Thomson In The Park Funeral Home and Cemetery

1291 McGillivray Blvd, Winnipeg, MB


Marusia Anna Zurek

Passed away on June 24, 2020

With deep sadness at the end of a most beautiful Winnipeg summer day, the family of Marusia Zurek announces her passing on June 24, 2020, at the St. Boniface Hospital.

Marusia was predeceased by her parents, Michael and Irene Tarnawecky, ans her grandparents Very Rev. Serhij and Anna Gerus.

Marusia is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Kas Zurek; sons Michael and Andrei Zurek, and her grandson Nikolai Zurek. Also left to mourn her passing is her sister and brother-in-law, Natalie and George Balko and their children and spouses; her uncle and aunt, Oleh and Bonnie Gerus and many dear cousins and friends throughout Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

Marusia was born in Winnipeg where she grew up, attended Grant Park High School and the University of Manitoba where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She went on to attend the Carlton University School of Journalism and then embarked on a career in corporate communications holding various positions in Alberta and Manitoba.

Family was very important to Marusia and what she loved most was spending time with family and close friends at the Gimli cottage. She looked forward to the summers when everyone would congregate at the cottage to reconnect and relax. Marusia also enjoyed travelling with Kas, family and friends, most recently taking a very memorable European river cruise. Marusia’s passing has left a huge void in our lives and she will be missed very much by all of her family including her kitties, Zena and Ziggy.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at St. Boniface Hospital that have looked after Marusia with care and compassion for the past two months.

In accordance with Marusia’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society or to a charity of your choice.


  • Winnipeg Humane Society
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  • A private family service will be held.


Marusia Anna Zurek

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Nicki Rosen

June 28, 2020

Ron and I will miss my dear sweet cousin, Marusia. She was so kind and thoughtful. Her quick humor and quips always kept us smiling.
We loved reconnecting with Kas and her when we periodically visited Winnipeg from Kentucky. Her departure was too early for us to fathom. We send hugs and prayerful blessings to Kas, Michael, Andrei and Nikolai. Also, our thoughts and prayers go to Natalie and George Balko, and very special Uncle Oleh and Aunt Bonnie Gerus. We wish we could be there to join everyone in celebrating Marusia's life. We will miss her.
Hugs to all,
Nicki and Ron Rosen
Berea, Kentucky

Sonja Lundström

June 27, 2020

I remember Marusia at the lake , her spirited warmth and hospitality to us all on the 20 th Anniversary of Natalie and George. To you all our sincere sympathies for your loss. Lovingly thinking of you.
Sonja and Boris.