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Date of Passing: Mar 31, 2003

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OLIVE (NANA) NEUFELD (nee MANCHULENKO) It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear Mother, grandmother and friend, Olive (Nana) Neufeld on March 31, 2003 at the age of 73 after a brief illness. Mom will be lovingly remembered by her four children, Donna Schirmacher and husband Al, Darlene Christopherson and husband Chris, Diane Sawyer and husband Chuck, Doug Neufeld and wife Liz. Nana will be sadly missed by her wonderful grandchildren, Jared and Carleigh Schirmacher, Brian and Christopher Pelda and Scott Christopheron, David and Kyle Sawyer and Michael and Matthew Neufeld. Mom is also survived by her brothers, Bill, John, Mike, George and Peter; and her sisters, Mary and Kathleen and their families and special family Abe and Nettie Neufeld. Mom was predeceased by our dad, William John Neufeld in September, 1968 and her father and mother, George and Nellie Manchulenko. Born in Arnaud, MB on October 9, 1929, Mom attended school in Arnaud and Plum Coolee. Though we all remember the stories of her working the sugar beets farms in the summer, Moms first job when she moved to the city was at the Empire Hotel where she discovered her love for catering and cooking. Mom met Dad, the love of her life, in Rosenfeld and was married in St. Michaels Ukrainian Orthodox Church on September 9, 1950. Though widowed for almost 35 years, Mom never stopped loving Dad. As we were growing up, Mom created a home of love that soon became a drop-in center for many of our friends who came to call her Mom. With the birth of each grandchild, Nanas pride in her family grew to new heights. Nana truly participated in her grandchildrens lives. Whether the sport was hockey, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, swimming or water polo, Nana was there to loudly cheer them on. She took pride in each of their accomplishments, whether great or small. Nana loved to play cards and games, especially cribbage, and made sure that was part of our education. She enjoyed playing bingo, the casino, going to the cottage and cooking for her family. We will all cherish the Ukrainian Christmas Eve dinner Mom and Auntie Kathleen cooked this year. Mom was always there to lend a helping hand and was active in many Seniors organizations. She had been President of the Age & Opportunity Centre on Selkirk Avenue, President of the Ladies Auxiliary of Prosvita, was on the executive of Senior Achievers and St. Michaels Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Wed like to express our deepest gratitude to the staff of GA4 at the Health Sciences Centre, Norma, Marissa, Preetha, Dorothy, Sara, Shelley, Nora, Amanda, Vivian, Janine and many others who were so sensitive to Moms and our needs during Moms brief illness. Special thanks to Drs. Tony Battad, Greg Neufeld and Aaron Braun also. Moms memory will be celebrated by family and friends during prayers on Thursday, April 3 at 8:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St. Funeral service will be held on Friday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m. also at the chapel with the very Rev. Father John Melnyk officiating. A private family memorial service at St. Michaels Orthodox Church and interment at the family plot in Glen Eden to follow. Pallbearers are Nanas eight grandsons. If so desired, donations in Moms memory can be made to CancerCare Manitoba, Box 2248 Stn. Main, Winnipeg, MB R3C 9Z9 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 6 Donald St., Suite 200, Winnipeg, MB R3L 0K6 We will always remember the way you looked The way you walked and smiled The things you did for us Are with us all the while You never failed to do your best Your heart was true and tender You lived your life for those you loved And those you loved remember. Nana, you truly left us a legacy of love. May we honor your memory by continuing that in our lives and our childrens lives. VICHNAYA PAMYAT

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 03, 2003

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