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MARNIE ELMA KLYM (published on February 27, 2010)



MARNIE ELMA KLYM January 27, 1936 - February 22, 2010 At the age of 74, with her family by her side, Marnie slipped away to join the love of her life, her late husband Joe. Marnie was born in 1936 in Pleasant Home, Manitoba where she grew up a hard-working farm girl. She was the second of five children following her sister Danelda (Ed) Cherniak, brothers Ed (Judy) Hopko, Richard (Charlotte) Hopko and Les (Alice) Hopko. Marnie was predeceased by her husband Joe in 1980, sister-in-law Frances, mother and father-in-law Annie and Nicholas Klym, brothers-in-law Ivan, Bobby and Ed Cherniak, and her mother Alice and John Robertson. Marnie leaves to mourn daughter Janice (Eddie) Skiba, sons Darrell (Elaine), Don (Connie) and Kevin (Julie). She also leaves her cherished grandsons: Justin and Kyle Klym, Aaron and Johnny Skiba, Shawn and Kolby Klym. As well as many in-laws, numerous nieces, nephews, close friends, and travelling partners from all across the country. Her approach to life was working hard and sharing the company and laughter of family and friends. As a young child she helped her parents on the family farm. She attended school in Teulon, and later worked as a bank teller. She then met Joe and they married in 1954, settling in his hometown of Gimli. They raised their four children and were active members of their community. She was an exceptional athlete and enjoyed many years of playing softball, curling and bowling. Marnie and Joe eventually moved to the family farm in 1966. Mom was happiest when she was busy. She worked for many years at Seagram's and also volunteered in the community helping out her friends. She wouldn't hesitate to pick up a paint brush or help bake for a fall supper or shower. She took pride in everything she did and when helping people out was the first one there and the last one to leave. She enjoyed biking and strolling along the boardwalk in Gimli. She loved to travel and meet new people. She will be lovingly remembered for her courage, strength, sense of humour and generosity. She left this world surrounded by her pride and joy, her four children at her bedside. The family invites you to join them to celebrate her life on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at the Fraserwood Community Hall at 2:00 p.m. Lunch and fellowship to follow. Honouring Mom's wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family burial will be held at a later date. We wish to thank the wonderful support people who helped our mother these past few years. Home care attendants, doctors, nurses and especially the medical teams at both Selkirk General and Gimli Community Hospitals. Your kindness brought dignity to our mom's journey through a very difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations made in her memory to the Gimli Palliative Care Program. Forever in our hearts. Gilbart Funeral Home, Gimli in care of arrangements.


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