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Klassen Funeral Home

1897 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg, MB

OBITUARY

Margaret Gouriluk

August 23, 1931October 5, 2019
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Forever loved, will always remain in our hearts...

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Margaret Gouriluk on October 5th, 2019 at the age of 88. Margaret was an incredible person who always had an abundance of love and open arms for everyone she met. Margaret was predeceased by her husband, Victor, and her daughter, Linda. Left to cherish her memory are her children Gary (Helene), Gail Muldrew (Larry), Robert (Honor), Brian (Patricia) and Bruce (Myong); grandchildren Julia (Patrick), Sheila, Lisa (Shane), Dawn (Clint), Nicole (Mike), Leanne, Kira, Christine (Sean), Glyne, Scott, Neil (Kari), Jessica (Adam), Andrew (Olivia), Christopher and Joshua; great-grandchildren Lara, Liam, Benjamin, Daniel, David, Kayden, Arabella, Dory, Dawson, Hunter, Victor, Clare, Gordie and Lila; brothers and sisters-in-law Art, Ray, Edna, Violet, Ella and Evelyn; many nieces and nephews; and countless friends. Mom was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on August 23, 1931 to Sarah and Samuel Clokey. Her early years were on Valour Road until the family moved to Harrowby Avenue in St. Vital where she and her sister Kay grew up. Mom attended school at Glenwood Elementary and Glenlawn Collegiate. She spoke often of her teen years as a member of the local C.G.I.T chapter. Mom always valued her Aunt Jessie (Armstrong) who was like a second mother to Margaret and a second grandmother to her children. After high school Mom enrolled in the Nursing Program at the Winnipeg General Hospital and graduated in 1952 as a Registered Nurse. During these years she met the love of her life, Victor, whom she married in 1953. They were married for 57 wonderful years until Victor's passing in 2010. They spent their years together raising their six children in their home on Roberta Avenue with summers of entertaining and card playing at Dorothy Lake, winters in Barbados, and travels to six continents making friends all over the world. In 1976, Victor and Margaret partnered with Heinz and Joanna Kattenfeld to create Victor's Restaurant and later, Pantages Restaurant. Mom worked as a hostess allowing her to meet many more friends. Mom was a lifetime member of the E.K. Lionelles and spent many years bowling at Rossmere Lanes. Mom loved to keep in touch with her friends and family and cherished attending family and nursing reunions as well as hosting family and friends to stay at her home, at the cottage or in Barbados. She loved hosting a seemingly endless parade of events in her home including bridal and baby showers, New Year’s Eve parties, birthday celebrations, wedding receptions and family holiday gatherings such as Christmas Eve and Thanksgiving. She loved to play games and card games, enjoying hours of bridge, canasta, whist and Scrabble with her friends and family. More often than not we lost to her skill, but we also learned from her. Of all these games, bridge was her favourite. She belonged to numerous weekly clubs and if asked to spare in other games she was always ready to play. In testament to her love of bridge, Mom had a fall when playing bridge which resulted in a broken hip, but she finished the match before being transported by ambulance to the hospital! In July 2018 Mom moved to Concordia Village. As so many of her friends were already at Concordia Village, Mom was excited to become a resident of this community. It allowed her to remain very active and busy. She was enjoying her new home and life there with her many resident friends. A celebration of Margaret's life will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Klassen Funeral Home, 1897 Henderson Highway (338-0331). Viewing will take place prior to the service from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and for one half hour after the service. The family wishes to thank the residents and caregivers of Concordia Village who kept Mom’s life active and vital right up until her sudden passing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Margaret's memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Parkinson’s Society of Manitoba or the charity of your choice.

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  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 12, 2019

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Wanda McConnell

October 14, 2019

My sympathies to Margaret's family. I knew your mom through my aunt, Joan Foxton. I have a lovely memory of having dinner at your mom's house with Aunt Joan and listening to them (they were first cousins, weren't they?) reminisce about family and days gone by. Your mom was a really interesting woman who had lots of stories about the family business. She came to Hamiota with me for Aunt Joan's funeral and we had lots of time to talk on the way out. (On the way home, she was pretty tired and slept most of the way.) I was glad to know her.

Michael Dunbar

October 13, 2019

I am doubly sorry - first for your sudden loss of your Mom, and second for having just seen the obituary and notice of celebration of life for yesterday which I wish I could have attended.
I first got to know Marg and Vic and all the rest of you through "AJ"! And the connections have been quite extraordinary over the past many years.
When I think of your Mom, the word "matriarch" comes to mind as she personified the super-mom/grand-mom/great grand-mom!
You will surely miss her but she will live on for all of us in such wonderful memories.

Lorna Sanderson

October 12, 2019

Dear Gouriluk Family,
Isla and I both send our sincere regrets for not being able to be with you all today.
We have seen the pictures/video (I cried all the way through it). So many great memories and good times.
Your Mum was a wonderful friend to our Mum and was a great comfort to her after our Dad passed away. She was so faithful to stay in touch with phone calls and visits.
She was a mainstay in your family and we know she will be greatly missed.
She will always be kept in high regard in our thoughts and hearts.
Love
Lorna and Isla.

