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Date of Passing: Aug 16, 2022

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1930 – 2022

Verna passed away peacefully, at Red River Place in Selkirk on August 16, 2022, at the age of 91.
She leaves to mourn her children, Valerie (Hal Dunphy), Lorrie Parent, Rory and Shannon (Ed Szewczuk); grandchildren, Trevor (Kaitlin) Dunphy, Tim (Laura) Dunphy, Michelle (Ricco) DeRossi, Daniel (Alex) Parent, Suzanne (Keith) Mackiewicz and Eric Parent; great-grandchildren, Brady, Maddy, Kaydence, Owen, Ethan and Lane Dunphy; Remi and Quinn DeRossi, Jackson and Lance Parent, Sloane and Kennedy Mackiewicz. Also mourning are brothers, Paul and Nick Bzowy and sister-in-law Millie (Neil Ritchie); dear friend Stella and numerous nieces and nephews.
Verna was predeceased by husband Eddie in 1985; her parents; brothers, John, Walter and Bill Bzowy; sisters, Mary, Anne, Doris, Olga and Jennie.
Verna was raised in Tolstoi and then attended St. Mary's Academy. She taught her first year of school at Hoey East in Libau, where she met Ed and his family. They were married in 1951 and settled to farm in the Libau area.
In addition to maintaining the farm and raising the family, Verna was always busy baking, canning, crocheting or knitting. She was known for her huge, manicured yard and garden and for generously sharing her produce with all. 'Aunty Verna' always had fresh donuts and cinnamon buns for visiting family.
After Eddie's passing, the farm was sold and Verna worked for Home Care for the next 16 years. She loved helping others, especially many elderly Ukrainians in the region. She then retired to Selkirk where she enjoyed many friends and card games. She moved to Red River Place in September 2021.
Donations in Verna's memory can be made to Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Church or it's cemetery in East Selkirk.
Private service will be held.

Condolences can be left on her tribute wall at

Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk
in care of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 20, 2022

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Our deepest sympathy and 🙏 to Valerie and her family, Lorrie and her family, Shannon and Rory. I will always remember 2 gifts that Aunty Verna gave me on my birthday. One was a zippered binder with the world atlas on it and a red and plaid dress. I spent 2 summers with Aunty Verna and Uncle Eddy, looking after the kids while they would be doing field work, etc. I also remember the bread cabbage rolls wrapped in beet leaves, she use to make. They were delicious. Love Bob and Terri - Posted by: Bob & Sharon (Terri) Knicely (Goddaughter/niece) on: Aug 24, 2022

  • My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Paul SKRUPSKI (Family friend) on: Aug 22, 2022

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