Jennie (Genia) Olynyk
Peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 our mother and baba was welcomed into her eternal heavenly home after a well lived earthly journey of 95 years.
She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years (Miran) and her sister Lesia. She is survived by her children, son Fred (Pauline), daughter Jo-Ann (Ihor) and her grandsons Andrew, Michael, Paul and Michael.
Following a modest childhood our mother enjoyed various jobs before, during and after raising her family. She gave her all to positions ranging from a stenographer to a waitress, from a factory worker to a real estate agent and from a home seamstress to a religious goods salesperson. Her various employments reflected her voracious range of interests as well as her necessity to ensure her family could avoid financial barriers.
The importance of family time was paramount to our mother. Her grandsons will forever cherish her delightful humour and unwavering support. She greatly anticipated travelling with family and friends, especially relishing winter escapes to Hawaii.
Our mother delighted in vegetable and rose gardening and was so proud when she achieved the court of honor in local flower competitions. She savored picking blueberries and wild mushrooms with family and would often marvel at the beauty of the outdoors. Indoors, she would find joy in crocheting or knitting for her grandsons or various charities.
Ukrainian culture and traditions intertwined with a strong sense of faith were very important to our mother. She was an active member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church since the 1950’s and thoroughly enjoyed her involvement with the Women’s League.
Words cannot adequately express our gratitude to the health care aides, nurses, doctors and spiritual care givers of St. Paul’s Ward at Holy Family Nursing Home. Their angelic daily efforts for the past 3 years of our mother’s life has touched us for the remainder of our lives.
Funeral service will take place on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 0930 am at Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, 390 Marion St., Winnipeg with Father Darren Kawiuk officiating.
Pall bearers will be Andrew Olynyk, Christopher Olynyk, Justin Olynyk, Michael Olynyk, Robert Olynyk and Paul Szelemej. Honourary pall bearer is Michael Szelemej
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holy Family Nursing Home, Winnipeg Humane Society or a charity of your choice.
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