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Born: Apr 09, 1921

Date of Passing: Nov 16, 2022

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(nee KARAIM)

April 9, 1921 - November 16, 2022

Nellie Chorney was a force of nature. In her 101 years of gracing the earth, she lived every one of those to its fullest. Now, it is with profound regret, that we announce her death.
Remaining to cherish Nellie's memory are her grandchildren, Sean Helmkay (Kelly-Ann McCartney) of Ontario; Jill (John) Wheeler of Virginia; great-grandsons, Ben and Thomas Wheeler; great-granddaughters, Genevieve and Nellie Helmkay.
Nellie was born the third youngest of 14 children outside of Ethelbert, Manitoba. Her stories of growing up on the farm always left her great-grandchildren in absolute awe. As a teenager she decided to make her way in the world and moved to Kenora, Ontario. Here she worked many jobs, but it was a waitressing job that led her to meet the handsome chef, John Chorney. Their whirlwind romance resulted in 70 years of marriage and their beautiful daughter Jackie. After the Second World War, they settled in Winnipeg and built a life surrounded by family and friends. Through hard work and determination, they were also able to build a cottage on Falcon Lake. It was there that Nellie flourished. She was an avid golfer and fisherman. She loved early morning golf games and catching copious amounts of fish off their dock in the evening. She also became quite the popular figure in the Whitehall area for her delicious pirogies that she sold by the dozen out the back door of her home.
After retirement they spilt their time between Falcon Lake and Nova Scotia where their daughter and family lived. Nellie and Johnny travelled the world including Bermuda, Hawaii, and frequent trips to the US. After the tragic passing of both Jackie in 1998 and Johnny in 2011, Nellie continued to travel. Accompanied by her niece, travel companion and partner-in-crime, Bev Forbes, they made multiple trips to Switzerland, Florida, Arizona and Kelowna.
In 2016 she moved from Falcon Lake to The Parkway Retirement Community in Winnipeg. There she found many new friendships that she enjoyed over evening dinners, games of Bridge and the occasional happy hour. During her last few years, she depended greatly on the love and care from Vicki (her niece) and Brian Adams.
Nellie will be missed. Her love of life, wicked sense of humour, determination and generosity will be what she is remembered for. Most of all we will miss the love that she gave. Grams, we will always love you, love you, love you...
In lieu of flowers, please give to the charity close to Nellie's heart: Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Manitoba Provincial Council UCC - MPC Humanitarian Aid for Newcomers, Box 3567 Redwood Postal Outlet, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2W 3R4.
A Celebration of Life will take place on December 3, 1:00 p.m. at Wojcik's Funeral Home, 1020 Main Street, Winnipeg.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 26, 2022

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Nellie's daughter, Jackie, and l met when we were in grade 6 and became life-long friends. Jackie used to come with me every summer to my grandmother's in Elphinstone, MB, where we became the girls to be with! We shared many, many fun and exciting times together. When we married in the same year, Jackie and Syd moved east and my husband and l moved west. We managed to connect on many occasions. I will always remember Nellie's smile and kind ways. She always made me feel so welcome. She will be in my heart as Jackie always is and will be remembered. - Posted by: Joan Stelmaschuk (Kurchaba) (Friend of her daughter, Jackie) on: Jan 06, 2023

  • Our condolences to Jill, Sean and your families. We will cherish the memories we have of the wonderful times we shared with Nellie and John our next door neighbours for many years. We were treated like family, and enjoyed many meals, game nights and laughs together. Rest in peace dear Nellie🙏 - Posted by: Darlene Chimilar (Neighbour) on: Dec 02, 2022

  • I met Nellie in 2002 when I started spending summers at West Hawk Lake. We were in a group of ladies who glued and my husband and I played bridge in a Thursday afternoon bridge group in the restaurant at Falcon Lake Golf Course. She was such a sweet woman. She reminded me of my baba, my grandmother. They were of the same stature and looks. Nellie was an example to us all To be kind, to be friendly, and to keep going no matter what - Posted by: Sharon Niznick Glass (Acquaintance at golf and bridge) on: Nov 27, 2022

  • Our sincere condolences to Nellie’s family on the passing of one of the kindest & dearest friend we’ve had the pleasure of knowing for over 30 years. Nellie welcomed us into her home soon after we met in Falcon Lake & we enjoyed many meals & good times together with her & late husband, Johnny. Fond memories will keep Nellie close to our hearts. She will be missed by all whose lives she touched. May she Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Ron & Barb Brezinski (Friend) on: Nov 27, 2022

  • Nellie was indeed an extraordinary person and a friend for life. We shared many good times from curling and golfing together for years, sharing a glass of wine with a fabulous meal. John and Nellie loved to have friends over to their warm and inviting home. Always making sure everyone was comfortable. Over the years we didn't spend time together, other than the Birthday calls once a year. Nellie was always very positive and full of energy, she enjoyed corresponding with people at various gatherings, you knew exactly where she was from all the laughter, a laugh that I will never forget! Well, my good friend you will always be in my heart. Take your smiles and laughter to share with our loved ones in heaven. You will truly be missed! May all of the memories your family will share help them through these difficult times. - Posted by: Beverly Kulczycki (Friend) on: Nov 26, 2022

  • I am very proud to have known Nellie over the years at Falcon Lake, where we were neighbors. She will be missed and her perogies were second to none. Farewell my friend. - Posted by: Pat Fisette (Friend) on: Nov 26, 2022

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