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HILDA L. RATCHINSKY (published on July 04, 2009)

HILDA L. RATCHINSKY December 11, 1917 - April 6, 2009 Sadly we announce the passing of our dearly loved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Hilda Ratchinsky at the Morris Hospital on April 6, 2009 at the age of 91 years. Mom is survived by her son Clarence (Evelyn) of Winnipeg; two daughters, Alice (William) Ostrowsky of Rosa and Diane (Hugh) Lamont of Dominion City; two granddaughters, Cindy (Jarvis) Hrynenko and Shauneen Lamont (friend Ken); and four great-grandchildren, Glenn Hrynenko (friend Camie), Brendon and Keenan Daneault and Kiera Walford. She is also survived by Perry Daneault; sisters, Alma Walters, Edna Brad and Adeline (Wallace) Kein; and sisters-in-law, Esther Casper, Hanna Ratchinsky and Olga Ratchinsky. Mom was predeceased by her husband Henry on January 10, 1993; her parents, Rudolph and Augusta Casper; brothers, Fred, Walter and Henry; sisters, Mabel Walters and Flora Flagel; brothers-in-law, Ted and Paul Walters, Harry Flagel and Wallace Brad; and sisters-in-law, Evangeline Casper and Alma (Emma) Casper. Mom was born on December 11, 1917 in the Green Ridge area. Later, her parents moved to their farm in the Dominion City area. Mom attended school in Dominion City. On May 20, 1938 she married Henry Ratchinsky in Winnipeg. They farmed southeast of Dominion City. Within nine years, they were blessed with three children. Though life was often difficult, Mom's huge vegetable gardens, from which she preserved hundreds of quarts, always ensured huge delicious meals for us. Our home was always filled with relatives and friends on weekends and during the summer holidays. Mom always encouraged us in our studies, sports, Sunday School, Luther League, drama, choir and band. She was a life-long member of the Dominion City St. Paul's Lutheran Church until its closure, daily prayed and read her Bible. In 1956 Mom and Dad moved into Dominion City where Mom found employment in Sokolyk's General Store. Later she also provided janitorial services at the R. M. of Franklin office, the Bank of Commerce and the Post Office. Mom thoroughly loved and spoiled both her granddaughters and her great-grandchildren. In 1944 Mom sold her home and moved into a rental side-by-side. There she loved her neighbours and was able to enjoy her vegetable garden compliments of Len and Sandra Schultz. She surrounded her home with beautiful flowers and raked her own yard even though her rent included this service. In 2007 due to failing health, the R. M. of Franklin Manor became her home. Here, she tended a very tiny vegetable garden and flower bed, baked buns, cakes and muffins with her great-grandchildren, and crocheted slippers, doilies, washcloths and afghans which have now become treasured gifts. Trips to Altona and Winnipeg, visits to Rosa, dinners at CanAm Corner, family celebrations and listening to groups who brought beautiful music to the Manor helped to fill her time. Although Mom was an intensely private person, she welcomed visits from family and friends and made sure each person left only after a bountiful meal had been served. Her wish to live independently in her own home was granted with the exception of the last two months when Home Care workers came to administer her medication. We, her family, extend our appreciation and thanks to all the doctors, the staffs of Morris Hospital and Emerson Clinic, Home Care workers, Ambulance and Fire Department who were so kind and took such great care of Mom. We also express our thanks to Terry Wiebe and Wiebe Funeral Home Altona for their kindness, concern and professional service during this difficult time. Our sincere gratitude is expressed to all of Mom's great neighbours and friends at the Manor. In compliance with Mom's wishes, cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Dominion City Cemetery with Rev. Bob Stark officiating. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Sturgeon Foundation of Dominion City, in care of Bev Berrington, Dominion City, MB R0A 0H0 or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements entrusted to: WIEBE FUNERAL HOME (ALTONA) LTD. 204-324-5404

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