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Green Acres Funeral Home and Cemetery

1 Green Acres Lane, Navin, MB

OBITUARY

Frances Grace Grift

December 14, 1944July 12, 2019
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She was beloved, and she will be missed.

Peacefully, on July 12, 2019, surrounded by family at the Health Sciences Centre, Fran left us following a battle with lung cancer. Fran leaves to mourn her husband, Larry, her children Sheri (Parry LePage) and Pam (Clint Braun), her two granddaughters, Adara and Melodie LePage, her brother Dan Ostryznik (Marilyn), her sisters Joanne King (Jim) and Diana Reimer (Ernie), along with Larry’s brothers and sisters, and numerous nephews and nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins from the Ostryznik, Pollock and Grift families. She is predeceased by her parents, Frank and Mary Ostryznik.

Fran was born at St. Boniface Hospital and lived in Transcona for most of her life. At the age of 18, Fran started a job as a customer service representative with the Bank of Nova Scotia, a job she held for her entire working career until she retired in 2000 to help look after her granddaughter. She worked at Main Branch downtown for many years, and ended her career at the Nairn and Panet Branch. Fran liked dealing with customers, and made many lifelong friendships at the bank, still going for lunch regularly with her retired friends until her health prevented it in the last two months of her life.

Fran and Larry married on July 8, 1967 and started their life together. They lived in St. Vital for two years before heading back to Transcona and finding their first home for their family on Larche Crescent. Fran made friends easily, and enjoyed many lifelong friendships with the circle of friends that began with the group that lived on Larche. Fran and Larry enjoyed travelling with their family and friends and going to warm locations in the winter. Over the years, they also curled, golfed and bowled together, raised their family, spoiled their grandchildren and set an example for their children of what a strong relationship should be. In recent years, Fran enjoyed taking turns hosting dinners with the three other couples in their dinner group. Fran also enjoyed Aquacise at Bernie Wolfe Pool, followed by coffee with the Aquacise group. Fran and Larry bowled with the Transcona Seniors at Roxy, where Fran attained the women’s high average. She was always active, and was always on the go.

Fran was a great mother and a terrific grandmother, and her grandchildren loved walking or biking over to the house for a visit. Grandma always had some little gifts for them that “she didn’t need any more”. They called her a “Glam Grandma” and admired her sense of style, loved her cooking and appreciated her personality. They thought she was famous because her picture was in the Leisure Guide for Aquacise.

The family is grateful to Health Sciences Centre for the care provided to Fran. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, a memorial donation may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba. As per Fran’s request, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held from 2:00-4:00 pm on July 26, 2019 at Green Acres Funeral Home and Cemetery; Hwy #1 East at Navin Road, Winnipeg.

  • FAMILY

  • Fran leaves to mourn her husband, Larry, her children Sheri (Parry LePage) and Pam (Clint Braun), her two granddaughters, Adara and Melodie LePage, her brother Dan Ostryznik (Marilyn), her sisters Joanne King (Jim) and Diana Reimer (Ernie), along with Larry’s brothers and sisters, and numerous nephews and nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins from the Ostryznik, Pollock and Grift families. She is predeceased by her parents, Frank and Mary Ostryznik.

Services

  • Memorial Reception Friday, July 26, 2019

Memories

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Vicky O'Connor

July 25, 2019

Our condolences to Larry and family for the loss of Fran. She was a beautiful cousin who was always smiling and happy whenever she visited us in Brantford. We enjoyed watching the movie tribute of her life story and family photos. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Paul & Vicky (Novak) O'Connor

Dave Ostryzniuk

July 21, 2019

It is hard to believe that we met Fran and the rest of the family for the first time in Winnipeg Beach 17 years ago. It is a memory we will always treasure. Our condolences to the family
- Dave and Linda Ostryzniuk

laura adams

July 20, 2019

Dear Larry ,Sherry and Pam and your families.
Our sympathy and empathy is for you all. We loved and enjoyed Fran and are lost and so sad without her.
We shared 30 years of the most important parts of our lives together and I will treasure that forever. I will never be quite the same without my best friend at my side. Truly will miss her eagerness to do anything, her laugh and smile and her love and support. She was unique. Beautiful person inside and out.

Bernice Johnson

July 20, 2019

Larry and Family , So sorry to hear of Fran's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincere Sympathy. Bernic and Gord

Mervin Pollock

July 19, 2019

To Larry and the family-

We are shocked and heart broken over Fran's passing. We can't believe she's gone. We loved her and have wonderful memories of her.

Mervin and Jo-Anne

Ron & Karen Harris

July 17, 2019

We have had so many good times together.
We'll miss your wonderful sense of humor and that great laugh.
We are so glad to have had your friendship.
Our deepest sympathy to the family.
Ron & Karen Harris

Eugene & Irene Kogan

July 17, 2019

Thinking back fondly of all the good times we shared at our dinners, BBQs and other outings. We'll miss your beautiful smile and laughter. Rest in peace dear friend.
Heartfelt sympathy to the family.
Eugene & Irene Kogan

Larry Ostriyznick

July 14, 2019

We had such a great time with y'all when we were there two years ago. Will miss you cous. R.I.P.

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