Ardyth Parfinuk (Archibald)
Ardyth Archibald Hopper Parfinuk passed away peacefully, in the arms of her family, on Friday, February 2, 2018 at St Paul’s Personal Care Home in The Pas, at the age of 105 years.
Ardyth was born Thursday, March 21, 1912 in Truro, Nova Scotia. She was the second of seven children born to Ernest and Florence (Fielding) Archibald. During her younger years, while living with her family, Ardyth loved helping her mother in the kitchen and spent many hours playing with the family pets, especially her Dad’s racehorses. Her love of pets continued throughout her life, with Ardyth loving and spoiling family pets with affection and treats.
Ardyth completed a hair dressing course in Truro where she worked for Emil’s Beauty Shop. Ardyth left Truro for Brantford, Ontario, where she completed a secretarial course and was then employed by Sun Life Insurance Company. She spent time in Detroit and Branford with Sun Life. In 1944, Ardyth married Vernon Hopper and they moved to Montreal. Ardyth and Vernon had two sons, Michael and Gary, who were both born in Montreal. While living in Montreal, Ardyth and Vernon enjoyed life. They had season hockey tickets and were Montreal Canadian fans. They often went for drinks after the games where they rubbed shoulders with Maurice Richard and others.
In 1950, six weeks after Gary was born, Vernon suffered a fatal heart attack. Ardyth packed up the boys and moved back to Truro to be with family. Ardyth, Michael and Gary lived on 23 Muir Street along with Vernon’s mother.
Nearly every Sunday, spring through fall, the family, along with Ardyth’s sister, Barb and brother-in-law Don Weaver, would go to the family cabin at Mill Lake. Ardyth would often share memories of the many good times spent there with family, catching rainbow trout and picking blueberries.
Ardyth married Colin Parfinuk in 1958 and two years later, they, along with Michael, Gary and Colin’s daughter Verna, moved to Miami, Manitoba. In Miami, they partnered with Colin’s parents and bought the Grandview Hotel. While living in Miami, Ardyth made many lifelong friends. Ardyth and Colin enjoyed the small town life, curling in the winter and going to baseball tournaments in the summer. In 1963, Ardyth, Colin and the boys moved to Winnipeg for a brief period, then to The Pas in 1965. In The Pas, they, along with Colin’s parents, purchased Clean Rite Cleaners from Paul Fee.
While in The Pas, Ardyth made many lifelong friends and acquaintances. Special friends to Ardyth were Jenny Caverley, Jessie Wisewell, Jan Zetterstrom, Esther Como and Jack Lane. She spent time working at Clean Rite Cleaners, The Cambrian Hotel and Carter Sporting Goods.
Ardyth loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She devoted so much of her time to all of them. When the grandchildren were younger, they always knew when Nanny was at the house. When they came home from school their rooms were tidy, beds were made, and tins of home made ginger snaps and donuts were on the kitchen counter. She enjoyed reading them stories and playing cards with them, never letting on that she knew they were cheating at “go fish”. Nanny was very special to them and their closeness only grew as they became adults. They would often have visits at her apartment over a cup of tea. It was very important to Korrie, Amy and Brooke that their children, Nanny’s great grandchildren, also had a special connection to their “Minnie.” She loved them all dearly and looked forward to their visits and hearing all the funny things that kids say. Ardyth loved spending time at Clearwater Lake, with Michael, Gary and their families.
Ardyth’s very special friend was Alma Moule. Together they routinely went for walks to the Post Office, then for coffee. Ardyth was a familiar sight in The Pas, always well dressed and it seems she was always walking somewhere regardless of the weather. She also had a special friendship with John Lewicki, who was not only her proctor, but also a loving friend who brought her much laughter. He shared many jokes with her and if you knew Ardyth, with her great sense of humour, many of her jokes ended up in the gutter. She never lost her fun sense of humour.
Ardyth was predeceased by her son Michael; granddaughter Pamela Hopper; husbands Vernon and Colin; parents Ernest and Florence; brothers Ronald, Douglas and Ross; sisters Norma, Marjorie Olacke and Barbie Weaver; nephews Glen Weaver, Victor Olacke, and Dana Archibald; sister-in-law Helen Archibald; brothers-in-law Don Weaver and Victor Olacke.
Ardyth is survived by her son Gary (Carol); daughter-in-law Lee Hopper (Larry Gagné); grandchildren Traci Harrison (Tony), Tammy Hopper (Stuart Cleary), Korrie Hopper (Andrew Forward), Amy Hopper (Sean Hill), and Brooke Lane (Trevor); great grandchildren Rachel, Abby, Michael, Willow, Fletcher, Caylin, Lynelle, Erik (Taylor), Liam, Quin, Jakob, Brodie, Grace, Sarah, Dreux, Tyson, and Nash.
For the past year or so Ardyth was often heard saying, “Take me home.“ To honour her wishes some of her ashes will be interred with her first husband Vernon and with her parents, in Truro Nova Scotia.
In keeping with family wishes, cremation took place and a service of remembrance to celebrate Ardyth’s life was held Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, The Pas, Manitoba, with Father Jim Fiori presiding. Music ministry was provided by Tanis Asselstine and Sue Harper. Scripture readings were proclaimed by Andrew Forward and Trevor Lane.
A reception was held for family and friends at the Wescana Inn Banquet Hall.
A private family interment will take place at a later date.
Honorary Pallbearers were John and Marielle Lewicki, Jack Lane, Korrie Hopper, Amy Hopper, Brooke Lane, Jan Zetterstrom and Ester Como.
In lieu of flowers, donations to The Pas Cats and Kittens, c/o Lorraine McIntosh, Box 3186, The Pas, Manitoba R9A 1R8, The Pas and Area Animal Shelter Incorporated, Box 4079, The Pas, Manitoba, R9A 1S2, or to a charity of choice, would be appreciated by Ardyth’s family.