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his education at E.C.J. and, after graduation, plans to attend University. Kyle works part-time at the Heritage Co-op Service Station in Erickson and is active in drama and the


Praise Youth group.


Ernie and Phyllis Maduke (nee Kowal) began their life together as man and wife on June 25, 1960. Ernie was born on April 2, 1936, and grew up on a farm located in the Olha area. He was the fourth of five children born to Peter and Anne Maduke. Ernie attended King George School and left home at an early age to seek employment in Vancouver. He later moved to Winnipeg to work in the constrnction business. Phyllis was born on November 24, 1937, and grew up in the Oakburn area. She was the youngest of twelve children born to Dmytro and Julia Kowal. Upon her graduation from Oakburn School, Phyllis left home to attend Teacher's College in Brandon to fulfill her dream of becoming a school teacher. Her first teach­ ing position was at Olba, where she taught for two years, prior to her marriage.

Ernie and Phyllis moved to the Hilltop area in 1960.

Phyllis was offered a teaching position at Hilltop School while Ernie worked for the R.M. of Clanwilliam. They resided at Hilltop for six years, living at the old Hilltop Store. During that time they formed many friendships which brought a lot of fond memories.

It was in 1966 that Ernie and Phyllis first moved to Erickson, where Phyllis commenced teaching at the Erickson Elementary School and Ernie continued working for the R.M. of Clan william and then the R.M. of Harrison. The Madukes made Erickson their permanent home in 1974, purchasing the Thompson home located on 2nd Street NW. Because of Ernie's love for the land and his keen interest in farming, he purchased a half-section ofland near Sandy Lake. It was there that Ernie spent countless hours fielding his crops and enjoying harvest time, which was always his favorite time of the year.

Ernie and Phyllis were blessed with two children: daughter, Karen, was born on Febrnary 17, 1970; and son, David, was born on August 22, 1971. Both chi ldren attended Erickson Elementary School and graduated from Erickson Collegiate Institute. Karen is married to David Kawaler and they reside in Winnipeg with their two chil­ dren, Laryssa and Andrew. David Kawaler works for the C.N.R. in the Management Department and Karen works part-time as a paralegal and a homemaker the rest of the time. Dave is married to Terryl Mitchell and they reside in Erickson with their two children, Jordyn and Kegan. Dave is employed as manager of the Heritage Co-op Service Station and, at present, is in his second term as Town Councillor. Terryl works half time at the Erickson

Credit Union and devotes the rest of her days to home­ making.

The Maduke family was a member of the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church. Through their children's participation in school and extra-curricular events, Ernie and Phyllis were always involved in many activities. Ernie served on the Board of Directors, for the Erickson Credit Union, for a number of years. Phyllis' love for teaching was evident to all that knew her and she greatly enjoyed the young children as she taught Grade One for many years. Ernie and Phyllis enjoyed the company of family and friends immensely and their home was always open to all.

Sadly, Ernie passed away on Febrnary 4, 1991, and the loss is still felt by many. After teaching for 36 years, Phyllis finally retired from teaching on June 27, 1997. She in enjoying her retirement and keeps herself busy walk­ ing with her friends for coffee, making perogies and playing bingo. She especially enjoys spending time with her grand­ children and divides her time between Erickson and Winnipeg.

It was through their humble beginnings and hard work that Ernie and Phyllis were able to enjoy over 30 years together. They were able to provide a happy family life and we, their children and grandchildren, are most grateful for their sacrifices and unconditional love.


Standing: Robert Magnell, Kevin Johannesson, Mike Johannesson, Patricia Johannesson, Jack Magnell, Ken Magnell, Kelsey Magnell, Jordan Magnell, Scott Magnell, Daniel Price, and Kim Price

Seated: Linda Magnell holding Matthew, Kim Johannesson, Dorothy Magnell, Jolene Magnell, Rachael Price and Robert Price.

Jack Kenneth Magnell was born January 4, 1935 at Mrs. Biczo's residence in Erickson. My father, Harold, and mother, Helen (Stitt) Magnell, farmed one half mile