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Memorable Manitobans: Leon Rudolph Olesczuk (1903-1971)


Born in the Rural Municipality of St. Clements on 20 April 1903, son of Frank Oleszuk (1846-1927) and Anne Oleszuk (1848-?), he grew up near Gonor. He graduated from the Central Normal School, during which time he participated in observation and teaching placements at Champlain School (1930) and Donald School (1930), and later earned BA (1936) and BEd (1957) degrees from the University of Manitoba. He was the Principal of Donald School (1931-1946) prior to joining the teaching staff of the Winnipeg School Board at Norquay School (1946-1954) and Aberdeen School (1954-1970), then retired in June 1970. He and his wife Stefania had one daughter, Adele Olesczuk (wife of Frank Morton). He died at the Misericordia General Hospital on 28 January 1971 and was buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Normal notes,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 October 1930, page 5.

“Normal School notes,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 November 1930, page 24.

“U. awards [Bachelor of Arts],” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 May 1937, page 4.

“Tea raises $220 for Red Cross,” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 March 1943, page 5.

“Wednesday is the big day for these university graduates [Bachelor of Education],” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 1958, page 17.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 January 1971, page 31.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 5 August 2017

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