Obituaries of residents & former residents of
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Theodore, Insinger, Sheho & districts, Saskatchewan
- Ida Baer (April 29, 1917 - February 13, 2011). The family of the late Ida Baer of Theodore, wish to announce her passing on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at the age of 93 years. There will be a Graveside Service at the Theodore Town Cemetery at a later date.
- Matt, resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, beloved husband of Kay Berezowski of Yorkton, passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at the age of 96 years. Matt Berezowski was born on November 15, 1910 in the Sheho district of Saskatchewan; a son of Mike and Mary (nee Tarnowetzki) Berezowski. Matt was raised on the family farm south of Sheho and received his education in the district. On October 24, 1936 he was united in marriage to Kay Kuprowski at Sheho. The couple farmed and raised their three children, Evelyn, Eugene and Beverly. In 1956 the family moved to make their home in Yorkton. Here Matt worked as a carpenter until his retirement. Five years ago Matt became a resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, where he resided until his passing. Matt was predeceased by his parents, Mike and Mary; brothers George, John, Bill, Pete, Steve and Nick; and sisters Ann Slowski, Mary Woroshelo, Natalie Fedak, Helen Necorak, Jessie Strelasky, Alice Kossey, and Katie Maximuik.; and a son-in-law, Alex Holowaty. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife Kay of Yorkton; two daughters: Evelyn Holowaty of Yorkton, and Beverly (Rick) Shatosky of Calgary; a son, Eugene (Pauline) Berezowski of Calgary; Matt was also a proud grandpa to Gail (Perry) Faye, Les (Helen) Berezowski, Kendra (Glenn) Wotton, and Kelly (Brandi) Budd, all of Calgary; and four great grandchildren: Nathan and Blake Wotton, Alexandra Faye and Michaela Berezowski; as well as numerous other relatives and friends. Prayers were held on Wednesday evening, May 9, 2007 from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Yorkton. The funeral service was held on Thursday, May 10, 2007 from the Holy Transfiguration Church with Rev. Father Mel Slashinsky officiating. Cantor, William Kozey led members of the Parish Choir and the congregation in the singing of the responses. The crossbearer was Ed Berezowski. The interment followed in the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Walter Fedak, Fred Slowski, Kelly Budd, Rick Shatosky, Perry Faye and Les Berezowski serving as the casketbearers.
- Allan, of Theodore, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 69 years of age. Allan was born on September 22, 1937 on the family farm in the Parkerview District, the son of Nick and Dora (nee Marionchuk) Bezborotko. He attended Okno School and then worked for various farmers in the area. In the mid 1950's Allan received a back injury due to a confrontation with a cow, but even when arthritis caused his spine to fuse together, Allan remained mobile and as independent as he could be. He would always say, "If I need help - I’ll ask". Allan loved riding and repairing bicycles, often going seven miles to the store from the farm or for a Sunday ride of 35 miles round trip. Allan loved the farm life and lived in his own little house in the same yard as his brother, Elmer and his wife, Rae. He taught his nieces and nephews the meaning of living life with a handicap, and that it was only a handicap if you let it be, whether he was baking bread, canning "dill" pickles or teaching them to ride a bike. In 1992, when Elmer and Rae sold the farm, Allan moved with them into the town of Theodore. Allan enjoyed helping Elmer with this yard maintenance business, be it mowing lawns, shoveling snow or just "supervising". Allan will be remembered for his happy go lucky nature and the way he loved to joke and tease his family and friends. Allan was predeceased by his parents, Nick and Dora; his sister, Rose as well as many Bezborotko and Marionchuk relatives. He leaves to mourn his passing and celebrate his life, his older sister, Elsie (Mike) Byski of Yorkton, SK; his younger brother, Elmer (Rae) Bezborotko of Theodore, SK; his uncles, Harry (Lena) Hluckman of Thunder Bay, ON and Mike Marionchuk of Bangor, SK as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home with Kathy Novak officiating. The organist, Carla Laycock, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Allan’s niece, Frances Bezborotko, shared in poetic tribute in her uncle’s memory. The cremation committal followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Elmer Bezborotko serving as the Urn Bearer.
- Annie, of Yorkton passed away following a short hospitalization at the Saskatoon City Hospital on Saturday, March 3, 2002. She was 90 years of age. Annie Biliak was born on December 22, 1911 in the Insinger district of Saskatchewan; a daughter of Oksana (nee Rebko) and Andrew Biliak. She was raised on the family farm in the Insinger district and attended the Aysgarth School. Following her education Annie began working out but still lived at home, caring for her father and brother Bill. After the death of Andrew in 1979, Annie and Bill moved to Foam Lake in 1981 and resided there until 1988, when they moved to Yorkton where they had since resided. Annie was the main care-giver to her whole family and took great pride in their well-being. She was a hard working individual who provided for the needs of her family. She loved children, especially her nieces and nephews. Annie also enjoyed caring for the many cats and dogs that were a part of her life over the years. She enjoyed good health most of her life but had experienced problems in later years. She was predeceased by her mother Oksana in 1941, her father Andrew in 1979, brothers John in infancy in 1920 and Ernest Johnson in 1995; and by sisters Mary in 1943, Dora in 1973 and Kay in 1996. She leaves to mourn her passing two brothers, Bill Biliak of Yorkton and Al Biliak of Yorkton; two sisters, Nellie Boychuk of Yorkton and Victoria (Steve) Pacholko of Regina; nieces and nephews Garry & Lucy Biliak of Regina, Curtis & Peggy Biliak of Saskatoon, Howard Biliak of Toronto, Leanne & Steve Dunn of Calgary, and Stuart Pacholko of Regina and their families. The funeral service was held on Thursday, March 7, 2002 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home in Yorkton with Mr. Eugene Mellish of the Maple Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses officiating. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Rodney Denesik, Randy Prokopchuk, Howard Biliak, Gerry Biliak, Al Stoski and Stuart Pacholko serving as the casketbearers.
- Bill, of Yorkton, passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2005 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 92 years of age. Bill was born on March 14, 1913 in the Insinger district of Saskatchewan; a son of Oksana (nee Rebko) and Andrew Biliak. Bill was raised on the family farm, but unfortunately with a speech impediment Bill never attended school. He remained at home, helping with all the chores and duties around the farm. His mother died in 1941, Bill and his sister Annie remained on the farm to help their father. Although he spoke little, Bill was an excellent man to have around the farm, he worked hard and also helped many other farmers in the district whenever he was called upon. He never refused his neighbors and everybody appreciated his work. Bill riding on his John Deere tractor was a common sight in the district. He also enjoyed tending to the needs of the livestock on the farm. In 1979, father Andrew passed away, Bill and his sister Annie moved to Foam Lake in 1981, and then to Yorkton in 1988, where they had since resided. Bill had become a resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home April 3, 2003. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers John in infancy in 1920 and Ernest (Kost) in 1995; sisters Mary in 1943, Dora in 1973, Kay in 1996, and Annie in 2002. He is survived by a brother Al of Yorkton; two sisters: Nellie Boychuk of Yorkton and Victoria (Steve) Pacholko of Regina; nephews & nieces: Garry (Lucy) Biliak of Regina, Curtis (Peggy) Biliak of Saskatoon, Howard Biliak of Toronto, Leanne (Steve) Dunn of Calgary, Stuart Pacholko of Regina; and their families. The funeral service was held on Thursday, November 10th at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home with Mr. Eugene Mellish of the Yorkton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses officiating. The interment followed in the family plot at Yorkton City Cemetery with Rodney Denesyk, Randy Prokopchuk, Gerry Biliak, Curtis Biliak, Stuart Pacholko and Simon deGroot serving as the casket bearers.
- William (March 6, 1923 - January 29, 2006). Bill was born in Western Ukraine on March 6, 1923. His parents John and Anna migrated to Canada in 1930 and homesteaded in the Sheho area. Bill attended elementary schools at Dear Creek School. In 1939 Bill enlisted in the armed forces and retired in 1946. In 1949 Bill married Anne Protzak and they made their home in Saskatoon. The Good Lord blessed their marriage with eight children: Glen, Elaine (Murray), Pat (Barry), Connie (Larry), Charlene, Brad, Michelle (Dean) and Colleen (Dallen). Bill loved to fix things, especially cars and small motors in his garage. He took great pride in maintaining his home and always insisted that each of his children tried their best in everything they did. Bill loved to watch sports and took great pride in watching his grandsons play hockey. Bill retired at the age of 65 from his career as a crane operator for 27 years. Bill was predeceased by his parents John and Anna, his brothers Nick, Peter and Mike. Left to mourn his passing are his wife Anne, his children and his sister Betty, 14 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. The funeral service will be held Thursday, February 2, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. from the Chapel of Saskatoon Funeral Home
- Irene (nee Sawiuk) passed away peacefully, at the Yorkton & District Nursing Home on Thursday, October 26, 2006 at the age of 93 years. Irene was born on July 5, 1913 in the Theodore District of Saskatchewan, the daughter of Metro and Lena (nee Rusnak) Sawiuk. She married Harry Bodnar in 1931 and together they raised six children. A homemaker most of her life, there was always food on the table whenever company came whether it was family, friends or strangers. She loved her gardening, and spent a lot of time in both her vegetable and flower gardens. Irene was predeceased by her parents, Metro and Lena; her sons, Matt and Alex; her daughter, Katie; four sisters and five brothers. She leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life, her daughter, Mary (Art) Michalchuk of Yorkton, SK; her sons, John (Sylvia) of Yorkton, SK and Peter (Valerie) of Regina, SK as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She will be sadly missed but lovingly remembered by all those who knew her.
- Phyllis Ann (nee Berezowski) March 17 1949 - July 23, 2006. Phyllis, age 57, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side at St. Paul's Hospital. Phyllis is survived by her loving husband, Eugene; children, Quinton (Candace), Laurie (Steven) Ernst, Dominic (Chantelle), Tanya (John) Schnurr, Nathan (Candice), and seven grandchildren. Phyllis is also survived by her brother, Ken Berezowski and sister, Sharon Sterzuk. Phyllis was predeceased by her parents, Nick and Ann Berezowski. Phyllis was born in Foam Lake, SK and raised in Sheho, SK. On May 19th, 1967 she married Eugene Bosovich of Rama, SK where they remained for several years before moving to Saskatoon, SK with their children. Phyllis was a caring and giving individual and always there for her family whenever needed. Phyllis had a heart of gold and a voice that everyone knew and heard. The Resurrection Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, July 27th at 1:30 p.m. from St. Phillip Neri Parish (1902 Munroe Ave) with Rev. Monsignor Len Morand as celebrant. Inurnment will take place at a later date.
- John Wasyl, of Theodore, passed away Sunday, September 21, 2003 in Melville, SK. He was 80 years of age. John was born April 17, 1923 in the Beaverdale district to John and Nellie (nee Pacholko) Boychuk. Following his schooling, John entered the military. Sadly his career was cut short due to health issues. He then returned home and for many years worked within the farming community. At that point in his life he retired from farming. He settled in Melville where he worked and kept busy until the fall of 1990. He officially retired and moved to Theodore where he resided until his passing. Throughout his life, John's love of animals never waned. John was predeceased in infancy by his brothers Rudolph and Russell and his sister Mary. He was also predeceased by his father John B. Boychuk in 1943, his mother Nellie (Anastasia) nee Pacholko in 1984, his sister Victoria Motyka in 1985, his brother-in-law John Kolebaba in 1987 and his sister Ann Kolebaba in 1990. Surviving John is his sister Rose Longul, his brother-in-law Peter Motyka, nephews Harry and Michael Longul, nieces Emily (Arnold) Klane, Elizabeth (Bill) Lampkin, Florence Dorey, and Nell (John) Mudd. He is also survived by four great nephews, six great nieces, six great great nephews and two great great nieces. Funeral Services were held Saturday, September 27, 2003 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Rev. Father Methodius Kushko officiating. The responses were sung by Mr. Ed Pindus and Mrs. Susan Solonenko. Honorary casketbearers were all those who shared in John's life. John was laid to rest in the Garden of Cucifixion in the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Mike Longul, John Mudd, Arnold Klane, Ehren Klane, Trent Bank and Bob Fathers serving as active caskets bearers.
- Nellie (nee Biliak) passed away peacefully on Sunday February 19, 2006 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre after a battle with cancer. Nellie was 86 years of age and was born October 30, 1919 in the Insinger district, a daughter of Andrew and Oksana Biliak. She was raised on the family farm in the Insinger district and attended the Aysgarth School. As a young girl, Nellie worked on the family farm and as she got older she got her first job cooking for Zubko's farming and lumber business. Nellie then moved to Yorkton and worked for various restaurants before she obtained a job at the Yorkton Co-op, working there until her retirement. Nellie was married to Metro Boychuk at the United Church in Kamsack on September 30, 1961. They lived on the farm in the Wroxton district until moving to Yorkton. Nellie retired in the early 80's and spent time gardening and fishing with her husband until his passing on February 22, 1986. Nellie will be remembered by her friends and family as an individual who enjoyed life, plus loved meeting her friends for coffee on a daily basis. Predeceased by her infant brother John in 1920, mother Oksana in 1941, father Andrew in 1979, sisters: Mary in 1943, Dora in 1973, Kay in 1996, Annie in 2002, and brothers Ernie in 1995, and Bill in 2005. She leaves to mourn her passing a brother: Al Biliak of Yorkton and a sister: Victoria (Steve) Pacholko of Regina; niece and nephews; Curtis and Peggy Biliak of Saskatoon, Howard of Toronto, Leanne and Steve Dunn of Calgary, Gerry and Lucy Biliak of Regina, and Stuart Pacholko of Regina; as well as many other relatives and friends. The funeral service was held on Friday, February 24, 2006 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton. Mr. Eugene Mellish of the Yorkton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses officiated. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Randy Pokopchuk, Stuart Pacholko , Curtis Biliak, Rod Denesik, Gerry Biliak and Merv Kirshman serving as the casketbearers.
- Wasyl entered into eternal rest on December 15, 2009 at his home in Theodore, Sask. He was 75 years of age. Wasyl was born on March 7, 1934 in the Insinger District, the son of Fred and Helen (nee Gulutzan) and grew up on the family farm. He attended War End School in the Insinger District. Over the years, Wasyl worked for farmers, on the railway and for the INCO Company in Thompson, Manitoba. Wasyl was predeceased by his parents, Fred and Helen; his brothers, Matt, George and John; his sisters, Victoria, Mary and Verna. He leaves to celebrate and rejoice in his memory, his brothers, Nick, Mike (Gloria) and sisters, Katherina and Olga; his daughter, Geraldiane as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
- Pearl (nee Kaweski), beloved wife of William, passed away in her sleep at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre on Sunday, May 13, 2001 in her 83rd year. The youngest of six children, Pearl was born to Bill and Pauline (nee Maleschuk) Liss in the village of Leishku a short distance from the city of Yaraslow, Poland on January 7, 1918. Her parents operated a store in the village. The Liss children enjoyed the comforts of home and the warmth and guidance of the extended family. However, by 1924 the parents were deceased and as orphans, life took a dramatic turn. In the spring of 1926 the children emigrated to Canada to the Fosston, Sask., area where members of the Maleschuk family had emigrated earlier and were established as farmers. Pearl spent her early years with her married sister Mary (Joe) Nycholat. In 1933 she met and married Mike Kaweski who immigrated from Western Ukraine in 1928. They settled on a farm in the Ponass Lake area. To this union three sons were born. In 1945 they sold their farm and the family moved to a larger farm at Clair, Sask. where they resided until the death of Mike in 1962. In 1970 Pearl married William Budinsky and moved to his farm at Theodore, Sask. In 1983 William and Pearl retired from farming and moved to Yorkton. Pearl was lifelong homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and was a willing partner in all aspects of farm life. She was a member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and was active in the ladies auxiliary in her younger years. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her. Pearl was predeceased by her parents Bill and Pauline Liss; husband Mike Kaweski; son Maurice Kaweski; sisters Mary and brother-in-law Joe Nycholat, Annie and brother-in-law Jim Collier, Kathryn and brother-in-law Bill Shalley; and brothers Mike and Metro Liss. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband William Budinsky of Yorkton; sons Nick (Audrey) Kaweski of Clair, Sask., and Peter (Shirley) Kaweski of Saskatoon, Sask.; sisters-in law Myrtle Liss of Rose Valley, Sask., and Annie Liss of Wadena, Sask.; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Prayer services were held on Thursday, May 17, 2001, from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Funeral Services were held on Friday morning, May 18, 2001 from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church with Rev. Father Richard Ehrmantraut officiating. The cantor, Mike Sitko, assisted by members of the Parish Choir led in the singing of the responses. Cory Nickolayou was the cross bearer with Fred and John Batuk serving as the banner bearers. The memorial register was attended by Margaret Liss. Madeline Colbow, Sophie Nickolayou, Sophia Liss, Sarah Guest, Kathy Greer, Nettie Yuzdepski and Pauline Nycholat were honourary bearers. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Stan Balaski, Mike Kaweski, Richard Kaweski, Kevin Kaweski, Garry Colbow and Eugene Nicholayou serving as casket bearers. A memorial luncheon was held at the Ukrainian Orthodox Auditorium at which time Pearl's eldest grandchild Mike Kaweski paid tribute and gave remembrances of his Baba.
- William, of Yorkton, widower of Pearl Budinsky, entered eternal rest on Monday, July 23, 2001 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre in his 83rd year. The oldest of thirteen children, William Budinsky was born on Dec. 6, 1917, in the Insinger district to Nicoli and Maria Budinsky. He was raised on the family farm and received his education at Yemen School and Insinger High School. From 1936 to 1940 William worked as a farm labourer in the Insinger District and Kenton, Man. In the early 1940s he was employed by the Canadian Pacific Railway and spent the winters cutting wood in Northern Ontario lumber camps. From 1943 to 1946 he served his country during WWII in the Canadian Armed Forces. Following his years of service, he returned to work for the CPR and the Ontario lumber camps. In 1950 Bill began doing what would remain a lifelong interest and way of life - farming. Under the Veterans' Land Act, he purchased farm land in the Creekside District southwest of Theodore, which he farmed for 32 years. On Nov. 7, 1970, he was united in marriage to Pearl Kaweski at Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Yorkton. Together Bill and Pearl continued to enjoy an active and productive life on the farm until 1983 when they retired to Yorkton. During his years as a farmer, Bill served as director for the Creekside Rural Telephone Company. He was a member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church all his life, first as a member of the congregation in Theodore and later as a congregation member in Yorkton. A man with many interests, Bill enjoyed playing violin, cards, and pool. He enjoyed helping and visiting relatives and always had time for a cup of coffee with neighbours and friends. A thoughtful man who always showed great care and attention in everything he did, William will be deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved him. He was predeceased by his mother Maria (1958), father Nicoli (1965), wife Pearl (May 2001), step-son Maurice (1992), sister Olga (2000), and brother John (1970). William leaves to cherish his memory and to celebrate his life his step-sons Nick Kaweski of Clair, Sask., Peter Kaweski of Saskatoon; brothers: Melvyn of Abbotsford, BC, Fred of Hope, BC, Matthew of Surrey, BC; sisters: Anne (Couillard) of Winnipeg, Marion (Wingert) of Regina, Kaye (Butler) of Hamiota, Man., Irene (Ness) of Winnipeg, Jean (Serytuk) of La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA, Isabel (Pott) of Roseau River, Man., and Sylvia (Barkman) of Kingston, Ont.; eight step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren; three daughters-in-law; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Prayer services were held on Thursday, July 26th at Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Yorkton. Funeral services were held on Friday, July 27th at Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church with Rev. Father Mel Slashinsky officiating. The cantor, Mike Sitko assisted by members of the Parish Choir led in the singing of the responses. The crossbearer was Cory Nickolayou and the bannerbearers were Fred and John Batuk. Attending the Memorial Register was Elizabeth Wingert. The honourary bearers were Ian Greer, Kathy Greer, Betty Nickolayou, Sophie Nickolayou, Carl Westerhaug and Maurice Wingert. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Garry Colbow, Kevin Kaweski, Mike Kaweski, Richard Kaweski, Eugene Nickolayou and Larry Wingert serving as casket bearers. A memorial luncheon was held at the Ukrainian Orthodox Auditorium at which time Matthew Budinsky, Peter Kaweski and Mike Kaweski paid tribute and gave remembrances of William. Words of appreciation were conveyed by Nick Kaweski and Larry Wingert.
- Irwin Russell, beloved husband of Helen Burnard, of Kindersley and formerly of Theodore, Sask, passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2007 at the Kindersley Heritage Manor. He was 82 years of age. Irwin Russell Burnard was born on December 12, 1924 in the Creekside district, the son of Howard and Irene (nee Bursee) Burnard. He attended Creekside School and then worked with his father and Uncle Earl on the family farm until his marriage to Helen Merkley on June 28, 1947 at St. Andrew’s United Church in Yorkton, Sask. They went on to have a family of two children, Karen and Gary. Irwin farmed on his own and was later joined by his son. In 1980, Irwin and Helen moved to Theodore and continued to farm until 1991. Irwin was active in the Theodore community throughout his lifetime. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 57 years, a member of the Parkland Shriners for 33 years, a Director of the Theodore Credit Union and on the Loans Committee, Chairman of the Theodore United Church Board, a 4-H Leader, a member of the Wheat Pool Board and Manager of the Theodore Housing Authority of 9 years. He also worked on numerous community projects over the years. Irwin enjoyed camping and going for Sunday drives with his family. His hobbies and pastimes included curling, golf, fishing, woodworking, reading, playing cards and cheering on the Blue Jays. Irwin and Helen spent many wonderful years in Theodore during which time they traveled extensively throughout Canada and the United States. In 2005 they moved to Kindersley to be closer to family. Ill health forced Irwin to become a resident at the Kindersley Heritage Manor in October of 2006. In June of 2007, Irwin and Helen celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. Irwin was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He will remain in the hearts of those who loved him always and forever. Irwin was predeceased by his parents, Howard and Irene; his brother, Melvin; his sisters-in-law, Nora (Lewis) Stroshein, Esther (Albert) Brown and Helen Burnard; his brothers-in-law, Gordon Beck, Albert Merkley and Harold Merkley. He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory, his loving and beloved wife, Helen of Kindersley, SK; his daughter, Karen Burnard (Cal Bennett) of Abbotsford, B.C.; his son, Gary (Ruth) Burnard of Kindersley, SK; his granddaughter, Shannon (Curtis) Belton of Bowden, AB and their children, Zach, Tori, Owen and Avery; his grandson, Jakeb Burnard (Krissy Fromm) of Kindersley, SK; his sister, Veryl Beck of Edmonton, AB; his brother, Norman Burnard of Stony Plain, AB; his brother-in-law, Jim Merkley of Vernon, B.C.; his sisters-in-law, Margaret Morehouse of Kennewick, Washington, Mae Hoffman of Prince Albert, SK, Joyce Yonkman of Wadena, SK, Dorothy Horn of Lorette, MB, Clara Merkley of Springside, SK and Della Merkley of Theodore, SK as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends. Prayers will be held on Monday at 7:00 p.m. from the chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 2:00 P.M. from St. Paul United Church in Theodore, SK. The cremation committal will follow in the Theodore Town Cemetery.
- Elsie Bella (nee Bezborotko). It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved wife and mother Elsie Byski. On Tuesday January 29th, 2008 at 10p.m. under the wonderful care of nursing Stations 1-East & 1-West in the Yorkton Union Hospital, Mom was surrounded by the love of her husband and children as she passed into arms of the Lord at the age of 72. She was welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven by her parents Dora and Nick Bezborotko, her brother Allen and baby sister Rose. Mom was born on the family farm in the Parkerview District on November 18th, 1935. She attended the Okno School near her home. When she was finished School, she worked on area farms in the Parkerview and Sheho area and would do all sorts of jobs from looking after families, milking cows and everyday farm chores. Mom always worked hard and was a person who never left a job half done. In 1954, she started work at the Rex Café in Foam Lake but returned to the farm. Mom married in 1955 and had 5 children. She remarried in 1974 to her Soul Mate Mike Byski. Elsie and Mike met at a dance in 1973 at the Pythian Hall in Yorkton. Dad fell in love with Mom's smile and they started dating a week later enjoying many fun filled evenings dancing at the Legion Hall. On July 27th, 1974 Elsie Bella Gorelitza and Michael William Byski were joined in Holy Matrimony at the Westview United Church with Reverend Jack Jones presiding. Mike not only became a husband but also became a father by accepting 5 young children into his life that he loves and cherishes. Over the years, his love grew stronger everyday. Settling into our new home on Irwin Avenue was an exciting time for all and started a new chapter in Mom's life. One of the things Mom was waiting for was spring so she could plant a large garden surrounded by beautiful flowers. She continued to plant her garden for 33 years with her last garden being planted in the spring of 2007. Canning was one of her favorite pastimes and the cold room looked more like a grocery store as she would can all kinds of vegetables and fruit with her specialty being cucumbers which she turned into the best pickles that one could ever eat. Mom also loved cooking for her family especially for the holidays. With Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Ukrainian Christmas being her favorite times, she always cooked enough food to feed everybody three times over and then some. One Christmas there was so much food on the kitchen table it broke in half which is a day we will all remember. As we all grew up and moved away, we always returned home with our children for the special times that brought joy, peace and happiness to her heart. Mom raised her family with good honest values always teaching us right from wrong, always protecting and shielding us from danger and Mom was always there for us when ever we need her love guidance or support. "Mom, we will always be careful, we will always look both ways, we will always remember the values that you have taught us, the advice you have given, we will take it as it comes and we will always remember your love." Elsie leaves to celebrate and cherish her memory - her husband of 33 years Mike, her 3 daughters Grace Gorelitza and Adeline Gorelitza of Saskatoon, SK. and Valerie (Don) Nerbas of Yorkton, SK; her two sons Eric Gorelitza of Regina, SK and Rick (Bonnie) Gorelitza of Martensville, SK. Elsie will miss her eight grandchildren Lindsay and Crystal Gorelitza daughters of Adeline, Terra (Ryan) Deck, Cassandra and Brady Nerbas children of Valerie and Don, Breckan Gorelitza son of Eric, Ethaniel and Elan Gorelitza children of Rick and Bonnie. Elsie also had six great grandchildren Kennedy, Kolby and Kayden Arcand daughters of Lindsay and Cory Arcand, Dylan, Tristen and Mason children of Crystal and Chuck Ellis. Mom also leaves her younger brother Elmer (Rae) Bezborotko of Theodore SK; her uncles, Harry (Lena) Hluchman of Thunder Bay, ON and Mike Marionchuck of Bangor, SK, as well as, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and life long friends. Prayer services were held on Monday evening, February 4, 2008 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home in Yorkton. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, February 5, 2008 from Bailey's Funeral Home with Very Rev. Father Mel Slashinsky as Celebrant. Cantor, William Kozey, assisted by members of the Parish Choir, sang the responses. The crossbearer was Don Byski, the interment took place in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Brian Byski, Andrew Kozey, Randy Wolowidnek, Alex Oystrick, Michael Solonenko and Neil Speidel serving as the casketbearers.
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- Nick. It is with sadness the family announces that the death of Nick Chabaylo occurred at St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon on Friday, November 9th, 2007. Nick was born on December 19th, 1917 to parents, Metro Chabaylo and Mary Snatinsky on the family farm in the Insinger District. He received his elementary education at Aysgarth School and completed three years of High School by correspondence. In the spring of 1939 in search of work he hopped a freight train to northern Ontario where he spent 2 1/2 months cutting pulp wood prior to returning to work on the family farm. In the fall of 1939 he bought a quarter of land from the Hudson Bay Company. That fall and the next he helped with harvesting in the Colonsay district and the next year at Birtle Manitoba. Nick started beekeeping in 1941 which he continued until 1954 with various other undertakings including working in a limestone quarry on Texada Island for the BC Cement Company in 1946, doing carpentry at Bredenbury in 1947 and logging in the Cumberland area of BC in 1948. On November 13th, 1948 Nick married Olga Sawchuk of Vernon, BC. They spent that winter there and Nick found work with a Massey Agency. He took flying lessons in Vernon in June 1949 and received his private flying license in August. That fall Nick took over operations of the family farm. As a `jack of all trades' Nick did blacksmithing for the neighbours, as well as carpentry work building and installing close to two dozen custom make kitchens in the area. He was also employed by the Theodore Co-op from 1965 1968 after which he worked as asphalt plant manager for K&W Paving for 15 years, retiring in 1983. In 1982 he took up a few hobbies including wood lathe work, making rock and gem jewelry, and rock inlay wood clocks. As Nick developed an interest in astronomy and in the early 1960's Nick built a homemade 216 power 6 inch reflecting telescope, the mirror being hand ground and polished. Nick will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents; and two brothers, Eli and John; as well as his wife, Olga. He is survived by two children, daughter, Vivian (Les) and her children, George, Tim and Tina; son, Steve (Carla) and his children, Darcy and Leah; as well as eight great grandchildren; and three sisters, Doris, Anne and Verna; two brothers, George and Michael; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. A Funeral Service was held at Saskatoon Funeral Home on Monday November 12th 2007 at 11:00 a.m. with interment following at Woodlawn Cemetery
- Paul was born on January 25, 1929 on the family farm in the Sheho Farms district of Saskatchewan; the ninth of eleven children born to Nicholas and Mary Chaikowski. He was raised on the family farm and received his education at Runnymede. Following his schooling he worked for the winter months at a bush camp at Hemlo, Ontario, returning in the summer months to the family farm, eventually pursuing farming full time. On October 29, 1953 he was united in marriage to Theresa Kozakewich at Sheho Farms Church. Together they lived and farmed in this area for many years. Paul truly loved farming and took great pride in the quality of his livestock and crops. No matter how busy he was, he always had time for trioka with friends, coffee with neighbors and appreciated the company of his grandchildren. Paul enjoyed the simple things in life; cooking, gardening and travelling were some of his pastimes. Gido's cooking was exceptional; you never left his home hungry. We frequently enjoyed his homemade hamburgers, sauerkraut soup, pickles in a crock, fresh creamed chicken, and his favourite, studnetz. Every spring Gido couldn't wait to pick morel mushrooms and wild strawberries. A great deal of his time was spent in the garden. Throughout the years, he travelled to Ontario to visit his sisters, across the Prairie Provinces and down to the United States to visit family & friends. In 1995 Paul semi-retired in Foam Lake, however he remained active with farming. Every summer he would return to help with spring work, haying, harvesting, or to pick stones. At every visit we heard stories about the past, and words of wisdom for the future. Gido also spent a lot of time volunteering as President of the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church. In January of 2003, Paul was hospitalized and remained there until his sudden passing on Sunday, April 12, 2003. He was 74 years of age. Predeceased by his parents, Mary in 1955 and Nicholas in 1966; his beloved wife Theresa in 1979, an infant son Barry in 1954, a daughter Paulette in 1964; brothers John in 1973, Peter in 1982, Stanley in 1994 and Bill in 1999; sisters, Ann Staszkiel in 1997, and Pauline Stec in 1998. He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Christine and her husband Nestor Kokoski of Foam Lake, and their children, Angela (Gordon) Hoffman of Sheho, and Maureen Kokoski of Foam Lake; son Lorne and his wife Melody Chaikowski and their children, Ashley (Melinda Kasper), Cherise and Craig Chaikowski of Foam Lake; sisters, Rosie Fransishyn of Yorkton, Pearl Fransishyn of Atikokan, Ontario, Mary (Mike) Halushka of Nipawin and Kay Lunnis of Surrey BC, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, friends and relatives.
- John, born near Sheho, SK, in 1925 to Katherine (Melnychuk) and George, passed away February 18, 2006. John was a great cabinetmaker, and was always willing to lend a helping hand to family, friends, church, the Ukrainian National Federation, and other organizations. Predeceased by: wife, Olga, parents, and brother, Mike. Survived by children: Dennis, Kathy, Robert, Wes, Nadine, Maureen, Joanne, and their families; grandchildren and greatgrandchildren; brothers, Bill and Fred; sister, Mary, their families; and brother Mike's family. Prayer Service on February 23, 2006 at 7:00 p.m., and Funeral Service on February 24, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. from the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Saskatoon with interment to follow in the Woodlawn Orthodox Cemetery. Rev. Fr. Taras Makowsky officiating.
- Richard, resident of Theodore, beloved husband of Shay, passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2001 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 81 years of age. Richard George Cobb was born on October 7, 1919 near Mattawa, Ontario, the fourth child of George and Pearl (nee Harper) Cobb. At the age of 16 he chose to serve God, which would be a guide and comfort to him all his life. As a young man, he held various farming, logging and factory jobs. He served his country for four years during World War II as a member of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. After the war, he took a cabinet making course and worked in that field until he began farming in 1949. In 1947, he and four other young relatives came west, where he met Hazel 'Shay' Price. He returned in September of 1949 to take her home as his bride. For the next 29 years, Richard and Shay lived on their farm in the Powassan, Ontario, area, where their 3 sons were added to the family. In 1978, the couple moved to Theodore to be closer to their boys, who had come west earlier. Their grandchildren and their trips east and west in their camper were highlights of their retirement years. A debilitating stroke in October of 1991 necessitated hospitalization until April of 1993, at which time he was able to return home to the loving care of Shay. He leaves with loving memories, his wife of 51 years, Shay; sons, George and his wife Jan and their sons Jeff, Jolan (Julie), Jayden (Donna) and Justin; John and his wife Anita and children Linnea, Alissa, Jackson and Laura; and David and his wife Mavis and their children Philip, Faron, Regan, Jesse, Emily and Dickon, as well as three great grandchildren, Trae, Brett and Megan. He is also survived by brothers and sisters, Beryl, Margaret, Fred (Grace), Frank (Dorothy), Rose (Mervin) Birt, Esther, Jim (Helen), Philip (Mae) and Lily, and a brother-in-law Gordon Byers, all in eastern Canada. He was predeceased by his eldest sister, Hazel Byers. He is also fondly remembered by Shay's family in BC, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and his many other relatives and friends. The funeral service was held on Saturday, January 6, 2001 at the Theodore Recreation Centre in Theodore. Dale Shultz, Jack Price and Mary Roper officiated. Ushers for the service were Lloyd Kneesch, Keith Byers, Dave Hermanson and Ken Kostenuk. Attending the register were Linnea and Alissa Cobb and Tracy Colwill. The pianist, Adrienne Sinclair led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. A special music selection, Moments of Blessing, was sung by Daren Young, Jack Kofoed, Leah Lennox, Anne Malcolm and Susan Cobb; and those present sang Sing To Me the Songs of Zion. The interment followed in the Theodore Town Cemetery with grandsons Jeff, Jolan, Philip, Jayden, Faron and Regan Cobb serving as the casketbearers. Jim Atcheson officiated at the committal service.
- Gordon B., of Yorkton and formerly of Parkerview passed away at his home on Saturday,November 1, 2003 at the age of 82 years. Gordon was born on March 20, 1921 in the Insinger district of Saskatchewan; a son of John and Rose (nee Kereluk) Copan. He attended school in the Insinger District and in May of 1941 enlisted in the Army Division of the Canadian Armed Forces serving overseas as a postal sortee until his honourable discharge in January 1946. In October of that year Gordon was united in marriage to Matilda (Tillie) Farkas. The couple resided in the Parkerview district where Gordon operated a garage and served as the Parkerview Postmaster. Gordon and Tillie had one son Gary who was born in 1952. The family moved to Yorkton in 1964 where Gordon worked with Bowman Brothers Machine Shop for a brief period before resuming his postal career. He retired from the Yorkton Post Office in 1986. Gordon was predeceased by his parents John and Rose; his brother Bill; brothers-in-law John Graham and Matt Pawchuk and a grandson Derek. He leaves to mourn his passing and to cherish his life his loving wife Tillie. His son Gary and his wife Donna of Yorkton; grandchildren: Shelly of North Vancouver, B.C., Jason ( Tahirih Schulz) of Red Deer AB; special family friend Kristin Anderson of Saskatoon; a brother Steve of Vernon,B.C.; sisters: Marian Graham of Sicamous B.C., Elsie Pawchuk of Regina Sk.,; sisters-in-law Elsie Copan and Vera Kapin along with many nephews, nieces and close friends. Gordon was a devoted family man whose considerate and generous nature was an inspiration to all who knew him. He leaves the world a better place . Prayer services were held on Wednesday evening, November 5, 2003 from The Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home Yorkton. Funeral services were held on Thursday morning November 6, 2003 from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church Yorkton, Saskatchewan with Rev. Father Richard Ehrmantraut officiating. William Kozey was the Cantor assisted by members of the parish choir. George Prokopchuk and Matt Riabko were the Palamars. Shelly Copan and Kristin Anderson were the Banner Bearers with Jason Copan serving as Cross Bearer. The interment followed in the Garden of Devotion Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Emile Lalonde, Stephen Shumay, Merv Palka, Gerald Farkas, Duane Gabriel and Kent Bilokreli serving as Casket Bearers. The Legion Burial Rite was held at the Royal Canadian Legion following the interment and was led by members of the Royal Canadian Legion General Alexander Ross Branch # 77. Mike Bidnock was the Sergeant-at-arms. The Padre was Father Basil Chomos with John Zaretski, John Miller, Peter Wyatt, Andy Juba serving as Color Party and Ken Gordon was the Bugler.
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- Matt was born near Insinger, SK on August 10th, 1918. He was predeceased by his parents Matey and Maria Daciw; 4 sisters and 3 brothers; 2 children in infancy; Matt is survived his wife Elsie; daughter Pat (Jim) Laturnas; 4 grandchildren Evan (Heather), Sandy, Grant and Cari; sister Nellie and in-laws Bert and Alice, Rose and Iris and numerous nieces and nephews. Matt was the baby of his family. He lost his mother when he was 18 and stayed home to look after his aging father and the family farm. Matt was a veteran of the 2nd World War, he was proud to serve his country. Matt married Elsie Moroz in 1942. They began their married life in Sheho, where he joined his father-in-law and two brothers-in-law in raising minks. In 1957 he moved his family to Ituna and became a turkey rancher and later a farmer. Matt always believed in giving his best to his family and community. In Sheho, he was a staunch supporter of the legion, his church and community. While in Ituna Matt and Elsie met many new friends and established friendships that would last them a lifetime. He spent countless hours volunteering his time for many organizations. If he saw a need, he quietly went about seeing that it was taken care of, never seeking recognition or praise. He always believed a job wasn't worth doing unless it was done well. We are all so proud of him. Matt loved hunting, fishing, curling and camping. Many happy times were had with his grandchildren, camping and teaching them how to fish. He retired at the age of 62, but never slowed down until health forced him to do so. He loved to travel with friends, and remained active in all sorts of organizations in Ituna until he and Elsie moved to Regina 6 years ago. At the age of 69 he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and life became a struggle in later years. Although it was never his wish, he became dependant on others for his care. For the last 3 years, he has been on unit 3-6 in Wascana Rehab. Centre. Thank you to all those on the unit for their patience, care and compassion, especially in the last hours of his life. Also thank you to those who took the time to visit Matt there. Prayers will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2006 at 7:30 P.M. in Victoria Avenue Funeral Home, 2080 East Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, November 10, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. in Sacred Heart Parish, Ituna, SK. Interment will follow in Scared Heart Parish Cemetery, Ituna, SK.
- Katherine (nee Kitzul). It is with great sadness that the family of Kay Daley announce her passing on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Aunt Kay was born on the family farm south of Sheho, SK. and in her early twenties moved to Saskatoon where she worked in the retail business until her retirement in the 60's. During these years she made many lifelong friends and met the love of her life, Roy Daley, whom she married on December 3, 1949. They enjoyed many years together, travelling throughout Canada and spending several winters in Arizona. Kay took great pride in her home, yard and garden. Many neighborhood children, nieces and nephews benefited from her love and generosity and the special way she pinched their cheeks, which became known as the ìAuntie Kay Specialî. Kay resided in her meticulous home tending to her yard, garden, and the birds, until just prior to her passing. She was predeceased by her husband Roy in 1985; her parents, Lazor & Cecilia Kitzul; four brothers, three sisters, a niece and a nephew. She is survived by her sister Jean; 16 nieces and nephews; and many great nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Kay's life will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5th, at Windsor Chapel, 704 Windsor Street (corner of 8th Avenue N and Windsor Street). Following the reception, interment to take place at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
- Bill W. was born April 17, 1926 in the Springside / Buchanan district to Wasyl and Katie (nee Tymoruski) the fifth child of seven. Bill attended school in the Northlake district and then moved to the Drobot area where he farmed with his dad. He soon took over the family farm. During that time he met the girl next door, Rose Marchuk, who became the love of his life. On September 5th 1954 they were married and were blessed with five children. Through their 55 years of marriage they endured many hardships but also had made many cherished memories. They resided on the farm until 1998 where they then moved into Theodore. Bill was very active and devoted to the church. He joined the church in 1955 and held the position of president of the St Nicholas Church (Drobot) for twenty years. He also was a trustee for the Chernovitz School. But his passion was farming. He enjoyed raising his cattle and seeding and harvesting using his John Deere Tractors. He loved telling stories of his younger days and had quite a sense of humor. Bill always kept busy but always made time for his family and friends. He loved to visit with his neighbors and was always there to give a helping hand. He was a proud dad and always made sure his kids were safe and taken care of. After a long struggle with Diabetes, sadly Bill passed away peacefully at the North Central Nursing Home in Yorkton on November 4th at the age of 83. He will be greatly missed. Bill was predeceased by his parents Wasyl and Katie Dareichuk, brothers John and Nick, sister Mary and husband John Podhorski, and nephew Johnny Podhorski. Bill will always be loved and remembered by: Rose, loving wife of fifty-five years; son David (Judy), daughter Janet and her husband Don Dziaduck, son Bradley and his wife Ruth, daughter Lorraine and husband Kevin Stewart, son Mervin and his wife Rosie. Special to him were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Dallas and wife Carla (Paxton and Gracie), Brandy, Amanda and husband Darren (Dawson and Bailey), Nicholas and wife Jenn, Tammy, Andy, Lisa, Jessica, Wade, Rachel, Kodie, Josie. Bill also leaves his siblings to cherish his memory: sister Lena and husband Henry Basiuk of Selkirk, MB, sister Anne and husband Paul Koshman of Theodore, brother Steve and wife Amy Dareichuk of Yorkton.
