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Obituaries from The Canora Courier

2006


Olga Karmazinuk

Canora Courier, January 11, 2006 Page 8 – Personal items of interest to Rama and district readers

Olga Karmazinuk died at a Regina hospital.  Funeral Mass and prayers were held on Monday, Dec. 19 in Canora.


Chelsea Hadubiak

Canora Courier, January 11, 2006 Page B1

HADUBIAK:  In loving memory of Chelsea:

You never said I’m leaving,

You never said goodbye;

You were gone before we knew it,

And only God knew why.

A million times we cried,

And if love alone could have save you;

You never would have died.

In life we loved you dearly,

In death, we love you still;

In our hearts you hold a place,

No one could ever fill.

It broke our hearts to lose you,

But you didn’t go alone;

For part of use went with you,

The day God took you Home.

If tears could build a stairway,

And memories a lane;

We’d walk right up to Heaven,

And bring you back again.

-  Always in our hearts, love Baba and Gedo.


Edgar Currah

Canora Courier, January 11, 2006 Page B1

CURRAH:  In loving memory of Edgar, who passed away Jan. 7, 2001.

Gone is your face we loved so well,

Silent is your voice we loved to hear;

We think of you always, each and every day.

In our memories you are always near,

If only we could have one more talk;

If only we could have one more walk.

We love and miss you.

-  Mary, Betty Ann, Gary, Maxine, Kenn and grandchildren.


Metro Gorcha

Canora Courier, January 11, 2006 Page B5

On Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005, Metro passed away peacefully at his home in the Canora Gateway Lodge.  He was 91 years of age.  Metro was born Sept. 27, 1914 to John and Domnica (Bodnarysh) Gorcha at the family homestead two miles west of Canora.  He attended Dnister School and when his Dad died in 1929 he helped on the family farm.  In 1943 he married Annie Goretski and they continued to live on the family farm until 1946 when they moved into Canora.  That began several years of movement to places like Winnipeg, Campbell River, New Westminster, Bredenbury, Saltcoats and back to Canora settling in the East Scalat School District in 1955.  Metro farmed there until 1964 when ill health dictated a move into town.  When he wasn’t farming he worked as a carpenter building many sets of cupboards and houses in the area.  He worked for Weber Construction in Yorkton for several years retiring in 1980.  Over the years, he served as a school board member in both Dnister and East Scalat school districts.  He was also a member of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool.  He served in a variety of positions with the St. Mary’s Uspensia Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Church on the Hill).  Metro was predeceased by his father John, his mother Domnica; brothers George, Fred, Alex, Steve and Constantine; sister Rosie Belous; nephews John Gorcha and Adam Danylchuk; nieces Helen Bidnock and Nadia Romeiko.  Metro is survived by his wife Ann of 62 years, daughters Evelyn (Andre), Delores, Valerie (Wayne); son Raymond (Karen); six grandchildren, Janice (Luc), Kevin, Jason (Amy), Kelly (Kristi), Gregory and Jessie and two great-grandchildren Emma and Kayden.  His sole surviving sibling is Mary Danylchuk.  Funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005 from Leson’s Funeral Chapel with Reverend Wasylenko officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery.


Hilda Babchishin

Canora Courier, January 11, 2006 Page B5

Hilda Babchishin died on January 7, 2006, at home in Ottawa at the age of 75.  Beloved wife of Walter Babchishin; loving mother of Michael (Darquise), Atalanta Babchishin, Kim Floren (Carl) and Tami Babchishin; cherished grandmother of Ryan (Mary), Eryka Callaghan (Paul), Corinne, Bethany King (Jason), Derek, Lyzon, Kelly, Rebekka and Walter and G G ma of Isaac; dear sister of Harry, Ron (Bertha), Fred and Les Mennell (Kathy).  Funeral serivce was held Tuesday in the Chapel at 1 p.m.  Interment Hope Cemetery, Ottawa.  www.kellyfh.ca


Joseph Stepberger

Canora Courier, January 11, 2006 Page B5

Funeral service for Arnold Joseph Stepberger, 74, of Canora, who died Dec. 19 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, was held Dec. 22 at Leson’s Funeral Home.  Cremation followed with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Jan. 8, 1931, on the family farm near Beaver Plain to Joseph and Frances (Seitz) Stepberger, he attended Beaver Plain School.  He worked on the family farm until 1970, when he moved to Lynn Lake and worked for Northern Bus Lines for several years.  He also worked out of Leaf rapids.  He was the caretaker of the skating rink in Lynn Lake for a few years and then worked for Sherritt Gordon Mines in Lynn Lake until he retired.  He moved to Buchanan and then to Canora.  Predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Frances, and a brother, Alfred, he is survived by a son, Brian of Fort McMurray, Alta.; a daughter, Bernadine (Victor) Kseniuk of Canora; a sister, Isabelle Ritchie of Kamsack, and three grandchildren.


Dr. Michael Rostotski

Canora Courier, January 11, 2005 Page B6

Funeral service for Dr. Michael Rostotski, 83, of Canora, who died Dec. 23 at his residence, was held Dec. 28 at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canora with Rev. Rod Luciuk officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Apr. 26, 1922, in the Donwell district to Louis and Annie (Klutz) Rostotski, he attended Bogucz School.  He farmed and then completed his high school education at Nutana Collegiate in Saskatoon.  He earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan and then received a doctor of chiropractic diploma from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in May of 1955.  He began his chiropractic practice later that year in Stenen.  He married Alice Tymrick in 1956.  He moved his practice to Canora and was a chiropractor for more than 50 years.  He and his wife opened a KFC franchise restaurant in Canora in 1963.  Predeceased by his parents, Louis and Annie, and a grandson, Stephen, he is survived by his wife, Alice; four sons, Dr. Michael R. (Cindy) of Canora, Leonard (Karen Zenkawich) of Canora, Dr. Peter Marie Ann) of Calgary and Dr. Ivan (Cheryl) of Canora; two brothers, Orest (Natalie) and Paul; and 13 grandchildren.


Olga Karmazinuk (nee Zelinski)

Canora Courier, January 11, 2006 Page B6

Funeral service for Olga Karmazinuk, 67, of the Buchanan area, who died Dec. 14 at Regina General Hospital, was held Dec. 19 at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church with Rev. Joakim Rac officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on June 26, 1938, in Canora to Joseph and Ann (Tretiak) Zelinski, she was raised on the family farm north of Rama.  She married Roger Gulka on July 16, 1956, and they moved to a farm southwest of Preeceville.  Her husband died in 1965 and she moved to Preeceville with three small children.  About a year later, they moved to Canora where she worked as a chambermaid for the Gateway Motel.  She married Walter Karmazinuk on July 24, 1970, and they moved to Regina where she worked at a dry cleaning business.   After her fourth child was born, they family moved to a farm southwest of Buchanan in 1974.  She semi-retired in 2003 although she helped with the farm work and looked after the garden.  She belonged to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Buchanan and was active in the women’s league.  Predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Ann Zelinski, her first husband, Roger Gulka, two brothers, Myron in infancy and Carl, two sisters, Helen infancy and Stella Shuya, and a granddaughter, Chelsea Hadubiak, she is survived by her husband, Walter; two sons, Randy (Becky) Gulka of Sturgis and Kurtis (Tammy) Karmazinuk of Swift Current; two daughters, Diane Rose of Canora and Beverly (Lyle) Hadubiak of Canora; three brothers, John (Florence) Zelinski of Rama, Mike (Mary) Zelinski of Foam Lake and Walter (Adella) Zelinski of Canora; three sisters, Mary Dmytriw of Rama, Pauline Koroll of Foam Lake and Alvena Barteski of Invermay; 10 grandchildren, and three-great-grandchildren.


Emil Makowsky

Canora Courier, January 11, 2006 Page B6

Funeral service for Emil Makowsky, 91, of Canora, who died Jan. 2 at Canora Hospital, was held Jan. 5 at Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Canora with Rev. Peter Wasylenko officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Jan. 25, 1914, to Dmetro and Josephine (Danyliuk) Makowsky in the Donwell area, he attended Mazeppa and Bridok school.  Orphaned at an early age, he grew up with his siblings.  As his siblings left home, he remained on the farm.  He married Anne Kopelchuk at the church now known as Heritage Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canora.  In October of 1949, they rented the Federal Grain elevator residence in Donwell and in 1951, they built their own house on an acreage in Donwell.  He continued to farm until he retired in 1979.  In 1985, they sold their Donwell home and moved to a new home in Canora.  In July of 2003, they moved to Park Place.  Shortly afterwards, he suffered a stroke and became a resident of the long-term care wing of the Canora Hospital.  He participated and served on numerous sporting organizations including hockey, curling, baseball and golf.  He was a member of the Donwell School District board, the Donwell Snow Plow Club, Donwell Hall organization, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, Mazeppa Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy trinity in Canora.  Predeceased by his parents, Dmetro and Josephine, three brothers, John, Stephen and Maurice, three sisters, Mary Korol, Caroline Elash and Ludvina in infancy, two half-brothers, Joseph and Mike Makowsky, and a half sister, Petrunka Ostafie, he is survived by his wife, Anna; a son, Arnold (Donna) of Canora; two daughters, Lorraine (Lawrence) Klutz of Canora and Carol (Michael) Yaholnitsky of Canora; a brother, Tony (Pat) of Kamsack, and four grandchildren.


Jean Suknasky (nee Kushnier)

Canora Courier, January 11, 2006 Page B7

Funeral service for Jean Suknasky, 80, of the Canora Gateway Lodge, who died Dec. 22 at the lodge, was held Dec. 27 at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canora with Rev. Joakim Rac officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Apr. 20, 1925, to Kazmer and Dora (Sokulski) Kushnier in Ethelbert, Man., her family moved several times before settling in Stenen where she attended school.  On Sept. 1, 1945, she married Peter Suknasky at St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic Church in Stenen.  They farmed north of Stenen.  In May of 2004, Peter died and due to her failing health, she moved to Sturgis and then became a resident of the Gateway Lodge.  She attended St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Stenen and was a member of the Ukrainian Women’s Association.  Predeceased by her husband, Peter, her parents, Kazmer and Dora, and a daughter, Patricia Gail in infancy, she is survived by two sons, Bert (Marie Ann) of Sturgis and Doug (Brenda) of Regina; a daughter, Judy Korol of Yorkton; a sister, Elsie (John) Parsey of Greenwood, Indiana; six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


John Hjalmer Thorson

Canora Courier, January 11, 2006 Page B7

Funeral service for John Hjalmer Thorson, 83, of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, and formerly of the Buchanan area, who died Jan. 1 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, was held Jan. 5 at Leson’s Funeral Home with Pastor Carlyle Johnson officiating.  Burial was in the Elim Lutheran Cemetery, northeast of Buchanan, with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Aug. 6, 1922, in the Buchanan district to Thor and Kate Thorson, he attended Wergeland School.  At the age of 14, he lost his leg due to infection, but was able to continue going to school and working on the farm.  He worked in Hamilton, Ont., in a factory making grinding wheels.  He returned to Saskatchewan to work on the farm when his father became ill.  On May 7, 1951, he married Anne Kalmakoff in Margo.  She died in 1970 and in the summer of 1971, he began to work at Morris Red-Weeder in Yorkton.  He moved his family to Yorkton that September.  He retired from Morris in 1985.  Predeceased by his parents, Thor and Kate, his wife, Anne, two stepsons, Robert in infancy and Alexander, and two sister in infancy, Lena and Gladys, he is survived by his son, Glen (Eunice) of Fairview, Alta; three daughters, Beverly (Edmund Lindgren) Farthing of Yorkton, Cheryl Thompson of Yorkton and Kathy (Dwayne) Stirling of Fairview; a stepdaughter, Marion Ruggles; two stepsons, Bill and Don Kalmakoff; two sisters, Thelma Thorson of Hamilton and Helen Woloschuk of Canora; a brother, Gerald Thorson of Canora; eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


Mike Swetlikoff

Canora Courier, January 11, 2006 Page B7

A graveside service for Mike Swetlikoff, 84, of Canora, who died Jan. 1 at Kamsack and District Nursing Home, was held Jan. 5 at Canora Cemetery.  Leson’s Funeral Home was in care of arrangements.  Born on mar. 26, 1921, in Mikado to John and Mary (Zmaeff) Swetlikoff, he attended Zhoda School.  He spent most of his life working on the farm in the Mikado district until he retired at age 65.  He tried city life a couple of times but returned to the farm.  Predeceased by his parents, John and Mary, he is survived by a brother, Walter Swetlikoe of Penticton, B.C., and a sister, Ann George of Sand Diego, Calif.


Peter Sakundiak

Canora Courier, January 18, 2006 Page 2

Funeral service for Peter Sakundiak, 83, of Regina, and formerly of Mikado, who died Dec. 20, was held Dec. 23 at Speers Funeral Chapel in Regina.  Born Sept. 17, 1992 in Mikado, he moved to Regina where he married Ella Marie Stulberg in 1945.  The couple farmed in the Riceton area.  In 1948, he formed Sakundiak Farm Equipment to manufacture a disc harrow designed by his brother.  The next year, the company began the manufacture of grain augers and the business expanded to include the manufacture of grain bins in 1992.  The business employed both his children, their spouses and all four grandchildren.  He was active in the business until September.  Predeceased by his wife, one brother, Alex, and three sisters, Kate, Anne and Lena, he is survived by one son, Larry (Carol); one daughter, Sharon (Lloyd) Ottenbreit; one brother, Mike (Sophie); two sisters, Bunny (Alex) Konoff and Evelyn Ryan; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


Jean Elizabeth Bartley

Canora Courier, January 18, 2006 Page 2

No funeral service was for Jean Elizabeth Bartley, 91, of Saskatoon, and formerly of the Margo area, who died Nov. 14 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, but her ashes will be buried in Margo at a later date.  Born on Aug. 1, 1914, in Margo, she attended Olivet Public School and Margo High School, receiving her Grade 11 in 1929.  Studying at home, she earned her Grade 12 diploma.  She worked at various jobs until 1944 when she became a telephone operator and the secretary-treasurer for the East Margo Rural telephone Company.  In 1954, she moved to Saskatoon and began a 20-year career with Revenue Canada.  While in Margo, she was active in the United Church Young People’s League, the junior and senior women’s auxiliary and the Margo Homemakers Club.  She began curling in Margo and continued with the sport in Saskatoon.  After she retired, she joined the Mayfair Lawn Bowling Club.  Predeceased by her parents, John and May Bartley, five brothers, Richard in infancy, Robert, Wesley, Archie and George, two sisters, Naomi in infancy and Margaret Munroe, she is survived by a sister, Doris Benson.


Gordon Francis

Canora Courier, January 18, 2006 Page 2

Funeral service for Gordon Francis, 84, of Invermay, who died Nov. 29 at the Invermay Health Centre, was held Dec. 5 at Invermay Hall with Terry Tompkins officiating.  Burial is to take place at a later date with Tompkins Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Mar. 22, 1921, on the family farm north of Invermay to John and Agnes Francis, he enlisted with the army in 1941.  He served as a Saskatchewan Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment RCA gunner in France, Germany, Holland and Belgium.  When he returned in 1946, he farmed with his father.  He marred Ida Lee in 1970.  He was secretary of the Invermay committee of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool for 35 years.  He was a director of the Invermay Agricultural Society, a member of the Invermay branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, a member of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, and a member of the Saskatchewan Farmers’ Union.  He served on various other committees and organizations.  Predeceased by his parents, John and Agnes, a brother, Clifford, and a sister, Ruth, he is survived by his wife, Ida; a brother, George (Clair); four sisters, Eva Blangy, May (Dick), Beth (Vic) and Julia (Dennis); and an extended family comprised of a son, marries (Mary Ellen) Lee; three daughters, Rose (Ray) Collin, Florence (Gordon) Chorney and Gwen (Len) Naphin; eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


Alma Steffenson (nee Otsig)

Canora Courier, January 18, 2006 Page 2

Funeral service for Alma Steffenson, 73, of Yorkton, and formerly of the Buchanan district, who died Dec. 16 at Yorkton Regional Health Centre, was held Dec. 19 at Yorkton memorial Gardens Family Centre with Faye Greer of the United Church of Canada officiating.  Burial was at LeRoy Town Cemetery with Bailey’s Funeral Home of Yorkton in care of arrangements.  Born Jan. 25, 1932 to Albert and Annie Otsig of LeRoy, she worked on the farm and at the LeRoy hospital and received her education at Natika School in the LeRoy district.  On Oct. 4, 1949, she married Allan Steffenson.  The couple farmed at LeRoy, then in 1961 they moved to the Buchanan area where they continued to farm.  In 1973, they moved to Yorkton.  She worked at the Yorkton Regional High School, Yorkton Co-op, Yorkton Nursing Home and Yorkton Union Hospital, retiring in 1997.  Predeceased by her father in 1956, mother in 2005 and her husband in 2001, she is survived by two sons, Donovan (Lorraine) and Allan (Karen); two daughters, Barbara (Walter) Rusnak and Krista Steffenson; two sisters, Anne (Vernon) Wisser and Kay (Bob) Audette; one brother, Norman (Laura) Otsig; nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


Mike Salikin

Canora Courier, January 18, 2006 Page 2

A memorial service for Mike Salikin, 79, of Humboldt, and formerly of Kuroki, who died Nov. 28, was held Dec. 1 at the Tompkins Funeral Home in Wadena with Terry Tompkins officiating.  Burial was in the Kylemore Doukhobor Cemetery with Tompkins Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Dec. 6, 1925, on the family farm in the Kuroki area, he worked for the Rural Municipality of Sasman and drove a school bus.  After he retired in September of 2000, he moved to Humboldt.  Predeceased by his parents, Fred and Anne, a daughter, Brenda, a step-son Andy Pederson, and three brothers, Fred, Paul and William, he is survived by his wife, Irene; a daughter, Linda (Robert) Dufault; a sister, Pauline (Albert) Ekstrom of Kuroki, and six grandchildren.


Hermina (Minnie) Kish (nee Mihalicz)

Canora Courier, January 18, 2006 Page 3

Funeral service for Hermina (Minnie) Kish, 86, of the Canora Gateway Lodge, and formerly of Preeceville, who died Jan. 12 at Canora Hospital, was held Jan. 14 at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Sturgis with Rev. Antoni Degutis officiating.  Burial was in the Preeceville Community Cemetery with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on May 7, 1919, in Lestock to Ellis and Julia Mihalicz, she attended school in Rockford.  Early in life, she worked as a domestic helper for several farmers in the Rockford area.  She married John Kish on Oct. 28, 1941, at St. Leo’s Roman Catholic Church in Rockford.  She belonged to the Sturgis branch of the Catholic Women’s League.  Predeceased by her husband, John, her parents, Ellis and Julia Mihalicz, a sister, Elizabeth, and two brothers, Ellis and Joseph, she is survived by a son, Ron (Sharon) of Calgary; three daughters, Sylvia (Bob Lee) Kish of Regna, Carol (Ed) Okrainetz of Swan River and Maureen (Mike) Strocen of Canora; two brothers, Albert and Robert, both of Regina; a sister, Margaret Bozik of Regina; 10 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.


