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LUCY JOHNSON (published on January 23, 2010)



LUCY JOHNSON (nee OSHANSKI) January 14, 1928 - January 19, 2010 It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of our dear mother and grannie who died at home on January 19, 2010, at the age of 82. Lucy grew up in North End Winnipeg, the eldest daughter of Ukrainian immigrants. Her boundless energy and bright mind reflected her success at school, and her hard-working ethic at home as she helped to raise younger siblings. In 1947, Lucy met Ted Johnson, a young naval veteran of the Second World War. It was at a dance at the Icelandic Social Hall. They were married in 1949, and Lucy devoted herself to making a family home while Ted maintained a hectic career as an electronics engineer at the CBC. They brought up four children in their bungalow on Dudley Crescent - the house which remained Lucy's home for 56 years. Lucy immersed herself fully in the lives of her children, always interested in the latest music and other aspects of pop culture. She was a true motocross mom who supported dirt bike racing and followed other local pro sports as well. As a family, we enjoyed memorable camping and fishing trips, and a home environment where we were encouraged to develop liberal social values and to follow our own creative pursuits. Life changed dramatically in 1967, when Ted suffered a debilitating stroke. Lucy cared for her husband at home while still raising kids ranging in age from five to 16. In 1977, when Ted died, Lucy lost the one and only true love of her life. The following year, she became an aircraft technician at Boeing of Canada, a position she held until retirement in 1994. Lucy relished her interesting job, which required both physical and mental skills. She made a lot of friends at Boeing, and everybody loved little Lucy. Retirement brought new aspects to Lucy's life, but certainly nothing ever slowed her down. Now there was time for working in the garden, bowling in Fort Garry and Polo Park leagues, and visiting her beloved bison at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. She continued to be busily involved with her children and grandchildren, sometimes travelling to Toronto, Wisconsin, or Nova Scotia to visit family. In her quiet times alone, Lucy was a voracious reader. She could often be found in an armchair at McNally-Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park, with a favourite book, and she had a well-stocked library of her own. Her Siamese cats were her constant companions, and there were always two to four of them snuggled up in her cozy home. Lucy became reclusive in her last years, and struggled fiercely against being a burden to her family. She gave everything she had to them, and maintained her independence right to the end. She left us with the same courage and dignity she had shown throughout her life. Lucy was predeceased by her parents Phillip and Anne (nee Kowlyk) Oshanski, husband Edwin Albert (Ted), mother-in-law Hilda (nee Carlson), brothers Johnny, Nick (Kay), Mike, Harry (Connie), Willie, and sister Olga Lang. Lucy is survived by her children: Randy (Peggy Lampotang), Pamela (Lovern Kindzierski), Clint, and Charmaine (Tom Putnam), and her grandchildren: Sarah, Holly, Cooper, Robin, Dylan, Tavis, and Lindsey. She is also survived by her brothers Peter, Paul, Joe, and Freddie (Joy), and her sisters Jenny Schroeder, Helen, and Deana Oickle (Mervyn), as well as numerous nieces and nephews. We would like to thank Anne at the Fort Garry Rotary Villa, who helped us to provide a lovely new home for Lucy, where she lived quite independently for the last five months of her life. Lucy's final humanitarian act was to make a generous donation to the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund through Medecins Sans Frontieres. She also loved animals, and her favourite local charity was The Winnipeg Humane Society. In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests that donations be made to either of these organizations. A memorial celebration welcomes family and friends to the Rockwood Legion Halls at 341 Wilton St., on Friday, February 5, at 2:00 p.m.


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