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Marge Robinson

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Marjorie Anne (Marge) Robinson

1934-2021

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Marge Robinson, who died in hospital at Selkirk, Manitoba on November 9, 2021 at the age of 87.  Marge succumbed after a long battle with cancer.

She was born in Rackham, Manitoba on October 16, 1934.  Her grandparents were immigrants from Ukraine who settled in Manitoba during the late 1890s.  Her parents, Harry and Mary Sulymka, operated a family farm—first at Rackham and, later, at Newdale, Manitoba.  Marge was the eldest daughter of Harry and Mary.  Her siblings were Stan, Iris, Wesley and Donnie.

Marge met her future husband, Tom Robinson, in Newdale and married him there in 1955.  They had been married for 66 years at the time of her death. Marge is survived by her devoted husband Tom and two brothers; Stan and Wesley. Marge and Tom had seven children: Catherine (Jerry), Laura, John (Irene), Angie (Pat), Greg (Karen), Lisa (Ted) and Matthew (Laceylyn).  Marge was proud of her twelve grandchildren: Luke (Lindsay), Joshua, Jeremy, Rebecca, Stephanie, Alex, Neil, Phillip, Genevieve, Brynna, Kyra, Sevryn, Samuel and Charlotte.  At the time of her death, Marge had four great-grandchildren: Noah, Liam, Eve and CJ.

Marge left Newdale, Manitoba to live in Saskatchewan—first, in Estevan and, eventually, in Regina.  She worked briefly as a teacher and restaurateur before becoming a stay-at-home mom for twenty years.  Later, she briefly worked in retail sales before securing a job with Catholic Family Services in Regina. 

At Catholic Family Services, Marge ran a support program for teen moms.  She was very devoted to the young mothers and children under her care—and would drop anything in order to assist them with a challenge or crisis.  She found this job very rewarding.

Tom and Marge retired to their lakefront cottage at Gimli, Manitoba in 2001.  There, they enjoyed the natural beauty of Lake Winnipeg.  Marge loved visiting with friends and family, planting trees and tending to her flowers.  She was a morning person who often arose to watch the sunrise while drinking a cup of coffee.

Marge enjoyed travelling overseas with her husband Tom.  Her favorite destinations were Hawaii, Rome, Fatima and Israel.

She was devoted to her Catholic faith.  Marge grew up in the Ukrainian Catholic Church.  She raised her children as Roman Catholics. For many years, Marge served in the Catholic Women’s League and volunteered at the Marian Centre in Regina.  She enjoyed having Catholic priests, nuns and laypersons over for dinner.  Marge belonged to the Love of God prayer group in Regina for many years and provided prayer support for friends and family over several decades.

A private family funeral Mass for Marge was held at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Gimli, Manitoba on November 16, 2021.  The celebrant was Father Stan Gacek. She was buried at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery in Regina on November 19, 2021.  The burial service was conducted by Father Reymundo Asis, the priest from St. Martin’s Roman Catholic Parish in Regina.  Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery is also the burial site for Marge’s son John, grandson Joshua, son-in-law Jerry and brother Donnie.

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