Obituary of JENNIE SHERMAN
November 12, 1926- December 9, 2023
Jennie died peacefully at St. Boniface Hospital on December 9, 2023. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Diane( Harvey), grandsons Mark, Ryan and Scott(Bobbi) and 2 great grandchildren, Avery and Tyler.
Mom will also be in the hearts of her siblings, Ray (Lorna), Mildred, Fran (Curly), Vicky, John, Irene (Brian), Stan (Kathy), sister- in-law Rachel and many nieces and nephews.
Mom was predeceased by my dad in April 2003, after celebrating 55 years of marriage, parents Stephan and Dokia, sisters Marge, Stephy and Sylvia and brother Walter.
Mom was born in Senkiw, MB in 1926. After spending her childhood years on the farm, she moved to Winnipeg to finish high school. At 15 years of age, she was seconded to teach school as there was a shortage of teachers at the time. She spent 3 years in The Fisher Branch area, living with local families that billeted her. Then she returned to Winnipeg for employment and met Steve, her soon to be husband. They were married in 1948.
While working at Zellers, her duties were to make the bank deposits everyday. One day, while making a deposit at the local Bank of Montreal, she was offered a job, that she gladly accepted. She spent 32 years at BMO and always loved her work. She was always grateful for her career in banking as she was able to progress into management roles. This was groundbreaking for the time. Her decision to retire at 57 also encouraged Dad to retire as well. Together they had many years of travel, camping and living life to the fullest, with family and friends. Mom’s most memorable years were her winter vacations in Florida, Hawaii and Texas. After dad’s passing, she continued to join Harvey and I every winter, as she wasn’t about to stay home. She loved it there and talked about it until her final days.
Mom did her Ukrainian heritage proud. Her and dad were members of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish since 1952 and always played an active role in church activities. Mom joined the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League and celebrated 64 years in the organization. She served at the highest level when she became the National President from 1989-1992. She never shied away from leadership roles or anything that was asked of her. She was a great role model for me throughout my life.
After dad’s passing, she moved to Holy Family Towers, where she resided for 12 years. She loved it very much, as it was full of friends and acquaintances. She volunteered at the nursing home until she was 90 and still drove her car.
Harvey says she was the best mother-in-law and our children still talk about the great memories they made with grandma and grandpa. What more can be said about a great lady. We love you and will miss you everyday.
Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Monday, December 18 at 10:00 a.m. at Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, 965 Boyd Avenue. Interment to follow in Holy Family Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Jennie can be made to BVM Parish, 965 Boyd Ave. Winnipeg, MB or St. Boniface Hospital Foundation.
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