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STEFANIA TARASIUK (published on December 04, 2007)

STEFANIA TARASIUK It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother and grandmother, Stefania Tarasiuk, on December 2, 2007 at Holy Family Home at the age of 83. Stefania was born in the village of Liske, Sokal, Ukraine on November 13, 1924, daughter of Andrij Schudlo and Eva of the family Kiratkowska. Stefania leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter, Hannia, son-in-law, Brian Lukie, grandchildren Ivanna, Daria and Sofia; son Andrey of Stratford, Ontario and his partner John Miller; son, Myron and daughter-in-law, Orysia Luchak, grandchildren Andriana and Markian; sisters, Genia and Iryna in Ukraine; many nieces, nephews and family in France. She was predeceased by her husband Theodore Tarasiuk and her brother Myron Schudlo of Ukraine. Stefania was a courageous person and led a very fulfilling life. During the Second World War, when Ukraine was invaded, Stefania, at the age of 18, was conscripted to work in Germany. During the latter part of the war, Stefania worked on a farm in Belgium. It was there that she discovered her love of 'chokolyiady' and fine baking. After the war, Stefania immigrated to Canada from Brussels, Belgium aboard the Aquitania. Stefania married the late Theodore Tarasiuk on September 3, 1949. Together they took an active part in the Ukrainian community and forged a better life for themselves, and raised their children in their newly adopted country of Canada. Stefania's energy was boundless. Stefania worked at the City of Winnipeg for over 30 years, and put her heart and soul into cooking, embroidering, gardening and caring for her grandchildren. Some of her greatest joys were attending their school concerts, recitals and Rusalka performances. When Stefania made her annual visits to her son Andrey and John in Toronto and Stratford during the Christmas season, she would bring with her the twelve traditional Christmas dishes, lovingly packed in a cardboard box. Stefania was a woman of great faith. She was caring, unselfish, and generous in every sense of the word, who always put other's interests ahead of her own. Stefania generously contributed to many charities and devoted much of her time and energies serving various community organizations including OYK (Winnipeg Branch) and the UCWLC of St. Andrew's Ukrainian Catholic Church. Stefania's words were quiet, but her deeds were loud. We were blessed with a wonderful mother and grandmother and we know, deep down in our hearts, that Stefania is at peace and in good hands. We would like to thank Holy Family Home, especially Dr. Wilson and the loving staff of St. Mary's Ward. Your loving care, compassion and good humour was greatly appreciated and a tremendous source of comfort for us all. You are like family to us. We also extend a special thank you to our relatives and friends for their comforting words and loving support in our time of sorrow. Prayers will be sung 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 4 at St. Andrew's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 160 Euclid Ave. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 5 also at the Church with Fr. L. Ratushniak, C.Ss.R. officiating. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Andrey Tarasiuk, Gary Lukie, Nicholas Luchak, Don Cilinsky, Andrew Cilinsky and Adam Cilinsky. In lieu of flowers, donations in Stefania's memory may be made to Holy Family Home, 165 Aberdeen Ave. Winnipeg R2W 1T9 or a charity of one's choice. VICHNAYA PAM'YAT KORBAN FUNERAL CHAPEL 956-2193

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