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but Empire was closer, still a long walk of 3 miles. They travelled by sleigh, buggy or wagon to Bethany for mail and groceries. They attended st. Elizabeth Church III Polonia, MB.
The girls, not being afraid of hard work, went to work at an early age. They did housekeeping in the area, and also waitressingjobs in Neepawa and Minnedosa. Rod worked for farmers in the area and, when he was 15, became a guide at Flying R Ranch in Onanole, MB, work ing there for three summers.
In 1949, Josephine married Albert Swiscoski and they had three children, Henry, Shirley and Donald. They remained on the farm until 1959, when the family moved south of Minnedosa to a small acreage, where the three younger children went to Havelock School. Albert passed away in June of 1973. Josephine moved to Minnedosa and, in February of 1983, she passed away. Josephine was a kind and caring person and was devoted to her family who misses her every day.
Beatrice worked at Children's Hospital in Winnipeg for many years before marrying Harold Coulthard of Ninette. They moved to Calgary AB, where they had four daughters: Jane (Gord Strowbridge, Daniel and Rebecca); Christine; Caroline (Rob Gryba, Samantha and Emily); and Melanie (Kelly Chambers). Harold passed away in 1997. Beatrice and her family all live in the Calgary area.
Dorothy married Gordon Levandoski. They farmed near Eden and then moved to Riding Mountain. They raised four children: Grant (Kathy McCrae, Nadia, Elana and Matthew) who resides in Kelwood; John (Tammy Rear, Myles and Lindsay) from Winnipeg; Ted (Shawna Zedhoucke, Sheena Ray, Cheyenne) of Kelwood; Sandra (Kelly Best, Tyler) of Riding Mountain. Dorothy lives and works in Brandon, ME today.
Mona became a sister of Our Lady of the Missions in 1961, and lives in Brandon at St. Michael's Academy. Mona lived in Ste. Rose for years and has visited Northeru Manitoba, Ottawa, Rome and Nicaragua helping people. Mona is a caring compassionate person, and after our mother, Josephine passed away, she became the stalwart of the family and the one we all turn to in times of need or to celebrate our joys.
Arni married Leroy Berehulka of Rossburn MB, and live in Spruce Grove, AB. They had three children: Linda (Ken Wilson, Tyler, Courtney and Chad James) of Carmel, AB; Tom (deceased); Karen (Shawn Clark, Timothy, Dustin and Spencer) of New Norway, AB.
Henry married Geraldine Slawinski of Brandon. They have two sons: Mark (Nicole Henitiuk) and Michael and reside in Edmonton, AB. Henry has two daughters: Robin and Tammy, from a previous marriage.
Shirley married Bruce Wareham of Newdale. Their daughter Rhonda (Michael McNaught) lives in Vancouver Be. Shayne graduated in 1999 and has chosen to stay
home and be a farmer and run the seed plant, Wareham dale Seeds, with his father and mother.
Donald resides in Winnipeg, and has one daughter Jennifer.
Roderick (Rod) married Evelyn Swift, eldest daugh ter of Marshall and Winnifred Swift from Bethany, in 1962. They have two children: Cindy, living in Vancouver, BC and a son, Scott, married to Elizabeth Vermeulen. They have two children, David and Kaitlyn, and they live in Niverville, MB.
Evelyn, Cindy, David, Rod, Liz, Kaitlyn, Scott and John Lewandoski
Rod and Evelyn lived many years in Winnipeg, where Rod took a mechanics course and, after graduating, went to work at Auto Haus as a Volkswagen mechanic. He was there for 20 years before operating his own service station. Evelyn worked at Bond and Ronald Chocolates, Birk's Jewellers and the Manitoba Red Cross until Cindy was born. When the children were both in school, Evelyn went to work at Woolco, where she stayed for nine years, and then joined Rod at the service station. Rod sold the station in 1986 and moved to the farm. Evelyn went back to Woolco for a time, and then worked for Kaufman's Grocery for a year before she joined Rod at the farm.
The land was being worked by Evelyn's father Marshall Swift, after Albert and Josephine moved to Minnedosa but the old homestead was lonely for people and, in 1984, Rod and Evelyn started planning to return, just coming to the farm on weekends. Just like the pioneers they cleared bush and had the electricity brought in and later the telephone. A well was dug, a large workshop built and a basement was poured for a house. They bought the Howard Burgess home, originally purchased in 1912 from the Eaton's catalogue, from the Cool Spring Colony. The bricks were removed and the house was moved to the farm where the old house had once stood. Quite a coincidence that a Burgess home stood on what was once Burgess land. Larry Chemerika rents the land today.