- James John, of Saltcoats, passed away peacefully at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre on December 14th at the age of 71 years after suffering a massive stroke. Born November 11th, 1935, at Theodore, Sk, to John and Mary (Stuart) Datema, Jim attended School in Theodore until the family moved to Saltcoats in 1947, where he completed his education at Boakview School. In the early 1950’s he went to Edmonton, driving truck for a construction company for about 2 years. He returned to Saltcoats in 1956 to work on the family farm. For the next 16 years he continued to farm while working at Richardson’s Turkey Hatchery in the spring, and in the winter months for the Yorkton Eviscerating Plant, hauling turkeys. In the late sixties or early seventies, he became ‘just a farmer’ working with his dad, John, and his brother, Jock. In 2003, due to failing health, Jim was forced to move into town, retire from active farming, and rent out his land. Leaving the farm was a difficult move as it had been his way of life for almost 50 years. But he looked forward to helping Jock and Greg every fall with harvest, especially swathing. Over the years he had an intense love for sports, especially hockey, baseball and curling. Many a trophy were won curling in the early sixties. He was instrumental in starting up the Senior hockey ‘LakeTowners’ in Saltcoats, along with his sidekick, Tex McKinnion, and in later years, Ron Risling. In the summer, his love turned to baseball with his involvement with the ‘Senior Lakers’. He also attended several Grey Cups around the country and was notorious for his ‘adventures’ connected to all of the above. He served as an RM councilor for 31 years and was active right up until his passing. He always was interested in checking the roads and maintained interest in municipal matters. He enjoyed several trips to the United States including Las Vegas, Disney Land, and Arizona with various family members. He was a lifelong bachelor but his many nieces and nephews kept him busy. He was pre-deceased by his parents, John (1987) and Mary (1975) Datema, his brother-in-laws, Walter Neuman, Andy Nagy, and Kenneth Westman. He is survived by brother, Jock (Ruth) Datema, four sisters, Ruth Neuman, Patricia Nagy (Leonard Hyra), Margriet (Alex) Novak, Judy Westman (Robert Leduc), plus many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. A Prayer Service was held on Sunday, December 17, 2006 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home in Yorkton. Funeral Services were held on Monday, December 18, 2006 from the Saltcoats Town Hall with Reverend Chang Lee officiating. The organist, Lorne Neal, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. The eulogy was delivered by Mindy Woloschuk and Jason Novak. All those who shared in Jim’s life and were present at the funeral were invited to serve as honourary pallbearers. The interment followed in the Saltcoats Town Cemetery with Grant Novak, Wally Neumann, Greg Datema, Marvin Nagy, Ron Risling and Lyle Neal serving as casket bearers.
- Verna (nee Ostapovich) McLean, October 30, 1935 - March 3, 2009 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Verna Daum. After a long and courageous battle with emphysema, with family at her side, Verna peacefully passed away at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon on Tuesday, March 3, 2009. She was predeceased by her first husband, James McLean; mother, Effie; father, Fred; brother, Sam; and sisters, Nettie, Mary, and Katie. She is survived by her loving husband of 19 years, Rudy Daum; three children, Garry (Leslie), Lorrie (Tom), David (Gwen); eight grandchildren, Tara (Kaine), Todd (Deanna), Kristin (Paul), Lisa (Justin), Ryan, Kathleen, James and Alex; and four great grandchildren, Austyn, Nathan, Abigail and Corbin. Verna was born October 30, 1935 and was raised on a small farm near Sheho, Sask. After 15 years on the farm with her family, Verna entered the work force as a waitress in Nipawin, SK. She later moved into Saskatoon taking a job as a waitress where she met James "Jim" McLean. She also worked at the City Hospital in the case room and painted the interior of houses for a living. Verna spent her life making sure everyone had a place to be and love around them. Her heart and her home were always open to friends, family and even strangers. Her smile and strong hug could turn a bad day around. You always knew where you stood with her. She was always ready to pitch in and help out. Verna enjoyed playing bingo with her family and friends and also enjoyed traveling and camping. The Funeral Service will be held at Park Funeral Chapel, 311 Third Avenue North at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7th, 2009.
- John, of Theodore, SK, entered eternal rest of Tuesday, May 6, 2003 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 80 years of age. John was born on May 15, 1922 in the Parkerview district of Saskatchewan; a son of Nick and Katherina ( nee Koroll) Deckony. John grew up on the family farm and attended Chiselhurst School. He stayed on the farm until 1942 when he enlisted in the army. His tour of duty in World War Two was overseas in Germany and Holland. In 1946 at Regina he was honourably discharged. John then returned to the farm for a few years before he began driving truck. He kept a house in Parkerview until 1979 when he moved to Theodore. He lived there until he entered eternal rest. During his working life driving truck, John was employed with various construction companies: Evan's Construction in Saskatoon, Botkin's Construction in Regina and Howard Manchur in Springside until he retired. John leaves to cherish his memory and to celebrate his life a sister Helen McCaw of Vanvouver, B.C. as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Nick and Katie; his brothers and sisters: Anne Koshman, Nick, George, Mary Melen, Matt and Eva. Funeral Services were held on Saturday morning, May 10, 2003 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens family Centre with Rev. Father Mel Slashinsky of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church Officiating with Marlo Pawliuk singing the response to the service. The interment followed in the St. Elias/Zuchkan Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery south of Sheho with Norman, John, Dave Kuhns Corey, Tanner Bitz and Rick Radons serving as Casket Bearers. The prayers of the Legion Burial Rite were prayed by Rev. Mel Slashinsky.
- Cecilia (nee Bilokrely), resident of Yorkton, entered into eternal rest on March 5, 2009. She was 73 years of age. Cecilia was born on March 6, 1935 to Fred and Eva (nee Essar) Bilokrely in the Sheho District. She attended the Deer Creek & Sheho schools. Cecilia married John J. Denesik on July 18, 1954. The couple settled on the farm in the Insinger District. They farmed from 1954-1994. During that time the couple moved several times: In 1963 they moved to Arran Saskatchewan, in 1968 to Kelliher, in 1969 to Buchanan, in 1976 to Insinger and in 1994 to Springside to enjoy their retirement. In 1996 Cecilia moved to Yorkton where she continued to live until her untimely passing. Cecilia was an active member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Ladies Aid in Arran, Buchanan & Insinger. In her spare time Cecilia took great pride in her large gardens and the many flowerbeds that beautified her home. She also loved to read and spend time with family and friends. She took great enjoyment in cooking a large meal for them all and no one left her home hungry. Predeceased by her husband John in 1994, her parents: father Fred in 2000 and mother Eva in 2007. Cecilia leaves to celebrate and rejoice in her memory her two children: son Rodney (Rhea) of Yorkton; daughter, Bev Denesik of Saskatoon. Grandchildren: Tyrel Denesik of Saskatoon, Tania Denesik (Ian Johnsrude) of Toronto, ON. Brothers: Harold (Ruth) Bilokrely of Winnipeg, Barry (Ivy) Bilokrely of Sheho. Uncles: Alex (Eleanor) Bilokrely of St. Paul, AB, John Kosowan of Huntsville, ON. Aunts: Beth Essar & Lena Bilokrely of Toronto. Close friends, Iona, Billy & Kaleigh Baraniuk of Sheho & Isabel Windjack of Yorkton; numerous nieces, nephews and the many friends and family that knew and loved her. Prayers were said on Monday evening, March 9, 2009 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton. Funeral services were held on Tuesday morning, March 10, 2009 from Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Sheho with Very Rev. Father Mel Slashinsky officiating. The cantor was Katie Rudey, assisted by parish choir members. Crossbearer was Kyle Rusnak, bannerbearers were Dean Slowski and Kelly Rusnak. The interment took place in the Parish Cemetery with Adam Essar, Jason Bilokrely, Billy Baraniuk, William Denesik, Michael Hawreliuk, Norm Varga, Rick Berlayden and Randy Slowski serving as the casketbearers.
- Steve closed his eyes on Tuesday February 24, 2004 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre following one year of ill and failing health with his wife of 53 years and his family at his side. He was 79 years of age. Steve was born to William and Maria (Kucey) Denesyk of the Theodore District on November 13, 1924. He was the fourth born son in the family of seven. He went to school at Creekside. Many friends have numerous stories of Steve's schoolboy antics and his unique zest for life. At the age of 17 Steve was called to the Canadian Army. Leaving on the day of his 18th birthday (November 13, 1942) he received basic and infantry training in B.C. In 1943 his battalion was sent to England then Holland. A knee injury from a game of rugby kept Steve from reporting to the front line with his battalion. Instead he was transferred to the Military Police Force in Holland. In July 1946 he was discharged and returned home to Theodore. Back in Theodore Steve decided to venture to Fort Frances and work at the paper mill. He also did some grocery trucking. Farming was in his heart though and he eventually returned to Theodore to work on the family farm. In July 1950 he married Frances Karapita. Two years later they began their own family farm purchasing the Karapita homestead one mile north of Jedburgh. Together Steve and Fran farmed until moving to Yorkton in 2002. As a young farmer Steve was active with the National Farmer's Union and a Director on the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. Steve was predeceased by his parents, William and Maria; brothers Matt, John, Alex, Mike and sister Mary; brother in law Mike Kitzul, sister in laws Vi Denesyk, Mary Denesyk and Mary Ann Denesyk. He leaves to remember his life his wife Frances, daughters Linda (Ray Groff) of Regina, Peggy (Richard Sarada) of Melville, Cheryl (Allan Denesowych) of Yorkton; 7 grandchildren: Rae (Hank Bolsterli) of Cambridge Ontario, Tammy Groff (Stephen Brown) of Montreal Quebec, Susan Groff (Jayson De 'Ath) of Dublin Ireland; Michael Sarada of Estevan, Lori Sarada (Justin Komarychka) of Balcarres; Tanner and Cole Denesowych of Yorkton; two great- grandchildren Oliver (5 yrs) and Madelyn (3yrs) Bolsterli of Cambridge Ont. One sister Adele (Alex Markowski) of Fort Frances and sisters in law, Lena Denesyk of Winnipeg and Cecilia Denesyk of Theodore. Numerous nieces and nephews and Dude - the family farm dog - he too will miss Papa Steve. A Service of Comfort was held on Friday evening, February 27th from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. The Funeral Service was held on Saturday afternoon, February 28, 2004 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Rev. Faye Greer of Westview United Church officiating. The eulogy was given by grandson Cole Denesowych. Soloist, Jackie Washenfelder sang 'The Old Rugged Cross' and 'On Eagles Wings'. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, General Alexander Ross branch #77 gave the legion tribute service, Padre was Rev. Irving Fraser, Sgt-at-arms was Mike Bidnock, and the color party consisted of Fred Fenske, John Zaretski, Andy Juba and Paul Zawerucka. The interment took place in the Garden of St. Luke, with urnbearer Michael Sarada, assisted by all the grandchildren present as honourary bearers.
- James Philip. It is with sadness that the family of James Philip Duff announce his passing on Sunday, April 6, 2008 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 69 years of age. A long time respected farmer in the Beaverdale district, James or Jimmy, as he was known to friends and family, was born on October 3, 1939, the fourth child born to Philip and Marie (nee Eckhart) Duff in the Beaverdale district. He was raised mostly in Beaverdale except for a few years the family spent in Willowbrook. As a teen, Jimmy went to work for various farmers around Saskatchewan spending time in the communities of Melville, Indian Head, Herschel and Zealandia. In 1962, Jimmy was called home to manage the family farm and take care of his parents and three younger siblings and he remained on the home farm ever since. He was united in marriage to Ruby Adamson in 1965 and together they have raised nine children, some of whom also farm in the Beaverdale district. Jimmy was predeceased by his mother, Marie Duff in 1982; his father, Philip Duff in 1998; brother, Leon Duff in 1964; sister, Elsie McManus in 1982; brothers-in-law, Garth Lang in 1998, Steve Meszaros in 2004, Nicholas Derow in 2002 and Francis Adamson; two nephews, George McManus in 1972 and Armand Christopherson in 2005 as well as Ruby’s parents, Harry Adamson in 1993 and Jesse (nee Skea) Adamson in 1990. Jimmy leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory, his loving wife, Ruby and their children: Adam (Julie) Duff and their children, Nathan, Tyrel, Joshua, David and Naomi; Rosemarie (Rob) Nye and their children, Stacie, Levi and Sarah; Albert (Delphine) Duff; Andrew (Victoria) Duff and their children, Emily, Jeremiah, Angela and Elizabeth; Aaron Duff; Ashley Duff, Rebekah (Barry) Motz and their children, Mitchell and Colton; Abednego “Ben” and Abraham Duff. Jimmy is also survived by his sisters, Louise Meszaros, Joyce (Ernie) Heller, Irene (Arnold) Christopherson, Marjorie Stamm, and Betty (companion, Craig Gibbs); brother, Tom (Archella) Duff; brother-in-law, James McManus; sisters-in-law, Bernice Duff and Mavis Ulansky as well as one surviving aunt, Olga Duff and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and good friends. Visitation will be held Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. at the Melville Baptist Church, Melville. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. from Melville Baptist Church. Interment to follow in the Theodore Cemetery.
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- Victoria Anne was born in 1913, near Insinger, Sask. She passed away on September 17, 2008 in the Melfort Hospital at the age of 95 years. A Memorial Service for Vic will be held from the Fedusiak Funeral Chapel, Melfort, Sask. on Monday, September 22, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Dave MacPherson officiating. A private family interment will follow in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Melfort.
- Alexandria was born on September 30, 1925 in the Whitesand district of Saskatchewan; a daughter of Demetrious (Metro) and Lena (nee Corroll) Eluschuk. When she was nine months old the family moved to live 6 miles SW of Theodore. At age one Alexandria suffered a physical disability, and lost the use of her left hand. It would be six years before Alexandria would learn to walk following a year in hospital in Regina where she underwent surgeries on her hand and foot. In 1930 the family moved to Yorkton. Alexandria was raised here but her growing up was with much pain, suffering convulsive seizures. This limited her ability to attend school and Alexandria received a very limited education as a result. As she grew older she again underwent surgeries to lengthen her leg. During these years, the family began attending the Salvation Army Church. Alexandria immediately found a cause to cherish. She took up teaching the Sunday School classes, a task that Alexandria would do for over 35 years. Only after her health became to poor did she give up teaching the Word to the children. Alexandria was also the Salvation Army's biggest supporter and volunteer worker. She would be seen manning the Christmas Kettle for days during the Christmas season. She also performed outreach activities, by faithfully visiting the sick and elderly in their homes, in the hospital and nursing homes, reaching out to the residents with her words and songs. As her health further declined, Alexandria required hospitalization for the past 2 ½ months. She moved into palliative care at the Yorkton and District Nursing Home in early November. She went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, November 18, 2008. She was 83 years of age. Predeceased by her twin brothers in infancy: William and Alex; a brother Victor William; her father Demetrious; and her brother-in-law Frank Lewis. She leaves to mourn her passing her mother Lena of Yorkton; her sister, Mary Lewis of London, ON; her brother Gerald (Colleen) Eluschuk of Houston, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and her many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. Capt. (Aux.) Felipe Vega of the Salvation Army Corps officiated. Rev. Don Horban read scripture and former Yorkton Captain Dave Warford of Regina assisted. Victoria Westman gave the eulogy. Music directors, the Son Shine Singers, led in the hymns. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Ron Rogoza, Ernie Corroll, Cindy Alexander, Victor Corroll, Michael Holfeld and Wayne Babichuk serving as the casketbearers.
- Alex (1916 - 2013), late of William Albert House in Emerald Park, SK, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at the age of 96. He was born in Theodore, SK, and was a long time resident of Lloydminster where he and his wife owned and operated Essarís Jewellery for 39 years. Alex was predeceased by his wife Joyce in 1995; also by two brothers and a sister. He is survived by his two daughters, Jill Whitaker (Richard) of Portugal Cove, NL; and Irene Temple (Rick) of White City, SK; one sister Margaret Wojcichowsky of Theodore; grandchildren Robin, Myles (Stephanie), and Darroch of Newfoundland; Stephen (Yuhong Zhang) of Ottawa; Heather and Ian of Saskatchewan; and great grandchildren Lucas, Erin, Alex, and Elizah-Jayne, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff and residents of William Albert House for their kindness over the last eight months and especially during his last week there. A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held at Speers Family Centre, 2333 Cornwall Street, Regina, on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held in Lloydminster at a date to be announced.
- Mary Ann (nee Humeniuk) of Yorkton and formerly of the Theodore district entered eternal rest on Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at the Lakeside Manor Care Home, Saltcoats, Sask. She was 84 years of age. Mary Ann was born on May 30, 1917 on College Avenue right in the heart of Toronto. She was the daughter of John and Mary Humeniuk (nee Welechenko). Mary Ann attended Ryerson High School and a the age of sixteen apprenticed as a hairdresser. She owned and operated the Mary Ann Beauty Shop on Lakeshore Boulevard in New Toronto for eighteen years. In 1937, Mary Ann chaperoned the contest for the first Miss Canada Contest held in Barrie, Ontario. In 1942, she married Max Essar, formerly of Theodore, Sask, when he was stationed at Niagara Falls with the Queen's York Rangers. After his discharge during the war years they operated not only the Beauty Shop in Toronto but also the Village Inn Restaurant at Crystal Beach on Lake Ontario. Mary Ann was a member of the Ontario Hairdressers Association and was head delegate at conventions in New York City. In 1949 she was offered a job with Helena Rubenstein in Hollywood; but she and Max chose to come to Theodore, Sask. where she opened a Beauty Shop and Max ran a service station. Although she settled into a different kind of life in Saskatchewan she made many return trips with family to her beloved Toronto. She was a member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Women's Association in Theodore and Yorkton. In 1976, Max passed away. In 1978 she married John Denesyk. They lived in Kelvington, Sask., moving to Yorkton in 1984. John passed away suddenly in 1990. Mary Ann continued to live in Yorkton taking an active part in her grandchildren's lives, attending their band concerts; working bingos for the Band program; and taking her family out for Sunday lunch. In 1996 she began to suffer ill health and in August 2000 she moved in with her daughter Marina and son-in-law Steven. Her health declined until she entered the Lakeside Care Facility at Saltcoats in June of this year. Mary Ann was a loving, kind person who had a ready smile for everyone. She is survived by her daughter Marina (Steven) Chernipeski, grandchildren Christopher, Amber and Steven Jr. Chernipeski; a brother Steven Humeniuk of Cleveland, Ohio and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her sister Ann in 1991, brother Michael in 1982, a brother in infancy. Also by her husband Max Essar in 1976, her husband John Denesyk in 1990 and a grandson David Chernipeski in 1978. Prayer services were held on Sunday evening July 15, 2001 from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church Yorkton, Sask. Funeral services were held on Monday morning, July 16, 2001 from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church with Rev. Father Richard Ehrmantraut officiating. Mike Sitko was the cantor assisted by members of the Parish Choir. The Palamar was George Prokopchuk with Nick Woroniuk serving as the Cross Bearer. William Woroniuk and William Suschinsky were the Banner Bearers. The interment followed in the St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Parish Cemetery West of Theodore, Sask. with Walter Essar, Steven, Chris, Amber and Harvey Chernipeski serving as Casket Bearers. Eternal Memory.
- Tillie (nee Zatwarnitski), a long time resident of Regina, died on December 21, 2005 with her daughter by her side, at the age of 83 years. Predeceased by her parents John and Anastasia Zatwarnitski (nee Zenchyshyn) and her husband, John on October 31, 2002; she is survived by her loving daughter, Judy (John) Stadnyk and grandchildren, Sheila (Brad) Bohay, Ron (Melanie) Stadnyk, Debbie (Darren) Nyen, Dan, and Michael. Tillie was born May 4, 1922 on the farm homestead in Sheho, SK. She is the youngest of six children. Tillie had two sisters, Mary and Martha; also three brothers, Steve, Fred, and Matt. Tillie lived and worked on the farm until 19 years of age. She then moved to Vancouver, BC and found employment in the shipyards. After six months she returned back home to help her mother. Tillie loved working with the horses, plowing, disking, harrowing and stooking in the fall. She looked forward to attending dances around Sheho, Model Farm, Goodeve and area with her brother Matt, niece Nettie and cousin Mary. When she was twenty-one, Tillie married John Evaniuk from Yorkton, SK, on Sunday, August 1, 1942 at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton. Tillie and her brother, Matt (Nellie) had a double wedding reception. Because of the war, there was a shortage of white fabric, therefore, Tillie's wedding gown was blue and Nellie's was pink. Tillie and John lived in Yorkton, SK; Port Arthur, ON; Moose Jaw; and Regina. Together they had one daughter named, Judy. Aside from taking care of Judy, Tillie also worked at Scott National, Moose Jaw, SK; the General Hospital and SaskTel in Regina. John and Tillie were married for 59 years. Tillie resided at the William Booth Special Care Home for the last 6 years. Her favourite pastimes were garden club, bingo, shuffleboard, visiting with her family and carpet bowling. She was passionate about her carpet bowling and HAD to win. Most recently, she was looking forward to the birth of her first great grandchild. She was a beautiful, caring, loving person and we are truly going to miss her. Until we meet again, God keep you in His care. Visitation for family and friends will be held Monday, December 26, 2005 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm in Speers Funeral Chapel, 2136 College Avenue, Regina. Divine Liturgy will be held Tuesday, December 27 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1757 Toronto Street, Regina, with Rt. Rev. Msgr. R. Luzney presiding. Interment in Riverside Memorial Park.
- Nick, beloved husband of Marion of Yorkton, passed away on Wednesday, December 4, 2002 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 79 years of age. Nick was born November 21, 1923 at Theodore, Sask; a son of Nick and Rosa (nee Donmanko) Evanovich. He was raised on the family farm in the Theodore district and received his education at the Poplar Leaf School. After leaving school Nick worked in eastern Canada for a number of years before returning to the family farm near Theodore. On September 16, 1950 he was united in marriage to Marion Gerla at Yorkton. Following their marriage the couple moved to Grosse Isle, Manitoba where Nick started his career as an elevator agent with the Federal Grain Co. His new job then took him to Norgate and Alonsa in Manitoba, and then to Flaxcombe, Saskatchewan. In 1965 Nick was promoted to Superintendent of Elevators and transferred to Yorkton. In 1970 Nick made a major change when he moved to the Beaver Lumber Company and began a very successful career selling pre-fabricated homes until his retirement. For many years Nick was the Secretary-Treasurer of the Yorkton Farmers Curling Club, a member of the Saskatchewan Gun Collectors Association and one of the founding members of the Yorkton Prostate Cancer Support group, where he was treasurer. His hobbies included wood-working, gun and antique collecting, curling, and travelling and camping with the family. Nick was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1995, but struggled valiantly and without complaint. Predeceased by his parents, Nick and Rosa, brothers John, Bill, George, Paul and Peter, and by sisters Mary Williams, Katherine Irwin and Victoria McDonald. 'Gank', as he was affectionately known to the family, will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of 52 years, Marion; son Larry and his wife Beth of Saskatoon; grandchildren Jason, Michael and Lisa, all of Saskatoon; a brother Alec of Edmonton; and numerous nieces, nephews and his many other relatives and friends. The funeral service was held on Saturday, December 7, 2002 from Westview United Church in Yorkton. Rev. Faye Greer officiated. The organist, Laureen Jemieff led members of the church choir and the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Grandchildren Jason, Michael and Lisa served as the bearers.
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- Louise May (nee Haning), resident of the Anderson Lodge in Yorkton, formerly of Theodore, passed away on Friday, December 21, 2001 at the age of 88 years. Louise May Ferguson was born on May 27, 1913 at Bredenbury, Saskatchewan; the second daughter of Eldon and Anna (nee Pihlaja) Haning. She attended school at the Silver Springs School, near Okla and the Soch Sloy School near Invermay. In 1929, at age 16 Louise came to work for John and Nellie Thompson on their farm south of Theodore. She remained there until she married Harold J. Ferguson on November 9, 1934 at Invermay. They then moved to the Bill Fernie farm, east of the Creekside School before moving to the northeast quarter of section 29. They eventually purchased the Alec Birrell farm, north of John and Nellie Thompsons, where their son Lyle and family reside today. Louise enjoyed gardening, growing lovely flowers and making many beautiful quilts, and who could forget the 100's of chickens Louise raised and the cases of eggs she sold to the local stores and people in the area. She received an award from the CO-OP Hatchery in Yorkton for her high quality and grade of eggs she supplied to them. Louise and Harold retired from farming in 1973 and moved into Theodore to make their home. In later years she resided in a care home in Yorkton and also for 5 months with her lifelong friends and caregivers, Ron & Sally Thompson. Her last home was in the comfort of the Anderson Lodge in Yorkton. Louise was predeceased by her husband Harold on September 20th 1984, her father Eldon and mother Anna, a sister Elsie Wyman and a brother Frank Haning. She is survived by her son Lyle and his wife Elaine of Theodore; four grandchildren, Ryan, Chantel, Wayne and Shawn; a sister, Lillian Parr of Rose Valley; two brothers, Wilbert (Joyce) Haning of Rose Valley, and George (Madeline) Haning of Buchanan, numerous nieces, nephews and her many other relatives and friends. The Funeral Service was held on Friday, December 28, 2001 from St. Paul's United Church in Theodore with Rev. Mary Jane Allan officiating. The organist, Arlene Fenske and the pianist, Carla Madsen led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. The interment followed in the Theodore Town Cemetery with Calvin Thompson, Norman Thompson, Mervin Guy, George Wyman, Eldon Van Den Bosshe and Glen Parr serving as the casketbearers.
- John, of Yorkton, widower of Dora Franko, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 30, 2000, at the Park Unit of the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 91 years of age. John was born June 24, 1909 in the Theodore district, a son of Stefan and Paraskevia (nee Droziuk) Franko. He received his education at Chernovetz School in the Theodore area. During his younger years he worked on the family homestead before venturing to work for Pete Marshall, a farmer in Manitoba. During his five years of employment here, he gained much experience, memories and friendship. John was united in marriage to Dora Pidhorney in May, 1935 in the Theodore district. The couple farmed in that area until 1940 when they purchased land in the Spalding district and farmed until 1953 when they moved to Yorkton. Here they owned and operated Franko's Esso. In the fall of 1992 following many years of faithful service John closed the service station. He remained in his home until the fall of 1997 when he was admitted to the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, later to Transitional Care and finally the Park Unit. A very generous man, John was always willing to help others. John loved all types of animals, his horses Beauty and Buster, his dogs Sporty and Sandy and his cats. During his retirement John enjoyed cooking, television, reading and gardening. He especially enjoyed his many trips to the mall where he cherished his visits with his old friends.
Predeceased by his parents, father Stefan (1971), mother Pearl (1986), wife Dora (1991), brothers Nick (1971) and Bill (1998), John leaves to cherish his memory two daughters, Rose (Steve) Mizinski and Bettye Franko, both of Saskatoon; a son Martin (Lillian) Franko of Yorkton; four grandchildren, Brenda (Randy) French, Debbie Franko, Kevette (Jack) Kormish and Kimberly Mizinski (Greg Natrop); four great grandchildren, Amy French, and James, Jordyn and Jeremy Kormish; two sisters, Mary Wasylowich of St. Catharines, ON, and Kay Melnychuk of Regina; five brothers, George Franko of Grimsby, ON, Mike Franko of Watson, Mac Franko of Brampton, ON, Henry Franko of Clairholm, AB, Alex Franko of Chatham, ON and their respective families. Prayer services were held on Wednesday, January 3rd at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home. Funeral services were held on Thursday, Januray 4th at Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Yorkton with Rev. Father Richard Ehrmantraut officiating. Cantor Mike Sitko and members of Holy Transfiguration Choir led in the singing of the responses. The crossbearer was Gerald Balint. The honourary bearers were Alex Lastiwka, William Sernowski, Henry Franko, Mike Franko, Joe Bohach and Jack Kormish. The interment followed in the Garden of Gethsemane, Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Steve Mizinski, Greg Natrop, Randy French, Jerry Franko, Nicholas Franko and John Bukoros serving as the casket bearers.
- Nick Franko passed away peacefully on December 6, 2013 at the age of 85. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jennie, his son David (wife Arlene, children Michael, Larissa, Daniel, Matthew, Amy), and his daughter Joanne (husband Tim Ouellette). He is survived by his brothers John, Stefan (Roma), and his sisters Doris, Vicki (Al), Rose (Bill); his sisters-in-law Irene, Sophie, Helen (Victor), and his brother-in-law Orest; and by his nieces, nephews, and other family members. He is predeceased by his parents Wasyl and Katie, sister Mary and husband Bill; mother and father-in-law Ksenka and Wasyl, brothers-in-law Maurice, John, and sisters-in-law Pauline, Regina. Nick was born and raised on a farm in Theodore, and went to psychiatric nursing school in Weyburn where he met his wife Jennie. They were married in 1951 and moved to Moose Jaw in 1955 where Nick worked as a psychiatric nurse at Valley View Centre until his retirement in 1987. After retirement he kept busy with volunteer activities (church and other community groups), and puttering around the house. He was very proud of keeping a meticulous yard. He was proud of the academic achievements of David and Joanne and the accomplishments of his grandchildren. Nick and Jennie moved to Saskatoon in March of 2011, starting a new phase of their life. Nickís health began to gradually decline in the past 6 months, and he moved to St. Joseph's Nursing Home in September of this year. The family wishes to thank the staff of 7th Floor St. Paul's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Nursing Home for the care they provided to Nick. The family would especially like to thank the physicians and staff of St. Paulís Hospital Emergency for their compassion and care of Nick in his final hours. Memorial donations can be made to Musee Ukraina Museum, St. Josephís Nursing Home, St. Paulís Hospital, or a charity of oneís choice. The Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday December 11th, and the Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday December 12th. Both services will be held at the Chapel at St. Volodymyr's Villa (3102 Louise Place).
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- Eva Fanny (nee Schultz) Bircham passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at the age of 91 years. She was born on April 23, 1914, the third daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Rudolph Schultz of Theodore, SK. She moved with her family to Kelliher, SK in 1928, where she was raised and helped out on the farm, working with and riding horses. When she was old enough she got jobs as a housekeeper for people. She met and married William Bircham in July of 1934. They lived on a farm six miles South of Kelliher, SK, where they raised their three children Ervin, Edith and Marjorie. Eva enjoyed gardening, sewing, making quilts, cooking, knitting, square dancing and acting in plays. In 1963, William passed away and Eva moved to Regina. There she worked as a cook at the University and then at Kiwk Cafe preparing food for vending machines. In 1972, Eva married Jake Gattinger and they lived at Glen Elm Trailer Court in Regina, where she lived until entering the hospital. Eva was predeceased by her first husband William Bircham; second husband Jake Gattinger; four sisters Bertha, Verda, Phyllis and Frances; one brother Ralph; one grandson and two sons-in-law. Left to mourn her loss are her children, son Ervin (Annette) of Kelliher; daughters Edith (Glen) of Climax, Marjorie (Robert) of Kelliher; five grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; two sisters Hazel and Effie; two brothers Roy and Howard and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Regina Funeral Home, Hwy #1 East, Regina, SK on Friday, December 30, 2005 at 10:00 a.m.
- Adeline Mary (nee Kuzyk), of Theodore, beloved wife of Steve entered eternal rest on Friday, October 29, 2004 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. She ws 66 years of age. Adeline was born on August 1, 1938 in Theodore one of 12 children born to Nick and Anne (nee Chobotar) Kuzyk of Buchanan. She received her education at Alexin Country School. Following her education Adeline moved to The Pas, Manitoba where she was employed as a housekeeper. She then returned to Theodore, where she married Steve Gawryluik on November 5, 1956 at St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Theodore and started their life together farming north of Theodore. This union of marriage was blessed with six children: Cindy, Richard, Arlene, Dale, Linda and Barry. Adeline spent her life as a loving wife, mother and Baba. Her days were spent milking cows, raising chickens, pigs, cattle and growing a huge bountiful garden which she loved to grow; as well helped out on the farm hauling grain, making meals and she kept everything running smoothly. She was a wonderful cook who loved to make perogies. When neighbours would come to visit or help, Adeline would always have a full course meal or at coffee her tasty dainties. In her leisure time Adeline loved to knit and crochet and read at night just before bed and always had time for her grandchildren. Kaizer was her card game of choice and she never seemed to have a 'good hand'. Adeline and Steve were active in their community; belonging to the Riverside Ukrainian Orthodox Church and for a number of years were involved with Christmas Carolling. Adeline also served as the treasurer of the Riverside Ladies Aid. Adeline and Steve have been member of St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Theodore. Adeline leaves to cherish her memory and to celebrate her life her loving husband Steve. Her children Cindy (Jim) Doyle of Saskatoon, Richard of Theodore, Arlene ( Mike Karpa) of Cupar, Dale (Kim ) Gawryluik of Saskatoon, Linda Kryzanowski (Kirk Betker) of Yorkton, Barry (Colleen) Gawryluik of Yorkton; grandchildren: Corey, Carley, Casey, Blair, Chantel, Adam,, Austin, Alyssa, Colten, Braxton; brothers: David (Colleen) of Saskatoon, Walter of Theodore, Bill (Mary) of California, Dan (Judy) of Winnipeg sisters: Iris Haluke of Saskatoon, Olga (Ted) Surkan of Theodore along with numerous nieces and nephews. Adeline was predeceased by her parents; sisters: Jean and her husband Paul Ukrainetz, Phyllis Kuzyk and a brother-in-law John Haluke and three brothers Mervin; Steven and Joseph in infancy. Pryaer services were held on Tuesday evening November 2, 2004 from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Funeral services were held on Wednesday morning, November 3, 2004 from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church with Rev. Father Roman Kocur officiating. William Kozey was the cantor and was assisted by members of the parish choir. Ted Surkan and Dan Kuzyk were Banner Bearers with David Kuzyk serving as Cross Bearer. All of those who had touched Adeline's life served as Honourary Bearers. The interment followed in the Theodore Town Cemetery with sons: Barry, Dale and Richard; son-in-law Jim Doyle; grandson Corey Doyle and nephew Ron Yaworski serving as the casketbearers.
- Johann Albert "Joe", beloved husband of Thelma Gillis, passed away on the 5th of September, 2008 in the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 85 years of age. Joe was born at Leslie, Sk. on March 27, 1923 to Stephania and Hans James Gillis. At an early age, he moved with his family to Dauphin, Mb. and attended public school there. In 1938, he came with his sister, Lillian and brother, Franklin to Theodore to make their home with their eldest sister, Sadie and her husband, Johnnie Hooge. He attended high school in Theodore and in 1945 he began farming when Johnnie passed away. Joe was musical and enjoyed playing his accordion at many dances with the Theodore Toe Ticklers and the Gillis/ Thompson Orchestra. He also enjoyed immensely - fret-work, carving, marquetry and refinishing antique furniture. On October 17, 1948, Joe married Thelma Mercer, the love of his life. They continued to reside on the farm where they brought up their family, Margaret, Richard and Glen. Joe and Thelma retired from the farm in 1995 and moved to Yorkton. He was a loving husband who always supported his family and took great pride in their accomplishments. Joe was predeceased by his sisters, Sadie Hooge, Krissy Eyjolfson, Anna Evans, Lillian Gullett, and Margaret Gillis; brothers, Dory, Victor, Jonas, and Franklin. He is survived by his wife, Thelma, his daughter, Margaret (Raymond) Scheller and their children, Pamela, Brent (Marsha) and Jody; son, Richard (Joan) and their children, Jennifer, Jonathan and Michelle; son, Glen (Angela) and their daughter, Nicole and one brother, Sweinn Gillis; as well as numerous nieces and nephews other relatives and many dear friends. A Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Christie's Funeral Home in Yorkton, Sk. A private family cremation committal in the Theodore Town Cemetery will have preceeded this service.
- George, resident of Yorkton, passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2005 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 92 years of age. George Graval was born on October 5, 1912 in the Insinger district of Saskatchewan; a son of John and Mary (nee Wolowidnyk) Graval. He was raised on the family farm and attended school in Insinger. As most young men of that era had to do, George worked away from home, returning to the farm to help at the busy times of the year. On October 22, 1936 he was united in marriage to Katherine Skiehar at Yorkton. In 1937-38 the couple operated the hotel in Insinger before establishing a farm near the family homestead. George and Katherine farmed for many years until her death in 1965. After that time George continued to farm but spent the winter months with his children and also spent a couple of winters in Sault. Ste. Marie, Ontario with his brother Allan. George worked as a bartender during his stay there, a job he very much enjoyed. He was a very sociable person, who enjoyed the company of others and meeting new people. In 1979 he retired from active farming and moved to Yorkton to make his home. He continued to help with seasonal work on the farm until 2000. Besides his wife Katherine, he was predeceased by his two brothers, Allan and Matt, and by a sister in infancy. He leaves to cherish his memory; two daughters: Ameryllis (Amy) and her husband Steve Dareichuk of Yorkton, and Delores and her husband Joe Roebuck of Yorkton; grandchildren: Kevin Dareichuk of Yorkton, Shayne Roebuck of Theodore (Shantelle Fandrey), Shannon (Brent) Mireau of Yorkton, and Tracey Roebuck of Saskatoon (Scott Baliski); great grandchildren Brooklyn and Lexie Mireau of Yorkton. Also a brother William and his wife Denise of Yorkton, and numerous other relatives and friends. Prayers were held on Monday evening, August 1, 2005 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Yorkton. Rev. Father Roman Kocur officiated. Cantor, William Kozey, assisted by members of the parish choir, sang the responses. The crossbearer was Walter Semeniuk. The interment followed in the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Kevin Dareichuk, Shayne Roebuck, Brent Mireau, Scott Baliski, Walter Skiehar, and Dennis Skiehar serving as the casketbearers. A reception followed at the Ukrainian Orthodox Auditorium, where granddaughters Tracey and Shannon gave a tribute to George and offered thanks on behalf of the family.
- John, beloved husband of Christina Graves of Yorkton passed away on Friday, October 5, 2001 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 83 years of age. John Graves was born in the Theodore District on April 7, 1918; a son of George and Emily ( nee Goodman ) Graves. He was the second eldest of a family of five. He joined the army in 1941 where he spent four years overseas in action, including two years in the Italian Campaign with the Third Field Regt. of the Ist Canadian Division. While overseas he met Christina Walkingshaw. They were married October 2, 1942 in Lochgelly, Fifeshire, Scotland. There their first son was born. After his service in the army John and Christina returned to Springside where they lived and worked for many years before moving to Yorkton and raising a family of eight. John was employed with Matheson Bros. Construction for 18 years. The last four years saw him move to Winnipeg. After retiring to Kelowna his love for the prairies brought him back to the Yorkton district. Once residing back in Springside he became a member of town council. John played hockey in his younger years and took great pleasure in his curling games. He loved working with his hands and was proud to have his three sons follow in his footsteps. The garden gave him great pleasure especially his 'great' pumpkins. He also had other hobbies; he enjoying fishing, hunting, playing cards (especially solitaire) and games with his grandchildren. The later years saw him spend numerous hours working on puzzles that he has left for his children. He enjoyed spending time with his coffee buddies where many stories were told. John had a great love for all animals especially his little birdie which gave him great joy and laughter. He was predeceased by his parents George in 1927 and Emily in 1936; mother-in-law Anne Bradford in 1974, a son-in-law Maurice Taitley in 2000 and a brother Sid Graves in 1986. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife of 59 years, Christina; their eight children: Sandy, his children Jacqueline (Dale) Speers, John-Paul (Sue), Sandy's partner Jacqueline and her grandson Stephen of Victoria BC; Anne Taitley and her children Christina, Linda, Brian (Kim) of Winnipeg MB; Shirley Wegner of Calgary and her children Kim (Todd) Bergstrom and sons Mackenzie, Harrison, Kennedy & Grayson of Kelowna BC; Todd (Liz), Bart & Chad of Strathmore AB; Stan (Jo-Ann) and children Tammy (Wade) Oberg & girls Kayla, Bailey, MacKenzie & Payton of Weyburn SK; Amanda (Larry) Fisher of Regina, Rebecca (Brent) Colley and sons Boston and Parker of Port Coquitlam BC and David of Flin Flon MB, Lorna (Nick) Yawney and children Heather & Justin of Calgary AB, Dorothy (Brian) Stifora and girls Amber & Ashley of Calgary, May (Gary) Kowal and girls Kirsti & Meagan of Yorkton, Jim (Cheryl) and sons Kristopher & Kevin of Springside. John is also survived by his brothers Jim (Evelyn) of Belleville ON, Alan (Jessie) of Regina, sister, Dorothy (Harry) Thompson of Barrow-in-Furness, England, sister-in-law Edna of Yorkton as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many close friends. The last few months for dad were enriched when he moved into the Bentley. The wonderful staff and residents made it a lasting memory for dad and his family. Not only were John's children a highlight of his life' but also their spouses. His greatest joy came from his spirited grandchildren and all of their accomplishments. The Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Rev. Ken Buchan of Holy Trinity Anglican Church officiating. The organist, Jean Laube led members of the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Tributes and remembrances of John's life were given by friend Francis Swain and granddaughter Kim Bergstrom. The honorary bearers were Willie Mark, Donn Laube, Helen Benjamin, Francis and Alma Swain, John Stolar, Russ Carnduff, Gerald Fenske, Martin Arndt and Russell Bischop. The interment followed in the Springside Town Cemetery with Alan Graves serving as the urnbearer. Granddaughter, Heather Yawney read the poem 'In Flanders Fields' and Piper Fern Katzberg played 'Amazing Grace'.
