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Memorable Manitobans: Elsie Demchuk Lesyk (1926-2014)

Educator, historian.

Born at Sifton in 1926, daughter of farmers Mary Demchuk (1902-1986) and Alex Demchuk (1894-1968), she attended Oukraina School, Wycliffe High School, and the Central Normal School. She taught school for 31 years, including service at several country school and the Sifton Village School. She retired to Dauphin. She was married twice, first to ? Schesniuk with whom she had two children and second, in August 1974, to Harry Lesyk (1917-2005). In retirement, she wrote Sifton Then and Now: A Reminiscence of the Pioneer Era (1992) and Wings Over Dauphin: A History of a Forgotten Era (1995). In recognition of her community service, she received the Governor General Commemorative Medal. She died at Dauphin on 30 November 2014 and was buried in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.


“News from Sifton,” Dauphin Herald, 14 August 1974, page 10.

Sifton Then and Now: A Reminiscence of the Pioneer Era, self-published, 1992.

Obituary [Harry Lesyk], Dauphin Herald, 16 August 2005, page 21.

Obituary, Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 November 2019

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