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TILLIE (TEKLA) YACIUK (published on March 04, 2011)

TILLIE (TEKLA) YACIUK (nee BASARABA) 1921 - 2011 On Monday, February 28, 2011, at the age of 89, our beloved Mother passed away peacefully, with family by her side. Tillie was predeceased by her parents Sophie and John; her brothers: Mike, Pete, Louis, Joe and Stanley; her beloved husband, Joseph (1986); infant daughter, Diane (1948); and son, Brian (2009). Her memory will forever be cherished by her children: Joyce (Peter) Kibsey, Patricia Marchuk, Adeline (Gordon) Sumka, Phyllis Yaciuk, Virginia Gard, Angela (Randy) Tyluk, Veronica (Garry) Kornik, Victoria (Bill) Steele, and Jeffrey (Charlene) Yaciuk; grandchildren: Roberta (Roland), Holly, Rochelle (Barry), Matthew (Melissa), Tara (Dustin), Michael (Whitney), Shawn (Lolita), Sherisse (Ron), Shelly (Gerry), Stuart (Stacy), Trevor (Lori), Trisha (Andy), Candice (Todd), Afton (Carmine), Kristin, Kelly (Jamie), Dayna, Chad (Jessica), Scott (Claire), Shane, Vanessa (Duane), Jared (Amber), and Kyle; great-grandchildren: Erik, Nathan, Meagan, Madison, Chelsea, Brayden, Kaden, Lacey, Keenen, Brenden, Taylor, Montana, Adrianna, Elissa, Denika, Ashton, Alyssa, Dawson, Byron, Alex, Jaden, Derrick, Evan, Emma, Joshua and Sydney; her brothers: Walter (Olga), Philip (Enid); her sisters-in-law: Pearl and Ann; numerous nieces and nephews; and her best friend Mary. Mom was born on March 6, 1921 to Sophie and John Basaraba. They resided on their farm in the Sylvan district where she attended school to Grade 5. Being the only girl in the family of eight children, she was a tomboy at heart and a true farm girl. She was passionate about horses, especially her Dan. As a young lady, Mom, with several of her friends, ventured to Winnipeg and got her first job working in a shoe factory. Mom and Dad had met at a local barn dance. They married on February 5, 1944 and started their life together on a new farm in the Hamrlik district. Through the years, life on the farm flourished as the family worked in harmony with Dad's direction and Mom's gentle guidance. Mom was able to raise a large family while also performing the many diversified duties of the farm. It was her kind, gentle nature that took away any of the stresses of life. She was a well-respected woman by her family, friends, and acquaintances. Mom's home was welcoming to everyone. When company arrived, the coffee was on and a meal was served. Her homemade bread, doughnuts and pyrohy created lasting memories for all her family. Her daily tasks were never ending, but she still made time to knit mittens and socks for her children and later, her grandchildren. As a legacy of her love, she endeavored to create afghans for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We thank you, Mom. You were a gracious and loving woman. We honour you today and always. You will be forever missed. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, March 7, 2011, at 11:00 a.m., at the St. Philip's Roman Catholic Church. Fr. Paul Bisson will be officiating. Special thank-you to Tillie's home caregivers - Darlene, Bonnie, David, and Lorna; Dr. Gerges, and nursing staff at the Arborg Hospital for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. Arborg (MacKenzie) Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

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