- Ardith Louise (nee Konkel), beloved wife of Alger Gruber of Springside, Saskatchewan passed away on April 1, 2009, with family by her side, at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina, Sask. Ardith was born on November 18, 1936 at Theodore, Sask, the eldest daughter of Alfred and Emma (nee Schmidt) Konkel. Ardith received the majority of her education at the Sandy River School. On October 28,1955, Ardith was united in marriage to Alger Gruber and they were blessed with three sons. They farmed in the Springside District until their retirement. They have resided in Springside for a number of years. Ardith worked as a Nurses Aid, a sales person in a ladies clothing store and served as a member of the Social Services Appeal Board for a number of years. She was also faithful member of the Springside St. Paul's Lutheran Church and a very active member of the LWML and of the Ladies Aid. Ardith enjoyed baking, cooking and gardening. She enjoyed entertaining company and didn’t pass up a good game of cards. Her hobbies included knitting, crocheting, needle point, golfing and curling. She was a avid reader, enjoyed dancing and loved travelling. Ardith had great compassion for people and touched many lives. She was a loving mother, devoted grandmother and a good friend to many. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all those who had the pleasure of knowing her. Ardith was predeceased by her parents, Alfred and Emma; her stepfather, Ed Kohlert; an infant sister, Arlene; her father-in-law, Elmer Gruber. She leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life her husband, Alger; her sons, Aaron of Saskatoon, Larry of Regina, Mark (Gwen) of Yorkton; her mother-in-law, Jennie Gruber of Yorkton; a sister, Judy (Leslie) Merriman of Porcupine Plain, SK; her brothers, Lorne (Sherry) Konkel of Yorkton and Gary Konkel of Yorkton; her grandchildren, Travis, Tina, Adam, Ian and Rachel as well as numerous other relatives and many dear friends. A Prayer Service was held on Friday, April 3, 2009 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home in Yorkton, Sask. The Funeral Service was also held at the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home with Pastor Daniel Moeller and Vicar Daniel Larson of Zion Lutheran Church in Yorkton, SK officiating. The organist, Carla Laycock, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. A private family interment service followed in the Springside Town Cemetery with Tyrl Konkel, Travis Gruber, Tina Gruber, Shane Merriman, Brent Serhan and Crystal Farrow serving as casket bearers.
- Edna. Longtime Sheho resident, Edna Grumetza, passed away on Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at the Foam Lake Health Centre. She was 79 years of age. Edna was born on May 28, 1923 in the Sheho district of Saskatchewan; a daughter of Metro and Lena Grumetza. Edna was raised in Sheho and received her education there. As a young woman Edna began helping in the general store her parents operated, eventually taking over the operation. The store eventually closed, Edna retired and remained in the family home in Sheho. Edna was a very religious person; she was a long time member of the Pentecostal Church. Her life revolved around her family and friends. Predeceased by her father Metro in 1958, her mother Lena in 1974, brothers Edward in 1970 and Ross in 1984, she is survived by her son Dannie Grumetza of Brisbane, Australia, grandchildren, Derek (Anissa) of Harvey Bay, Queensland, Kara Grumetza (and fiancé Jason) of Nosa Heads, Queensland, and Pamela Grumetza of Brisbane; their mother Julie (John) MacArthur. Also, Edna's treasured great grandchildren Coen, Jacob and Tamsyn. The funeral service was held on Saturday, March 15, 2003 from the chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home in Yorkton with Pastor Russell Richardson of the Free Pentecostal Church in Yorkton officiating. Sister Edna Richardson was the accompaniment. The hymns for the funeral were O Happy Day and What Can Wash Away My Sins. Soloist, Gunna Rogerson sang Burdens Are Lifted at Calvary. Grandson, Derek Grumetza gave the tribute to his grandma. The interment took place in the Sheho Cemetery with Derek, Lorne, Myles & Rhonas Grumetza and Wanda Watt serving as the casketbearers.
- Rose Ruth (nee Melnechuk) passed away peacefully at St. Paul's Hospital on Monday, August 10, 2009 at the age of 90 years. She was born in the Sheho district, SK. on March 11, 1919. Rose was predeceased by her husband, John; parents, Pete and Kathy (nee Odikia) Melnechuk; four brothers and six sisters. Surviving are her three sons, Kenneth and Dennis (Donna), both of Saskatoon, SK, and Leonard of Milton, ON; one daughter, Phyllis (Steven) Woytowich of Saskatoon, SK; five grandchildren, Josie, Tara, Scott, Alexandra, Andre; two great grandchildren, Megan and Anna; one sister, Lily Piluik of Nipawin, SK; one brother, Bill Melnechuk of Kelowna, BC; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mom enjoyed gardening, tending to her beautiful flower gardens, her craft of making crepe paper flowers for various special occasions, crocheting, and most of all cooking. She was a marvelous cook and always looked forward to treating her family to her most scrumptious meals. She will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her family, relatives and friends. Prayers for Rose will be held on Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 14, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Both services will be held at Park Funeral Chapel, 311 Third Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Rose's family would like to thank the nursing staff at St. Paul's Hospital 5th Floor Medicine for the care extended to our Mom.
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- Erma May (nee Groff). The family of Erma Haacke announce her passing on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at the Yorkton & District Nursing Home, Yorkton, Saskatchewan. She was 91 years of age. Erma May Haacke was born on May 28, 1919, the youngest daughter of Carolina (nee Gerger) and Joseph Groff. She attended Beaver and Crossroads Schools. After completing her education, Erma worked in the area until November 3, 1940 when she was united in marriage to Frederick Haacke in Wynyard. During the war years, while Fred was serving overseas, Erma kept busy taking a course in Hairdressing and several business courses from I.C.U. She worked until January of 1946, when Fred was discharged and they moved back to Theodore. They farmed and worked in the Theodore area until retiring to Yorkton. Following Fred’s death in 2004, Erma remained in her own home until failing health required her to become a resident of the Yorkton & District Nursing Home where she resided in the Weber House for the last two years. Erma leaves two sons, Dennis and Les (Jean), as well as three grandchildren, Mark, Erin and Chris, who Erma always stayed in touch with, and held a very special place in her heart. Funeral Services will be held on Monday at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home. The interment will follow in the Yorkton City Cemetery.
- Mary (nee Dowholis), a resident of Theodore, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2001 at the Theodore Health Centre following a brief illness. She was 77 years of age. Mary Halek was born on September 2, 1923 in the Sheho district of Saskatchewan, a daughter of Steve and Annie (nee Kuzek) Dowholis. She was raised on the family farm and attended the Karasny School. At a young age, Mary began working away from home. On November 25, 1947 she was united in marriage to Steve Halek at Theodore. Throughout her working years, Mary was employed at the Theodore Hospital as a cook for 22 years. During these years, Mary continually upgraded herself and through hard work earned a journeyman certificate in cooking. She also worked for Diana May Clay for a number of years. Even with her employment off the farm and the fact the farm was 10 miles away from town she still found time to help her husband Steve in all aspects of the farm including tending to a large garden. She made good use of her time at home, as a homemaker and mother to Douglas and Barbara. She was a caring and loving individual. She enjoyed the company of her many friends and loved having family and friends over. None ever left her home hungry. Her grandchildren held a special place in her heart. Mary also found time to be involved in community and social endeavours. She belonged to St. Paul's United Church and the UCW, a member of the I.O.D.E. and also a member of the Legion Ladies Auxiliary. In her few spare moments she enjoyed needlework, crocheting, quilting, sewing and cross-stitch. Mary and Steve had been residing on an acreage near Theodore for some years, and following the death of Steve on January 9, 1997 Mary continued to maintain her independence and care for herself in her own home. Besides her husband Steve, Mary was predeceased by her parents Steve and Annie, an infant sister, a younger sister, her brother-in-law and a nephew. She leaves to cherish her memory her son Douglas Stephen George Halek and his wife Deborah of Strathmore Alberta; daughter Barbara Ann Hildebrandt of Saskatoon; grandchildren Todd (wife Jody, nee Calvert) Hildebrandt, Georgia Hildebrandt, Wade Halek, Brett Halek and Shawn Halek; brothers, Mike (Gladys) Dowholis of Brantford ON, Bill (Clem) Dowholis of Oshawa ON, and Fred (Angie) Dowholis of Theodore; sisters, Vicki (Gus) Anderson of Kelowna BC, Bella Sanderson of Regina and Verna (Bob) Pippen of Ridgecrest, California; numerous nieces, nephews, and her many other relatives and friends. The Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, February 20, 2001 from St. Paul's United Church in Theodore. Rev. Mary Jane Allan officiated. The organist, Carla Madsen and the pianist Thelma Gillis led members of the church choir and the congregation in the singing of the hymns Amazing Grace and In the Bulb There Is a Flower. The choir sang as their processional Make Me A Channel of Your Peace. The recessional was Beyond the Sunset and the anthem was In the Garden. The interment took place in the Garden of St. Matthew at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with grandsons Todd Hildebrandt and Wade Halek serving as the urnbearers.
- Ann (nee Lutz), who was born on February 3, 1939 in Yorkton, lost her brave battle against oral cancer on May 4, 2007. Ann grew up on her family’s farm outside of Springside. As a girl, she attended Crossroads School. As a young woman, she worked as a housekeeper for a few local families and waited tables at a restaurant in Yorkton. During this time, Ann met and married Jack (John) Hardie. While newlyweds, they moved to Calgary for Jack’s work on a purebred cattle ranch. Ann always said this was one of the happiest times of her life. A few years later, they returned to Theodore to help with the family farm, and completed their family with four children. In addition to all this, Ann maintained a successful career away from the farm, and in 2002, retired after 25 years of dedicated housekeeping service at the Theodore Nursing Home. Ann was an avid and talented gardener. She spent countless summer days tending to an acre garden and always generously shared its results. She enjoyed cooking, whether it was helping at a community event or sending you on your travels with a full course meal in tow. Her passion for cooking became most visible when cooking for her own family. Ann and the aromas created in her kitchen, were the heart of her home. As a highly compassionate woman, she took in and cared for many a stray – animal or person. Her favorite past times included knitting and of course, spoiling her kids, grandchildren and great granddaughters. We are all truly blessed to be touched by this special woman, neighbor, teacher, friend, wife and mother. Ann is predeceased by her parents, Katie and Jack Lutz and son-in-law, Ivan Spezowka. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Jack, her son Roger (Cyndi) Hardie (Theodore, Sask), daughters Leanne (Mixon) Henry (Austin, TX), Cheryl Spezowka (Yorkton, Sask), Carol Hardie (Vancouver, BC), sisters Marion Sully (Yorkton, Sask), Agnes (Gordon)Young (Prince George, BC), Donna O’Dell (Edmonton, Alta), brothers David (Paulette) Lutz (Regina, Sask), Jerry (Dale) Lutz (Regina, Sask), Donnie Lutz (Saskatoon, Sask), five grandchildren, two great granddaughters, many nieces, nephews and devoted friends. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. from Christie’s Funeral Chapel, Yorkton.
- Mary (nee Chadney), resident of the Theodore Health Centre, passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2003 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. She was 90 years of age. Mary Hardie was born on February 20, 1913 in the Springside district of Saskatchewan; a daughter of Edward and Anna Chadney. Mary was raised on the family farm and received her education at Stoney Coulee School. Following this she worked as a domestic for area farmers until she was united in marriage to John Hardie on August 17, 1934. Together they farmed in the Theodore district. When John died in 1963 Mary moved to Chilliwack B.C. for several years returning back to the farm and eventually moving into the village of Theodore. She stayed in her own home until she became a resident of the Theodore Health Centre. Mary was a very devoted and faithful person to God; and the reading of the Bible had a strong bearing in her life. She was always interested in the farm especially the cattle and enjoyed gardening and yard work. She leaves to mourn her passing and to cherish her memory her sons: Jack (Ann), Dave and Bruce, all of Theodore and Glenn (Susan) of Didsbury, AB; her grandchildren: Roger (Cyndi) of Theodore, Leanne (Mixon) Henry of Austin Texas, Cheryl Spezowka of Theodore, Carol Hardie of Vancouver, Catherine (Darren) Ungar of Grand Prairie, AB; great grandchildren: Amie (Matt) Merhege of Orlando, Fl, Charmaine and Kendra Spezowka of Theodore, Dakota Hardie of Theodore, Morgan McBride of Kingston, Ont., Kayla and Dallon Ungar of Grand Prairie, Alta. She also leaves her sisters: Sylvia (Stan) Morrison and Rose Johnston of Kelowna, B.C. and Daisy ( Steve) Kosar of Nelson, B.C. Besides her husband John, Mary was predeceased by her parents, a daughter Mildred in infancy, a son Neil, brother-in-law Tom Johnston, grandson-in-law Ivan Spezowka and brothers: Arthur, George, Jim, and Alfred. The funeral service was held on Thursday, April 24, 2003 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home in Yorkton. David Leonhardt, Dennis Morris and Mary Roper officiated. The organist, Jan Cobb led the congregation in the singing of the hymns Precious Thought and Tomorrow's Path. The interment followed in the Theodore Town Cemetery with Ken Kostenuk, Ron Hermanson, Daren Young, George Cobb, Clem Osborne and Harvey Bylsma serving as the casketbearers.
- Mary (nee Slowski) was born on September 16, 1911 in the Sheho district of Saskatchewan. She was the eldest of nine children of Bill and Mary (nee Hnatiuk) Slowski, Ukrainian pioneers of the province. Mary grew up on the farm and attended Deer Creek and Insinger Schools. She helped on the farm and later worked for various farmers in the Insinger and Foam Lake areas. On October 18, 1939 Mary was united in marriage to John Hudemka at Theodore. The couple went working for farmers until they later began farming on their own. Mary and John farmed together until 1961 when they retired into Insinger. Mary was an active member of St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church Ladies Aid. She loved sewing and was a seamstress all of her life. Gardening and travelling were other favourite pastimes of Mary. Following John’s death in 1996 Mary moved to Lethbridge to be closer to family. Here she lived an active and independent life until her sudden passing on October 29th, 2008 at the age of ninety-seven years. Mary was predeceased by her parents, Bill and Mary; her husband, John; her son Wilf in May of 2008; three sisters, Jennie Kolibaba, Annie Moroz and Katie Kolybabi; two brothers, Harold and Johnnie Slowski. Mary leaves to cherish her memory one son Merven (Sharon) of Lethbridge, AB; four grandchildren, Barb McKee of Moose Jaw, SK, Pam (Curtis) Klein of Calgary, AB, Roni (Jon) Kirkness of Calgary, AB and Melinda Hudemka of Lethbridge, AB; two great grandchildren, Paige Kirkness and Adrina Joy Klein of Calgary, AB; two sisters, Lena Fedyk of Benito, MB and Bertha (Charles) Chambers of Ridgeway, ON; one brother Matt (Arlene) Slowski of Bashaw, AB; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and relatives.
- Nick was born December 15, 1927 on the family homestead at Insinger, SK. In 1966 he married Margaret Hrynchyshyn of Buchanan. They continued to reside on the family farm where Nick helped Margaret raise her 4 children. In 1987 they retired to live in the town of Insinger. Nick was a man of many talents, always available to lend a hand and anything that couldn't be fixed...Nick could fix. His greatest pleasure was talking on his CB radio to people all over the country. He gained many new friends over the airwaves. His call letters were XM33117. Nick also enjoyed gardening, being outdoors, animals and visiting with friends and neighbours. Nick was pre-deceased by his wife Margaret in 1989 as well as his parents and brothers. He is survived by his family; Kathy (Bob) Rusnak of Yorkton, Joanne (Tony) Medernach of Edmonton, Ivan (Angie) Hrynchyshyn of Alvena, Dave (Carol) of Preeceville and numerous friends and relatives. Funeral services were held Friday October 31, 2003 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre at 11:00 am. Casket Bearers were Tony Medernach, Bob Rusnak, Derrell Hrynchyshyn, Randy Kozak, Wade Windjack, Terry Danyliuk. Honourary Bearers were Harvey Lemko, Isabel Windjack, Ed Malinowski & Peter Duchiminski.
- Lena (nee Darichuk), of Yorkton entered eternal rest peacefully on Saturday, July 18th at the Wallace House of Yorkton & District Nursing Home at the age of 100 years. Lena was born on February 20, 1909 in the Sheho district into the Darichuk family. Lena lived all her life in Yorkton where she raised her family. She loved gardening and spending time with her family. She will be fondly remembered as a dedicated patron of MacDonald's Restaurant in Yorkton where she spent countless hours socializing with her beloved friends. She was predeceased by her husband Alec in 1981. Lena leaves to cherish her memory five children; Elsie Bredo, Steve Hrynchuk, John (Elsie) Hrynchuk, Doreen (Barry) Dutton and Marie (Mike) Sumner; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, July 22nd, at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton with Very Rev. Father Mel Slashinsky of Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church officiating. The responses were led by cantor, William Kozey and Parish Choir members. The interment took place at Yorkton City Cemetery.
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– David, of the Theodore district, beloved husband of Pat Kerelchuk passed away June 26, 2009 with his family at his side at Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 57 years of age. David Donald Kerelchuk was born on August 17, 1951 to John and Nettie (Pawliw). Dave grew up on the family farm seven miles southwest of Buchanan where he learned the value of hard work at an early age. He attended Mamornitz School until 1964 when the family moved one mile east of Theodore. Dave attended Theodore School from Grade 8 to 12. He graduated in 1970, as he would say, “with great distinction”. In 1972 he attended SIAST receiving a diploma in Industrial Instrumentation. He gained employment with the Department of Highways and was also able to help his dad on the family farm. On July 21, 1979 he was united in marriage with Pat Lazeski. They resided in Foam Lake until May 1982 when they decided to take over the family farm. Their marriage was blessed with three beautiful children: Tracy, Michael and Tara. His children were his pride. In 1994 Dave took his family to Disneyland and from that a love of travelling evolved. Dave and Pat were fortunate to take many trips down south to Cuba, Mexico, Nashville and Las Vegas. Dave loved “good” music. Ukrainian and country classics were his favourites. He was a self taught musician and loved to entertain any audience willing to listen to his fiddle or guitar and his toe tapping left foot. On Friday June 26th, 2009 David lost his brave battle with cancer. Dave will always be remembered for his sociable ways and unique ability to make people laugh. David was predeceased by his father John in 2007 and his son Michael in 2008. He leaves to mourn his passing and to cherish his memory his wife Pat and their daughters Tracy (Brian) Mack and Tara (Steve Forseille); his mother Nettie, his brother Martin (Pat) Kerelchuk of Brandon and their children: Keri (Paul), Colin and Kim, his twin sister Delores (Ron) Shordee of Fort Qu’appelle and their children Janice (Bray), Ryan (Dakota), Darren and Lisa; his mother-in-law Angeline Lazeski; his brother-in law Glen (Dianne) and their children Megan (Roley), Nicole and Brandon; His sister-in law Karen (Mark) Woitas and their children Jeffrey and Stephanie; and his sister-in-law Leann (Todd) Willen and their children Christopher and Tori. He also leaves behind his much loved dog Googsy and his many many friends. Prayers were held on Monday, June 29th and the funeral service on Tuesday, June 30th Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Rev. Father Andrew Piasta of St. Mark’s Orthodox Church officiating. The responses were led by Deacon Ken Gaber. The cross bearer was Dean Lastiwka. All family and friends who shared in David’s life were considered as honourary pallbearers. The interment took place at Yorkton City Cemetery with Morris Penteluk, Melvin Hnidey, Morris Nickalayou, Don Gawryliuk, Jeff Zuchkan and Larry Kopan serving as the casket bearers. Reflections of Dave’s life were shared by his son-in-law Brian Mack.
- John, resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, beloved husband of Nettie Kerelchuk of Yorkton, passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2007, at the age of 88 years. John Kerelchuk was born on September 15, 1918 in the Buchanan district of Saskatchewan; the second child born to Metro and Helene (nee Bilanchuk). He was raised on the family farm and completed his education at Vaslowetz School. In 1939 he joined the armed forces and was posted for training in Vancouver and Esquimault BC. He met Nettie Pawliw in 1944 and they were united in marriage on June 23, 1945 at the Canora Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The couple settled a few miles west of John's fathers homestead near the west shore of Good Spirit Lake. In 1964 they moved to the farm one mile east of Theodore. There they resided until 1981, when John retired from 'active' farming and moved to Theodore, leaving their son David to carry on. John enjoyed driving to the farm to help Dave with odd jobs that needed doing. In his younger years, John was an avid baseball player and fan. He had a great passion for fishing. He also enjoyed socializing with a good game of cards. In November of 2001 he was admitted to the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, where he resided in good health until his passing. Predeceased by his parents; a sister Anne in infancy; a brother George, another sister Anne as a child; and by a sister Rayme Duchnitski. He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife Nettie; sons: Martin (Pat) of Brandon, MB; and David (Pat) of Theodore; daughter: Delores (Ron) Shordee of Fort Qu'Appelle; ten grandchildren: Keri (Paul) Mandziuk, Colin (Emily), Kim, Tracy, Michael, and Tara Kerelchuk, and Janice, Ryan, Darren and Lisa Shordee. Also five great grandchildren; two brothers: Mike (Rose), and Pete, all of Saskatoon, and a sister Mary Gawryluik of Theodore; numerous nieces, nephews, and his many other relatives and friends. Prayer services were held on Wednesday, April 4, 2007 from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Yorkton. The funeral service was held on Thursday, April 5, 2007 from Holy Transfiguration Church with Rev. Father Mel Slashinsky officiating. Cantor, Gerald Yaholnitsky, assisted by members of the Parish Choir, led in the singing of the responses. The crossbearer was Janice Shordee. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Emil Biblow, Melvin Hnidey, Don and Norman Gawryluik, Gerald Hoffman and Ed Skehar serving as the casketbearers. Son Martin offered thanks on behalf of the family at the memorial luncheon following the funeral.
- Lena (nee Moldowan) was born on March 21, 1917 in the Insinger district of Saskatchewan; a daughter of Alex and Axenia (nee Petruschuk) Moldowan. She was raised on the family farm and attended the Insinger School. As a young woman Lena helped at home until her marriage to Wasyl (W. J.) Kereluk on August 8, 1937, at Drobot Church. This union was blessed with three children: Evangeline, Mervin and Glenn. In that same year, Wasyl and Lena purchased the Insinger General Store, which they operated for over 40 years. In her younger years, Lena was a faithful member of the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church Parish, as well as being a hard working member of the ladies organization, Lessa Ukrainka branch. In her spare time, she enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, gardening, socializing and baking. Her family was very precious to her and she greatly enjoyed the visits from her children and grandchildren. She was a friendly, social individual who enjoyed participating in local events with all her friends in the community. Following the sale of their business in 1978, Wasyl and Lena retired to Yorkton, where they became active members of the Holy Transfiguration Parish. Lena also enjoyed her membership here in the Parish ladies organization, the Olena Pchilka branch. She and Wasyl stayed active by also becoming members of the New Horizon's Seniors Club in Yorkton. Shortly after the death of Wasyl on June 25, 1996, Lena moved to Fisher Court in Yorkton. In 2000 she moved to Surrey, BC to be with her family. She became a resident of Bear Creek Lodge and then, in 2004, of the Hilton Villa Care Lodge, where she had resided until her passing on Saturday, June 5, 2010. She was 93 years of age. Besides her husband Wasyl, she was predeceased by her parents, Alex (1973) and Axenia (1985); two brothers, William Moldowan in 1981 and Steve Moldowan in 1986; and a sister, Mary Chorpita in 2009. She leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter, Evangeline Kereluk of Vancouver; two sons, Mervin Kereluk of Chilliwack, and Glenn (Cheri) Kereluk of Surrey; grandchildren, Brendan, Trevor, Kristopher, and Alexis and a sister, Iris Biggs of Nanoose Bay, BC. She also leaves a number of nieces, nephews, godchildren and sisters in law. The funeral service was held on Saturday, June 12, 2010 from the Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Yorkton with Very Rev. Father Mel Slashinsky officiating. Cantor, Gerald Yaholnitsky led members of the Parish Choir in the singing of the responses. Members of the Ukrainian Womens Association, Olena Pchilka branch attended the service and formed an honor guard in church. Virginia Wereschuk was the flagbearer. Bannerbearers were Morris Nicholayou and Jeff Zuchkan, the crossbearer was Albert Pobereznek. The interment took place in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Glenn & Kristopher Kereluk, Kenneth Biggs, and David, Joe and Terry Moldowan serving as the casket bearers. At the memorial luncheon following the interment, son Glenn gave a tribute to his mother on behalf of the family.
- Metro passed away suddenly on Sunday, November 5, 2000 at the age of 84 years. Metro was predeceased by his parents and six older brothers. He is survived by his loving wife Dora (nee Dumanski), one son Terry (Janet), two grandsons, Anthony and Bryan, two sisters, Elsie Hubilet of Foam Lake and Vicky (Steve) Nicklin of Regina and numerous nieces and nephews. Metro was born in 1916 and raised on a farm southwest of Sheho, Sask. He completed his primary and secondary schooling in the Sheho district. In 1935, he enrolled in the Teacher's College in Saskatoon and graduated in 1936. Upon graduating, he took a teaching position in the Insinger district and later moved to a school in the Village of Insinger. On June 15, 1941, Metro married Dora Dumanski. They lived in the Village of Insinger until 1942, when Metro enlisted in the RCAF with a desire to learn radar mechanics. He received training in Sackville, New Brunswick and Clinton, Ontario before being posted overseas in early 1944. He served with the Canadian Bomber Group at an airbase in Yorkshire, England until the end of the war. Upon discharge, Metro enrolled in the University of Saskatchewan where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1947, his Bachelor of Education (Distinction) in 1948 and a Masters of Education in 1949. Upon graduating he chose not to return to teaching but went to work for the Provincial Government in Regina where he spent four years in the position of Treatment Supervisor working with young offenders in the Regina Correctional Centre. He then transferred to the Public Service Commission where he spent two years as a Personnel Technician. In 1955, Metro accepted a position with Saskatchewan Government Insurance as Director of Personnel. In 1961, he was appointed Director of Personnel and Organization with the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, where he worked until his retirement on December 31, 1981. Metro and Dora have always been active in the Ukrainian Canadian community and upon arrival in Regina in 1949, they joined the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. In 1955, Metro was asked to accept the position of Chair of the Building Committee organized for the purpose of building a new church. He remained in that position until the new building was constructed and paid for. For many years, he conducted Ukrainian language classes on Saturday mornings, taught Sunday School and sang tenor in the church choir. Metro's other activities in the Ukrainian community included; President of the Ukrainian Canadian Committee local branch, President of the Society of Prsovita and member and secretary of the Ukrainian Self-Reliance Association where for many years he prepared the Association's monthly newsletter. Metro was also involved in the Ukrainian Canadian community outside Regina. In the 1960's and 1970's, he served for four years as provincial president of the Ukrainian Association and an additional four years as national president of the Association. In 1983, his work was recognized by the Ukrainian Canadian Committee and he was presented with the Shevchenko Medal. He also served the Church at the national level. In 1965, Metro was elected to the Board of Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada for a five year term. He was re-elected to this position three consecutive times giving him a total of twenty years service with the Consistory Board. While serving with the Consistory, Metro chaired a committee charged with writing the history of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada and designed and implemented a long term disability plan for clergy and other employees of the church. For his work at the national level with the Church, he was awarded written recognition by three Metropolitans. Metro was also awarded the National Builders Award by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress on November 5, 2000. In addition to his work with the Church and the Ukrainian community, Metro has been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Regina Branch for over twenty five years. He has been a member of the Northwest Commercial Travellers's Association for 33 years and sat on their area Board for many years. He also served on many other boards during his life in Regina, including, two terms on the Board of the Centre of the Arts and two terms on the Regina Chamber of Commerce Board. He also sat on the Selo Gardens Board (senior citizens complex). Metro's activities were broad and varied. Throughout his life, he strove to work hard and to contribute to his Church and his community to the best of his ability. In his later years, he enjoyed his rose garden and working church bingos where he could meet and talk with his regular customers and friends. Metro was a caring and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and citizen. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Prayers will be held at the Descent of the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Pro-Cathedral at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 9th. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, November 10th, 2000 at 10:00 a.m. at the Descent of the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Pro-Cathedral.
- Nick, of Yorkton, beloved husband of Yvonne Kerluke, was taken into the arms of the Lord during the early hours of November 2, 2002 at the age of 67 years. Nicholas Kerluke was born on December 19, 1934 in Sheho, Sask; a son of William and Katie (nee Harris) Kereluke. Nick was raised on the family farm and attended Pohorlowitz School. At the age of 21 years Nick moved to Winnipeg where he worked at various jobs including the CPR working as a relief station agent. On May 25, 1962 Nick was united in marriage to Yvonne Anderson of Virden, Manitoba. The couple was blessed with two children, Bonnie and Curtis. In 1969 they settled in Yorkton when Nick began employment with Dominion Fruit. Later he joined Morris Rod Weeder where he was employed until 1989. That year he and Yvonne moved to Regina where they managed a senior's condominium complex. After retiring in 2000, Nick and Yvonne made their way back to Yorkton. Nick was a true handyman, taking pride in every project he worked on. He savoured Saskatchewan's prairie land and was inspired by nature. He was an avid fisherman and a gardener. But most of all Nick was a family man, dedicated to those closest to him, especially his granddaughter, his angel Tamara Lee. Predeceased by his parents; brother Mitchell and sister Doris; Nick leaves to mourn his passing and to celebrate his life his beloved wife Yvonne; son Curtis; daughter Bonnie (Jerry); granddaughter Tamara; two sisters, Evelyn and Verna; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends. Prayers were held on Wednesday, November 6th from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home. Funeral services were held on Thursday, November 7th at St. Andrew's United Church in Yorkton with Rev. Adel Compton officiating. The organist, Shani Apland led members of St. Andrew's Choir in the singing of the hymns, 'Amazing Grace', 'Those Hearts That We Have Treasured' and 'Be Still My Soul'. Honourary bearers were Matt Salyn, Steve Slywka and Dan Kobylka. The interment followed in the Garden of Gethsemane at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Colin Lovequist, Kurt Anderson, Murray Anderson, Shawn Anderson, Steven Anderson and Kent Anderson serving as the casket bearers.
- Yvonne Clarice (nee Anderson) of Yorkton was taken into the arms of the Lord during the late hours of October 20, 2008 at the Regina General Hospital while recovering from heart surgery. She was 67 years of age. Yvonne Kerluke was born on March 16, 1941 in Percival, Sask; a daughter of John and Alice (nee Strandlund) Anderson. Yvonne was raised on the family farm and attended Logwood School. At the age of 11 she moved to Virden, Manitoba with her family where she attended the Mary Montgomery School. She worked at Martin's Pharmacy and Cook's Electric in Virden. Manitoba. On May 25th, 1962 Yvonne was united in marriage to Nick Kerluke of Sheho, SK. The couple was blessed with two children: Bonnie and Curtis. In 1969 they settled in Yorkton where Yvonne worked in the catering business until 1989. That year she and Nick moved to Regina where they managed a senior's condominium complex. After retiring in 2000, Yvonne and Nick moved back to Yorkton. Yvonne was a generous hostess who graciously welcomed many family and friends into her home and made them feel at ease. She loved flowers, making floral arrangements and decorating for the holidays. But most of all she was a dedicated mother and grandmother. Yvonne never tired of spending time with granddaughter Tamara Lee. Yvonne was predeceased by her parents; husband Nick; a sister Mavis and sister-in-law Agnes. She leaves to cherish her memory and to celebrate her life: daughter Bonnie (Jerry) and their daughter Tamara; son Curtis (Teresa) and their children: Amanda, Emily, Hayley, Adam, Mathew; sister Shirley; four brothers: Lawrence, Vernon, Wesley and Johnny as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends. A service of comfort was held on Friday evening, October 24, 2008 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home Yorkton. The Funeral service was held on Saturday morning, October 25, 2008 from St. Andrew's United Church, Yorkton, SK with Rev. Doug Craig officiating. Shani Apland was the organist leading the Congregation and St. Andrew's Choir in the Hymns: "Amazing Grace" and Precious Lord, Take My Hand". The Honourary Bearers were: Darlene Bilokreli, Evelyn Kobylka, Teresa Norbeck, Dorothy Sebulsky, Marg Kobitz, Joanne Hart, Rosann Melnechenko and Janet Smith. The interment followed in the Garden of Gethsemane, Yorkton Memorial Gardens with: Ron Kucheran, Randy Sebulsky, Randy Andrusiak, Brad Kindiak, Norand, Levi Lovequist serving as Casket Bearers. Following the interment prayers "Amazing Grace" was played on the Saxaphone by Gary Laycock. At the memorial luncheon words of remembrance of Yvonne were given by Lawrence Anderson, Cindy Lovequist and Colin Anderson.
- Metro Mathew "Matt" (October 30, 1915 - March 11, 2010). Metro Kireliuk, formerly of Theodore and Yorkton and recently of Saskatoon, died March 11, 2010 in St. Paul's Hospital after a brief illness. Matt was born on his parents' homestead at Sheho, Sask. He attended the Dunrobin School at Tuffnell and completed high school in Foam Lake. He later went on to Normal School in Saskatoon and to the University of Saskatchewan, where he obtained his BA and B. Ed degrees. Matt began his 36-year teaching career in Dunrobin, Jaroslav, and Cernawka rural schools. He later served 22 years as Vice-Principal and Principal in Theodore, and finally as Principal of Yorkton Unit Junior High until his retirement. He married Edythe Hamilton in 1948 and together they spent their time teaching, making a home, and traveling. Over the years, they visited the British Isles, Western and Eastern Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and most of North America. Matt was active in both his profession and community. He served as: an STF Councilor, a Director on the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan, a Director on the Canadian Ukrainian Committee Saskatchewan Branch, President of the Canadian Ukrainian Professional and Business Organization in Yorkton, and as a member of the Theodore Credit Union Supervisory Committee. He was also a member of the Masonic Orders and the Shrine. During the war years he was appointed to the Bureau of Technical Personnel. Matt enjoyed music and played the violin at Teachers College, for the P. Mohyla Institute socials and Ukrainian dance troupe, with the Bass in the COTC, and in the Theodore Community Band. He also conducted church choirs and the Theodore High School Glee Club. Matt was predeceased by: his parents, John and Katrina (nee Maximuk) Kireliuk: his sisters, Mary Kireliuk and Elsie Jarman of Yorkton; and brother, William of California. He leaves to mourn: his wife, Edythe; sister-in-law, Iona Thoen; sister-inlaw and brother-in-law, Ruth and Norman Thoen; sister-in-law, Elfrieda Kireliuk; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial donations in memory of Matt may be directed to the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children or the Saskatchewan Abilities Council. A Prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 15th and the Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 16th conducted by Very Rev. Bohdan Demczuk both at the chapel of the Saskatoon Funeral Home.
- William entered into eternal rest on January 29, 2008 at his residence at the age of 90. William was born to Daniel and Helen Kirstuik on April 20, 1917 in the Theodore-Insinger area. William attended the War End School. At the age of 15, William worked as a farm labourer for a local farmer near Springside. He also worked at a factory at Ridgetown and in Toronto. On September 16, 1950 William married Anna Fedak and they lived in Toronto for a brief time before moving to Parkview where they built and operated a General Store. The couple later moved to Foam Lake where William worked as a maintenance man at the school as well as the Jubilee Nursing Home. The couple also lived in Saskatoon and Melville for a brief time before moving to Yorkton where William worked as a maintenance man at the Anderson Lodge before retiring in 1984. William was an active member of the Horticultural Society of Yorkton and took great pride in the many flowers that made his home so beautiful. Williams specialty was the many varieties of tomatoes that he grew and later shared with friends. In Williams spare time he enjoyed iron work railing which also added to the beauty of his yard. William was predeceased by his parents Daniel and Helen Kirstuik and by his brothers: Mike, Eugene, Peter and Edward Kirstuik and by his sisters Mary Ozirny, Doris Butler, Edith Keithman, Lillian Rawlyk, Irene Kirstuik and Ann Solomon. William leaves to celebrate and rejoice in his memory his loving wife Anna of 57 years of marriage of Yorkton and his son David Kirstuik of Shanghai, China. William will also be missed by his brother Percy Kirstuik of Edmonton and his sisters: Kathleen Procyshen and Betty Kapuik both of Thunder Bay and Cecilia Denesyk of Theodore. The Prayer Service was held on Friday, February 1, 2008 and the Funeral Service was held on Saturday, February 2, 2008, both from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church with Father Mel Slashinsky officiating. The Crossbearer was Walter Fedak. Assisting in the singing of the service were the Cantor, Bill Kozey and members of Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church Choir. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Percy Rawlyk, Brad Kirstuik, Mark Fedak, Jeremy Fedak, Ed Berezowsky and Morris Fedak serving as the casket bearers.
- Annie (nee Kostinuik), of Yorkton, widow of Steve, entered eternal rest on Sunday, April 15, 2001, at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre with family members at her side. Annie was born on December 22, 1901 in the Sheho district of Saskatchewan to Theodore and Rose Kostinuik. Due to the time of year of her birth the actual registration was dated February 15, 1909. Over the years her birthday was celebrated as it was in her childhood years on December 22nd. Only after all the government papers were updated for pension purposes did she learn she had the two birth dates. Annie was the third eldest of her two brothers and three sisters. On June 6, 1930 she was united in marriage to Steve Kitzul. They farmed in the Bankend district. During the war years they rented out their farmland and resided in New Westminster BC, where Annie worked in an airplane factory where they built wings for planes. In 1945 they returned to Saskatchewan, sold the farm and moved to Foam Lake. They lived in town and farmed north of town. Annie enjoyed living out on the farm during the summer months and her love of gardening and cooking were very visible. Many gatherings of family and friends were highlights of her lifetime memories. After a few years of retirement they moved to Yorkton in 1974 where she had resided until her passing. Annie's love of baking gave her many hours of pleasure and her family and friends received many delicious baked specialities. Her participation with the Ladies Church Group gave her lasting memories of food preparation and wonderful socializing with her friends. Another legacy she has left many folks are the crocheted afghans. Even in her later months spent at Anderson Lodge she enjoyed making scarves for their bazaar. It was very difficult for her to have idle hands. She lived by the adage; 'If you are working you are happy!' Annie was predeceased by her husband Steve in 1984, her parents Theodore and Rose, her brother Nick (Dora) Kostinuik, sister Mary (Bill) Rokochy, sister Kate (Mike) Chernesky, brother John (Marion) Kostinuik and sister Lily Krulitsky. She leaves to mourn her passing her son and daughter-in-law, Mel and Sharon of Lethbridge, Alberta; grandchildren, Joanne Kitzul of Calgary and Jim Kitzul of Lethbridge. brother-in-law Steve Krulitsky of New Westminster BC, numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. The funeral service was held on Wednesday, April 18th at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Rev. Faye Greer of Westview United Church officiating. The organist, Sharon Litvanyi, led in the singing of the hymns The Old Rugged Cross and The Lord's My Shepherd. Soloist Lori Trost sang How Great Thou Art. A tribute was given by Nial Kitzul. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Luke, Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Nial Kuyek, Brian Kuyek, Bill Prudun, Barry Schlosser, Terry Kitzul and Wayne Rudachyk serving as the casket bearers.
- Elmer. It is with great sadness, that we announce the passing of Elmer Kitzul on April 8 at the age of 87 years. Elmer passed away in the Stensrud Lodge in Saskatoon where he has resided for the last year. Elmer is survived by his son, Doug (Helen) Stephens of Kelowna and grandsons, Doug Jr. and Kelly of Kelowna; daughter, Catherine (Blaine) Carruthers of Saskatoon and grandchildren, Duane (Glenda) Carruthers and Carrie Rayat all of Saskatoon, Stuart Carruthers of Vancouver, Sheilah (Collin) Carswell of Saskatoon; great grandchildren, Tyler and Jessica Stephens of Kelowna, Rianna and Aaron Carruthers, Dustin, Noelle, Dylan, and Hayley Rayat, Raven, Autumn, Noah and Willow Carswell; and great great granddaughter Ava Rayat all of Saskatoon. Elmer was predeceased by his wife, Lena in 1994 and his twin brother, Harry in 2003, as well as many close sisters and brothers-in-law. Elmer was born on October 16, 1920, on a farm in the Caldervale area, along with his identical twin brother, Harry. He married Lena Stephens, a widow, in 1950. He then became the father to Douglas (age 8) and Catherine (age 4). Elmer worked as farm hand, a truck driver, a bulk fuel agent, he worked building prefab homes, and then worked at Morris Rodweeder in Yorkton in the farm equipment assembly line until his retirement in 1985. Elmer was a gardener, curler and a golfer. He loved hockey and baseball, but most of all he very much loved being a Dad, a Grandpa, a Great Grandpa, and a Great Great Grandpa. Elmer dedicated his life to Lena, his kids and then later the grandkids, great grandkids and recently to his great great granddaughter, Ava. The Memorial Service to celebrate Elmer’s Life will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the Theodore United Church in Theodore, Sask. The interment will follow in the Theodore Town Cemetery.
