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Born: Dec 12, 1949

Date of Passing: Jun 12, 2022

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December 12, 1949 - June 12, 2022

We are sad to announce the death of our dear Cas.
He leaves behind his partner Joanna Blais and their children, Alexander Peniuta (Alison), Morgan (Mugs) Peniuta and his grandchildren, the absolute darlings of his life, Edgar and Astrid Peniuta.
He is survived by his mother Stefania Pieniuta, sister Kristine Rizanow, brother-in-law Igor, and nephews, Christopher (Alba) and Erik.
He will also be missed by his brothers-in-law, Barry Blais (Linda) and Eric Blais (Mary), sister-in-law Paulette Blais (Ron) and all their children.
The Pieniuta family of Janik and Sophie, especially his godson Micheal will also mourn his passing, as well as his family in Poland.
He was predeceased by his father Walter Pieniuta.
At the age of 10, Cas came to Canada from Poland. He and his family lived in Gimli, Manitoba until he left for university, and to travel the world. Cas was a lifelong learner who studied an interesting mix of geography, languages and politics until he found teaching. He worked in Lakeshore, Evergreen, and Louis Riel (St. Vital) School Divisions, as well as 10 years at St. Amant Centre. He taught many students with special needs, and loved the challenge of figuring out how a student could learn.
For Cas, learning wasn't confined to a classroom or always bound by rules. To the despair of many janitors, his classrooms were alive with aquariums, mushrooms, insects and animals. We remember a time when he had his students at St. Amant pick and crush berries to make a bottle of wine for each of their parents.
When teaching in Fisher Branch he met the area speech language pathologist. They bonded when discussing kids. A year later they were married, and after three years they had Alexander and Morgan. He loved being a dad.
It would be impossible to list all of his interests and hobbies. His favourites were winemaking, sailing, mushroom and berry picking, and collecting radioactive rocks. Cas had an unmatched curiosity, generosity, and love of life. He was a fountain of knowledge and trivia, and could (and would) talk to anyone about anything. Though he has left behind innumerable gadgets and collections, we will miss his beautiful, brilliant mind, and above all, his kind heart.
His most loved role was being a Pop-Pop. Edgar and Astrid made his world complete. The day he became a grandparent he said, "now I see the future". His love was without restrictions. When Cas loved you, he said it, and he never held a grudge.
He left this world in peace knowing his energy would be reabsorbed into the universe.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 17, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel, Gimli, MB. Interment will follow in the Gimli Community Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Condolences may be left on his tribute wall at
Gilbart Funeral Home, Gimli
in care of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 15, 2022

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Cas taught at Dakota Collegiate during my tenure as VP. He was a remarkable, creative, enthusiastic educator & mentor. The philosophy of teaching & learning in what was once referred to as Special Education has evolved over the years - Cas was way ahead of his time with the dynamic & engaging learning opportunities he initiated with his students. All his students had overwhelming respect & trust in Cas to undertake the many unique learning opportunities he initiated. Cas was an earlier leader in what today we promote as inclusive education- I learned a great deal from Cas - adieu monsieur le professeur! - Posted by: Denis Granger (Colleague) on: Jul 01, 2022

  • Mes plus sincères sympathies Johanna et Alex. - Posted by: Anne-Marie Lapointe-Lafond (Ancienne collègue ) on: Jun 19, 2022

  • So very sorry for your loss, Joanna. - Posted by: Orest and Carole Kingerski (Friends) on: Jun 18, 2022

  • Sorry to hear about your loss Joanna, R.I.P. Cas deepest sympathy to Joanna & family - Posted by: LUCIENNE & ERNIE COTE (FRIEND LIVED IN SAME APARTMENT BLOCK IN ST. VITAL) on: Jun 17, 2022

  • Cas was one of a kind and left an indelible impression on everyone he met. He was unique, eclectic, brilliant, and never boring. He forged his own path in life, and he never needed the crowd’s approval for anything. He truly lived life to the fullest. Over the years he’d show up for visits to my parents unannounced with an overnight bag. Those visits were highlights growing up, as he was the most interesting man we knew. Rest In Peace Cas. - Posted by: Glenn Payment (Family friend) on: Jun 16, 2022

  • To the family-many years ago I had the privilege of spending time with all of your family often when your family came to visit my father in law--John H Kushnir--I was married to his son-Archie (both have passed away) You were almost across the back lane from him--and I was there alot-I am so sorry for your loss--and I was so pleased to see your Mother is still alive--I was speaking to an almost 100 year old lady named Anna Stevens who also remembers you all well as her Husband Elert Stevens spent alot of time with Mr Peniuta working on iron projects-Kathie Kushnir - Posted by: Katherine Kushnir (daughter in law to the late John Kushnir of Gimli) on: Jun 16, 2022

  • Our Condolences Joanna to you and all the family. Prayers are going your way. - Posted by: Andy and Diane Desrochers (Friends ) on: Jun 16, 2022

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