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LENA STASTOOK (published on February 26, 2010)



LENA STASTOOK (nee PROCEVIAT) It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Lena on February 24, 2010 after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband's family, Bryan (Susan), Terry (Colleen), Gwen (Mike) Spelliscy; grand-children, Paul (Shauna), Sheri Lynn (Tim) Banera, Todd, Tara, Brett (Danijela) and Erin Spelliscy; great-grandchildren, Evan, Noah and Sydney Banera; her siblings, Olga Kellner, Walter Proceviat (Helen) and Maurice Proceviat (Evelyn); brothers-in-law, Mike Stastook (Frances), Tony Stastook (Vicky) and sisters-in-law, Jenny Proceviat, Helen Ewanochko (Joe), and Teenie Dubecki, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and close friends. Lena was predeceased by her parents John and Mukrina Proceviat, first husband, Mike Koralewicz; son, Norman; companion, Lorne Harrington; second husband, Peter Stastook; brothers, Daniel, John, Mike and Nick; sisters, Mary, Kay, Annie, Maggie, Pearl, Nettie and Jessie. Lena was born in Elma, Manitoba on February 16, 1923. Lena was one of 15 children in a hard-working, farming family. She spent 31 years working at Domtar, retiring in 1984. Lena loved to surround herself with friends and family. Her house was always open to everyone and no one left without having a delicious, homemade meal. She was famous for her traditional, old country, Ukrainian cooking. It was an art that she loved to pass on to those who were interested. She also loved to garden and continued to dig her own garden, as only she could. Many of us will miss all the fresh vegetables that she willingly shared with everyone. Lena's life with Peter was blessed with many happy family times with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed a long retirement with Peter travelling to warm destinations, taking road trips to visit friends and family and enjoying their garden. The family extends their appreciation to the Palliative Care nurses that cared for Lena at her home, the homecare staff that attended to her and the doctors and nurses of the Emergency and Palliative Care units at St. Boniface Hospital. Lena always commented on what wonderful care she received. Prayers will be held at Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church on Friday, February 26, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. A Funeral mass will be held at Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. Pallbearers will be Paul Stastook, Todd Stastook, Brett Spelliscy, Donnie Iwanoczko, Brian Proceviat and Derek Nelson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba or a charity of your choice in Lena's memory. God saw you getting tired and a cure was not meant to be, so He put His arms around you and whispered Come to Me . With tearful eyes we watched you, as we saw you pass away. Although we loved you deeply, we could not make you stay. Your Golden Heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best. GREEN ACRES Funeral Home and Cemetery 1 Green Acres Lane, Springfield (204) 222-3241 Hwy #1 East inside the Perimeter at Winnipeg Condolences may be sent to: www.greenacresmemorial.com


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