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TEKLA (TEENIE) SEMINCHUK  (published on March 15, 2005)

TEKLA (TEENIE) SEMINCHUK (KAZMER) Affectionately known as Baba, Teenie passed away March 10, 2005 - Thursday evening, at Grace Hospice. Teenie was born in 1909 in Koziwka, Tornopole, Poland, and she immigrated to Winnipeg, MB, in 1929. She was predeceased by her parents Catherine and John; her brothers, Victor, Michael and Nicholas; and her son-in-law Charles Castelein. She leaves to mourn her daughters, Joyce (Mike Hrechka) and Irene (Castelein); grandchildren, Kenneth (Kathy), Debbie (Michael Parker), Cheryl and Brian, Richard (Phyllis), Karen (Charles) and Myra (Terry Kuhl); and great-grandchildren, Julia and Michael Hrechka, Sean and Ashley Parker and Brianna and William Hrechka and Kelly and Heather Kuhl. In Winnipeg, Teenie met and married William Seminchuk and bore two daughters, Joyce and Irene. Life was not easy in the early 30s, and Mom did her share to provide for her family. She was employed for several years in sewing factories and later at a vegetable garden. She was an inventive cook, and memories of some very delectable dishes linger still. Learning on the job, she also became a very good seamstress, and Mom fashioned many stylish dresses for us. Mom also became a valuable partner in Minchuk Caterers, and she was respected by all who worked with her under her supervision. Mom was an avid gardener, and her gardens became showplaces both for flowers and produce. Her love of flowers was skillfully reproduced in her needlework. Her cooking skills were well-known, and her holopchi and and dill pickles were in demand for socials and banquets at Proshvita Hall. She was a longtime member of Lesia Ukrainka Women's organization at Proshvita and a founding member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church. During the big 50s flood, she managed a canteen for sand-baggers and dike workers. Bingo was her game and she continued well into her 90s. She also enjoyed her casino trips across the border with friend Jean. Mom also was able to return to her birthplace in 1977 and reunited with remaining family members. Her love for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren was always evident. We will miss her more than words can express, but know that she is with God, and at last free from pain. Our love will know no end. Our heartfelt gratitude to all the staff at Riverview Health Centre for their considerate and compassionate care; she became very fond of all of you, and all of the staff at Grace Hospice, where she was again treated with care and tenderness. Viewing, with prayers, will be on Friday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Desjardins Funeral Chapel, 357 DesMeurons St. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 19 at 11:00 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 390 Marion St. Interment to follow at Holy Family Cemetery. Vichnaya Pamyat The Desjardins Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements, 233-4949; toll free 1-888-233-4949.

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