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Marguerite Shivak

Marguerite Shivak (Szumutku)

Wednesday, June 16, 1926 - Tuesday, October 1, 2019
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Marguerite Shivak was born June 16, 1926, to Frank and Anne Szumutku on the family farm seven miles north of Stockholm, SK. She was baptized Marguerite Julia and was the sixth of nine children, six sisters and two brothers.

Marguerite married Alexander (Alex) Shivak on November 12, 1945. They moved to Ontario in the fall of 1946, spent two years there, then returned to Stockholm where they started a family business.
In 1965 Marguerite began working for Canada Post. She continued as a part time helper and assistant postmistress for 25 years. She then served as a postmistress for one year in Dubuc, retiring in 1991.

Marguerite is survived by two daughters, Ramona (Fred) Grimeau and Joan (Ludger) Poncelet; four grandchildren, Clint (Crystal) Grimeau, Tennille Grimeau, Lee (Kimberly) Poncelet and Brett Poncelet; six great-grandchildren, Ella and Kate Grimeau, Taylor Grimeau Nolan, Alexandra and Meric Poncelet and Danica Poncelet. Marguerite is also survived by three sisters, Helen Schwitzer, Sylvia Belsher and Dodee (Arnie) Flegel; one brother, Frank (Lucille) Szumutku; her brother-in-law, Don (Marlene) Shivak; and two sisters-in-law, Katheen Parker and Ida Hustak. She also leaves many nieces and nephews to celebrate her life. Marguerite was predeceased by her husband, Alex; grandsons Chad and Blake Poncelet; sisters Lizzie (Frank) Seman, Mary (John) Schwitzer and Ann (Jim) Barilla; her brother Joe (Judy) Szumutku; her brothers- and sisters-in-law, Joe (Edith) Shivak, Irene (Ed) Helmle, Stuart Parker, Ethel (Paul) Yanyu, William Hustak and Jim Schwitzer.

Mom was an especially loving and caring person all her life. She was a lady that had many talents; she was a seamstress, costume maker, wonderful cook and baker. We all looked forward to her specialties – Palacsinta (crepes), Makos Metelt (noodles with poppy seeds), Hungarian Tortes and cabbage rolls, but she was most famous for her Almas Retes (strudel). Mom always took pride in her appearance, dressed impeccably and had every hair in place. She was an incredibly unselfish soul and took care of many in the community.

We love you, Mom, and feel very blessed to have had you as a mother, grandma and great-grandma.
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    Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, October 5, 2019 11:00am
    St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church
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    Rev. Fr. Yodel Cereno
  • Interment

    St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Cemetery, Stockholm
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Susan & Dave

Posted at 04:33pm
Susan & Dave Watson,
Aunt Marguerite was a bright ray of sunshine. Her caring nature and quick wit will be missed.

Betty Adam

Posted at 09:38pm
My deepest condolences to you, Joan and Ludger for your great loss. Margret always had her sweet smile making us all feel special. She always presented herself with not a hair out of place and perfectly dressed. I really admired her.
With love to you both.
Betty Adam ( McCormick ).

Lois & Harvey Cowan

Posted at 08:45pm
I have opened this page many times since Marguerite left us but closed it without writing anything. It is so hard to put into words what she meant to us. As a child she was my Tawny Owl, as a teenager I was welcome there on any day, at any time and as a young adult she was a friend and mentor and welcomed my husband and kids as her own. My heart aches for Joan, Ramona and all the family left here to miss her, but smile when I think of the welcome she received at Heavens door!


Posted at 04:43pm
Our deepest sympathy to Aunty Marguerite's whole family. She was a dear friend to my Mom and was so kind & welcoming to us girls any time we needed somewhere to stay after our Mom & Dad passed away, much too young!
May God Bless her with eternal peace.
Joanne (Banga) & Steve Bonnor

Sherry Moller

Posted at 03:30pm
Deepest sympathies to all the family. RIP. Earle and Nina Moller, Sherry Moller

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