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Bernice Nicholas Chiponski, age 85, passed away on October 19, 2023 at the Lions Prairie Manor in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Stanley; her brother, Phil Podovin (Pearl); her children Karen, Sheila, Micheal (Debbie), Lori (Terry), and Tricia (Paul); her grandchildren Christa (Jordan), Colley-Ann (Colin), Kyle (Christian), Derek (Julie), Sean (Sheena), Andrew, Eric, Chaz, Braden (Corrina); and her great grandchildren Taylor, Bethany, Laila, Lennix, Novah, Lily, Kathryn, Kayleigh, Vehlan, Hailey, Kennedy, Hannah, Kingston, and Harley. Bernice was predeceased by her parents Laura and Nicholas Podovinnekoff, her sister and brother-in-law Nayda and Fred Chernoff, her niece Lisa, and her nephew Rick.

Originally from Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Bernice moved to Portage la Prairie to train as a Psychiatric Nurse at the MDC. However, her path took a different direction when she married Stan in 1956 and started a family. Bernice then embarked on a 38-year career at Safeway, where she made lasting friendships and wore many hats. She had a passion for tending to flowers, canning, cooking traditional dishes like pierogies and cabbage rolls, and baking an array of sweet treats. Bernice also enjoyed playing cards, camping, fishing, listening to country music, and going to the horse races.

Throughout her life, Bernice confronted multiple cancer diagnoses, surgeries, and treatments with the support of her family. Her strength, humor, and unwavering spirit served as an inspiration to all. She will be remembered for her endearing quirkiness, quick wit, and the title of our “Little Russian Warrior,” which exemplified her pride in her Russian heritage. The family expresses gratitude to Dr. Finney, the Chemo department at the Portage Hospital, and the Lion’s Prairie Manor for their care.

In honor of Bernice’s memory, the family held a private celebration of life, and instead of flowers, donations to Sunset Palliative Care or the Herman Prior Activity Centre in Portage la Prairie, MB, would be appreciated. Bernice’s legacy will forever be etched in the hearts of those who loved her, and she will be affectionately remembered as a bridge between our hearts.

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