Mary Galandy

Canora Courier, January 18, 2006 Page B1

GALANDY:  In memory of Mary Galandy, who passed away Jan. 18, 2005.

You are dearly missed and lovingly remembered.

- Daughter Frances (Bryan) Wilkin and two grandchildren, Mary Lynn (Pat) Grant and Sam Tomke; also two great-grandchildren, Robyn and Willem from Airdrie, Alta.


Victoria (Vicky) Pylypchuk

Canora Courier, January 18, 2006 Page B1

PYLYPCHUK:  Victoria (Vicky), Dec. 8, 1929 – Jan. 22, 1999.  In loving memory of Victoria (Vicky), our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister, who passed away Jan. 22, 1999.

 How do we write in paper,

The things we feel inside?

Of the emptiness and the sadness,

When the one we loved has died.

To use she was so special,

What more is there to say?

Except to wish with all our hearts,

The she was here today.

- Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her husband Sam; her loving daughter Ann (Neville); sons Bob (Blanca), John (Cristina); grandchildren Jacqueline, Deanna, Nicole, Andres, Alexandra; and her loving sister Olga.


Dick Olson

Canora Courier, January 18, 2006 Page B1

OLSON:  In loving memory of my husband Dick Olson, who passed away on Jan. 16, 2002.

Thank you for the years you gave me,

And for the great times we shared;

We hoped to have so many more.

Our songs were never ending,

Till one day the music died;

I know that when you left me,

You knew how much I cared.

In tears I saw you sinking,

I watched you fade away;

My heart was broken,

You fought so hard to stay.

May the winds of love blow gently,

And whisper so you can hear;

How much I love and miss you,

And wish that you were here.

- Love as always, Elaine.


Olga Domanko (nee Warcholik)

Canora Courier, January 18, 2006 Page B4

Funeral service for Olga Domanko, 97, of the Eaglestone Lodge in Kamsack, and formerly of Canora, who died Dec. 15 at Canora Hospital, was held Dec. 20 at Leson’s Funeral Home with Marion Naduriak officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Apr. 3, 1908, in Donwell to Alexander and Ewfimia (Polyniak) Warcholik, she attended Bogucz School, finished high school in Saskatoon and received a teacher’s certificate from Saskatoon Normal School in 1927.  She married Nicholas Domanko on Jan. 5, 1929.  She taught school for 20 years in Stenen, Canora, Donwell and Yorkton areas.  In later years, she was a member of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire, Ladies’ Auxiliary to the Legion, the United Church Women and the Superannuated Teachers of Saskatchewan.  Predeceased by her parents, Alexander and Ewfimia Warcholik, her husband, Nicholas, two brothers, Peter in infancy and David, and five sisters, Mary in childhood, Sophie Warcholik, Pearl Olendy, Kate Cymbalisty and Julia Cymbalisty, she is survived by a daughter, Gloria (Frederick R.) Long of Marysville, Wash., and one grandson.


Tim J. Kereliuk

Canora Courier, January 18, 2005 Page B5

Tim J. Kereliuk of Yorkton, passed away suddenly on January 8th, 2006 at the age of 38 years.  Tim was born on August 28th, 1967 in Yorkton to Theodore and Lena (nee Dubinsky) Kereliuk.  Tim attended the Columbia School, the Yorkton Composite Junior High school and graduated from the Yorkton Regional High school.  As a youngster, Tim was an alter boy at the Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church in MacNutt.  While in school, he played the Trumpet in the Yorkton Regional Marching 100 Band.  In high school, Tim and his brother Wayne would D.J. school dances in Yorkton and the surrounding area.  Tim also played minor hockey.  Tim loved to golf in the summer and travel on his snow machines in the winter.  During his Grade 12 year, he began working at Bailey’s Funeral Home doing a variety of jobs.  It was at this time he realized that this was the career path that he would choose.  Tim began working in Esterhazy, Sask. where he was employed at Peter Carscadden Funeral Home.  It was in Esterhazy that he completed his schooling and graduated from the Saskatchewan Funeral Service Association as a licensed embalmer/funeral director.  Before he met Tammy, Tim had a son named Tannor.  On July 25th, 1992, Tim married Tammy Van Caeseele in Esterhazy and they were blessed with two children:  Trista and Taylor.  In 1996, Tim and his family relocated to Canora, Sask. where he began working at Leson’s Funeral Home.  In 1998, the family moved to Yorkton and Tim began working at Christie-Hill Funeral Chapel.  Tim had a passion for cars and in 2000, he pursued his passion and it became a hobby when be became an entrepreneur, starting Park Avenue Limousine Services in Yorkton.  In 2004, Tim began working at Bailey’s Funeral Home in Yorkton.  Tim then returned to work with Leson’s Funeral Home in Canora until his sudden passing.  Tim was a very loving, caring and compassionate man who truly loved his children.  He was also very caring and compassionate in his career in the funeral service with the families he served.  He was also quite the prankster and would often play jokes on co0workers and people close to him.  Tim thoroughly enjoyed having a coffee and a smoke and would often be seen at Robin’s Donuts.  Tim is truly loved and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.  Tim leaves to mourn his passing: his wife Tammy; his children: Trista, Taylor and Tannor; his parents:  Ted and Lena Kereliuk; his brother Wayne (Cathy) Kereliuk; his two sisters: Wendy (Garry) Liebrecht and Terry Kereliuk; his tow uncles:  Bill (Julie) Dubinsky and Henry (Florence) Kereliuk; his six nieces and nephews:  Sara, Shayla, Shalissa, Kelsey, Scott and Stacey.  Tim was predeceased by his maternal grandparents; his two uncles: George and and Peter Dubinsky and Mary Boleziuk.  The prayer Service for Tim was held on Friday, January 13th, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.  The Funeral Service was held on Saturday, January 14th, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. both from St. Mark the Evangelist Orthodox Church, Yorkton, Sask. with Rev. Fr. Rod Luciuk and Very Rev. Fr. Andrew Piasta officiating.  Interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery.  Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to a trust fund for his children in Tim’s memory.  Arrangements were entrusted to Leson’s Funeral Home, Canora.


Norman Randolph Heshedahl

Canora Courier, January 18, 2006 Page B5

Funeral service for the late Norman Randolph Heshedahl, 89, of Preeceville, formerly the Norway district, who passed away Dec. 19, 2005 at the Gateway Lodge, Canora, was held Dec. 22 at the chapel of Preeceville Funeral Home, with Pastor Carlyle Johnson officiating.  Burial was in Preeceville Cemetery, with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born April 15, 1916 at his home in the Norway district, which was the practice of the day, to Anna and Andrew Heshedahl, Norman was educated at Norway School.  He later purchased the building and remodeled it into the family home, digging the basement by hand, with only the use of a stone boat to haul the dirt.  He was married July 30, 1947 to Delia DuBois at the Roman Catholic church in Buchanan.  She had come to the Norway district to teach school.  They both loved the land and were proud to call this area home.  Their partnership and hard work kept them young at heart and lasted 55 years.  Norman was a devoted father to their only child Darlene.  He was especially proud of his grandchildren, Jessica and Aaron, but sad to see them grow up so quickly.  Being a farmer, he took great pleasure from seeing his newly summer fallowed fields of grain that surrounded their home.  Norman also got great pleasure from creating a farm yard and garden, that could have been on a postcard from the prairies.  Norman found the simple things very fulfilling in his life, and kept his sense of humour to the end.  His memory will endure because he lived in an extraordinary way.  Predeceased by his parents, Anna and Andrew Heshedahl, and wife Delia, siblings Irvin, Angeline, Sarah, William, Amy, Walter and Lloyd, he is survived by sister Garnet Allen of San Francisco, daughter Darlene Miller and grandchildren Aaron and Jessica Miller of Swift Current.


Annie Sopkow

Canora Courier, January 25, 2006 Page B1

SOPKOW, Annie:  Left us January 25, 2001.

A page in the book of memories,

Silently turns today;

We remember in silence,

And make no outward show.

And what it meant to lose you,

No one will ever know.

- Remembered and always missed by children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Albin Zabislake

Canora Courier, January 25, 2006 Page B1

ZAVISLAKE:  In loving memory of Albin, who passed Jan. 27, 2005.

Sad are the hearts that love you,

And silent are the tears that fall;

May the winds of love blow softly,

And whisper so you can hear.

We will always love and miss you,

And wish that you were here.

- Forever remembered by your mother, Lillian, and Jake.


George Cheropita

Canora Courier, January 25, 2006 Page B1

CHEROPITA, George:  In loving memory of a dear husband, dad and grandfather (gido), who passed away Jan. 25, 2005.

One year has passed since you have left,

I wonder how we get along,

Without you here to help us on.

But you teach us something new each day,

With the memories of everything you did,

And everything you would say.

We miss you Dad.

- Lovingly remembered by wife Donna, children Ivan, Pauline (Lloyd); grandchildren Leona (Blair), Richard, Heidi.


Peter Dorosh, Mary Dorosh

Canora Courier, January 25, 2006 Page B1

In loving memory of our dear parents, Peter and Mary Dorosh.  Mom passed away Jan. 23, 2003, Dad passed away Feb. 5, 1984.

Though your smile is gone forever,

And your hand we cannot touch;

Still we have so many memories,

Of the ones we love so much.

Your memory is our keepsake,

With which we’ll never part;

God has you in His keeping,

We have you in our hearts,

- Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by your children, Margie, Bernice, Jim, Eugene, Beverly and their families.


Walter Polischuk

Canora Courier, January 25, 2006 Page B5 – Personal items of interest to Stenen and district readers

Funeral in Kelowna for former resident

Juanita Juneau (nee Davis) received word from Ella Kostaschuk of Kelowna, and formerly of Stenen, of the death of Walter Polischuk, who passed away peacefully in Kelowna on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the age of 87.  Arthur and Gloria Zubko (nee Kurkowsky), former residents of Stenen, forwarded your correspondent a memorial card and the obituary for Polischuk.  A memorial service was held for Walter on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 1:30 p.m. at the chapel of Springfield Funeral Home, Kelowna, with Rev. Dr. Gordon Fletcher officiating.  After the service, a reception was held at Springfield Funeral Home Family Centre.  Interment of ashes took place at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery.  Walter was born to Wasyl and Mary Polischuk (nee Simchuk) on Apr. 15, 1918 on the family homestead located two miles east and one mile north of Stenen.  The two-storey house with lightning rods was situated on a hilltop and surrounded by maple trees.  Walter’s parents later purchased the quarter of land to the east of their homestead quarter from a man by the name of Propanko.  Since there was a newly constructed residence on that quarter, the family moved there  (Don and Heather Ostapak are the present owners and operators of that quarter of land.)  At an early age, Walter was expected to work the land and help with the harvesting, thus, he never had a chance t finish school.  As a young adult, he was the Sunday School superintendent at the Hyas Baptist Church.  At a Young People’s Rally in Saskatoon he met Ruby Elanko, whom he later married.  In 1950, they became the parents of a daughter Audrey.  When their farm home was destroyed by fire, they rebuilt, and there Walter, occupied with farming and Ruby with tending the household, raised their daughter.  Failing health prompted the Polischuks to sell their farming operation and move to Kelowna, B.C., where Audrey was teaching.  There they enjoyed a comfortable home with a backyard full of marvelous fruit trees.  (Your correspondent very clearly remembers the morning that they left this area for Kelowna since they spent the night at the home of his parents, Fred and Lena Davis.)  In 2003, Walter suffered another stroke, but being a fighter, he tried to regain his mobility and speech.  Eventually he became a resident at a special care nursing home, where he died.  Predeceased by his parents Wasyl Polischuk in 1948 and mother Mary Polischuk in 1965, sister Polly Deduke in 1960 and Lillian Woodburn in 1997, and brother Dan in 2001, he is survived by his wife Ruby; daughter Audrey (Dave) Elliot of Kelowna; grandchildren Becky (Brian) McNeil, Aaron (Miranda), and Jillian; two sisters Jennie Kachman of Edmonton and Alice Wilcox of Sun City, Ariz., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.


Rosie Griff (nee Beyko)

Canora Courier, January 25, 2006 Page B6

Rosie Griff (nee Beyko) passed away Jan. 7, 2006.  She was born on January 5, 1935 and spent her childhood at the Beyko farm near Rhein.  She married Nick Griff on July 13, 1952.  They started their new life together on a farm northeast of Rhein.  She gave birth to three children:  Linda, Judy and a son Terry.  Together they farmed there for 23 years.  In May of 1976, she and her husband moved into Yorkton.  It was here that she started a small housecleaning business and babysat many children throughout the years.  She remained at her home in Yorkton until 2003, when she moved into Fisher Court.  She lived there until her passing.  Rosie’s interests revolved around her family.  She enjoyed sharing a meal with her family and was always arranging get-togethers when her grandchildren were around.  She really enjoyed visiting the farm in Invermay and she needed to be there in the spring to plant potatoes and during harvest to make beet-nicks and perogies.  She passed many happy hours listening to radio while she did baking and especially enjoyed tapping her toes to the “Saturday Night Get Together”.  An avid bingo player, Rosie was happy to go with any of here family members that shared her interest.  Predeceased by her parents, Peter (1990) and Annie (2003), a son, Terry (1961), her husband, Nick (1993), a sister, Stella (1989(, a brother, John (2004), and a son-in-law, Richard (2000), she is survived by her two daughters, Linda Velichka and Judy (Rodney) Sawchuk; her four grandchildren, Sherisse (Robert) Dawe, Julie, Amy and Jase Velichka; her brother, William Beyko, and her sisters, Helen Provincial and Amelia Malfair plus her brother-in-law and sisters-in-law as well as many other relatives and friends.  Prayers were held on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006 from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church with Father Roman Kocur officiating.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church with Father Roman Kocur officiating.  The cantor, Mr. William Kozey, was assisted by members of the church choir in the singing of the service.  The crossbearer was Lawrence Oystreck and the bannerbearers were Sherisse Dawe and Julie Velichka.  Rosie was laid to rest in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Rodney Sawchuk, Jase Velichka, Robert Dawe, Antony Letwenuk, Peter Beyko and Glen Beyko serving as casket bearers.  The honourary pallbearers were Sherisse Dawe, Julie Velichka, Amy Velichka, Bill Beyko, Linda Velichka, Judy Sawchuk, Amelia Malfair and Helen Provencial.  Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Christie-Hill Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Yorkton, Sask.


Bernice Lygas (nee Witkowski)

Canora Courier, January 25, 2006 Page B6

Funeral service for Bernice Lygas, 97, of the Norquay Health Centre, and formerly of Canora, who died Dec. 31 at the health centre, was held Jan. 6 at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church with Rev. Dr. Vitalis Azike officiating.  Burial was in the Kelvington Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born in Sept. 7, 1908, in Dubno, Poland, she was one of the triplets born to Marion and Mary Witkowski.  They lived in the Village of Petacha.  In August of 1929, the family immigrated to Canada.  She married Frank Lygas on Mar. 2, 1930, and they settled on a farm north of Kelvington.  In 1968, they retired to Kelvington.  In 1987, she moved to Canora to be closer to her family.  On Dec. 22, 1994, she moved to the Norquay Gateway Lodge.  Predeceased by here parents, Marion and Mary Witkowski, her husband, Frank, three sons, Joe in infancy, Stanley and Walter, a daughter, Lana Bittner, and four brothers, two in infancy and Marshal and Walter, she is survived by two sons, Joe (Isabelle) of Hillcrest, Alta., and Marshal (Marlene) of Canora; three daughters, Mary Rokochy of Canora, Jenny (Milton) Petterson of Chilliwack and Irene (Joe) Leitner of Red Deer; 15 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.


Dora Chobotar (nee Wasylowich)

Canora Courier, January 25, 2006 Page B6

Funeral service for Dora Chobotar, 81, of Yorkton Heritage Place, and formerly of Canora, who died Jan. 8 at her residence, was held Jan. 12 at Leson’s Funeral Home with Rev. Orest Rawliuk officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Nov. 2, 1924, in the Theodore district to Wasyl and Paraskisa (Pidhorney) Wasylowich, she attended Chernowitz School.  She became in instant parent of three small children when she married a widower, Bill Chobotar, on Jan. 26, 1945.  Residing in the Momornetz area, the family increased with the addition of two daughters.  In 1965, the family moved to Canora.  After her husband’s death, she moved in 1999 to the Yorkton Heritage Place.  She was an active member of Momornetz, Uspenska and Canora churches.  Predeceased by her parents, Wasyl and Paraskisa, her husband, Bill, a son, Steve in infancy, two daughters, Marusia in infancy and Audrey, three brothers, George, Alex and Nick and a sister, Mary Lukeniuk, she is survived by three daughters, Doris (Bob) Goretzky of Canora, Ann (Armand) Kurulak of Yorkton and Phyllis (George) Stanicki of Yorkton; a brother, Harry Wasylowich of Kittimat, B.C.; a sister, Victoria (Victor) Boychuk of Yorkton; 12 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.


Laddie Joseph Michael Shchyschuk

Canora Courier, January 25, 2006 Page B7

Funeral service for Laddie Joseph Michael Shchyschuk, 73, of Canora, who died Jan. 16 at his residence, was held Jan. 21 at Leson’s Funeral Home with Rev. Antoni Degutis officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on May 9, 1932, in the Glen Elder district to Mike and Annie (Bossy) Shchyschuk, he attended South Porcupine School.  At the age of 17, he played baseball in a very competitive league and the sport remained a passion of his for the rest of his life.  He worked as a farm labourer and with Jones Electric. Installing power lines in the Sturgis and Lady Lake area.  In 1955, he worked at a gold mine in Red Lake, Ont.  In 1959 and 1960, he was the foreman at the Squaw Rapids Rigger and Batch Plant.  He farmed and worked for the Rural Municipality of Clayton as a back-hoe operator.  As a municipal labourer, he also did jobs such as cut grass, repair culverts and build bridges.  For 17 years, he was a bus driver for the Sturgis School Unit.  He belonged to the Sturgis-Preeceville-Canora St. John Ambulance first aid organization and served on the Sturgis-Danbury fire brigade.  He worked as a carpenter and was employed by ABC Construction for a short period.  When he moved to Canora public works department.  During his retirement, he worked part-time as a security guard for the Canora-Sturgis RCMP.  He often played the role of Santa Claus at Christmas.  Predeceased by his parents, Mike and Annie, and a brother, Frank in infancy, he is survived by three sons, Charles (Donna) of Yorkton, Perry of Regina and Vincent (Lorelie) of Regina; two daughters, Marilyn Forsberg of Regina and Barbara Oneschuk of Canora; a sister, Anna (Peter) Kowalchuk of Stenen; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


Molly Lindenbach (nee Graf)

Canora Courier, January 25, 2006 Page B8

Funeral service for Molly Lindenbach, 92, of Yorkton, and formerly of the Rhein district, who died Dec. 22, was held Dec. 27 at Christ Lutheran Church in Rhein with Rev. Daphne Bender officiating.  Burial was at the parish cemetery with Bailey’s Funeral Home of Yorkton in care of arrangements.  Born in the Rhein district on Oct. 9, 1913 to Conrad and Amalia (nee Bischof) Graf, she attended elementary school at Federhill and Rhein, then took secondary education in Saskatoon where she learned sewing and tailoring.  On Dec. 26, 1949, she married Paul Jacob Lindenbach at Christ Lutheran Church, and the couple farmed north of Rhein.  She moved to the Yorkton and District Nursing Home of 2002.  Predeceased by her husband, her father in 1979, her mother in 1952, seven brothers, Henry and David in infancy; Carl in 1936, Fred in 1946, David in 1975, Sam and Henry in 1988 and Adam and Alex in 1995, she is survived by one daughter, Margaret Anne (Raymond) Yost of Rhein; two sons, Ross (Roberta) of Rhein and Tim (Myrna) of Saskatoon; a sister, Anna Herman of Yorkton; eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.


