It is with sadness that the family of Theophile (Theo) Warrian announces her passing, after a brief illness, on March 19, 2012 at St. Boniface Hospital, at the age of 94.
Theo was born in 1918 in Sifton, Manitoba, the fourth and middle child of Felix and Catherine (Skolmoski) Werbicki. The family later moved to a farm in Dickson district, in the R.M. of Dauphin, and it was there she met Garnet Warrian. They married in 1940 and settled on the Warrian property on The Old Lake Road where they farmed together until 1987 when they bought a home on Davidson Ave, in Dauphin. They had three children, Garnet, Keith and Betty.
Born at a time and in circumstances that prevented her from attending university, she dreamed of sending her children there: schoolwork always came before anything else, even if it meant extra work for her. She was rewarded by seeing both of her sons graduate from Medicine and her daughter from Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba. Theo also set a high standard for herself and brought a fine intelligence, excellent memory and strict self-discipline to becoming a great cook, seamstress, knitter and gardener. An avid card player, she liked nothing better than playing cribbage, bridge or canasta with family and friends. Being an active member of the Dauphin United Church Women gave Theo an opportunity to make many friends and utilize her baking skills. She loved being with her family and made many trips to Alabama, British Columbia, Ontario and Winnipeg to visit children and grandchildren.
Theo was predeceased by her husband, Garnet in 1988; by her brothers, Walter (Dauphin), Joe (St. Catherine’s, ON), Adolphe (Dauphin), Vincent (Mississauga, ON) and Albert (Dauphin); her sister, Lil Korpan (Dauphin); her sister-in-law, Bunny Werbicki (Walter) and brother-in-law, Mike Korpan (Lil), her nephew, Dennis Werbicki and niece, Debbie Werbicki.
She is survived by: Dr. Garnet and Rita Warrian (Dauphin), Dr. Garnet Warrian, Jr. and Despina Tsourpis (Vancouver), Deirdre Warrian and Shayne, Madison and Thomas Montpetit (Dauphin); Dr. Keith and Lauran Warrian (Winnipeg), Allison Warrian and Sonny Leader (Winnipeg), Dr. Kevin Warrian and Hsiu-Yan Chan (London, ON); Betty and Dr. Jim Harrow (Alexander City, AL), Aynsley Harrow and Eric Mull (Atlanta, GA); sisters-in-law, Mary (Joe), Pearl (Adolphe) and Josie (Vincent) Werbicki and Liliah Wager (Edmonton); and many nieces and nephews.
Our family wishes to thank Dr. Jason Scott, Dr. Johan Rauch and the staff at the Dauphin Hospital, and Dr. Clifford Yaffe, his surgical team and the staff at St. Boniface Hospital, for the excellent care their mother received during her illness. A special thank-you goes to the staff and residents of Lorray Manor, Dauphin, for their friendship, kindness, support – and all the many card games she played there.
A gathering of friends and family to celebrate her life was held on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. from the Dauphin First United Church. Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery on Saturday, July 28, 2012.
In keeping with Theo’s wishes, if friends so desire, donations in her memory may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, The Heart and Stroke Building, 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3L 0K6.