April 10, 1945 — May 3, 2017
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Phyllis Kathleen Tomchuk. Phyllis passed away peacefully at the Northern Spirit Manor in Thompson, Manitoba on May 3, 2017 at the age of 72 years.
Phyllis was born in The Pas, Manitoba on April 10, 1945 to George and Vera (Smorodyn) Montpetit. Her family then moved to Flin Flon where Phyllis grew up with 1 sister and 2 brothers. After graduating from high school, Phyllis studied to become a Licensed Practical Nurse at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg. In 1965, she moved to Thompson and began her nursing career at the Thompson General Hospital. During her 32 years of nursing Phyllis made many long lasting friendships as she worked throughout the hospital in various departments with the majority of her time being spent in the Emergency Department and did some outpost nursing at numerous nursing stations. Phyllis loved nursing and also loved to learn, so she continued her education receiving her Registered Nursing Diploma as well as her Bachelor of Nursing. She obtained a Camp Nurse Certificate, but due to health reasons was unable to fulfill her dream of being a camp nurse. She was known for her great sense of humour, the way she was always willing to share and pass down her knowledge, her open heartedness, and the way she made a connection with the people she met. Phyllis was an adventurous person who liked to travel, enjoy different cultures and customs. She was very talented and enjoyed numerous crafts such as sewing, caribou tufting, crocheting, knitting and reading biographies. Phyllis was a very self-taught, gifted artisan.
In 1966 Phyllis married Walter Tomchuk and was blessed with three children; Doug, Mike and Gina. Phyllis loved and is very proud of her grandchildren Kyle and Emma.
She leaves to mourn her sons; Doug of Thompson, Mike (Tracy) of Thompson, daughter Gina (Jason) of Winnipeg, Grandchildren Kyle and Emma, sister Iris Koski, brothers Donald Montpetit, Clifford (Sandra) Montpetit, sister-in-law Audrey Tomchuk, brother-in-law Melvin Luhoway, and many nieces, nephews, family and close friends.
Phyllis is predeceased by her husband Walter, parents George and Vera, in-laws Carl and Nellie Tomchuk, brother-in-laws; Bill Bilous , Ted Tomchuk, Mike Tomchuk, Roger Koski, sister-in-laws; Mary Bilous, Sandra Montpetit, and Jean Luhoway. Cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will be held at a later date.
We would like to extend our deepest appreciation and thanks to the doctors, nurses, home care workers and all the staff who provided care for Phyllis at the Thompson General Hospital and Nisichawayasihk Personal Care Home in Nelson House and the Northern Spirit Manor Personal Care Home. We are eternally grateful to Phyllis’ many friends and family who came to visit her at the hospital and Care Homes providing her prayer and comfort over the years.
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