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Joelene Edna Lapchinski
April 12, 1929 ~ June 1, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of
JOELENE EDNA LAPCHINSKI (NEE Lukey)
April 12, 1929 – June 1, 2023
Predeceased by husband Bert and sister Mary Olive Lukey, sisters –in- law Judy Klein, Nellie Greschuk Barbara Lukey
Left to mourn her are her children Beatrice (Les Fabo) Blanche (Wayne Schatz) Peter Lapchinsky and Maryia Aitken (Terry Frechette), her brother Jack Lukey and numerous nieces, nephews and their children.
There were many changes in her life over the course of 94 years. Born in Humboldt, SK to Joel and Edna Lukey in 1929, she spent her younger years in smaller towns in Saskatchewan. Her brother Jack remembers he & Olive & Joelene all shared the same bike when they were younger. Each had to come up with $10. They bought a $34 bike from a neighbor for the $30. Then they each got to ride it 1 day of 3. And if you wanted it on someone else’s day, you had to negotiate using it with them. It was such a good example of siblings sharing something with one another. She met her husband in Regina while they were attending Barber, hairdressing school. They were married in Sept 1956. In the next chapter of her life, she moved to Angusville with Bert and became a farm wife and mother. This period of her life nurtured her innate love of animals and berry picking. She enjoyed the spring when calves and foals were born. Upon the passing of her husband Bert her next life began with her move to Winnipeg, where she now had to adapt to a hectic urban life. Being closer to her children and extended family allowed her many opportunities to enjoy family functions, especially when there were younger children present. She enjoyed the last few months of her life in the comforting care of the St Norbert Personal Care Home making new friends and participating in many of their activities, exercises, games and the music provided by occasional live entertainers. We will miss those great big mother bear hugs, her special active memory, the way she laughed at our antics as children and even now.
Viewing and service will take place at Rae’s Funeral Home in Shoal Lake at 1030 Wed June7, followed by internment at St. Volodymyr’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery, in Oakburn. Donations to Cancer Care in lieu of flowers would be greatly appreciated.