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Velma Elsa Pobihuschy
December 18, 1933 ~ November 11, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Our family is sad to announce the passing of Velma Pobihuschy, our mom, grandma, and great grandma, on November 11, 2023, at the age of 89.
Velma was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Nick Pobihuschy, her parents, Ferdinand, and Berta Semler, and by her two brothers, Adolf (Olga) and Gus. She is survived by her two daughters, Shari Campbell (David Watson) of Winnipeg and Marla Wiepjes (Rob) of Swan River. She has one grandchild, Matthew Wiepjes (Katy Leverick) of Winnipeg, and one great grandchild, baby Hailey. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Lena Semler, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Velma was born in 1933 to Fred and Berta Semler on a farm 10 km north of Swan River, Manitoba. She went to school in the Egremont School District, and later worked at the Crescent Creamery, before marrying Nick in 1955. The birth of two daughters followed, Shari in 1959 and Marla in 1966. Nick and Velma lived in Swan River the rest of their lives. Nick passed away in 2004.
Friends and family will remember our mom for her pleasant personality and her dependable, hard-working nature. She was active in the church and held positions in the Catholic Women’s League spanning seven decades. Many life-long friendships were formed there. Mom’s friends will also remember her for her fashion-forward nature. She loved clothes and always carried herself with poise and style. She had a youthful appearance and energy and developed strong friendships with her nieces that lasted a lifetime. “We thought she would never get old,” was a common sentiment. Mom was witty and funny, and saved her distinctive theatrical humour for those closest to her. She could make us all laugh. Mom had a beautiful singing voice; an art which she practiced in the church choir for many years. One of her most prized experiences was her membership in a local classical choir called the Festival Singers. Mom was a self-taught pianist and a lover of music, which ensured our house was full of song. Our mom had a compassionate nature. She was intuitive and attuned to the struggles of others. At all times she was kind, polite and respectful to those she encountered. Our mom was the centre of our family. When there was work to do, she was there. She was resourceful, self-reliant, and independent. Above all, she was devoted to her children, and later her relationship with
her only grandchild provided many years of fun, love, and laughter for both of them. Although in ill health the last few years of her life, she was happy to hold her great-granddaughter in her arms. Rest in peace, Mom. We will never forget you.