It is with great sadness, the family of Patricia Gail Gulas announce her passing on Thursday, February 11, 2021, at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre at the age of 76 years. Gail had a number of health issues over the years, requiring home care services, many hospitalizations, and eventually her transition to the Dauphin Personal Care Home in November 2020. The family would like to extend their thanks to those who provided care and fellowship to Gail during these difficult times.
Gail was born on December 27, 1944, in Dauphin, MB to Margaret Eleanor Hamilton (nee Skene) and Jack Lewellyn Williamson. She was the first child born to Eleanor and Jack, and was born exactly 9 months to the day of their wedding. They had a son named William James Williamson who passed away shortly after birth in 1946.
In 1962, Eleanor remarried Hugh Albert Hamilton. One of Gail’s final wishes were to be buried along with Eleanor and Albert at the Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin, MB, which speaks to how close she was with them.
Gail was born and remained in Dauphin, MB for the entirety of her life, forming many friendships and connections. Her involvement with St. Paul’s Anglican Church started from the time she was baptized, completed Confirmation Classes and took part in her First Holy Communion. The church has always held a special place in her heart. Due to health issues she was no longer able to physically attend church but she remained an active congregation member and was part of the Anglican Church Women’s Auxiliary.
Gail attended Dauphin Collegiate with aspirations of becoming a nurse. She was recognized several years for her continued perfect attendance and graduated with her High School Diploma. She completed a course in Red Cross Home Nursing in 1959. In 1988, Gail attended Assiniboine Community College, graduating with a certificate in Automated Business, specializing as an Accounting Clerk. Gail also had involvement with Girl Guides of Canada as a child and as a mother, teaching Brownies and continuing her involvement. Her daughters were also active participants with Warren being a member of Boy Scouts of Canada.
She married Clifford Gulas on November 23, 1963, in Dauphin, MB. Together they had two children, Kelly and Warren, and they finalized the adoption of their nieces, Kim and Melanie in 1975. They separated in 2000 and then legally divorced.
Gail kept herself busy over the years; spending time with and caring for Eleanor before she passed in 2011, she assisted with coordination for Meals on Wheels, she was a Director with the Dauphin Agricultural Society, judging the home living section of the annual fair. She was an incredible seamstress and did alterations while working for Sneath Strilchuk Funeral Services for a number of years. She loved sewing, quilting, crafting, baking, and gardening while also enjoying lazy long weekends at the cabin playing Scrabble. She loved reading, doing Crossword Puzzles and afternoon card games with friends. Her greatest companions later in her life were her cats, Simon and Ginger.
Gail was predeceased by her brother James, mother Eleanor Hamilton, her step-father Albert Hamilton, her father Jack Williamson, and ex-husband Clifford Gulas.
She is survived and mourned by her daughters, Kelly Lachowsky, Melanie Osmond (Tim Osmond), Kim Gulas (Joel Lafond), and son, Warren Gulas. Her grandchildren, Eleanor (Ella) Osmond, Ashleigh Chudobiak (Derek Chudobiak) and Taylor Lachowsky (Abbey Lachowsky), her great-grandsons, Blake and Connor Chudobiak, her first cousin Heather Dickenson (Jim Dickenson) and life-long friend, Lois Toderash (Peter Toderash) and many more extended family members and friends.
A private service was held on Wednesday February 17, 2021 at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Dauphin, MB with Rev. Frances Stewart officiating. Internment was at the Riverside Cemetery.
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