- Nellie. Peacefully on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at Portage General Hospital, Nellie Kitzul formerly of the Insinger district of SK; and Thompson, MB passed away at the age of 89 years. Nellie was born and raised on a farm near Insinger SK, where she married Fred Kitzul and also raised her family. In 1972 they moved to Thompson MB where they lived until Fred's passing in 1976. Nellie continued to live in Thompson until 2007 when she moved to Portage la Prairie until her passing. Nellie loved her bingo and craft making (especially her covered hangers). She enjoyed cooking and baking, which she always shared with family, friends and neighbors. Nellie also liked to spend her time reading and doing puzzles. She treasured her family and friends and had a special love for her grand children and great grand children. Nellie was predeceased by her husband Fred in 1976. Also brothers George and John and sisters Mary and Helen. She leaves to mourn her passing her daughters, Annette (Larry) Lytle, Dianne, Deborah and sons Lyle (Sylvia) and Norman (Patra); her grandchildren Lucinda, Clinton (Kerri), Kevin, Jason (Lorilee) and Tamara (Lorne) and great grand children Alexander, Riley, Dustin and Ava, and numerous nieces and nephews. A Prayer service was held on Monday evening, April 13, 2009 from Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church Insinger District of Sask. The Funeral service was held on Tuesday morning April 14, 2009 from Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church with Very Rev. Father Mel Slashinsky officiating. The responses to the service were sung by Katie Rudey and parish choir members. The Palamar was Joe Moldowan with Kevin Kitzul serving as Cross Bearer; Lucinda Reay and Tamara Kitzul serving as Banner Bearers. The interment followed in St.John's Suchawa Parish Cemetery with: Clinton, Victor Kitzul, Michael Medvid, Wendell Taylor, Terry Danyluik and Michael Dwernicuk serving as Casket Bearers.
- Doris (nee McKetsy). With sadness, we announce the passing of Doris Knight, born May 16, 1924, died Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Pasqua Hospital Regina, SK. She was predeceased by her mother Anastasia McKetsy (1887-1959) and father Fred McKetsy (1884-1951); her nine siblings, Annie Coons (Herbert), Kay Forseth (Slim), Charlie McKetsy (Sophie Chubak), Mike (Annie Daniluik), Mary Bittner (Otto), Bill (Doris Blakely), John McKetsy (Bella Zazelanchuk), Helen Murphy (Jim) and Julie Pearce (Lawrence). Doris was born on the family farm north of Sheho, SK. and attended Dunrobin Elementary School and later graduated from high school in Invermay, SK. Doris arrived in Regina in 1946 and worked as a Legal Secretary until 1948 when she married Charlie Knight of Regina, SK. She is survived by her husband Charlie; her two sons, Dennis and Robert; her seven grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. Doris was active in charity works and was President of the Regina Canadian Club. She was President and Manager of Opera Saskatchewan and in 1996 received the Order of Canada, in 2005 the Queenís Jubilee Medal and in 2010 received the Jacquie Schumiatcher ìWomen of Distinctionî Award. Doris brought the first professional opera to Saskatchewan during this period. She has touched the hearts of many and will be greatly missed. The Funeral Service will be held at Lakeview United Church, 3200 McCallum Avenue, Regina, SK on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
- Ewalt Wilbert or "Wally" as he was known to some, was born on December 28, 1920, on a farm 6 miles north east of Theodore. Ewalt passed away peacefully on January 12, 2009 at the age of 88 years. Ewalt attended Sandy River School and the Moose Jaw Technical School. He then joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as an aircraft technician. Ewalts first posting was in Edmonton, AB. It was here that he learned how to march. Following his time in Edmonton, he then went on to St. Thomas and aircraft technical school. His first flying station was MacDonald, MB, then Claresholm, AB and Seoudue, NB. After the war, Ewalt was stationed in Winnipeg, MB followed by Rivers, MB. He then went to the aircraft experimental unit in Edmonton. During his stay at Edmonton, Ewalt went on a six month temporary duty to Eglin Field in Florida, U.S.A. After returning to Edmonton and completing all of the reports, Ewalt then moved to Trenton, ON where he worked in the repair depot. He spent some time on salvage operations, then moved to ferry flight. Ewalt was posted to El Arish, Egypt where he was a part of the United Nations Emergency Force. After Ewalt had spent a year with the United Nations in Egypt, he returned to Trenton. Ewalts last posting was to Command Headquarters in Ottawa. Ewalt was then released with over 23 years of service in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Ewalt returned to Theodore and then later moved into Yorkton. He had done odd jobs and helped out with the projection at the drive in theatre and also filled in when he was needed at the Tower Theatre. Ewalt enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, canoeing and fishing. He always had time to lend a helping hand to his friends and relatives. Ewalt joined the Yorkton Threshermans Club and Western Development Museum in 1981. He spent a lot of time at the museum and ran one of their steam engines until 2002 when health problems intervened. Due to his failing health, Ewalt moved from his home to reside at Aspen Bluffs in Yorkton. Ewalt was predeceased by his father, William Konkel; mother, Pauline Konkel (nee Dehring); sister, Ernistine; brothers, Reinhardt, Alfred and Harold; sister-in-laws, Emma (nee Schmidt) and Nettie (nee Berg). Ewalt is survived by his brothers families; nephews, Larry (Deborah), Gerald (Sandra), Terry (Sandy), Lorne (Sherry), Gary, August (Esther), Jacob, Melvin (Laura), Benjamin, David (Karin), Stanley (Val) and Clarence (Michelle); nieces, Deborah (Bryan) Cottenie, Ardith (Alger) Gruber, Judith (Leslie) Merriman, Verna (Peter) Weibe and Martha (Bernd) Breitkreuz; sister-in-law, Anne Konkel (nee Seminiuk) and numerous great nephews and nieces. A Funeral Service was held in the Chapel of Christie's Funeral Home on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Melvin Konkel officiating. The hymns were: "When I Survey The Wonderous Cross", "At The Cross" and "It Is Well With My Soul" with accompaniment by Clarence and Michelle Konkel who also performed a special musical selection. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Larry Konkel, Gerald Konkel, Gary Konkel, Ben Konkel, Stan Konkel and Dave Konkel serving as casket bearers.
- Nick, beloved husband of Sophia Koroll of Yorkton, fomerly of Theodore, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2005 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 86 years of age. Nick Koroll was born on March 15, 1918 on the family farm in the Westbrook district; the son of Kozma and Anne (nee Kucey) Koroll. Nick attended the Westbrook School. He joined the army in 1939 where he served briefly on the reserve at Tofino BC, prior to returning home to care for his mother and operate the family farm. On May 3rd, 1957 Nick was united in marriage with Sophia Serby (nee Lastiwka) at Sheho. Together, they resided in the town of Theodore and then moved to the farm in 1964, which is currently owned and operated by his son Larry. Nick enjoyed curling, fishing, dancing and visiting with friends, neighbors and relatives. His favourite pastime was playing cards. Nick was a mixed farmer, but his passion was producing crops of wheat, oats and barley. Fall and the harvest were Nick's favourite time of the year. Combining was his greatest love on the farm. Nick served for several years on the Theodore Snow Plow Club and on the Westbrook Church and Hall Committees. You would often find him volunteering his time helping others. Nick enjoyed the visits of relatives and neighbours and dearly loved his children, grandchildren and great grandchild. On February 25th, 2005 Nick was admitted suddenly to the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, where he remained until his passing. Predeceased by his parents, brothers Matt, Fred, and John; half brothers Bill, George and Fred; sisters Helen Paley and Mary Minken and many brothers and sisters-in-law. Nick leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 47 years, Sophia; sons: Clay Serby (Trish Batten) of Yorkton, Larry (Dianne) Koroll of Yorkton; daughters: Gloria (Eldon) Berglind of Quesnel BC, Annette (Allan) Hutzul of Regina; seven grandchildren: Kirsty (Des) Leavens and Stacey Serby, Bryan Koroll, Crystal and Blayne Berglind, Mandy (Kynan) Bugiera and Soraya Hutzul; great grandchild Kayden Bugiera; brother-in-law Nick (Bernice) Lastiwka; sisters-in-law Dora Lastiwka, Elizabeth (Len) Van Den Busche, Dora Koroll and Pauline Koroll; numerous nieces, nephews and his many other relatives and friends. Prayer services were held on Wednesday evening, March 9, 2005 from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Yorkton. The Funeral Service was held on Thursday, March 10, 2005 from Holy Transfiguration Church with Rev. Father Roman Kocur officiating. The cantor was William Kozey. Bannerbearers were Nick Hutzul and Bill Raddysh, the crossbearer was Nick Lastiwka. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Bryan Koroll, Kynan Bugiera, Terry Lastiwka, Des Leavens, David Lutz and Raymond Howe serving as the casketbearers. The memorial luncheon followed at the Ukrainian Orthodox Auditorium.
- Katrina (nee Paley) was born on November 1, 1921 in the Westbrook district of Saskatchewan; one of twenty children born to George and Sophie (nee Yarmie) Paley. She attended the Westbrook School. On April 16th, 1939 she was united in marriage to Steve Koshman and the couple settled on the farm at Westbrook. Steve and Katie retired from the farm in 1973 and moved into Theodore. At the time, Katie took the job of caretaker at the Post Office and Steve helped with the work. Katrina will be remembered as a devoted member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and had served as Treasurer for the Westbrook Ladies Club. She loved to cook and bake. Being close to nature, gardening and keeping the yard in excellent condition was important to her. Katrina was always interested in the activities of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She spoke of them with pride in their accomplishments and looked forward to their visits. Nobody left her home without coffee and lunch. Following the death of Steve in 1986, Katie continued to maintain her home in Theodore until becoming a resident of the Theodore Manor in 2001. As her health further declined, she became a resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home on March 1, 2004, where she resided until her passing on Sunday, March 9, 2008. She was 86 years of age. Besides her husband Steve, Katie was predeceased by her father George in 1956, her mother Sophie in 1980; two brothers in infancy, and brothers George, John, Nick & Fred; and by sisters Victoria Kucheron and Alice Stefanyshyn. She leaves to mourn her passing and to cherish her memory her three children: two daughters: Evelyn (Ivan) Biblow of Nanaimo BC; Rosalee (Orest) Dorosh of Lethbridge, AB; and Ernest (Lynnette) Koshman of Nepean, Ont.; Seven grandchildren: Michelle Terry (Mark), Shannan (Rick) Hugie, Shawn (Lynn) Dorosh, Shane Dorosh, Mikkyal Koshman (Cherie), and Scott (Cheryl) and Stephan Koshman; Seven great grandchildren: Matthew, James and Katie-Rose Terry; Payton and Sienna Hugie; Cheryl Lishman and Andrew Koshman. Seven sisters: Dora Stadnyk of Niagra Falls, ON; Mary Kytanko (John) of Thunder Bay, ON; Lillian Watt of Thompson, MB; Lena Meirs (Al) of Portage la Prairie, MB; Verna Antonishyn (Andy) of Foam Lake; Elsie Warcomika of Yorkton; and Suzy Sukorokoff of Saskatoon. Four brothers: Bill (Mary) Paley of Winnipeg; Alex (Dora) Paley of Yorkton; Harry (Sylvia) Paley of Yorkton; Steve (Shirley) Paley of Theodore; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and her many other relatives and friends. Prayers were held on Thursday evening, March 13, 2008 at Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Yorkton. The funeral service was held on Friday, March 14, 2008 from Holy Transfiguration Church with Very Rev. Father Mel Slashinsky as Celebrant. Cantor, Gerald Yaholnitsky, assisted by members of the Parish Choir led in the singing of the responses. The crossbearer was Michelle Terry, and the bannerbearers were Shannan and Rick Hugie. The interment took place in the Holy Ascension Ukrainian Orthodox Parish Cemetery, Westbrook district with Robert Mehling, Robert Engle, Allan Hutzul, Michael Stefanyshen, Ron Kucheran and Mike Baranesky serving as the casketbearers.
- Walter, resident of Theodore, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2000 at the Foam Lake Health Centre following a brief illness. He was 60 years of age. Walter was born on June 24, 1940 in the Theodore district of Saskatchewan, a son of Nick and Katherine (nee Baback) Koshman. He attended the Poplar Leaf School. He worked on the family farm and in 1990 moved to Theodore, where he had since resided. Predeceased by his mother Katherine in 1976 and by his father Nick in 1982, he is survived by his brother Martin and his wife Elaine of Theodore, his niece Sherry and her husband Dennis Moul and their daughter Natalie of Pittsburgh, PA, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Prayer services were held on Wednesday evening, November 29, 2000 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home Yorkton. Funeral services were held on Thursday morning, November 30, 2000 from St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Theodore, Sask. with Rev. Father Mel Slashinsky officiating. The palamar was John Maleschuk with Leonard Hobbins serving as Cross Bearer. The Banner Bearers were Andy and Gerald Koshman. The cantor was Gerald Yaholnitsky assisted by members of the parish. The interment followed in the St.John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery, Riverside, north of Theodore, Sask. Terry and Peter Hutzul, Ed Baback, Dean Hobbins, Gary Walker and Paul Schmelinsky serving as Casket Bearers.
- Victoria. Following a short hospitalization, Victoria passed away on Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. She was 85 years of age. Victoria Kostichuk was born on May 24, 1923 in the Mamornitz district of Saskatchewan. She was raised on the family farm, received her education in a country school and as a young woman worked for farmers in the Sheho area. On October 20, 1939 she was united in marriage to Peter Kostichuk. They built a home in Insinger and lived there most of their lives. They had two sons: Alvin and James. In her younger days, Victoria helped many seniors. She would go to doctor's appointments with them, and help them house clean. Victoria loved to cook and bake, and did a lot of needle-work. She loved it when her grandchildren came to visit. In 1993, Peter passed away, and shortly after she moved to Yorkton. In 2001, due to failing health, Victoria moved to Green Acres Lodge in Stockholm. She lived there until 2006, when she became a resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, where she had since resided. Predeceased by her parents; sisters: Mary Hubelit and Verna Jacobson; and brothers: George & John. She leaves to mourn her passing and to celebrate her life, two sons: Alvin (Lindsay) of Mississauga, ON; and James (Loreen) of Yorkton; three grandchildren: David (Jodie) and Vicki, all in Ontario; and Lisa in Yorkton; two great grandchildren: Madigan and Makenna in Ontario. Also two sisters: Katie Fink of Yorkton, and Olga Kowalyk of Theodore; and brothers Bill in Theodore, Mike in Calgary and Nick in Ontario; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and her many other relatives and friends. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. Very Rev. Father Mel Slashinsky of Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church officiated. Cantor, William Kozey, assisted by members of the Parish Choir led in the singing of the responses. The interment took place at Hudema Cemetery, Insinger district with Alvin and James Kostichuk, Maurice Kostichuk, and Albert Pobereznek serving as the casketbearers.
- Wilfred Stephen (January 3, 1949 - September 24, 2008) was born in Yorkton, Sask. to Steve and Pearl Kovalench. He grew up on a farm with his sister, Carol. He went to school at Crewkerne and left for Yellowknife, Northwest Territories at the age of 16. After working with his uncle Jack Kavanaugh for a time, Wilf returned south and began working in a mine in Thompson MB. Wilf married Sharon Quinton on May 22, 1971 in Theodore, SK. They returned to Thompson, MB where their first daughter, Shelly, was born in 1973. That same spring they purchased a farm in Saskatchewan and returned to farming. In 1976 their second daughter Tracy was born in Yorkton, SK. In 1978 Wilf packed his family into the “Green Machine”, a single-cab pick-up truck and drove 18 hours north up to Yellowknife, NWT. For 21 years Wilf and Sharon worked and raised their family in the great white north. Wilf worked for his brother-in-law, Dan Wasylkiw at Kavanaugh Bros and owned a taxi service on the side. He was also successful in real estate. He loved the North and after retiring to Theodore in 1999, he was often heard saying “If I was 30 years younger, I wouldn’t even pack a bag, I would just go (back up North).” Wilf spent his retirement years working and studying the stock market. He loved fishing and 4-wheeling with his friends and Wrigley the wonder dog. Photography had also become a passion. He often sat motionless for hours waiting for that perfect hummingbird picture. In 2004, Wilf was blessed with a son, Stephane. Wilf was predeceased by his father, Steve in 1985 and his brothers-in-law, Dan Wasylkiw and Allan Westerhaug in 2008. He is survived and forever in the memories of his beloved wife, Sharon, his daughters, Shelly Johnson (Jo) and Tracy Kovalench (Simon) and his son, Stephane Normandin-Kovalench; his grandchildren, Hayley, Joshua, Maija and Sage; his mother, Pearl and his sister, Carol; his sisters-in-law, Shirley Westerhaug and Glenda Kitzan (Merv); nieces, Tasha Bergman (Peter and their son, Nate), Tanis Ferguson (Ryan), Danielle Kitzan (Chris), Krista Kitzan, and Karla Kitzan and nephew, Blaine Wasylkiw (Kara and sons, Ben and Liam). Last but not least, Wilf Kovalench will remain in the heart of his buddy, Wrigley. A Service of Comfort will be held on Sunday, September 28, 2008 from the Chapel of Christie's Funeral Home, Yorkton, Sask.
- Doris (nee Dwernichuk) May 8, 1911 - December 11, 2004. Doris Kucey fell asleep in the Lord at St. Paul's Hospital on Saturday, December 11, 2004 with her sons, Eugene and Terry and daughters-in-law, Nancy and Pat at her bedside. Doris, age 93 years, most recently of Ilarion Residence in Saskatoon, was born May 8, 1911 to Leonti and Irena (nee Raddysh) Dwernichuk of Insinger, Saskatchewan. In 1943 she married Theodore (Fred) Kucey, also of the Insinger district and together they raised three sons, Eugene, Terry and Joseph. Doris is survived by her loving sons, Eugene (Nancy) of Saskatoon, Terry (Pat) of Saskatoon, and Joseph of Toronto, Ontario; her daughter-in-law, Helen of Port Hope, Ontario; and four grandchildren, Dean (Leanne) of Brooks, Alberta, Jason of Banff, Alberta, Laura of Vancouver, British Columbia and William of Toronto, Ontario. She is also survived by one sister-in-law, Katrina of Theodore, Saskatchewan; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Fred in 1999; her parents, Leonti and Irena; two sisters, Maria and Katrina; and six brothers, Wasyl, Peter, Nick, Stephan, Mathew and John. Panakhyda (Prayer Service) will be held on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, December 15, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. Both services will be held at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of All Saints (2616 Louise Street, Saskatoon, SK) with Very Rev. Fr. Bohdan Demczuk, Officiant. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Orthodox Cemetery, Saskatoon, SK. The family wishes to express a sincere thank you to Dr. Ron Kozakewich and the nursing staff on 6th Floor at St. Paul's Hospital for the excellent care shown to their mother during the past three weeks and for their understanding support of her family.
- Eleanor Marie (nee Dumanski) was born on June 17, 1930 on the family farm, 4 ½ miles southwest of Sheho, in the Pohorlowetz School District; a daughter of Matt and Anne (nee Pachyshnyk) Dumanski. She was raised on the family farm and received her education there. On July 22, 1953 she was united in marriage to Ed Kucey. The couple settled in Yorkton. Son Reg was born in 1954, son Stuart in 1958 and daughter Tamara in 1966. As well as being a full time mother and homemaker, Eleanor found time to work at Sears and the Bay, and later as a ceramics instructor for the Parkland Ability Centre in Yorkton. In 1974 Eleanor and Ed moved to Raymore when Ed became Superintendent of the Raymore School Unit. Eleanor continued teaching ceramics after they moved to Raymore. In 1978 the family moved to Regina, where, among other things, she worked at Sears again. Following Ed's retirement in 1978, the couple returned to Yorkton to make their home. Eleanor always like to keep herself busy, she loved doing petit point, her home was filled with her beautiful handi-work. She also made pysynky, and her family agreed that her pies were simply the best. Eleanor and Ed greatly enjoyed the company of their family and many friends, her home was always open and welcome to visitors. Eleanor was active in the church and church choir and was a steady volunteer worker for the hall and for bingo's. Even a broken leg a few years ago didn't slow her down. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Sadly predeceased by son Stuart (Bud) and daughter Tamara on September 2, 2000, and by a brother Leon Dumanski. Eleanor is survived by her son, Dr. Reg and his wife Jamie of Rossburn, Manitoba; grandchildren: Justin, Shannon and Crystal; a brother William Dumanski and his wife Marg of Regina; a sister Marilyn Arneson and her husband Daniel of Squamish, BC, and their families.
- William "Bill", beloved husband of Mary of Theodore, SK.; entered eternal rest on Monday, February 23, 2009 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre at the age of 90 years. Bill was born on June 4, 1918; the eldest child of Sam and Marie (nee Lopaschuk) Kuzek of the Insinger district. He was called to the Army in February of 1941; served in the Infantry for four years in British Columbia, Canada and was discharged in 1945. Bill Married Mary Kitzan at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Drobot in 1948. They celebrated their 60th. Wedding anniversary on June 12, 2008. They were blessed with three sons: Raymond, Randy and Dennis. The couple farmed in the Theodore district until 1978 when they moved to the town of Theodore. Bill was an active member of St. John The Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Riverside; serving as: president, trustee and palamar for many years. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 34 and a member of the Senior Citizens group. He leaves to celebrate his life his wife Mary of 60 years; son Raymond (Karen) Kuzek of Theodore and their children Lawrence (Anita ) Kuzek of Lloydminster, Kevin (Trina) Kuzek of Atwater, Chelsie (Jamie) Schneider of Yorkton; son Randy (Iris) Kuzek of Lloydminster and their children: Rosemarie Kuzek and special friend Adam Falk, Rebecca Kuzek and Jonathan Kuzek all of Lloydminster; son Dennis (Valerie ) Kuzek of Theodore and their children: Clorice Kuzek and special friend Curtis Roussin of Theodore, Jennifer (Jeff) Ahler of Calgary, Carla Kuzek and special friend Matt Milleker of Regina, , Derek Kuzek of Calgary, Eric Kuzek of Theodore; along with seven great grandchildren: Brett, Brendan, Karysma, Trinity, Jazzlyn, Jayden and Samantha; sisters: Dora Lukiniuk of Canora, Elsie Rodgers of Vancouver; brothers: George (Sophie) Kuzek of Canora, Steve (Vera) Kuzek of Crooked Lake; sister-in-law Pat Kuzek of Canora and many nephews and nieces. Bill was predeceased by his parents Sam and Marie Kuzek; brothers: Nick, John, Metro and Peter and sisters: Katie Kuzek, Eva Johnston and Rose Kautzman. A Prayer service was held on Thursday evening, February 26, 2009 from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church Yorkton, SK. The Funeral service was held on Friday morning, February 27, 2009 from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church with Very Rev. Father Mel Slashinsky Officiating. Henry Wayslyshen and Nick Heshka were Palamars. The Cantor was Gerald Yaholnitsky and was accompained by members of the Parish Choir. Bernie Surkan and Billy Maximiuk were the Banner Bearers with Norm Gawryliuk serving as Cross Bearer. The Legion Burial Rite was Conducted by members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 34 Theodore and General Alexander Ross Branch # 77 Yorkton. Very Rev. Mel Slashinsky officiated with Seargent-at-Arms Peter Wyatt; Bugler and Act Of Remembrance given by John Miller with Andy Juba, George Arnold, Bill McCreary and Russel Bischop serving as Colour Guard. Following the Memorial Luncheon with tributes given by Randy Kuzek and Karen Kuzek the interment took place at St. John The Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery Riverside with Lawrence, Derek, Kevin, Eric, Jonathan Kuzek and Curtis Roussin serving as Casket Bearers.
- Walter. It is with sadness that the family of the late Walter Kuzyk announce his sudden passing on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at his home in Theodore, SK. He was 74 years of age. Walter was born on June 18, 1932 on the family farm in the Theodore District, the son of Nick and Annie (nee Chobotar) Kuzyk. He received his education at the Oleksince School. After completing his education, Walter began his career in the pulp and paper industry in Prince Rupert, BC. Later he moved to Regina, SK. and Thompson, MB. before his retirement to the town of Theodore in 1988. Walter was predeceased by his parents, Nick and Annie; his brothers, Steven and Joseph, in infancy and Mervin; his sisters, Jean, Adeline and Phyllis and his brothers-in-law, John and Paul. He leaves to mourn his passing, his brothers, Bill (Mary) Kuzyk of Los Angeles, CA, David (Colleen) Kuzyk of Saskatoon, SK and Daniel (Judy) Kuzyk of Winnipeg, MB; his sisters, Olga (Ted) Surkan of Theodore, SK and Iris Haluke of Saskatoon, SK; his brother-in-law, Steve Gawryluik of Theodore as well as several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. from St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Theodore. Interment to follow in the Theodore Town Cemetery.
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- Alex, of Theodore, Sask. entered eternal rest at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre following failing health on Sunday, January 6, 2003 at the age of 76 years. Alex was born on May 5, 1926 on the family farm in the Theodore District of Saskatchewan. He was a son of Metro and Maria (nee Gryschuk) Lastiwka. Alex received his education at Czernowitz and Crossroads Schools while working on the family farm and for farmers in the district. He then moved to Great Slave Lake where he was employed as a Riefer Engineer and then as a Tugboat Engineer at Waterways Alberta. In 1963 Alex returned home and began work on the family farm and has continued this until the present time. Alex was a community minded person serving on the R.M of Insinger for 14 years, a delegate for the Co-op for 10 years, a member of the Saskatchewn Wheat Pool, a delegate of the Yorkton Co-op, was on the board of the watershed of the R.M. and a member representing the R.M. on REDA. As well he was a member of the St. John's Ukrainian Orthodox Church Riverside. Alex enjoyed travelling and visited his father's village of Czernowitz in the Ukraine and kept correspondence with his relatives in this country. He loved to socialize with friends and relatives especially at Christmas time and birthdays and enjoyed dancing. He was an excellent cook. Alex leaves to mourn his passing and to celebrate his life his friend Esther. A brother Nick and his wife Bernice of Theodore; sisters: Sophie and Nick Koroll of Yorkton, Elizabeth and Leonard VanDenBussche of Victoria; a sister-in-law Dora of Theodore as well as 24 nieces and nephews. Alex was predeceased by his parents Metro in 1971 and Maria in 1972. His brothers: Johnny in infancy, Jim and Bill. Sisters: Helen and her husband William Benfield, Rose and her husband Edgar Wenzell, Katie and her husband Jack Lutz and by a nephew Tracy Wenzell; nieces Brenda Young and Sharon Benfield. Prayer services were held on Wednesday evening, January 8, 2003 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. Funeral services were held on Thursday morning, January 9, 2003 from the Theodore Recreation Centre with Rev. Father Mel Slashinsky of St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church Officiating. Gerald Yaholnitsky was the Cantor assisted by members of the Parish Choir. The Palamar was Terry Lastiwka with Dean Lastiwka serving as Cross Bearer. The Banner Bearers were Louis Lahosky and Ed Sabulsky. The Interment followed at St.John's Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery Riverside with Larry Koroll, Dave Lutz, Dave Popowich, Jim Kluk, Leonard Benfield and Terry Lastiwka serving as Casket Bearers. A memorial luncheon followed the interment with reflections of Alex's life given by Clay Serby.
- Ernest, of Yorkton, formerly of Churchbridge, beloved husband of Lilly Leonhardt passed away peacefully on Friday, December 15, 2000 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 91 years of age. Ernest Oscar Leonhardt was born February 17, 1909 at Ebenezer, Sask., the fifth child in a family of ten. The family moved to a farm near Theodore in 1919 where he remained until his marriage. In 1940 he chose to serve God and his faith and hope in God was a comfort to him throughout his life. On March 30, 1943 Ernest married Lilly Tulip Woods from Invermay and together they began farming at Jedburgh. In 1947 they moved to Churchbridge where they operated a mixed farm and together they shared the joys and woes of farming. A son Dennis was born in 1949 and a daughter Dianne arrived in 1954. Ernest was active on the rural telephone and school boards. When their country school was closed Ernest drove school bus for several years and throughly enjoyed this special priviledge. In 1973 they purchased a home in Churchbridge in readiness for their retirement in 1974 following the sale of their farm. They enjoyed their retirement travelling many miles in their little motorhome. They travelled overseas to visit England and several contries in Europe where their parents emigrated from. In 1993 when Ernest's health began to fail they sold their home and moved to Yorkton to be nearer their family. Ernest remained in his home until November 25, 2000, when he entered the hospital. Ernest was predeceased by his parents, Fred & Minnie Leonhardt; three brothers, Carl Leonhardt, Ed (Martha) Leonhardt and Fred Leonhardt; three sisters, Molly (Bill) Gale, Clara (Walter) Quinton and Martha Leonhardt. Left to mourn his passing are his loving wife Lilly of over 57 years; his son Dennis & wife Myrna of Abbotsford, BC; his daughter Dianne & husband Bob Carter of Yorkton; grandchildren, Dan (Les) Leonhardt, Sarah & Holly of LaSalle, MB, Lori (Kurtis) Hope, Owen & Harrison of Saskatoon, Shane (Trish) Leonhardt, Jennifer, Devon & Tyler, Malana Leonhardt, Rochelle (Lane) Hadway, Dallas Leonhardt, all of Abbotsford, BC, Jamie, Troy & Lisa Carter of Yorkton; one sister, Lydia (Bill) McDonald of Regina; two brothers, Paul (Irene) Leonhardt of Theodore and David Leonhardt of Swift Current; a sister-in-law, Mabel Leonhardt of Saskatoon, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The funeral service was held on Wednesday, December 20th at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home with Morris Grovum, David Leonhardt and Mary Roper officiating. The organist, Lorrie Pihrag led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Jan Cobb, Gordon Eady, Mavis Cobb and Faye Young sang Precious Thought. The graveside hymn was When Life Is Ended. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Mark, Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Dale Woods, John Malcolm, Lloyd Scott, George Cobb, Norman Quinton and Ron Hermanson serving as the casket bearers. Graveside prayers were led by Jim Atcheson.
- Paul, beloved husband of Irene Leonhardt of Theodore passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2002 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre following a brief illness. He was 85 years of age. Alexander Paul Leonhardt was born on August 16, 1916 at Ebenezer, Sask; the eighth child of Frederick and Minnie (nee Kriger) Leonhardt. At the age of three, he and his family moved to a farm two miles east of Theodore. Paul and some of his brothers carried on their father's dairy and grain farm operation. On June 2, 1947 Paul was united in marriage to Irene Geck. The couple remained on the home farm and continued mixed farming until they sold the dairy herd in 1956, after which they concentrated on grain farming. Paul was also a Smith-Roles equipment sales representative for about 20 years. During their many farming years, the highlight for Paul and Irene was the yearly conventions on their farm, which had been held there since 1929. In March of 1980, Paul and Irene retired into Theodore, where they have since resided. The couple enjoyed taking many trips overseas and throughout Canada and the United States. They greatly enjoyed the times spent in the company of their four grandsons camping, fishing and hunting. In his farming days, Paul was active on various community committees and in his retirement, he was a very willing volunteer, most notably for the East Central Health District. He was predeceased by his parents, siblings Carl and Martha in Germany, Edward (Martha), Fred and Ernest, Molly (Bill) Gale and Clara (Walter) Quinton. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Irene; daughter Janice (George) Cobb; four grandsons, Jeffrey of Fort Qu'Appelle, Jolan (Julie) and their daughter Megan Jane of Wroxton, Jayden (Donna) and their sons Trae Alexander, Brett Jayden and Bryn Stanley George of Fort Qu'Appelle; and Justin, presently of Strathmore AB. Also surviving are his sister Lydia (Bill) McDonald and brother David, sisters-in-law Mabel Leonhardt and Lilly Leonhardt, as well as several nieces, nephews and many good friends. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at the George & Janice Cobb farm north-east of Theodore. Dale Schultz, Merlin Affleck and Mary Roper officiated with Paul's brother David giving the obituary & eulogy. Organist, Adrienne Sinclair led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. The interment followed in the Theodore Town Cemetery with Shawn Graham, Jerald Sperling and grandsons Jeff, Jolan, Jayden & Justin Cobb serving as the casketbearers. Mr. Jack Redekopp officiated at the graveside, the committal hymn was 'Called Home To Rest'.
- Peter, husband of Reida Le Sann of Springside, passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2003 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was eighty nine years of age. Pierre Yves-Marie Le Sann was born on April 13, 1913 at Margo, Sask, a son of Francois and Yvonne (nee Ollivier) Le Sann. Peter's school education was primarily in France. At the age of nine he returned to Canada. He later attended the University of Saskatchewan and completed his Agricultural I Engineering in 1950. He bought a farm from Mr. Nordeen in the Theodore district and became a very successful farmer, at one time owning twelve quarters. In his spare time he taught French to students at Springside and Theodore Schools. In 1965 Peter met Reida Anderson of Wadena, Sask. and they were later married on August 25, 1970 at St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church in Yorkton. Peter had five children, one girl and four boys, Simone, Larry, Kerry, Henry and Peter. Over the years Peter was able to enjoy visiting with his children and their spouses. He was fortunate to have seven adored grandchildren with whom he loved sharing his life. Peter retired from farming approximately in 1989 and bought a house in Springside. However he continued to spend time on the farm during his spare moments. Peter always loved visiting with friends, family and relatives. He participated in his children and grandchildren's hockey and baseball activities. He was a member of the Curling Club in Theodore, where he is the only curler to have skipped an "8-ender". Peter enjoyed playing cards with Wesley, shooting pool at Senior Citizens Club or going for a drive with Reida and sometimes even getting lost. Peter leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife, Reida of Springside; his daughter, Simone (nee Le Sann) (Ryan) Leclerc of Ponoka, AB; four sons, Kerry (Laverne) Le Sann of Springside, Larry (Jalyn) Le Sann of Regina, Henry (Mary) Drobot of Hamilton, ON and Peter (Barb) Tinga of Nanaimo, BC; seven grandchildren, Stephan and Christien Le Sann, Renee and Riley Leclerc all of Ponoka, AB, Chantelle Marie Le Sann of Ontario, Dave and Linda Drobot of Hamilton, ON; a sister-in-law, Victoria Le Sann of Yorkton as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Peter was predeceased by his brother, Marcel Le Sann; one sister, Therese Maguet; one grandson, Timothy Leclerc; one niece, Jackie Le Sann and two nephews, Claude Maguet and Ray Le Sann. Prayer services were held on Tuesday, January 7, 2003 from St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church in Yorkton with Rev. Fr. Basil Chomos officiating. The organist, Pam Yaremko, with members of the parish choir led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, January 8, 2003 at 10:00 am from St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church in Yorkton with Rev. Fr. Basil Chomos officiating. Orest Machusek was the server and crossbearer. Readings were given by Paul Ponak and Simone Le Sann. Organist, Diana Hornung with members of the parish choir led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. A tribute and words of remembrance were given by Peter's son, Kerry. The Honorary Bearers were Carl F. Malenowski, Larry Kitzul, Bill Cherney, Wesley Reeves, Henri Bouchard, Ron Merriman, Alger Gruber and John Kucharski. Interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Paul Ponak, Allan Payne, Larry Le Sann, Kerry Le Sann, Ryan Leclerc and Jody Weston serving as the casketbearers.
- Ada (nee Quinton) December 15, 1912 - February 25, 2009, was born on the family homestead SW 20-27-7 W2, known as Sunnyside Farms, in the Creekside School District. She was the youngest and last surviving member of thirteen children born to Robert and Ellen Quinton. She received her education at Creekside School. Ada worked around the Theodore district for a few years after obtaining her education before moving to Alberta where she met her husband John. They were united in marriage on June 28, 1938 on the family farm near Theodore, Saskatchewan. Ada and John lived in Alberta for a short time before returning to farm in Saskatchewan in the fall of 1938. The couple moved to Theodore in 1973. Ada enjoyed curling and was an avid hockey fan. She loved to travel and was able to visit New Zealand on three occasions to visit family. Ada enjoyed gardening and especially liked her roses. She also loved her jewellery. Ada tremendously enjoyed sharing a cup of tea and visiting with family and friends. Ada was a member of the Creekside Homemakers Club, the Theodore United Church Ladies, the Theodore Curling Club and the Theodore and District Seniors. In 1994, Ada lost her beloved husband John. She continued to reside in her own home until June 25, 1999 when she moved to the Southview Manor. Ada suffered a stroke on July 15, 2004. On October 5, 2004 Ada became a long-term resident of the Theodore Health Centre where she resided until her passing. Ada is predeceased by her: parents, Robert and Ellen Quinton; husband, John; sisters, Annie, Mary, Margaret, Tillie and Florence; brothers, John, Walter, Dick, Leonard, and William. Ada leaves to celebrate her life numerous nieces and nephews and many dear friends. Ada was a remarkable lady and truly one of a kind. There will never be another like her. Her mischievous personality and zest for life will never be forgotten. She will be forever missed and lovingly remembered in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. A Memorial Service for the late Ada Little of Theodore will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from St. Paul’s United Church in Theodore.
- Nick Edward, late of Ituna, passed away suddenly with his daughters and grandchildren by his side on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at the age of 94. He was predeceased by his father, John; his first wife, Sophie (nee Jarocki); infant daughter, Phyllis; and brothers, Henry and Joe. Nick is survived by his mother, Pearl; wife, Mary; daughters, Verna (Joe) Adamiak of Ituna, Linda Smuk of Regina, Jane (David) Filarczuk of Ituna, Sharon (Tim Sanson) Cohen of Regina; brothers, Allan (Mary) and Edward (Julie); sisters, Rosie Konjolka and Pauline Schinborn. He also leaves 12 grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren; and step children, Bernie Grebinski, Emily Oneiu, Eugene Grebinski, Elaine Elash, Orest Grebinski and their families. Prayers will be held on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 7:30 and a celebration of Nick's life will be held on Monday, January 31st at 10:30 at the St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church, Ituna.
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- Helen Madson (nee Madetsky) passed away peacefully after a short illness in Regina, Sask. on May 22, 2006 at the age of 79 years. Helen was born on January 6, 1927 northeast of Theodore, SK on the family farm in the Westbrook District, the second of five children born to Nick and Elizabeth Madetsky. Helen's dedication to family started at a young age when, as a young girl (and eldest girl in the family), she worked hard looking after the household because her mother spent many ill years in bed. After getting married to Henry on November 29, 1948 and moving to the Madson homestead (currently owned by son, Irvin) Helen worked with Henry to begin building their successful farming operation north east of Theodore. In 1957, Henry and Helen left the homestead and moved to the residence that Helen occupied until her passing, one mile east of Theodore, to start a new home of their own. While Henry worked hard on the family farm, Helen's main concern was the well being and growth of her family, a trait that she carried throughout her life, from raising her children, to the active role she played in raising her grandchildren and great grandchildren. If you were to ask Helen today what she is most proud of, she would say 'family'. After Henry's passing in 1981, Helen remained on the farm (a place that it took quite an effort to take her away from) where she continued raising chickens and had her trusty ole milk cow. Helen enjoyed working in her garden, managing the yard and baking goodies for anyone that stopped by (there was always tea and baking on the table within ten minutes of your arrival). She never missed a community event and had a circle of friends that she would meet regularly for coffee. Family was the pride of Helen's life; she cared little for anything else. Helen??s compassion and concern for others always came before any concern for herself. 'Grandma' was always there when you needed her; whether to provide a helping hand, share a laugh or cry a tear. In the words of one of her grandchildren, Helen will always be remembered as 'Good Grandma'. Helen was predeceased by her husband, Henry in 1981; parents, Nick and Elizabeth; brothers, Steve (1995) and George (2000). Helen leaves to mourn her loss her children, Irene Mykytyshyn of Regina, SK and grandchildren, Darcy Mykytyshyn (Loretta Moore) of Red Deer, AB, Brent Mykytyshyn (DeAnne Bedier) of Calgary AB, and Patrick Mykytyshyn (Tracey) of Yorkton, SK; son, Ivan (Barbara) Madson of Theodore, SK, and grandchildren, Kelly (Carla) of Theodore, SK, Keith (Shona) of Yorkton, SK, Kurt (Tannys) of Theodore, SK, and Kim of Theodore, SK; son, Irvin (Cindy) Madson of Springside, SK and grandchildren, Kenneth of Melville, SK and Darren of Springside, SK; and son, Ernie (Grace) Madson of Theodore, SK, and grandchildren Tyler, Melissa, Landon and Logan, all of Theodore, SK ; brother, John Madetsky (Joanne) of Calgary, AB, and sister, Evelyn Madetsky of Wadena SK, along with five great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. A Prayer Service was held on Thursday, May 25, 2006 from Christie-Hill Funeral Chapel with Reverend Caroline Argue officiating. The Memorial Service was held on Friday, May 26, 2006 from Theodore United Church with Rev. Caroline Argue officiating. The organist, Arlene Fenske and pianist, Thelma Gillis, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Helen's grandson, Darcy Mykytyshyn, delivered the eulogy at both services. The cremation committal followed in the Theodore Town Cemetery with Darcy Mykytyshyn, serving as the urn bearer. In lieu of lunch, the family will be making a memorial contribution to the Theodore Health Centre for the all the support that the staff provided to Helen in the final years of her life.
