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MaryAnne (Dudar) Siwicki

MaryAnne Siwicki Obituary

On January 21, 2024, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her family, MaryAnne left this life to begin anew in the arms of God.

Mourning her loss is Al, her husband of 40 years, sons – Ryan (Brandy), Mike (Desiree), granddaughter Ella, her father Emil, her sister Carol, her brothers – Lawrence (Sue), Gord (Connie), Bryan (Malena), Darryl (Pam), Larry (Sheila), sisters-in-law – Darlene, Wanda (Jerry), Christine, Irene, brothers-in-law – Al, Jerry (Kris), Johnny (Therese) and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

MaryAnne was predeceased by her mother – Stella, sisters – Tracy, Shirley, and brothers – David, Donny, and Dennis.

MaryAnne was born on June 28, 1956, in Ethelbert, Manitoba. She was the first child of Emil & Stella Dudar. Being the oldest of 12 children meant she had to help with the younger siblings as they arrived. Life was not easy on the farm as there were many chores and responsibilities; milking cows before school then washing the cream separator after school (which she hated); helping in the garden to harvest a full winter supply of vegetables; helping with the butchering of chickens or pigs and picking stones to help clear a field for farming. Growing up on a farm meant work, but it was done with family and tightened the bonds between them all. MaryAnne started school at Damery School, which was the local one room school, then moved to Ethelbert School and graduated from Ethelbert Collegiate Institute in 1974.

After high school, she moved to Winnipeg, where she got her education as a secretary from Red River Community College. Once she had her diploma, she began her lifelong career at Great West Life. Here she held many different positions, from starting in the secretary pool to medical admin assistant to executive assistant. She gave her heart to each position and excelled at them all. While working, she loved to walk at lunch with coworkers to stay in shape. She retired at the age of 62.

On February 7, 1976, while attending a dance at the German Club in Winnipeg, she met the man that she would fall in love with and spend the rest of her life with, Alexander Siwicki. As a young adventurous couple, they travelled to places all over the US and Mexico and lived in many different places in Winnipeg before settling down in their forever home in Charleswood. On July 30, 1983, they were married and began a family that would welcome sons Ryan in 1985 and Michael in 1990. In 2006, on the same day she had welcomed son, Ryan, she welcomed the light of her life, her granddaughter Ella.

MaryAnne was very involved with her boys’ sports, rarely missing any games or competitions they were involved in. She was always ready with her lawn chair to go cheer them on from the sidelines and spend the time chatting with other mothers, or just drive them wherever they needed to be. She was so proud of her boys, sharing the stories of their wins and successes.

MaryAnne really enjoyed being outside in the summer, working on the yard. The yard was beautiful; the grass – well cut, cheery flowers and lots of trees. If the weather was good, she would be outside doing something, including chasing any random deer off the yard. Having a large yard meant there was always something to do, year-round. When the work was all done, she would just sit in the sunshine - if it was summer, she was well tanned.

MaryAnne was a country music fan. Elvis was another of her favourites. She attended many concerts as well as several years of Country Fest in Dauphin. She was a true-blue Bomber fan and a fan of the Jets and Flyers. When MaryAnne was working outside, you would hear the local country station, a bomber game or even a church service on CKDM. There was always something playing on the radio.

One thing MaryAnne would never miss was an episode of The Young & The Restless – she watched this from almost day one of the soap. While it was on the air, All My Children was also a must-watch. She was very invested in each of the characters.

MaryAnne was raised in a Ukrainian Catholic home and had a strong faith in God. She attended St. Nicholas and St. Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Churches. She was involved with the ladies’ league and other areas within the church as well, such as perogy making, teas, and even helping with the office work and cleaning. MaryAnne’s loving heart and kind nature helped her make many friends at church.

MaryAnne’s final days were at the Grace Hospice. We are forever grateful for the kind and loving care the staff gave to her and the grieving family.

MaryAnne will be dearly missed by all who knew her. She lives on in our hearts forever.

Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories.

Vichnaya Pamyat

Eternal Memory

Funeral Service for MaryAnne Siwicki will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 11:00 am from Sneath-Strilchuk Family Care Centre in Dauphin, MB.

The service will be livestreamed for those unable to attend and availble through the link below at service time.  

Interment will follow in Ethelbert, MB.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Breast Cancer Research or Grace Hospital Foundation (designate Grace Hospice) in Memory of MaryAnne Siwicki.


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