February 13, 1953 – October 12, 2015

It is with heavy hearts that Loretta’s family announces her sudden and unexpected death on October 12, 2015, while an “in patient” and under medical care at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Even though we miss her deeply, we know that her time on this earth was fulfilled. She is now and for all eternity in the presence of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Her funeral was held on October 21.

Loretta is survived and deeply missed by her husband, Ken Cook and seven of her siblings: John (Joan) Manzuik of Winfield, Russell (Ada) Manzuk of Amherst View, ON, Anne Toma of Edmonton, Peter (Joan) Manzuk of Winnipeg, Lizz Manzuk of Calgary, Rozina (Loren) Leel of Salmon Arm, Jean Mitchell of Enderby; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins; four step-daughters; five brothers-in-laws; four sisters-in-laws, and many other extended family members.

Loretta was predeceased by her parents: Nick and Mary Manzuk of Swan River, and by her older brother Joe Manzuik and his wife, Ann, of Brandon.

Loretta was born in Swan River, MB, the youngest of nine children. After completing her Licensed Practical Nurse training and being employed as an LPN for a few years in Winnipeg, she enrolled in the Bachelor of Christian Education programme at Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, AB. After graduating from Prairie, Loretta had planned to serve her Lord Jesus in overseas missions, but she didn’t get to follow her dream of obeying her Lord’s command to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations”.

Within a few years, Loretta became very ill and spent the remainder of her life struggling to maintain some measure of wellness. In spite of her illness, Loretta was devoted to sharing with others the good news of salvation offered by Jesus Christ, having a special compassion for sharing this wonderful news with the unfortunate, needy, and afflicted in her sphere of influence.

Her husband, Ken, and all her family will deeply miss the generosity and kindness of Loretta’s heart. In spite of our grief, we who trust and believe in the Lord Jesus have a deep peace, a knowledge and a hope that we will one day rejoice with Loretta, as we eternally praise, worship, and serve our Lord Jesus Christ, when our time on earth is done.

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Funeral arrangements entrusted to ALTERNATIVES FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES® Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866

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