On Monday October 7, 2019 Elizabeth Zabiaka passed away peacefully at the Dauphin Personal Care Home at the age of 92. Elizabeth or Liz as she was usually called was born in the Ashville District on July 13, 1927 to Peter & Caroline Plesh (Zarowny). She grew up on the family farm in Valley River and attended Comrie School.
Through the years she learned to play the accordion and played at dances around the area. Liz met John Zabiaka at one of the dances and eventually married him in 1949. Three children came along which kept her busy at home. After a few years passed she started singing in the church choir along with John and later joined Canada`s National Ukrainian Festival Choir and performed at many festivals and concerts including a special performance for the Queen.
When her children got older she joined a bowling league and won numerous trophies and awards. Later in life John and Liz enjoyed travelling to many parts of the U.S. Liz always looked forward to the many wiener roasts at the Valley River farm with family and friends, and the occasional horseshoe tournaments.
Throughout the years Liz enjoyed scrabble, crossword puzzles, reading books and cribbage. Cribbage was her game and she was quick to add and count her scores. Even in her nineties while at the Care home she could count faster than any of her kids.
In her later years major sports became a big part of her life as she enjoyed watching the Winnipeg Jets, Blue Bombers and of course watching her favorite curling team Brad Gushie.
She is predeceased by her parents, her husband John, brothers Joe, Mike, Paul, John, Harry, Peter and Bill as well as sisters Anne Kiazyk and Kay Wilk.
She is survived by her children Theresa (Zen), Dan (Patty) and Dave. Grandchildren Jason, Jerri (Mike), Melissa (Ryan) and Michelle. Great grandchildren Brynley, Rowynn, Charles and John with numerous nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Liturgy was held for Elizabeth on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 10:00 am from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin with Very Rev Father Oleg Bodnarski officiating.
Interment followed in the Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin.
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Elizabeth may be made to CancerCare Manitoba.
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