Mary Kozak

Canora Courier, January 25, 2006 Page B8

Funeral service for Mary Kozak, 84, of the Canora Gateway Lodge, who died Jan. 19 at the lodge, was held Jan. 21 at Leson’s Funeral Home with Pastor Greg Bright officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Dec. 1, 1921, in the Rama district to Paul and Anna (Hrynkiw) Kozak, she attended school in Canora.  Her family lived in various locations as her father worked for the CNR.  After school, she looked after her parents in Norquay, who were both dealing with poor health.  She worked at the Canora Pharmacy from 1965 to 1985.  She was the president of the Gateway Lodge Resident’s Association.  She was predeceased by her parents, Paul and Anna Kozak.


Ed Gorski

Canora Courier February 01, 2006 Page 1

Preliminary hearing date set for Apr. 6

A preliminary hearing date has been set for Apr. 6 in Canora for Marina Quewezance, 30, of the Kamsack district and Brian Thompson, 41, of the Canora district, who are charged with the second-degree murder of Ed Gorski of Canora.  Both were denied bail and remain in custody.  Gorski’s body was discovered on Oct. 24 at 119 Third Avenue East in Canora, but it is believed that he died on Oct. 22.


Monseigneur Martial LeBlanc

Canora Courier February 01, 2005 Page B6 – Personal items of interest to Stenen and district readers

Funeral for brother of Stenen area resident

Hilary and Rosilda Demucha, who farm north of Stenen, have learned of the death of Rosilda’s brother, Monseigneur Martial LeBlanc, who passed away on Saturday, Dec. 24 in Saskatoon at the age of 78.  The Demuchas were unable to attend the funeral because of treacherous road conditions.  The Vigil Mass for Monseigneur LeBlanc was held Wednesday, Dec. 28 at Candle Lake Community Hall with celebrant, Rev. Janusz Bizewski.  The Funeral Mass was held at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Thursday, Dec. 29, celebrant with the Most Rev. Bishop Blaise Morand officiating.  The choir consisted of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary.  Crossbearer was Martial’s brother Jean LeBlanc and honour guard was comprised of the fourth degree Knights of Columbus.  Interment took place at the Candle Lake Cemetery.  Predeceased by his parents, Romuald and Elida (nee Langlois) LeBlanc, and his Sister Marie Jeanne of Filles de la Providence, he is survived by his brother, Louis LeBlanc and Jean (Simone) LeBlanc; and his sisters, Rosilda (Hillary) Demucha, Helen Tousignant, Priscilla (Maurice) Haudegand, Francoise (Rosaire) Langlois, Madeline (Alex) Mockford, and Adele (Roger) Bertrand.


William (Bill) Rudnitski

Canora Courier February 01, 2006 Page B8

Funeral service for William (Bill) Rudnitski, 91, of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, and formerly of Preeceville, who died Jan. 15 at the nursing home, was held Jan. 19 at the Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Church with Rev. Joakim Rac officiating.  Burial was in the Preeceville Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Jan. 16, 1915, in the Olesha district to Bartko and Maria Rudnitski, he farmed in his early years with his parents.  He married Pauline Stefanyshyn on Oct. 21, 1940, and they continued to farm until retiring to Preeceville in 1996.  Predeceased by his parents, Bartko and Maria, a son, Raymond, two brothers, Metro and Tom, and two sisters, Ann and Helen, he is survived by his wife, Pauline; and two sons, Russell of Preeceville and Harvey (Dale) of Yorkton.


Sid Currah

Canora Courier February 01, 2006 Page B8

A private funeral service for Sid Currah, 80, of Invermay, who died Dec. 15 at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, was held Dec. 26 with terry Tompkins in care of arrangements.  Born on Nov. 12, 1925, on a farm west of Invermay to Walter and Elizabeth (White) Currah, he attended school in the area..  He Joined the Canadian Forces during the Second World War and spent 25 years in the service.  On Nov. 20, 1951, he married June Findlay of Invermay.  His service with the armed forces took him and his family twice to Germany, 1962 and 1966 and 1967 to 1970.  He also served in Egypt.  His last posting was in Kamloops, where he retired in 1975.  When he and his family returned to Invermay, they operated a café and he drove a school bus.  He served on the Invermay town council, the history book committee, winter festival committees, minor hockey committees, homecoming committees, the cemetery committee and on the Invermay branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.  He is survived by a son, Jim (Dianne) of Ladysmith, B.C.; two daughters, Holly of Abbotsford, B.C., and Loretta (Mike) of Invermay; five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


Nick Sookochoff

Canora Courier February 01, 2006, Page B8

Funeral service for Nick Sookochoff, 91, of the Canora Gateway Lodge, who died Jan. 27 at the lodge, was held Jan. 30 at Leson’s Funeral Home with Pastor Greg Bright officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Dec. 24, 1914, to Nick and Polly (Veregin) Sookochoff on the family homestead four miles southwest of Buchanan, he attended Woodhurst School.  He married Laura Holoboff on Dec. 3, 1950, in the Veregin district and they farmed until 1975, when they retired to Canora.  Predeceased by his parents, Nick and Polly, a brother, John, and a sister, Mary Brown, he is survived by his wife, Laura; three sons, Lorne (Dawn) of Saskatoon, Miles of Wilkie and Floyd (Caroline) of Saskatoon; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Mary Kozak

Canora Courier February 01, 2006, Page B8

Funeral service for Mary Kozak, 84, of the Canora Gateway Lodge, who died Jan. 19 at the lodge, was held Jan. 21 at Leson’s Funeral Home with Pastor Greg Bright officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Dec. 1, 1921, in the Rama district to Paul and Anna (Hrynkiw) Kozak, she attended school in Canora.  Her family lived in various locations as her father worked for the CNR.  After school, she looked after her parents in Norquay, who were both dealing with poor health.  She worked at the Canora Pharmacy from 1965 to 1985.  She was the president of the Gateway Lodge Resident’s Association.  She was predeceased by her parents, Paul and Anna Kozak, and a sister, Susan Dutchak.


Anne Burym (nee Palamar)

Canora Courier, February 08, 2006 Page 3

Funeral service for Anne Burym, 69, of Canora, who died Jan. 29 at Regina General Hospital, was held Feb. 3 at Leson’s Funeral Home with Rev. Peter Wasylenko officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Jan. 13, 1937, in the Goldbank School District, north of Stenen, to Wasyl and Nettie (Hnatiw) Palamar, she attended Beaverbank School.  She married Paul Burym of Danbury on Nov. 7, 1953, and they farmed in the Danbury district until 1991, when they retired to Canora.  Despite the loss of a leg, she continued to be active, fishing, gardening and looking after the front yard.  Predeceased by her parents, Wasyl and Nettie, a brother, Steve, and two sisters, Mary Chorney and one in infancy, she is survived by her husband, Paul; five sons, Walter (Doreen) of Danbury, Ron of Stenen, Gerry (Roxane) of Dysart, Terry (Sheila) of Canora and David (Geraldine) of Yorkton; two daughters, Shirley (Bill) Maximnuk of Buchanan and Virginia Maximnuk (Leon Grimard) of Boyle, Alta.; a brother, Nick (Sylvia) of Canora; two sisters, Olga Poworoznyk of Sturgis and Rose Zacharias of Yorkton; 21 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.


Howard Deacon

Canora Courier, February 08, 2006 Page 10 – Personal items of interest to Invermay and district readers

Howard Deacon, age 80, died on Dec. 30 at his (nursing) home in Vancouver.  He is survived by his wife, Florence, one son and a daughter.  Howard operated the Imperial Oil Agency in Invermay many years ago.  He then went into the insurance business in Toronto and Vancouver.


Dr. Stephen Worobetz

Canora Courier, February 08, 2006 Page 10

Dr. Stephen Worobetz served as lieutenant governor of Sask.

Premier Lorne Calvert expressed condolences on behalf of the provincial government on the passing of Dr. Stephen Worobetz, former Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, who died Feb. 2 in Saskatoon at the age of 91.  Worobetz was the province’s 13th lieutenant governor and the first of Ukrainian origin.  He served in that capacity from 1970 to 1976.  “Dr. Worobetz represent the Queen with quiet dignity, strengthening the office of lieutenant governor and renewing public respect for the institution of the provincial Crown,” Calvert said.  “His personal modesty and gentle, caring nature endeared him to the people of Saskatchewan.”  Worobetz placed high importance on education and service to the community.  He was one the first physicians to communicate with Ukrainian patients in their own language.  During his service as a medical officer with the Canadian Army in the Second World War he was decorated with the Military Cross for his courage under fire in the Italian campaign.  Worobetz contributed generously to the community particularly in the areas of health care, education and Ukrainian heritage, creating a charitable foundation with his late wife Micheline.  He led an active life until recently and received the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal last year.  He was recognized by his country as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993 and by his province as a Member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 1999.  “Dr. Worobetz represented the best traditions of Saskatchewan society and will be remembered as a distinguished lieutenant governor of our province, Calvert said.  Flags on all provincial buildings were to be at half-mast until the evening of the day of the Funeral, Monday, Feb. 6.  A book of condolence for the former Lieutenant Governor was available to the public at the Sir Richard Lake Hall, Government House, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at a reception at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Saskatoon after the funeral on Monday.  The family declined the offer of a state funeral, but accepted with appreciation the offer of official representation at the family funeral.  Worobetz visited Canora in ‘71  As the life of Dr. Stephen Worobetz, Saskatchewan’s former lieutenant governor, is remembered, many Canora residents may recall when he spoke at Canora’s Ukrainian Festival on July 11, 1971.  Recognized as the first lieutenant governor of Ukrainian descent, Worobetz died on Feb. 2 in Saskatoon at the age of 91.  He served as the provinces’ 13th lieutenant governor from 1970 to 1976.  Worobetz told the Canora audience that those of Ukrainian descent appreciate the freedoms offered n Canada more than others because them came from a country in which they were oppressed, according to the July 14, 1971, edition of The Canora Courier.  When the Ukrainians came to Canada they brought with them the strength of the moral and spiritual values of a culture allowed to thrive in the new land.  Worobetz said individuals have a responsibility to develop the opportunities offered in Canada.  “Freedom without responsibility is a false freedom.”  Canada is the proving ground that peoples of various nations can grow together without losing their cultures, he said.  Among the other dignitaries to participate in the Ukrainian festival dedication were: Klym Lazurko, chairman of the festival committee; Mayor Walter Mysak; Roman Lewko, Canora homecoming committee; and MLA Adolph Matsalla.  Judge Andrew Kindred officially opened the festival, substituting for Worobetz, who was a little late because of poor flying weather.  Worobetz was a surgeon in Saskatoon, serving on various medical committees in the community and at the University of Saskatchewan.  He was originally from Krydor, Sask.  His first medical practice was opened in 1941 in Lucky Lake after studying at the universities of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Philadelphia.  He served as a medical officer in Italy and England during the Second World War, receiving the Military Cross for courage under fire.  When he returned, he opened a general medical practice in Saskatoon and when he completed his post graduate studies in 1952, he became a general surgeon in Saskatoon.


Annie Zawislak (nee Knash)

Canora Courier, February 08, 2006 Page 11

Funeral service for Annie Zawislak, 100, of the Canora Gateway Lodge, who died Jan. 29 at the lodge, was held Feb. 3 at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church with Rev. Joakim Rac officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Dec. 28, 1995, to Ted and Mary (Martiniuk) Knash, she worked on her parents’ farm and worked as a store clerk in Rama.  She married Tom Zawislak in July of 1921 at Dobrowody Church.  They farmed north of Insinger.  They moved to Canora in 1965, where she babysat for many families.  She was an active member of SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League and the Canora Keen-Age Centre.  She became a resident of the Gateway Lodge on March 28, 2002.  Predeceased by her parents, Ted and Mary, her husband, Tom, two children in infancy, two sons, Walter and Bill, six brothers, John, Mike, Paul, Bill, Harry and George, and a sister, Lena Lysak, she is survived by five sons, Max (Olga) of Amsterdam, Nick (Adeline) of Amsterdam, Dave (Myrna) of Regina, Ed (Deanna) of Vernon, B.C., and Orest (Chris) of Vancouver; four daughters, Maria (Emil) Kotyk of Canora, Helen (John) Pura of Edmonton, Ollie McAndrew of Vancouver and Judy (Steve) Guzak of Seattle; 28 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.


Arnold Young

Canora Courier, February 08, 2006 Page 11

Funeral service for Arnold Young, 84, of Wadena, and formerly of the Margo area, who died Jan. 1, was held Jan. 5 at the Wadena Cemetery with Rev. Glenn Shore officiating.  Narfason’s Funeral Chapel and Crematorium was in care of arrangements.  Born on July 2, 1921, in Poland to Oswald and Klara Young, his family immigrated to Canada in 1927.  His parents were employed by Raymond’s Ranch near Margo and he attended school in the area.  When his family moved to their own homestead, he continued his education at May School.  During his teens, he “took the rails” to find work in eastern Canada.  One winter he worked in a logging camp and the next, he was a carpenter building grain terminals in Port Arthur.  He spent the summers working on the family farm.  He saved enough money to buy a quarter section of land from the CN, but he was not able to obtain title until he was 21 years old.  He married Martha Markowski at s. Peter’s Lutheran Church, north of Margo on Nov. 5, 1944.  He had purchased a second quarter of land on which he built their home.  He served on the May School board and was a bus driver.  He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and later became a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wadena.  Predeceased by his parents, Oswald and Klara, and a sister, Ida, he is survived by his wife, Martha; two sons, Leslie (Cindy) and Ronald (Debbie); two daughters, Rita (Lorne) Boyle and Diane (Orest) Shinkewski; 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


Peter Baron

Canora Courier, February 08, 2006 Page B1

BARON:  In loving memory of Peter, who passed away Feb. 6, 1995.

A page in our book of memories,

is gently turned today;

Like falling leaves the years slip by,

But precious memories never die.

Just as you were;

You will always be;

Loved and cherished,

In our memory.

- Sadly missed by wife Vicky; daughters Alvina, Marlene, Bev; and their families.


Mike Teron

Canora Courier, February 08, 2006 Page B5

Mike Teron of Red Deer passed away peacefully at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre on Jan. 26, 2006 at the age of 90 years.  Predeceased by his wife Ester and infant daughter, Mike is lovingly remembered by two daughters, Geraldine (Denis) Sanregret of Airdrie, Cynthia Murphy of Red Deer; three sons, Gerald of Red Deer, Daryl (Tracy) of Red Deer, Ed (Denise) of Okotoks as well as 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Mike was proud to serve Canada as a member of the army during the Second World War.  During his lifetime he farmed in Stenen, Sask.  After moving his family to Alberta in 1965, he worked as a carpenter and owned and operated a variety of businesses.  Although being a jack-of-all trades, Mike excelled in his carpentry skills.  Mike had a contagious smile and was a friend to all he met.  He will be sadly missed.  Sincere thanks to Dr. Rafiq and the nurses at Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre, as well as the staff at the Northcott Care Centre.  At Mike’s request, no funeral service will be held.  A private family Interment took place at the Queen’s Park Cemetery in Calgary.  In lieu of flowers, donations are gratefully accepted to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta.  Cremation arrangements entrusted to Ponoka Funeral Home, (403) 783-3122; Wombold Family Funeral Home.


Pauline Kunetsky (nee Pawliw)

Canora Courier, February 08, 2006 Page B5

Funeral service for Pauline Kunetsky, 92, of Canora, who died Jan. 31 at the long-term care wing of the Canora Hospital, was held Feb. 4 at Leson’s Funeral Home with Rev. Peter Wasylenko officiating.  Burial was in the Uspenska Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Apr. 13, 1913, on the family farm in the Buchanan district to John and Maria (Byblow) Pawliw, she attended North Lake School.  On Oct. 18, 1931, she married John Kunetsky at he St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Drobot, and they farmed in the Good Lake district.  In 1852, they moved to a farm in the Burgis district and continued to farm until 1972, when they moved to Canora.  She did a lot of work as a seamstress in Canora.  She was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church.  She became a resident of the long-term care unit of the Canora Hospital in 2000.  Predeceased by her parents, John and Maria, her husband, John, a sons, Ted, five brothers, Mike, Bill, Metro (Dan), Pete and Nick, and a sister, Maggie Spilchen, she is survived by a sons, David (Liz) of Regina, a daughter, Olga Ratushniak of Yorkton; a sister, Anne Kunetsky of Lloydminster, five grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.


Mervin Allen Zaharia

Canora Courier, February 15, 2006 Page B5

Funeral service for Mervin Allen Zaharia, 62, of Preeceville, who died Jan. 29 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, was held Feb. 1 at Preeceville Funeral Home with Rev. Patrick Pawalinsky officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Mar. 29, 1943, in Toronto to John and Doris Zaharia, he attended school in Preeceville.  He learned his trade as a welder from his father and from Johnny Holowachuk, his father’s employee.  He took technical training at STI in Moose Jaw.  On Oct. 12, 1968, he married Sonnia Kuzmunski at the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Preeceville and they moved to Thompson, Man., where he worked at the INCO mine until 1971.  They moved to Edmonton where he worked for Fairmont Plating and Keller Construction.  After moving back to Preeceville, he hauled logs for various contractors, including John Palagian and John Borowetz.  In 1978, he became the caretaker of the new recreation centre in Preeceville.  He joined the Millwrights Union in 1980 and got his certification as a millwright.  He worked at power plants in various locations such as Coronach, Nipawin and Prince Albert.  As a professional welder, he took on some jobs that got him noticed, such as welding inside the old water tower in Preeceville.  He continued to work until 1997, when health problems forced him to retire and spend more time at his two favourite pastimes, fishing and hunting.  Predeceased by his parents, John and Doris, he is survived by his wife, Sonnia; a son, Quentin of Crossfield, Alta.; a daughter, Kim of Regina; a brother, John (Judy) of Preeceville; two sisters, Marie (Ron) Grychowski of Rama and Sandy (Ernie) Yarish of Canora; and one grandchild.


