AURA (TODORUK) TKACHUK (published on March 01, 2008)

AURA (TODORUK) TKACHUK December 13, 1931 - February 27, 2008 With the family at her side, Aura passed away peacefully to be with the Lord at the Meadowood Manor Personal Care Home on February 27, 2008 at the age of 76. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be lovingly remembered by her husband John, three daughters: Leslene (Jay) Cassel of Billings, MT, Robin (Craig) Cassils and Sherri (Mel) Reimer of Winnipeg, and son Dan (Pat) of Burlington, Ont.; five grandchildren: Jill (Chris) Giesbrecht, Elizabeth Cassel, Michael Cassils, Catherine Cassel and Madison Reimer; also three great grandchildren: Jordan, Megan and Ryder Giesbrecht. She is also survived by her brother Bill (Alice) Todoruk of Independence, MO. Her memory will be cherished by her sister-in-law, Anastazia Petryk and several nieces and nephews. Aura was predeceased by an infant sister and by her parents, Michael and Justina Todoruk. We know that our separation is just for a while and we shall see you in heaven. Aura was born in Benito, Manitoba. She spent her early life in Henribourg. Sask. and Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. In 1942, Aura moved with her parents to St. Catharines, Ont. After high school she was employed by the English Electric Company as an office clerk. On May 12, 1951 Aura married John Tkachuk and moved to Hamilton, Ont., where her husband was attending McMaster University and Divinity School. Aura was working for a finance company in Hamilton then, through the years, devoted her time to raising their children and supporting her husband in the Christian ministry. Aura accepted the Lord as her personal Saviour during her teenage years and faithfully with dedication served Him in various churches by sending humanitarian aid to churches in the Ukraine, as a church pianist, she organized a church choir to sing at special occasions and on a local TV program, also provided leadership for the women's annual retreats for the Manitoba NAB Churches and was involved in many other activities. Aura was a great hostess and loved to invite people to her home for social events. She organized games, entertainment, singing and prepared plenty of food for many friends from various churches. On one occasion, at Ukrainian Christmas, she hosted in her home as many as 45 people. There was plenty of food, joyful singing of carols and sharing of life events. However, Aura's life journey was not always a mountain top experience. There were valleys, where she had suffered from depression and had difficulty coping with daily demands. After several years of illness, with God's intervention and medication, her health returned and she was able to resume church activities and deal with family demands. Consequently, God opened a door for Aura to minister to other people with similar illnesses and bring help, support and encouragement to them. In 1975 her family celebrated three weddings. Aura took upon herself the challenge of sewing two wedding dresses and all the bridesmaids' dresses. Aura still played a role in the sewing of bridesmaid's dresses for her youngest daughter's wedding. She did a beautiful job in all cases. One of Aura's greatest loves was her grandchildren. She never tired of the precious moments spent with them. She loved adorning them with her sewing creations, taking them to the trailer, and spoiling them with lots of treats. The time spent with Baba was always fun. The family would like to thank Chaplain Dave Holland for the spiritual care of Aura and all the staff, nurses and care givers at the Meadowood Manor for their professional loving care to Aura during her last years of her life. You all were wonderful and compassionate. Our sincere thanks and may God bless you all. A service of praise and celebration of Aura's life will be held on Monday, March 3, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at the Whyte Ridge Baptist Church, 201 Scurfield Blvd., Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers, donations in Aura's memory may be made to the Meadowood Foundation, 577 St. Anne's Road, Winnipeg, MB, R2M 5B2. CHAPEL LAWN 885-9715

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