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OLGA ALICE REGIEC (published on February 23, 2010)

OLGA ALICE REGIEC November 25, 1924 - February 19, 2010 Alice Regiec passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, at Seven Oaks General Hospital on February 19, 2010. She will be dearly missed by her brothers Edward and John (Merle); her sister Irene; her daughter Rose-Marie (Barrie); her sons Mitchell (Dawn) and Alex (Marilyn); her granddaughters Tara (Mark), Heather (Dave) and Colleen (Lyle); her grandsons Zachary David and Danny (Tara); her great-granddaughters Kaitlin, Emily, Alexa and Kiara; and her great-grandsons Brendan, Jayden and Dawson. She will also be deeply missed by many nieces and nephews in Winnipeg and across Canada. She was predeceased by her parents Bert and Annie Gmiterek; her brothers Alfred, Victor, Joe and Peter; and her sisters Helen, Carrie and Mary. Alice was born on the family farm at Cloverleaf, MB. She moved to Kitchener, ON as a young woman joining her two sisters, Helen and Carrie working in the Goodrich Rubber Plant during the Second World War. After the war, she moved to Toronto where she met and married Nick Regiec. The couple, along with their children, owned and operated a popular Polish restaurant called the White Eagle Grill on Queen Street West. In 1961 she moved with her children to Winnipeg and settled on Polson Avenue in the city's North End. In addition to raising three children, Alice worked for many years in the restaurant operations of the Hudson's Bay Co. and the T. Eaton Co. and in residential housekeeping until her retirement in 1984. Alice made many lasting friendships in the workplace and in the city's Polish and Ukrainian communities. Alice was a much loved mother, baba, sister, aunt and friend who always put family first. As a mother she instilled her good values, ethics and morals into her children's development. Her skills as a fantastic cook, baker, gardener and knitter have left her family and friends with many happy memories. She will be remembered for her courage, strength, sense of humour and generosity. The family would like to extend a special thanks for the exceptional care she received from the staff of the I.C.U. at Seven Oaks, especially Dr. Meirowitz and Dr. Lerner and the nurses on 5 Unit 7 Julia, Rachel, Heloise and Christine. The family also expresses appreciation to the staff of Maples Personal Care Home, especially nurses and aides Maren, Joan, Rommel, Nikki, Troy, Karen and Marylou. She was cared for with kindness, compassion and dignity. At Alice's request cremation has taken place and a memorial service with family and friends will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street. A private family interment will take place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Alice's memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 200 - 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0K6.

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