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Born: Mar 05, 1924

Date of Passing: Feb 27, 2023

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March 5, 1924 - February 27, 2023

We are saddened to announce the passing of Olga (Ollie) Shkolny (nee Chelada), mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, on February 27, 2023, just shy of her 99th birthday on March 5.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband Michael (Mitch), daughter Joanne, parents, Andrew and Annie Chelada, and brothers, Walter and Michael (Chuck) Chelada. Also predeceased by special sister-in-law Ollie Chelada; nephew Donald Chelada, and son-in-law Bruce Wierbicki.
Olga is survived by her son Michael and wife Darlene, three granddaughters: Lorianne Kowaliszyn, husband Tim; and Lisa Folkers, husband Jason; Jennifer Wierbicki (Luis), and great-grandchildren, Everett and Madeline Kowaliszyn, and Abigail Folkers.
Mom grew up on Burrows Avenue with her parents and two brothers. Ollie married Mitch in 1945 and settled in their family home also on Burrows Avenue and just three houses away from Mom's parent's home. The Burrows abode was the scene of many festive occasions particularly at Christmas, Ukrainian Christmas, and Easter.
In early years, she was actively involved at St. Mary the Protectress Church on Burrows at Sinclair. She sang soprano in the Rekrut choir for many years. Mom was the last surviving member of that choir.
Ollie was employed by Canada Metal, and after many years there, Mom stayed home with the family. Later she worked at a part time job at Ideal Drugs on McPhillips Street. Ollie was then employed with Schultz Furs on Selkirk Avenue, now known as the Wonderful World of Sheepskin (Lambskin Specialities). Mom worked there for 27 years. Albert and Lorraine Schultz and family, and co-worker Melvyn Pollins were very special to her.
Mom remained in the family home until 2014 when she turned 90 and then moved to River Ridge Residence until February 2018 when declining health resulted in her being moved into personal care at Holy Family Home.
Many thanks to former neighbours, Bill and Florence Sachowski for their assistance while Mom lived in her Burrows home.
Special thanks to the staff at Holy Family Nursing Home, especially staff on St. Joseph's Ward 4A, and to the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate for Mom's kind and compassionate care for the past five years.
As per Mom's wishes cremation has taken place and no service will be held. She is in a better place now and reunited with her beloved Mitch after 45 years apart.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ollie's memory to the LUBOV Foundation-Holy Family Home, Heart and Stroke, or CancerCare are appreciated.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 04, 2023

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Michael - We are so very sad to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a very dear, old friend with my Mom (Terry Batulla) and my wonderful Godmother. Aunty Chucky was very dear to me and even though time had separated us, she will always have a special place in my heart. Posted by Chris Jefferson (god daughter) and Terry Batulla (dear friend). posted Mar.12, 2023 - Posted by: Chris Jefferson (God Daughter) on: Mar 12, 2023

  • Sorry to hear of the passing of your mother and mother-in-law. May the memories of her warm your hearts. Jenny - Posted by: Jenny Hildebrand (Friend) on: Mar 11, 2023

  • Sorry .. Michael My Deepest Sympathy I remember your Mom being so much fun and so nice to me. It made living on Burrows so much better. My sincere condolences Ron Muckosy ..... - Posted by: Ron Muckosy (Friend / Neighbour) on: Mar 06, 2023

  • Mrs. Shkolny was a gift to the neighbourhood. She truly made an impression on it. How well I remember my brother Ron, friend Phillip, and Michael playing together. Mrs. Shkolny never minded when these boys set up a freezer box fort in her backyard where they had hours of play in it. I remember the little goodie treats that your mom would send home with Ron and I from your birthday parties, Michael, right now I still have a book, "Annie Oakley", that you gave me for one of my birthday parties on my bookshelf, as it reminds me of the good times on Burrows Ave. My deepest sympathies to you, Michael, Darlene and family. She will be fondly missed. - Posted by: Shirley O'Brien (Muckosy) (neighbour) on: Mar 04, 2023

  • Mike; Please accept our sincere condolences at your Mother’s passing. Tom and Deborah Pearson - Posted by: Tom Pearson (Friend) on: Mar 04, 2023

  • Dear Michael, Darlene and family, Our Deepest Sympathy to you all on the passing of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May she rest in peace. Orest & Roz Dutchak - Posted by: Orest & Roz Dutchak (Former neighbors) on: Mar 04, 2023

  • I was personally so touched by your tribute to my parents. Your mom played an important role in the overall growth of the Wonderful World of Sheepskin. She was not just an employee, but your mom became part of our family. My sincere condolences. - Posted by: Erica Schultz (Family Friend) on: Mar 04, 2023

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