It is with the deepest regrets and sorrow that we announce the loss of Walter Werbiski, husband, father, grandfather, and friend.
Walter passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 after fighting the battle with Alzheimer’s, at the age of 84.
He was born in Moose Bay, MB April 24, 1938, on Easter Sunday, to Mike and Mary Werbiski (nee Kolochuck). Walter went to school in Moose Bay up to grade 8 then went to Rorketon to attend high school. Walter stayed in town with his brother in Nick Chupka‘s house along with other farm students. On weekends in the winter his dad would pick them up by horse and caboose. Having to stay in town in 1959, Walter went to work for construction, but then there was a large snowfall at home on the long weekend in October and his dad wanted him to come home to help on the farm. Walter was always a very active person when he was attending Moose Bay school. While preparing for Field Day he was pole vaulting and broke his arm, then he was working with his dad clearing some bush with horses, and while trying to chain the wrong end of a tree, ended up with a broken leg. Those were not the last of his misfortunes, in 1997 he broke his other leg climbing into a stone picker. After high school Walter went to Winnipeg to work on construction, he was only there for a few months because his dad called and needed his help at home. While at home he got together with Adam Sedor and they started a business hauling fire wood to most of Rorketon. It was hard work, but money was coming in. Then Walter decided his parents needed a better home to live in so he started cutting logs all by himself since his dad had chores to do at home. The home was finally built in 1961. In 1963 Walter got a job working in the United Grain Growers elevator with Pete Kukura as his boss. He was transferred to Brandon and got stationed to New Dale, MB as an agent but he didn’t go, he went to work for the RM of Lawrence instead. Walter and Vicky married October 9, 1965, they lived in a trailer in the Werbiski yard site. In 1967 Walter bought a gravel truck and backhoe, and worked for the R M of Lawrence. He later branched off on his own working privately and branched off into plumbing. He then bought two more backhoes and a small Cat, which he had until retirement. Mom and dad did commercial fishing on Lake Dauphin for many years. They loved it until dad thought he almost drowned mom and that was the end of their fishing career. Dad said he had never seen a crack open up that much overnight on Lake Dauphin. He had went right over it with the skidoo hoping mom was still on the sleigh. In the meantime they were also farming, calving cows, fencing, cutting & bailing hay. Work continued till October 2016, when we had the auction sale. Walter went into a personal care home October 27, 2017 in Winnipegosis and then to Dauphin Personal Care Home, and was there till he passed.
Dad is predeceased by parents Mike and Mary Werbiski, his dad died in July 2004 his mom passed in April 1992. Dad had one brother Albert who passed away March 7, 2012 and his wife Judy died in 2020. Also predeceased by in-laws Pete Maksymchuck who died 1980 and Mary Maksymchuck passed 2002, and brother-in-law Bill Sraybash passed 2016.
Walter’s plumbing was a job he loved and lived for, he answered every phone call and when someone was in trouble even in the middle of a meal he was gone. There was once an incident Easter Sunday during dinner, he was gone, he said I’ll be back my customers in trouble.
He is survived by wife Victoria; their children, daughter Wendy (Barry) Belton, their children Reese and Logan, son Cameron, children Austin, Braden and Isabelle; daughter Wanda, children Victoria, Faythe and Emily; sister-in-law Anne Sraybash; brother-in-law John (Donna) Maksymchuck; nephews Kirk Werbiski and Doug Werbiski, and Betty Anne (Darren) Luca, and children and other nieces and nephews.
Prayers were offered on Friday, May 27, 2022 at 7:00 pm from Sneath-Strilchuk Family Care Centre in Dauphin, MB.
Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 11:00 am from Notre Dame de Toutes Aides Roman CAtholic Church in Toutes Aides, MB with Fr. Patrick Neufeld officiating. Interment followed in St. John's Cemetery in Rorketon, MB . Pallbearers were Cameron Werbiski, Austin Werbiski, Terry Stykalo, Kirk Werbiski, Lester Holowachuk, Dan Galay.
Interment than followed in the St. John's Cemetery .
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Walter may be made to Alzheimer Society Of Manitoba.
Alzheimer Society of Manitoba
120 Donald Street, Winnipeg MB R3C 4G2