It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother and great grandmother; Jean Marion Bohdanovich who died peacefully on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 in the Grandview District Hospital at the age of 85 years.
Jean was predeceased by her loving husband Fred; her parents Andy and Annie Mazure; her parents-in-law John and Vera Bohdanovich; her son-in-law Ramsay Huska; along with sister and brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles and cousins.
To cherish Jean’s memories are her family; her daughter Linda Huska (Mervin Schrof); her son Larry Bohdanovich (Carolyn) and her niece Jannet Gryba (Danny); grandchildren Lindsay Berard (Jude), Adam Bohdanovich (Randi), Nicole Bohdanovich (Brendon), Annette Lee (Garry) and Lesley Huska; great grandsons Jacques, Felix and Henri Berard; sister Shirley Koroluk; nieces Sharleen Gryba, Marnie Owen (Todd) and Maureen Smith; and numerous cousins.
Jean was born on April 18, 1934 at the Grandview Hospital and resided with her parents and sister on their family farm in the Duck Mountain district. Mom received her education at the Duck Mountain school whereby she made lasting relationships with her classmates, friends she reminisced with frequently about the good times they shared.
While attending a dance, Jean met a young gentleman Fred Bohdanovich from the Blackstone district of Grandview. A short time later on July 16, 1952, Fred and Jean exchanged marriage vows at the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church in Grandview. Soon life became very busy with the both of them working hard to make a living on a small mixed farm. As the years went by, Dad and Mom were able to purchase more land, raise more animals and expand their operation year by year. It was through their determination, hard work and ability to work side-by-side that they were able to survive the hard times. In 1954, they welcomed their first child Linda, two years later they were blessed with a son Larry and their family was complete. They continued to farm until 1985 when Dad and Mom retired to their new home in Grandview. Then Mom had the opportunity to be involved in new activities, volunteered her time within the community and enjoyed maintaining perfection in her garden and yard. Mom’s happy place was being outdoors; housework could always wait for the end of the day.
Family and friends were extremely important to Mom and she was proud to attend her grandchildren’s numerous activities. Mom loved the excitement of feeding the grandkids and their friends after school; she always was ready with fresh baking. Even on a busy day, there was always plenty of time to prepare a meal for those who dropped in for a visit. Mom loved being with people. She would have a contagious smile on her face whenever anyone arrived. She loved to celebrate every occasion no matter how big or small; just being together made her happy. Mom also loved visiting with family and friends over the telephone. We would chuckle to ourselves as her phone could be busy for hours at a time. Mom, we already miss those special calls and hearing your voice.
A Memorial Service was held for Jean on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm from the Grandview Kinsmen Community Center in Grandview with Rev. Karen Kuzek officiating. A private family interment took place prior to the memorial service.
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Jean may be made to Grandview Hospital - Palliative Care Fund, Box 339 Grandview, MB R0L 0Y0 - Cheques can be made payable to the Grandview Hospital.