A Memorial Service honouring and celebrating her life was held on December 15th. Cremation has taken place, and as per her wishes, interment will occur on her parents’ grave site in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery on Saturday, July 11, at 11:00 am. A brief graveside service will be conducted by Fr. Ignatius Xavier of Precious Blood Cathedral. Everyone is welcome to attend, and to join with family and friends immediately afterwards at the Water Tower Hotel for a reception and light lunch.
Phyllis was the first born of Peter and Betty Barich, both deceased. Also gone before were sister Teresa and brother Peter. Left to mourn, and missing her terribly in the Barich/Burns families, are sisters Pat, Monica, Rebecca; brothers George and Steve, and all of their families, and sisters in law Shelley and Emma; her much loved nephews and nieces and aunts and uncles and cousins in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and Scotland; and acquaintances and colleagues throughout Canada, in Israel, and Asia. In Winnipeg, she leaves behind her husband, Helmut Epp, his immediate and large extended family, and their many friends and neighbours and professional colleagues with many of whom she had long and warm and loving relationships. Phyllis was especially proud of and loved their nine grandchildren and their recently arrived great grand-daughter, Jayla.
Phyllis went to Manitoba in 1980, having attained a Master of Library Science degree at Western, to begin her career in librarianship. At the time of her death she proudly held the position of librarian manager of a branch of Red River College. Despite her years away, her heart remained in “The Soo”, where the autumn leaves were the most beautiful in the world! She tried to maintain contact with relatives and friends, reminiscing often, too, with pride and fondness, about her Croatian and Scottish heritages, and about her memories of the music and dance and fun that filled their family life.
Phyllis was generous, and gladly supported many causes, large and small. She felt especially loyal to the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association and its services in SSM, and thus wished to have a financial bequest made to CMHA and a fund established and to be named to honour her parents. This has been arranged, with further donations being possible at any time in years to come.
Helmut would like to thank everyone for their warm expressions of condolence in December, and for the on-going support he has felt from so many since then. He hopes that these relationships can continue.
Arrangements entrusted to O’Sullivan Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 215 St. James St, 705-759-8456. Messages of sympathy and Condolences are available on-line at www.osullivanfuneralhome.com