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SYLVIA MARION ROHATENSKY (published on August 08, 2009)

SYLVIA MARION ROHATENSKY (nee SOBKOW) With sorrow we announce the passing of Sylvia on August 5, 2009 at the age of 78 after courageously dealing with various forms of cancer over 15 years. She leaves to mourn her husband Jim, sons David (Elaine), Gerald and Paul (Lynn) and grandchildren, Jazlyn and Andrew. She was predeceased by her parents Kazimer (Kenny) and Annie Sobkow (nee Bogucki) and step-siblings Charlie, Walter, Stella and Sister Hilda'. Sylvia was born September 23, 1930 near Oakburn, MB. She often spoke of the hardships and simple pleasures of rural life. Moving to Winnipeg to work for Manitoba Medical Services in the 1950s was a challenge and an adventure. While living in Winnipeg, she made lifelong friendships, and also met her husband Jim. On September 5, 2009 they would have celebrated 50 years of marriage. While raising a young family, Sylvia returned to the workforce in 1975 as a kitchen server at the Selkirk Mental Health Centre. Seeking to better herself, she graduated with a dietary diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and worked her way up to being a senior Cook Supervisor. She earned the respect and admiration of the entire team for her strong work ethic and sense of fairness. Sylvia was a special lady, committed to helping and serving others. Her family was the centre of her life and she always lit up with joy upon seeing her grandchildren. Even when facing adversity, she met each challenge with class and dignity. She touched the hearts of many and we will miss her dearly. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at Holy Family Church, 1001 Grant Ave in Winnipeg. A second service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 12 at Sacred Heart Church in Elphinstone, MB with interment to follow at the parish Cemetery. The family thanks the staff at Cancer Care Manitoba and St. Boniface Hospital, Ward 5B for their professionalism and compassion. If desired, donations can be made to Cancer Care Manitoba. Remembrances and condolences may be emailed to Rae's Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson are in care of arrangements. (204)759-2160

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