Nellie passed away peacefully at the Grandview Personal Care Home on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at the age of 93. She was born in Grandview on March 16, 1919 and raised on the family farm in Grifton where she also attended school.
Nellie married Joe Safronetz on October 28, 1939 in Grandview. They moved to Sifton where they farmed until moving to a farm in Grandview. Joe and Nellie raised their family of two sons on the farm. Joe passed away in March of 1967. In 1968 Nellie married Stan Bencharski and moved to Dauphin, Manitoba. While living in Dauphin Nellie worked at Modern Cleaners for a number of years. She and Stan travelled and spent many summers at their little cottage in Clear Lake. Stan passed away in December of 1993 and Nellie continued to reside in their home in Dauphin. She spent many hours gardening, visiting with friends and neighbours, and took up a pastime of quilting. Many family, friends and neighbours received a quilt which came to be known as Baba’s quilt. Due to failing health Nellie moved to the Grandview Personal Care Home on June 10, 2005.
Nellie was predeceased by her parents Micheal and Pearl Kuzyk; brothers Matt, Walter, Andy and Roy; sister Rose Maluga; brother-in-law Mike Maluga; sisters-in-law Vera Kuzyk and Joan Kendall, and daughter-in-law Patricia Safronetz.
Left to cherish fond memories are 2 sons Wallace Safronetz, Tony (Heather) Safronetz; 3 grandchildren Joe (Shelley) Safronetz, Jeff (Denise) Safronetz, and Melanie (Gary) Wallace; and 2 great-grandsons Nolan and Owen Wallace; brother Tony Kendall; sisters-in-law Rose Kuzyk, Vicky Kuzyk, Rosalyn Kuzyk, Helen Safronetz and Jean Sydor as well as members of the Safronetz and Bencharski families, many nieces, nephews and extended family too numerous to mention.
Funeral service was held on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin with Rev. Steve Wilson officiating. Eulogy was delivered by Tony Safronetz and Denise Safronetz. Special friend Heather Medwid played Amazing Grace on the bagpipes as Nellie was carried from the chapel, to travel to her final resting place at the Grandview District Cemetery. Pallbearers were Brian Kuzyk, Rev. Fr. Brent Kuzyk, Wally Kuzyk, Mervin Safronetz, Lawrence Safronetz and Wally Nicklin. Following the interment, a luncheon for family and friends was held at the Grandview Legion Hall.
Should friends so desire, memorial gifts in honour of Nellie may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba or to a charity of one’s choice.