- Carl A., formerly of Theodore, husband of the late Maggie Malinowski, passed away on Monday, April 3rd, 2005 at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina at the age of 91 years. Carl Malinowski was born on the Malinowski homestead on October 20, 1914, the thirteenth of seventeen children. He attended Poplar Leaf School and worked with his Dad on the farm until 1939 when he purchased his first quarter of land. In 1941 Carl spent three months in Toronto working, but returned in plenty of time for spring seeding. On July 17, 1943 he married Maggie Pawliw. This union was blessed with three children, Emil, Gail and Joanne. Carl and Maggie retired from the farm in 1981. Carl’s farming career spanned six decades and his love for farming continued well into his retirement. Carl was known to be up before sunrise on most occasions. He loved to play cards with his friends and family, especially “Troika”. Throughout his life Carl instilled in his children and grandchildren an appreciation for an honest day’s work. Carl is survived by his daughters, Gail Blommaert (Gordon) of Regina and Joanne Penteluk (Gregg) of Grande Prairie, AB; daughter-in-law Joan Malinowski of Kelowna, BC; grandchildren, Steven Yackel (and his son Taylor) of Moose Jaw, Karl Yackel (Colleen O’Hearn) of Edmonton, AB, Shane Blommaert of Regina, Brett Blommaert of Estevan, Rocky Malinowski (Andrea) of Kelowna, BC (their children Rocky, Cody and Mattia). Also several in laws, nieces and nephews. Carl was predeceased by his wife Maggie in 2001 and his son Emil in 1978. “Dad was the last surviving member of his family of seventeen”. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Gerard’s Roman Catholic Church in Yorkton on Friday, April 7th with Rev. Father Basil Chomos as the Celebrant. The crossbearer was Michael Malinowski and the altar servers were Ernie Bobowski and Tom Pasloski. The organist, Rita Hilbig led members of the funeral choir in the singing of the hymns. The readers were Gail Blommaert and Joanne Penteluk. The interment took place at St. Theodore R.C. Cemetery, north of Theodore with Steven Yackel, Karl Yackel, Shane Blommaert, Brett Blommaert Emil Biblow and Melvin Hnidey as the casket bearers.
- Maggie (nee Pawliw), of Theodore, beloved wife of Carl A. Malinowski went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Sunday, December 16, 2001 at the age of 83 years. Maggie was born and raised in the Whitesand district. She married Carl Malinowski on July 17, 1943. They farmed in the Theodore district for many years before moving to town in 1967. Maggie loved gardening, quilting, cooking and sewing. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. Maggie will be lovingly missed by her husband of 58 years, Carl A. Malinowski of Theodore. She also leaves to mourn her daughters, Gail Blommaert (Gordon) of Regina and Joanne Penteluk (Gregg) of Grande Prairie AB, daughter-in-law Joan Malinowski of Kelowna BC; five grandchildren, Steven Yackel of Grande Prairie AB, Karl Yackel of Edmonton AB, Rocky Malinowski of Kelowna BC, Shane Blommaert of Regina and Brett Blommaert of Regina; three great grandchildren, Rocky Junior, Cody & Mattia Malinowski of Kelowna BC. Also sisters Lena Biblow, Nettie Kerelchuk (John), Olga Karasuik (Victor), Delores Pawliw, Adeline Lahoda; a brother Bill Pawliw (Olga), several in-laws, nieces and nephews. Maggie was predeceased by her parents Mike and Mary Pawliw, son Emil and sisters Sophie Pawliw, Catherine Bednas and Anne Hnidey. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, December 19th at St. Theodore Roman Catholic Church in Theodore with Rev. Father Basil Chomos as the Celebrant. Mary Anne Scherr led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. The crossbearer was Michael Malinowski. The readings were given by Gail and Gordon Blommaert. The interment followed in St. Theodore Parish Cemetery with Brett Blommaert, Karl Yackel, Jerrold Malinowski, David Kerelchuk, Larry Malinowski, and Melvin Hnidey serving as the casket bearers.
- Alex went to be with our Lord on November 23, 2004. There he will join his deceased parents, George and Nettie, his wife Pearl (Parania), and his brothers, Metro, John, Bill and Peter. He will be forever remembered by his son, Joe (Karen), grandson Shaun; sisters, Mary Bloski, Lena Hrushka, Katie Nicholishen, Rose Stringer and brothers Steve and Mike and numerous nieces and nephews. Alex was born on June 10, 1924 in the Insinger district. He was employed in farming and construction fields prior to joining Central Canada Potash where he worked until his retirement. While residing in Viscount he enjoyed spending time with his gardening and trees, as well as visiting with friends. The Vigil for the deceased will be Friday, November 26 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Alphonse Roman Catholic Church in Viscount and The Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Ron Zimmer officiating. The Interment will be in the St. Alphonse Cemetery.
- Martin passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2001 at the Regina General Hospital. He was 53 years of age. Martin Marchuk was born on April 1, 1948 to William and Mary (nee Chobotar) Marchuk at Theodore, Saskatchewan. He was raised on the family farm and attended the Chernowitz and Poplar Leaf Schools. He continued his education at the Theodore High School. Martin farmed for a few years and later ventured out to Kitimat and Terrace, BC to work in the sawmills. In 1971 he returned to Saskatchewan and accepted management positions within the retail co-ops at Canora, Buchanan, Treherne, Manitoba, Thorhild, Alberta and at Kelvington. Following that, Martin became a businessman for himself, opening up a convenience store in Yorkton with his dear friend and partner Joyce. He operated this business for three years. Martin was such a hard working and ambitious person in everything he did. He held a position at Key Chev-Olds and Liquidation World. He was always looking to better himself, so together Joyce and Martin bought a home in Yorkton. Martin had excellent public relations with people, he took a job as a salesman for the Yorkton Review and later the Community Post, a position he proudly held. He had many interests, including the many family gatherings, golfing, curling, bingo, playing cards and trying his luck. In the course of his life, he was a thoughtful, caring, kind-hearted would do anything for you kind of guy. He was always happy-go-lucky with a great sense of humour, his smiling face and cute chuckle will be missed. Martin was a jack-of-all-trades, which included carpentry, painting, gardening, yard work, cooking and also thoroughly enjoyed playing with his step grandson Zachary who was his pride and joy. He was predeceased by his mother Mary in December of 1963, his father William in August of 1967, grandma and grandpa Chobotar, grandma and grandpa Marchuk, sister Olga Waselowich in 1984, step-son Jason Marchuk in 1991, brother-in-law Matt Sorochan in December of 1988, brother-in-law Bill Lastiwka in December of 1998, a niece Virginia in 1957, four uncles and aunts, also step mother-in-law Mary Skihar in July of 2000. He is survived by his special friend and partner Joyce Skihar of Yorkton; stepchildren Clayton (Leanna) Shore of Baytree, Alberta, Karen (Steven) Stuart of Melville, Andrea Shore (Richard) of Taber, Alberta; stepgrandson Zachary of Melville; four sisters, Dora Lastiwka of Theodore, Rosie (Bill) Dariechuk of Theodore, Elsie (John) Sucholotoky, Katie Sorochan of Sheho; brother-in-law Harry Waselowich, 14 nieces and nephews and numerous relatives including step father-in-law Nick Skihar of Regina, and sister-in-law Adele (Malcolm) Donald of Cranbrook. Prayer services were held on Sunday June 24, 2001 from Westview United Church with Rt. Rev. Fr. Mitred Archpriest Nicholas Orest Rauliuk officiating. Funeral services were held on Monday June 25, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. from Westview United Church with Rt. Rev. Fr. Mitred Archpriest Nicholas Orest Rauliuk officiating. The responses were sung by cantor Gerald Yaholnitsky along with members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Trident Choir. Bev Abtosway gave words of tribute and remembrance of Martin. The crossbearer was Mervin Dariechuk. Raymond Howe and David Buscis were the Bannerbearers. Honorary Bearers were Martin's sisters, Dora, Rosie, Elsie, Katie and all of his loving family and friends. The register attendants were Shirley Howe and Bev Abtosway. Interment followed in the Garden of St. Mark in the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Steven Stewart, Clayton Shore, Earl Sucholotoky, David Dariechuk, Malcolm Donald and Terry Lastiwka as the casketbearers. A memorial luncheon followed at the Family Centre with Karen Stewart giving words of appreciation on behalf of the family.
- Irene (January 27, 1910 - May 23, 2009). It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother on May 23, 2009. Irene or Grandma, as she was known by many, was kind, gentle and generous. She will forever be remembered for her unending patience and quiet grace. Her loving and supportive nature touched everyone who knew her. Grandma had many passions in life including gardening, crafts, knitting and word puzzles. However, caring for and spending time with her family was what she cherished most. Cooking and baking were also one of her many talents. Grandma's borscht, cabbage rolls and perogies were always special treats. Grandma was born in Insinger, SK and raised her family in the Theodore area. Following her retirement in 1978, Grandma joined her daughter Carole and family in both Central Butte and Wakaw, SK. She was with Carole and family up until a few years ago when she became a resident of the Lakeview Pioneer Lodge in Wakaw. Irene was predeceased by her daughter Margaret and son Bradley, three brothers and one sister. She is survived by her daughter Carole (Harvey) Skea of Wakaw, SK; her granddaughter Donna (Bill) Bezeau of Windsor, ON; her grandson Warren (Sharon) Skea of Frisco, Texas; her grand-daughter Leandra (Wade) Swales of Prince Albert, SK; her great grandsons, Taryn and Shelby Skea and Athan Swales and her great granddaughter Ellison Irene Swales as well as one sister and two brothers and two special nieces, Vivian Lundgren and Amy (Mike) Dwernychuk of Saskatoon, SK. Grandma will be truly missed and lovingly remembered forever. There will be no funeral service. A private family Inurnment will be held at a later date.
- Nick, of Theodore, SK passed away at the Theodore Health Center on Sunday, May 17, 2009. He was 86 years of age. Nick, the third of nine sons, was born on June 6, 1922 at the family farm in the Theodore district to Dmitri (Matt) and Helen (nee Paley) Marianchuk. Soon after Nick was born, the family relocated to Farley, a railroad station near Saskatoon, SK, where Nick's father worked on the CN railroad. When Nick was 6 years of age the family returned to the Theodore area and started a homestead on a quarter section of land purchased by his father. Over the years he helped with establishing the homestead and clearing the land. He attended War End school until the age of fifteen, after which he went out to work for farmers in the Theodore and Rosetown areas, and at a sawmill in the Nipawin area. In 1945 Nick began working for the RM of Insinger, digging dug-outs, brush cutting, road building and clearing snow from area roads and old Highway 14 during the winter months. Nick later purchased his own Caterpillar to clear bush and break land in the area. The year 1950 brought about many changes for Nick as he purchased his own land and began farming a few miles south east of Theodore, built a new house in town, and married Phyllis Domanko on Nov. 5. They were blessed with three boys - Myles, Barry and Mark. Farming, raising a family and involvement in local activities, such as serving on the Village of Theodore Council from 1967-69 and 1971-73, and on the local Ukrainian Orthodox Church board, kept Nick busy and active for many years. He was your typical Saskatchewan farmer, having a deep passion for his land and a great love for his family. He would be on the land as soon as he could in the spring, and kept a watchful eye on his crops until harvest, his favorite time of the growing season. Nick was a devoted husband and father, always making time for his family's activities. He logged many miles and spent countless hours in rinks and in the stands during the many years of involvement with the boy's curling, hockey, and fastball. He watched many Yorkton Terrier hockey games and Insinger Cardinal and Theodore Chief fastball games over the years. Nick looked forward to family gatherings during holidays and weekends, enjoying his wife's finely prepared food, the odd drink, and the laughter that was always part of these special family times. In 1985 Nick quit farming and spent his retirement years helping look after the home and yard, faithfully attending coffee row, fixing and tinkering in his garage, and spending quality time with family and his grandchildren. He held a special place in his heart for his grandchildren and cherished the time spent with them. Going fishing, playing ball in the backyard, watching hockey games, and just joking around were a few of the things Grandpa enjoyed doing with his grandchildren. He was very proud of his children's and grandchildren's achievements. Nick was a generous, fun-loving man with a keen sense of humour and many a witty comment. He kept life simple, and was most content at home surrounded by the love of family and his relationships with friends. He found pleasure simply sitting in his chair and reading the paper or watching a hockey game on TV. Nick maintained his ability to smile and make others laugh even after becoming a resident at the Theodore Health Center, where he received exceptional care from the staff and daily love, care and attention from his wife Phyllis. Nick was predeceased by his parents, Matt and Helen; brothers George (in infancy), John, Fred, Harry, Sam, Morris, and Gerry; father- and mother-in-law Stefan and Irene Domanko; sisters-in-law Bella (William) Domanko, Donna (Gerry) Marianchuk and Carol (Norman) Marianchuk. Nick will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his wife of 58 years, Phyllis of Theodore; three children and five grandchildren: Myles of Olds, AB; Barry (Brenda) of Yorkton, SK and children Brett of Yorkton, Braden of Regina, SK and Scott of Saskatoon, SK; Mark (Jennifer) and children Rylan and Jorden of Humboldt, SK; brother Norman (Vicki) of Toronto, ON; brothers-in-law: William Domanko of Saskatoon, SK and Joe (Olga) Dumenko of Flin Flon, MB; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Prayers were held on Wednesday evening, May 20, 2009 from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Yorkton. The funeral service was held on Thursday morning, May 21, 2009 from St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Theodore. Very Rev. Father Mel Slashinsky officiated and Joe Moldowan served as the Palamar. Cantor, Gerald Yaholnitsky, assisted by members of the Parish Choir, led in the singing of the responses. The crossbearers were Rylan and Jorden Marianchuk. The interment followed in the Parish Cemetery with Brett, Braden and Scott Marianchuk, Bill Domanko, Gordon Minken and Mike Luciw serving as the casketbearers. A memorial luncheon followed at the Theodore Recreational Complex where son Mark gave a tribute and offered thanks on behalf of the family.
- Stephania (nee Kolisnuk), widow of the late George Maximuik, passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at the Ituna Pioneer Health Care Centre. She was 96 years of age. Stephania was born on March 18, 1912, to Dora and Metro Kolisnuk in Sudbury, ON. The family moved to the Dobronouitz School District. Here school life, church life and community life flourished. After a year courtship with George Maximuik, they were united in marriage at St. Nicholas Church in November, 1935. They settled and farmed in the Drobot District. The couple was blessed with five children and made education a high priority for their family as well as attending church regularly. They were inspired by godly principles and a strong work ethic for daily living. George and Stephania spent their retirement years in Yorkton, SK. Stephania and George were married for 61 years until he passed away in March, 1997. Stephania was predeceased by her parents, Metro and Dora Kolisnuk; by her husband George; by her son John; by four brothers, Mike, Steve, Bill, and John; by two sisters, Alice and Vivian. To cherish her memory, she leaves her sister Mary; her brother Harry; her two daughters Doris and Sylvia; her two sons Nick (Annabelle) and Bill (Brenda); and her daughter-in-law Merle. Ten grandchildren are Marcia, Eric, Aaron, Kristina (Takaya), Tammy (Wayne), Lyle (Shelley), Ilaria (Jim), Evan (Lisa), Tania (Brent) and Eugene (Zenovia); Twelve great grandchildren are Kody, Kyler, Chelan, Ryley, Sydney, Tyson, Alexis, Joshua, Yehnesey, Lukian, Markian, Oryana, and many relatives and friends. Prayer Services were held on Monday, April 9, 2007, from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home, Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Yorkton Saskatchewan with Reverend Mel Slashinsky, Reverend Eugene Maximuik and Reverend Evan Maximuik officiating. Assisting in the singing of the service was Cantor, William Kozey and members of the Holy Transfiguration Choir. The Cross Bearer was Kristina Nelson, the Banner Bearers were Marcia Maximuik and Gail O’Dell. Following a reception in the Ukrainian Orthodox Auditorium, the interment took place in the St. Nicholas Cemetery in the Drobot District of Saskatchewan with Harry Kolisnuk, Kenny Kolisnuk, Orville Drobot, Eugene Drobot, Metro Skwarchuk and Bill Skwarchuk serving as casket bearers.
- Vasylena "Bella" (nee Zazelenchuk), passed peacefully into the loving hands of our Lord on July 28th, 2009 at St. Joseph's Home in Saskatoon, SK, just 7 days short of her 88th birthday. Bella was born to Annie and Steve Zazelenchuk (Bukovyna, Ukraine) on August 4th, 1921, in their farm home near Sheho, SK. She was the 4th of 13 children. They were a close family who loved to sing and dance and play Kaiser, when they weren't working in the field and the barn. We know that Bella is singing and dancing once again with her predeceased family members; her mother and father; her brothers, Mat, Nick, and John; her sisters, Katie, Gloria, Margaret, Mary, Elsie, and Iris. Bella married John Mcketsy in 1946 and together they had 4 children. They farmed for a few years then moved into town (Sheho) where they owned a blacksmith shop, a Cockshutt Farm Implement dealership, and finally a restaurant before moving to Saskatoon in 1964. Bella worked hard at many jobs in Saskatoon waitress, Canada Packers, cook at the Sheraton Cavalier, the Bessborough Hotel, and the Senator Hotel. Her husband John passed away in 1982. In 1991 Bella moved into the Illarion residence in Saskatoon where she lived for 17 years. She attended the All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Church and belonged to the Ukrainian Womens Association Of Canada (Hanka Romanchych Branch) at that parish. In 2003, she met Adam Skoretz and they fell in love. She often quipped that she "got Adam for her 82nd birthday ". They enjoyed many hours of laughter, playing durack (card game) and family festivities with both her family and Adam's. Bella will always be loved and will be remembered often by her surviving family: her children, Jerry (Darlene), Janice, Bonnie (Dale), and Ken (Shelley); her grandchildren, Melissa (Jed), Ward, Amber, Chandra (Kirk), Kevin (Tracy), Terry (Dawn), Travis and Shea; her great grandchildren, Derek, Jocelyn, Tallon, Kisandra and little Natalie, by her loving partner of 7 years, Adam and his family; and by her brothers, Willie, Leayon (Mary), and Mike (Jeanette); and many nieces and nephews. Bella loved her family, and loved to make dozens and dozens of perogies for them as well as for many of their friends. She had a joyous spirit and shared that joy wherever she went. She will be missed by many endearing friends and family. A Prayer Service will be held on Friday, July 31, 2009 at 7:00 p.m., and a Funeral Service on Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., both services at Ukrainian Orthodox Church of All Saints, 2616 Louise St., Saskatoon, officiated by the Very Rev. Bohdan Demczuk. Interment at Woodlawn Orthodox Cemetery will follow.
- Alex, of Theodore, Sask., passed away on Monday, March 8, 2010 at the Theodore Health Centre. He was 65 years of age. Alex was born on July 28, 1944 in the Parkerview District of Saskatchewan, the oldest child of John and Irene (nee Ozirney) Melnechenko. He grew up in the Parkerview District and attended Okna and Sheho schools. After completing his education, Alex began his carpentry career. He worked for a number of years for Bill “Bill the Builder” Melenchuk, specializing in roofing and shingling. Many friends and neighbours remember how strong he was and how hard he worked. In his younger years, Alex was an avid fisherman and participated in sports especially curling. As he got older he became an armchair athlete, enjoying watching all sports on television, but he especially loved hockey. Just prior to his passing, Alex spent many happy hours cheering on the Canadians athletes as the competed in the Vancouver Olympics. Alex was predeceased by his parents, John and Irene Melnechenko. He leaves to mourn his passing, his sister, Dora of Yorkton, SK as well as many cousins, other relatives and many good friends. Funeral Services were held on Monday, March 8, 2010 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home in Yorkton, SK with Rev. Faye Greer of Westview United Church officiating. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Elmer Bezborotko, Glenn Parr, Larry Kitzul, Donald Solomon, Ernest Churko and Dave Dareichuk serving as casket bearers.
- Alec. Long life, well lived. Born November 30, 1915 in Sheho, Sask, Alec passed away peacefully on November 8, 2007 at St. Joseph's Health Centre, Macklin, Sask. He is survived by his son, Dale Melnechuk (Gerrie), grandchildren, Tara (Terry), Wendy, Karen, Greg (Celeste) and Colin; his daughter, Diane Ellwood (Grant dec.) and grandchildren, Deb (Scott), Heather (Ivan), Doug (Lori) and Kristy (Dean); as well as his much loved eight great-grandchildren, Jessica, Sabrina, Tyler, Kellen, Regan, Paul, Thomas, and Sean. As well, he leaves behind his brothers, Michael, Peter, Nick and Terry Melnechuk; and sisters, Doris Ward, Anne Sommers and Irene Myrah. Alec was predeceased by his beloved wife of 69 years, Kris Melnechuk; his sister, Kyleen Bell; his brothers, Fred and Bill Melnechuk; and his son-in-law, Grant Ellwood. The oldest child of Ukrainian immigrants, Alec spent his childhood in and around the Sheho area. He quit school in his early teens to help out the family and he began working retail in Foam Lake, Kandahar and Melfort. He married Kristjana Skordal Johnson in 1938 and they lived in Melfort, where their children were born. Alec joined the Armed Forces in 1943, and was posted to Camp Borden in Ontario, where he worked in the medical core. After his discharge, he joined the Beaver Lumber and was eventually transferred to Macklin in 1952. After leaving the Beaver Lumber, he and Kris started in Macklin K & A Ready to Wear in 1963, a very successful dry goods store, which they ran until their retirement in 1979. Alec loved the retail trade; he was a peopleperson who thrived on personal contact. Alec was always very active in the Macklin community he was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, a former town councilor, served on the local Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation executive, and was always a Macklin Mohawks hockey fan. There was nothing Alec liked better to do than share a story from his past, regaling listeners with tales of his exploits in the army, on the fishing lake or his take on the politics of the day. He was a story teller with a charming gift for exaggeration, colourful language and strong opinions. Alec was a true believer in the balance of nature and that God's presence was best felt in the great outdoors. He was a hunter and proud to be a life time member of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation. He loved nothing better than picking wild mushrooms and berries, or spending hours in his garden or with his bees. His favorite days were spent at Ministikwan Lake with Kris and his family members, or his many fishing pals. The pickerel weren't safe when Alec was on the lake. Generous to his core, he was a man with a huge heart, and an equally huge capacity to love. Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 16, at 2:00 p.m. at Macklin's Grace United Church, Rev. Shin officiating.
- Alex, of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, passed away there on Thursday, July 3, 2008 at the age of 88 years. Alex was born on December 1, 1919 in the Insinger district of Saskatchewan; a son of George and Lena (nee Woloschuk) Melnychuk. After attending school he worked on the family farm until he enlisted in the Canadian Army and served in Europe from 1941 - 1945. Upon his returning home Alex was united in marriage to Gladys Marion Aveyard in August 1952. They were blessed with a son Matthew and a daughter Priscilla. During this time Alex found employment in the construction industry for a number of years before joining the Saskatchewan Department of Highways where he worked until his retirement. His beloved wife Gladys died in 1970 and in 1973 he was united in marriage to a close friend of hers, Lena Rogoza. Together they made their home in Melville until 1988 when they relocated and made Yorkton their home. After admirably taking care of his "sweetheart" they were forced by bad health to enter the Yorkton and District Nursing Home. During his life Alex enjoyed caring for his yard and flowers. He took pleasure in playing bingo and cribbage and especially looked forward when his friend Wally Sedlick would visit him every week to play crib. As well, he was a strong believer in the word of God and attended Church as long as his health permitted. Alex was appreciated by the staff of the nursing home because, even though his pain was sometimes great he always said "God Bless You" for whatever was done for him. He leaves a legacy of love and kindness to us all. Alex was predeceased by his parents; his sweethearts and all of his siblings: Bill, Nick, Steve, John, Mary, Eva and two step - sons: Mike and Tom. He leaves to cherish his memory his son Matthew (Merita) of Balgonie, Sk.; daughter Priscilla of Ottawa Ont. His step - children: Nick, Liz and Ed Rogoza of Regina, SK, Ron (Gail) Rogoza, Vicky (George) Stenka all of Yorkton; along with numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service was held on Monday morning, July 7, 2008 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Rev. James Pedwell of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada officiating. The Legion Burial Rite conducted by members of the Royal Canadian Legion General Alexander Branch # 77 followed with: Sergeant at Arms: Al Morley, Act of Remembrance given by John Miller with Bill McPherson, Wally Austman, Russell Bischop, George Arnold and Art Alstad serving as the Colour Party. The interment followed in the Garden of Devotion Yorkton Memorial Gardens with: Davin Melnychuk, Matthew Glover, Damien Rogoza, Ken Stenka, Myron Stenka and Troy Kinvig serving as Casket Bearers.
- Mae (nee Sobchishin) passed away peacefully on Monday, December 1, 2008 at the Yorkton & District Nursing Home in Yorkton, Sask. She was 94 years of age. Mae’s parents, William and Molly (nee Zloty) Sobchishin, immigrated to Canada from the Ukraine in 1905 and settled in Ponass Lake, Saskatchewan. They welcomed the birth of their daughter, Mae on March 13, 1914. Mae left school early to help on the family farm. She married John Melnychuk on November 23, 1933 and they were blessed with six children. Together they farmed in the Insinger District of Saskatchewan until their retirement in 1962 when they moved to Yorkton where Mae began working at the Broadway Café. After a lengthy illness, John died in 1976. Mae loved her family and friends, delighting in visitors and company. She had a heart of gold and was always willing to help the less fortunate. An amazing cook, Mae could produce a fine meal in minutes when friends or even strangers stopped by. Her poppy seed buns were an all time favorite to all. Mae spent many happy hours tending her garden and she also enjoyed dancing and playing bingo. Mae devoted many volunteer hours helping with making perogies and cabbage rolls for various functions. Mae was predeceased by her parents, William and Molly; her husband, John; her brothers, John, Stanley, Steve and Sam; twin sisters, Mary and Nellie and one son, Dennis. She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory her five children, Edward (Colleen) of Yorkton, SK, Maurice (Connie) of Saskatoon, SK, Alvina (Lavern) of Nokomis, SK, Violet (David) of Kelowna, BC and Allan of Yorkton, SK; 20 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. Visitation for family and friends of the late Mae Melnychuk of Yorkton will be held Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 7:00 P.M. from the Chapel of Christies Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 10:30 A.M. from the Chapel of Christies Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Yorkton City Cemetery.
- Peter "Bert" Moroz, of Yorkton and Sheho, SK. passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 29, 2011 surrounded by his family. Predeceased by his parents, Annie and Eli, his brothers Leslie, John, Maurice (Sac) and George (Toby) and his sister Mary Martyniuk. Survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Alice; sister Elsie Daciw, son Don and daughter-in-law Joanne, daughter Marilyn, and grandchildren Jill Ellis, John Moroz, Heather Wortz, and David and Allison Werbowetsky. Also survived by his great grandchildren Mikayla, Tanner and Campbell Ellis, and Andrew and Mackenzie Worts. Bert was born on the family farm north of Sheho on August 1, 1919. He attended Sheho School and joined the Canadian Army in 1942. Chosen to take a non-commissioned officer training course, he was a basic training officer in Prince Albert. In 1943 he transferred to the RCAF (Air Crew). Bert was a charter member of the Sheho Legion Branch #356 and served as President for four years. He took great pride in his responsibilities in caring for the Legion Hall and for 30 years was Chairman of the Sports and Bingo Committee. Bert was a successful mink rancher and for many years his pelts received the highest prices at auctions in Winnipeg and Montreal. Bert and Alice loved to travel and after his retirement in 1984 they visited many exotic locales. He was an avid baseball player and curler, and loved to play cards three spot and cribbage with his family. The family would like to thank the staff at the Yorkton Regional Hospital for their kind and compassionate care of Peter. Donations may be made to the Saskatchewan Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund.
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- Ruth (nee Datema). It is with great sadness that the family of Ruth Neumann announce her passing after a brief illness on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. Ruth was born on March 21, 1940 in Theodore, SK to John and Mary (Stuart) Datema along with two brothers and three sisters in her life. In 1947, the family sold the farm and moved to the Saltcoats area growing up with her brothers Jock and James along with sisters, Patsy, Margriet and Judy. Ruth attended school at Boakville and Saltcoats school completing her grade 10, then later she worked for the Yorkton Co-op Creamery and hatchery facilities at different positions. In 1962 she was united in marriage to Walter Neumann. They purchased a farm in the Tupper District, north of Saltcoats. It was here that Walter and Ruth made their home and had three sons, Perry in 1963, William in 1965 and Walter Jr. In 1974. The farm always remained home even after taking residence at Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats in 2002 following the passing of her husband Walter. Throughout her years, Ruth and Walter enjoyed working together on the farm, everything from the animals, gardening, auction sales, selling tupperware, evenings with friends, family, neighbours and even strangers who might be lost and needing directions. Ruth also loved one more thing, BINGO. Making friends was easy for Ruth as she was kind with a big heart. After a vehicle accident in 1990, injuries kept Ruth more house bound but she still enjoyed many hours visiting and shopping from Avon and different catalogues, and yes, Kinsmen TV BINGO. Most of all she loved the sound of her grandkids playing checkers or little games or different bird and animal videos they would watch as well as the game shows on TV. Ruth was predeceased by her husband of 40 years, Walter; her parents, John and Mary (Stuart) Datema; father and mother-in-law, William and Caroline (nee Fanderick) Neumann and brother, James Datema. She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memories her three sons, Perry and his two sons, Brent and Bradley, William (Donna) and two sons, Tyson and Riley and Walter Jr. (Natasha); honorary daughter, Helen Leveque; brother-in-law, Albert; brother, Jock (Ruth), three sisters, Patsy (Leonard), Margreit(Alex) and Judy (Bob); four special aunts, Margret Esson, Helen “Nellie” Greof, Minnie McTaggert and Ruby Tate, as well as many other relatives, friends and neighbours. A Visitation for Family and Friends was held on Thursday, May 28, 2009 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. The Funeral Service was held on Friday, May 29, 2009 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home with Pastor Henry Penner officiating. The organist, Lorne Neal, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Ruth's family shared a special musical selection, “The Old Rugged Cross”. The interment followed in the Yorkton Memorial Gardens, Garden of St. Matthew, with Erving Shultz, Norman Fanderick, Arnold Toth, Greg Datema, Barry Novak and Jason Novak serving as the casket bearers.
- Cora (nee Dahl), of Yorkton and formerly of the Theodore district beloved wife of the late Oscar Nystrom passed away on Sunday, September 10, 2006 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre after a short illness. She was 99 years of age. Cora was born on May 25, 1907 to Theodore and Bertha Sophie (nee Hoflund) Dahl of Theodore, SK. She attended the Sandy River School and later began working for the Nystrom family where she met Oscar and they were united in marriage in 1928. Cora and Oscar farmed in the Theodore area and raised four children together. Cora worked at her husband's side through the years, providing for their family. She also took the role of caregiver, first to her mother and later to two of her brothers as well as a brother-in-law. Cora loved the outdoors and had a large garden every year and picked wild berries to prepare for the winter. She and Oscar opened their home to family and friends. In 1972 Cora and Oscar retired from farming and relocated to 336 Betts Ave. in Yorkton, where she lived until her passing. Cora continued her love of the outdoors and throughout the years, always planted a large vegetable garden as well as fruit trees and an abundance of flowers. She also took up quilting. She and Oscar had the opportunity to do some travelling to visit relatives in Ontario and British Columbia. Family was important to Cora and she took an interest in he grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a strong and independent lady who accepted what life offered and was still very much in control. Predeceased by her husband Oscar; her parents; five brothers; one sister; and a son-in-law George Shumay. She will be lovingly remembered by her family: Edgar (Lillian) of Renfrew, ON and their children: Jeffrey (Josee) Nystrom (Garret, Jordan) of Hudson, PQ, Darryl (Marjo) Nystrom ( Alyssia, Matthew) of Okotoks, AB; Eleanor (Lionel) Fedorowich of Yorkton and their children Sandra (Cam) Lock (Graham, Matthew) of Winnipeg, Barb (Warren) Stromberg (Jordan, Kelsey, Arielle) of Regina, Angie (Ron) Bohemier (Rebecca, Elizabeth) of Winnipeg, Wanda Fedorowich (Tim Stromberg) of Yorkton, Ron (Tammy) Fedorowich (Paige) of Yorkton; Shirley Shumay (George Goldsmith) of Yorkton and her children John (Sherry) Shumay (Ryan, Tyler) of Good Spirit Acres, Wayne (Sheila) Shumay (Kristin, Meagan, Corby) of Yorkton, Jackie (Al) Elsasser (Michael) (Erin) of Saskatoon, Darrin (Jill) of Saskatoon; Bev Nystrom (Bernie Egilsson) and her son Warren (Tanya) Nystrom (Keenan, Bryn, Aden) of Yorkton, sister Edna Brown of Naniamo BC, and numerous nieces, nephews and her many other relatives and friends. The Funeral service was held on Friday afternoon, September 15, 2006 from St. Paul Lutheran Church, Yorkton, SK., with Pastor Fred Schneider officiating. Carla Laycock was the organist leading the congregation in the Hymns. The reflections of Cora's life were given by granddaughters: Jackie Elsasser and Sherry Shumay; with all those who knew and loved Cora serving as Honourary Bearers. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with grandsons: John, Wayne, Darrin Shumay, Ron Fedorowich, Warren Nystrom and Michael Elsasser serving as Casket Bearers.
- Oscar, husband of Cora Nystrom of Yorkton, formerly of the Theodore district, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 7, 2001 at the age of 99 years. Oscar was born on April 20, 1902 on the family farm in the Theodore district of Sask; a son of Edward and Anna Christina (nee Jacobsdotter/Norberg) Nystrom. He attended the Westbrook School and farmed in the Theodore district. Oscar was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran Faith. In 1928 he was united in marriage to Cora Dahl and together they raised four children. Oscar was a quiet, soft-spoken man, devoted to his family. He was a friend to all and was quick to help his neighbors and friends. He welcomed others into his home where there was always a cup of coffee ready. Oscar was a hard working man who always provided for his family. He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, a sport he loved his whole life and passed on his expertise and great stories to his children and grandchildren. In 1971 Oscar and Cora retired from farming and relocated to Betts Ave in Yorkton, where they welcomed family and friends. They visited family in Ontario and BC and kept a large garden at home. On December 16, 2000 Oscar entered the Yorkton and District Nursing Home. Predeceased by his parents, three half-brothers and three half-sisters, a son-in-law George Shumay in 1984, and by a nephew and good friend Henry Norberg in 1998. Oscar will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of 73 years, Cora; four children and their families: Edgar (Lillian) Nystrom of Renfrew, Ontario and their children Jeffrey Nystrom (Garret, Jordan) of Hudson, Quebec, Darryl (Marjo) Nystrom (Alyssia, Matthew) of Thunder Bay, ON; Eleanor (Lionel) Fedorowich of Yorkton and their children, Sandra (Cam) Lock (Graham, Matthew) of Winnipeg, Barb (Warren) Stromberg (Jordan, Kelsey, Arielle) of Regina, Angie (Ron) Bohemier (Rebecca) of Winnipeg, Wanda Fedorowich (Tim Stromberg) of Yorkton, Ron Fedorowich (Tammy Chetyrbok) of Yorkton; Shirley Shumay of Yorkton and her children, John (Sherry) Shumay (Ryan, Tyler) of Good Spirit Acres, Wayne Shumay (Shiela Spilchen) (Kristan, Meagan) of Yorkton, Jackie (Al) Esasser (Michael) of Saskatoon, Darrin (Jill) Shumay of Saskatoon; Bev Nystrom of Yorkton and her son Warren (Tanya) Nystrom (Keenan, Bryn) of Yorkton; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and his many other relatives and friends. Funeral Services were held on Saturday November 10, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home in Yorkton with Pastor Fred Schneider of St. Paul's Lutheran Church officiating. The organist Judy Berg led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with John Shumay, Wayne Shumay, Darrin Shumay, Ron Fedorowich, Warren Nystrom and Michael Elsasser as the casketbearers.
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- Mary (nee Sawchuk) was called home to be with the love of her life, her husband Al on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at the age of 87 years. She will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her two daughters: Pattie (Mark) Bent, grandchildren Chelsey, Jenalee, Bradley, Adam and Andrew; and Kelly O'Leary (Chris Kobie), and grandchild little Dylan Kobie. Mary had many nephews and nieces whom she adored, as well as very many dear lifelong friends. Mary was predeceased by her loving husband Al in 2008; father John in 1936; mother Magdelena in 1991; and her dear sister Cec Sawchuk in 2008. She was also predeceased by half brothers Bill, Sam, Peter, Max, Harry, Paul; as well as half sisters Jean and Emily. Mary was born on the family farm in Sheho, SK. She would often tell of tales growing up and going to school during the Great Depression. A good place to have begun her appreciation for regular family dinners, love of playing bridge, cherishing close friendships, lending a helping hand and nourishing a most caring and selfless spirit. Mary became a Secretary throughout the 1940's and '50's, and worked in Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg. When she moved back to Regina in 1954, she became the first Executive Secretary to the General Manager at the CKCK TV station until her marriage to Al O'Leary on June 11, 1960. Pattie and Kelly arrived shortly after, and Mary settled into life as a loving and devoted wife and mother. She was kept ever busy entertaining friends and family, a devoted member of Christ the King Church and CWL, joining various charities, and with her favourite pastimes: playing bridge and enjoying her grandchildren. Mary and Al enjoyed their later years remaining very involved in their community and their Church. Mary will be fondly remembered for her warm smile, generosity, compassion and caring spirit. Everyone was always welcome in the O`Leary home. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Christ the King Church, 3239 Garnet St., Regina, SK on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Very Rev. Anthony Dizy officiating. The family would like to thank the many caring, compassionate Palliative Care Unit staff at the Pasqua Hospital, as well as Mary`s dear friends Jan, Angela and Joan, who spent much time with her there.
- Mary (nee Prochuk), of Saskatoon, age 93, passed away at Stensrud Lodge on Monday, February 27, 2006. Mary is survived by her daughter, Beverley Rutherford; grandchildren, Gordon (Barb) Rutherford, Dale (Kathy) Rutherford, Terri (Trevor) Holroyd; great-grandchildren, Bradley (Crystal), Michelle, Barry, Brent, Janna, Ryan, Chloe and Dani; great-greatgranddaughter, Grace; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Alex in 1987; parents, Mike and Katherine Prochuk; brothers, Peter, John, Bill, George, and Steve; sisters, Helen and Ann; and son-in-law, Lloyd. Mary was born at Sheho, SK on September 12, 1912 and lived in the Margo district. She married Alex Ogg in 1935 and they made their home in Saskatoon. A private family graveside service will be held on Friday, March 3, 2006 at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Saskatoon, SK.
- Alfred, husband of Kay of Theodore, passed away on Tuesday, September 4, 2001. He was seventy-nine years of age. Alfred Edward Onslow was born on December 21, 1921 at Fairlight, Sask. He was the only child of Albert and Emily (nee King) Onslow. He was brought up on the farm and later spent time in the army in Vancouver. With his mother's death at an early age and his dad's admittance into the veteran's hospital at Victoria following the war, Alfred was raised by his mother's employer (a man named Ralph Van de Bogart) who later became known as "Uncle Ralph" to us. He was always a "father-figure" to dad and became a very important part of our lives until his passing in 1974. Alfred married Katie Yarmichuk in 1947 at Foam Lake. They shared the farm work together and from this union, four children were born, Darlene, Bob, Debbie and Dick. He was always very caring, supportive and proud of all of us. Alfred semi-retired in from the farm in 1986 when they moved into Theodore, but he never completely retired until 1991 when ill health forced him to. Dad was a member of the Legion, served on the UGG Board of Directors and also the Garry League. Dad's three loves in life were: 1st the ball field, 2nd the coffee shop, 3rd the farm. The three things he enjoyed most came to a halt when he suffered three strokes in November of 1991 at the age of 68 years. Since then, his quality of life and type of lifestyle had changed. Dad was forced to stay indoors more and through the years required progressively more care from mom. Due to his deteriorating health and mobility, Dad became a resident of the Theodore Health Centre in April of 1997. He adjusted to life there with frequent visits and care by mother. His previous competitiveness at ball now showed in his eagerness to play and win at bingo (even though the prize was a treat to give to one of his grandchildren). The TV was constantly watched, cheering for the Blue Jays in summer and the Maple Leafs in winter. Due to the strokes, we noted emotions in Dad we had rarely seen as children. He would be tearful when he was happy, sad or mad. His eyes would be gleaming with tears of joy as he spotted family to visit or the sight of the weekly visit from Dr. Fourie that he looked forward to. Dad also looked forward to the rides in the country, the annual health centre Christmas party and summer BBQ. The staff at the Health Centre made everyone feel like one big family. Dad leaves to cherish his memory and celebrate his life, his wife of 54 years, Kay; daughter, Darlene Onslow and family, Kirsty and Stacey Serby and their father Clayton Serby, and Todd Thorsness and his father Robert Thorsness; son Robert (Ethel) Onslow and their family Colby and Kimberley; daughter Debra (Dwayne) Kitzan and their family Colton and Kaitlyn; son Richard (Carla) Onslow and their son Dryw. Mother and the rest of the family have felt privileged to have shared each Christmas, birthday, anniversary and other family occasions with dad in the last few years. The loss of our husband, father, grandfather and head of our family has left an empty space in our hearts and in our family. We can be grateful for the time we all spent with dad over the years and more intensely the last few weeks. These are memories we will never forget. Thank you dad for your loving and caring ways and for strengthening us to be a close and strong family. We love you dad! As a true farmer, harvest is almost over and your work is now done. A Service of Comfort was held on Thursday September 6, 2001 at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Rev. Don Milne officiating. Funeral Services were held on Friday September 7, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. from the Theodore Recreation Centre with Rev. Don Milne of the United Church of Canada officiating. Daughters-in-law Ethel and Carla Onslow gave the readings. Tributes and words of remembrance were given by daughters Darlene and Debbie. The organist Mrs. Thelma Gillis with members of the Theodore United Church Choir led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Special taped music selections were Annie's Song sung by granddaughter Stacey Serby and My Heart Will Go On sung by daughter Debbie Onslow-Kitzan. Honourary Bearers were the late Matt Danyliuk, Rose Danyliuk, Terry Danyliuk, Donna Gawryliuk, Karen Kuzek, Dr. Phillip Fourie, Theodore Health Centre Staff, Nick Kucher, Maurice Kostichuk, Albert Pobereznek, Clay Serby, Mike Luciw, Nick Marianchuk, Mike Ostapowich, Matt Fedusiak, Walter Rusnak, Sandy Anderson and George Anderson. Interment followed in the Theodore Town Cemetery with Larry Kopan, Don Gawryliuk, Doug Ukrainetz, Roger Hardie, Peter Moroz and Greg Fedusiak as the casketbearers. Members of Theodore Branch 34 Royal Canadian Legion performed the Legion Burial
- Taras "Terry". With great sorrow, the family of Taras Onufreychuk regret to announce his sudden passing at age 66 on the 8th of September, 2004. Left to treasure his memory are wife, Angeline; sons Dwayne (Michelle) and Darrell (Lisa); daughter Leanne (Shayne) Chatry; and granddaughter Caitlyn, all of Saskatoon. Also surviving Terry were sisters Bella Bilokrely of Foam Lake and Doris Zastrizny of Sheho; brother Bill (Mary) Onufreychuk of Sheho; and numerous nieces and nephews. Terry was predeceased by his father Alex in 1940; mother Annie in 1983; brothers Dmytro in 1914; Matt in 1992; John in 1997; and Steve in 1998. Terry was born on the family farm near Sheho on December 24, 1937. As a child, he attended Deer Creek School and helped out on the family farm. He later wed and went on to purchase and operate Terry's Yellowhead Esso until 1983. In 1985 he relocated to Saskatoon and worked at both the 22nd Street and Fairhaven 7-11 until his retirement in 1997. Terry was a devoted family man and his greatest joy in life was spending time with his loved ones. He also enjoyed socializing at the local Tim Horton's and was a great supporter of the Saskatchewan Co-Op. Terry's heritage was very important to him, and he returned to his farm and hometown as often as he could, attending prayer services, church and other community functions in the Sheho area. His thoughtfulness, good-nature and generosity was felt by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed. He was our guardian angel in life and we know he will continue to watch over us from above, The Funeral will be held in Sheho on Monday, September 13, 2004 at the Ukranian Orthodox Church.
