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LENA LUPYRYPA (published on May 09, 2009)

LENA LUPYRYPA Peacefully at Betel Home in Gimli, Lena Lupyrypa, age 87, passed away on March 1, 2009. Left to mourn and cherish her memory are her three children, Jeannette (Lloyd), Margaret (Grant), and Bill (Bev). She also leaves her grandchildren, Heather (Doug), Robin (Roger), Ryan, Jennifer (Keith), Sherry (Brad) and Derek. Mom was especially proud of her great-grandchildren, Kristyn (Kyle), Kaitlyn, Kylynne, Mackenzie, Nicholas, Lauren, Parks, Rogan and Mckenna. The arrival of her great-great-grandchild Madden in August, 2008 made her extremely proud. She now could boast that there were five generations in her family. Mom will be missed by many close relatives and friends as well. Mom was predeceased by her husband John in 1978, making her a very young widow. In January 1979 she was predeceased by her eldest son Donny. These losses deeply affected Mom, but being a woman of great character and will, she accepted these losses and continued to be strong for her remaining children. She was also predeceased by her half-sisters and brothers, Pauline, Sophie (Bill), Nicholas and Paul; sisters-in-law, Jean Luprypa, Mary Petrus, and brothers-in-law, Paul Luprypa, Jim Petrus and a special nephew Freddy Luprypa. Mom was born in Okno, Manitoba on February 12, 1922. She was the only child from a second marriage and was the apple of her father's eye . Being the youngest, she worked alongside her mom and dad on the farm. Later she married John, settled in Riverton and raised their four children. Throughout her life, Mom wore many hats . She was a business woman, operating the Riverton Hotel with John. After selling the business, Mom worked at the Riverton Co-op. Being a kind and caring woman, she later became a Nurse's Aid at St. Benedict's Manor in Arborg, caring for seniors in the community. When the new Personal Care Home was completed in Arborg, she continued her career working there until her retirement. Mom was an avid volunteer. She was very proud of belonging to the Arborg Legion Women's Auxiliary because John had served in the Army. Mom lived in Arborg for many years working and being with her many friends. She filled her time knitting, crocheting, baking and cooking for her family. Her garden yielded bountiful vegetables which she generously shared with family and friends. Although she wore many hats, she wore that of a mother the best. She was a true humanitarian, caring for the less fortunate and well known for her compassion for animals. To celebrate Mom's life, a memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m. at the Riverton-Hnausa Lutheran Church with Pastor Bruce Zinken officiating. Following a coffee reception at the church, a private family interment will take place at the Shorncliffe Cemetery. Special thanks to the staff at Betel for all their care and kindness during Mom's stay there, especially at the time of her passing. We are sure a there is special place in Heaven for all of you. Thanks to Wes Gilbart of Gilbart's Funeral Home for all his professional support, advice and kindness at this sad time in our lives. If so desired, donations in Lena's memory may be made to the Riverton-Hnausa Lutheran Church or to the Winnipeg Humane society. Beautiful busy hands at rest, To your family, you were always the best. Till we meet again, We love you Mom. Gilbart Funeral Home, Gimli in care of arrangements.

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