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MARY MAGDALENA DOLENUCK (published on January 24, 2009)

MARY MAGDALENA DOLENUCK May 23, 1949 - January 17, 2009 Memories of a Lady If grief is the price of love then memories are its rewards You were born in the town of Frankenburg in the southern part of the Hausruckwald, Austria and came over to Canada at the age of four. After a time in Red Lake, Ontario, your family moved to Winnipeg and you became a Northend Girl . It was 18 years later that I had the good fortune to meet you and three months later you accepted me to be your life-mate. We were married in the little St. Marks United Church in Tyndall, Manitoba on the beautiful afternoon of July 10, 1971. One week later your adventuring nature allowed you to follow me to the Land of the Middle North - Churchill, Manitoba with the promise that it would only be for two years. Not one to sit at home for long you landed your first job there working for the Department of Natural Resources / Government of the Keewatin Region. From there you moved on to the position of R/T operator for the Region based out of Fort Churchill. The two years turned into five and in that time your warm personality made many friends both in the Fort and in the Town. It was here that you gained your deep interest in curling. There was nothing as challenging as trying to house a rock on an indoor, unheated sheet of ice when the temperature outside was 35 below Celsius. You gave birth to our first child, Tamara, in 1975 - The Year of the Woman, and no mother ever had such an army of babysitters since every nurse on the Maternity wing wanted to look after her while you escaped for a few hours to a quiet supper or to keep stats at a curling tournament. Back down south in 1976 and settled in Selkirk, you balanced our family out with a bouncing baby boy - Sean in 1977 and it wasn't long before you tackled your next mission - going for a Certified General Accountant designation. Blending family life with a five year study course you accomplished your goal in August, 1984. Apprenticing with then Sill Stuber Fisk and Company, you became a very accomplished and respected professional. Not to sit back you made the next big step to set up your own practice - M.M. Dolenuck and Associates. Over the next 23 years your business kept on growing and surpassing all of your expectations. Your office became your second home and again, because of your warm personality mixed with empathy, many of your clients became fast friends. It was a marvel for me to watch just how you multitasked through tax season each year. Sweetheart, our journey together over the past 37 years has taken us to almost every corner of the Garden of Life. We have hit a few weed patches in our times but really, too few to mention. The beautiful experiences that we shared are a part of us forever with the top of the list being our two wonderful children - Tamara Lyn and Sean Christopher. Of course the other lights of our lives are our two beautiful grandchildren - Cody and Samantha. But good things don't last forever because one day, our paths took a small but perceptible widening until only our fingertips touched. Through these final days you faced reality with a calm and graceful attitude filling each day in your normal fashion. But slowly your path led to a Gate at the edge of the Garden to join your father - Frank and your sister - Bela while mine still remained inside the Garden. I knew we had to part as you turned and walked through; but if we had an eternity together it still would have been one day too short. Your absence has left a large void in the lives of your children, your mother - Maria, sisters - Erika, Macci, Lydia, Cindy and their families. I know that the sun will rise in the East as always and that Life will go on but, right now, the world seems just a little less colourful and the heartache is very strong. It will be the memories that we shared with you and the honor that you gave to me by being my life-mate that will once again bring back some of the joy of Life. I could not bring myself to say good-bye but as you went through the Gate I whispered after you - Good night Sweetheart-see you in the morning . Love eternal, Rick, Tamara and Sean. A heartfelt thank you goes out to the physicians and nurses of Selkirk General Hospital who gave their support and strength during this trial and especially to Dr. H. Demsas, the nurses in the Chemotherapy Department and the wonderful Angels of Care on the Surgical Ward. You are the best. An evening candlelight memorial will be held on Tuesday, January 27, 2009, at the Selkirk United Church, 202 McLean Avenue, Selkirk, Manitoba at 7:00 p.m. Reverend Deborah Vitt officiating. Gilbart Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements. Flowers and cards are gratefully declined but if you wish to donate in memory of Mary please do so to the Palliative Care Program: Selkirk General Hospital, Box 5000, Selkirk, Manitoba, R1A 2M2 Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.

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