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JULIA ANN HOFFMAN (published on October 09, 2010)

JULIA ANN HOFFMAN Peacefully on the evening of September 23, 2010, Julia Ann Hoffman, aged 87, passed away at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, after a courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased by parents Jacob Dusko in 1978 (Russian, born in what is now eastern-Ukraine) and Lydia Kathleen Stadler in 1964 (birthname: Ludwina Szczudlo of Krakow, Poland), grandparents Francizek Szczudlo in 1917, Anne Mikula in 1951, John Shuffel in 1958. Also predeceased by cherished brother, William Robert Dusko in 1960, husbands Jack Hoffman in 1974 and Stanley Ernest Simonson in 2002. She is survived by Daughters Carol (Gary Gunvaldsen) and Barbara (Raymond Gislason), grandsons Daniel and Aaron (Kathryn), Granddaughter Carla (Dwayne Lamoureux), Great-grandaughters Kiera and Kylie Gislason, Great-grandsons Dustin Nachtigall, Adam, Patrick and Jared Gislason, and by nephew Robert Dusko, Great-nephew Sean and Great-niece Megan Dusko. She is also survived by Aunt Anne Shuffel (Mike Bandera) of Toronto, first-cousins Joan Studler Beauchamp and Reg Studler of Manitoba, and other cousins across Canada and the US. Julia was born at Winnipeg's General Hospital at a tiny 24 ounces (0.7kg). She attended Holy Ghost Catholic School, language classes, Daniel MacIntyre, and Business College. She attended Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches, played the violin, drew and painted. She worked in the Dusko family construction and housing business and in Brothan Painting with husband Jack. In addition to English, she spoke Russian, Ukrainian and Polish, loved to dance, cook, build, volunteer at Folklarama , and to sing in the Ukrainian Labour Hall choir. She had a special talent and passion for crocheting and knitting for family, friends and hospitals. She maintained her love of life and sense of humour to the end, made friends wherever she was, and had a special affinity for neighbors in Gimli. Special thanks are extended to the medical staff of the Grace Hospital, emergency and third floor medical units, for their kindness and care of a once-again, very tiny Julia during her three-week stay with them. Julia has been cremated and will be interred in the Dusko family plot at Brookside Cemetery alongside her parents and brother, near babcia and didus. A memorial celebration to honour Julia's life will be held on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre on 3030 Notre Dame Avenue (across from Brookside Cemetery). NEIL BARDAL INC. FUNERAL CENTRE (204) 949-2200

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