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Biography

Good morning. On behalf of the family, I would like to thank everyone who has been so kind this past week in supporting us through Mom’s sudden passing. The cards, the emails, the letters, the phone calls, the flowers and the many hugs have been greatly appreciated, and the love and respect you have shown for Mom in your kind words help us to cherish her life. The thoughts I present today are not mine alone, but are from the hearts of her children, family and others who knew her and shared with me their stories of a woman they loved and respected. We knew her as Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma, Marg, Auntie Marg – and my favourite “Maggie” which was most often used by our neighbour at the lake and close friend Walter Peterson. However we knew her, though, we always felt special and welcome. Mom loved people. She was a “people person” long before the phrase was coined. When we speak of her love of games and cards, remember it was more about your company than the actual game. I am sure she often let us win, just to ensure we kept coming around. She needn’t have worried. Our Mom and Dad were a special couple. They were married for over 57 years until Dad’s passing in 2010. Mom and Dad loved to dance and they did so on six continents as they travelled the world after raising their six children. Mom missed Dad after his passing, but she continued to live while cherishing his memory – an example for all of us. As her children, we value our loving and caring upbringing and we all know that who we are and what we have in our lives is the product of our parent’s love for each other and for us. We take comfort in thinking of them as being together again.
Mom kept in close touch with the people in her life long before there was Facebook and I am sure she has more photos than Instagram. When you visited her, she was always able to provide updates on the life events of family members, neighbours and close friends – complete with printed photos. There were times she even surprised me with updates on my own children before they had spoken to me! Just like Facebook - only she had more reliable information. She kept up with her Nursing Training colleagues, attending, and often hosting, reunion events over the past 67 years since her 52B class graduated; she attended the Armstrong family reunions in Alberta faithfully; and was a big part of Gouriluk Family Reunion planning, both formal reunions and impromptu reunions when an out-of-town family member was visiting Winnipeg. Mom lived in her Roberta Avenue home for over 53 years during which time she hosted an endless parade of bridal and baby showers, New Year’s Eve parties, birthday celebrations, wedding receptions and family holiday gatherings including a couple of Ukrainian Christmas parties that all of her Gouriluk in-laws and nieces and nephews will remember with fondness. There is nothing like 40 Ukrainians doing the butterfly in the confines of a wood paneled rec room! And if you were a friend or relative from out of town, you probably have stayed with Mom at her house. She opened her home to people from all over the world as she loved to have that special time to catch up. If you didn’t stay with her in Winnipeg, then you may have stayed over at the cottage at Dorothy Lake, or at Vee Gee Palms, Mom and Dad’s piece of paradise in Barbados that they have shared with so many people. She was an amazing ambassador for the island and she was thrilled when the Barbados government presented Mom and Dad with a commemorative plaque honoring 45 years of visits to the island. But our family travels were more than to the Lake and Barbados. We were a road trip family that rivalled the Griswalds. Eight of us packed into a station wagon, Rob and I, stashed in the cargo area sitting on top of boxes and suitcases as we set off on trips to Atikokan, Ontario, or Watson, Saskatchewan that were really only short hops compared to our epic 1969 road trip to Disneyland. Dad may have done most of the driving, but Mom served as co-pilot, chief Flight Attendant, recreational director, disc jockey and, mostly, referee. Actually, at time she could have used a whistle. Mom was good at a lot of things. In fact, the only thing I can think of that she was not good at was waterskiing. In spite of Dad’s and Walter’s patience and encouragement – now understand this encouragement was mainly for the show that her attempts to ski produced – she struggled. I don’t remember these attempts but Gary and Gail will remember, and Harold and Shirley Peterson will remember. She is famed for forgetting to let go of the rope and torpedoing under the water in what was described as the time “Maggie drank the lake.” In the end, her only accomplishments as a skier were her incredible flops!
Luckily for us, she never had flops in the kitchen. Cooking was one of her best skills and she loved to do it – making it seem easy to feed everybody at her many gatherings. With everything she learned from her Aunt Jessie and from our Baba, Mom could put on a feast with the very best of both sides of the family. She passed the skills and recipes down to her children, their spouses and her grandchildren. Granddaughter Julia has created the Gouriluk Family Cookbook that will ensure Mom’s culinary legacy will live on for future generations. There will not be a waterskiing book. Mom grew up in the thirties and through the years of the second world war, so, like many of her generation, she was loath to throw anything away. Moving from Roberta Avenue to her apartment in Concordia Village was difficult as she sought to hold on to every item of sentimental value. For Mom, that was everything! So she kept everything she could, so that she could keep the people she associated with every item close to her. She still has many of the treasures we gave her as children throughout her apartment. She has more fridge photo-magnets of her great-grandchildren than she has fridge. She attended Blue Bomber games with Dad, including Grey Cup games back in the sixties and as recent as the 1998 Cup game in Winnipeg; she attended the World Series in 1965 between the Twins and the Dodgers; but her favourite was to see one of her kids or grandkids play a game or perform at a concert. This spring I went to one Josh’s baseball games with Mom – Bruce was coaching and Josh was playing. We sat down behind home plate and within five minutes, Mom was telling me that the umpire didn’t know what a strike was – and she was right! As a Mom and as a Grandma, she supported us in everything we did. I know she was sometimes boastful of her children and grandchildren, and believe me, we are not as good as she may have presented us to be, but where there is goodness in this family, it comes from her influence. As a friend; as an Aunt; as a neighbour: she saw the best in people and brought out the best in people. There are just so many stories to tell of a life well-lived. Please come and see us during the reception following this celebration and ask us more about our Mom. If you want to know how she got Larry to read the Anne of Green Gables books when Larry was over 60 years old, see Gail and Larry; if you want to get some of her recipes, see Julia; or any of her grandchildren, or Bruce as he still uses Mom’s chili recipe at Big Guy’s; if you want to know more about her family history, see Gary. We all have so much more of her to share, so please ask us about her. Mom left us suddenly last week, but we must remember that she had a long, happy life and in the end, she was active and sharp until her last breathe. That is a blessing that may be hard to appreciate in the moment, but it is a dignified end to a life well-lived. She will be missed by all of us.
I hope she is dancing with Dad right now.