Ignatius Joseph ZABORNIAK (1902-1989)

Ignatius Joseph ZABORNIAK (1902-1989)

Born at Cuszanow, Poland in 1902, Ignatius was one of twelve children born to John Zaborniak (1871-1937) and Mary Myszkowski (1879-1949). He immigrated to Canada in 1904 with his parents, grandparents and siblings. He grew up on the family farmstead in High Glen district and attended Melrose School. He left school at age 13 to  work and save funds for further education. At age 19, he returned to the classroom, completing his grades 7-8 via night classes, completed high school and graduated from the Manitou Normal School.

On 28 July 1931, he married Olga Tomiuk (1911-1995) at Winnipeg and they had two sons, Ian and Ron (1938-2019). They took up residence at Brightstone. They farmed and ranched in Brightstone until 1950 when they moved to Lac du Bonnet. They raised Angora rabbits, sheep, cattle, chickens, turkeys, goats, and pigs.

Educator, Farmer

In 1926, he began teaching at Brightstone School (1926-?). IIgnatius’ teaching career continued at Melrose School (1933-1936, Principal 1933-1935), Glenmore School (1953-1954), Brookfield School (?-?), Red Deer School (?-?), Landerville School (?-?), Brightstone School (?-?), and Lac du Bonnet School (?-?) before retiring in 1963 after a 31-year career. He had a great love of the land, animals and teaching.

He died at the Pinawa Hospital on 30 March 1989 and is buried at the Lac du Bonnet Community Cemetery.


  • Manitoba Vital Statistics, Birth, Death and Marriage records.
  • Newspaper Article, “Zaborniaks Host Family Reunion”, The Leader, Lac du Bonnet, 12 Jul 1983, page 9.
  • Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg, 01 April 1989, page 37.
  • Obituary, [Olga Zaborniak], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 October 1995, page C10.
  • Obituary, [Ron Zaborniak], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 October 2019.


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