It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dad on Sunday, March 6, 2022 with his family by his side at the Roblin Crocus Court Personal Care Home.
Dad was born on July 28, 1929 in Shortdale, MB to John and Alice Storozynsky, the oldest of three children. Dad worked on the family farm with his parents in Shortdale, worked as a general farm labourer in the Moose Jaw district and then in the logging and construction industries in Red Lake, ON.
He met Elsie Slobozian in 1949 at a clinic in Shortdale, MB. It was said there may have been a tuberculosis outbreak in the district, so the entire area got tested. Their friendship blossomed from there and they married on October 8, 1955.
Shortly thereafter they made their homestead on a farm 17 miles southeast of Roblin (in the Shortdale area) where they had 7 children.
In addition to working on the farm, dad took on extra work shingling with his brother-in-law in Winnipeg. He then worked at Britcher’s Mill for 4½ years until he suffered a stroke in July 1982, leaving dad paralyzed on his right side. Farming then became more difficult, however, mom and dad persevered and remained working on the farm until fall 1994.
Dad loved to play guitar, sing and yodel in his younger years. Our dad had a passion for baseball and therefore shared the love of the game with his family. He also liked playing horseshoes and was an avid hunter and trapper. Since dad had a love for dogs, he would quite often bring strays home from the mill. This meant we would have at least 4 dogs on the farm at any given time!
Dad was predeceased by his daughter Jayne, his parents Alice and John and his sister Mildred.
Surviving to mourn dad is his loving wife Elsie of 66 years of Roblin Crocus Court Personal Care Home; daughter Diane (Tom) Simpson of Sooke, BC; granddaughter Amanda (Noah) Bordian of Mission, BC; great grandchildren Mason, Cayden and Cayleb; granddaughter Erin Simpson of Langford, BC; daughter Anna (Tom) Wasiuta of Salmon Arm, BC; grandson Branden (Sheena) Wasiuta of Yellowknife, NWT; great grandchildren Owen and Blake; grandson Mark Wasiuta of Yellowknife, NWT; son David (Janet) Storozynsky of Roblin, MB; grandson Eric Storozynsky of Yorkton, SK; granddaughter Jenna Storozynsky (Phil Tarchuk) of Banff, AB; daughter Sharon (Clark) Beattie of Calgary, AB; grandson Cole Beattie (Chelsea Doze); grandson Reid Beattie (Jaquelyn Paisley) of Calgary, AB; daughter Lorie (Bob) Tyschinski of Roblin, MB; grandson Riley Tyschinski (Courtney Dube) of Roblin, MB; granddaughter Shaelyn Tyschinski (Jesse Korbet) of Roblin, MB; daughter Wonda (Kent) Kirychuk of Saskatoon, SK; one sister Mabel Paczkowski of Roblin, MB as well as numerous nieces, nephews and relatives.
Dad will always be remembered for his kindness, generosity and great sense of humour. These qualities showed throughout his life and carried on as he moved into the care home. It maybe didn’t seem like much, but he wanted to share whatever he had, such as giving gum to the staff. One of the girls nicknamed dad ‘bubble gum’ and another thought he sounded like John Wayne when he would say, “Well I guess!” Everyone loved dad’s company, and his sunny disposition will certainly be missed. Our family has been honoured to know and love such a wonderful man that we got to call Husband, Dad and Gigi.
Prayer services were held on Thursday, March 17 at 7 pm at NairnChyz-Wolkowski Funeral Home and a private family service on Friday, March 18 at 11 am at NairnChyz-Wolkowski Funeral Home. Reverend Brent Kuzyk of Dauphin, MB officiated. Interment followed at the St. John’s Orthodox Cemetery.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at the Roblin Crocus Court Personal Care Home for their kindness, care and attention they showed dad during his time living there; NairnChyz-Wolkowski Funeral Home and Reverend Kuzyk for their guidance and assistance through this difficult time. Also, a big thank you to the Roblin Hospital staff for their kindness shown to dad over the years, as well as Father Paul of Russell, MB for coming so quickly before dad’s passing.
Donations can be made in memory of dad to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or an animal shelter of one's choice.