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Memorable Manitobans: Madeleine Rose “Madge” Wakaruk (1925-2001)

Child and parent advocate.

Born in Austria on 23 February 1925, daughter of Andrew and Theresa Opitz, she was instrumental in bringing the Tough Love program, designed to help parents and youth over-come family and social issues, to Winnipeg. She sang and directed her church choir and loved gardening, sewing and painting. She died at Winnipeg on 20 November 2001.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 November 2001, page B3.

“We will not forget them” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2001, page B3.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 25 November 2016

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