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February 22, 1941 – February 23, 2021

(née Kowaluk)

With both her daughters by her side, Vikki passed away peacefully on February 23, 2021 in the St Boniface Hospital.

80 years plus a day, classy, yet she loved to laugh and enjoy silly moments, her greatest joy and treasured life achievement was her family.

She will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her children, Caroline (Sean) and Leslie (Patrick); grandchildren, Wyatt, Evan, Em, CJ, and Alex; sister Dorena; brother-in-law Alfonso; as well as cherished nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and close friends. She was predeceased by her infant son Bradley; both her parents; sisters, Mary and Annie; brother-in-law Peter; and nieces Christina and Sandy. It gives us peace to know they are all now reunited.

Vikki was born and raised in Winnipeg’s North End and was proud of her Ukrainian roots. The prized possession of the family perogy recipe will continue to be passed on to the next generation. 


Raised in a family of four girls, she reminded everyone of her status as the youngest. Her lifelong bond to her three sisters is something she stressed the importance of and instilled in her own daughters.

Everyone knew that her favorite title was “Baba” and her face would light up every time she talked about her Grandchildren. She jumped at any opportunity to be with them, and never once turned down the chance to babysit. In their younger years she played games and created fun for them, and as they got older, she hung on every word of the conversations they shared with unwavering genuine interest. 

Looking back, she was the exact same way as a Mom to us. She was a proud stay at home Mom. Because she never drove, she biked everywhere with us, and continued to bike well into her senior years. With gratitude, we remember how nothing was ever too much trouble for her when we came up with our wild ideas or wacky adventures.  It is incredible how she tirelessly fostered our creative spirit and always invited all the neighbourhood kids to share in our shenanigans.

Mom was fiercely independent with a sharp mind and strong memory. She loved working with numbers and once we were older, she spent many years working in payroll and banking. Throughout her life she always remained keen to learn new things and just absolutely loved to keep us all informed of the latest news, stories, and current events.

Mom never once forgot an important date like a birthday, anniversary, or special event. It was particularly important to her that those she loved knew that she remembered and cherished them. She enjoyed spending time to find the perfect heartfelt gift, card, or make a surprise batch of their favourite homemade cookies. Her generous spirit will live on in the hearts of many and will never be forgotten.


Our Mom always believed in God, and she continued to pursue him in prayer no matter what life threw at her. Her enduring faithfulness was a gift to witness.

What will it be like when my pain is gone
And all the worries of this world just fade away
What will it be like when You call my name
In that moment when I see You face to face
I'm waiting my whole life to hear You say
Well done my good and faithful one
My beloved child
You have run the race and now you're home
Welcome to the place where you belong
Well Done


The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to her trusted doctors, Dr. Uwabor and Dr. Rabson, and the dedicated compassionate staff at St Boniface General Hospital who cared for her during her final months.

Cremation has taken place and she will be interred in The Garden of the Good Samaritan in Chapel Lawn Cemetery at a later date. Due to these challenging times which prevent us from gathering, a private celebration of her life will be held at a later date.


In the meantime, Vikki’s family kindly requests that her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos and/or sharing your own memories and stories using the comment section on this page.

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