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LORRAINE KURTA (published on July 07, 2009)

LORRAINE KURTA With our deepest sadness and sorrow, the family and friends of Lorraine Valentine Kurta announce her peaceful passing away on July 3, 2009 at Deer Lodge Centre. Lorraine was 80 years old and struggled with COPD (pulmonary disease) and its complications. Lorraine is lovingly remembered and survived by all her Kubic and Kurta family in the Winnipeg area and Minneapolis. Her Kurta family in Detroit and Ternopil, Ukraine also mourn. Her close and dedicated friends Lena Kaminsky and her family will dearly miss her. She had many dear friends at her last permanent residence, Autumn House, who brought her great joy in all the activities they shared - bingo, cards, lunches and teas. Thank you to all her Home Care workers and friends at Autumn House who helped her during her illness. She loved her godchildren very dearly and they will miss their Auntie Lorraine. Surviving her also is her cousin and caregiver, Joyce Voelpel and husband John and their family. Lorraine was predeceased by her father John, mother Annie Kubic and her maternal grandparents who helped raise her as a child. She lost her boyfriend Charles Ritz in May, 1947 due to a boating accident which changed the course of her future life. Her loss in the passing of her best friend Bernadette Russell was very difficult for her. Lorraine was born in Winnipeg on February 14, 1929, and baptized into the Christian faith at three weeks old. She received her early education in Ladywood, MB and continued her education in Winnipeg upon moving there. She began work at CN Telegraphs as a telegram deliverer by bike, her area being Winnipeg and as far as Lockport. She worked her way up to telegraph operator where she gained many friends, including Bernadette, which she had contact with for many years after retirement. After she retired she spent her leisure time travelling with Bernie and happy times with family and friends. Lorraine and her parents were active members of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church. Her service as Financial Secretary, First Vice-President and President of the UCWLC brought her much joy. Lorraine's passion was sports, especially baseball, as a star pitcher for the Rambler's girls softball team. She was inducted into the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame in May, 2008. Lorraine was the best armchair quarterback the Bombers ever had. She loved all sports and had much to say about the events. Special thanks to the doctors, staff, clergy and chaplain at Deer Lodge Centre, 4th Floor West for their loving care, compassion and dignity offered to Lorraine; to Maria for her love and care extended to Lorraine and to all who visited Lorraine and offered prayers for her. Prayers will be sung 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 8 at Korban Funeral Chapel, 907 Main St. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 9 at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church, 590 Alverstone Ave. with Rev. Fr. N. Yakiwchuk and Deacon N. Kohuch officiating. Interment will follow in Holy Family Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined. Expressions of sympathy and donations may be made to her church. VICHNAYA PAMYAT REST IN PEACE For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 KORBAN FUNERAL CHAPEL 956-2193

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