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ROMAN KRUCHAK (published on April 18, 2009)

ROMAN KRUCHAK March 1, 1924 - April 4, 2009 It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Roman on April 4, 2009. Roman is survived by Verna, his loving wife of 59 years, son Warren (Pat), daughters, Sharon (Ray Bugyik), and Marlene Cahill, grandchildren, Shaylene (Shaun), Calvin (Danusia), Cheryl, Colleen (Ryan), Mary-Lou (Mike) and Jon (Charlie), as well as two great-grandchildren, Cailyn and Claire. He will also be missed by his sisters, Olga, Stella (Bob) and Betty and brother Joe (Madeline), sisters-in-law, Gladys (Don), Josie and Margaret, brother-in-law Charlie (Marj) and many nieces, nephews and friends. Roman was predeceased by his son-in-law Garry, parents Dan and Anastasia, siblings, Helene, Willie, Johnny, Mary, Mike, and Paul, brothers and sisters-in-law, Rudolph, Pollie, Fern, Dave, Jack, mother and father-in-law Delmar and Flora Irwin and brother-in-law Jack. Roman was born and raised on the family farms in the Monominto / Richland area and continued his love of farming for over 80 years. He enjoyed several winters cutting pulpwood before beginning a 35 year career in construction as a front end loader operator, retiring in 1990. Roman and Verna were married in 1949, living in the Dugald and Monominto areas their entire married life, until moving to Transcona in February, 2009. Their home was a welcoming place where family dinners or a cup of coffee were enjoyed by many. Over the years, one of their greatest pleasures in life was to hop into the car and head out on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy the countryside. This usually ended with a supper at a local restaurant or at the home of one of their kids. He always had a love of baseball. During his early years, many summer Sundays were spent playing ball with the Monominto ball team which included his five brothers and many life long friends. His later years included cheering on the Goldeyes and following the career of great-nephew Corey. Nothing brought Roman more pleasure in life than his grandchildren. His retirement years were spent cheering them on in their many activities. There wasn't a game or concert that he missed. He was their biggest fan. Time spent with his family was very precious to him. Adding great to the title Grampa with the birth of Cailyn and later Claire was a special event in his life. But there are six kids who have known for years that he was a GREAT Grampa. One of his special gifts on his 85th birthday was a phone call from Calgary with two little voices wishing him Happy Birthday Grampa . Retirement also gave Roman time to enjoy his other interests. Besides his grandchildren, he now had time to enjoy gardening in the summer and he always planted an extra row of potatoes - in case some didn't come up just right. Roman and Verna were able to travel to parts of Canada and the U.S., seeing the sights and visiting with family. One of his most enjoyable trips was a train ride through the Rockies. Roman and Verna enjoyed the monthly crib night at the Anola Over 50 Club and at least once a week they could be found at the club for lunch and a game of crib. A deck of cards was always close at hand. When he wasn't enjoying a game of crib with friends or family he would be at the kitchen table playing solitaire. Living in the same area all his life, Roman had many lifelong friendships with the people of his community and all around knew he was a man they could count on. He will be remembered for his strong work ethic, love of his family and friends and his caring and giving nature which he instilled in his children and grandchildren. His quick wit and sense of humour will be remembered by all. A Memorial service will be held Saturday, April 25, 2009, at 11:00 a.m., at the Transcona Funeral Chapel, 1800 Day St., Winnipeg, MB. Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 6 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB R3L 0K6. Those we love don't go away They walk beside us everyday. TRANSCONA FUNERAL CHAPEL 1800 DAY ST., WINNIPEG, MB 222-6677

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