Katie Rudyk (nee Brodziak)

Canora Courier, February 15, 2006 Page B5

Funeral service for Katie Rudyk, 94, of Saskatoon, and formerly of the Rama area, who died Jan. 16, was held Jan. 21 at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Saskatoon with Andre Lalach and Archdeacon Ray Lalach officiating.  Burial was in the Woodlawn Catholic Cemetery with park Funeral Chapel in car of arrangements.  Born on Aug. 1, 1911, in the Dobrowody area to Harry and Alexandra Brodziak, she married Andrew Rudyk on Feb. 15, 1931.  For the past four years, she lived at St. Joseph’s Home in Saskatoon.  Predeceased by her parents, Harry and Alexandra, her husband, Andrew, and four siblings, she is survived by two sons, Eugene (Carol) and Allan (Annette); four daughters, Mary (Stan) Yaskowich, Pauline Dymtriw, Eugenia Riencke and Marcie (Ray) Lalach; three sisters; 24 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.


Mike Keller

Canora Courier, February 22, 2006 Page 2

Funeral service for Mike Keller, 93, of the Canora Gateway Lodge, who died Feb. 14 at the lodge, was held Feb. 18 at Leson’s Funeral Home with Marion Naduriak of the United church officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Oct. 14, 1912, on the family farm in the Mohyla district to Metro and Jennie (Shelenko) Keller, he attended Mohyla and Liverpool schools.  He married Mary Stawnychyka on Nov. 14, 1938, in Canora.  They farmed in the Stenen district until 1957 when they moved to Canora.  He worked for the Rural Municipality of Keys as a foreman until her retired in 1987.  Predeceased by his parents, Metro and Jennie, his wife, Mary, a son, Gerald, three brothers, Bill, Steve and George, and five sisters, Lilly Wiwchar, Mary Strocen, Helen Derenisky, Katie Bazuik and Annie Chatwin, he is survived by a daughter, Sonia Keller (Todd Jorgenson) of Canora; a brother, John (Jennie) Keller of Canora; and five grandchildren.


Norman Koroluk

Canora Courier, February 22, 2006 Page 2

Funeral service for Norman Koroluk, 74, of Sturgis, who died Feb. 16 at Pasqua Hospital in Regina, was held Feb. 20 at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Sturgis with Rev. Antoni Degutis officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of Arrangements.  Born on Aug. 2, 1931, in the Hyas area to John and Lena Koroluk, he attended Lake Helen School.  He married Isabel Kwichak on Aug. 1, 1953, and they farmed with his father.  He was a member of the home and school association, the Knights of Columbus and numerous dance associations.  Predeceased by his parents, John and Lena, and his wife, Isabel, he is survived by a son, Mich (Barb) of Hyas; five daughters, Rita (Wayne) Pigeon of Calgary, Sharon (Brian) Stoll of Neudorf, Noreen (Randy) Fidler of Raymore, Sheila (Willy) Koroluk of Edmonton and Bridget (Kerry) Campbell of Calgary; two sisters, Margaret Naclia of Norquay and Beverly Naclia of Alberta; 16 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.


Kevin Walker

Canora Courier, February 22, 2006 Page 2

Funeral service for Kevin Walker, 46, of Sturgis, who died Feb. 17 at Regina General Hospital, was held Feb. 20 at Grace United Church in Sturgis with Pastor Miles Russell officiating.  Burial was in the Hinchliffe Cemetery with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on June 7, 1959, in Preeceville to Rudy and Norma Walker, he attended school in Sturgis.  He worked for JK Ready Mix, Kevron Trucking, Phelan Trucking and other trucking and construction companies.  Most recently, he worked for Dale Carter Construction.  He was a member of the Kinsmen club, the church board, the school board, the UGG, the NFU, the Livestock Co-op and the Grain Marketing Club.  He married Sherri Allen on July 19, 1986, at the Sturgis United Church.  Predeceased by his parents, Rudy and Norman, he is survived by his wife, Sherri; three daughters, Megan of Medicine Hat, Erinn of Sturgis and Brooke of Sturgis; two brothers, Terry of Strathclair, Man., and Lloyd (Fairlie) of Swift Current; and two sisters, Paulette (Eugene) Rozdeba of Strathclair, Man., and Geraldine Mitchell of Regina.


Victor Lisoway

Canora Courier, February 22, 2006 Page 2

Funeral service for Mike Keller, 93, of the Canora Gateway Lodge, who died Feb. 14 at the lodge, was held Feb. 18 at Leson’s Funeral Home with Marion Naduriak of the United church officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Oct. 14, 1912, on the family farm in the Mohyla district to Metro and Jennie (Shelenko) Keller, he attended Mohyla and Liverpool schools.  He married Mary Stawnychyka on Nov. 14, 1938, in Canora.  They farmed in the Stenen district until 1957 when they moved to Canora.  He worked for the Rural Municipality of Keys as a foreman until her retired in 1987.  Predeceased by his parents, Metro and Jennie, his wife, Mary, a son, Gerald, three brothers, Bill, Steve and George, and five sisters, Lilly Wiwchar, Mary Strocen, Helen Derenisky, Katie Bazuik and Annie Chatwin, he is survived by a daughter, Sonia Keller (Todd Jorgenson) of Canora; a brother, John (Jennie) Keller of Canora; and five grandchildren.


Eva Rhodes (nee Sharp)

Canora Courier, February 22, 2006 Page 2

Funeral service for Eva Rhodes, 96, of Preeceville, and formerly of Sturgis, who died Feb. 10 at the Preeceville Lions Hostel, was held Feb. 14 at Grace United Church with Rev. Miles Russell officiating.  Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on June 20, 1909, in Brandon, to Tom and Dinah Sharp, she attended Cavell School in the Sturgis district.  She married William Garnet Dunford on Nov. 12, 1936, at Ormside.  They farmed in the Sturgis district until 1962, when they retired to Sturgis.  Her husband died in 1975, and she married Dave Rhodes on Sept. 15, 1977, in Sturgis.  She was a member of the Eastern Star, the UCW and the church choir.  Predeceased by her parents, Tom and Dinah, her first husband, William Garnet Dunford, a son, Lyle, and her second husband, Dave Rhodes, she is survived by four daughters, Bernice (Jim) Frey of Lumby, B.C., Donna Kennedy of Lintlaw, Bernice (Bill) McCosh of Melfort and Linda (Ernie) Petryshyn of Crystal Lake; 13 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.


Metro Matiece

Canora Courier, February 22, 2006 Page 2

Funeral service for Metro Matiece, 91, of Norquay, who died Feb. 13 at Canora Hospital, was held Feb. 16 at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy trinity in Canora with Rev. Peter Wasylenko officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Aug. 18, 1914, on the family farm in the Swan Plain district to Wasyl and Pauline (Keaschuk) Matiece, he attended Big Horn School.  He worked for many years for Ray Sylvester’s saw mills during the winter months.  He married Nellie Gulak in Canora on Nov. 1, 1934.  He raised Hereford cattle in addition to grain farming.  He semi-retired in 1981, but continued to help his son, Wes, with farm work.  He continued to live on the farm until October of 2005, when he moved to Norquay.  He was along-time president of the SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Swan Plain.  On his own or after recruiting a crew, he was involved in many maintenance projects for the church’s rural cemetery.  Predeceased by his parents, Wasyl and Pauline, a brother, Peter, and seven sisters, Julia and Michalena in childhood and Doris Lobay, Annie Rudnisky, Christine Hilton, Mary Volohatuke and Olga Kostiuk, he is survived by his wife, Nellie of Norquay; a son, Wesley (Lena) of Swan Plain; two daughters, Lori (Greg) Hudye of Norquay and Livia (Rick) Dahlin of Norquay; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Mary Yaworski, Bill Yaworski

Canora Courier, February 22, 2006 Page B1

YAWORSKI:  In loving memory of parents:  Mary, Feb. 28, 1985; Bill, Feb. 25, 1992.

A little tribute small and tender,

Just to say I still remember.

- Sadly missed by Minnie.


Michael Melnychuk

Canora Courier, February 22, 2006 Page B1

MELNYCHUK:  In memory of a dear father and grandfather, Michael, Feb. 27, 1919 – Feb. 23, 2004.

Seems like yesterday you were here,

Two years gone by with many a tear!

You are near to our hearts and just a whisper away,

God keep you safe and Happy Birthday.

- Love your children and grandchildren.


Mae Kalenchuk

Canora Courier, February 22, 2006 Page B1

KALENCHUK:  Mae, July 26, 1927 – Feb. 26, 2005

What would we give her hand to clasp,

To hear her voice, to see her smile?

But some sweet day we’ll meet again,

And clasp each other’s hand once more.

In heaven that happy day.

In loving memory of my loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother.

- Lovingly remembered and sadly missed, husband John and children Eugene, Glen, Dan, Bernice, Lori, Kelly, and their families.


Bill Kabatoff

Canora Courier, February 22, 2006 Page B1

KABATOFF:  In loving memory of our dear husband, father and deda, Bill, who left us on Feb. 28, 2005.

There is a bridge of memories,

From here to heaven above;

That keeps you very close to us,

It’s called the bridge of love.

As time goes by without you,

And days turn into years;

They hold a million memories,

And a thousand silent tears.

To us you were so special,

What more is there to say?

Except to wish with all our hearts,

That you were here today.

Within our hearts we always keep,

A special place for you;

And try to do our best to live,

As you would want us to.

As we loved you, so we miss you,

In our memory you are near;

Loved , remembered, longed for always,

With the passing of this first year.

- Forever loved and missed by your loving wife Mabel; children Valerie, Wayne and Warner; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Paul Wiwchar

Canora Courier, February 22, 2006 Page B5

WIWCHAR, Paul:  At his residence in Welland, Ont. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006 in his 88th year.  Cherished husband of Pauline Wiwchar.  Beloved father of Larry Wiwchar of Welland and Gladys Tustin (mark) of Fonthill.  Loved brother of Ted Wiwchar of California an Elizabeth Levar (Mel) of Abbotsford, B.C.  Also surviving are three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Predeceased by his son Ted Wiwchar of Niagara Falls; sisters Nettie Wiwchar of Gorlitz, Sask. and Lena Hupka of Canora, Sask. and brother Andrei (Hank) Wiwchar of Gorlitz, Sask.  Funeral service Saturday, Feb. 18 from the H.L. Cudney Funeral Home, 241 West Main Street, Welland, Ont., L3C 5A4.  Donations to the Orangutan Foundation International, 4201 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 407, Los Angeles, Calif. 90010, would be deeply appreciated.


Xenofont (Sam) Skurat

Canora Courier, February 22, 2006 Page B5

Funeral service for the late Xenofont (Sam) Skurat of Canora, who died Feb. 13, 2006 at the Gateway Lodge, was held at the chapel of Leson’s Funeral Home with Fred Dergousoff officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of the arrangements.  Born Jan. 30, 1911 in Komisk, Belarus (Russia), Sam grew up, attended school and lived in Komisk.  His family relocated to Lithuania in 1914, but returned to Komisk when war was imminent.  Surviving both WW1 and the Russian Revolution, Sam immigrated to Canada in 1930.  He was employed at scrubbing brush, being a farmhand, and worked on harvest crews near Mikado.  In 1933 he returned to Ontario to be a labourer on the Trans Canada Highway.  Without naturalization papers, his employment was terminated, and he returned to Canora in 1934.  Sam worked as a farm labourer and met his wife while constructing a barn at her parent’s farm.  He received his naturalization papers in 1938, and married Annie Swetleshnoff on Oct. 30, 1938.  They moved to Canora, and there Sam’s skills in construction and carpentry came into their own.  He eventually was employed with Samuel’s Construction, where he worked until his retirement in 1976.  Predeceased by his wife Annie in 1988, parents (Anton and Pauvlina), two brothers (Alexander and Yahor); he is survived by his daughter Nena (Dan) Ewasiuk of Ebenezer, a granddaughter, Monica (Ron) McIlwrick of  Calgary, and two great-grandchildren, Meagan and Owen.


Kelvin Walker, Vic Lisoway, Annie Vewchar

Canora Courier, March 01, 2006 Page 2 – Personal items of interest to Stenen and district readers

The prayers and sympathy of the Preeceville-Sturgis United Church Pastoral Charge were asked: (1) for the family and friends of Kelvin Walker, whose funeral service was held in Grace United on Monday, Feb. 20; (2) for the family and friends of Vic Lisoway, whose funeral service was held in Leason’s Funeral Chapel in Canora with burial at Stenen on Tuesday, Feb. 21; and (3) for the family and friends of Annie Vewchar, whose funeral service was held at Trinity United on Monday, Feb. 27.


Irene Murray 

Canora Courier, March 01, 2006 Page 7 – Personal items of interest to Invermay and district readers

Funeral service was held for Irene Murray, age 93, on Feb. 23 at Invermay Community Hall.  Irene was well known and much loved.  Officiating were Pastor Karl Kienle, Pastor Dan Dugan and Terry Tompkins.  Eulogists were Sharon Murray, Donna Bacsu and Bob Long.  Organist was Judy Sorestad with special music provided by The Sowers:  Elaine Almusa, Anna Prince, Lorraine Almusa and Dolly Phippen.  Kathy Minhinnick and Hazel Smith attended the memorial book.  Honorary pallbearers were Eunice Rayner, Lillian Ferrie, Elaine Stallard, Muriel Halvorson, Gertrude Bilski, Ida Jack and Merle Dean and all those who loved her and touched her life.  Active pallbearers were grandsons, Murray Long, Willard Biliske, Kent Murray, Kelvin Prychak, Darcy Prychak and Garry Bacsu.  Interment was in Invermay Cemetery where she took her place beside Arthur.


Jerry Landstad

Canora Courier, March 01, 2006 Page 7 – Personal items of interest to Invermay and district readers

Jerry Landstad had occasion to use his Lifeline to alert family that he was in trouble but he died en route to the hospital on Friday, Feb. 24.  Funeral is expected to be this Friday.


Rose Lilly Hachkowski (nee Shewchuk)

Canora Courier, March 01, 2006 Page 7

Funeral service for Rose Lilly Hachkowski, 65, of Canora, who died Feb. 21 at Pasqua Hospital in Regina, was held Feb. 27 at Leson’s Funeral Home with Pastor Rowell Puedivan officiating.  Burial of the cremains will take place at Hazel Dell Cemetery at a later date with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Sept. 6, 1940, in the Ketchen district to Sam and Stella (Tataryn) Shewchuk, she attended school in the Ketchen area.  Her family moved to Hazel Dell and then when she was in her late teens, her family moved to Kelowna.  She worked in the fruit industry.  Later in life, she returned to Saskatchewan.  She married Frank Hachkowski in Turro, Nova Scotia, on Oct. 29, 2000.  In 2001, they moved to Canora.  She traveled throughout Canada.  She grew up with the Adventist church and became a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Canora.  Predeceased by her parents, Sam and Stella, and a brother, Rueben, she is survived by her husband, Frank; three brothers, Joseph (Lisa) Shewchuk of Lacombe, Alta., and Len and Don Shewchuk of Armstrong; and two sisters, Rachel (Ed) Sehn and Jean Shewchuk, both of Kelowna.


George Chabun

Canora Courier, March 01, 2006 Page 7

Preeceville Funeral Home was in care of arrangements for George Chabun, 91, of Preeceville, and formerly of Buchanan, who died Feb. 10 at the Preeceville Nursing Home.  Born on Nov. 14, 1914, in Swan Plain to Mike and Maria (Fedorciw) Chabun, he attended school in Swan Plain.  He worked in the logging industry in Sooke, B.C., and in the mining industry in Sudbury, Ont.  He took over the family farm after his father died.  When he retired, he lived in Swan Plain and then moved to Buchanan.  He was predeceased by his parents, Mike and Maria, two brothers, Mike and John, and two sisters, Alexandria Tkatch and Olga Kamp.


Rev. John P. Melnyk

Canora Courier, March 01, 2006 Page 7

Funeral service for Rev. John P. Melnyk, 79, of Wadena, who formerly served in the Dobrowody, Hazel Dell, Rama and Invermay area, was held Jan. 30 at the Descent of the Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Church in Wadena, with Bishop Michael Wiwchar officiating.  He died Jan. 26 at the Pleasant View Care Home in Wadena and burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Saskatoon with Narfason’s Funeral Chapel and Crematorium in care of arrangements.  Born on Feb. 23, 1926, in Saskatoon to Pauline and Joseph Melnyk, he attended primary school in Saskatoon.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce and social studies at the University of Ottawa, a diploma in accounting and business at the Secretarial College in Saskatoon, a diploma with honours at the Washington School of Art, and a bachelor of theology degree at St. Paul’s University in Ottawa.  He held numerous jobs before entering the priesthood.  He was ordained on June 12, 1982, in Saskatoon by Bishop Andrew Roborecki.  His first pastoral charge was the Preeceville Pastoral District in September of 1982.  About a year later, he moved to the Wadena Pastoral District and served for the next 18 years.  He retired from his pastoral duties in 2001, but continued to assist the new priest.  He spent the last year of his life at the Pleasant View Care Home.  Predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Pauline, he is survived by two brothers, Michael (Olga) and Joseph (Bea); and a sister, Olga Vogels.


Lean Davis, Fred Davis

Canora Courier, March 01, 2006 Page B1

Lena and Fred Davis were dear parents, grandparents, and friends  Oct. 10, 1907 to Feb. 23, 2004     Feb. 25, 1903 to Mar. 23, 1989

“Time cannot steal the treasures that we carry in our hearts, nor ever dim the shining thoughts our cherished past imparts.”

- Ever loved and lovingly remembered by daughter Juanita (Paul) Juneau and family, son Don Davis and family, and son John Davis.


Audrey MacFarlane

Canora Courier, March 01, 2006 Page B1

MACFARLANE:  In loving memory of a dear sister, mom and baba, Audrey, who passed away Feb. 27, 1999.

Just a prayer from us who love you,

A precious memory kind and true;

In our hearts you will live forever,

Because we thought the world of you.

Your memory if our keepsake,

From which we will never part;

God has put you in His keeping,

We have you in our hearts.

- Dearly loved and sadly missed by Evelyn, Ken, Robert, Marilynne, Bonnie, Dave, Kurt, Jamie, Sean and Nicole, and baby Thomas.


Ralph D. Davis

Canora Courier, March 01, 2006 Page B1

In loving memory of Ralph D. Davis  July 6, 1919 – Feb. 26, 2005

“At rest and pain free”

~ Lovingly remembered by wife Margaret and family


Laddie Hrywkiw

Canora Courier, March 01, 2006 Page B1

HRYWKIW:  In loving memory of my dear husband, Laddie, who passed away Mar. 2, 2001.

Remembrance is a golden chain,

Death tried to break but all in vain;

To have, to love, and then to part,

Is the greatest sorrow of one’s heart.

Time may wipe out many things,

But this they’ll wipe out never;

The memory of those happy days,

When we were all together

~ Lovingly remembered, your wife Lenore.


Brent Pidgurski

Canora Courier, March 08, 2006 Page 1

Buchanan area man dies in grid road MVA

A 33-year-old male from the Buchanan-district died as a result of a two-vehicle accident five miles north of Tiny on a grid road Tuesday morning.  The deceased was the driver and lone occupant of a south-bound vehicle which collided with a west-bound vehicle at an uncontrolled intersection.  The driver and lone occupant of the west-bound vehicle received medical attention for unknown injuries, said Sgt. Brian Jones, an RCMP media relations officer.  Canora RCMP and EMS technicians responded to the collision shortly before 8 a.m.  The name of the deceased will not be released, pending notification of next of kin, Jones said.  The accident remains under investigation.


