Eileen Van Winkle

Eileen Van Winkle

January 7th, 1920 March 27th, 2020

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Obituary for Eileen Anne Van Winkle (Gulak)

Eileen Anne Van Winkle will be sadly missed but forever remembered by her family and friends. She passed away on March 27th, 2020 at 100 years of age. Eileen Anne Van Winkle (nee Gulak) leaves to mourn her passing her two daughters, Lois Parmar and Pamela (Wallace) Jans; three grandsons, Ben (Emerald), Graham (Michelle) and Jordan Jans; two great-grand daughters, Lily and Zoe Jans; one sister, Elaine Rewuski; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Harry Van Winkle; her mother and father, Dmitri and Julia (Kuchrychen) Gulak; her brothers, Stephan, William (Wasyl), Carl, Walter and Orest Gulak; sister, Olga Rewuski; nephews, Brian Rewuski and Randy Gulak; and Niece, Lavina Gulak. Eileen’s unique sense of humour and her funloving ways made her many friends. Born January 7th, 1920, near Rhein, SK, she grew up working hard on the farm. She often talked about her early years and life on the farm. She met her future husband, Harry, while working at the Eatons’s Order Office in Cardston, AB. They soon moved to Medicine Hat where she spent the rest of her life. Eileen was known for her love of cooking and her wonderful meals and desserts. Every Hallowe’en her homemade popcorn balls were a huge hit with the children in her neighbourhood. She spent endless hours working in her garden and putting up the produce. Her fridge and freezer were always full of good food that she had made. She knitted and crocheted, she sewed pretty dresses for her daughters when they were young, and later she learned quilting, making many quilts which were given to family. She also loved to read and usually had a biography in her hand. Her wish was for no formal ceremony but that her family gather together for a simple remembrance of her life. In lieu of flowers, Eileen’s memory would be best honoured by a random act of kindness or a donation to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent through or to subject heading Eileen Van Winkle.

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  • Service

    March 31st, 2020 | 1:30pm
    Hillside Cemetery
    Gershaw Dr SW & 10 Ave SW
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    March 31st, 2020
    Pastor Dave Cartwright
  • Interment

    March 31st, 2020 | 1:30pm
    Address Not Available
    March 31st, 2020

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Ethel English

Dear Lois and Pam: I don't know if you remember me or not, but we lived 2 doors over from you as kids. Your mother was so amazing, and treated us like family. Both of your parents were smiling and laughing all of the time! I remember babysitting the 2 of you, even though I was young. That shows the trust your parents put in me when your mother wanted to go watch a movie with your dad. I have been thinking about her non-stop for 3 or 4 months, but Didn't know how to find her. I wanted to thank her for the love and joy she brought to me - as well as the popcorn balls!!! And her butterhorns! She also served me a piece of warm chocolate cake with butter on it one day. I had never eaten it like that before! Now I still eat it that way! I sure loved her! My sister and I even stayed with your family for a week or so when our mother got married and moved to BC. Then they put us on the Greyhound to begin our new lives. I regret not keeping in touch better, but want you to know how much I admired and learned from your parents. They both had a profound affect on my life. I will keep you in my prayers as you adjust to her loss. May she rest in peace.
Love, Ethel Forrester English, Sylvan Lake AB
Comment | Posted at 05:50pm via Condolence

Joyce Kettner

My heartfelt condolences to Pam and Lois and families. I have fond memories of Eileen at Riverview when I came to visit her roommate. She shared much about Harry, the theatre they owned, how Pam always snuck into the freezer, and fond stories about her three grandsons. I always called her Mama and she always recognized my voice and gave me a great big smile. Eileen was loved by all at Riverview and she will hold a special place in my heart.
Till we meet again, Mama! 💕😢❤️
Comment | Posted at 04:07pm via Condolence

Deb Cummins

Pam, so sorry to here about your Mom. She was sch a great lady although I'm not sure she was very fond of our sunflower seeds! Best wishes and love.
Deb Cummins
Comment | Posted at 10:44am via Condolence

Stan&Heather Fischer

Our sincere condolences to Eileens dear family. We were neighbors to Harry& Eileen on 12 th street..we were young with a new baby and they were so welcoming. Many fond memories especially when we spent some time at their cabin..have some fun pictures of that💞. May you cherish your memories as we will cherish ours💞. God Bless you all through this difficult time ..hard to say good bye to a Mother🙏🙏🙏
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