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Date of Passing: Jun 16, 2023Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
Peacefully on June 16, 2023, our Wife, Mother and Grandmother, Virginia Knysh (Cebrowski), passed with her family by her side following a battle with cancer. Mom was 75.
She leaves to mourn her husband of 54 years, Joseph (Joe) Knysh; her daughter and only child Andrea (Dale) Omeniuk and grandsons, Benjamin, Nicolas and Matthew. She was predeceased by her parents, John and Mary Cebrowski and only brother Michael.
Mom and Dad met while in school in Transcona and married on May 17, 1969. A few months later they moved to the GTA after Dad was hired by Ontario Hydro. After spending one year living in Oshawa, they moved to Toronto where Mom accepted a position with IBM. Realizing it was time to come home and lay down their roots, they came back to Winnipeg to buy a house and start their family. Their daughter Andrea was born in 1975.
Still with IBM, Mom received numerous achievement awards during her time with the company. She ended her working career in 1990 after a cancer diagnosis. A clean bill of health lead Mom to keep busy for many years volunteering with many local charities including CancerCare, the Winnipeg Humane Society and Heart & Stroke, to name a few.
Mom loved spending summers with family and friends at our lake cottage in Pointe Du Bois and travelling to the southern States in the winter months. She and Dad visited throughout Canada and the U.S. with their motorhome, making friends along the way.
Mom always enjoyed time with her three grandsons; she was so proud of them and their accomplishments. She was overjoyed when Ben graduated from high school with honours last year and recently started his business. She would always cheer loudly for Nick on the hockey rink or football field. She loved watching videos of Matt in free-style ski competitions in the Rockies.
Mom always cherished time spent and conversation with those special people in her life over the years: Heather, Jack and Connie, Rick and Linda and dear nephew Jim in Vancouver.
As Mom wished, cremation will take place and no formal funeral will be held.
If one should choose, donations can be made in remembrance to the Winnipeg Humane Society or CancerCare.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 24, 2023
Condolences & Memories (6 entries)
I and my family are saddened to hear of Auntie Virginia’s passing. I remember spending summer days at their cottage as a child and the pleasure of having her and uncle Joe at our wedding. Huge hugs to uncle Joe, Andrea and family - Posted by: John and Deborah Knysh (Family) on: Jun 30, 2023
We moved away five years ago and haven’t heard much from the old neighborhood. Was shocked to see Virginia‘s obituary. We are sad to hear this news. Thinking of you Joe and Andrea and your boys. It’s a hard time to live through hopefully the many memories will help. 🙏🏻❤️ - Posted by: Marianne/Peter Toews (Passed neighbour’s ) on: Jun 26, 2023
JOE AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES AND OUR MEMORIES ! - Posted by: Linda and Mike Bonnie Penticton BC (Friends) on: Jun 26, 2023
Sending my deepest Condolences to you Joe, Andrea and family. Take comfort in knowing that Virginia is at peace now. She will be missed by all. From Judy Gayda, - Posted by: JUDY GAYDA (Friend, and Bridesmaids at each others wedding) on: Jun 24, 2023
Our condolences to Joe, Andrea and family. Dirk and I are very saddened to hear of Virginias passing. I have fond memories of summers spent at my parents cottage next door to yours. Virginia was always welcoming every time we arrived. That familiar “hi guys” she would shout through your sunroom window and keeping an eye on us kids while we swam in the river out front will be fondly remembered. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Dirk and Sandy Gietz - Posted by: Sandy and Dirk Gietz (Family friend and cottage neighbour ) on: Jun 24, 2023
Deepest condolences to your family. I recall Virginia from our IBM days…she was a joy to work with, new her stuff (I was a rookie when I met her) and so positive going through the changes over time. 😔🙏🏻 - Posted by: Lydia Surasky-Matte (Former IBMer) on: Jun 24, 2023
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