Jerome Landstad

Canora Courier, March 08, 2006 Page 12 – Personal items of interest to Invermay and district readers  

A memorial service was held Mar. 3 at the Invermay Hall for Jerome Landstad, who died Feb. 24 at age 70.  Judy Sorestad was organist and special music was provided by the men’s Woodland Choir.  Nancy Genoway and Cindy Dean-Morrison attended the memorial book.  Sheldon Landstad was urn-bearer and eulogist, relating the highlights of Jerry’s life.  The whole family (including Jerry) is quite musical and he was also very good in the kitchen.  Sports, hockey, hunting and fly-in fishing and, in his later years, golf, were his pastimes.  He spent many hours playing cards with his great-nephews and great-nieces.  Jerry was also a devoted participant at the hockey rink.  His ashes will be interred (at a later date) in the Whitesand Scandinavian Cemetery where he had been a committee member since the formation of the Whitesand Lutheran Church.  Honorary pallbearers were Ted and Elaine Stallard, Barry Johnson, Jack and Ilene Rioch, Sil Ha Ng and all the coffee row people with whom he socialized.


Isabel Kalnicki (nee Nickolson)

Canora Courier, March 08, 2006 Page 13

Funeral service for Isabel Kalnicki, 67, of Canora, who died Dec. 2, was held Dec. 6 at Tompkins Funeral Home in Wadena with Terry Tompkins officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Tompkins Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Mar. 8, 1938, in Wolseley to Ted and Helen Nickolson, she attended school in Wolseley.  She moved to Regina and got a job in the housekeeping department of a hospital.  She married Alexander Kalnicki and they lived I Regina for a year before moving to Grenfell.  About a year later they moved to farm in the Rama area.  After her husband died in 1985, she moved to Invermay with her children.  In 200, when her health began to fail, she moved to Canora.  Predeceased by her parents, Ted and Helen, her husband, Alex, and a sister Maryanne, she is survived by three sons, Allan (Maryann) of Saskatoon, Roger of Yorkton and James (Theresa) of Saskatoon; six daughters, Janice (Morris) Tomyn of Invermay, Kathy (Marvin) Tarnowetski of Foam Lake, Beverly (Morris) Juve of Invermay, Laura (Dave) Sheldon of Airdrie, Alta., Johann (Dean) Hydamaka of Saskatoon and Carol (Robin) Jennings of Canora; a brother, Donnie (Pearl); 18 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.


Kristin Lee-Ann Osika

Canora Courier, March 08, 2006 Page B1

In loving memory…Kristin Lee-Ann Osika November 12, 1982 – March 7, 2004

In loving memory of a very dear young lady, our daughter, sister, aunt and friend.

We miss everything about you;

Your big and beautiful smile that would light up the room and our lives.

The sweet and kind words you would say to brighten our day.

Your great laugh (even if it wasn’t very funny) would bring us to laughter.

You will always live on in our hearts and memories, and will always be loved and missed.


Mike Owchar, Agnes Owchar

Canora Courier, March 08, 2006 Page B1

OWCHAR:  In loving memory of our dear parents and grandparents: Mike, Dec. 6, 1972; and Agnes, Mar. 11, 1999.

Those we love don’t go away.

They walk beside us every day;

Unseen, unheard, but always near,

And ever remembered, ever dear.

- Always remembered and sadly missed by Violet and Alfred, Adeline, Charles, Sylvia and Lance, Myron and Stephanie and their families.


William Yarish, Caroline Yarish

Canora Courier, March 08, 2006 Page B1

YARISH:  In memory of William and Caroline Yarish.

Those we love we never lose,

For always they will be

Loved, remembered,

Treasured,

In our memory.

That a loving God knows best.

- Love Ernie and Sandy, and Stan, Sylvia and family.


Zaharia

Canora Courier, March 08, 2006 Page B1

ZAHARIA:  In loving memory of mom, dad and Mervin:

Good took them home it was His will,

But in our hearts we love them still.

Their memory is as dear today,

As in the hour they passed away.

We often sit and think of them,

When we were all alone;

For memory is the only friend,

That grief can call its own.

- Love John, Marie and Sandy.


Antonia Boychuk (nee Wilgosh)

Canora Courier, March 08, 2006 Page B6

Funeral service for Antonia Boychuk, 94, of Canora, who died Feb. 27 at Canora Hospital, was held Mar. 4 at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canora with Rev. Joakim Rac officiating.  Burial was in the Vasloutz Ukrainian Catholic Church Cemetery, south of Buchanan, with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Oct. 12, 1911, in the Dobrowody district to Gregory and Mary (Bugera) Wilgosh, she attended Olesha School.  On May 12, 1934, she married John Boychuk in Canora.  They farmed in the Good Spirit Lake district until 1970 when they retired to Canora.  She became a resident of the Canora Gateway Lodge in September of 2004.  She was an active member of the Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canora.  Predeceased by parents, Gregory and Mary, her husband, John, two sons, Steve and Albert, a daughter, Sophie in infancy, three brothers, Phillip, Martin and Marion, and two sisters, Rose Tumak and Olga Kowalski, she is survived by three sons, Edward (Kathy) of Canora, Rudy (MaryAnn) of Norquay and Lorne (Irene) of Canora; two daughters, Albina (Carl) Pacholka of Yorkton and Elsie (Bob) Vewchar of Sundre, Alta.; a sister, jean Taylor of Toronto; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.


Annastazya (Nettie) Theresa Pasloski (nee Bugiera)

Canora Courier, March 08, 2006 Page B6

Funeral service for Annastazya (Nettie) Theresa Pasloski, 92, of Rama, who died Mar. 1 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, was held Mar. 7 at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church in Rama with Rev. Antoni Degutis officiating.  Burial was in St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Parish Cemetery, north of Rama, with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Apr. 15, 1913, in the Dobrowody District to Joseph and Anna (Diakow) Bugiera, she attended Dobrowody School.  In 1934, she married Walter Pasloski.  They built their home two years later in the Rama district where they farmed.  In March of 1980, they moved to Rama and a month later, Walter died.  She was active in the church.  Predeceased by her parents, Walter and Anna, her husband, Walter, two brothers, John and Edward, two sisters, Caroline Balawyder and Magda in infancy, and a grandson, Barry Pasloski, she is survived by four sons, Leonard (Vivian) of Rama, Richard (Marj) of Red Lake, Ont., Thomas (Rose) of Yorkton and Jerry (Sonja) of Saskatoon; three daughters, Elaine Olson of Rama, Betty (Al) Wasylenka of Christopher Lake, Sask., and Jeanette (Glen) Rusnak of Edmonton; three sisters, Katie Miechkota of Winnipeg, Antonia Pasloski of Surrey, and Mary Macala of Invermay, 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.


Mary MacIsaac (Nee MacNair)

Canora Courier, March 15, 2006 Page 1

Mary MacIsaac former Mikadonian, dies at age 112

She was recognized as one of the world’s oldest persons

Mary MacIsaac, a former Mikado teacher, was recognized as one of the oldest persons in the world where she died in Saskatoon on Friday. She was 112 years old, having celebrated her last birthday on Dec. 27. MacIsaac taught in Mikado from 1919 to 1921. Born in 1893 in Bay de Chaleur, N.B., Mary MacNair was in her teens where she completed her teachers’ training at St. Francis Xavier University. Her first teaching job was in Gull Lake and she was 26 years old when she began teaching in Mikado. When she left Mikado, she taught in Wolseley where she met Jack MacIsaac. They were married in Charlottetown, P.E.I. and when they returned to Saskatchewan, they settled in Prince Albert, where she continued to teach. She spent most of her life in Prince Albert, where she raised five children.


Brent Pidgurski

Canora Courier, March 15, 2006 Page 1

Police release name of accident victim

The name of the 33-year-old Buchanan man killed in a two-vehicle accident north of Tiny on Mar. 7 is Brent Pidgurski.  Funeral service for Pidgurski was held Mar. 11 at Trinity United Church in Preeceville with Rev. Miles Russell officiating.  Burial was in Preeceville Cemetery with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Pidgurski was born on Oct. 25, 1972 in Canora, to Bernard and Kathleen Pidgurski.  He attended Buchanan School.  He attended university, but decided to follow his dream and return to farming.  He liked hunting, reading, music, computer, restoring antique tractors, going to dances, playing card and having fun with his friends.  He is survived by his parents, Bernard and Kathleen Pidgurski of Buchanan; a brother Kevin (Nicole) of Regina; and a sister, Katherine of Buchanan.


Wasyl Anton Kushnir

Canora Courier, March 15, 2006 Page 2

Funeral service for Wasyl Anton Kushnir, 88, of Yorkton, and formerly of the Hamton area, who died Jan. 27 at the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, was held Feb. 4 at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Gerry Kreba officiating.  Burial was in the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Bailey’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on mar. 14, 1917, on the family farm near Hamton to Anton and Marinka (Krepakewich) Kushnir, he attended Oleskow School.  He married May Semenuik on Oct. 18, 1936, and they farmed in the Hamton area.  In addition to farming, he had a scrap metal business, and he was an auctioneer.  When he moved to Yorkton in 1958, he was briefly employed by the Macleod’s store.  Even after moving to Yorkton, he maintained a shop on the farm where he did blacksmith work.  Predeceased by his parents, Anton and Marinka, two sons, Gerald and Dallas, two brothers, Peter and John, and two sisters, Helen Kachan and Katherine Jason, he is survived by his wife, May; a son, Darrell of Pickering, Ont.; two daughters, Judith Walker of Yorkton and Sharron (Dale) Hudson of Fort Qu’Appelle; a brother, Paul of the Netherlands; two sisters, Anna Kushnir of Wawa, Ont., and Marion (Vernon) Leopply of Duarte, Calif.; seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.


Pauline Zipchian (nee Wainwright)

Canora Courier, March 15, 2006 Page 2

Funeral service for Pauline Zipchian, 65, of Kamsack, and formerly of Preeceville, who died Mar. 2 at Kamsack Hospital, will be held Mar. 10 at Westminster Memorial United Church in Kamsack with Rev. Frances Patterson officiating.  Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery with E. Andrychuk Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  She was born in Winnipeg on Nov. 28, 1941, to Robert and Dora Wainwright.  The family moved to Saskatchewan and she received her education at Monastyr School in Buchanan and at Preeceville School, where she graduated.  She went to Regina to get her teacher’s diploma and took music lessons from Joyce Godfrey of Preeceville, obtaining her Grade 12 in music from the Royal Conservatory in Toronto.  She taught school in Cabri, Pelly and Kamsack.  In July, 1966, she married Peter Zipchian of Kamsack and the couple lived in the community and farmed.  A well-known pianist, who performed at a variety of events, including at the church, she counted among her honours performing for Queen Elizabeth II in 1987 during the royal visit to Kamsack, and the receiving of a medal for the Saskatchewan centennial.  Predeceased by her husband, her parents and two brothers, Robert and Billy Wainwright, she is survived by four brothers, Walter of Vancouver, Maurice of Moose Jaw, Richard (Cindy) of Vernon, B.C., and Patrick (Eileen) of Fort Nelson, B.C., and three sisters, Irene (Doug) Petrowitz of Vernon and Sally (Patrick) Peters and her twin, Kathleen (Joe) Poulton, both of Preeceville.


Amelia (Emily) Negrych (nee Grywasheski)

Canora Courier, March 15, 2006 Page 2

Funeral service for Amelia (Emily) Negrych, 92, of Norquay, who died Mar. 5 at the Norquay Health Centre, was held Mar. 10 at St. Thomas Roman Catholic Church in Norquay with Rev. Antoni Degutis officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Dec. 20, 1913, in the Willowgrove district to Anton and Mary (Zawadowski) Grywacheski, she attended Willowgrove School.  She married Joseph Negrych on Oct. 7, 1929.  He was a teacher and they lived at various teacherages in the area.  In Fort Pelly, where she ran a country store and post office, they built a hose in the 1930s.  They moved to Norquay in 1960.  After her husband died in 1962, she worked as a clerk at the Macleod’s Hardware Store and the Larson and Anderson Hardware Store.  She retired at age 65.  She became a resident at Canora’s long-term-care facility for a short period before moving to the Norquay health Centre.  She was an active member of St. Thomas Roman Catholic Church in Norquay and belonged to the Church Ladies’ Aid and the Rosary Society.  She was a member of the NICE Centre in Norquay and volunteered at the Norquay Gateway Lodge.  Predeceased by her parents, Anton and Mary, her husband, Joseph, two daughters, Cecilia in infancy and Sylvia Karstad, four brothers, Brownie, Frank, Joseph and Peter, a sister, Elizabeth Kukura, and a granddaughter, Erin Cherewyk in infancy, she is survived by two sons, Joseph (Mavis) of Elliot Lake, Ont., and David (Linda) of Regina; three daughters, Ida (Alton) Johnson of Norquay, Angie (Glen) Larson of Norquay and Mary (Don) Suchy of Norquay; 17 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.


Pauline Nettie Antonio

Canora Courier, March 15, 2006 Page 2

Funeral service for Pauline Nettie Antonio, 68, of Regina, and formerly of the Hazel Dell area, who died mar. 6 at Sunset Extendicare in Regina, was held Mar. 10 at Preeceville Funeral Home with Pastor Rowell Puedivan officiating.  Burial was in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church Cemetery with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on May 11, 1937, on a farm on the Hazel Dell area to Sam and Helen Antonio, she lived on the farm until her father died.  She moved to Hazel Dell with her mother and in the following years, she and her mother lived with several relatives.  In 1991, she and her mother moved to Sunset Extendicare in Regina.  Predeceased by her parents, Sam and Helen, a sister, Nettie, and a brother, John, she is survived by two brothers, Paul (Bonnie) and Philip (Doreen); and three sisters, Isabel Pasiechnick, Betty Dziaduck and Ester (Eddie) Prystay.


Anna Marie Reusch (nee Anderson)

Canora Courier, March 15, 2006 Page 2

A family graveside service was held for Anna Marie Reusch, 97, of Winnipeg, and formerly of Kamsack, who died Jan. 31, with Pastor Tom Lurvey officiating.  Arrangements were by Klassen Funeral Home.  Born in Winnipeg to Ann and Gustav Anderson, she went to work at the T. Easton Company at age 14, then worked at the Hudson’s Bay Company.  In 1930, she married Frederick Elwood Reusch, a teacher, and the couple moved to Tiny, Preeceville, Kamsack, For Qu’Appelle and Yorkton.  After her husband’s death, she returned to Winnipeg where she was known as a piano player.  Predeceased by her husband, her parents, four brothers, Ted (Glada), Roland, Carl (Ellen) and Herbert, and one sister, Vivian (Arthur) Maxwell, she is survived by three daughters, Beverley (Herb) Copland, Shirley Tronrud and Delaura (John) Weidenbacher; four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.


Arnold Lloyd Josephson

Canora Courier, March 15, 2006 Page 2

JOSEPHSON:  A memorial service for Arnold Lloyd, 79, of Creston, B.C., and formerly of Canora, who died Feb. 5 at Creston Valley Hospital, was held at St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church in Creston with Pastor Ron Bently officiating.  Born on Sept. 18, 1926, in Canora to Peter and Inga Josephson, he attended school in Rose Valley.  He was an active member of St. Stephen’s church.  Predeceased by his parents, Peter and Inga Josephson, he is survived by his wife, Benita; a son, Trevor (Rebecca) of Vancouver; and a brother, Ivan of Creston.


Dr. Fuad Musleh

Canora Courier, March 15, 2006 Page 2

Funeral service for Dr. Fuad Musleh, 74, of Regina, and formerly of Norquay, who died Feb. 26, was held mar. 2 at the chapel of Victoria Avenue Funeral Home with Pastor Jerry Borkowsky officiating.  Interment will be held at a later date with Victoria Avenue Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  After arriving in Canada in 1981, he practiced medicine in Moosomin, Norquay and Regina.  Predeceased by his wife, Freda, and a granddaughter, Jacklyn, he is survived by two sons, Rick and Tony, one brother, Shawki, and two grandchildren.


Ella Anaka

Canora Courier, March 15, 2006 Page B1

ANAKA, ELLA:  In loving memory of our dear mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who passed away march 17, 2004.

May the winds of love blow softly,

And whisper for you to hear;

That we still love you dearly,

And hold you close,

Within our hearts.

And there you will remain,

To walk beside us all our lives,

Until we meet again.

-Forever loved and deeply missed, Ernie, Marlene, Floyd, Jennifer, Gene, Jocelyn.


May Yagelniski (nee Tataryn)

Canora Courier, March 15, 2006 Page B6

Funeral service for May Yagelniski, 93, of Canora, who died Mar. 7 at Canora Hospital, was held Mar. 13 at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church with Rev. Ivan Derkach officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on mar. 12, 1912, on the family farm in the Swan Plain district to Nikoli and Justina (Fedak) Tataryn, she attended the Swan Plain area school   In 1931, she married Martin Yagelniski of Hyas and they farmed in the area.  After her husband died in 1976, she continued to live on the farm.  Due to failing health, she became a resident of the Canora Gateway Lodge in December of 2002.  Predeceased by her parents, Nikoli and Justina, her husband, Martin, a son, Carl in infancy, eight brothers, Harry, Mike, John, Bill, Fred, Andrew, Tom and Peter, and a sister, Ann Holodnuik, she is survived by five sons, Adolph (Mary) Yagelniski of Hyas, Stanley Yagelniski of Hyas, Nestor (Loretta) Yaganiski of Saskatoon, Ludwig Yagelniski of Hyas and Frank (Loretta) Yaganiski of Hyas; a daughter, Marjorie (Mike) Danko of Edmonton; nine grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.


Lillian Irene Murray (nee Currah)

Canora Courier, March 15, 2006 Page B6

Funeral service for Lillian Irene Murray, 93, of Invermay, who died Feb. 14, was held Feb. 20 at the Invermay Community Hall with Pastor Karl Kienle, Pastor Dan Dugan and Terry Tompkins officiating.  Burial was in the Invermay Cemetery with Tompkins Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on July 28, 1912, southwest of Rama to Joe and Bella Currah, she attended Boxmore and Mainroad schools.  She worked for Stanley Lucan in Kamsack before she married Arthur Murray on July 28, 1934 at Mainroad School.  They lived on the John Murray homestead.  She was a member of the United Church ACW, the horticultural society and the senior citizens’ club.  After taking several art classes, she produced many oil paintings.  In 1972, she and Arthur retired to a new house in Invermay.  She continued to live at the house for several years after her husband died in 1989.  Her final hoe was at the Invermay Gateway Lodge.  Predeceased by her parents, Arthur, a son, Gerald, a daughter, Joyce, four brothers, William, Robert, Vernon and Thomas, and a sister at birth, she is survived by a son, Irvin (Sharon) Murray; two daughters, Ivy (Wilfred) Biliske and Verna (Jack) Prychak; a sister, Minnie Korchinski; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.


