Kenora, ON ( Change City )


Search Obituaries

Virginia Petch

Petch, Virginia Virginia Petch Around 915 am on Saturday December 8, 2018, Virginia Petch passed away from ovarian cancer. She was predeceased by her father, Emil Kishynski and is survived by her mother Phyllis Kishynski, sisters Pam Poley (Barry Poley), Pat Sokolowski and Diana Sokolowski and sons Chris Petch (Karen Petch) and David Petch (Pamela Mislawchuk) and granddaughters Melissa Petch, Amy Petch and Emma Petch, nieces, nephews and a ton of professional colleagues. Virginia was born in Red Lake Ontario in 1946, which was equivalent to the wild frontier of Canada. Education was a huge part of Virginia?s life. After marrying Donald Petch in 1966, they moved to Kenora where she started her career in the Medical Records department at Lake of the Woods General Hospital. She went on to obtain her BA Honors, Teaching degree, Master of Arts and PhD in Anthropology. Upon moving to Winnipeg in the early 80?s she worked for the Historical Resources Brach of the Manitoba Government for a number of years before starting her own business. Her business started as a one-person enterprise which expanded to a total of 6 people at its prime before she wound it down for retirement. Her work for Aboriginal groups and Manitoba hydro produced 10's of thousands of pages with info yet to be fully explored. She turned a profession about as lucky to find a blacksmith job in a one-horse town into an enduring and successful career. Her career had her leave her footprint on pretty much every reserve of Manitoba, a paddle touching many, many rivers and lakes, as well as hiking across many eskers and plains. Her soft spot for Manitoba was Churchill, where she conducted years and years of research. One of her unfinished projects was to develop an Archeology book for determining locations of potential sites. Her love for the Aboriginal people of Manitoba was apparent with her art work and reading material. Many thousands of hours of oral history were documented and published to attempt to preserve some of the Native traditions as well as provide a sounding board for a continuation of their culture and tradition with the younger generation. A love of nature was also followed by her love for family and dedication. Her work ethic and charm were an inspiration for all to follow. She was a fantastic mother and an inspiration for all to grind all they have into life and work. She loved life and was fully present up until the final minutes of her passing. A celebration of Virginia?s life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 15, 2018, Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd. A private family interment will take place at a later date at Transcona Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Jocelyn House at RIP will never be forgotten. She always put other people first and was always seeking ways to help others find advantages and solutions for getting ahead in life. 13316296
Share |
Memory Candles(2)
Send your thoughts by posting a condolence.

Gallery (1)