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It is with heavy hearts we share that Derek Praznik suffered a heart attack on October 27, 2022 and died peacefully later that day with family at his side.
He is survived by his spouse Marietta Rewucki, daughter Krizsia Praznik (Jeff Bunce), stepdaughter Laura Rewucki (Mackenzie Warren), grandchildren, Jackub and Zalina Bunce, siblings, Wendy Toews (Donnie), Ron Praznik, Dean Praznik (Mary), Gary Praznik (Lorilee), in-laws, Susan Musulak (Steve), Christine Rewucki, Patricia Sas (Michael), Teresa Fandych (Dolf), Karen Guzzi (Frank), Andy Rewucki (Linda), Janet Rewucki (Randy), and James Rewucki. He is also survived by Krizsia's mother Sonia Jablonski-Praznik as well as numerous Praznik, Rewucki, and Jablonski nieces, nephews, and great- nieces and great-nephews. Derek will be greatly missed by his beloved dogs, Piper and Stormy.
He was predeceased by his mother Isabel Praznik, father William Praznik (Marilyn), father-in-law Joe Rewucki, mother-in-law Geraldine Rewucki, brother-in-law Gerald Rewucki, nephew Graham Praznik, great- nieces, Sayler Funk, and Grace Musulak.
Derek was raised in Selkirk where he enjoyed the close-knit life of a small town. After high school he worked in the printing industry for many years, and had a varied work career which included working alongside Marietta at Eastern Chrysler. In 2014 Derek retired and had more time to enjoy the game of golf, as a single handicap player. He was especially proud of his caddying days on the Canadian, PGA and LPGA golf tours. An avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish, he especially loved his many adventures with his brother Gary, brother-in-law Andy, and buddy Rae Christensen. Over the years, Derek travelled with Marietta and their girls to many parts of the world. He was especially grateful for their post retirement trips spent in Arizona. In the past few years he was able to spend precious time with Krizsia and Jeff on their summer visits. He particularly loved watching his grandson Jackub learn to swim. In recent weeks he was blessed to be able to meet his new granddaughter Zalina.
The family would like to thank the Grand Forks police, the Fire and Paramedics first responders, and the doctors, and nurses at the Altru Hospital, especially paramedic Janie, nurses, Jakob and Duane, and Chaplain John, who took care of him in his hours of greatest need. Their kindness and gentle caring was so incredibly appreciated.
A Celebration of Life with reception to follow will be held at Gilbart Funeral Home in Selkirk at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2022. The Celebration of Life will be livestreamed via a link in his obituary at www.gilbartfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Derek's memory to the Motor Vehicle Industry of Manitoba Scholarship Fund at mvim.ca, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be left on his tribute wall at www.gilbartfuneralhome.com
Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk
in care of arrangements.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 05, 2022
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
We are very sorry to hear about Derek's passing. I have fond memories of golfing and caddying with Derek at Pine Ridge. He will be missed. Our condolences to Marietta and the Rewucki/Praznik family. - Posted by: Phil Kostynyk (Friend) on: Nov 14, 2022
Marietta, Our deepest sympathy is the Loss of Derek. We met you guys in Arizona and had some fun chats. Cherish the memories. Peter & Joanne Cohoe - Posted by: Joanne Mary Cohoe (Friend) on: Nov 06, 2022
We were saddened to read about the passing of Derek and would like to extend our condolences to Marietta and the rest of his extended family. Gary and Irene - Posted by: Gary & Irene Fridfinnson (Friends/former co-workers) on: Nov 05, 2022
We’re shocked and sending our deepest Condolences to You and all of your Families, Krizsia, Marietta, and Sonia! Moe met Derek through the Printing Industry and Derek introduced him to Golf. We also joined the Selkirk Golf Club and met some really nice people! That became a Domino Effect as Moe got many of us and his clients into the game. Derek & family came to Jamaica with us, and we had Hilarious times together! One time Golfing at Upton we had coolers of Red Stripe in our carts, never finished 18! Lots of stories like this that just make us laugh! When Krizsia was little Derek used to come over to watch golf while Krizsia and I would do crafts together. Through him we met his wonderful family members as well as Friends. We were invited to his families’ BBQ’s and had some great times! The funniest was on one of his trips the Jamaica customs took away his hot dogs that he packed for Krizsia as ones in Jamaican stores were just awful! He also had Kulbasa and was glad they didn’t find it and take away, he packed it in another suitcase! Trying the same on the following trip they did find it and he was really, really mad! Only he would know this phrase we taught him in Croatian, and he used every time we were on the T-Box! UDRI GA! RIP Derek! ❤️❤️ - Posted by: Myra and Moe Perko (Friends) on: Nov 05, 2022
Marietta so very sorry to hear of your lose. Prayers are with you and the family. - Posted by: Glenn and Pam Remple ( previous employee) (Employee) on: Nov 05, 2022
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