Annastazya (Nettie) Theresa Pasloski (nee Bugiera)

Canora Courier, March 15, 2006 Page B6

Funeral service for Annastazya (Nettie) Theresa Pasloski, 92, of Rama, who died mar. 1 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, was held mar. 7 at St. Anthony’s Roman catholic Church in Rama with Rev. Antoni Degutis officiating.  Burial was in St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Parish Cemetery, north of Rama, with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of Arrangements.  Born on Apr. 15, 1913, in the Dobrowody District to Joseph and Anna (Diakow) Bugiera, she attended Dobrowody School.  In 1934, she married Walter Pasloski.  They built their home two years later in the Rama district where they farmed.  In March of 1980, they moved to Rama and a month later, Walter died.  She was active in the church.  Predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Anna, her husband, Walter, two brothers, John and Edward, two sisters Caroline Balawyder and Magda in infancy, and a grandson, Barry Pasloski, she is survived by four sons, Leonard (Vivian) of Rama, Richard (Marj) of Red Lake, Ont., Thomas (Rose) of Yorkton and Jerry (Sonja) of Saskatoon; three daughters, Elaine Olson of Rama, Betty (Al) Wasylenka of Christopher Lake, Sask., and Jeanette (Glen) Rusk of Edmonton; three sisters, Katie Miechkota of Winnipeg, Antonia Pasloski of Surrey, and Mary Macala of Invermay, 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.


Bronek (Brownie) Kopeck

Canora Courier, March 15, 2006 Page B6

Funeral service for Bronek (Brownie) Kopeck, 87, of Canora, who died Mar. 6 at Canora Hospital, was held Mar. 11 at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church with Rev. Joakim Rac officiating.  Burial was in Canora Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Aug. 25, 1918, on the family farm in the Good Lake district to Matthew and Irene (Stratychuk) Kopeck, he attended Poplar Springs School.  On Oct. 23, 1941, he married Bella Kudeba in Canora and they lived on the Kopeck family farm.  He served in the army for a short while.  They lived in Canora for a short period before moving back to the farm.  They operated the Dari-Dip in Canora in late 1950s in addition to operating the farm.  They retired from farming in 1984 and in 1996, they purchased a house in Canora.  He was a member of the Canadian Wheat Board and a lifetime member of SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church.  Predeceased by his parents, Matthew and Irene, a son, James, four brothers, Mike, Steve, Walter and Peter, and four sisters, Annie Humeniuk, Francis Zorian, Mary Homeniuk and Albina Diak, he is survived by his wife, Bella; a son, Jerry (Theresa) of Bonnyville, Alta.; four daughters, Violet (Celestin) Bouvier of Lac La Biche, Alta., Margaret (Garry) Gentle of Saskatoon, Gladys (Verne) Harrison of Lac La Biche and Adeline (Wilf) Leson of Canora; two sisters, Olga (Bill) Danyluk of Canora and Jennie (Harry) Wihnan of Canora; 12 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


Miles Nicholas Sookocheff

Canora Courier, March 15, 2006 Page B6

Miles Nicholas Sookocheff was born June 9, 1956 in Canora, Sask., and passed away on February 16, 2006 in Wilkie, Sask., at the age of 49.  Prayers were held on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. at St. James’ Roman Catholic Church.  Funeral Mass took place on Monday, Feb. 20, 2006 at 10 a.m. at St. James’ Roman Catholic Church.  Celebrant was Father Andrew Wychucki.  Organist was Leona Pernitsky.  Eulogist was Gary Smith.  Honourary casket bearers were all whose lives were touched by Miles.  Active casket bearers were Jon Sookocheff  (son), Warren Sookocheff  (son), Kevin Sookocheff  (son), Lorne Sookochoff (brother), Floyd Sookochoff (brother), Jack Purves (friend).  Interment was at the Canora Cemetery.  The following day a brief farewell service was held at Leson’s Funeral Chapel in Canora, Sask. where Miles was buried beside his father in the family plot in the Canora Cemetery.  Miles is survived by his wife, Joanna; his children, sons Jon (Nancy) Sookocheff, Warren Sookocheff and Kevin Sookocheff; mother Laura Sookochoff; brothers, Floyd (Caroline) Sookochoff and their children Kayl and Hanna; Lorne (Dawn) Sookocheff and their children Geoff, Michelle and Jennifer.  He was predeceased by his father Nick Sookochoff in 2006.  Tributes were made to Community Services Heartland Health District.  Arrangements entrusted to Patrick Grondin Funeral Services – Wilkie “Our family serving your family since 1963”.


Jean Trebish (nee Parsey)

Canora Courier, March 15, 2006 Page B8 – Person items of interest to Stenen and district readers

Former Hyas resident remembered

Bulletins at Grace United (Sturgis) and Trinity United (Preeceville) on Sunday, Mar. 5 were given in memory of Jean Trebish by her family.  Rev. Miles Russell reflected on the life of Jean saying, Jean (Parsey) was born March 30, 1926 and died March 8, 2005.  Jean was born in Hudson Bay, one of sic children.  Because her father worked for the railroad, the family had lived in Hudson Bay, Ketchen, and Hyas.  After here school years, she attended Normal School in Regina, becoming a school teacher.  Jean taught in Barthel, Sask., where she met her future husband, Ralph.  They were married in the Greek Orthodox Church in Canora, Oct. 18, 1947.  During their marriage, Jean and Ralph lived in Sudbury, Ont., on a farm near Usherville, and then in Usherville itself.  Jean was a homemaker throughout these years, raising a family, and actively farming, gardening, cooking, baking, sewing, canning and preserving.  Jean worked at the post office in Usherville as an assistant for a number of years.  Jean and Ralph raised three children, Gloria, Brian, and Diane.  Jean and Ralph moved to Preeceville in 1980, and Ralph died a few months later in 1981.  Jean continued to live in Preeceville and was a regular part of the worshipping community of Trinity United.  She was an active member of the UCW and the Perogie Grannies.  Jean loved knitting, crocheting, and sewing.  Jean also loved gardening, decorating Ukrainian Easter Eggs, playing cards, doing crosswords puzzles, and being with her family and friends.


Mary Kopeck (nee Toderash)

Canora Courier, March 22, 2006 Page 2 – Personal items of interest to Stenen and district readers

Funeral for former Sturgis resident

Ray and Linda Motilaga (Stenen) received word of the death of Mary Kopeck of Calgary, who passed away at Carewest George Boyack on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the age of 87.  Anne Kowalchuk of Preeceville, and formerly of Stenen, fondly remembers her friendship with Mary, who was born on May 3, 1918 in Sturgis to parents John and Annie Toderash.  Mary and her 11 siblings were raised in the Sturgis area.  Mary is survived by two daughters, Elaine (Don) Lischka of Calgary and Donna McVety of Devon, Alta.; son and daughter-in-law Bob and Joey Kopeck of Surrey, B.C.; sister Allie Polupski; and six grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, Walter, on July 13, 2005; her parents John and Annie Toderash; great-grandson Jarrett Alley (13); sisters Dolly Sopunik, Verna Mentanko, Elsie Yaremchuk, Lena Babych, and Lila Hunchak; and brothers George, Bill, Mike, Nick and Harry Toderash.  Funeral Mass for Mary was celebrated at Corpus Christi Catholic Church on Monday, Jan. 9 with Rev. Raul Ranoia, presider.  In living memory of Mary Kopeck, a tree will be planted by McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes.  (Note: Mary’s niece, Eileen Peterson, wife of David Peterson, taught school in Norquay for a number of years.  The Petersons now reside in Saskatoon.  Verna was the daughter of the late Verna Mentanko (Mary’s sister), formerly a residents of Sturgis and later a resident of the Norquay Gateway Lodge.)


Delbert Aveyard

Canora Courier, March 22, 2006 Page 10 – Personal items of interest to Invermay and district readers

Former resident, Delbert Aveyard, age 75, died on Mar. 3.  Funeral service was held in Weyburn on Mar. 11.  He is survived by sisters, Ida Jack of Invermay, Lucille (Stanley) Jack of Regina, Doris (Jack) McConnell of Dawson Creek and Betty Cunningham of Prince Albert and brother, Garry (Sue) of Balgonie.


Freda Weinmaster (nee Ruf)

Canora Courier, March 22, 2006 Page 11

Funeral service for Freda Weinmaster, 90, of Kamsack, and formerly of Rhein, who died Feb. 14, was held Feb. 17 at Zion Lutheran Church in Yorkton with Pastor Mark Maunula of Peace Lutheran Church in Kamsack officiating.  Burial was at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Bailey’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born Dec. 18, 1915 near Stornoway to Gottfried and Anna (nee Mehling) Ruf, she attended Glasgow School and Rhein School before taking a secretarial course at Yorkton Collegiate.  She worked as a housekeeper in Yorkton, then was employed as a secretary in Canora until July 14, 1945 when he married Albert Weinmaster.  The couple farmed near Rhein until 1976 when they retired to Yorkton.  She became a resident of the Kamsack and District Nursing Home in 2004.  Predeceased by her parents, two sisters, Amalia and Anna, five brothers, David, Jacob, Henry, Alex and Arnold, and her husband in 1997, she is survived by three daughters, Dorothy (Eric) Cooper of Naicam, Grace (Donn) Walsh of Kamsack and Edith (Barry) Chornomydz of Hanna, Alta.; a sister, Rachel Hilderman of Rhein; nine grandchildren; three step-grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.


Sonnia Krukoff

Canora Courier, March 22, Page B1

KRUKOFF, Sonnia:  In memory of a loving wife, mother, grandmother and daughter, who passed away March 26, 2003.

Don’t grieve for me for now I’m free,

I’m following the path God laid for me.

I took his hand when I heard Him call,

I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,

To laugh, to love, to work or play.

Tasks left undone will stay that way,

I found that peace at close of day.

If my parting has left a void,

Then fill it with remembered joy,

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,

Ah yes, these things I, too will miss.

But not burdened with times of sorrow,

I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life has been full, I’ve savored much,

Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,

Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief,

Lift up your hearts and share with me,

God wanted me now,

He set me free.

- Sadly missed by Peter, Laura, Lionel, Pat, Randy, Dolores, Ricky, Tina, Taryn, Sydney, Jodi and Erin.


Alfred Dutchak

Canora Courier, March 22, 2006 Page B1

DUTCHAK:  In memory of Alfred Dutchak, who passed away March 21, 2005.

Today recalls the memory,

Of a loved one gone to rest;

And those who think of him today,

Are those who loved him best.

The flowers we lay upon his grave.

May whither and decay;

But the love for him who lies beneath,

Will never fade away.

- Always loved and remembered by sons Darren and Bradley, sisters Marge and Beverley and their families.


Lean Holoboff

Canora Courier, March 22, 2006 Page B1

HOLOBOFF:  In loving memory of Lena Holoboff who passed away March 29, 2002.

If you are ever going to love me,

Love me now, while I can know

The sweet and tender feelings,

Which from true affection flow.

Love me now

While I am living,

Do not wait until I’m gone

And then have it chiselled in marble,

Sweet words on ice-cold stone.

If you have tender thoughts of me,

Please tell me now.

If you wait until I am sleeping,

Never to awaken,

There will be death between us,

And I won’t hear you then.

So, if you love me, even a little bit

Let me know it while I am living

So I can treasure it.

- Sadly missed by son Wayne (Bobbie), son Chris (Teresa), grandsons Colin and Curtis, her family and many friends.


Emily Grady (nee Fullawka)

Canora Courier, March 22, 2006 Page B6

Funeral service for Emily Grady, 84, of Saskatoon, and formerly of Canora, who died Mar. 15 at St. Ann’s Home in Saskatoon, was held Mar. 21 at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Canora with Dr. Vitilas officiating.  Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, near Tiny, with Andrychuk’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Dec. 18, 1921, in Tiny to Thomas and Angela Fullawka, she attended school in Tiny and Buchanan.  She earned her bachelor of arts degree and her bachelor of science degree in home economics from the University of Windsor.  She taught in Saskatchewan for a number of years, worked for B.C. Electric in Vancouver for two years, managed the Humboldt Bowling Alley for one year.  She moved to Toronto, where she worked at the University of Toronto for one year and then taught at the Metropolitan Toronto Separate School system from 1955 to 1968.  She taught at the Windsor Separate School system from 1971 to 1981.  Predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Angela, five brothers, Joseph, Walter, Bernard, Murray and Adolph; three sisters, Annie Wolkowski, Pauline Slogocki and Philomene Myrfield, she is survived by three sisters, Agnes McGrath of Vancouver, Helen (August) Brons of Humboldt and Albina Wolsfeld of Saskatoon.


David Buchinski

Canora Courier, March 22, 2006 Page B6

BUCHINSKI: David passed away suddenly at the age of 52.  David was born Jan. 21, 1954.  He grew up in Buchanan, Sask.  David’s first job was working for the railway on the extra gang where he worked long and hard hours.  He later moved to Edmonton to be a backhoe operator for the gas company, a job which he really enjoyed.  He was very proud of his daughter Chanelle who he had with his long time friend and companion Karen.  David also liked tinkering with cars and was very mechanically inclined.  David was happiest in the company of friends and family.  He enjoyed riding motorcycles and one of the highlights was riding his motorcycle down the coast to Mexico with his closest friends.  David also enjoyed playing chess and checkers.  He was a very kindhearted person.  He was predeceased by his father Steve in 1994 and his brother Vern in 1980.  He is survived by his daughter Chanelle; his mother Stella; his four brothers, Vince (Judi) of Kelowna, Rudy (Myrna) of Prince Rupert, Ken (Laura) of Lloydminster, Terry (Cari) of Medicine Hat; and three sisters, Veronica (Lyle) Kalmakoff of Stoney Plain, Barb (Lorne) Brezinski of Buchanan, Shelly (Kelly) Hall of Calgary; and numerous nieces and nephews.  The burial of the ashes will be held in Canora, Sask. at a later date.


Mary Kopeck (nee Toderash)

Canora Courier, Marc 29, 2006 Page 7 – Personal items of interest to Stenen and district readers

Correction in last week’s news

(NOTE: Regarding the funeral for former Sturgis resident Mary Kopeck (nee Toderash), published last week, the sentence “Verna was the daughter of the late Verna Mentanko (Mary’s sister), formerly a resident of Sturgis and later a resident of the Norquay Gateway Lodge) should have read “Eileen is” the daughter of the late Verna Mentanko.


Mike Keller

Canora Courier, March 29, 2006 Page 7

Funeral for Stenen area resident

Funeral service for Mike Keller, who died at the Canora Gateway Lodge on Feb. 14 at the age of 93, was held at the chapel of Leson’s Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb. 18 with Mario Naduriak of the United Church of Canada officiating.  Organist was Kathy Ostafichuk of Hyas, who led the congregation in the singing of “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “Softly and Tenderly”.  Interment was at the Canora Cemetery.  A time of visiting and fellowship for family and friends followed at the Family Centre at Leson’s Funeral Home.  Stenen area resident delivers tribute.  Former neighbour and long-time friend John Davis delivered the eulogy/tribute at the funeral for Mike Keller on Saturday, Feb. 18.  Davis offered condolences to Mike’s daughter, Sonia, and her family and to all family members not only on the death of her father Mike but also on the death of her brother Jerry of Calgary, who died approximately 18 hours prior to the death of father Mike.  Travelling back in time to the Liverpool School District in the later 1940s and early 1950s, Davis pointed out that the Liverpool School, located across the road from the farm residence of the late Laddie and Delma Jondle, where their son Lynwood still resides, was the hub of the community, and encompassing the school was a circle of the Kellers’ neighbours, friends, and relatives, including not only the Jondles but the Andersons, the Bellowses, the Yurkiws, the Hallicks, the Boguckys, the Strocens, the Bagnalls, the McLuckies, the Fialas, the Simeses, Frances Tysowski, and the Davises.  He pointed out the close connection between the Kellers and the Davises saying, “My father and mother, Fred and Lena Davis, farmed the Jarnigan land (southeast of Stenen) and Mike and Mary Keller farmed the Bagnall land, just a half-mile down the road west from our farm residence.”  Mike and Mary were special neighbours and friends, he said.  “As we were growing up, Mary Keller was the Marg Osborne (of the Don Messer Show) in our community not only in stature and appearance but also in voice.”  Commenting further on the close relationship, Davis said, “If my sister Juanita, my brother Don, and I weren’t at home, our parents knew where they could find us – at Mike, Mary and Jerry’s home for Mary always had special treats and goodies for us.  Even snowbanks, from which the three of us could reach the insulators on the telephone poles, did not deter us from visiting the Kellers.”  Davis said that Mike was down-to-earth – a ”salt of the Earth” kind of person.  He was good-natured – spontaneously friendly, cheerful, and positive – and that he was gracious and obliging, words used by Davis’s brother Don to describe Mike.  He also referred to Mike’s sense of humour, his friendship and warmth, and his unconditional love and pride for his wife Mary, son Jerry, daughter Sonia, and grandchildren, Wade and Aaron Trach and Michael, Tom, and Chris Turner of Calgary.  “Regardless of the hardships and difficulties of farming during the Depression, Mike still loved farming.  He loved the land.  Even after he moved to Canora in 1957, he was still associated with the rural landscape.  Mike Keller was a household name in the RM of Keys, where he was foreman and where he was an excellent equipment operator.”  Davis then shared the obituary that was prepared by the family.  That obituary has already been published in The Canora Courier.


Fred Davis

Canora Courier, March 29, 2006 Page 7 – Personal items of interest to Stenen and district readers

On Sunday, Mar. 26, bulletins at Grace United (Sturgis) and Trinity United (Preeceville) were given in memory of Fred Davis by his family, Juanita and Paul Juneau (Saskatoon), Don Davis (Yorkton), and John Davis.  Rev. Russell pointed out in the bulletins that, “Fred Davis was born Feb. 25, 1903 and died mar. 23, 1989.  Fred was born near Kiev in Russia and when a week old was part of six families that left for the new land of Canada, ultimately settling on homesteads east of Stenen.  Fred grew up on the family farm at Stenen, received his formal education at Crystal Lake and Canora schools.  Fred married Lena Karchie, Sept. 16, 1932 at St. Andrew’s United Church in Yorkton.  They raised three children and farmed.  Fred remained all his life on the farm, even after retiring in 1984.  He was a member of the United Grain Growers, the Senior Citizens’ Dew Drop in Club in Stenen, the Sturgis R.E.A.D. Club, as well as a worshipping member of Wilson Memorial United Church in Stenen and later Grace Untied Church in Sturgis.  Fred is remembered for his love of visiting with people, telling stories, sharing a good laugh, and welcoming people to his home.  He was one of the pioneers in the Stenen area, and his strong will, faith, and independent spirit, marked him and enabled him to live life with strength and dignity.”