- Fred was born on the family farm near Sheho, Saskatchewan on March 8, 1911 the son of Petro Owsainyk and Ksenka Kasiyan. He passed away on March 23, 2008, Easter Sunday morning with his youngest daughter, Joyce by his side. As a child he was involved in the church and the farm and received his education at Deer Creek School. As a young man Fred left for a while to travel to Manitoba and southern Ontario to work on farms and tobacco fields only to return home once again to join his Dad to work on the family farm. When his Dad retired in 1960, Fred took the farm over. Fred’s favorite time of year was harvest time. He was involved in the building of the orthodox churches in the area. He also enjoyed his music and playing in the band at the local dances on the weekends. Fred enjoyed his socializing as a young man, playing cards, playing jokes on his family members and friends whenever he could. Fred loved laughter and his good humor touched everyone. In November of 1944 Fred was united in marriage to Mary Paley and they had four children, Fran, Dennis (who passed away), Larry and Joyce. They moved to Thunder Bay to work at the Labatt’s Brewery and St. Joseph’s Hospital for a short while. Fred returned back to Saskatchewan to farm once again until 1976 and moved to Springside, Saskatchewan until 2002. In March 2002, Fred moved into the Yorkton and District Nursing Home where he resided until his passing. Fred loved to laugh, he would always have a story to tell and share. He made sure to put a smile on your face, he loved to play pool and win pool tournaments. He enjoyed his bicycle rides and walking kept him active. He touched the lives of all who crossed his path. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all. Fred was predeceased by son, Dennis; his parents, Peter and Oksana Oshanek; brothers, John, Wasyl, Nick and Clifford; sisters, Ann, Mary and Pearl and her husband Fred; and grand daughter, Christine. Fred leaves to mourn his three children, daughter, Fran and Rick Parsons of Ignace, ON; two grandsons, Aaron of Ignace, ON and Scott of Ear Falls, ON; son Larry and Peggy Oshanek of Thunder Bay, ON; and daughter, Joyce and her special friend, Randy Gieze of Winnipeg, MB as well as many other nieces and nephews. A Service of Remembrance was held on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home with Pastor Fred Schneider officiating. The organist, Mrs. Shani Apland, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. In accordance with Fred’s wishes a private family cremation committal will follow at a later date.
- Martha Mary (nee Pauwells), of Theodore, passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2002 at the Theodore Health Centre following failing health. She was 76 yeras of age. Martha was born on January 5, 1925 in Rockglen Sask. She was a daughter born to Wilhelm and Theodora (nee Hindriks) Pauwells; German pioneers to this country. Martha lived in Rockglen until 1935 when the family moved to Quinton, Sask. While there Martha attended Mission Lake School and trained as a practical health nurse in Lestock, Sask. Martha met and was united in marriage to Jack Pubben making their home in the Plumas, Manitoba district from 1947 to 1971. After Jack died Martha met Joe Osika from Theodore and they were married in 1979. Martha loved the outdoors which made her a great gardener, fisherman, bird - watcher and mushroom picker. She was a great collector of memorabilia and loved to do ceramics. She will be fondly remembered and missed. Martha leaves to cherish her memory and to celebrate her life her husband Joseph. Children: George (Pat) Pubben of Sherwoood Park, AB, Rita Pubben of Winnipeg, MB, Dawn Pubben of Lethbridge, AB, Jim Pubben of Saskatoon, SK.; step-daughters: Gloria (Ed) Berezowski of Yorkton, Sk., Debbie (Larry) Charuk of Saskatoon Sk. Also several grandchildren and great grandchildren along with her sisters: Eva Keysors, Trudy (Michael) Ross, Margaret (John) Rogers and brothers: Leo (Nellie), Herman, Gerry (Lillian) Pauwells Martha was predeceased by her first husband Jack Pubben (1971), infant daughter Gertrude (1948), her parents Wilhelm and Theodora Pauwells and brothers Willie and Arnold. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, January 4, 2002 from St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church Yorkton with Rev. Father Basil Chomos as Celebrant. Michael Hornung and Luke Boechler served as altar servers. The Epistle readers were Joanne Oswald and Pat Pubben. Kyla Hornung was the pianist leading members of the parish choir and the congregation in the Hymns. The interment took place at the St. Theodore Parish Cemetery north of Theodore, Sask. with Frank, Sam Pubben, Ken Oswald, Louis Laberge, Jerry Osika and Perry Berezowski serving as Casket Bearers.
- Ellen "Nell" (nee Quinton) was born on August 9, 1912 in the Theodore district of Saskatchewan to George and Bessie (Curtis) Quinton. She was the last surviving member of the George Quinton family. On November 10, 1939 Nell married Edward (Ted) Owen. They had two children, Neil & David. Nell passed away peacefully on March 5, 2007 at the Wynyard Union Hospital. She was predeceased by their son Neil in 1983 and by her husband Ted in 2002. Nell and Ted farmed for many years in the Jedburgh district. They moved to Theodore in 1963 and then to Wynyard in 1981. Nell resided at the Westview Apartments in Wynyard at the time of her passing. She leaves to mourn her passing her son David (Maybelle), daughter-in-law Shirley (Ken) Boe; grandchildren: Larry (Jane) Owen, Colleen (Barry) Bergquist, Rick Owen and Jean (Tony) Moroz; great grandchildren Laura, Emily, Andrew and Maria Owen, Matthew Bergquist, Taylor and Evan Moroz; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 10, 2007 from the Theodore Recreation Hall. Lyle Shultz, Tracy Staples and Agnes Smiley officiated. The interment took place at the Theodore Cemetery with Allan Mojelski, Curtis Hunstad, George and Clement Osborne, Kim Moore and Laurence Owen serving as the casketbearers. The graveside hymn was Sweet to Know the Gospel Story, and the graveside prayer was offered by Ruth Sinclair.
- Edward "Ted", beloved husband of Ellen Owen of Wynyard passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at the Wynyard Health Centre. He was 89 years of age. Ted was born on September 11, 1912 in the Theodore district of Saskatchewan, a son of John and Nellie (nee Stokes) Owen. On November 10, 1939 Ted married Ellen (Nell) Quinton. They had two children Neil and David. After farming for many years in the Jedburgh district, Ted and Nell moved to Theodore in 1963 where Ted worked for several years as the caretaker of the Theodore Union Hospital. Ted and Nell moved to Wynyard in 1981 where they resided at the time of his passing. Ted was predeceased by his mother Nellie in 1950, his father John in 1961, his son Neill in 1983 and his brother Leonard in 1999. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife Nell, son David and his wife Maybelle of Wynyard, daughter-in-law Shirley and Ken Boe of Melfort, SK; grandchildren and great grandchildren Rick and Anna-Marie Owen and daughter Alanna of Saskatoon; Jean and Tony Moroz and daughter Taylor of Calgary; Larry and Jane Owen and their children Laura, Emily and Andrew of Saskatoon; Colleen and Barry Bergquist and son Matthew of Wynyard, also sister-in-law Nan Owen and family of Theodore and numerous other friends and relatives. The funeral service was held on Saturday, June 1, 2002 from the Theodore Recreation Centre in Theodore with Dale Schultz, Agnes Smiley and Tracy Staples officiating. The pianist, Adrienne Sinclair led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Ushers were Bill Lalach and Syl Yaskowich, the register attendants were Merle Wasylynka and Mabel Johnson. A quintet of Larry Owen, Clayton Kostenuk, Jodi Graham, Leah Lennox and Adrienne Sinclair sang 'I'm Going Home'. The interment followed in the Theodore Cemetery with Allan Mojelski, Russell Kirzinger, George Osborne, Clement Osborne, Vern Henderson and Norman Quinton serving as the casketbearers.
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- Alex George passed away peacefully on November 27, 2008. He was born May 29, 1926 in the Westbrook District of Saskatchewan. Alex was the fifth of twenty children born to George and Sophie (nee Yarmie) Paley. He attended Westbrook School and from an early age worked at the farm and the saw mill operated by his father. As a young man he spent several winters cutting wood in bush camps in northern Ontario. On October 18th, 1952 he was united in marriage to Dora Allarie and the couple started their life together on a farm in Westbrook. They spent a short time living in Winnipeg and in 1953 moved to Yorkton where Alex started working in Gable’s Grocery Store on Bett’s Ave. They were blessed with three children: Shirley, Terry and Sindy. After years of working at the store Alex and Dora became the owners, changing the name to A & D Groceries. Along with his work at the store he had many other interests. His family, his friends and his church were all very important to him. In 1975 Alex suffered a severe heart attack. His family and friends thought they were going to lose him then, but he was a real fighter. Over the next 33 years he battled back from near death on several occasions, but lived life to the fullest in between. Most of the time you would never have believed what an ill man he was. He did have to make some changes to his life though, and selling the store was one of them. Alex was a man of many talents, however, and he didn’t like to be idle. He worked at several different jobs, particularly enjoying his work at Harvest Meats. Wherever he found himself he was always busy doing something. He built several pieces of furniture for his children and helped them with various construction projects. Together with Dora he grew bushels and bushels of potatoes and other vegetables, and made thousands of the world’s best perogies. They loved to go out dancing or to have people over for cards. Everyone was welcome at the house, and even if you weren’t hungry, if you came to visit he would insist that you eat. Nobody ever left hungry from Alex and Dora’s. Alex was predeceased by his father George in 1956, his mother Sophie in 1980, two brothers in infancy, brothers George, John, Nick and Fred, and sisters Katrina Koshman, Victoria Kucheran and Alice Stefanyshyn. Remaining to mourn his passing, and to cherish his memory, are his wife Dora; three children: Shirley (Robert) Engel of Rhein, Terry (Susan) Paley of Meadow Lake, and Sindy (Robert) Mehling of Stornoway; six grandchildren: Kim (Ryan) Davis, Karri-Anne (Rob) Cholodnuik, Vogeson and Bronwyn Paley, Sean and Jordan Mehling; three great grandchildren: Brooklyn and Mackenzie Davis, and Sarah Cholodnuik; three brothers: Bill (Mary) of Winnipeg, Harry (Sylvia) of Yorkton, Steve (Shirley) of Theodore; seven sisters: Dora Stadnyk of Niagara Falls, ON, Mary (John) Kytanko of Thunder Bay, ON, Lillian Watt of Thompson, MB, Lena (Al) Meirs of Portage la Prairie, MB, Verna (Andy) Antonishyn of Foam Lake, Elsie Warcomika of Yorkton, and Suzy Sukorokoff of Saskatoon; as well as numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends. The Prayer Vigil Service was held on Sunday, November 30, 2008 from St. Gerard’s Roman Catholic Church with Delores Spreitzer and Gabrielle Hamilton serving as the Lay Presiders. The pianist, Carol Nagy, led the congregation and members of the parish choir in the singing of the hymns. The Readers were Alex’s granddaughters, Bronwyn Paley and Kim Davis. The Funeral Mass was held on Monday, December 1, 2008 from St. Gerard’s Roman Catholic Church with Father Thomas Nguyen as the Celebrant. The pianist, Pam Yaremko, led the congregation and members of the parish choir in the singing of the hymns. The readers were Alex’s grandchildren, Bronwyn Paley and Sean Mehling and his niece, Sharon Fogg. Grandson, Vogeson Paley, remembered his grandfather in tribute and eulogy. The Cross bearer was Alex’s grandson, Jordan Mehling. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Ron Kucheran, Ron Fogg, George Penn, Larry Sykora, Brian Drotar and Kevin Novakowski serving as the casket bearers.
- John William of Yorkton, Sask., beloved husband of Anne Pasishnik, went to be with his loving saviour on Sunday, July 20, 2008 at the age of 72 years. John was born on April 3, 1936 in Theodore, Sask., the son of Bill and Mary (nee Spezawka) Pasishnik. The family moved to Yorkton for a short period of time where John started school. After purchasing land near Bredenbury, the family moved and John continued his education in that community, eventually graduating from Grade 12 at the Bredenbury High School. In 1956, he left the farm to start his first job at “The Met” in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. While working there he met Anne Chmarney and the couple were united in marriage on September 6, 1958. John gained employment at Smith Fruit in 1959, a career which would span over the next 40 years of his life. The name of the company eventually changed and is now known as Westfair Foods. During his time with the company he continued to advance, holding various positions over the years including working as a truck driver, in the warehouse, as a sales representative and on the order desk. John retired on May 28, 1999. John and Anne were blessed with four children, Danny, Deb, Ken and Rob. As his family grew with the marriages of his children and the births of grandchildren, John continued to enjoy camping, hunting, golfing, bowling and wood working. He created many projects that his grandchildren treasure and will be wonderful keepsakes for years to come. In 1994, John was instrumental in starting the Prostate Cancer Support Group in Yorkton, Saskatchewan providing comfort and understanding to many men suffering with the disease. John was the last remaining member of his immediate family as he was predeceased by his parents, Bill and Mary and his only sister, Violet. He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory, his loving and beloved wife of nearly 50 years, Anne; his oldest son, Danny (and his wife, Brenda and their children, Kelsey and Kaitlin) of Winnipeg, MB; his daughter, Deb (and her husband, Terry Hull and their children, Levi, Leighton and Layne) of Willowbrook, SK; his son, Ken (and his wife, Laurel and their children Luke and Jacob) of Cochrane, AB and his son Rob (and his wife, Lisa and their children, Logan, Bronwen and Owen) of Saskatoon, SK as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many good friends. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home in Yorkton, with Pastor Richard Gibson of the Church of the Nazarene officiating. The organist, Debbie Thompson, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. A special taped music selection of family friend, Joleen Cherland singing “Broken Wing” was played as part of the service. Grandson, Levi Hull, remembered his grandfather in tribute and eulogy on behalf of the grandchildren. The eulogy was followed by a power point presentation featuring pictures of John’s life. The private family interment service was held in the Yorkton City Cemetery with grandchildren, Levi Hull, Leighton Hull, Luke Pasishnik, Jacob Pasishnik, Kelsey Pasishnik and Kaitlin Pasishnik serving as casket bearers. The honourary pallbearers were grandchildren, Layne Hull, Logan Pasishnik, Bronwen Pasishnik and Owen Pasishnik and golfing buddies, Ab Kuzmak, Garry Zelionka, Ed Aichele, Don and Donna Kizlyk, Larry and Lovell Kowalyk, Albert and Alice Nodge, Stan and Linda McKen, Nick and Mary Perepelkin and all those who shared in John’s life. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home in Yorkton, with Pastor Richard Gibson of the Church of the Nazarene officiating. The organist, Debbie Thompson, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. A special taped music selection of family friend, Joleen Cherland singing “Broken Wing” was played as part of the service. Grandson, Levi Hull, remembered his grandfather in tribute and eulogy on behalf of the grandchildren. The eulogy was followed by a power point presentation featuring pictures of John’s life. The private family interment service was held in the Yorkton City Cemetery with grandchildren, Levi Hull, Leighton Hull, Luke Pasishnik, Jacob Pasishnik, Kelsey Pasishnik and Kaitlin Pasishnik serving as casket bearers. The honourary pallbearers were grandchildren, Layne Hull, Logan Pasishnik, Bronwen Pasishnik and Owen Pasishnik and golfing buddies, Ab Kuzmak, Garry Zelionka, Ed Aichele, Don and Donna Kizlyk, Larry and Lovell Kowalyk, Albert and Alice Nodge, Stan and Linda McKen, Nick and Mary Perepelkin and all those who shared in John’s life.
- William, of Yorkton, formerly of the Theodore district, beloved husband of Olga Pawliw entered eternal rest on March 19, 2008 at the Yorkton & district Nursing Home. He was 88 years of age. William (Bill) Pawliw was born September 9, 1919 to Mike and Mary (nee Popowich) Pawliw, the third child born into a family of nine sisters. Bill enlisted in the Armed Forces and spent time training at the Moose Jaw Base. On October 31, 1942 Bill married the love of his life, Olga Shlahetka. They traveled eleven miles to their new one room log home half a mile northeast of Theodore. Their lives focused on building a lucrative dairy and grain farming operation. They raised three children and even in difficult times, Bill provided for all his children to receive post secondary education. William helped in the community whenever he could with extra mail deliveries, hauling water for the skating ice, and many other jobs. Two things special to his heart was riding his horses and playing his fiddle. Olga and Bill enjoyed some time traveling in their retirement years. They visited Mexico, Texas, Hawaii, Arizona and the Canadian west coast. Bill Pawliw was predeceased by his parents Mike and Mary Pawliw; sister Sophie; sister Lena Biblow and her husband Mike; sister Ann Hniday and her husband Bill; grandson Colin Pawliw; brother in law John Kerelchuk, Paul Lahoda, Mike Hallowachuk and Bill Shlahetka; sister in law Anne Pasishnek and her husband Matt. William leaves his family to cherish his memory and celebrate his life; Olga, his loving wife of 65 years; daughter Iris Skehar and her husband Ed of Theodore; daughter Addie Tokarchuk and her husband Dave of Saskatoon; son Randy Pawliw and his wife Donna of Calgary. Very special to him were his grandchildren and great grandchildren – Cindy and her husband Kyle Kildaw and their daughters Alexandra and Samantha of Dalmeny, Saskatchewan; Jason and his wife Lori Skehar and their sons Tyler and Tegan of Chestermere, Alberta; Dr. Laurissa Tokarchuk and her husband Dr. Matthew Bocci of London, England; Brent Tokarchuk and his wife Dr. Natasha Crellin of San Francisco, California; Eldon Pawliw and his wife Sarah and their son Cole and daughter Julia of Calgary, Alberta; Aron Pawliw of Edmonton, Alberta; Lowen Pawliw of Calgary, Alberta; and Nowel Pawliw of Montreal, Quebec. He also leaves to rejoice in his memory numerous nieces and nephews as well as some very special friends that have visited him during his illness. Prayers were held at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home on Monday, March 24th. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Yorkton on Tuesday, March 25th with Rev. Father Frank Szadiak, as the Celebrant. The responses were led by Ed Pindus, Colette Karapita & parish choir members. The cross bearer was Cindy Kildaw and the epistle reader was Iris Skehar. The interment followed in the Garden of Gethsemane at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Jason Skehar, Brent Tokarchuk, Eldon Pawliw, Aron Pawliw, Lowen Pawliw andNowel Pawliw serving as the casket bearers. Reflections of William's life were shared by Randy Pawliw.
- Margaret Ruth (nee Helgeson) was born August 31, 1926 to Ole and Clara Jane (nee Larson) Helgeson in the Larson House at Theodore, Sask. She was raised on Larson’s Farm where she loved helping with the crops and animals. She attended Theodore School and later worked as a Nurse’s Aide at Fort San and Theodore Hospital. Ruth met George Willard Payne at a country school dance. The two were later wed on December 15, 1948 at St. Andrew’s United Church in Yorkton, Sask. They lived on the old Payne homestead for the first year of their marriage, later moving to Larson’s farm where they remained until 1964. They then moved to Leslie Burnard’s homestead, where Willard continues to reside. Together, they worked as a team; farming, raising livestock, and growing a bountiful garden. They were blessed with two children: Robert Peter in 1949 and Mary Lynne in 1952. Ruth had a generous spirit and was always willing to help a friend in need, her sense of humor and quick wit easily relaxing those around her. She had a deep love for animals, especially horses. Through the years, she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She enjoyed music, playing the piano, and dancing. Ruth also loved the outdoors, watching seeds germinate then nurturing them into beautiful plants. Harvest and autumn were her favorite times of the year. Ruth had many hobbies and loved to garden, dance, curl, make ceramics, crochet, knit, and sew. She was famous for her delicious bread and pumpkin pies. She enjoyed parties and visiting, and was very loyal to her family and friends; always looking at their positive qualities and enjoying the time they spent with her. Ruth tried to stay optimistic in her outlook on life as she gradually became more dependent on others for her care. Ruth touched many lives with her kindness and strength. She endured a multitude of pain and suffering throughout her lifetime, but is now resting peacefully. Ruth has blessed and enriched the lives of many during her journey here on earth. At times she could not communicate well, but when she was able to, she expressed her appreciation and thankfulness for a visit or any care given to her. She ended her courageous battle with cancer on October 20, 2009. We will miss her dearly but look forward to the day when we will meet again. Her father, Ole and mother, Clara Helgeson predeceased her. Ruth is survived by her husband, Willard Payne of Theodore, to whom she was married for 60 years, her son, Robert and his wife, Jocelyn (Wilson); her daughter, Lynne and husband, Lloyd Wunder; her grandchildren, Shaun Payne (Carrie) and his son, Mason, Kerri Payne, Lori (Ty) Brekke and their children, McKenna and Wyatt, Jory (Tricia) Payne and their children, Adrianna, Kassandra, Merissa and Jayden, Zachary Payne and Shane Wunder. She also leaves to mourn her passing her sisters, Marian Emma McGillivray and Anne Marie Fiegal as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, October 26, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Interment will follow at the Theodore Town Cemetery.
- Nick Polowyk was born on the family farm near Theodore, Sask. on November 28, 1929, the son of Wasyl and Dora (nee Kitzul) Polowek. He attended War End School and after completing his education worked on the farm until relocating to Calgary in the late 1950's. In Calgary, he worked for Dominion Bridge. After his father’s passing, Nick returned to the Theodore area to take care of his mother. A very talented carpenter, and he used these talents working for many people in the surrounding area. Nick will be remembered as a quiet, gentle man and friends and family will miss his dry sense of humour. Nick was predeceased by his parents, Wasyl and Dora; his sister, Kate and his brother, Matt. He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory, his brothers, Alex (Della), Paul and Ed; his sisters, Mary, Florence (Henry) and Vivian as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home in Yorkton, Saskatchewan with Rev. Faye Greer of Westview United Church officiating. The organist, Carla Laycock, played two pieces of music as part of the service. One of Nick’s good friends, Cec Denesyk, remembered him in tribute and eulogy. Soloist, Colette Karapita sang two selections. Following a luncheon in the Gunn Reception Room of Christie’s Funeral Home, the cremation committal followed in the Westbrook Cemetery near Theodore, Saskatchewan.
- Lena Letwenuk, widow of John A. Popowich, of Yorkton and formerly of the Good Spirit Lake area passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 at the Yorkton & District Nursing Home. She was 93 years of age. Lena was born on July 12, 1913 in the Sheho District, the second oldest child in a family of thirteen, born to Wasyl and Irene Letwenuk. She received her education at Poplar Springs and Black Poplar Schools. In her younger years, Lena worked on various farms in the area as well as doing cleaning and working in a meat market. In 1937 she was united in marriage to John A. Popowich and they made their home on the farm in the Good Spirit Lake Area. While on the farm, Lena was busy with all the chores of a housewife of her time as well as gardening and helping out with the farm chores whenever she was needed. In 1974 Lena and John retired and moved to a house on the farm yard with her daughter, June and her husband, Lawrence in the Good Spirit Lake area. Lena remained in her own home following John’s death in 1986. In November of 2003 she was hospitalized following a fall and became a resident of the Yorkton & District Nursing Home in January of 2004 where she resided until her passing. Lena loved fishing as well as knitting and embroidery. Over the years she went on many sightseeing trips across the prairie provinces and into the United States with her daughter, June. Lena was an excellent cook and helped with the cooking and baking for many weddings. No matter what she prepared her cooking was always wonderful and no one ever left her house hungry. Lena was a kind and loving mother and grandmother who was always willing to help in any way she could. She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all those who had the pleasure of knowing her. Lena was predeceased by her parents, Wasyl and Irene (nee Stuark) Letwenuk; her husband, John A. Popowich; her sisters, Annie, Sadie, Mary and Elsie and her brothers, Tony and John. She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory, her daughters, Eileen (James) Hupka of Canora, SK, June (Lawrence) Freimark of Yorkton, SK and Florence Malyk of Yorkton, SK; her grandchildren, Debbie (Kelly) Butz of Earl Grey, SK, Cindy (Darcel) Pittman of Saskatoon, SK, Danny (Lisa) Hupka of Saskatoon, SK, Tammy Malyk of Yorkton, SK and Sheldon Malyk of Yorkton, SK; six great-grandchildren; her sisters, Helen (John) Merenuik of Edmonton, AB, Joyce Popowich of Kelowna, BC, Katie Zinkowski of Foam Lake, SK, Florence Shewchuk of Winnipeg, MB and Virginia Koob of Winnipeg, MB; her brother, Billy Letwenuk of Yorkton, SK as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Prayers were held on Friday, January 19, 2007 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home with Father Frank Szadiak, C.Ss.R. officiating. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, January 20, 2007 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home with Fr. Frank Szadiak officiating. The cantor, Mrs. Colette Karapita, assisted in the singing of both services. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Anthony Letwenuk, Peter Wiwchar, Lawrence Freimark, Sheldon Malyk, Jerry Viczko and Joe Lackmanec serving as casket bearers.
- Nellie, formerly of Theodore passed away on April 9, 2009 at the Yorkton & District Nursing Home. She was 98 years of age. Nellie was born in the Whitesand area on October 15, 1910, a daughter of Sam and Annie Popowich. On November 4, 1931 Nellie was united in marriage to John N. Popowich. They farmed in the Drobot district and later retired to an acreage near Theodore in 1951. After her husband's passing in 1985 Nellie continued to reside on the acreage until 2003 when she moved to Theodore. In September of 2008 she moved to the Yorkton & District Nursing Home. Nellie enjoyed baking, tending to her raspberries and gardening in the summer and crocheting in the winter. Predeceased by her parents Sam and Annie; six brothers Wasyl, John, Mike, Nick, Fred and Dan; three sisters Maggie Spilchen, Mary Diak and Pauline Pawliw and a son-in-law Wally Chabun; she leaves to mourn her passing and to cherish her memory sons, Peter (Mariette) of Toronto and Steve (Mary) of Burlington; daughter Ann (Emily) of Calgary; eight grandchildren Debbie (Thierry), Gary (Maria), Carole, David (Litsa), Cathy (Doug), Tracy (Noel), Cheryl (Mark) and Roxanne; seven great grandchildren Catherine, Christopher, Nicholas, Michael, Samuel, Laura and Jacob; one brother George (Lena) Popowich of Yorkton and numerous nieces and nephews. Prayers were held on Monday, April 13th at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home. Requiem Divine Liturgy was held Tuesday, April 14th, at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Yorkton with Rev. Father Vladimir Kolpakov, as the Celebrant. The responses were led by Ed Pindus, Colette Karapita & Parish Choir Members. The crossbearer was Garry Popowich and the epistle reader was Steve Popowich. The interment took place at Yorkton City Cemetery with Paul Shlahetka, Stephen Shumay, Wayne Popowich, David Popowich, Gary Popowich and Ray Robinson serving as the casket bearers Memories of grandma's life were shared by Tracy O'Neil on behalf of all the grandchildren.
– Garnet Philip, beloved husband of Anne Maria Prince of Insinger, formerly of Wawota and Churchbridge, passed away October 30,2009, at the age of 58. Garnet was born November 10, 1950 to Rose & Philip Prince in Langenburg, Sask. Garnet attended Liscard Country School and then school in Churchbridge until Grade 12. Garnet worked as a drywaller for many years, he then returned to Chuchbridge and later on to Insinger to farm. He continued to work at his trade as well. After he retired from both of these occupations, he ventured into the construction industry, from building grain terminals where he specialized in hydraulic installation and trouble shooting, to the construction of the hog barn at Theodore, to helping his children with small jobs in their homes. He loved working for Big “D” and Stumpy at Bridgeway Farms, driving vac truck for Cimarron and Jay and doing numerous home remodelling jobs for people at Wawota. He enjoyed nothing more than visiting with the neighbours, having a drink and playing cards. He especially loved playing poker and we, are at this time, temporary guardians of the poker pot. Garnet and I spent many hours driving across Canada and the US, the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean and all places in between. We fell in love with Newfoundland and went back again last year. We just returned from exploring the Oregon coast and visiting family on our way back. This past summer Garnet and I were managers of the Whitesand Regional Park. Garnet, became very passionate about the park and the people there. He was looking forward to helping construct the new well house but he didn’t get the opportunity to do this. His children and his grandchildren meant the world to him, he loved to cuddle babies. Garnet was predeceased by his mother and father, Phillip and Rose Prince, a sister Phyllis Rosin, brothers-in-law Reinhold Rosin, Bill Birnie and nephew, Colin Rosin. Garnet leaves to mourn his wife Anne Maria Prince, (nee Nielsen) of Insinger, son Cimarron(Jennifer) of Wawota, daughter, Dassa(Denis) Lenouail of Wawota. Grandchildren, Brock, Braida, and Hailey Anna. Brothers Leland (Carol) of Churchbridge, Wayne of Canora, and sister Leona (Reg) Ealey of Redcliff, AB. Funeral service was held Thursday November 5, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. from Trinity Lutheran Church, Churchbridge.
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- Lorne Douglas passed away on March 31, 2007, while ice fishing on the Theodore Reservoir, Sask. Lorne was born on a farm just outside of Theodore, Sask. on February 28, 1940, the youngest son of Walter and Clara (nee Leonhardt) Quinton. A few years later the family moved to the farm eight miles south of Theodore, were he remained until his passing. On February 17, 1959 he married Caroline Fenske and worked in Yorkton laying natural gas lines for one year. Upon the birth of their first child, Lorne and Caroline returned to the farm and began farming with his father. Lorne was a 4-H member in his youth and later was a 4-H Leader and President of District 12 4-H for many years. He enjoyed all sports and was a very competitive player. Needless to say fishing was his passion, along with his hunting. Lorne loved his dog and cats, and was very proud of his greenhouse and large garden that had people coming from miles just to see it. Lorne loved his family and his two grandchildren were his pride and joy. He never refused a neighbor in time of need and often went out of his way to help. Lorne was predeceased by his parents, Walter in 1986 and Clara in 1989, and his brother, Norman in 2003. He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Carol; sons, Craig (Daphne) and their children, Brent and Denise of Regina, Blaine (Joanne) of Saskatoon and daughter, Lila of Virden, MB, as well as many relatives and numerous friends. Funeral services for the late Lorne Quinton beloved husband of Caroline Quinton of Theodore will be held on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. from the Theodore Recreation Centre, Theodore. The interment will follow at the Theodore Town Cemetery
- Norman William, beloved husband of Linda Quinton of the Jedburgh district, passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 13, 2003 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 69 yeas of age. Norman William Quinton was born on December 27, 1933 at Sunnyside Farm near Theodore, the eldest son of Walter and Clara (nee Leonhardt) Quinton. His parents moved to a farm near Theodore where his brother, Lorne was born. A few years later, the family moved again to a farm eight miles south of Theodore. Norman worked for Imperial Oil near Frobisher for awhile before returning to the farm. On July 11, 1964 he married Linda Owen and continued to farm until the time of his passing. Norman loved his cattle and had a dairy farm for a number of years before switching over to beef cows that he looked after and pampered until the day before he left us. Norman was a 4-H member in his youth and later a 4-H parent and leader for many years. He enjoyed sports, especially playing baseball, and helping manage the Jedburgh hockey team. He enjoyed doing leather work and made many wallets as gifts for friends and family. His family was much loved by him and his two grandsons were his pride and joy -bike rides and tractor rides were gladly given. His friends and neighbours held a special place in his heart and as his health declined their phone calls, visits and helping hands meant a lot. The help received at the time of his first surgery brought many a thankful tear to his eye - the bale hauling crew and cooks were greatly appreciated. Your kindness was not forgotten. He was predeceased by his parents Walter in 1986 and Clara in 1989. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Linda; three sons, Dean and wife Cami and children Cade and Kaelen of Brooks AB, Glen and companion Cindy Nykaliashyn of Macdowell, and Dale of Yorkton; one daughter, Wendy and companion Chris Martel of Gravelbourg; also a brother, Lorne and wife Carol of Theodore and their family; as well as many relatives and good friends. The family very much appreciates all the help and support received at this time. Funeral services were held on Monday, February 17, 2003 from the Theodore Recreation Centre. David Leonhardt, Dennis Morris and Mary Roper officiated. Norman's son Dean gave the eulogy. The organist, Jan Cobb led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. The interment followed in the Theodore Cemetery with August Fenske, Joe Pelechaty, Clark Anderson, Harvey Bylsma, Brian Sperling and Dick Thompson serving as the casketbearers.
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- Elmer, resident of Theodore, passed away following a brief illness on Thursday, June 6, 2002 at the Regina General Hospital. He was 73 years of age. Elmer Raddysh was born on October 5, 1928 on the family farm in the Caldervale district near Theodore, Sask; a son of Katherina and Gabriel Raddysh. He attended the Caldervale School and completed his grade 12 at the Yorkton Collegiate Institute. As a young man, Elmer worked in Wishart at a garage. He met Mary Hrehor and the couple were married on July 21, 1952. Following their marriage the couple moved to Sheho where Elmer operated an oil business. The couple then moved back to the family farm where they farmed until moving to Theodore. Elmer continued working for the RM of Insinger, Norgaard Construction and Ukrainetz Auctioneering. He volunteered for the Theodore Fire Dept. and was a member of the Village Council. Following the death of Mary on August 13, 1994, daughter Pam returned home to live with Elmer. This gave him a new lease on life as he waited for her to return home safely from her late night nursing shifts. He enjoyed the company of Pam's friends who knew him as 'Elmo', and Savanna Medvid who called him 'uncle' Elmer. He enjoyed visiting with family and enjoyed when Randal, Sylvia and Alexis visited from Winnipeg. After Pam's marriage to Dean Russell, Dean and Elmer spent a lot of time together gardening and having coffee. Elmer enjoyed the company of his cats Rascal and Jack. He also enjoyed watching sports, gardening, cooking, baking, fishing, hunting and mushroom picking. Socializing with friends at 'coffee row' was important to him. Elmer spent this past winter visiting his brother Nick and family at Surrey BC and friend Mildred Klassen and family at Duncan BC. He enjoyed meeting new people and touring Vancouver Island. Besides his wife Mary, he was predeceased by his parents, a sister Mary Kwasnitza, brothers Todor, John and Alec, sisters-in-law Della, Jean and Kaye Raddysh, brothers-in-law Pete Protz and Mike Kwasnitza, nephew Gary Kwasnitza, and by nieces Margaret (Protz) Kazakoff and Margaret (Kwasnitza) LaSalle. He leaves to mourn his passing and to celebrate his life his two daughters: Sylvia (Randal) Semeniuk of Winnipeg; and Pam (Dean) Russell of Yorkton; his granddaughter Alexis Semeniuk of Winnipeg; one sister, Dora Protz of Edmonton; four brothers, Bill (Elsie) of Theodore, Steve of Saskatoon, Nick of Surrey BC and Tony (Alexandra) of Odessa Ont.; a brother-in-law Bill (Katie) Hrehor of Foam Lake; numerous nieces, nephews and his many other relatives and friends. A service of comfort was held on Wednesday evening, June 12, 2002 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. The Funeral Service was held on Thursday afternoon, June 13, 2002 from the Theodore Recreation Centre with Rev. Mary Jane Allan of St. Paul's United Church officiating. The eulogy was given by Sandy Raddysh. The organist, Carla Madsen and the pianist, Thelma Gillis, led members of the Choir and the congregation in the singing of the hymns. A solo selection entitled 'Daddy's Hands', recorded by daughter Pamela was played. The interment followed in the Theodore Cemetery with granddaughter Alexis Semeniuk as the urnbearer.
- Nick, beloved husband on Mary of Theodore entered eternal rest on Friday, December 21, 2007 at his home following failing health. He was 87 years of age. Nick was born on August 30, 1920 in the Theodore district of Saskatchewan; a son of John and Eva (nee Kitzul) Raddysh. He was educated at Poplar Leaf School and eventually took over the Raddysh homestead; a farm north of Theodore when he was united in marriage to Mary Hnatuik in 1949. She was a daughter of George and Helen (Protsak) Hnatuik of Insinger. Nick and Mary farmed until retirement when they moved into the town of Theodore. Nick loved to farm. His growing of grain and raising purebred Hereford cattle took him to major shows in Regina, Yorkton, Norquay and Wadena. He served as a councillor for the RM of Insinger, was on the executive for the Laurie Church Board and drove school bus for the Shamrock School Division. When he was younger Nick loved to: fish, hunt, curl, golf, do carpentry work and custom combine; (sometimes all night long). After he suffered a stroke in 2002 and with his declining health which had confined him to his home; Nick picked up reading as his main hobby. He leaves to cherish his memory and to celebrate his life his loving wife Mary. His daughter Pat ( Martin) Kerelchuk of Brandon, MB., son Conrad of Yorkton, SK; grandchildren: Keri (Paul) Mandziuk of Brandon, MB., Colin (Emily) Kerelchuk of Peoria, ILL., Kim Kerelchuk of Winnipeg, MB., Kyle Raddysh (Kyila) of Yorkton,, SK., Karly Raddysh (Jason) of Saskatoon, SK., 3 great grandchildren: Cassie, Chase and Cohen. Also, his: brother Bill of Regina, SK., sister, Verna Steadman of Red Deer, AB., along with numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Nick was predeceased by his parents John and Eva;sister Mary and her husband Anton Malinowski, brother George and his wife Peg Raddysh; sister and brother-in-law: Elvie Raddysh and Fred Steadman. A prayer service was held on Wednesday evening, December 26, 2007 from the Theodore Recreation Centre. The funeral service was held on Thursday morning, December 27, 2007 from the Theodore Recreation Centre with Rev. Father Mel Slashinsky of St. Mary The Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Church Officiating. William Kozey was the Cantor with Mike Dwernichuk serving as Cross Bearer. The Palamar was Ted Surkan. The interment followed in the Theodore Town Cemetery with: David Kerelchuk, Milt Raddysh, Emil Biblow, Larry Malinowski, David Steadman and Dale Hnatuk serving as Casket Bearers.
- Irene Mary (nee Repay) of Saskatoon passed away at the age of 79 on Thursday, February 3, 2005 at Royal University Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband, William (Bill); one son, Neil and friend, Cheryl McCrae and her children, Jasmine and Justin; one stepbrother, John (Doris) Repay; three sisters-in-law, Ann Repay, Lena Repay, and Shirley Repay (Doug) Hunt; and numerous nieces and nephews. Irene was predeceased by parents, Fred and Mary Repay; four brothers, Nick, Matt, Harry and Eddie; and three sisters, Levina, Ann and Lillian. Irene was born and raised in Insinger, SK and in 1941 she married Bill. They lived in Thunder Bay, ON; Yorkton, SK, and retired in Saskatoon, SK. Irene was active in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. She loved gardening, fishing, needlepoint, and most of all her family. Prayer Service will be held on Sunday, February 6, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. at Park Funeral Chapel (311 Third Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK). The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, February 7, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. at The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of All Saints (2616 Louise Street, Saskatoon, SK) with the Very Rev. Fr. Bohdan Demczuk and Rev. Fr. Mel Slashinsky officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Saskatoon, SK.
