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Memorable Manitobans: Modest Steve Gerelus (1933-1973)

Educator.

Born at Shoal Lake on 1 January 1933, son of Stephen Paul “Steve” Gerelus (1902-1985) and Ann Hrysak (1905-1988), he attended Oakburn School and later St. Andrew’s College. During the Second World War, he served 18 months in the Royal Canadian Air Force and, following demobilization, attended the Manitoba Teachers’ College. His career included teaching at Culross School (1950-1951), Assiniboine School (1952-1953), Pipestone School (1953-1955), Sinclair School (1955-1956), at Sherridon (1958-1961), and Bad Throat School (1967-1968, Principal), as well as teaching for the Department of Indian Affairs. By the early 1970s, he was working for the Department of Manpower and Immigration at Brandon. He and his wife, teacher Ruth Elaine Gerelus, had six children, one of whom was Cameron Ronald Gerelus (1957-1974). He died at his Brandon residence, 318 Sixteenth Street, on 6 February 1973 and was buried in the Brandon Municipal Cemetery.

Sources:

“Oakburn,” Shoal Lake Star 8 January 1948, page 4.

“Oakburn,” Rossburn Review, 4 October 1950, page 6.

“Oakburn,” Rossburn Review, 9 January 1952, page 5.

“St. James School Head protests overcrowding,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 June 1952, page 3.

“Oakburn,” Rossburn Review, 3 September 1952, page 10.

“Oakburn news,” Rossburn Review, 19 July 1956, page 2.

“Oakburn news,” Shoal Lake Star, 9 January 1958, page 3.

“Oakburn news,” Rossburn Review, 5 January 1961, page 4.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 7 February 1973, page 20.

Obituary [Cameron Ronald Gerelus], Brandon Sun, 9 December 1974, page 12.

Obituary [Steve Gerelus], Rossburn Review,, 4 December 1985, page 10.

Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), PR86-01-03633 Stephen Paul Gerelus, GR8651, Archives of Manitoba.

Burial transcriptions, City of Brandon Municipal Cemetery.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Gordon Goldsborough for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 12 February 2020

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