It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Nellie Balak, at the Grandview District Hospital on December 26, 2011. She will be lovingly remembered by daughters Judy McElroy (Tom) of Regina, Connie Goossen (Mark) of Grandview, sons Garry Balak (Carol) of Grandview, and Dwaine Balak (Janet) of Regina; grandchildren Jolie Wasylenko (Rob), Richelle Hahn (Tyson), Shauna Diewold (Neal), Cole Balak (Amanda), Scott Goossen (Sheila), Holly Goossen (Dallas), and Andrew Balak; great-grandchildren Cody, Brooke, Nicholas, Olivia, and Sierra.
Nellie was predeceased by her husband Nick Balak in 1984, and infant son Randy in 1960. She was also predeceased by her parents Mike and Marie Bidoski and siblings Alice Swereda, Peter Bidoski and Stella Nelson.
Nellie was born on December 14, 1932 and spent her early years in the Sugarloaf District, south of Grandview. She attended Sugarloaf School and later Grandview School after moving with her parents to town. Following her education, Nellie briefly lived and worked in Winnipeg, before returning to work in Grandview. She married Nickolas Balak in 1949 after which they settled on a farm in the Wicklow District, north of Grandview. All four children were born during the farm years before the family moved in 1967 to the town of Grandview. Nellie and Nick enjoyed 35 years of married life.
Nellie was employed through the years at the Grandview Hotel Coffee Shop, Shop Rite Grocery Store, Onofrechuk Hardware, and at the Grandview Post Office.
Nellie enjoyed holiday travels with special friends to destinations in Hawaii and throughout the southern United States, as well as camping trips to Clear Lake. She enjoyed cooking and baking, playing cards, and the company of family and friends. Nellie took great pride in, and great pleasure from the comfort of her home.
Nellie became a resident of the Grandview Personal Care Home in February 2010.
Funeral Service was held Friday, December 30, 2011, at 11:00 a.m., from the Grandview United Church, in Grandview, Manitoba, with Ukrainian Orthodox Reverend Father Brent Kuzyk officiating. St. John the Baptist Cantors provided choral accompaniment. Interment followed at the Grandview Memorial Gardens. Active Pallbearers were Cole Balak, Scott Goossen, Andrew Balak, Neal Diewold, Tyson Hahn and Rob Wasylenko. All of Nellie’s friends were considered as Honorary Pallbearers.
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Nellie may be made to The Palliative Care Unit at the Grandview District Hospital, or the Activities Department of the Grandview Personal Care Home.