dedication and professionalism of the all doctors, nurses and caregivers. The family extends its thanks and genuine appreciation to the staff at the hospital and Goodwin Lodge and Dr. Loudon for their patient and compassion loving care and friendship.
Mom was proud of her heritage and her family; five of her brothers served with the Canadian forces in the Second World War.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Red Cross - Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis.
A service will be held at the St. John Vianney Church in Teulon on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 2:30 p.m., followed by a reception.

Ken Loehmer Funeral Services

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 27, 2022

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • My condolences to the family. I had the pleasure of spending the last 2 years with Val. She was dear to my heart as she had qualities of my grandmother often I would find myself calling her grandma. She was so loved and she gave so much love she was never angry and she reminded me to stay faithful and trust the path. I have so many great memories of Val that I will cherish with me forever. - Posted by: Crystal (Staff) on: Apr 30, 2022

  • Sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Val. Your obituary brings back many good memories. Condolences and thoughts are with you - Posted by: Laurie Yaworsk (Nephew ) on: Apr 29, 2022

  • Cousins Rod, Brad, Greg my heart goes out to you for your loss. Your Mom was an inspiring trend-setter - ahead of her times - on many levels. She loved you & her grandkids very much. I hope the love she gave us all continues deep withing our hearts & guides us forward. Much love & hugs, xoxo Bev & Doug - Posted by: BEV YAWORSKI (NIECE ) on: Apr 29, 2022

  • We’re so sorry to hear of Val’s passing - she was such a great lady - iconic in the community for all of her presence and involvement - and always showed us such respect and showed interest in our lives from the time we were kids. Our condolences, and thoughts be with the family. - Posted by: Cindy and Al Babiuk (Family friends ) on: Apr 27, 2022

  • Rod, Brad, Greg and family. Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our sincerest condolences to you all and your entire family. - Posted by: Ward Ficek (Friend) on: Apr 27, 2022

  • Kathy and I extend our deepest condolences to Val's family. Val was a great lady. She always greeted you with a warm smile and a little dig at you about this or that. May she rest in peace. - Posted by: Bert Campbell (Friends) on: Apr 27, 2022

  • My condolences to your family. I remember your Mom as friendly and kind. - Posted by: Lorna Hoey (Classmate of Rodney) on: Apr 27, 2022

  • So sorry to hear of your loss Brad and Lora Lee. Sounds like she was an amazing person who made a big impact on many lives. - Posted by: Diana Pohl (Lora-Lee's cousin) on: Apr 27, 2022

  • Sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Donna Rogowsky Fenske (Acquaintance ) on: Apr 27, 2022

  • My condolences to the family. I will always remember her kind words and smile whenever we met. Her kindnness was ever present in the community. Tanis (Pawluk) Walker - Posted by: Tanis Walker (Classmate/friend of Brad's) on: Apr 27, 2022

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