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VIVIAN MARIE MAKSYMETZ (published on June 13, 2009)



VIVIAN MARIE MAKSYMETZ Vivian was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Friday, February 16, 1945 and after a few years in the Interlake area her family moved to Winnipeg. She married Sylvester Maksymetz, August 2, 1968 in Winnipeg. Vivian was an only child and enjoyed Syl's large Ukrainian family. Together they raised three children and enjoyed spending time with their five grandchildren as often as possible. Vivian's career began at Federated Co-op in Winnipeg, where she discovered her talent for numbers . She obtained a Certified Management Accounting Degree in 1976 after countless correspondence courses and many late nights. At the time of her passing, she was one course away from obtaining her degree in Human Resource Management. In 1971, Vivian and Syl came to The Pas for a six month job and they never left. Together they operated Sylmak Trucking Ltd. and Kirby Tire. Vivian went on to purchase and operate the Dairy Queen in 1991 - this adventure lasted six years at which time Vivian tried her hand at retirement. This didn't last long and soon she came up with a plan with Syl and her brother-in-law, Lawrence, to open a Super 8 Motel. Vivian was the General Manager of the Super 8 Motel - her greatest job ever! She earned an award from Super 8 for being one of the Top 8 Super 8's in the world - twice! Vivian will be remembered for her abundance of energy and her generosity. When she wasn't working or volunteering her time, you could often find her in the kitchen. Vivian took various cooking classes and she was always trying new recipes. She was also a professional cake decorator and could be counted on to make family birthday cakes. She was a tremendous seamstress and when she wasn't making baby blankets for her grandchildren or curtains for her children's homes, she would sew her own special event outfits. Vivian also enjoyed crocheting, needlepoint and doing beadwork. She was an avid reader and enjoyed travelling. Vivian was a longtime member of the Northern Lites Lions Club of The Pas and a member of The Westminster United Church. It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our daughter, mother, wife and grandmother, Monday, June 1, 2009 at the age of 64 years, following a courageous battle with cancer. Vivian will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by her husband of 40 years Sylvester; her three children Kelly (Tracy) of Estevan, SK, Kristal (Brently) of The Pas, MB and Kirby (Tara) of Winnipeg, MB. She also leaves to mourn five grandchildren; Kallie Marie, Kash, Bristol, Ethan and Troy. She is also survived by her mother, Ruth Peppler of The Pas, MB. Vivian was predeceased by her father, Ken Castle and her in-laws, John and Anne Maksymetz. An evening prayer service was held Friday, June 5, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, The Pas, Manitoba, with Mrs. Joan Prokopow presiding. A service of remembrance for Vivian was held Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, The Pas, Manitoba, under the auspices of Westminster United Church with Rev. Valerie Cottrill and Mrs. Joan Prokopow presiding. Music ministry was provided by Linda Buchannon. The eulogy was given by Elicia Maksymetz and Brian Maksymetz. Memories of the Heart were shared by Jack Lane. A slide show presentation was given by Kelly and Tracy McConnell. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery, The Pas, Manitoba. Following the interment prayers at Lakeside Cemetery, everyone was invited to a time of fellowship and refreshment at the Guy Hall. Pallbearers were all those whose lives Vivian touched. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 2B7, would be appreciated by Vivian's family. Hemauer Funeral Home, The Pas, Manitoba, in care of arrangements, 204-623-3261.


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