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Memorable Manitobans: Eloise Lilian Popiel (1915-2002)

Community activist.

Born at Schumacher, Ontario on 15 July 1915, daughter of Antonina and Joseph Maksymchuk, after her parents’ deaths she was raised, along with her five siblings, in the Parkdale Orphanage in St. Andrews, Manitoba, which was operated by the Workers Benevolent Association. At age 17 she began working at the Peoples Co-operative Creamery and worked there for 60 years. She was active member of the Ukrainian Labour Temple. She won many prizes at the Red River Exhibition and other competitions across Canada for her sewing, knitting, needlework and hand-made dolls. She taught apple doll-making in the River East School Division, Museum of Man and Nature, and on television. She also made and displayed costumed dolls representing the countries attending Winnipeg’s 1967 Pan Am Games. She died at Winnipeg on 16 February 2002.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 February 2002.

“They will never be forgotten” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2002, page A8.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 12 November 2016

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