Memorable Manitobans: Ignatius Joseph Zaborniak (1902-1989)
Born at Cuszanow, Poland in 1902, he came to Canada in 1904, grew on the family farmstead at Melrose and attended Melrose School, from which he took leave between age 13 and 19 to work and save funds for further education. Around 1921, he returned to the classroom, completing his grades 7-8 via night classes, after which completed high school and graduated from the Manitou Normal School.
In 1926, he embarked upon a 31-year teaching carer at Brightstone School (1926-?) and there met fellow teacher Olga Tomiuk (1911-1995). On 28 July 1931, they married at Winnipeg and took up residence at Brightstone where they had two sons, Ian and Ron, and both farmed and ranched until 1950 before moving to Lac du Bonnet. His teaching career continued at Melrose School (1933-1936, Principal 1933-1935), Glenmoor School (1953-1954), Brookfield School (?-?), Red Deer School (?-?), Landerville School (?-?), Brightstone School (?-?), and Lac du Bonnet School (?-?) before retiring in 1963.
He died at the Pinawa Hospital on 30 March 1989.
Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Zaborniaks host family reunion,” Lac du Bonnet Leader, 12 July 1983, page 9.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press 2 April 1989, page 19.
Obituary, Lac du Bonnet Leader, 4 April 1989, page 20.
Obituary [Olga Zaborniak], Lac du Bonnet Leader, 10 October 1995, page 19.
Obituary [Olga Zaborniak], Winnipeg Free Press 12 October 1995, page D9.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 3 October 2021