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Born: Jun 23, 1926

Date of Passing: Aug 05, 2020

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It is with great sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Katherine (Katheryna) Hlynsky at Dinsdale Personal Care Home on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 94 years of age.
Katherine will be lovingly remembered by her children Gordon, Ann and Ted; daughters- in-law Janice and Catherine; grandchildren Katie (Craig), Peter (Erin), Julia (Jordan), Matthew (Gabriela), Michael (Rachel) and Jennifer (Stefan); and great-grandchildren Hannah, Jacob, Eric, Abby, Sophia and Juliette.
Mom was born in Donetsk, Ukraine on June 23, 1926. Mom survived the Holodymyr in eastern Ukraine and was a prisoner of war in Germany. She met her husband, Theodore, when each of their forced labour camps were liberated. Together, they shared the challenge of rebuilding their lives together. Unable to return home, they ventured to England and were sponsored to Canada in 1948 settling in Souris, Manitoba.
They worked hard to overcome adversity and raise a family in a new country and a new community while learning a new language. They displayed a high level of resourcefulness and resilience and were able to seize the opportunities available in Canada.
Mom and Dad were embraced by a supportive community in Souris and Brandon, where they developed many lifelong friends. They were an inseparable team and worked, played, loved and danced together throughout their 52 years of marriage until Dad's passing in 1998. Mom spent many hours on each of the construction sites working with Dad throughout the years as they built their business together.
Mom was fiercely protective, proud and devoted to her family. She especially valued education and challenged and encouraged everyone in the family to further their education. The values of hard work, self-reliance, education and family are a lasting legacy from her and Dad.
Mom enjoyed gardening, tending her flowers and vegetable garden. She was a terrific cook and the smell of fresh bread, soup and traditional Ukrainian foods always filled the house. Mom's happiest times were when she was with and surrounded by her family. She took great pride in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Since Dad's passing, Mom had the benefit of the companionship of Ann and their faithful dog Murphy. In recent years, Mom cherished the road trips to Phoenix with Ann and Murphy to spend her days in the warm sun during the winter months. She often enjoyed the fresh oranges picked directly from the trees.
During the past year, Mom received kind and compassionate care at Dinsdale Personal Care Home. We are very grateful for the professionalism of the team at Dinsdale.

Thanks Mom. You lived an incredible life, were a great role model, inspired us
and were always an amazing lady.
We love you and will miss you.

There will be no formal service. The family will have a private celebration of her life at a later date. Interment will be at Brandon Cemetery.

Vichnaya Pamyat
(Remembered forever)

Arrangements are in care of Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services, Brandon, MB, (204) 727-0694.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 08, 2020

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • My sincere condolences to the Hlynsky family. Your parents were kind, respectful and I am honored to have had some wonderful conversations with them over the 3 years that I rented from them. When I had to fly to Ontario due to a family emergency, Katherine showed me such compassion and empathy. I have never forgotten that. Hearing that she got to enjoy time and good company in a warm climate during winters, to enjoy her retirement is wonderful to hear. When I last spoke with her in 2000, she told me of Mr. Hlynsky's passing and I could tell that they'd been so fortunate to have had each other because she missed him so. She had such an amazing life and I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to have known her, even just a little bit. Heather Danter - Posted by: Heather Danter (Former tenant at 550-10th St. ) on: Feb 15, 2021

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