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Memorable Manitobans: William Jerowsky (1888-1967)

Educator.

Born in Ukraine in April 1888, he immigrated from Kiev to Canada in 1902. He settled in Manitoba and took teacher training (1911) at the Ruthenian Training School. His career in education spanned 46 years including tenure at Horod School (1911-1912), Ladywood School (1914-1916), Szewczenko School / Shevchenko School (1916-1919, Principal 1923-1926), Bjarmi School (1928), Solway School (1938-1943 & 1944-1946), Tolstoi School (1947-1949), Meleb School (c1951), Melnice School (1957-1959), Rattray School, and Park School, as well as at Arborg.

On 24 August 1912, he married Mary Syganiel (c1896-1973) at Winnipeg. They had three daughters: Evelyn Jerowsky (1914-2015, wife of Stephen Lisoweski), Elsie Jerowsky (c1920-?, wife of William Taylor), and Sonia Jerowsky (wife of Mr. Dumenko) and three sons: twins Wolodia Paris “Edward / Eddie” Jerowsky (c1933-?) and Orest Donny “Don” Jerowsky (c1933-?), and Boris “Bob” Jerowsky. He was a founder of the Greek Orthodox Church at Vita.

He retired to 748 Mountain Avenue in Winnipeg and died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 18 September 1968, with burial in the Glen Eden Memorial Gardens.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

[Photo caption; Jerowsky twins enlisting], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 February 1951, page 38.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 September 1967, page 28.

Winnipeg estate file #1834/67, William Jerowsky, Archives of Manitoba.

Obituary [Mary Jerowsky], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 December 1973, page 34.

Obituary [Evelyn Lisoweski], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 January 2015, page D7.

We thank Ashley Petersen for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 6 May 2022

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