With heavy hearts, we announce that Alice Bruchanski, loving mother, sister and grandmother passed away after a long and full life. Alice passed on Sept. 14, 2020 in Winnipeg, Manitoba at River Park Gardens Personal Care Home at the age of 96 years.
Alice is survived by her son Glenn (Sheryl Pfeiffer), granddaughter Tammy Rondeau, grandsons Adam (Samantha McKeen) and Brent Bruchanski (Trinity Sigurdson), great-grandchildren Ian, Tyler and Jory Rondeau and families; sister Hazel Hoplock; numerous nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.
Alice was predeceased by her parents Tekla (nee Krawchuk) & Stephen Kolton, husband Steven Bruchanski, daughter Linda Collins, 5 sisters and 2 brothers.
Alice lived her entire life in Manitoba and her entire adult life in Winnipeg. She came from a large family and was born in Broken Head. Alice moved to Winnipeg at the age of 17. She worked at the Big Boy Drive-In, Westmacott Paint & Glass, and Dominion Lumber to name a few. She married Steve Bruchanski in Winnipeg in 1945 and they had 2 children, Linda and then Glenn 6 years later. Alice and Steve owned two businesses during their life together, both convenience stores. The first was on Bowman and the second on Manitoba Avenue in Winnipeg. Alice was a typical farm girl and definitely was not afraid of hard work, often taking a 2nd job while maintaining a full-time position to make ends meet. This included an entrepreneurial spirit and later, while employed full-time, she chose to work during her summer vacations for many years in order to have a food kiosk at the Brandon Exhibition.
There were fun times too, it wasn’t all work. There were trips to Florida, Hawaii, Cuba and Ontario with family and friends over the years plus a few to Las Vegas, which was a favourite.
Family get-togethers were filled with laughter, good food and drink in true Ukrainian fashion. Many weekends were spent with family in Lac du Bonnet where the siblings enjoyed each other’s company and the cousins ran wild.
One of Alice’s great enjoyments was the Blue Bombers. She was a season ticket holder for 44 years until she couldn’t navigate the stairs at the old stadium any longer. She was a true fan! Glenn joined her with his own season ticket for over 10 of the last years.
Alice and her sisters, other family and friends made many trips to the casino, locally at McPhillips Street Station and South Beach as well as several weekends south of the border. She was also a long-standing bowler at the Billy Mosienko Lanes in Winnipeg.
Alice raised her children on Lansdowne Avenue in Winnipeg and was quick to open her home to her mother, grand-daughter and nieces through the years. She sold the house in 2000 when it became too much for her to keep up, at which point she moved to a condo in Garden City. Alice enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and spent many hours helping by babysitting. ‘Baba’ was known for her wonderful perogies and she hosted Sunday dinner into her 90s.
Friends and relatives are encouraged to share in the photo-tribute, eulogy, stories and condolences for the family on this memorial page. The family would also like to extend their gratitude to the staff of River Park Gardens for their exemplary care and patience for the last two years.
In Accordance with Alice’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests those who wish to do so please consider a donation to the Winnipeg Humane Society.
ETHICAL DEATH CARE
Cremation & Life Celebrations
530 St, Mary Avenue - Winnipeg
ALICE ELLA BRUCHANSKI
April 10, 1924 – September 14, 2020
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