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May 2, 1929 – December 10, 2023
Jean Presniak (nee Stadnyk) - It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Jean Presniak, loving mother, baba, great baba, and great-great baba. Jean passed away peacefully at the Shoal Lake Personal Care Home on December 10, 2023 at the age of 94 years.
She was born to Sam & Barbara(Walowetz) Stadnyk on May 2, 1929 in the Petlura District in Manitoba.
Jean left home at the age of 16 to work for the Reece family in Grandview and later at a local restaurant in Grandview. Jean would then move to Hudson, Ontario for work. While in Hudson, she would meet her future husband.
On February 9, 1948, she married Frank Presniak at Sioux Lookout, Ontario. Jean and Frank moved back to the Petlura District and started their family life. In 1956, the west was ‘calling’ and they moved to Valleyview, Alberta. In 1960, a farm near Birtle, Manitoba would become their home! The neighbors in the area were a very important part of their life.
Jean enjoyed the outdoors and farming was just natural for her. Milking cows, raising and feeding poultry and gardening were the normal daily activities. She often would tell stories about when they did not have much on the farm. She would continue by saying that they always had milk and cream from the cows, chicken and eggs, mushrooms they picked from the pasture, and garden vegetables. Many hours were spent wild berry picking. Perogies, cabbage rolls, and perishke in the freezer and fresh buns in the oven. A meal would consist of everything smothered in cream. How delicious! Her children remember it well!
In 1973, Frank passed away. Jean would remain on the farm until she moved to the town of Birtle in 1977. Jean settled into town life and started working for Homecare. Jean loved her garden and her yard and enjoyed visiting with her neighbors. She retired from Homecare in 1989 and was able to spend more time with family.
In 1978, Jean met Steve Ternowski and they were instant companions and dance partners. They enjoyed visiting with neighbors, playing cards, enjoyed time gardening together and visiting with Jean’s children and grandchildren. Over the years Jean enjoyed attending many birthday celebrations, many graduations and weddings, Christmas and Easter family get togethers. Feeding everyone that came in the door was very important to Jean and no one ever went home hungry!
She sold her home in 2000 and moved to Morton Manor and then in 2013 moved to the Shoal Lake Morley House. In 2017 to the Shoal Lake Personal Care Home where she continued to make friends and made sure everyone had a coffee/tea when they came to visit.
Jean passed away peacefully on December 10, 2023 with family by her side. Jean is survived by her children Marlene Szwaluk, Mervin Presniak, Dennis Presniak (Kathy Rubeniuk), Darlene Kretai (Perry), and Joyce Presniak (Dwain Mushumanski). She is also survived by her 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren and their spouses/partners. Jean is survived by her sister Anne MacDonald of North Sydney, Nova Scotia and many nieces, and nephews and their families.
Jean was predeceased by her parents Sam & Barbara Stadnyk, her husband Frank in 1973, her granddaughter Roxanne Presniak in 1998, her great grandson Brian Luhowy in 2011, her daughter-in-law Alice Presniak in 2017 and her son-in-law Lorne (Lawrence) Szwaluk in 2023. She was predeceased by her brothers Harry, Stanley, Matthew (infant), Steve, and Ernie and their spouses. She was predeceased by her sisters Emily Burdeniuk, Sophie Parke, and Martha Klym and their spouses, her brother-in-law Rannie MacDonald and her long time friend, Steve Ternowski in 2012.
The family would like to thank the Shoal Lake Personal Care home staff for all their kindness and help over the past years. She really did consider it her home and we thank you for making it that way for her.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Birtle Handi-Van (c/o Prairieview Municipality), or the Shoal Lake Community Handi-Van Service, or charity of your choice.
Jean will be missed by many but never forgotten!
Shoal Lake Handi Van
Shoal Lake MB R0J 1Z0
Please make cheques payable to R.M of Yellowhead, PO Box 278, Shoal Lake, MB R0J 1Z0
Birtle Handi-Van - C/O Prairie View Municipality
678 Main Street, Birtle MB R0M 0C0
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