Shirley Ann Marie Nychuk (1941- 2020)
It is with immeasurable love and grief that we announce the passing of our beloved family matriarch, mother, mother-in-law, foster-mother, sister, auntie, cousin, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.
Shirley Ann Marie Nychuk (nee Fiddler) passed away suddenly on December 8th, 2020 at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg at the age of 79. She was predeceased by parents Bruno and Isabelle Fiddler (nee Pepin), brothers Francis, Louis, Ernie, Ronnie and Tony, and sisters Helen, Dulcie and Brenda. She leaves to mourn her loss her dear husband of 58 years, Peter Nychuk, her siblings Bruno, Henry, Garry, Barbara and Betty, her children Ona (Garry), Rick (Irmgard), Barry (Charlene), Dennis (Tannis), Sheila, Debbie (Gordon), and foster children Tammy, Shane, and Adam. Her grandchildren Mishkin, Alexei, Anna, Benjamin, Micah, Ali, Anthony, Daniel, Justin, Breanne, Shelby, Ashley, Tyler, Alysha, Kristin, Kody, Naomi, Jocelyn, Liam, Hunter, Gord Jr. and her great-grandchildren Ember, Van, Annie, Seth, Lexi, Royal, and Wylder.; foster children: Tamara, Shana and Adam.
Shirley was born in Fort Ellice, Manitoba on November 26th,1941, the second eldest of fourteen siblings. She met Peter Nychuk in 1962, and they were married later that year on November 8th in Oakburn, Manitoba. Together, Peter and Shirley were an unstoppable team who built an everlasting legacy. Their family became an integral part of the Shoal Lake, Manitoba community, serving on a multitude of boards and committees. The family made a living farming until an unfortunate car accident in 2013, after which Peter and Shirley moved to Winnipeg.
Shirley was a fierce, resilient, strong willed woman, with an extraordinary skill set which made her the ideal farm wife and provider for her family. She worked hard on the farm ensuring that her family was well taken care of through her gardening, canning, sewing, crocheting and cooking. Later, when her children got older, Shirley worked as a cook, and at the Shoal Lake Hospital as a certified dietary aide for years. In addition to her impressive skill set, she was a volunteer extraordinaire and was involved in a host of church and community activities. Everyone knew that Shirley’s greatest pride in life was her children. She was extremely invested in their educational pursuits and believed that extracurricular activities and service were critical elements to their development as human beings. This sentiment extended to her grandchildren, who continue the legacy of academic achievement, competitive involvement in extracurriculars, and strong work ethics.
One of the hardest workers we knew, Shirley had a heart for service, travel, style, family, God, and connection. The faith and values she held at her core shaped her identity. Shirley was an avant-garde woman who excelled within and beyond the opportunities of her time. She kept an open door, heart, and mind for all. Shirley loved to laugh, to dance, and to celebrate. She was an exquisite host and took great pride in her appearance, loving getting dressed to the nines.
Shirley will be remembered for her extreme generosity, compassion, and caring spirit. Her creativity, resourcefulness, and eye for beauty accumulated in her passion for the arts, and she took immense pride in saying that one of her pieces was purchased by the Arts Council of Canada. Shortly before her passing Shirley returned to art, knitting blankets and gifts, and enjoying painting with her daughters and grandchildren. She was loved by many and will ne greatly missed. Our present generations were built upon the foundation of her strength and grace, as will be the many generations to come. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
If friends so desire donations may be to the Peter and Shirley Nychuk Athletic and Academic Scholarship, C/O 18 Commodore Rise, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2E 0K7. This is awarded to a female & male graduate at the Shoal Lake School.
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Peter & Shirley Nychuk Athletic and Academic Scholarship
c/o 18 Commodore Rise, Winnipeg MB R2E 0K7