Jerome Kendall Landstand

Canora Courier, March 29, 2006 Page 8

A memorial service for Jerome Kendall Landstad, 70, of Invermay, who died Feb. 24, was held Mar. 3 at Invermay Community Hall with Terry Tompkins officiating.  Burial will take place at a later date with Tompkins Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Aug. 2, 1935, on the family farm northeast of Sheho to Peter and Beatrice Landstad, he attended Stoneyview School.  He worked with his brother, doing construction in Dundurn and Archerwill and they moved to Dawson Creek in the mid 1950s.  He returned to the area about 1960 and started raising sheep.  When he decided that coyotes were too much of a problem, he joined his brothers who were working at the Logan Lake Camp mine site near Kamloops, doing carpentry.  He returned to the farm and in 1972, moved with his mother to Invermay.  Later, he worked north of La Ronge as a camp cook.  When he returned to Invermay, he worked with the rural municipality for a number of years.  Due to poor health, he retired and looked after his mother and Uncle Elmer in their later years.  He was active in sports such as hockey, hunting and fishing  and, later in life, golfing.  In addition to coaching and managing the Invermay Imperials, he often gave of his time doing carpentry jobs at the rink.  He was on the committee of the Whitesand Lutheran Church since it was formed and was active in the Liberal Party.  Predeceased by his parents, Peter and Beatrice, and a brother, Caroll, he is survived by two brothers, Alden (Lila) and David (Bonny); and a sister, Muriel (Donald) Dean.


John Wasyl Zorian

Canora Courier, March 29, 2006 Page 8

Funeral service for John Wasyl Zorian, 102, of Yorkton, and formerly of Kamsack and Burgis, who died Feb. 17, was held Feb. 24 at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Gerry Kreba of the Yorkton congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses officiating.  Burial was at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Bailey’s Funeral Home of Yorkton in care of arrangements.  Born Aug. 24, 1903 in the Burgis district to Wasyl and Zoyka (nee Polinchuk) Zorian, he attended school in the Burgis area and worked on a farm until he moved to Detroit, Mich., to work in a factory.  After two years in Michigan, he returned to Saskatchewan.  On Aug. 10, 1930 he married Mary Achtymichuk.  After his marriage, he began a 20-year career working as a grain buyer at Pinkham, Hamton, Preeceville, Stornoway, Wroxton and Burgis.  He was also a beekeeper.  After working for the Pool, he moved to Kamsack, where he built a billiard business, which he operated for about 10 years before retiring to Yorkton in 1954.  He eventually moved to the Yorkton and District Nursing Home.  Predeceased by his parents, his wife, in 2002, three brothers, Fred, Pete and Steve, and one sister, Katherine, he is survived by one son, Wes of Yorkton; one sister, Anne Kopeck of Moose Jaw; two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


Doris Burkosky (nee Sushelnitsky)

Canora Courier, March 29, 2006 Page 9

A memorial service for Doris Burkosky, 82, of Canora, who died Mar. 18 at her residence, was held Mar. 24 at Leson’s Funeral Home with Rev. Rod Luciuk officiating.  She was cremated with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on May 1, 1923, to Mike and Rose (Belanchuk) Sushelnitsky on the family farm in the Mohyla district, she attended Mohyla School.  She married Evans Burkosky on June 24, 1950, at the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church in Canora.  They operated a hardware store in Canora for several years before moving to Manitoba.  She had various jobs over the years but her job at Eaton’s in Winnipeg was the longest and it was there that she retired.  She sold her home in Winnipeg in 2003 and moved to Canora.  Predeceased by her parents, Michael and Rose, her husband, Evans, two brothers, Joey in childhood and another in infancy, and three sisters, Mary Gogol, Pauline Sushelnitsky and Ann Kmet, she is survived by two sons, Robert of Canora and Andrew (Michele) of Visalia, Calif.; a daughter, Lydia of Canora; two brothers, John and Nick Sushelnitsky, both of Canora; two sisters, Victoria Bahnuik and Ethel Strozen, both of Canora; and two grandchildren.


Nettie Bobowski (nee Yagelnesky)

Canora Courier, March 29, 2006 Page 9

Funeral service for Nettie Bobowski, 76, of Preeceville, who died Mar. 11 at Regina General Hospital, was held Mar. 17 at Trinity United Church in Preeceville with Rev. Miles Russell officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Dec. 18, 1929, in Hyas to Joe an Ann Yagelnesky, she attended George Albert School.  She married Jim Bobowski on Oct. 24, 1948, at the Holy Assumption blessed Virgin Mary Orthodox Church, north of Stenen.  She was involved in all aspects of their farming operation.  They retired to Preeceville in 1989.  She was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion auxiliary.  She was active in the sport of bowling.  Predeceased by her parents, Joe and Anne, her husband, Jim in 2003, a daughter, Lydia, five brothers, Myhron, John, Pete, Nick and Laddie, and three sisters, Jenny, Freda and Mary, she is survived by a son, Lorne (Margaret) of Estevan; a brother, Bert (Jean) Yagelnesky of Yorkton; two sisters, Olga Melneychuk of Red Deer and Grace (Howard) Peck of Seattle, Wash.; and two grandchildren.


Pauline (Polly) Myden (nee Gulka)

Canora Courier, March 29, 2006 Page 9

Funeral service for Pauline (Polly) Myden, 73, of Preeceville, who died Mar. 14 at Preeceville Hospital, was held Mar. 19 at Trinity United Church in Preeceville with Rev. Miles Russell officiating.  Burial was in the Preeceville Cemetery with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Sept. 17, 1932, in the Hryhoriw district to Harry and Mabel Gulka, she attended Hryhoriw School.  She worked at the Preeceville Café in 1951.  She married Mike Myden on May 24, 1952, at Hryhoriw Church.  They lived for a year with his parents on the farm in the Norquay district and then took over the farm.  Predeceased by her husband, Mike, her father, Harry, a brother, Edward, and a sister, Pearl Ennis, she is survived by her mother, Mabel of Edmonton; two sons, Larry (Cindy) of Saskatoon and Dale of Preeceville; a brother, Jim (Bernice) Gulka of Edmonton; three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.


Ollie Ludba]

Canora Courier, March 29, 2006, Page B1

LUDBA, Ollie:  In loving memory of our dear wife, mother, and Grammy, who passed away on April 1, 2004.  

It’s been two years since you left us,

We’ll never forget that day;

How we could not believe,

That you had been taken away.

Our hearts still ache with sadness,

The tears still softly fall;

But sometimes we can say your name,

Without crying at all.

Each dawn brings a new day,

That we cannot see your face;

But we often hear the words you spoke,

So wise and full of grace.

We count on you to guide us,

And help us when times get tough;

Until we get to see you again,

That will have to be enough.

Know that we still miss you,

Our love will never face;

We’ll always cherish the time we had,

And the special memories we made.

So please keep watching over us,

Help to east the pain,

Gently soothe our broken hearts,

Until we meet again.

- Forever loved and deeply missed by Bob, Robin, Rhetta, Geno, Barb, Chris, Richard, Amie, Cort, Lindsay, Clayton, Lucas, Ethan, Taylor, Jacob and Mila.


Lena Holoboff

Canora Courier, March 29, 2006 Page B1

HOLOBOFF:  In loving memory of Lena Holoboff who passed away March 29, 2002.

If you are ever going to love me,

Love me now, while I can know

The sweet and tender feelings,

Which from true affection flow.

Love me now

While I am living,

Do not wait until I’m gone

And then have it chiselled in marble,

Sweet words on ice-cold stone.

If you have tender thoughts of me,

Please tell me now.

If you wait until I am sleeping,

Never to awaken,

There will be death between us,

And I won’t hear you then.

So, if you love me, even a little bit

Let me know it while I am living

So I can treasure it.

- Sadly missed by son Wayne (Bobbie), son Chris (Teresa), grandsons Colin and Curtis, her family and many friends.


James Alban MacDougall

Canora Courier, April 05, 2006 Page 10 – Items of interest to Stenen and district readers

Funeral service for brother-in-law of Stenen resident

Peter and Mary Kurkowsky received word of the death of Peter’s brother-in-law, James Alban MacDougall – fondly known as Al or “Mr. Mac: - who died in Scarborough, Ont. on Saturday, Jan. 7 at the age of 85.  Al, who was porn in Prince Edward Island on Sept. 15, 1920, was married to Peter’s oldest sister, Mary, who passed away on April. 16, 1979 at the age of 58.  On June 1, 1985, Al remarried to start a new chapter in his life with Patricia.  Visitation for Al MacDougall was held at Jerrett Funeral Home in Scarborough on Monday, Jan. 9 and on Jan. 10.  His funeral service was conducted from the chapel of the funeral home on Jan. 11.  MacDougall was no stranger to Stenen and area residents.  He loved the prairies – especially Saskatchewan – and visited Stenen often as he thought of this small, rural village as his second home.  At one point when work was scarce, he and Mary moved to live with Mary’s mother Wasylyna in Stenen, where they spent time not only with Mary’s mother but with Mary’s brothers, Peter (Mary) Kurkowsky and Paul (Victoria) Kurkowsky of Hyas, her sister Gloria Kurkowsky, her step-sister Vicki Letwinka, and her step-brothers Al, Mike (Mikey), and Boris (Bo) Letwinka.  His most recent visit to Stenen and area was in April of 2005 when he came to attend the funeral of his brother-in-law Paul Kurkowsky.  Al served with the Royal Canadian Air Force at various points in Canada as well as in Germany for a number of years.  He was a passionate mechanic and driver of big rigs, which he continued to do so until the age of 80.  These careers allowed him to pursue his love of traveling, both with his family and on his endless solo jaunts across the continent.  In addition, he was Bell Telephone’s best customer, which he himself admitted when he confided to his niece saying, “You know Cheryl Anne, this may come as a surprise to you, but I love to talk.”  Cheryl Anne Cohoon, the daughter of Peter Kurkowsky’s sister Anne Cohoon, and the late Ken Cohoon, delivered the eulogy at his funeral.  Predeceased by his parents, grandparents, first wife Mary, brother-in-law Paul Kurkowsky, step-sister-in-law Vicki Letwinka, and step-brother-in-law Mike Letwinka, he is survived by three sons, Ken MacDougall of Duck Lake, Sask., Gerry (Mary) MacDougall of Oakville, Ont. and Dr. Peter MacDougall and his wife Diane of Saskatoon; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his present wife Pat, her children and families, and her grandchildren.  He will be missed by his sister-in-law Gloria (Art) Zubko of Kelowna, his brother-in-law Peter (Mary) Kurkowsky, step-sister-in-law Al (Arlene) Letwinka of Toronto and Boris Letwinka of Regina; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Victor Lisoway

Canora Courier, April 05, 2006 Page 10 – Items of interest to Stenen and district readers

Funeral service for Victor Lisoway, who died at Kamsack Hospital on Saturday, Feb. 18, was held at the chapel of Leson’s Funeral Home in Canora on Feb. 21 with Rev. Miles Russell of the Preeceville-Sturgis United Church Pastoral Charge officiating.  Kathy Ostafichuk of Hyas was the organist with the Grace United Church choir participating in the singing of “How Great Thou Art”’ “Amazing Grace”, and “the Old Rugged Cross” as well as the recessional “Near to the Heart of God”.  Following the funeral service, family and friends gathered at the Family Centre at Leson’s Funeral Home for a time of fellowship over lunch.  Interment took place as the Russian-Ukrainian Protestant Cemetery between Hyas and Stenen with nephews Darcy, Daryl, and Derrick Kopelchuk and Dale and Sheldon Lisoway and Gary Lisoway acting as pallbearers.  Victor Lisoway was born on the family farm northeast of Stenen, where he continued to farm after the passing of his parents, Anton and Dora (nee Zubko) Lisoway.  When his health wouldn’t allow him to be on his own on the family farm, he entered the Kamsack and District Nursing Home, where he resided until his passing.  A more complete obituary has already been published in The Canora Courier.


Nettie Bobowski (nee Yagelnesky)

Canora Courier, April 05, 2006 Page 10 – Items of interest to Stenen and district readers

Funeral service for Nettie Bobowski, who passed away on Mar. 24 at the age of 76 years, was held at trinity United Church on Mar. 17.  It was preceded by an evening prayer service at the chapel of Preeceville Funeral Home on Mar. 16 with Rev. Miles Russell of the Preeceville-Sturgis United Church Pastoral Charge officiating at both services and with Lay Worship Leader Lynn Larsen assisting at the funeral.  Leanne Jakubowski of Endeavour was the pianist with the Trinity United Church Choir participating in the singing of hymns “Morning Has Broken “Amazing Grace”, and “Rock of Ages” as well as the recessional “Joy Comes with the Dawn”.  Immediately following the funeral service, family and friends gathered in the dining area of the church for a time of fellowship over lunch prepared by the Trinity United Church Women.  Interment took place at the Canora Cemetery with nephew Laverne Yagelnesky and friends Orest Kiryluk, Harvey Prokop, Dennis and Victor Wasylenchuk, and George Pantiuk acting as casketbearers.  Nettie Bowbowski (nee Yagelnesky) was born in the Hyas area.  After marrying James (Jim) Bobowski, they settled on a farm north of the village of Stenen.  Later, they retired to Preeceville, where she resided until her passing.  A more complete obituary has already been published in The Canora Courier.


Hugo Olson

Canora Courier, April 05, 2006 Page 11 – Items of interest to Invermay district readers

Mildred Snowden and Walter Husarewich attended the funeral of Mildred’s brother-in-law, Hugo Olson, age 83, of Quill Lake.  The funeral was held at the Quill Lake United Church on Friday, Mar. 31.  He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, Daughter Karen (Dave) Reddekkop and sons Conrad (Peggy) and Robert (Patricia).


Stella Eskra

Canora Courier, April 05, 2006 Page 11 – Items of interest to Invermay district readers

Stella Eskra, age 65, passed away on Sunday, Apr. 2.  Funeral will be held at Invermay Community Hall on Thursday.


Stefan Surkan

Canora Courier, April 05, 2006 Page 12

Funeral service for Stefan Surkan, 87, of Theodore, who died Apr. 1 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, is to be held Apr. 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 Aug. 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.


Orest "Dennis" Berezniuk

Canora Courier, April 05, 2006 Page B7

Funeral service for Orest “Dennis” Berezniuk, 54, of Sturgis, who died Mar. 27 at Preeceville Hospital, was held Mar. 30 at Leson’s Funeral Home with Rev. Patrick Powalinsky officiating.  Burial was in Canora Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Dec. 19, 1951, to Roman and Lena (Anaka) Berezniuk in Canora, he attended George Albert Elementary School in the Stenen district and the Sturgis Composite High School.  He completed his training as a machinist at SIAST in Prince Albert and worked at a manufacturing company in Yorkton for a short period.  He returned to Stenen and took over operating of the family farm.  Predeceased by his parents, Roman and Lena, and a brother, Emil, he is survived by two sisters, Iris Kern of Calgary and Cathy (Gerald) Luciuk of Regina.


Mary Sniher (nee Panchuk)

Canora Courier, April 05, 2006 Page B8

Funeral service for Mary Sniher, 92, of Saskatoon, and formerly of Mikado, who died Feb. 28, was held Mar. 3 at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton with Rev. Bryan Bayda officiating.  Burial was at Yorkton City Cemetery with Bailey’s Funeral Home in car of arrangements.  Born Sept. 8, 1913 in the Insinger district to John and Katrina (Kowalchuk) Panchuk, she attended Fosty School.  On Oct. 10. 1937, she married Peter Sniher.  The couple moved to Windsor, Ont., for a year, then returned to farm in the Insinger district for eight years.  They then moved to Mikado where they purchased a garage business.  In 1950, they moved to Yorkton.  After her husband’s death, she moved to Saskatoon.  She was an active member of St. Mary’s Church and was a longtime member of the women’s league.  Predeceased by her parents, her husband, a son, Lorne, a grandson, Gregory, three brothers, Steve, Sylvester and Walter, and three sisters, Pauline, Olga and Eileen, she is survived by one son, Eugene (Shirley) of Calgary; one daughter, Phyllis (John) of Saskatoon; eight grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.


Doris Bukosky (nee Sushelnitsky)

Canora Courier, April 05, 2006 Page B8

A memorial service for Doris Bukosky, 82, of Canora, who died Mar. 18 at her residence, was held Mar. 24 at Leson’s Funeral Home with Rev. Rod Luciuk officiating.  She was cremated with Leson’s Funeral Home in Care of arrangements.  Born on May 1, 1923, to Mike and Rose (Belanchuk) Sushelnitsky on the family farm in the Mohyla district, she attended Mohyla School.  She married Evans Bukosky on June 24, 1950, at the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church in Canora.  They operated a hardware store in Canora for several years before moving to Manitoba.  She had various jobs over the years but her job at Eaton’s in Winnipeg was the longest and it was there that she retired.  She sold her home in Winnipeg in 2003 and moved to Canora.  Predeceased by her parents, Michael and Rose, her husband, Evans, two brothers, Joey in childhood and another in infancy, and three sisters, Mary Gogol, Pauline Sushelnitsky and Ann Kmet, she is survived by two sons, Robert of Canora and Andrew (Michele) of Visalia, Calif.; a daughter, Lydia of Canora; two brothers, John and Nick Sushelnitsky, both of Canora; two sisters, Victoria Bahnuik and Ethel Strozen, both of Canora; and two grandchildren.


Hannah Strijack (nee Sookocheff)

Canora Courier, April 05, 2006 Page B8

Funeral service for Hannah Strijack, 93, of the Preeceville Lions’ Hostel, and formerly of Sturgis, who died Mar. 13 at the hostel, was held Mar. 18 at Grace United Church in Sturgis with Rev. Miles Russell officiating.  Burial was in the Sturgis Community Cemetery with Preeceville Funeral Home in Care of Arrangements.  Born Apr. 5, 1912, in Buchanan to Sam and Avotia (Shukin) Sookocheff, she attended Buchanan School.  Her family moved to Sturgis in 1947.  She married Mike Strijack on Apr. 28, 1950, and they farmed in the area.  She was a member of the horticultural society.  Predeceased by her parents, Sam and Avotia, her husband, Mike, a brother, Sam, and two sisters, Mabel and Mary in infancy, she is survived by a daughter, Barbara Kruger of Duncan, B.C., and three grandchildren.


Lena Ostafie (nee Kobylka)

Canora Courier, April 05, 2006 Page B8

Funeral service for Lena Ostafie, 72, of Yorkton, and formerly of the Burgis district, who died Feb. 25 at Regina General Hospital, was held Mar. 2 at Westview United Church in Yorkton with Faye L. Greer officiating.  Burial was at Yorkton City Cemetery with Bailey’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born Oct. 16, 1933 in the Burgis district to Henry and Helen (nee Gawryluik) Kobylka, she attended East Wexford, Cedric and Bogucz schools.  On Oct. 15, 1950, she married Edward Ostafie.  She worked at the Gateway Lodge in Canora, then, after moving to Yorkton, she worked at Yorkton Union Hospital until 1981.  Predeceased by her mother in 1968, her father in 1986, a sister, Mary Filipchuk in 2000, and a brother, Mike Gawryluik in 2005, she is survived by her husband; one daughter, Sharon (David Atwater) of Yorkton; one son, Ken (Jackie) of Yorkton; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


Ed Gorski

Canora Courier, April 12, 2006 Page 1

Preliminary hearing now set for Apr. 24

The preliminary hearing date has been set for Apr. 24 in Canora for Marina Quewerance, 30, of the Kamsack district and Brian Thompson, 41, of the Canora district, who are charged with the second-degree murder of Ed Gorski of Canora. Initially, the preliminary hearing was scheduled for Apr. 6, but the date was changed and the week of Apr. 24 was set aside for the hearing.  Gorski's body was discovered on Oct. 24 at 119 Third Avenue East in Canora, but it is believed that he died on Oct. 22.  


