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EUGENIA (JEAN) YACULA (published on January 18, 2010)

EUGENIA (JEAN) YACULA It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Mother and Grandmother, Eugenia (Jean), who died peacefully in her sleep at Holy Family Nursing Home on January 15, 2010. Mom was predeceased by her husband, the late William Val Yacula, Member of Parliament, (Springfield); brother Walter Zuk Sr. and parents, Johann and Pearl Zuk. Mourning her passing are daughter Elaine; son-in-law Ron; granddaughter Kate; nephew Wally Zuk Jr. (Jessie) and their children, Janine (Cody), Paul (Mel); niece Sandy; her dearest friend Merlyn; also Pat and additional family and friends. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Mom attended Immaculate Heart of Mary, Faraday and St. John's High Schools. She completed an Executive Secretarial program at Success Business College, took University courses in Accounting and worked for several legal and financial firms. After her marriage in 1944, she and her husband and brother became business partners and owned hotels in Manitoba and Northwest Ontario. When Dad was elected Member of Parliament, he and Mom relocated to Ottawa. After his death, Mom took on the role of single parent. She worked for the Province of Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization and was Executive Secretary to the Director of Planning at the City of Winnipeg until her retirement. Proud of her Ukrainian heritage, Mom was an active participant in Ukrainian youth organizations, performing both as a solo singer and dancer. She passed her grade eight piano exams and enjoyed playing well into her 80's. Mom was an accomplished horseback rider and also earned several first and second place medals for sharp shooting. She attended Ukrainian school and was fluent in the language, a skill which served her later when she volunteered as an interpreter / translator for the medical and legal communities. Mom was a member of the Professional and Business Women's Club of Winnipeg and served as a committee member with the Holy Family Ladies' Auxiliary. She loved her North American and European travels, as well as landscape painting, reading and gardening. Mom's greatest joy was helping to look after her precious granddaughter Kate, whom she loved with all her heart. She especially treasured the years taking her to Sadochuk and spending time cooking together making pyrogies and playing dress up. Our family is privileged to have experienced Mom's unconditional love, support and generosity of spirit. We extend a heartfelt thank-you to the staff and Sisters at Holy Family Nursing Home. Your respect and compassion enabled Mom to spend her final days in comfort and dignity. According to Mom's wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family interment at Elmwood Cemetery will follow at a later date. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Home, 1442 Main St. In lieu of flowers, donations, if desired, can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba or to the Winnipeg Humane Society. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance. Vichnaya Pamyat

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