- William "Bill", of Saskatoon passed away at the age of 89 on Friday, March 9, 2007 at the Saskatoon City Hospital. Left to cherish his memory is his one son, Neil (Cheryl and her children Jasmine and Justin); sisters, Doris (Chester) Russell, Irene Kwasnitza; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his loving wife Irene of 64 years of marriage; parents, Mary and John; three brothers, Sam, Steve and George; two sisters, Sophie and Bella. Bill was born on August 19, 1917, and raised near Insinger, SK. In 1941, he married Irene Repay. His working career involved being a Heavy Duty Mechanic and Welder. They lived in Thunder Bay, ON; Yorkton, SK; and finally the place of retirement, Saskatoon, SK. Bill was active in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. In his earlier years, he loved to entertain with his band playing his musical instrument called a dulcimer. Bill also enjoyed fishing and gardening with his wife; coaching/watching hockey; and an avid fan of Blue Jay baseball. Prayer Service will be held on Monday, March 12, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at Park Funeral Chapel (311 Third Avenue North). The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of All Saints (2616 Louise Street) with Very Rev. Fr. Bohdan Demczuk and Rev. Fr. Melvin Slashinsky. The interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery of Saskatoon, SK.
- Henry William, resident of Oliver Lodge in Saskatoon, formerly of Yorkton, died peacefully in his sleep Thursday, March 5, 1998. When God measures a man, he puts the tape around his heart, not the head. Henry had a big heart and will always be remembered for his generosity, kindness, compassion, and wonderful humour. The greatest happiness in his life was the love of his family. Henry William Reese was born on August 10, 1904 in Theodore, Sask, then the Northwest Territories; one of ten children born to Frank & Elsa Marie Reese. As a young man Henry worked with his father in a farm machinery business, then went on to become a successful grain buyer for the Federal Grain Company. He was united in marriage to Eva Rose Bilokreli on March 26, 1927 at Theodore. They made their home in the district for a short time before moving to Mikado, where they lived for 15 years, then he accepted a transfer to Ebenezer, retiring in 1967. The couple then moved to Yorkton but returned to Ebenezer in 1979. He goes to join his beloved wife Eva Rose, who passed away on May 10, 1981 and his son Lorne Jack, who passed away March 21, 1993. Left to celebrate his life are his two sons, Harold and his wife Mary of Saskatoon; Floyd and his wife Kathleen of Ebenezer. His two daughters, Jerry Dilschneider of Yorkton and Charmaine and her husband Morley Nelson of Fort Qu'Appelle. His grandchildren whom he loves so dearly and was so proud of: Gerald(Barb) Dilschneider of Calgary; Beverly(Cory) Pride of Langley, BC; Cheryl (Roger) Robertson-Tulloch of Calgary; Wes(Donna) Reese of Saskatoon; Linda(Dale) Friesen of Saskatoon; Shane(Sharon) Reese of Ebenezer; Raymie Reese of Yorkton; Kitty (John) Fournier of Ottawa. His great grandchildren, Todd and Melissa Robertson; Christopher Dilschneider; Kimberly Dundas and Jennifer Pride; Conner & Kate Reese; Chelsea Fournier; Carson and Coulton Reese; Shelbie Friesen; and Meagan Reese. Also his brothers Alvin and Clifford and his sisters Mabel, Enga and Viola. Henry exemplified the old saying ' the only way to have a friend is to be one". He cherished a multitude of friends in his 93 years. God Bless you, our friend. May His Light shine upon You. The Funeral Service was held on Saturday, March 7, 1998 from the chapel of Baileys Funeral Home in Yorkton. Rev. Don Milne of Westview United Church officiated. The eulogy was given by Gerald Dilschneider, grandson to Henry. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetary with Henry's grandchildren and great grandchildren as honourary and active pallbearers.
- Bernice (nee Krupa), of Theodore, beloved wife of Chris Roebuck passed away on Friday, January 20, 2005 following a couregeous battle with cancer. She was 49 years of age. Bernice was born on September 7, 1956 at Yorkton, Saskatchewan, a daughter to Steve and Rose Krupa of Sheho, SK. She was the eldest daughter of six children. She attended Deer Creek School for a year, Otthon for a few years and the remainder of her education at Sheho and Foam Lake. A lot of time when Bernice was growing up years was spent at her grandmother's in Otthon. Bernice met the love of her life, Chris Roebuck in August, 1973 and later that year moved to Chris's family homestead in the Theodore district. She enjoyed life on the farm, planting flowers, taking care of the house and always spending time with family. On March 6, 1976 Bernice gave birth to her first daughter Andrea. This was followed by the birth of twins, Laura Lee and Laura Lynn on October 11, 1977. On April 3, 1979 Angela was born and finally Amy in May 20, 1980. Bernice's hands were full. Following the birth of her daughters she spent all her time raising her children. Bernice stayed home with them from the day they were born until the day they left. While raising her daughters she started a part - time job with Diana May Clay in 1988 decalling ceramics. She continued to decal ceramics for many years On April 8, 2003 she started a job with BDC Courier. She enjoyed this job and is blessed with all the friends she met at this job. In September of 2004, Bernice was diagnosed with a form of lung cancer. Following that she stayed in Regina for a long time and received all sorts of treatments. Bernice was very brave and fought all she had. In April 2005 Bernice was told she was in remission and happily returned to work. Then on September 30, 2005 she was again told that the cancer had returned and was advised to quit her job. In the last months of her life she gladly took care of her pets, her house and her family. Bernice enjoyed Christmas with all her family and on January 8, 2006 celebrated their 20th. Wedding Anniversary and 33 years together. Bernice was predeceased by her parents Steve and Rose (Kolodzieczak) Krupa, a brother Dale Krupa (in infancy); her nephew Andy Mikkonen; her father in - law Louis Roebuck and mother-in-law Nettie Roebuck. She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband Chris Roebuck; her children: Andrea Ostapovitch and her husband Todd Ostapovitch and their children Jared and Kaitlynn of Lloydminster, Laura Lee Roebuck and Chris Woronuik and their son Dawson of Wynyard, Laura Lynn Fedyk and her husband Brad Fedyk and their children, Jason, Shannon and Kaylee of Jedburgh, Angela Roebuck and Stephen Yaholnitsky of Regina, Amy Roebuck and Corey Slobozian and their son Owen and one on the way of Shortdale, MB; her brothers and sisters: Laurel Mikkonen, Cathy Mikkonen, Stephen Krupa, Eugene Krupa and Robert Krupa. Bernice will be missed by many nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, friends and cousins. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, January 24th at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Rev. Fr. Wendelin Rolheiser, OMI from St. Gerard's R.C. Church officiating. A special selection, 'Lost in Your Eyes' by Melissa Etheridge was played as the processional. The reader was Dolores Spreitzer. Serving as honorary bearers were Todd Ostapovitch, Chris Woroniuk, Brad Fedyk, Stephen Yaholnitsky and Corey Slobozian.
- Glenn, of Theodore, Sask; beloved son of Brian and Yvonne Rusnak, passed away on Sunday evening, March 25, 2001 at the Regina General Hospital. He was 23 years, 5 months and 17 days of age. Glenn Garry Rusnak was born on October 8, 1977 at Yorkton, Saskatchewan; a son of Brian and Yvonne (nee Allary) Rusnak. Glenn was raised on the family farm in the Theodore district and received his education at the Theodore School. Glenn was a friendly, sociable individual, well respected by his classmates and school staff, so much so that he was the valedictorian for the class of '95. After he completed high school Glenn remained helping at home for the summer. In fall he began employment with Sunrise Agro. Although his health and well being was always a concern, Glenn greatly enjoyed the challenges and opportunities that came from working for a small company. In October of 1997 Glenn was placed on the waiting list for a lung transplant and on June 10th, 1999 that call came. Within a few short hours Glenn and Brian were on their way to Winnipeg for the operation. The operation was a success and Glenn was able to return home in September. In October he began employment with the Eastern Assiniboine Training Centre in Yorkton as a youth worker. He very much enjoyed being amongst the young people and earnestly tried to make a difference in their lives. This past October Glenn moved into Theodore to reside with 'Baba' Jean Rusnak and had been residing there until his passing. Since January of this year his health had been in steady decline. Predeceased by his sister Tascha, Glenn leaves to cherish his memory his parents Brian and Yvonne of Theodore, sister Shiona (Brad) Buckshaw of Regina and brother Dallas (Carla) Rusnak of Theodore (and future nephew/niece); grandparents Alex and Bertha Allary of Dubuc, Baba Jean Rusnak of Theodore and Gido Matt Rusnak (Helen) of Yorkton, well as numerous aunts, uncles and his many other relatives and friends. The prayer vigil was held on Wednesday evening, March 28th from Bailey's Funeral Chapel. The funeral service was held on Thursday afternoon, March 29, 2001 from the Theodore Recreation Centre. Rev. Mary Jane Allan of St. Paul's United Church officiated. The pianist, Carla Madsen, led members of the Church Choir and the congregation in the singing of the hymns Precious Lord, Take My Hand and Those Hearts That We Have Treasured. The choir sang Make Me A Channel of Your Peace and Go Now in Peace. Glenn's own eulogy was given by Judy and Phil DeVos. Soloist Christa Maas sang Proud To Be Metis. Son-in-law and daughter-in-law Brad and Carla read Glenn's acknowledgement and thank you to the many people that were a part of his life. Honorary bearers were Tinaya Kunz, Ron Maas, Wendy Breit, Shara Allary, Sonya Dehann, Lawrence Hepting, Ernie Thiessen, Sid Mantay and Myles Pelletier. The interment followed in the Theodore Cemetery with Fred Allary, Rick Thompson, Kent Bilokreli, Jeff Sharp, Darren Dressler and Sean Hargreaves serving as the casket bearers.
- John, beloved husband of Olga Rusnak of Yorkton passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of Friday, August 3, 2001. He was 78 years and 16 days of age. John was born on July 18, 1923 on the family farm in the Insinger district of Saskatchewan; a son of Wasyl and Domka (nee Markowski) Rusnak. He was raised on the family farm and received his education at Lesanko School. At age 15 John quit school to help on the farm. In August of 1939 he headed to Perdue by freight train where he got his first job stooking and threshing for a farmer. He then worked for his brother Nick for three years. In 1942 John returned home where he continued to work on the family farm. On September 5, 1948 John was united in marriage to Olga Lessak. They continued mixed farming until 1967, at which time they were offered a caretakers job looking after apartment buildings in Yorkton. John and Olga moved to Yorkton in the fall of that year but continued to operate the farm until 1993. John enjoyed working with wood and repairing things. His favourite saying was, "If someone invented it, I should be able to fix it". John was a member of Sts Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church at Insinger while on the farm and Holy Transfiguration Church while in Yorkton. He had also served as a choir member in both churches. John had been receiving kidney dialysis treatments for the past three years. Even so he never complained, in fact whenever someone inquired of his health his quick response was, "can't complain". He was predeceased by his daughter Gail in 1969, his father Wasyl in 1965, his mother Domka in 1978, sisters Olga in 1941, Anne Kopan in 1986, and Kay Hnatuik in 1994 and by a brother Bill in 1989. John leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 53 years, Olga; son Irv and his wife Gwen of Saskatoon; daughter Colette and her husband Glenn Ebert of Preeceville; grandchildren, Chelsea and Jason Rusnak and Colton and Alexandra Ebert; two brothers, Nick and Ruth of Saskatoon, Mike and Doris of Yorkton; four sisters, Mary Koshman of Edmonton, Sophie Husulak of Theodore, Margaret and Dave Davidson of Saskatoon, Iris and Bill Rusnak of Winnipeg; a sister-in-law Faye Rusnak of Saskatoon, numerous nieces, nephews and his many other relatives and friends. The prayer services were held on Sunday evening, August 5, 2001 from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Yorkton. The funeral service was held on Monday morning, August 6, 2001 from Holy Transfiguration Church with Rev. Father Richard Ehrmantraut officiating. The cantor, Mike Sitko was assisted by members of the parish Choir in the singing of the responses. The crossbearer was Ernie Lessak, the bannerbearers were Tony Zahaik and Ray Gulash. The interment followed in the Garden of Crucifixion at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Dave Rusnak, Daryl Lessak, Conrad Hnatiuk, Barry Rusnak, Larry Husulak and Randy Hnatiuk serving as the casketbearers.
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- Morris. It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of husband, father, grandfather, Morris on Tuesday, May 1st, 2007 at Royal University Hospital. He was 72 years of age. Morris was born on December 22nd, 1934 to Dan and Annie Sackney in the Olekesine District. He was one in a family of five. He received his education at Olekesine, Poplarleaf, Insinger and Sheho Schools. He leaves to mourn his passing his beloved wife, Victoria Ann (Eftoda); his two sons, Wayne Morris, his wife Michelle (Charpentier), and grandsons, Brett Cory and Dane Cody of Fort Saskatchewan, AB; Darrell Brayant, his wife Barb (Mills), and grandsons, Bryant Alexander and Justin Michael of Prince Albert, SK; his brother, Oni; sister-in-law, Etta of Candle Lake, SK; sister-in-law, Mabel Sackney of Kelowna, BC; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and many friends. He was predeceased by his mother, Annie in 1988; his father, Dan in 1989; sisters, Olga in 1989 and Ethel (Graham) in 1980; brothers-in-law, Don (Graham) in 1986 and Peter (Kotyk) in 1996; and brother, Walter in 1998. Prayer Service will be held on Friday, May 4th, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. and the Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 5th, 2007 at 10:30 a.m with Very Rev. Fr. Bohdan Demczuk officiating. Both Services will be held at Acadia Drive Funeral Chapel. Interment to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
- Ben died peacefully on Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, SK at the age of 69. He was born on February 23, 1939, in Veregin, SK. Ben sang in the Ukrainian Catholic Church as Cantor for many years, loved music, singing and playing the banjo. He farmed and was in the hotel business for over 20 years in Springside and Sheho, SK. Ben is survived by his four children and eleven grandchildren: AnnaMarie and Gordon Moellenbeck and their children, Matthew, Jordan, Josephine, Adam of Englefeld, SK; Andy and Judy Sakundiak and their children, Alison, Avrey, Arianne of Calgary, AB; Angela and Dan Frey and daughters, Danielle and Victoria of Brooks, AB; Adrian and Connie Sakundiak and daughters, Taylor and Morgan of Calgary, AB; partner, Linda Skibinsky, and her children, Christina and Billy (Tara); brother, Ed Sakundiak (Stephanie) of Calgary, AB; sisters, Genevieve (William) Berezny of Yorkton, SK; Cynthia (Alec) Billy of Canora, SK; and many nieces and nephews. Ben was predeceased by the mother of his children, Susan Sakundiak; his mother, Josephine; his father, Larry Sakundiak; niece, Marianne (Berezny) Waynert and his uncle, Frank Siganski. Prayer service will be Sunday, July 13th at 7:00 p.m. and the Funeral Mass will be Monday, July 14th at 10:00 a.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Saskatoon, SK.
- Paul Franklin, of Yorkton, formerly of Rokeby, died peacefully with his family around him on Sunday, January 28, 2001, at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 75 years of age. Paul Franklin Sebulski was born on July 1, 1925 to Frank and Rose (Fushtey) near Sheho. He attended Fosti School, Sheho High School and Moose Jaw Normal School. In 1942 he moved to Island Falls in northeastern Saskatchewan where he established a school. Four years later he returned to teach near Sheho. While at Mount Hecla he met Katherine Kitzan who was teaching at Birch Creek. They were married in July, 1952. They taught at Mistatim, Margo, Yorkton, Melville and Esterhazy. Paul served as Principal at Gerald, Jansen, and Estevan Westview School where he injured his back and was forced into disability. In 1971 Paul and Katherine moved to Yorkton. In 1982 they moved to Rokeby and fulfilled his lifetime dream, Parkland Heritage Centre. Here he met and made many new friends. In 1996 a fire wiped out part of the Heritage Village including a barn and shops. Subsequently he suffered his first mild heart attack, his diabetes accelerated and his health deteriorated. In 1999 Paul began renal dialysis. Paul enjoyed and played many sports and musical instruments. He served on many committees and was a member of the Third and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers Bill, John, Peter, Alec, Walter and Ernest; and sisters Elsie Koropatwa and Katherine Bobee. Paul is survived by his loving wife Katherine (Kay) of 48 years; children Gloria (Ray) Jeanson, Julliette (John) Horstman, Leola and Duane Sebulski; grandchildren Kari (David) Bergmuller, Joni, Sara, Aaron and Daniel Jeanson; step-grandchildren Laura and Melinda Horstman; a sister Mary Streelaski; four sisters-in-law, Dora, Victoria, Katie and Dorothy Sebulski and a brother-in-law, Nick Bobee. Prayer services were held on Wednesday, January 31st at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton. Members of the Knights of Columbus, Father Delaere Council led in the praying of the rosary. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Thursday, February 1st at St. Mary's Church with Very Rev. Dmytro Dnistrian, as the Celebrant. Responses were led by St. Mary's Funeral Choir. Leola Sebulski served as the organist. The epistle reader was Julliette Horstman and the cross bearer was Leonard Sebulsky. Joe J. Ratushniak and Lorne Sakundiak served as banner bearers. All those in attendance were considered as honorary bearers. The interment followed in the Garden of Gethsemane, Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Walter Streelasky, Ronnie Sebulski, Randy Kuzek, Russel Yasinowski, Peter Hrbachek and Harry Kardynal serving as the casket bearers. Tributes were presented by brother-in-law Paul Kitzan and friend John Zatwarnitski.
- Morris was born to Ella & Nick Sebulsky on April 14, 1939 and passed away February 4th, 2014 at 10:30 AM. Morris attended public school in Sheho, SK, and took his high school at Yorkton Collegiate for Grades 11 & 12. Following graduation Morris was accepted into the College of Agriculture, University of Saskatchewan and Graduated with a Degree in Agriculture in 1961. Morris continued on at the university working for the crop science department during the first year following Graduation, returning to the farm the years following. His farming years were an extension of his University training, only at a more practical level. He gradually expanded his operational unit into a very profitable farm unit. Furthering his association with the University, Morris was accepted as an Instructor and later on as a Professor in the Agricultural Engineering Department. He continued to maintain his Farm unit while Instructing Vocational Agriculture and Under Graduate Students. Many can attest to Morris being an excellent teacher willing to spend untold hours helping students with the difficult subjects. Morris' work carried on at Ag Engineering for some 30 yrs. or so until his health started to fail due to the advancement of Parkinsonís disease. He was able to continue farming until 2002 when he rented it out to Fred & son Alan Butuk, which has been ongoing to the present time. Morris' Parkinson's continued to advance to where he required "Home-Care" in his own home in Sheho. He received excellent care but finally it was necessary to transfer Morris to the Jubilee (long term care) Home in Foam Lake, Sk. The care he received at the Jubilee was nothing but Exceptional, there is no doubt that was influenced by the fact that Morris was always a real gentleman, always considerate of others, just never an unkind word. Funeral prayerís for Morris will be said on Friday April 4, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy will be said on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. both services at the Sheho Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Holy Trinity. Interment to follow at the Parish Cemetery.
- Mary (nee Franko) 1922 - 2012. Mary Shumay slipped peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Saviour on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at the age of 89 years. Mary was predeceased by her husband Bill in 2010; mother Katie in 1998; and father Wasyl in 1982. She leaves to mourn her sons Randy and Don; sisters Vicky (Al), Rose (Bill) and Doris; brothers Stefan (Roma), Nick (Jennie) and John; and many cherished nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mary was born and raised on the family farmstead in east-central Saskatchewan, the eldest of seven children. After completing grade XII in nearby Theodore, Mary attended the Regina Normal School, and subsequently taught in small rural schools in her home region. In 1947, she and Bill headed west to British Columbia, where Bill began a lengthy career with Cominco in Trail. There, Mary kept busy in the role of housewife and mother of two boys, and was active with the United Church of Canada and various community organizations. Upon Bill's retirement in 1979, the pair moved back to their Saskatchewan roots and settled in Regina. Mary enjoyed reading, crafts, gardening, and sewing. She will be fondly remembered for her love of Ukrainian cooking and her insistence that guests always leave her table (very) well-fed. A FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at Regina Funeral Home, Hwy #1 East, Regina, SK on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Dave Eskdale officiating. Interment will follow in Regina Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
- Mary (nee Panchuk), beloved wife of Peter passed away on February 28, 2006 in Saskatoon at the age of 92. Mary was born on September 8, 1913 in the Insinger district. She was raised on the farm and attended Fosty School. The second oldest child in a family of seven siblings born to John and Katrina Panchuk (Kowalchuk). On October 10, 1937 Mary was united in marriage to Peter Sniher at Model Farm Ukrainian Catholic Church. Mary and Peter moved to Windsor, Ontario and a year later, returned and farmed the Kowalchuk homestead for eight years in Insinger. They then moved to Mikado where they purchased a garage business. In 1950, they moved to Yorkton where they resided for 52 years, after Peter passed away, Mary lived in a Seniors Apartment, later moving to Saskatoon to be closer to her family. Mary was an active member of St. Mary's Church and a longtime member of the women's league Branch 1. Gardening was her passion and it was visible in both her bountiful vegetable and flower gardens. She enjoyed company, playing cards and bingo. A loving mom and grandmother, she loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren always looking forward to their visits. You never left her place feeling hungry. They spent a lot of time during the summer at the cottage at the lake. She never ever forgot a birthday. She leaves to mourn her son Eugene (Shirley) of Calgary and their children Trent (Sandra), Todd (Kelly), Laurie (Darren), Leah (Matt); her daughter Phyllis (John) of Saskatoon and their children Kim, Cordell (Kristi); daughter-in-law Donna (Martin) of Saskatoon and her daughters Allison, Tara (Jeff) and ten great-grandchildren; two sister-in-laws: Mary Panchuk of Saskatoon and Mary Panchuk of Canora and numerous neices and nephews. Mary was predeceased by her parents John and Katrina Panchuk, her husband Peter, son Lorne, grandson Gregory, brothers Steve, Sylvester and Walter (Kay); and sisters Pauline (Bill), Olga (Joe) and Eileen (Joe). Prayers were held on Thursday, March 2nd from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home. The holy rosary led by members of UCWLC preceded the prayers. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Friday, March 3rd at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton with Very Rev. Bryan Bayda, as the Celebrant. Members of St. Mary's Funeral Choir led in the singing of the responses. The crossbearer was Allison Sniher and the epistle reader was Tara Bloski. Members of the UCWLC participated in an honour guard with Susan Pisiak carrying the branch prapor; Bella Gulka, Nettie Sakundiak and Mary Lazurko carrying the memorial wreath. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Trent Sniher, Todd Sniher, Brian Syrota, Norman Ostapowich, Barry Bulych and William Zatwarnitski serving as the casket bearers.
- Alex, of Yorkton entered eternal rest on Sunday, May 4th, 2008 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre with his family at his side. He was 86 years of age. Alex was born on March 15, 1922 on the family farm in the Parkerview district; a son of Louis and Julia (nee Horvath) Solomon. He received his education at Crewkerne School. At the age of 14 ½ years Alex left school and worked on the family farm as well as for other farmers in the area. Alex enlisted into the Canadian Army on July 13, 1941 and served in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe. He received medal decorations which included the Canadian Volunteer Medal & Clasp, Defence Medal 1939 - 1945 Star and the France & Germany Star. He received his discharge from the Armed Forces on November 30, 1945. On November 3, 1946 Alex was united in marriage to Adele Popowich. Together they farmed for the next six years in the Parkerview district. He then commenced work for P.F.R.A. Community Pastures as a pasture manager of the Beaver Hills Community Pasture and onto the Garry Community Pasture for 33 ½ years. Alex and Adele retired and moved to Yorkton in 1987. Throughout the years of his retirement Alex enjoyed the company of family and friends, fishing, bowling, gardening and being a master at fixing small motors and just being Mr. Fix It. Alex loved his baseball, especially the Toronto Blue Jays. Alex leaves to cherish his memory his two children, daughter Marjorie of Calgary and son Bob of Yorkton (friend Clara); sisters-in-law Kay Solomon of Melville and Katie Solomon of Parkerview; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many special friends. Alex was predeceased by his wife Adele in 1991; his parents; brothers, Frank, Louis and Joe; sisters Helen Szabo, Irene Nagy, Margaret Horgus, Rose Bowes and six children in infancy. Prayer Vigil Service was held on Wednesday, May 7th and the Funeral Mass on Thursday, May 8th at St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church, Yorkton with Rev. Father Basil Chomos as the Celebrant. St. Gerard's Parish Choir accompanied by organist, Pam Yaremko led in the responses and the singing of the hymns. The cross bearer was Roger Horgus. The Legion Burial Rite was conducted by General Alexander Ross Branch #77 with Sgt-At-Arms Peter Wyatt, colour party George Arnold, Bill Dicker, Russell Bischop & Bill McQuarrie; buglar John Miller and Act of Remembrance Joe Yurkoski participating. The interment followed in Yorkton City Cemetery with Ed Applin, Dennis Bratkoski, Walter Holowatuik, Mervin Krett , Dennis Kuschak and Matt Macuick serving as the casket bearers.
- Julia (nee Hasper). It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Great Great Grandmother and Sister, Julia Sorensen of Theodore, Sask. She went home to be with her Lord at Invermay Health Centre on Monday, July 14, 2008 at the age of 99. Julia was born February 2, 1909 on the family farm at Orcadia, Sask, the daughter of Manuel and Emily Hasper, later living in Ebenezer and Theodore Westbrook District. She married John Sorensen on March 12, 1929 and they farmed in the Theodore Westbrook District. They had three children, and in later years ran the John Deere dealership in Theodore. Julia loved her family and community and was active in the church choir, United Church Women (U.C.W.), Homemakers and Theodore Seniors Club. She enjoyed gardening, needlework, and entertaining her many friends and family members. Julia was predeceased by her parents, Manuel and Emily; her husband, John (1983); her son, Ivan (1998); her grandson-in-law, Darcey Busse (2008); her brother, Harry and her sisters, Laura and Anna. She will be lovingly missed by her son, Allen (Sylvia) Sorensen; her daughter, Marlyn (Leslie) Crow; her daughter-in-law, Annie Sorensen; grandchildren, Cheryl (Denis) Côté, Wendy (Tim) Kovatch, Barry (Michelle) Crow, Cindy Busse, Janet (John) Phillips, Crayton Sorensen, John (Lori) Sorensen, Shelley (Frank) Plohman; thirteen great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; her brother, Robert (Marie) Hasper and sisters, Emily Duke and Auldene Harkema.
- Pete, of the Parkerview district passed away on Thursday, March 6, 2003 at the Foam Lake Health Centre. He was 68 years of age. Petro Stadnyk, the sixth son and tenth child in a family of twelve children was born to John and Mary (nee Paley) Stadnyk on June 25, 1934 on the family farm in the Parkerview district. He attended Chiselhurst School until he had to stay at home and help with farming. At the age of twenty-one he went to Ontario and worked in a Gold Mine until 1961; all the while continuing to help with spring and fall work at the farm. He decided to take over farming full time following the passing of his father. He built a new home on the farm in 1967 and looked after his mother until her passing in 1976. Pete could be described as a people person and a perfectionist. His home, yard, garden, vehicle and crops were true examples. He enjoyed entertaining guests at his home and was an excellent cook. His guests never left his home without a coffee or even a meal. Pete's gentleness, sensitivity, sincerity and jovial disposition gained him the respect of many friends. Pete was also community-minded; serving as councilor in the Ituna RM; Treasurer for the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church (also known as the Stadnyk Church for the family donated the land and helped build the Church). He would spend countless hours looking after the maintenance of the Church and yard. Pete also enjoyed hunting and fishing; being an avid marksman frequently hunting season for him was over before getting hardly started. Fishing was not the same; he would spend many hours on the lake and just couldn't land the big one. His love for nature slowly kept getting over taken by his failing health. His illness depressed him many times since he no longer could manage to do the things he loved to do. He was predeceased by his father (1958); mother (1976); brothers, Matt (1977); Alex (1984); John (1984); Steve (1998) and Mike (1995). Peter leaves to cherish his memory four sisters, Dora Parawinchuk of Gravenhurst, ON; Katie Kwasnitza and Anne Serray of Yorkton, and Effie Yurkowski of Winnipeg,; two brothers, Bill (Jeanette) of Kelowna, BC and George (Lena) of Regina,; three sisters-in-law, Doris Stadnyk of Foam Lake, Theresa Stadnyk of USA and Dora Stadnyk of Niagra Falls; along with many nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends. Prayer services were held on Sunday, March 9, 2003 at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. Funeral services were held on Monday, March 10, 2003 at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthoodox Church, Sheho Town with Rev. Father Mel Slashinsky officiating. The cantor, Gerlad Yaholnitsky assisted by choir members led in the singing of the responses. The cross bearer was Christopher Kwasnitza and the banner bearers were David Fink and Bradley Kirstuik. The interment followed in the Holy Ghost (Stadnyk) Parish Cemetery with Peter Kwasnitza, Ted Stadnyk, Dennis Kuzek, Danny Serray, Alex Baranesky and Johnnie Yurkowski serving as the casket bearers.
- John (May 29, 1920 - May 23, 2009). John Stratechuk, formerly of Yorkton and a resident of the Veterans Village, Sherbrooke Community Center in Saskatoon for the past six years, died peacefully on May 23, 2009 with his family and caregivers at his side. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 65 years, Mary; children, Bernice (Wayne) Rees of Winnipeg, Charlotte (Stuart) Hampton of Saskatoon, and Melvin (Sharon) Stratechuk of Edmonton; grandchildren, Kim (Frank) Procup, Karen (Scott) Sladek, Glynis (Alex) Bertrand, Lauren and Ian Hampton, Kyle and Eric Stratechuk; great-grandchildren, Brayden, Cole, Matheiu, Gabrielle, Shaelynn. Also, brothers Peter (Janice) of Regina, George of Cranbrooke, BC and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, two sisters, one brother, three nieces and one nephew. John was born and raised on a farm northwest of Sheho, SK and was the eldest of six. He enlisted in the Canadian Army in January 1942 and served in the Kings own Rifles of Canada. He was stationed in BC and in 1944 in Prince Albert, SK. In April 1945 he was transferred into the Royal Canadian Engineers; however the war ended before he went overseas. John was a member of the Yorkton Legion Branch 77. During one of John's leaves in the summer of 1942, he met the love of his life, Mary Zatwarnicki at a Sheho dance. They married August 6, 1944. They farmed south of Sheho, moved to Yorkton in 1964 where John was employed at Morris Rod Weeder until he retired. They enjoyed many fishing and camping trips, card playing with family and friends, traveling, mushroom and berry picking. John was an avid gardener, crib player, and a frequent bingo player. Many thanks to the outstanding staff at Veterans Village, Houses 8 & 11 who ensured John's last residence was a real home and in doing so became his extended family. A special thanks to John's favorite ladies. A Celebration of Life Tea will be held on Friday, May 29, 2009 from 2 4 pm in the Common Room at Veterans Village at Sherbrooke Community Center, 401 Acadia Dr., Saskatoon, SK. A family interment will be held on July 10, 2009 at 11:00 am at Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sheho, SK.
- Ethel Grace (nee Werner) was the eighth of ten children born and raised on the family farm north of Springside. She attended Sandy River School and the Baptist Homestead Church. She worked for various families and at the Corner House Café in Yorkton after leaving school. On June 26, 1953, she married Charles E. Stuart at the Theodore United Church. Ethel was a quiet person; content in her family, her garden and a few close friends. Her green thumb produced more vegetables than even she could can. Ethel always shared pails of peas and cucumbers and grew the best corn, as kids we’d play hide and seek in the tall stalks until she invented the “corn watcher” to scare us out of her forest of golden cobs. Still today when I see a great blue heron winging overhead, we remember her telling us how this prehistoric looking bird was guarding her corn. Ethel loved a good game of cards, all her grandchildren learned to count by playing rummy with Grandma. She delighted in each grandchild’s accomplishments and could be counted on at all concerts and graduations. She planned several very successful family reunions. One reunion wouldn’t be over and she would be anticipating the next. Although quiet by nature her curt sense of humor kept you on your toes. Ethel loved to read ghost stories and the Reader’s Digest. She got her long range weather forecast from the Farmers Almanac and current news and weather on CJGX. She loved long drives in the country which often ended up with a visit to Grandpa Werner’s farm which was her birthplace. Ethel’s long battle with cancer began 33 years ago, defying the odds she beat the enemy then with the same strength and courage she faced the challenge several more times over the years. She passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 10th with her family at her side. Ethel was predeceased by her parents, Carl and Lydia (Schmaltz) Werner; her husband, Charles; mother and father-in-law, Charles and Mary Ann (Ferguson) Stuart; one grandson Jordon in infancy; four brothers, Albert, Alfred, Leo and Robert; two sisters, Irene Ficken Boucher and Ruth Barrett. She leaves to cherish her memory her four children and their families, Charles (Karen) Stuart, Robert (Sharon) Stuart of Theodore; Iona (Billy) Baraniuk and Debbie (Leonard) Sebulsky both of Sheho; nine grandchildren, Adam and Stephanie Stuart, James, Tracey (Jodi) and Jonathon Stuart, Kaleigh Baraniuk, Tim, Jaime (Derrick) and Brianne Sebulsky and two great grandchildren, Eva and Eli. She also leaves to celebrate her life two sisters, Lillian Merkle of Lone Butte, B.C. and Olga Pearce of Eston, SK and one brother, Arthur of Saskatoon, SK as well as numerous other relatives and good friends. A service of comfort will be held Sunday evening at 7:30 pm from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home, Yorkton. The Funeral Service will take place Monday at 1:00 pm from the chapel of Christies Funeral Home. The committal service will follow at Theodore Town Cemetery.
- Stefan. Funeral service for Stefan Surkan, 87, of Theodore, who died April 1, 2006 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, is to be held April 5 at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Transfiguration in Yorkton with Rev. Roman Kocur officiating. Burial is to be in the Theodore Town Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Born on August 18, 1918, in the Theodore district to Peter and Marie (Grumetza) Surkan, he attend Czernowitz School. He and his brother, Ted, took over the family farm after their father retired. He moved to Theodore in 1975, but continued to offer a helping hand at the farm. He was an active member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Mary the Protectress in Theodore and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Transfiguration in Yorkton. He was a member of the Order of St. Andrew, Yorkton chapter. Predeceased by his patents, Peter and Marie, seven brothers, John in infancy, Alex, Tom, Andy, Harry, Martin and Bill, and seven sisters, Cynthia in infancy, Eva Timerowski, Dora Teply, Ann Wolowidnek, Vicky Semchuk, Katie Prokop and Lena Halek, he is survived by two brothers, Ted (Olga) of Theodore and Peter (Arlene) of Stoney Plain.
- Theodore "Ted". It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our husband, Dad and Gido, Theodore "Ted" Surkan on February 12, 2009, just six days short of his 83rd birthday, at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. Ted was born on February 18, 1926, the son of Peter and Marie (nee Grumetza) Surkan, the 12th child in a family of 17. As a young man, Ted served in the Armed Forces as well as being a member of the Canadian Legion for 20 years. Upon discharge from the armed forces, he returned to the family farm. He met Olga Kuzyk and in 1956, the couple were united in marriage. Ted and Olga worked together on the farm and raised their family in the Theodore district. In 1987, they retired and moved into the town of Theodore. Until his passing, Ted was an active member and President of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Theodore for many years, as well as an active member of the Order of St. Andrew’s, Yorkton Chapter and a member of the Yorkton Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Ted will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Olga (nee Kuzyk); his son, Bernie (Myra) and their children, Melissa, Daniel and Logan; his daughter, Brenda (David) and their children, Tristin, Skylar and Kailin as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Ted was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Marie (nee Grumetza) Surkan; his siblings, John, Eva, Alec, Tom, Stephan, Dora, Andrew, Anne, Cynthia, Lena, Bill, Vicky, Kay, Harry, Peter and Martin. Prayers will be held on Sunday evening, February 15, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. from the Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, February 16, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. from the Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The interment will follow in the Theodore Town Cemetery.
- Dora (nee Kostinuk) of Yorkton passed away suddenly August 2nd, 2009, at the age of 94, in the Yorkton Regional Health Centre following successful hip surgery in Regina. The hip surgery was required largely through no fault of hers, but was required due an un-witnessed event while in Respite Care. Dora was born on October 3, 1914 in the Lawrie (Insinger) District of Saskatchewan. She was the second youngest of six daughters born to Peter and Irena (nee Lesak) Kostinuk. She grew up on the family farm a few miles south east of Insinger attending school and helping her father farm the land. Dora was married to William (Bill) Suschinsky on July 15th, 1934, thereby, reaching the milestone of 75 years of marriage this year. Her husband was a teacher and in those years many small rural schools had teacherages (little houses) on the same site as the school. Except for one year in the Medicine Hat area, they moved nearly yearly from one school district to another, usually living around the Theodore, Insinger, Sheho area. This perfected Dora's packing skills and homemaking. During this time Dora and William had two children. In the mid 1940's, they settled on Dora's parents farm, tried farming till 1953 at which time William went back to teaching, again in that same area, living in the teacherages for the winter and on the farm for the summer where numerous large gatherings took place. Dora was well known for her baking, cooking skills, fashionable attire, love of gardening and flowers. In 1958 they settled in Insinger, moved to Theodore in 1962, fully retired in 1972 and then relocated to Yorkton in 1983 settling at the Bentley Retirement Community for the past six years. In her younger days Dora was active in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Theodore Senior Citizens Club and Whitesand Regional Park where she also enjoyed Golfing. Predeceased by her parents and sisters, Dora leaves to mourn her passing, her husband William, daughter, Jase Rowe of San Francisco, son,Bob and his wife Doreen of Yorkton, grandchildren, Jennie, Kelly Sargent (just married August 1st to Chris) & Scott Suschinsky along with great-grandchild Braxton McLaren as well numerous nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service was held on Wednesday, August 5th, at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre Very Rev. Father Mel Slashinsky officiating. The responses were led by Gerald Yaholnitsky & Parish Choir Members. The crossbearer was Kelly Sargent. Honorable casket bearer was Joe Yurkoski (God Child). The interment took place in the Garden of St. Luke at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Scott Suschinsky, Chris Sargent, Braxton McLaren, Brad McLaren, Randy Kozak and Nick Kucher serving as the casket bearers. Accordion Selections were shared by long time family friend, Ron Pilipow.
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- Paul Denis. It is with great sadness that the family of Paul Thibodeau announce his passing following a courageous battle with leukemia on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina, Saskatchewan. He was 54 years. Paul was born on July 14, 1953 in Chatham, Ontario. He was the second child born to Joe and Doreen Thibodeau. He was raised on the farm outside Tilbury, Ontario. He attended grade school at St. Francis and St. Joseph’s in Tilbury, high school was two years at Tilbury District and two years at Chatham Kent. Later he attended St. Clair College to get certified as a fitter-welder. Paul moved off the farm and started to work for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) immediately after high school, that took him from Tilbury to Chatham, then London to Windsor. When layoffs came Paul chose to stay in the area and began working at a couple of local welding shops. Paul loved sports, friends and parties. There are many stories of euchre night at the Thibodeau’s and of course many house parties weren’t complete without a game going on. He loved to play ball, sometimes on more than one team at a time, often making it to provincial championships, enjoying the game and the social life that went with it. He loved golf and he played on a men’s league, couples night and Sunday morning. Come winter he was on a recreational Sunday morning hockey league that usually ended Sunday evening. He never turned down a fishing trip, winter or summer and once he had his own boat it would leave the dock every Saturday morning at about 6:00 a.m. and in the winter it was a hovercraft or skidoo gone long before the sun came up. Paul had known Mary Jo since their teens, but they started dating when he was 32, they got married a couple of years later in 1988 and were blessed with the birth of two children, Jesse and Erica. Paul was a great father, very proud of his children. He attended their activities with pride, watching Jesse winning at Badminton and Erica excelling at dance. He instilled in them a love of sports, camping and nightly wildlife tours. Paul and Mary Jo lived in Tilbury, then the Lighthouse Cove and then in 2000 decided to move to Saskatchewan to try their hand at certified organic farming and mobile welding. He fell in love with the wildlife and wide open spaces, always a story of a deer, moose or elk seen on the wildlife tours. For Paul, hunting season began with starting to scout in May, the actual hunts being in November and the spotting of the one he or someone else missed continuing until April - it was a long season! Of course there was always coyotes and beavers to fill in the boredom and the forever hunt of the illusive bear. Paul began working at Leon’s Manufacturing two years ago and always came home with fun stories about a day at work, he loved the four day work week and hunting, golfing, fishing and camping with the guys from work. In Tilbury, Paul is known as Cooper and it has always stuck, in Saskatchewan, he was known as Sparkie. Paul’s sickness was sudden and leukemia ravaged his body, with chemotherapy he did go into remission but although he fought he couldn’t recover from the damage done. Paul was predeceased by his father, Joe. He leaves behind his wife, Mary Jo (nee Lauzon); his son, Jesse of Calgary, AB; his daughter, Erica of Yorkton, SK; his mother, Doreen; his brother and wife, Henry and Maryann; his brother and wife, Gerald and Beth; his sister and husband, Theresa and Dave Heuston; parents-in-law, Maxine and George Lauzon; brothers-in-law and wives, Jerry and Margaret Lauzon and Joe and Margaret Lauzon; sisters-in-law and husbands, Diane and Rob Major, Inez Lauzon and Michele Lauzon, also many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. All were blessed to be able to be a part of his life. Visitation for the late Paul Thibodeau (pronounced Tibido) of Sheho will be held on Monday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. from Gospel Fellowship Church, Foam Lake. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 A.M. from Gospel Fellowship Church, Foam Lake. A Visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday, March 7, 2008 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. from Reaume’s Funeral Home in Tilbury, Ontario. The Visitation will continue on Saturday, March 8, 2008 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. with the Memorial Service taking place at 2:00 p.m.
