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Blanche Swirski

Posted: 12/5/2018 3:23 PM

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Blanche passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 in Steinbach, MB at the age of 101. Although she will be missed immensely, we take comfort in knowing that she lived a very long, healthy and happy life. Mom (Blanche) was the last surviving member of her family.

Blanche was born on May 15, 1917 in Malonton, MB to Wasyl (William) and Rosalia (Rose) Spulnick where she lived until she left to work for a few years in Winnipeg and Matlock.

On Oct. 17, 1937, she married Joseph Swirski and spent 72 years of married life together. In 1938, they started their own mixed farming operation at Matlock, MB where they lived until retiring to the Rotary Towers in Gimli, MB in 1997. In 2017, she made her final move to the Rest Haven Home in Steinbach, MB.

Throughout her life, Mom (Blanche) was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who poured her heart and soul into her family. She always gave freely of her time to her family, church and community.

Blanche was predeceased by her husband Joe (2010); daughter Angie (2007); infant son Joseph (1938); parents Wasyl (William) and Rosalia (Rose) Spulnick; brothers John, Walter, Stanley, Charlie and Louis; sisters Mary Radomski and Josephine Rogoski.

Blanche will be lovingly remembered by her son Glen (Joan) of Sherwood Park, AB; son-in-law Lou Laferriere (Isabelle) of Steinbach, MB; grandchildren Tanis (Roberto Villa) of Montreal, QC, Mark (Betty) Laferriere of Mitchell, MB and Jeannine Swirski of Sherwood Park, AB; great-grandchildren Emma and Marcel Laferriere and Marco Villa.

A celebration of Mom’s (Blanche’s) life will be held on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic Church, Winnipeg Beach, MB. Pallbearers are her nephews Bryan and Larry Spulnick, nieces Joanne Bobrowich and Marlene Smith, great-grandchildren Emma and Marcel Laferriere. Honorary pallbearers are granddaughter Jeannine Swirski and great-grandson Marco Villa. Interment to follow at the Holy Rosary Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Should friends so desire, donations in Blanche’s memory may be made to Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic Church in Winnipeg Beach.

Condolences, pictures and videos may be left on Blanche’s tribute wall at

Vichnaya Pamyat!

Gilbart Funeral Home, Gimli in care of arrangements.

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