Lovey Kuryk

Obituary of Lovey Kuryk

 Lovey Kuryk (née Malkowich)

October 4, 1929 - September 13, 2021

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we say good-bye to our beloved mom, baba, great-baba, Lovey. Mom passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 13, 2021, at the Assiniboine Palliative Care Unit in the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 91 years old.

Mom was born on October 4, 1929 in Fisher Branch, Manitoba to parents Dan and Elizabeth Malkowich. She was predeceased by her loving husband John; parents Dan and Elizabeth; brothers: Nick; Bill (Jean); Harry (Olga); Walter (Joanne); Fred (Shirley); Steven (Joanne); one sister: Augustine (Eddie); and son-in-law Eddie Trachuk.

Left to cherish her memory are her twin daughters Linda Trachuk of Brandon and Iris (Ron) Carlisle of Winnipeg; her grandchildren: Dawn (Joe) Cote of The Pas, Manitoba, Heather (Russell) Moore of Brandon, Manitoba and her great grandchildren: Rylan and Abigail Cote and Aiden Moore. Lovey will surely be missed by her sisters-in-law: Olga Malkowich; Shirley Malkowich; Joanne Malkowich; Nellie Kuryk; brother-in-law Eddie Konopetcki; Bev Trachuk (who Mom considered as a third daughter), and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who meant the world to her.

In Mom’s early years, she attended Ringrose School, Fisher Branch School and taught for one year at Russ School. She also worked part-time at the local Co-op store. Beside the Co-op store was a Chinese Cafe called “Charlie” this is where Mom met the love of her life, John Kuryk. Mom said Dad would take her on dates to barn dances, picnics, and a show and of course to the cafe for a drink of coke. She never neglected to tell us that her dates with Dad always were with a group of people, never by themselves.

In 1948, Dad asked Mom to marry him, she said “yes”, as long as her parents approved. On October 29, 1949 they were married in Fisher Branch, Manitoba. They moved to Stephenfield, Manitoba, where Dad managed the Federal Grain Elevator. Eventually, after their twins were born, they moved to Broad Valley, then back to Fisher Branch. Lovey started work at Rene’s store and worked there for 14 years. Mom also belonged to the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, she would go carolling with groups of parishioners during Ukrainian Christmas and always made sure the church was cleaned and decorated for special occasions.

Mom loved her bingo, gardening, cooking up a storm for her family and friends, and of course shopping with her daughters. If anyone said to her, let’s have a card game, she was always ready to join in.

The highlights of her life was when she got to fly to Palm Springs, California twice with different family members. She especially enjoyed the flea markets and going to the casinos in Laughlin, Nevada.

Our family would like to give our heartfelt thank you for the care and compassion given to our Mom by the paramedics, ER staff, staff on 400 and Palliative Care Unit at Brandon Regional Hospital. Also to Brockie-Donovan for their sympathy and guidance during this time.

Cremation has taken place.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Lovey’s memory may be made to the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, c/o RM of Fisher Branch, Box 280, Fisher Branch, MB, R0C 0ZO. Due to restrictions a service will be held at a later date.


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