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PATRICIA N. SMERCHANSKI (PAGET)

Born: Mar 07, 1912

Date of Passing: Oct 05, 2002

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PATRICIA N. SMERCHANSKI (nee PAGET) March 7, 1912 - May 10, 2002 It is with deepest sorrow that our family announces the death of our mother, grandma, and friend. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Joan Adams (Tom) of California, Rhonda (John McFadzean), and Trish; grandsons, Sam, Jonathan, John, and Mark; and her sister Lorraine Waite. She was predeceased by her loving husband Mark in 1989; and by her sisters, Enid Watt (Alec) and Ruth Wardrop (Dan) brother Archie Paget (Gertie) and her mother Lottie McKinnon Paget (nee Ross). Mom lived a full life. As a young woman, she embarked on a teaching career and gave many young people the encouragement and the tools with which to face life. She will be especially remembered by those she helped when she taught classes of students who needed extra help. As the low person on the totem pole, she was given these classes without choice but she made it a privilege, and excelled at turning life into a positive for those she taught. While in Red Lake, ON, she met the love of her life, our dad Mark, whom she married in 1940. They started married life together in a tent in Red Lake. Later they traveled to British Guiana to help in the war effort where Dad worked supervising the mining of bauxite. They returned to make Winnipeg their home. Mom was active as a volunteer. She will be remembered by the I.O.D.E. and the Womens Auxiliary of the Holy Family Home which she helped guide over a number of years with her wisdom and hard work. She went back to University and received her Bachelor of Laws in 1966. This was a tremendous accomplishment at the time as all three of her children were still at home. She was a wise counsel to Dad in all his business dealings, and the anchor that gave him the ability to do much of what he did. She provided well for her children, and was always ready to listen, counsel, and be a source of encouragement and inspiration for us, our friends, our relatives, and her friends. Mom lived through two major challenges in life. Losing Dad in 1989 was probably the worst, but she faced it with her typical courage and grit by focusing on keeping life going for her children and grandchildren. Having a stroke in 1996 was the second one. Although physically impaired, she still enjoyed a lively mind, and managed with the help of her care givers to live a full life -- the Moose will miss their dedicated fan! She was stubborn, amusing, and full of spunk. We all sincerely thank Donna McKellar, and George, Chris, April, Rhonda M., Marlene, Wilma, Jocelyn, Stephan, Evelyn and the many other kind angels who helped us make a dignified and gracious life for our mother. Special thanks also to Drs. Oscar Domke and Brian Penner for their support over the years. Pallbearers will be Tom Adams, Sam Adams, John McFadzean, Sr., John McFadzean, Jr., Mark Walker, and Tom Smerchanski, Jr. Mom loved flowers, but she would also have been pleased if you were to choose to donate to either the Mark G. Smerchanski Memorial Scholarship in care of Private Funding at the University of Manitoba or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 301 - 352 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2H8. Dad came to take her home at last. May she rest in peace. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 15 at 1:30 p.m. at Westminster United Church, at Westminster and Maryland. Interment will follow at the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. Funeral arrangements entrusted to: CHAPEL LAWN FUNERAL HOME CEMETERY AND CREMATORIUM 885-9715

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 15, 2002

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