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MALANIA (MIN) PLASESKI (published on September 17, 2011)

MALANIA (MIN) PLASESKI (nee ZEBELUK) Born January 5, 1929. It is with heartfelt sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved Mother and Grandmother, Min, on September 8, 2011 at Hillcrest Place, Brandon, Manitoba, with her family by her side. Remaining to forever cherish Minnie's memory are, her children Janis Landin (Don), Linda McLellan (Ian), Christopher (Cheryl), Michael (Kathy), Katharine Mercredi (Tim), Barbara Ross (Tim) and John. Adored by her grandchildren Julie Landin, Ryan Aebig (Adrianna), Caylie (Bobby), Cody, Alicia (Frank) and Jared. Predeceased by her devoted husband, Joseph Plaseski, Mother, Sofia Zebeluk and brother, John Zebeluk and her grandchildren Cole Plaseski and Angela Aebig. She is lovingly remembered by her extended family and her many friends. Min will be remembered above all else for her strong faith, humility, thoughtfulness, generosity and devotion to her family and friends. Min was born and raised in Portage la Prairie, the majority of her youth was spent in foster care. She met and fell in love with Joseph Plaseski and they were married in 1947, sharing 61 years together while raising their active family in Rivers, Manitoba. Min spoke two languages. She took great pride in her ability to create sumptuous meals and magical baking. Gifted with her hands, her labours of love included countless knitted items, cherished and loved by all she bestowed them to. Min enjoyed gardening and creating delicious preserves, year after year. With determination she pursued her career as a hair stylist operating her own business as well as working for several salon proprietors in Winnipeg, Brandon and Rivers. She loved music, especially opera and enjoyed singing, particularly during Sunday mass. She led by example, volunteering for years with the Catholic Women's League and Rivers Ukrainian Society. Min and Joe enjoyed many, memorable years with family at their cottage in Sandy Lake, Manitoba. Among Min's many other passions were reading, current affairs, playing cards with friends, coin and stamp collecting and her uncanny ability to beat us all at Scrabble. Min was a devoted wife to her late husband Joseph; a mother of unmatched love and nurturing to her seven children and their spouses; a grandmother who could not have been more loved. She was a caring and loyal friend to so many throughout her lifetime. Min was defined by her bright smile, her sense of humour, giving nature and tenacious strength. Never did a guest feel unwanted, a child feel unloved or a person feel unwelcome in her presence. Mom's legacy for us will be Everything you touch with love, lasts . Min was truly blessed with a long and happy life and will be deeply missed. Rest softly, sleep gently, dearest Mother. The Mass of Christian Burial was held at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Rivers on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. Celebrant was Father Dominic Yuen. Honorary Pallbearers were Don Landin, Tom Aebig, Ian McLellan, Tim Mercredi, Ryan Aebig and Ken Hogland. Active pallbearers were: Chris Plaseski, Mike Plaseski, John Plaseski, Jared Plaseski, Tim Ross and Cody Plaseski. Interment followed in the Rivers Cemetery. Donations in memory of Min may be made to Riverdale Health Services District Foundation, Prairie Crocus Regional Library, or the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, all in Rivers at R0K 1X0. Expressions of sympathy may be made at Arrangements were with Memories Chapel Pre-Planning Centre, Brandon, MB. (204) 727-0330. Remembering Mother How swiftly the sands of time drive on towards eternity, and far too soon, the one we love has reached that new horizon far beyond our earthly sight. In memory she will not be absent. For, as a haunting melody returns again and again, she will gently tiptoe across our hearts to sojourn with us - in our laughter and in our tears. She will call to us in bird songs at dawn, in springtime's newborn flowers, in waves on summer's sun-kissed waters. She will whisper to us in softly falling leaves. She will caress us with gentle, crystal snowflakes. She will peek at us from sunset's splendour. We shall celebrate each new season in her memory. For we are truly grateful for the sunshine that was her life.

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