On March 25, 2018 at Holy Family Home in Winnipeg, our mother Helena Bialas passed away peacefully with her family at her side. She was predeceased by her husband, Petro; her son-in-law, Victor Horodynski; and by 12 brothers and sisters. She is survived by her children: daughters Mary (Wayne) Haddad, Donna Horodynski, and Regina (“Gina”) Kobewka; her son John Bialas; grandchildren: Jeanette (Robert), Michael, Jennifer (Matt), Jason, Justin, Kevin(Tanis) and Ashley; great-grandchildren Hope, Hunter, Joshua, Kieran, Lev, Etta, Lexi, Leah, and Chase; and her sister Cecylia Lobitz.
Helena was born in Dobra, Western Ukraine on February 3, 1924 to Joseph and Kateryna (née Gizecski) Krowiak. As an adult, the kind sponsorship of her late sister Julia Lega made it possible for Helena to immigrate to Canada with her young family.
There she became and remained an active member of Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral and the Ladies League, was actively involved with Institute Prosvita CYM and sang with the Dumka Choir. She loved to attend senior events, such as church teas and perohy making. Helena loved to travel, and her greatest enjoyment was visiting her family in the old country. Above all she loved her family and we will greatly miss our weekly Sunday dinners.
Our mama the fashionista always took pride in her appearance, making sure she was properly attired with her hair just right, and was never seen without her lipstick even at the very end. Her last four years living at Holy Family Home were spent in safety and comfort thanks to the wonderful staff there, especially nurse Marci, to whom the family wishes to express their deep gratitude for their wonderful care of our mother.
Prayers will be held at Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 115 McGregor Street on Monday April 2 at 7:00 p.m. and the Divine Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated by Rt. Rev. Msgr. Michael Buyachok on Tuesday April 3 at Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral on April 3 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery.
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