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Memorable Manitobans: Benny Zenon Orlins (?-1996)


He grew up in the United States, attended Wayne State University in New York State, and graduated with BSc (1960) and MSc (1965) degrees. His teaching career in Manitoba included service at Glenn School (1945-1946) and Principalships at Eriksdale School (1947-1948), Hodgson School (1949-1950), and Stuartburn School (1950-1952), after which he taught in the Winnipeg School Division at Argyle School (1952-1955) and Lansdowne School (1955-1956). While in Stuartburn, he met Mary Anne Nawolski (?-?) and they were married at Winnipeg on 3 August 1954, with two children to follow. They left Manitoba in September 1956 to teach at Detroit, Michigan and he was awarded a National Science Foundation Scholarship from Eastern Michigan University (1963). By 1965, he was teaching at H. H. Wiley School in Utica, Michigan. He moved to Florida by 1970 and taught at West Riviera Elementary School in West Palm Beach. He died at Palm Beach in 1996.


“Stuartburn,” Steinbach Carillon News, 17 September 1954, page 2.

“Mr. and Mrs. B. Orlins,” Steinbach Carillon News, 7 September 1956, page 13.

“Brilliant scholar was Principal at Stuartburn,” Steinbach Carillon News, 31 May 1963, page 7.

“Former teacher here gets Master degree,” Steinbach Carillon News, 21 October 1965, page 13.

Obituary [William Waldymir Nawolski], Steinbach Carillon News, 2 May 1968, page 19.

“Mrs. Anna Nawolski,” Steinbach Carillon News, 5 August 1970, page 32.

Obituary [Annie Nawolski], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 July 1991, page 29.

Obituary [Jean Repeta], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 January 2012, page C9.

Florida deaths index, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 1 December 2018

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