Walter Bodnarchuk passed away at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre on Monday, October 8, 2012 at the age of 91 years.
Walter was born in Poland on October 23, 1920 to parents Nick and Anne (nee Sitka) Bodnarchuk.
In the spring of 1929, the family immigrated to Canada from Poland and settled in Sclater, Manitoba. There, Walter attended school for two years. The family then moved to Pine River where they purchased the farm. While in Pine River, Walter attended school at Vimy Ridge.
Walter lived at home with his parents until the age of 21, at which time he joined the Canadian Armed Forces. He received his discharge from the Armed Forces in March of 1946, after 4 years of duty.
Walter met Dorothy Charzewski, the love of his life, and in September of 1946, they were married. They farmed in the Pine River district until 1977 when they sold out. Walter and Dorothy moved to Ethelbert in 1978, and then to Dauphin in 2005.
Walter is survived by his loving wife Dorothy and their 4 children, daughter Shirley Frykas (Morris) of Ethelbert, MB, daughter Carole Prokopowich of Sandy Lake, MB, son Ernie Bodnarchuk (Monica) of Winnipeg, MB, daughter Beverley Alphin (Ralph) of Calgary, AB. Also surviving are grandchildren Shauna Lee, Kelly Frykas, Jason Frykas (Tamara), Krista Prokopowich (Jeff Panasiuk), Brandice Bepperling (Chris), Dion Bodnarchuk, Ashley Alphin; great-grandchildren Mikala, Tyler, Keelyn, Jarrett, Jonah, Mathais; great-great-grandchild Emma Jean.
Funeral service was held on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin with Rev. Fr. Brent Kuzyk officiating. St. George’s Cantors provided choral accompaniment. Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.
Those wishing to remember Walter may honour his memory by making donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Our family would like to thank Dr. T. Mathison and the staff of St. Paul’s Home for their care and support. We also would like to thank Sister Jean and Father Brent Kuzyk for their visits to the home and their spiritual guidance.