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Born: Jun 14, 1923

Date of Passing: Nov 24, 2022

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June 14, 1923 – November 24, 2022

It is with great sadness and sympathy that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, Jennie Romaniuk (nee Slobodzian). Always sharp and quick witted, a true pioneer for women, she carried style and social grace like no other. Jennie touched the hearts of many with love andcaring, for her daughter, husband, grandchildren, friends and community. People matter, and Jennie saw to it that they were taken care of in tough times and struggles. In a world of the single mother in the early to mid 1900's she knew that hardship well and tended to have a pulse on when to lend support or be a shoulder, a true hero!
Sitting on their beloved veranda, stories would pour into all hours of the night, a history lesson of sorts, but never complaining of her life, it was more a recounting of memories and adventures, so much laughter. That's just how Jennie told her story with animated passion, you couldn't help but listen and feel love.
Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, to parents Andrew and Rose Slobodzian, who immigrated from the Ukraine, and settled in Gillispie, near Abernethy, the family which included brothers Mike, Paul and younger sister Patricia lived in a train station, as their father was a Section Foreman. That must have been an adventure in itself for Jennie, as she often shared memories of growing up at that train station with a sparkle in her bright blue eyes. The family later moved to the Hubbard area and bought a farm, where Jennie learned the true meaning of family and sometimes the grit oflife. Learning to be an impeccable seamstress, amazing cook and baker, looking after loved ones and being a charismatic loving sister, she would carry these skills throughout her life never forgetting humble beginnings.
Moving to the big city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, she took on a new life with her husband Walter and daughter Valerie. Highly respected and regarded, she worked at Eaton's for 20+ years. Her later years would include endless activities and joy with her Wally, ballroom dancing, gardening, travelling, and socializing with family and friends. For the two true Winnipegers, no other city would do, and they made a very welcoming home. Jennie and Walter are re-united and guaranteed on to new adventures. Leaving their influential mark in this life to everyone they touched, it never was about what they had, it was who they were!
Jennie and Walter together for 63 years, are survived by, their daughter, Valerie Klusiewich (Ed), four grandchildren, Karen and son Reid, Susan and son Devin, Richard, and Darren (Susan and their children, Harley, Sean (Mel), Sarah (Chris, their son Theo), and many nieces and nephews.

A Life Well Lived

A life well lived is a precious gift
Of hope and strength and grace
From someone who has made our world
A brighter, better place
It's filled with moments, sweet and sad
With smiles and sometimes tears,
With friendships formed and
good times shared
And laughter through the years
A life well lived is a legacy
Of joy and pride and pleasure,
A living, lasting memory
Our grateful hearts will treasure.

Jennie, you will be dearly missed and always loved but never forgotten. You are always what we should aspire to be.
Donations in Jennie's honour can be made to the Heart & Stroke Society.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 03, 2022

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