In Loving Memory: Marjory (Marge) Matiowsky
July 13th, 1933, to August 3rd, 2023
With heavy hearts and cherished memories, we announce the passing of our beloved Mother, Marge Matiowsky, who fell asleep peacefully in the Lord at the age of 90 years on August 3rd, 2023, at the Shoal Lake/Strathclair Health Centre in Shoal Lake, MB. She was surrounded by her loving family, comforted by their presence during her final moments.
Born on July 13th, 1933, Marge lived a remarkable life filled with love, joy, and compassion. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all who knew her.
Throughout her life, Marge embraced each day with grace, kindness, and an unwavering positive spirit. She possessed an infectious smile that could brighten anyone's day and a heart that was always open to offering a helping hand to those in need.
In her youth, Marge would often support her mother in raising her brothers, Jim and Ed, and loved even then to pick berries and mushrooms on the farm in Olha, MB, where she grew up. She continued to enjoy the secrets of nature well into her later years providing for her family and those that came to love her culinary talents. She developed a passion for cooking and baking along with a proud reputation for her skills with all who knew her. She shared these gifts with her children and their children.
After the family grew older, Marge worked at Pete’s Shopping Centre and Michalyshyn’s General Store in Oakburn and the Shoal Lake Hospital and Morley House Personal Care Home of Shoal Lake.
Marge was a member of the Women’s Association of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada for almost 70 years and took great pride in St Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Oakburn, MB, where she and her husband Alex raised their children filling them with kindness and pride in their Ukrainian roots.
Marge volunteered regularly at the Church, the Ukrainian National Home, the Eager Pioneer Club, the Oakburn Memorial Rink, as well as at the Morley House of Shoal Lake. She was a committee member within a number of these organizations.
Marge will be remembered for her unwavering devotion to her family. She was the heart and soul of family gatherings, bringing everyone together with her warmth and love. Her legacy lives on through the generations she leaves behind.
Marge was predeceased by her husband Alex, parents, Frank and Anne Drozda, brothers Peter, Steve, and Jim, son-in-law Edward and one sister-in-law Evelyn. She is survived by her children Murray (Sylvia), Patricia, Dianne (Sam Jamison), and Len (Carole). She’s also survived by her nine grandchildren, Robert, Sandra, Andrew, Emily, Sean, Scott, Evan, Steph, and Anne. She’s also survived by her 10 great grandchildren, Ari, Elodie, Estelle, Lola, Isla, Noah, Tobias, Kali, Nova, and River. She is also survived by her brother Ed Drozda (Jennifer) of Chilliwack, BC, brother-in-law Merv (Anne) Matiowsky and sister-in-law Marie Drozda of Winnipeg. Her memory will be cherished by the many lives she touched in profound ways.
Marge’s loss leaves a void in our lives that can never be filled, but we find solace in the memories we share and the love she instilled in us. As we mourn her passing, we celebrate the beautiful life she lived and the profound impact she had on us all.
The family is grateful to the staff of the Shoal Lake/Strathclair Health Centre who supported Marge’s comfort as she transitioned. We also wish to highlight the compassion, understanding, and sage guidance of Cheryl Rupa, Client Care Coordinator, in helping the family make decisions about Marge’s care.
Prayers for Marge will be held August 11th, at 7:00 PM, at St Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Oakburn. Funeral services will be on Saturday, August 12th, at 10:00 AM, also at St Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Oakburn. Interment to follow at the Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery in Oakburn. Rae’s Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Lunch to follow at the Oakburn Ukrainian National Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Church as a tribute to Marge’s lifelong commitment to her faith.
Vichna Pamyat, Вічна пам'ять, Memory Eternal. May she rest in eternal peace, forever remembered and forever loved.
St. Volodymyr's Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Oakburn MB R0J 1L0