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OLENA OZARKO  (published on January 15, 2008)



OLENA OZARKO (OLGA) (nee SEMENIUK) September 1924 - January 12, 2008 It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Olga. Mom was born in the village of Valeka Ryshnetsia Stanislaw. Mom shared with us many memories about her life as a young girl. At the age of 17 as a result of forced migration and the outbreak of the Second World War, Mom was forced to leave her family and moved to Germany. She worked at the Hotel Handelshof Duisburg, Hamborn labour camp. Some good did come of this situation as she met her husband Nicholas Ozarko, who was stationed there as a soldier with the Polish army. Searching for a better future and being displaced from their own country, they moved to Canada searching for a better life. They were sponsored by Hryn Marykuca. They moved to Poplarfield in 1949 and bought their first homestead. Mom devoted her life to looking after her children, and the farm. She enjoyed gardening, picking berries, organizing her feather bees, visiting neighbors and going for rides. She loved dancing, music and singing. Olga was a very active member in the Ukrainian Church in Poplarfield, MB. Mom was predeceased by her husband in 1993 and infant daughter, Luba, in 1951. Mom will be missed by her daughters Helena (Dan), Anna (Terry), Maria (Ray), Oksana (Gary) and sons Yuri (Lucy), Petro, and Vasely (Gerry). Cherishing her memory are also nine grandchildren and their spouses, five great- grandchildren and her family in the Ukraine. In the latter years of Olga's life she lived in the personal care home in Eriksdale, Arborg and Fisher Branch. Thanks to all the personal care givers of these facilities and all the family and friends who visited her. A special thanks to our brother, Peter who looked after Mom when she was at home. Thanks to Dr. Burnet and the Staff for the excellent care during Mom's short stay at the E. M. Crowe Hospital in Eriksdale. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Fisher Personal Care Home, in Fisher Branch, MB. Mom, you have completed yet another journey. May your spiritual journey be just as fulfilling as was your stay here with us. We know that you will keep the angels hopping. Death comes to let us know We love more deeply than we show But love in death should let us see What love in life should always be Vichnaya Pamyat Memorial service will be held at the Fisher Funeral Home, 70 Tache Street, Fisher Branch, MB, on Thursday, January 17, 2008, at 12:00 noon. The service will terminate at the funeral home. Burial will take place at a later date. Fisher Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Fisher Branch, MB. (204) 372-6271 or 372-6803.


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