Four Generations of Devoted Service
In the Selkirk area and Interlake Since 1935
Lena Basiuk (nee Darichuk)
After a life of hard work dedicated to family and teaching, Lena passed away peacefully on October 16, 2018 at Tudor House Personal Care Home in Selkirk.
Lena was born on April 10, 1923 in Theodore, SK, attended Normal School in Yorkton and moved to Manitoba in 1955. She taught for a total of 33 1/2 years, mainly in the Selkirk area. Her years teaching grades 3 and 4 at Happy Thought School held especially fond memories for her. Decades after her retirement former students would greet her, describing her as having been a "firm but fair" teacher. Her love of children was evident even in later years; her face would light up when children came to visit the residents at Tudor House.
Lena married in 1947 and had three children. Predeceased by her husband Henry, daughter Valerie and infant daughter Cynthia, she is survived by her daughter, Loretta, son-in-law Ken Harder, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their children.
A pioneer career woman, Lena managed responsibilities as wife, mother and teacher. Her life centered around three core values: family, education and the Ukrainian Orthodox faith and culture.
An avid gardener, she enjoyed family get-togethers, church and local community events and fishing and camping trips with Henry and the Lord Selkirk S. D. gang. Lena was unselfish in her own needs and generous in support of her husband and children in their interests and activities.
Lena's strength of character and faith were evident, not only in bearing personal loss, but in her four years at Tudor House. She was accepting and uncomplaining, even as her health deteriorated.
Thank you to the Tudor House staff for the care and kindness extended to her.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Gonor, MB, at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Richard Ehrmantraut officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lena's name to a charity of your choice.
Condolences, pictures and videos may be left on her tribute wall at www.gilbartfuneralhome.com
Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.