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Born: Apr 18, 1941

Date of Passing: Jun 04, 2022

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April 18, 1941 – June 4, 2022

With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Gladys Jane Bodnarus on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at Concordia Hospital.
She leaves to mourn her sisters, Rose and Eugenia (Dave); brother Melvin and sister-in-law MaryAnn. She is also survived by seven nieces, five nephews, seven great-nieces and eight great-nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Peter and Pauline (Shyk) Bodnarus; her brothers, Adam and Walter; her sister Mary (Walter) and sisters-in-law, Violet and Ruth.
Gladys was born at the Hunter Memorial Hospital in Teulon on April 18, 1941, the fifth child and third daughter in a family of seven. She attended grades one to ten in Komarno, MB and grades 11 and 12 at Teulon Collegiate. In 1958, she attended Manitoba Teachers College and secured a teaching position for grades one to eight in a one room school from 1959 to 1960 at Netley School. The following year, she taught at Kirkfield Park School with the St. James School Division. In 1963 to 1965, she taught at Crestview School and from 1965 to 1969, she was off to Europe for a teaching position with the Department of National Defense. She taught 1965 to 1967 in Marville, France and 1967 to 1969 in Lahr, Germany. She travelled extensively throughout Europe and experienced many wonderful adventures during this teaching sojourn.
She returned to teach in Canada in 1969, securing a position with the St. James School Division, teaching at Hedges Junior High until 1976, when she transferred to Westwood Collegiate until 1983, then to Silver Heights Collegiate from 1983 to 1989. From 1989 to 1992, she taught at John Taylor Collegiate. In 1993, she taught Special Education and became an Employment Specialist and Coordinator for Special Needs. In 1996 she became the Leader in Resource, Guidance Counsellor, Attendance Officer, and the Employment Specialist for the Work Experience Component of the Special Needs Program. She retired from her Education career in June 1996.
After retirement, she contributed many hours volunteering to numerous organizations; Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke and Humane Society were dearest to her heart.
She was kind-hearted to a fault. She loved her family, helping when she could, always interested in their ventures and adventures and encouraged everyone to pursue their dreams. We will miss her dearly.
The family would like to thank the following Home Care staff for their care and support, Naomi, Sam, Kim, Jocelyn and Ricki.
Flowers gratefully declined; donations can be made in her memory to a charity of your choice.

Vichnaya Pamyat - Memory Eternal
MacKenzie Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 11, 2022

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I have fond memories of Gladys, back in the days when we taught junior high at Hedges in St James. She was a delightful person and one you could always depend on to help you with any problem that required patience, understanding and a solution. I loved her sense of humor which was truly subtle, but never judgmental. Gladys also taught my 3 children at Westwood Collegiate and I knew that they were the lucky ones and that their High school English skills would always serve them well in their future. Because I have lived on Vancouver Island for the past 33 years, I lost touch with so many of my past teaching colleagues, nevertheless, Gladys was and will always remain a fond memory. Her family was always the most important constant in her life and I know you will miss her terribly. Please accept my love and condolences at this sad time. - Posted by: Alene Gold,( Whitlaw) ,(Briggs) (Former colleague At HEDGES JUNIOR HIGH ) on: Jun 27, 2022

  • We are deeply saddened at Gladys' passing. She was family; devoted to us all, always interested and supportive. She never missed important family events whether happy or sad and was there with hugs and comforting words or congratulations. We lost a woman of compassion and integrity. Gladys loved life and lived it to her ultimate fullest. We will miss you so. Vichnaya Pamyat. Stephanie (Semeniuk)and John Karalash - Posted by: Stephanie (Semeniuk)John Karalash (Family ) on: Jun 19, 2022

  • We remember Gladys as a hard worker at our pig fests. She was always willing to do what was needed and we all enjoyed the fruits of our labors. - Posted by: Alf & Eva Loewen (Long time friends) on: Jun 13, 2022

  • To the Bodnarus family I am heartsick at the news that Gladys passed away. I met Gladys about 20 yrs ago when I worked at the Cancer Society and Gladys was a volunteer canvasser in her building! We've stayed connected all these years and know how deeply she loved her family and her passion as an educator! Throughout the years she fought a difficult battle and did well to persevere! Take good care of each other and know that my thoughts are with you! I already miss her dearly - God speed “I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.” Maya Angelou Lynda Ruban dear friend/ staff at he HSC Foundation - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (staff at Health Sciences Centre Foundation) on: Jun 13, 2022

  • I taught for 2 years with Gladys at Westwood Collegiate, and will never forget her kindness and optimism. As a brand new teacher, I was taken under her lovely wing and learned so much about the importance of being genuine… My condolences for your family’s loss, and may she Rest in peace. Donna Hunter - Posted by: Donna Hunter (Friend and fellow teacher) on: Jun 12, 2022

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