- Rose Marie (nee Lau, Mui Kwai). Rose was born on July 5, 1920 in Kowloon, Hong Kong and passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 16, 2009 at the Sunnyside Adventist Care Centre. Rose immigrated to Canada as one of the first war brides from Hong Kong after the Second World War to join her husband, Sear Ang (Charlie) Toy. They first settled in Sheho, Sask. where they operated the Elite Cafe and raised six children. Rose was predeceased by her husband Sear Ang (Charlie) in 1992 and a baby son; Arthur, in 1940. Rose is survived by her children; Lillian, Alf (Marie Bidwell), Eva Bolger, John (Mary Pratchler) all of Saskatoon, Yvonne Dyer (Stephen) of Mesa, Az. and Don of Calgary, AB. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren; Lee, Brie, Andrea, Rachelle, Amanda, Christopher and Madison as well as her great granddaughter; Pheadra-Lynn. Rose and Charlie operated the Elite Cafe in Sheho from 1947 until 1967 when they opened a second restaurant in Langenburg, Sask. They operated both restaurants with the help of their children until Charlie returned to Sheho in 1973. They retired from the restaurant business in 1975 and remained in Sheho until 1983 when they moved to Saskatoon to be closer to their grandchildren. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to all of the staff at the Sunnyside Adventist Care Centre with special heartfelt thanks to Liberty Mataverde. Out of respect for their mother's wishes; a private family traditional Buddhist Ceremony will be held. Interment will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery, Saskatoon, SK.
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- Judith Lorraine (nee Roebuck), beloved wife of Garry Ungar of the Theodore district passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2009 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre at the age of sixty years. Judith Lorraine Ungar was born on June 13th, 1949 in the Theodore Union Hospital. She was the eighth of thirteen children born to Michael and Anne (nee Pacholko) Roebuck. Judy was raised on the family farm a half-mile east of Theodore. Early in life Judy learned the value of hard work, driving tractor, harrowing, haying, picking stones and milking cows for her dad, and helping tend a garden big enough for a dozen with her mom. With so many kids in the family, Judy's childhood was a blur of birthdays, weddings, Easter and Christmas gatherings. Judy met the love of her life, Garry Ungar, very early in life, both attending Theodore School. They were married in Theodore on November 23, 1968 in the Theodore Town Hall. Garry was stunned by her pretty looks and caring ways. Judy and Garry lived in Regina, Edmonton, Calgary and Balgonie before finally settling on the farm 3 ½ miles west of Theodore in 1975. Their marriage was blessed with four children: Scott, Jason, Erin and Brennan. Judy worked as a teller in the T.D. Bank in Edmonton and Calgary before becoming a full time mom on the farm. Judy was the Vice President of G. Ungar Construction Co. Ltd. and it's Chief Financial Officer; but always remained the hub of the family. Judy was known for her wry wit and sharp tongue and as a gourmet chef; whipping up the lightest pancakes and biscuits, succulent seafood dinners and mouth watering Saskatoon, apple and peach pies. She was proud to be a confirmation sponsor for her nephew, Christian Hansen. Judy's faith and love for her husband was heightened when she nearly lost him in a tragic automobile accident in 2002. She loved spending time with Garry: fishing, travelling and going to church, and was rarely seen at home without a good book. Judy will always be remembered for her unconditional love. She would defend her family to a fault. Her family was always the focus of everything she did and their happiness was the most important thing to her. Judy battled cancer valiantly for eleven years and we are all in awe of her faith, strength and resiliency. On Thursday, June 18, 2009 Judy passed away at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre at the age of sixty years. Predeceased by: her mom Anne in 1980, her dad Mike in 1986, sisters: Iris Hartley and Rose Germaine, brother Marty Roebuck, her parents - in law Bill and Hazel Ungar, brother-in-law Brian Ungar and nephew Jonathan Hansen. Judy leaves to mourn her passing and to cherish her memory her loving husband of forty years, Garry. Her four children: son, Scott (Carla) and their son Tristen; son, Jason and his girlfriend Brook Paton and his son Connor; daughter, Erin (Dave) Gibson and their two sons, Riley and Ronnie; daughter, Brennan Ungar and her son Carson; Judy's nine sisters: Evelyn (Doug) Nevard, Joan (Morris) Sniher, Elaine (Herman) Vossen, Marian (Ed) Klassen, Teresa (Wayne) Groff, Louise (Steve) Shuglo, Debbie (Mark) Willcox, Darlene (Garnet) Hansen; one brother, Louis Roebuck, a "special aunt" Sheila Koshman, brother and sisters-in-law: Bill and Doris Ungar, Joyce Roebuck, Vivian Ungar; her godchildren: Matthew and Mark Roebuck, her cat and reading companion Milo along with numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends.
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- Daniel Edward (April 24, 1999 - March 11, 2008). Dan was born in Yorkton to Paul & Mary Wasylkiw. The oldest of four children, Dan quickly became the man of the family when his father passed away when Dan was a young boy. He married Carolyn Kovalench in 1971 and the moved north to Yellowknife in 1972 to work for Kavanaugh Bros., which they eventually took over and ran successfully until 1997. In 2000, Dan and Carol retired to Salmon Arm, B.C. where Dan’s passion for landscaping blossomed and showed in his beautiful yard. Dan enjoyed many years of travel during his retirement, which included visiting his son and grandsons in Sacramento, California, being at his daughter’s wedding in Hawaii, and taking cruises all over the world. Saskatchewan never left Dan’s heart and it always remained ‘home’ to him and visits back to the farm and his family were very special to him. Dan was predeceased by his father Paul in 1959, sister Irene in 1992 and brother-in-law James in 1986. He is survived, and will be forever missed, by his wife Carol, his son Blaine (Kara), his daughter Tasha (Peter), his grandsons Ben, Liam & Nate Daniel, his mother Mary, his sisters Diane (Ron) and Gloria (Jeff), mother-in-law Pearl, brother-in-law Wilfred (Sharon), nephews Kurtis & Garrett and nieces Shelly, Tracy and Kendra. Funeral services for Dan Wasylkiw beloved husband of Caroline Wasylkiw of Salmon Arm, BC and formerly of Yellowknife and the Theodore Districts will be held Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 11:00 am from the chapel of Christies Funeral Home, Yorkton. Interment to follow at the St. Constantine and Helena Ukrainian Catholic Church, Veasylowetz Cemetery.
- Taras, formerly of Olds, Alberta and Saskatoon, Sask, was born on July 8, 1935 in Sheho, Sask. Taras passed away on May 4, 2004 at home in Dawson Creek, BC, at 68 years of age. Taras is survived by his son, Conrad; daughter, Tara-Jean; and two granddaughters, Cadence Wenc McIntyre and Johanna Wenc; sisters, Katie, Mabel, Ann and Pauline; brother, Konnie; and numerous nieces and nephews. Taras was pre-deceased by his parents, George and Martha; brothers, Mike, Nick, Bill and Pete; sister, Rose; and one grandson, Taras James McIntyre. Taras was devoted to his grandchildren and had a special bond with Cadence. "Dido " will be greatly missed. Taras will always be remembered for his sense of humour and appreciation for the finer things in life. "Don't sweat the small stuff" and "It's all small stuff" have been imprinted in our hearts and minds. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday May 10, 2004 at the Saskatoon Funeral Home.
- Allan Thomas. It is with great sadness that the family of Allan Westerhaug announce his passing following a brief battle with cancer on January 23, 2008 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Allan Thomas Westerhaug was born on November 3, 1940 in the Jedburgh District of Saskatchewan, the second oldest of four boys born to Clarence and Rachel (nee Guest) Westerhaug. He received his education at the Creekside and Theodore Schools. Being raised in a family of four boys, Allan learned not only to play pranks but how to handle being on the other end of the pranks as well. In his younger years, Allan played the piano and accordion with an orchestra and entertained at many dances in the area. After spending some time away from home working, Allan returned to his parents farm and soon began courting Shirley Quinton of the Jedburgh District. The couple were united in marriage on October 29, 1966 and they began farming Shirley’s parent’s farm. After suffering some back problems, Allan and Shirley moved into Yorkton where Allan worked as a small motor mechanic. However, farming ran deep in Allan’s blood and his love for the farm soon brought the family back to Sunnyside farms and the land that had been homesteaded by Shirley’s grandfather. There Allan and Shirley ran their mixed farming operation and he operated a back hoe business. Allan was excellent with his hands and prided himself on fixing or building a lot of the things needed around the farm from a self-unload bale wagon to building and designing the farm house. On January 30, 1979, Allan and Shirley were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Tanis. Allan and Tanis shared a very special bond and he was glad to see her get married to Ryan Ferguson this past October. His dream came true when Tanis and Ryan took over the family farm. Even though he had moved to town, Allan enjoyed becoming the overseer of the farm activities - after he was done with his coffee buddies! Allan served on the Theodore Rec Board and enjoyed playing hockey, ball and curling. He always had time to visit with friends and neighbors and was always ready to lend a helping hand to a friend in need. Allan will be sadly missed for his sense of humor and joking ways by his loving family and all those who had the pleasure of knowing him. Allan was predeceased by his parents, Clarence, Sr. and Rachel Westerhaug and one brother, Clarence, Jr. He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory, his loving wife of 41 years, Shirley; his daughter and son-in-law, Tanis and Ryan Ferguson of Theodore; two brothers, Carl (Annetta) Westerhaug of Theodore and Barrie (Marian) Westerhaug of Edmonton, AB; three sisters-in-law, Sophie Westerhaug of Yorkton, Sharon (Wilfred) Kovalench of Theodore and Glenda (Mervin) Kitzan of Saskatoon as well as many other relatives, dear friends and neighbors. Funeral services for Allan Westerhaug beloved husband of Shirley Westerhaug of Theodore will be held Monday afternoon at 2:00 pm from the Theodore Rec Centre. Interment to follow in the Guest Cemetery.
- Edward H. "Ted" (November 21, 1931 - June 22, 2014). It is with heavy hearts, our family announces the unexpected passing of E. H. "Ted" Wharington CLU. Ted was truly a wonderful and beautiful man, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and the patriarch of our family.Edward Harry Wharington was born November 21, 1931 on his grandparents farm near Theodore, Sk. Growing up on the prairies wasn't easy, especially during the depression years. Dad completed his Grade 12 in Penzance and as a young man, followed in his father's footsteps finding work with the CPR. In 1953 while relieving another station agent in Hardisty, he met a beautiful young lady at the Del Restaurant. The young lady was Zona Parsons whom he fell in love with and married October 16,1954. Soon, Ted and Zona had 3 beautiful children, Cathy born 1955 in Hardisty, Gerry 1956 and Bev 1958 both born in Wilkie. In 1964 Ted left the railroad and began a new career with the Manufacturers Life Ins. Co.. Ted earned his Chartered Life Underwriting designation receiving the Dunstall Medal for highest marks. Ted's knowledge in the insurance field was unequalled. Dad was successful at and loved the work he did; amazingly he was still working for Manulife at the time of his passing. Dad was an excellent musician and played his favourite instrument, the accordion, at every opportunity. Many wonderful memories resulted from get-togethers with friends, Uncle Tony or with mom on the piano. Dad was also a very accomplished golfer. He had close to 50 tournament wins in North Central Sask through the late 1960's, 1970's and 1980's. In 1987, Ted made the Sask Senior Golf team and the following year, he was crowned Provincial Senior Men's Champion. Ted was a proud member of the North Battleford Golf & Country Club since 1969 and served on the Board of Directors as well as Club Captain. Ted was elected to the Sask Golf Assoc. Board of Directors in 1984 and served for 16 years in that capacity. He served as President of the SGA (1990-1991), Vice President, Course Rating Chairman, Rules Chairman and Tournament Chairman and worked tirelessly at all his SGA appointments. Ted loved golf and golf in Saskatchewan was better for it. Both mom and dad valued the friendships they made with everyone at the NBG&CC and with the many new friends made at the Indian Palms Golf & CC in Indio CA where they travelled for 'winter golf' for many years. Dad's passion and love for the game of golf was very apparent, but his love for his family was far greater and even more evident. Dad cherished the love of his life, his soul mate and wife, Zona. Dad deeply loved his family and took every opportunity to spend time with all, especially all the little ones that came along later. The love, happiness, and pride would shine from Dad as he spent time with his family watching them grow and having families of their own. He was so very proud of his 3 children, his 5 grandkids and his 4 great grand daughters, which he took every opportunity to spoil. Dad's youthful spirit and gentle ways were infectious to all around him. Dad was a kind and generous man who was liked by every one he met and loved by everyone that knew him. Ted will be so dearly missed by his wife of 59 years Zona, daughter Cathy Roberts (Kenton Dean), granddaughter Dana Kormish (Neil) and great granddaughters Livia, Ara and June; grandson Todd Roberts (Vanessa Polanik); son Gerry (Terri Gardiner), grandson Laene Burns (Krystal) and great granddaughter Peyton; son Bev (Karen), grandson Michael and granddaughter Julie. Services will be held on Friday June 27th 2014 2:00 pm at the Living Faith Chapel, 1371 103 street North Battleford, SK.
- Susan (nee Kehler) December 14 , 1923 - September 18 , 2006, was born at her parent's homein Horndean, MB. She was the 9th of 11 children born to John and Kathrina (Neufeld) Kehler. As a young girl, she accepted the Lord as her Saviour. She memorized 500 Bible verses through Canadian Sunday School Mission and received a trip to a Bible Camp. Susan went to school in the Horndean area until the age of 14 and then worked on the farm at home until age 19. In October 1943, Susan went to Winkler Bible School. After her 3rd year at Bible School, she completed her Grade 9. After Bible School graduation (4 years), she then completed her Grade 10 and took summer studies to complete her high school diploma. It was a difficult year but she was determined to complete her studies as she wished to apply for nurses training. She stated that the Bible verse 'my grace is sufficient' was special during those difficult times. Susan was accepted into nurses training in September 1948 and graduated in May 1951. Due to migraines, Susan was not able to fulfill her dream of becoming a foreign missionary nurse, however God blessed her with a successful nursing career and family. Her first nursing position was in Altona, MB and was there from October 1951 ' April 1955. She purchased her first car, an Austin, in the fall of 1954. In 1955, she went to Oshawa, Ontario, where she picked up a brand new 1955 Chevy at a cost of $2,352. She visited Niagara Falls on the way back. In 1955, she moved to Fisher Branch, MB, became the Director of Nursing and worked there until 1958. In the summer of 1956, she traveled with friends to Yellowstone and Banff. In the summer of 1957, she traveled to Germany to visit her sister Gertrude and brother-in-law Elmer Gerbrandt. She spent a total of 3 weeks, also visiting various European countries. In 1958, she left Fisher Branch and worked in Winkler, MB. In April 1959, she moved to Erickson, MB. A Baptist minister invited her to their church, and they also held services in Minnedosa, MB. It was at this church that Susan met her first husband Henry Steingard. They were married on February 13, 1960, and their daughter Shirley was born on September 1, 1961. Susan was the last member of her family to be married and the first to become a widow, as Henry passed away from Hodgkin's Disease on March 17, 1963. When Shirley was 6 months old, Susan returned to her nursing career in Erickson, MB and then began working at the Minnedosa Hospital in April 1962, where she worked up until her second marriage to Wilfred Wilcock on October 3, 1964. Wilfred lived in Sheho, SK. Susan's house was brought to the farm in Sheho, and since then has undergone numerous renovations and is still the home they have lived in up to this time. Susan and Wilfred were blessed with 2 more daughters, Ruth (October 26, 1965) and Sheila (December 9, 1969). Susan continued her nursing career at the Foam Lake Jubilee Home until her retirement in 1989. Susan and Wilfred continued operating their farm to the present time. Susan was predeceased by her parents, John in 1964, and Kathrina in 1956, as well as her first husband Henry Steingard (March 1963), her sisters Tina (January 2004) and her brother-in-law Ben (December 1978), Nettie (May 2004), and her brother-in-law Jake (February 1995), Lena (December 1992) and her brother-in-law George (December 2001), Mary (March 2000) and her brother-in-law Ed (November 1971), Gertrude (March 1979), and brothers John (June 1912, at age 3), Cornelius (May 1996) and her sister-in-law Margaret (February 2005), John (March 1983) and her sister-in-law Susan (May 2000), her brother-in-law Frank Peters (May 1981), her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Thomas (October 1996) and Gladys Wilcocks (March 2006), her sister-in-law Mary Wilcocks (Babichuk) (February 1979) and brother-in-law Bill Babichuk (May 1990), and her great-niece Kathy Wilcocks (Landstad) (June 1986). She leaves to lovingly cherish her memory, her beloved husband Wilfred Wilcock of Sheho, SK (married 41 years, 11 months and 15 days), her daughter Shirley (Laurent) Perron and grandson Serge of Welland, ON, her daughter Ruth of St. Catharines, ON, and her daughter Sheila (Scot) Leys and grandchildren Cassidy, Carter and Kara of High Level, AB; her sister Margaret Peters of Winnipeg, MB, her sister Annie (Pete) Harder of Horndean, MB, her brother-in-law Elmer Gerbrandt of Germany; her nephew Norman (Violet) Wilcocks of Invermay, SK, great-niece Dana (Billy) Jack and and their family of Rama, SK, great-nephew Sheldon Landstad (husband of the late Kathy Wilcocks) of Rama, SK and his family; her nephew Arlon (Brenda) Wilcocks of Yorkton, SK and their children Crystal and Dustin; her niece Phyllis (Wilfred) Elaschuk of Springside, SK and their children Lenora (Conrad) Kriger and their family, Lorin and Lyndon, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends. Susan had a love and zeal for living life to it's fullest which was most evident in the final days of her life. Her joys were gardening, sewing, cooking, baking and quilting. Her most important joy was the love for her Saviour, and spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren. Susan and Wilfred are well known for the beautiful Christmas light display at their farm home 2 miles east of Sheho. Susan and Wilfred also enjoyed trips to visit their children, and enjoyed many summer week-end trips to various country gospel jamborees. Susan's kindness and endearing smile will always be remembered and greatly missed by all who knew her. A kind word or deed for someone else would be a fitting tribute in memory of Susan. Susan passed away in complete peace at the age of 82 years, 9 months, 4 days, enjoying and living life to it's fullest in every way. A Visitation for family and friends was held on Thursday, September 21, 2006 from Christie-Hill Funeral Chapel, Yorkton, SK with Pastor Bob Ratzliff officiating. A Celebration of Life Service was held on Friday, September 22, 2006 from Heritage Baptist Church with Pastor Bob Ratliff officiating. The organist, Joyce Paul, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. The interment service was held in the Sheho Town Cemetery, Sheho, SK with Scot Leys, Laurent Perron, Arlon Wilcocks, Wilfred Elaschuk, Dustin Wilcocks and Serge Perron serving as the casket bearers. Lunch and brief tribute to Susan's life followed in the Sheho School.
- Marie (nee Rauliuk), beloved wife of George Wilson of Buchanan, SK, passed away at St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon on May 21st, 2006 at the age of 76 years. Marie was born in Winnipeg, MB to John and Nellie (nee Kushniruk) Rauliuk. Her family soon moved to the Goldenvale district near Sheho / Insinger area. During her early years, she attended Oleksince School and worked with her parents by helping with the younger children and assisting them with the operation of their Goldenvale Post Office outlet and grocery store and on the family farm. During those school years, she met and started her lifetime relationship with George Wilson. They decided they would begin a life together and moved to Red Deer, AB where Marie was employed as a waitress and George had started his trucking business. They were married there on May 21st, 1949. Shortly after their marriage, George and Marie moved back to Saskatchewan and purchased their own farmland near Tiny to raise their family. George continued with the operation of the trucking business along with farming and mink ranching with Marie's active participation in the daily activities of the farm and hauling. Their business grew into road construction and with their young son, Ron, they moved into the Village of Buchanan where their family grew to include Cindy, Dean and Corey. They continued expansions in highway construction with the development of G.W. Construction which they continue to operate to this date. In 2002 they purchased a second residence in Martensville, SK though they frequently returned to their Buchanan residence and always fondly called it "home". Marie loved gardening and her flowers. She also enjoyed travelling with George to many different places. Marie supported her community and volunteered her time and knowledge by sitting on the Buchanan local school board, the Sask. Housing Authority Board, the Buchanan Club 50 Board, the Buchanan Co-op Local Board, the Buchanan Recreation Board, Buchanan Minor Sports, the Buchanan Ladies Curling Club, the UCW Ladies Aid Group, the Buchanan United Church Board and also contributed to the Faith Lutheran Women's group projects and numerous other associations over the years and strongly believed in supporting the businesses in Buchanan. Marie is lovingly remembered by her husband, George; her three sons: Ron (Laurie), Dean (Lori) and Corey; her daughter, Cindy; her three brothers: Bill (Starr) Rauliuk, Peter (Vivian) Rauliuk and Very Rev. Orest (Jeannette) Rauliuk; her sister, Iris (Tyrone) Klewchuk; her five grandchildren: Sean, Cara, Megan, Devin and Danielle (Joey MacDonald); her two greatgrandchildren: Sadia and Jaxon. She was predeceased by her parents: John and Nellie (nee Kushniruk) Rauliuk and her sister, Elsie Propp. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, May 25th, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora, SK with Rev. Kim Sherwin of the Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church officiating. Interment to follow in the Canora Cemetery.
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- Thomas, of Yorkton and formerly of the Insinger/Theodore district entered into eternal rest on Saturday, October 29, 2005 at the Kamsack Hospital, at the age of 84 years. Thomas was born on April 4, 1921 to Thomas Sr. and Katie Yarmichuk in the Insinger District and settled with his parents on the family farm. Thomas attended the Chernovitz School. Thomas married Dora Gawrelitza on October 5, 1941 and continued to farm in the Insinger district for over 30 years. In 1973 they moved to Yorkton, Saskatchewan and retired from farming. While in Yorkton, Thomas worked for Morris Industries. While on the farm, Thomas would pick up cream cans from various farmers and haul them to the creamery in Yorkton as well worked on the threshing crews. In 1948 Thomas went to work in the lumber camps near Endeavor. In the early 50's Thomas served as a school trustee at the Oleksince School. Thomas also worked for the R.M. of Insinger in the late 50's; and was also a councilor for the R.M. of Insinger for about 6 years. During his retirement years, Thomas would never consider himself retired and he would assist Rex Goulden in the delivery of the Leader Post. This he did for about 13 years. Thomas loved to do a little carpentry work and built many Blue Martin houses. He also played in a band playing the accordion. Dora and Thomas were members of Mamornitz Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and when the church closed for a short time, they became members of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Sheho, Saskatchewan then about 4-5 years later when the Mamornitz congregation reopened Thomas and Dora continued to actively support both congregations. Thomas was predeceased by: his father Thomas Sr. in 1969 ,his mother Katie in 1961. He was also predeceased by his wife Dora in 2003; by his son Gerald Yarmichuk in infancy and by his grandson Sheldon Stratichuk in 1986. Thomas was also predeceased by his brothers John and George in infancy and by his sisters Mary and Katie in infancy. Thomas was also predeceased by his brothers-in-law Matt Surkan, Nick Medelko, Nick Magas, Matt Derow and Alfred Onslow. Thomas leaves to celebrate and rejoice in his memory his daughter Viola and her husband Ron Rieger of Regina, Saskatchewan; sisters: Elsie Surkan of Yorkton, Saskatchewan; Doris Magas of Kelowna, B.C., Mary and her husband Magner Nelson of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Vicky and her husband Bill Snatinsky of Watson, Saskatchewan, Kay Onslow of Theodore, Saskatchewan; close friend Phyliss Langley of Yorkton, Saskatchewan; grandchildren: Clayton and his wife Jackie Stratichuk of Yorkton, Saskatchewan and Cheryl and her husband Ken Kaban of Parkerview, Saskatchewan;great-grandchildren: Melissa Kaban and her special friend Kelly Grona of Fox Valley, Saskatchewan, Kyle Kaban of Yorkton, Saskatchewan and Haley Stratichuk of Yorkton, Saskatchewan; numerous nieces and nephews and the many friends that knew him. The prayer service was held on Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. The funeral service was held on Wednesday, November 2, 2005 at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Sheho, Saskatchewan with Rev. Father Mel Slashinsky officiating. The palamar was Peter Unick and George Kitzan was the cross bearer. The responses to the service were sung by cantor, Katie Rudey and members of the parish choir. Daniel Dutchak and Steve Zaharia were the banner bearers. The interment followed in the Holy Trinity Parish Cemetery with grandchildren: Ken and Clayton Stratichuk, great grandson Kyle Kaban, nephews Rob and Richard Onslow and very close friend Rex Goulden serving as casket bearers. At the memorial luncheon reflections and remembrances of Tom's life were given by Rev. Slashinsky and Tom's daughter Viola.
- Joyce (nee Merkley) Frederickson Yonkman, formerly of Punnichy, Sk. and most recently Golden Prairie Home in Indian Head, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2013. She was born at Theodore, Sk. on September 19, 1933 and was the 8th child of Walter and Alice Merkley. Joyce is survived by her 3 children: Grace Marie Dyck, Blair (Lise) Frederickson, and Shari (Kevin) Bugyi. Also survived by her grandchildren: Elizabeth (Gary) Kichula, Katherine (Ross) Roszell, Diedra (Dwayne) Germs, Bryce (Lyra) Bugyi, Adam Bugyi, and Wade Bugyi. 12 great grandchildren, and most recently a great-great grandson. Joyce is survived by her siblings: Helen Burnard, Maggie Morehouse, Mae Hoffman, Jim Merkley, and Dorothy Horn. She was predeceased by her husbands Clarence Frederickson and John Yonkman and infant son Dale. Also predeceased by siblings: Norah Stroshein, Harold Merkley, Albert Merkley, and Esther Brown. Joyce's love of life and positive outlook made her a good friend to many people and she enjoyed getting together for coffee and cards. She was a willing and active volunteer in her communities and was often the first to pitch in when needed. After marrying Clarence, they spent a short time in Girvin before settling in Punnichy. In 1980 she married John Yonkman and they began travelling and spent several winters in Texas and time camping and fishing in the summer. Punnichy was her home until 2005 when she moved to Wadena. Joyce enjoyed socializing and dancing which is where she met her good friend, Don Adams. After suffering a stroke in 2008, Joyce was unable to live by herself and resided at Pleasantview Care Home in Wadena and then for the past few months in Indian Head to be closer to family. You can shed a tear that she is gone or you can smile that she lived. You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back or you can open your eyes and see all that she left. Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on, you can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on. Memorial service will be held in the Punnichy Hall on Saturday August 17, 2013 at 11:00 with Terry Tompkins presiding. Family interment at Theodore cemetery the following day.
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- John, age 81, of Saskatoon, passed away at Royal University Hospital on Wednesday, May 25, 2005. Prayers will be said at Park Funeral Chapel, Saskatoon, SK. on Monday, May 30, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of All Saints, Saskatoon, SK, celebrated by the Very Rev. Fr. Bohdan Demczuk. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Orthodox Cemetery. John was born November 8, 1923 in Sheho, SK to Annie and Steve Zazelenchuk. He was raised there and worked the family farm for a time with brothers Matt and Willie. In 1950, John married a local girl, Helen Helinski. They first moved to Nipawin before settling permanently in Saskatoon to raise their two sons. John worked as a trucker and later as a maintenance man for Saskatoon Transit until his retirement in 1988. John is survived by his son, Richard of Calgary, AB; grandchildren, Jason of Prince George, BC and Karri (Bob) Kitazaki of Calgary, AB; two greatgrandchildren, Hyden and Lynden Zazelenchuk; sisters, Bella McKetsy of Saskatoon, SK and Margaret Beattie of Calgary, AB; brothers, Matt (Lily) of Winnipeg, MB, Willie (Anne) and Mike (Janet) all of Sheho, SK, and Leayon (Mary) of Saskatoon, SK; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Helen in 1990; son, Ron in 1997; sisters, Marika, Elsie and Iris Zazelenchuk, Katie Slowski Kozun and Gloria Simmons; and brother, Nick.
- Stella Mary (nee Woloshyn) Berezowski. It's with great sadness we announce the death of Stella Zubody on July 19,2009 at the age of 72 years. A beautiful baby girl was born on a farm in Sheho to Anne and Wasyl Woloshyn on August 26, 1936. They named her Stella Mary. She met Bill Berezowski and later married him on October 4,1954. They were blessed 8 times, with 2 boys and 6 girls. She truly enjoyed owning and running the cafe in Calder with her husband and children in those times. Tragically her husband Bill died in 1983. Stella met and later married Mike Zubody on May 26, 1986. They lived a quiet life together in Sheho, loving to have company come over to visit with them. Stella is predeceased by her parents, Anne and Wasyl, first husband Bill, sister Olga and brother John, and grandsons, Jeff and Darren. She is survived and will be sadly missed by her husband Mike, her children Brad (Kristy) Berezowski, Julie Yurchuk (Dave), Wayne (Joy) Berezowski, Shirley (Carl) Kohut, Brenda (Darvin) Danyluk, Karen (Randy) Hood, Valerie (James) Miriffo, and Laurie (Rob) Cardinal. Her 20 grandchildren and the 17 great-grandkids are sure going to miss going to Baba's for the Ukrainian Easter and Christmas meals she used to make. Rest in peace Baba, we love you.
- Donnie Wayne, age 47 years of Parkerview, passed away at his home on May 29, 2008 with his family all around just as he wished. He had fought and battled pancreatic cancer for five months and eight days. Donnie was born on February 25, 1961 at the Yorkton Hospital to Matt and Jean (nee Koback) Zuchkan. He was the fourth of six children. Donnie attended Parkerview School for one day as he says they closed the school down after he attended. He continued his education at the Foam Lake Schools. Because of Donnie's mischievous nature it was required for him to ride the school bus sitting on the front steps so the driver could keep an eye on him. During his school years life was full. Monday through Friday he would attend classes but made time for a daily noon hour pool game. In the winter Donnie played hockey after school, but when summer came his after school activity was helping out on the family farm, seeding, making silage. His favourite job was working cattle on his trusty horse "Rocket". Weekends were spent playing in the family band "The Majestic Five" first as an accordionist then to a self taught bass player. Sundays were fun days; in the summer, Donnie, his brothers and father would saddle up check cattle in the morning then head for Good Spirit Lake with the family and neighbours. In the winter, chores in the morning then a game of pond hockey with family and neighbours finished with a wiener roast or a supper of roasted chicken in his mother's kitchen. He left school in Grade 11 to go to work in the construction business. He did return to school in 1992 to receive his grade twelve equivalency GED of which his family was very proud and showed so with a home graduation ceremony. Donnie first got to know Tykana on Sunday visits to the neighbours where the children would be forced up stairs to play floor hockey. At the age of sixteen Donnie made his move and started to date Tykana Kowalchuk. After two years of dating on November 3, 1979 Donnie was married to his true love. They purchased a farm near Parkerview where they raised their family. Donnie was also able to fulfill a lifetime dream of being a cowboy when he started working at the Ituna Bon Accord Community Pasture. He was able to share his love of a cowboy with his two sons, as you could drive by and see the three of them roping and treating cattle. Donnie was a social butterfly. Donnie was quite proud to host two yearly events, the Sheho 4H beef Club Achievement Day and the Beaver Hills Poker Derby in his yard. His family was his life. Sundays were family days with Sunday drives to a small town museum or to Koshman's for ice cream. Some of Donnie's favourites were April Fools day, Halloween, early morning wake up calls, or just to call to extend a birthday or anniversary greeting. Donnie loved kids and showed this by tieing up their shirtsleeves up in knots, or asking them, "What's on your shirt... oops". Donnie and Tykana were blessed with two daughters: Jacqueline & Calvin Herman of Rhein, Janel & fiancé Conway Maydonick of Kelliher, 2 sons: Justyn and fiancé Sheila Serlo, and Jessie all of Parkerview. Four grandchildren, Haydn (Sport), Emery (Sportette) Kingsley (Squirt) Herman and Destiny Maydonick (Shortie); his mother, Jean Zuchkan; brothers and sisters: Gloria (Lawrie) Hrynuik, Willie (Donna) Zuchkan, Pat (Andy) Kozey, John (Nancy) Zuchkan, Leanne (Trevor) Silzer, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren. Donnie was predeceased by his father Matt in 2001. Prayers were held on Monday evening, June 2, 2008, and the funeral service was held on Tuesday, June 3, 2008, all from the Foam Lake Community Hall in Foam Lake. Rev. Daphne Bender officiated. Music was provided by J. J. Guy, Vic Mullen, and Hank Ukrainetz. Donnie's nephews and nieces played and led in the song 'Amazing Grace'. Tributes were given to Donnie by members of the Zuchkan and Kowalchuk families.
- Matt, of the Parkerview district beloved husband of Jean; entered eternal rest on his 70th. birthday, Monday November 5, 2001 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre with his family by his side. Matt was born on November 5, 1931 at the family homestead in the Parkerview district delivered by his grandmother Baba Stan. He was the only son born to Peter and Katie (nee Stan) Zuchkan. He was raised on the family farm and received his education at White Creek and Oknol schools. Following this he moved to Alberta and was employed on the oil rigs before returning home after three years. At this time he was united in marriage to Jean Koback. The marriage took place on July 31, 1955 at Sacred Heart Church in Ituna. The couple then began farming the Stan homestead which eventually became the Zuchkan family farm. Matt was also involved in sales especially farm equipment. He then chose to semi-retire in 1991. Matt was blessed with 6 children, 19 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Matt was a man who was musically inclined. As a young boy his Geda Stan purchased a Mandolin for him. After learning this instrument he went on to learn Banjo, Accordion and Guitar; but most especially his favourite Fiddle. Matt enjoyed playing with many musicians. His love for music was portrayed by teaching his sons and daughter; which then formed the family band. Matt's musical talent continued to be passed down by teaching his grandchildren. His social and giving personality was shown through the many charitable events he performed at. Matt had a great love for animals especially his horses which led to his participation in many trail rides, including the Heritage Wagon Trek. He will be missed. Matt leaves to mourn his passing and to celebrate his life his loving wife Jean. Sons: Willie (Donna) of Parkerview and children: Kim (Ryan) and their daughter Paige, Kristen, Ryan and Kelsey Zuchkan. Donnie (Tykana) of Parkerview and children: Jacqueline (Calvin) Herman, Justyn, Janel and Jessie Zuchkan. John (Nancy) of Parkerview and children: Nicole, Jordan and Nathan Zuchkan. His daughters: Gloria (Lawrie) Hrynuik of Calgary and their children: Shannon (Wade) Klimpke, Sheryl, Jamie and Lyndsey Hrynuik, Pat (Andy) Kozey of White City and their children: Jason, Amanda and Shaun Kozey, Leanne (Trevor) Silzer of Regina and their daughter Jaelyn. Also his special uncle Frank (Dora) Zuchkan of Foam Lake, aunt Bella (Bill) Domanko of Saskatoon his foster brother Jim Wallis of Lipton and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Matt's greatest love in life was spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. Prayer services were held on Thursday evening, November 8, 2001 from the Foam Lake Community Hall. Funeral services were held on Friday morning, November 9, 2001 from the Foam Lake Community Hall with Rev. Father Mel Slashinsky of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada officiating. The Cantor was Gerald Yaholnitsky assisted by members of Parish Choirs. Peter Unick was the Palamar with Alex Baranesky serving as the Cross Bearer. The Banner Bearers were Jerry and Bob Timoffee. Vi Taylor, Sophie Schmidt, Wayne Domanko, Rosie Zuchkan, Dan Thosteinson, Russell Smysniuk, Julius Winnicki, George Benko, Joe Bens, Jeff Zuchkan and John Sucholtoky were the Honourary Bearers Following the funeral service a program of tributes to Matt was emceed by Ted Starchuk. The interment service followed in the Zuchkan - St. Elias Cemetery following a Prayer at the family farm. The grandchildren: Ryan, Jessie, Nicole and Janel along with friend Mike Baranesky played " Amazing Grace " on their fiddles following the interment prayers as well as at the Funeral service and evening Prayer service. Wilmer Wenc, Eugene Wenc, Jim Wallis, Peter Chuchak, John Bohach and Johnny Stupak served as Casket Bearers.
- Michael, of Theodore and formerly of the Insinger district, entered eternal rest on Monday, November 18, 2002 at the Theodore Health Centre at the age of 86 years. Mike was born on the family homestead the son of Wasyl and Sophie ( nee Andrychuk) Zuchkan; the seventh youngest of four boys and four girls. He received his education at Deer Creek School while helping on the family farm. After his education he continued on the farm and worked for area farmers. In his twenties he moved from home and was employed at lumber camps in Northern Saskatchewan and Ontario; also with a fish cannery in Steveston B.C. On January 10, 1942 Mike was united in marriage to Kay Skihar. They lived with Kay's parents for awhile farming and Mike would work on harvest crews while Kay helped in the kitchens in the Jedburgh and Viscount areas. They purchased their own land in 1942, presently located as the Insinger Community Pasture. They then bought land near Insinger in the spring of 1946 and built a house there in 1951. Although they retired in 1978 and made Theodore their home, Mike would always help on the farm whether it was seeding, harvest or whenever needed. He loved his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and looked forward to their visits. Mike would also never turn away anyone that needed help. Mike enjoyed music and singing and enjoyed his time with the Insinger Choir and also played Violin. He was a farmer at heart and took great pride in his cattle and always tried to care and feed all farm animals the best he could. Mike along with Kay always took pride in their yard on the farm and in Theodore and won awards from the horticultural society for two years. He leaves to mourn his passing and to celebrate his life his loving wife of 60 years Kay. A son Jeff and his wife Gloria of Insinger; daughter Elaine and her husband Perry Jacobson of Cochrane Alberta. Also his grandchildren: Kendra Zuchkan, Kim (Blair) Myers, Kurtis and Garrett Zuchkan, Travis ( Angela) Jacobson; great grandchildren: Justin, Mitchel and Sydney a brother Frank of Foam Lake; sisters: Belle, Vicky and Ann. Mike was predeceased by his parents: Wasyl in 1956, Sophie in 1964; a son Orvid in 1970; sister: Mary Hranchuk; brothers: John in 1962, Peter in 1987; sisters-in-law: Katie and Dora Zuchkan, Mary Skihar and brothers-in-law: Frank Novak, Steve, Alec and Bill Skihar, George Wehnan, Frank Johnstone, Steve Timoffee and Dan Hranchuk. Prayer services were held on Friday evening November 22, 2002 from St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church Theodore. Funeral services were held on Saturday morning, November 23, 2002 from St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church Theodore, Sask. with Rev. Father Mel Slashinsky officiating. The Cantor was Gerald Yaholnitsky with John Maleschuk serving as Palamar. Bill Domanko was the Cross Bearer with Russell Krywulak and Bob Timoffee serving as Baner Bearers. The interment followed in the Garden of Cruxifixion Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Kurtis, Garrett, John and William Zuchkan, Perry and Travis Jacobson serving as Casket Bearers. At the Memorial Luncheon reflectiions of Mike's life were given by his granddaughters Kendra Zuchkan, Kim Myers and son-in-law Perry Jacobson.
- Mary "Baba" (nee Semchuk), passed away at the age of 84 years, on Thursday March 1, 2007 at the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, following a brief illness. Mary was born on January 1, 1923 at Regina, SK. to Wasyl and Katherine (nee Stapinski) Semchuk, soon after the family moved to Insinger where they took up farming. She attended school in the area and later went to Windsor, Ontario where she worked for a short time before coming back to Yorkton to find employment at the Rio Café and later the Broadway Café. Through the years she became known as Baba, a very busy Baba. She was an avid gardener and took great pride and enjoyment in growing her vegetables and flowers. Baking and cooking were another of her passions and you never left her house hungry. Mary also looked after her grandchildren, Scott and Derek whenever needed and later in life the boys were able to help Baba which she appreciated very much and depended on. Baba’s greatest joy were her grandchildren, she took pride in all their accomplishments and always had words of wisdom like; keep your ears and eyes open, be good, don’t do anything you shouldn’t and then send them of with a care package of food. The highlight of her life was her great granddaughter, Ryenn whom she fondly called “My Little Tootsie”. Baba treasured every moment and visit with Ryenn. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Bill; her parents, Wasyl and Katherine Semchuk; brothers, Mike and Alex Semchuk; brothers-in-law, John and Metro Zurakowski; sisters-in-law, Maria Zurakowski and Victoria Semchuk. She leaves to celebrate her life, her son, Ivan (Pat) Zurakowski of Laird, SK; her daughter, Marlene (Lyle) Schutz of Yorkton, SK; grandchildren, Danny (Dee) Zurakowski of Rostern, SK; Michelle Zurakowski of Laird, SK; Scott (Becky) Schutz of Grand Coulee, SK; and Derek (Laina) Schutz of Richmond, Virginia; brother, John (Frances) Semchuk of Yorkton, SK; sisters-in-law, Ann Semchuk of Foam Lake, SK; Elfrieda Semchuk of Winnipeg, Man.; and Kay Zurakowski of Yorkton; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Visitation for family and friends was held on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 from the Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, March 7, 2007 from The Chapel of Christie’s Funeral Home with Pastor Daniel Moeller of Zion Lutheran Church officiating. The organist, Mrs. Edna Schutz, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Scott Schutz, Derek Schutz, Michael Medwid, Glenn Schneider, Lyle Schutz and Danny Zurakowski serving as casket bearers.