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EMELIA THERESA (EMILY) PETRASH (published on April 17, 2010)



EMELIA THERESA (EMILY) PETRASH (nee MARKS) It is with great sadness our family announces the passing of our cherished mother and grandmother, Emily Petrash, on April 11, 2010 at the Concordia Hospital. Emily was born and raised in Camp Morton, MB, where she shared her home with 11 other siblings. Mom moved to Winnipeg where she worked as a domestic, but had to return home to help. She soon found a job at the Komo Hotel as a chief cook and bottle washer and, where she met the bartender, Jim Petrash. Mom and Dad soon married and in 1940 their daughter Joyce was born in Gimli. This new young family later followed her own family to Red Lake Ontario to work in the Gold Mine. Mom became the pastry chef and had to have at least three or four choices of desserts to offer the working miners. She loved to curl, play softball, bowl, play cards, needlework and berry picking. When her young brothers came to Red Lake she would not let them stay at the Bunk House, but took them into her own home. Eventually the family moved to Winnipeg in 1955, the year of the big flood. Mom worked as a seamstress. She loved her new house, and also went on to build four cottages, the last one at the Big Whiteshell Lake, where she tended to her showcase gardens. At the lake, she was known for her delicious perogies, donuts and extraordinary pies, sharing them with all our wonderful neighbours. She always looked forward to the mushroom and blueberry season when the mushroom and blueberry war started, to see who could pick the most. A good time was had by all ! Mom was a very hard working person and always said Get up, do something and you will feel better. Emily leaves to mourn and cherish her memory, daughter Joyce, granddaughter Lynn; sisters, Anna Gall of Balmertown, Mary Demchuck and Betty Kehler both of Red Lake, Martha Ryan of Winnipeg, a brother Adolph of Belleville, Ont., many nieces and nephews as well as her three felines. She was predeceased by an infant son, Karl, her husband Jim, brothers, Adam, Joe, Tony, Arthur, Charlie, her infant sister Rose; son-in-law Richard Nykoluk (whom she considered as a son as well as many nieces and nephews. Emily was a kind and gentle soul and the best wife, mother, grandmother, sibling and friend that one could ever wish for. She will be deeply missed by all who loved her. The family would like to extend their appreciation to the wonderful staff of N-1 Concordia Hospital, and to Dr. Komenda and Dr. Mohammed. Funeral service to be held on Monday, April 19, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. with viewing held one hour prior to service at the Transcona Funeral Chapel, 1800 Day Street. Msgr. Louis McCloskey presiding. Interment to follow, beside her husband Jim, at the Transcona Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, if friends so wish, memorial donations may be made to the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation or to a No Kill Pet Shelter.


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