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KATHERINE BRUNKA (published on January 17, 2009)

KATHERINE BRUNKA (nee OBIREK) Her 102nd Birthday Photo It was -35 C when Mom, Babci, Pra Babci, Great-Great-Grandma, Katherine, Aunty Kay left us to go to our Heavenly Father. She died peacefully at 5:45 a.m. on January 13, 2009 after praying and waiting for her joyous day for l02 years. Katherine was born on November 5, 1906 in Cooks Creek, MB and lived in Winnipeg her whole life. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph in 1971, her parents John and Rozalia Obirek, sister Mary, brothers John, Walter, Michael, Peter and her son-in-law George Pyrz. She leaves to cherish her memory and to carry on her legacy, her children, Angela Pyrz, Raymond (Bernie), Joanna and Patricia Fosty (Frank), nine grandchildren, 13 great-grand-children, two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Katherine was a woman of strong faith living by example to answer God's call. She had a special devotion to the Sacred Heart, St. Francis and the Rosary. Her love and commitment to family was evident in her daily life. She drew on her natural strength and talents to raise a beautiful family while creatively working with her husband Joseph in the family business. Her residence of over 60 years on Henderson Hwy was a welcome natural gathering place for family, friends and neighbours. She was a kind and gentle lady who enriched the lives of all who knew her. We will continue to celebrate the blessing of her life. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Church 3597 Main St. at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Monsignor McCloskey and Reverend Fr. Michael Wollbaum officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Ghost Cemetery. Special thanks to the staff at Middlechurch Home for their loving care and kindness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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