Stella Eskra (nee Shinkewski)

Canora Courier, April 12, 2006 Page 9 – Personal items of interest to Invermay and district readers

Funeral service was held for Stella Eskra, age 65, on Thursday, Apr. 6. In charge of the memorial book were Elaine Fidek, Elaine Stallard and Verna Carlson. Pastor Glenn Shore officiated with a number of friends and relatives speaking of Stella and her life. Ken Krawetz was eulogist. Ushers were David Schaaf, Justin Enge and Korwin Enge. Honourary pallbearers were Elva Cook, Martha Birrrell, Lori Fogg, Doreen Rusnell, Caroline Groan and Chris Carlson. Active pallbearers were all grandchildren; Jeremy Eskra, Aaron Eskra, Dustin Eskra, Curtis Eskra, Brandon Eskra, Taylor Wasylynka and Tanner Eskra. Interment was in Invermay Cemetery.  Stella was the second of four children born to Peter and Pauline Shinkewski. She attended school at Loch Slay and Croydon to Grade 10 and later in life received her Grade 12 equivalency. In 1958 she married Mike Eskra and over the next 10 years, they had seven children. Stella was active in the community. She was a member of the Kinettes club, curling club, dinner theatre, hall committee, recreation board and winter festival commit­tee. She found much happiness in watching her children and grandchildren participate in sports and other activities.  Stella was predeceased by her mother, Pauline Shinkewski, and father-in-law, Stanley Eskra and mother-in-law, Mary Eskra. Stella is survived by her father Peter Shinkewski; husband, Mike Eskra; children Pat (Laurie), Kevin (Leanne), Mark (Cheryl), Kim (Dave) Wasylynka, Sherry (Lance) Davis, Darcy (Anisette) and Stacy (Carla); 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Eva Florence Rhodes

Canora Courier, April 12, 2006 Page 12 – Personal items of interest to Stenen and district readers Church news
At the Sunday Worship service Feb. 19 at Grace United and Trinity United, the prayers and sympathy of the pastoral charge were asked for the family and friends of Eva Florence Rhodes, age 96, whose funeral service, officiated by Rev. Miles Russell with the assistance of Lay Worship Leader Janet Cameron, was held on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. at Grace United Church. Pianist Maureen Lisoway and the Grace United Church senior choir led the congregation in the singing of hymns "In the Garden," "Just a Closer Walk with Thee," and "Beyond the Sunset," as well as the recessional "Near to the Heart of God". Words of remembrance were delivered by grandson John Kennedy (the son of Eva's daughter Donna). Interment of ashes was at the Sturgis Cemetery with grandson Don Dunford as urn bearer. Don is the son of the late Lyle Dunford and Elaine Dunford (nee Pollock). Following the interment, family and friends shared a luncheon prepared by the Grace United Church Women and a time of fellowship.


Brent Pidgurski

Canora Courier, April 12, 2006 Page 12 – Personal items of interest to Stenen and district readers Church news

At the Sunday worship service on Mar. 12 at Trinity United and Grace United, the prayers and sympathy of the pastoral charge were asked for the family and friends of 33-year-old Brent Pidgurski of Buchanan, whose funeral service was held at Trinity United on Saturday, Mar. 11 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Miles Russell officiating. An evening prayer service, conducted by Rev. Russell, was held at the chapel of the Preeceville Funeral Home on Friday, Mar. 10. Interment was at the Preeceville Cemetery with Lionel Dutchak, Kevin Kosheluk, Kevin Pasiechnik, Robert Reynolds, Kevin Romick, and Lawrence Pozniak as the pallbearers. Following the interment, family and friends gathered at the dining area of the church for a time of fellowship and a luncheon prepared by the Trinity United Church Women. The Grace United Church annual tea and bake sale was held on Saturday, Apr. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Grace Church Hall. The Grace UCW reported a successful and well-attended event.


Pauline Diane Zipchian (nee Wainwright)

Canora Courier, April 12, 2006 Page 12 – Personal items of interest to Stenen and district readers

Funeral service for former resident  A number of Preeceville, Sturgis, Stenen, Hyas, Norquay, Pelly, and area residents attended the memorial service celebrating the life of Pauline Diane Zipchian (nee Wainwright), who entered eternal rest at Kamsack Hospital on Mar. 2 at the age of 64. The memorial service, officiated by Rev. Frances Patterson, was held on Friday, Mar. 10 at 2 p.m. at Westminster Memorial United Church in Kamsack. Organist Kathy Ostafichuk of Hyas and the Westminster Memorial United Church choir led the congregation in the singing of hymns "God of the Living", "In the Garden", and "Blest Be the Tie That Binds", as well as the recessional, "God Will Take Care of You". Sally Peters of Preeceville shared recollections about her sister Pauline. The local Cancer Support Group conducted an honouring ceremony. Interment of ashes took place at the Riverside Cemetery in Kamsack. Following the committal service, family and friends joined in a time of fellowship and a luncheon at the lower hall of the church. The Westminster Memorial United Church Women prepared and catered the luncheon. Pauline was born to Robert and Dora Wainwright (nee Mitchell) in Bifrost, Man. near Winnipeg. Later, the family moved to Saskatchewan, where Pauline attended Monastyr School near Buchanan and later Preeceville School, where she graduated. After graduation, she moved to Regina and received her teacher's diploma. She took music lessons from Joyce Godfrey in Preeceville and received her Grade 12 in music from the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. Pauline was very talented musically especially on piano and organ. She has entertained from Saskatchewan to British Columbia. When the Queen visited at Kamsack, Pauline was quite honoured to have played before her. She was also the recipient of the Lieutenant-Governor's pin at the centennial celebrations for her contributions to the arts and to society.  Pauline was active in her church as church organist; rep­resentative to presbytery and conference for many years; UCW representative to presbytery, who took the initiative to organize the presbytery 'gathering' of the UCW. She served weekly at the nursing home and Eaglestone Lodge for a time of music and singing. She also organized the choir for various events in the community such as the community Christmas concert and Remembrance Day services, and the Silver Thread Christmas gathering in Togo. She enjoyed cards, Scrabble, her cat Mina, travelling with her cousin Elaine Hrycenko of Preeceville (nee Thideman) - touring Canada, the USA, Europe, and Australia - but most of all her music.


Orest Lazaruk

Canora Courier, April 12, 2006 Page B1

LAZARUKIn loving memory of, Orest, loving husband, father and grandfather, who passed away April 12, 2000.

We thought of you with love today,

But that is nothing new;

We thought of you yesterday,

And days before that too.

We think of you in silence,

We often speak your name;

All we have are memories,

And your picture in a frame.

Your memory is our keepsake,

With which we'll never part;

God has you in His keeping,

We have you in our hearts.

- Sadly missed and remembered everyday, wife Phillis; children Trevor and Nikki, Angie and Vanessa; grandchildren Morgan, Bryton and Austin.  


Michael Grona

Canora Courier, April 12, 2006 Page B1

GRONA:  In loving memory of Michael, who passed away Apr. 16, 2000.

Those whom we love go out of sight,

But never out of mind;

They are cherished in the hearts,

Of those they leave behind.

Loving and kind in all his ways

Upright and just in all his days;

Sincere and true in heart and mind,

Beautiful memories he left behind.

- Deeply missed, from wife Jean and family.


Elvena Perepeluk

Canora Courier, April 12, 2006 Page B1

PEREPELUK: In loving memory of my wife, Elvena, who passed away April 14, 1998.

Our lives go on without you,

But nothing is the same;

We have to hide our heart­aches,

When someone speaks your name.

Sad are the hearts that love you.

Silent are the tears that fall;

Living our lives without you,

Is the hardest part of all.

You did so many things for us,

Your heart was kind and true;

And when we needed some­one,

We could always count on you.

The special years will not return,

When we were all together;

But with the love inside our hearts,

You will walk with us forever.

- Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by husband Steve.


Elvena Perepeluk

Canora Courier, April 12, 2006 Page B1

PEREPELUK:  In loving memory of Elvena, a dear mother and baba, who passed away April 14, 1998.

No one knows how much we miss you,

No one knows the bitter pain;

We have suffered since we lost you;

Life has never been the same.

In our hearts your memory lingers.

Sweetly, tender, fond and true;

There is not a day Mom,

That we do not think of you.

- Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by Shelly, Kim, Marnie, Ashley, Meagan, Brady and Chelsea and Rayan.


Marie Ethel Ludba

Canora Courier, April 12, 2006 Page B10

Funeral service for Marie Ethel Ludba, 69, of Canora, who died Mar. 28 at her residence, was held Apr. 4 at Lesons's Funeral Home with Rev. Andrew Piasta officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Dec. 12, 1936, in Canora to George and Mary (Kozak) Ludba, a brain injury at birth left her deaf and impaired her development.  At the age of five, she was enrolled at the Residential School for the Deaf in Saskatoon.  She learned to read, sign and lip read.  It was at that school that she first showed interest in construction.  At the age of 14, she returned home and set up a workshop in the basement of the family home.  She built everything from swing sets to plant stands.  She even ordered exotic woods, such as ebony from Africa, for some more elaborate projects.  When she was in her mid-20s, she decided to live on her own and moved to Yorkton, where she worked at the sheltered workshop.  When the policy came in mandating workers to wear steel-toed boots, she informed the workshop that she had retired.  She moved back to Canora in 1999.  She continued fixing old appliances and tinkering at her own projects, working out of her own home in Canora.  Predeceased by her father, George, and three brothers, John, Ernie and Gene, she is survived by her mother, Mary of Canora; two brothers, Bob of Canora and Jim of Grand Forks, B.C., and a sister, Jeannette (Paul) Hryhoriw of Yorkton.


Alex Dereniwski

Canora Courier, April 12, 2006 Page B12

Funeral service for Alex Dereniwski, 81, of Yorkton, and formerly of the Rhein district, who died at the Regina General Hospital on Mar. 5, was held Mar. 8 at St. May's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton with Rev. Frank Szadiak officiating. Burial was at Yorkton City Cemetery with Bailey's Funeral Home of Yorkton in care of arrangements.   Born June 4, 1924 in the Rhein district to Michael and Petronella (nee Yuzik) Dereniwski, he attended Kitzman School. On Oct. 24, 1948, he married Emilia Kowalishen and the couple moved to Yorkton where he worked at Dairy Producers Cooperative until his retirement in 1989.   Predeceased by his parents, three brothers, John, Nick and Paul, and three sisters, Annie Dombroski, Katie Uhryn and Mary Manchuk, he is survived by his wife; two sons, Terry (Sharon) of Hudson Bay and Stanley (Marianne) of Medicine Hat, Alta., and five grandchildren.


Richard Wainright

Canora Courier, April 12, 2006 Page B12

A memorial service for Richard Wainright, 69, of Vernon. B.C., and formerly of Preeceville, who died Mar. 18 at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital, was held Mar. 22 at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home with Pastor Sean Wong officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.   Born in Bifrost, Man., on July 29, 1936, to Robert and Dora Wainright, in 1941 his family moved to a farm north of Buchanan. He attended Monastyr and Preeceville schools. In the early 1950s, he went to Williams Lake, B.C., where he worked at a lumber mill for many years. He married Esther Petrowitz and eventually began working on his father-in-law's ranch He lived in Lumby, B.C. for a short time before retiring to Vernon.  Predeceased by his wife, Esther, his parents, Robert and Dora, two brothers, Robert and William, and a sister, Pauline Zipchian, he is survived by two sons, Perry (Lydia) of Vernon and Randy (Susan) of Fort St. John; a daughter Tammy (John) Crocker of Williams Lake; three brothers, Maurice of Moose Jaw, Patrick (Eileen) of Fort Nelson and Walter of Vancouver; three sisters, Irene (Douglas) Petrowitz of Vernon, Sally (Patrick) Peters and Kathy (Joe) Poulton of Preeceville; and four grandchildren.


Tony Wlasichuk

Canora Courier, April 12, 2006 Page B12

Funeral service for Tony Wlasichuk, 75, of Yorkton, and formerly of the Hamton district, who died Mar. 5 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, was held Mar. 10 at Christ Lutheran Church in Rhein with Rev. Daphne Bender officiating. Burial was at the parish cemetery with Christie-Hill Funeral Chapel and Crematorium in care of arrangements.   Born May 27, 1930 in the Hamton district to John and Mary (nee Chepil) Wlasichuk, he attended Vionne School. He worked at diamond mines near Yellowknife, NWT before returning to the district to farm.   Predeceased by is parents, four brothers, Peter, Ted, Harvey and Metro, and three sisters, Pauline, Mary and Annie, he is survived by his wife of 50 years, Muriel (nee David); one son, Glen (Kim); two daughters, Shar­on (Art) and Laurie (Ritchie); two brothers, Mike (Gloria) of Edmonton and Bill (Teresa) of Calgary; four sisters, Alice (Millard) Landstand of Canora, Rose (Steve) Babiuk and Nellie (Mike) Koroluk, both of 

Yorkton, and Effie Cymbalisty of Kamsack; seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.


Victoria Kurkowsky, Paul Kurkowsky

Canora Courier, April 19, 2006 Page B1

In Memory of Victoria and Paul Kurkowsky  April 19, 2001 ~ April 18, 2005

We often think of bygone days

When we were all together.

The family chain is broken now,

But memories will live forever.

To us, they have not gone away,

Nor have they travelled far,

Just entered God's eternal home

And left the gate ajar.

- Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren


Caroline (Carrie) Berg (nee Knox)

Canora Courier, April 19, 2006 Page B10

Caroline (Carrie) Berg was born 100 years ago, Feb. 1, 1906, in Hinchinbrooke, Ont. When mom was 6 mos. old the family moved to Estevan, Sask., where her father stood in line for many days to get a parcel of land and they settled near Bromhead, Sask. Mom attended Knoxville School which was named after her maiden name, Knox. The post office was named Knox­ville. Later years, our Mom moved to Estevan where she worked at the Canada Cafe and when the Princess Cafe opened she was the head waitress and ran the ice-cream parlour... She then went to Regina and worked for several months and once again was the head waitress at Fel's Cafe. Because of the Depression years she went back to the farm to help her parents. There she met Marvin Berg who courted her by horseback; they were married Oct. 17, 1929. They farmed south of Bromhead and during those years two sons, Hartley and Wayne, were born fol­lowed by a daughter, Sharon. In 1940, they moved to Estevan and Marvin started a trucking business. Carne suffered severe heart problems for many years. After Marvin passed away, Carrie moved to Creighton Lodge, Estevan and later to the Estevan Nursing Home. When her daughter Sharon and husband Keith moved to Canora they transferred her to the Gateway Lodge 31/2 years ago. Carne joined the Trinity Lutheran Church of Estevan in 1964 and there she became very active in circle groups and also was very active in the Rebecca Lodge. Carne's life was wholly devoted to her children and grandchildren as they were her greatest joy. If God made a "Queen of Mothers" it would definitely be Carne Berg. She will be sadly missed. Predeceased: mother and father William and Eva Knox, husband Marvin Berg, son Hartley Berg. Survived by: son Wayne (Jan) Berg, Cal­gary; daughter Sharon (Keith) Harde, Canora; daughter-in-law Lois Berg, Canora; one brother Henry Knox, Estevan; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.


Walter Zelinski

Canora Courier, April 19, 2006 Page B10

Funeral service for Walter Zelinski, 73, of Canora, who died Apr. 11 at Royal University Hospital, was held Apr. 17 at St. Anthony's Ro­man Catholic Church in Rama with Rev. Antoni Degutis officiating. Burial of the cremains will take place at a later date with Leson's Funeral Home in care or arrangements. Born on June 13, 1932, in the Rama district to Joseph and Annie (Tretiak) Zelinski, he attended Rama District School. On Aug. 31, 1953, he married Adella Dutchak at St. Anthony's Roman Catholic church in Rama. They lived in Rama where he was the caretaker of the skating and curling rinks and he worked for the village. Predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Annie, two brothers, Myron in infancy and Carl, and three sisters, Helen in infancy, Stella Shuya and Olga Karmazinuk, he is survived by his wife, Adella; a son, Roger (Path) of Prince Albert; a daughter, Karen (Stan) Bugiera of Red Deer; two brothers, John (Florence) of Rama and Mike (Mary) of Foam Lake; three sisters, Mary Dmytriw of Rama, Pau­line Koroll of Foam Lake and Alvina Barteski of Invermay; and five grandchildren.


Phyllis Bobryk

Canora Courier, April 19, 2006 Page B11

Funeral service for Phyllis Bobryk, 74, of Wadena, and formerly of Lintlaw, who died Mar. 10 at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, was held Mar. 17 at Narfason's Funeral Chapel with Pastor Glen Shore officiating. Burial was in the Wadena Cemetery with Narfason's Funeral Chapel and Crematorium in care of arrangements.   Born on May 5, 1931, at Wadena Hospital to Herman and Mary Malish of Lintlaw, she attended May School. On Oct. 25, 1954, she married Bill Bobryk. They lived in Winnipeg for more than a year and then moved to Regina for about .a year. They bought his brother's farm and built a new house in 1967. In 1975, they sold the farm and moved to Wadena where she worked for Dave's Diner for 14 years. When she retired, she joined the health care auxiliary and was active with the Lutheran ELW.   Predeceased by her husband, Bill, her parents, Herman and Mary, and a brother, Jim, she is survived by a son, Mervin (Monica) of Canwood; two daughters, Brenda (Keith) Kristjanson of Wynyard and Leona (Darcy) Smale of Wadena; three brothers, Oswald Malish of Wadena, George (Louise) Mulish of Regina and Don (Shirley) Mulish of West Memphis, and four grandchildren.


Ksenia Gulka

Canora Courier, April 26, 2006 Page 6

Invermay Health Centre

Ksenia Gulka passed away on Apr. 11


Paul Danyluk

Canora Courier, April 26, 2006 Page B1

DANYLUK: In loving memory of our father and gido, Paul, who passed away Apr. 28, 1999.

Time may heal the broken heart,

Time may make the wound less sore;

But time can never stop the longing,

For the loved one gone before.

- Always remembered and sadly missed by Debbie, Leonard, Richard, Chris, Nolan, Ryan, Brett, Jacob and Tiger.


Stanley Scheschuk

Canora Courier, April 26, 2006 Page B1

SCHESCHUK: In loving memory of Stanley, husband, father and dido, who passed away April 21, 2001.

No matter how life changes,

No matter what we do;

A special place within our hearts,

Is always kept for you.

If remembering brings us closer,

Then you never went away;

For thoughts of you are with us,

Each and every day.

- Forever remembered and loved by wife Helen, children and grandchildren.


Stella Matunin

Canora Courier, April 26, 2006 Page B1

MATUNIN: In loving memories of Stella Matunin. In memory of Pope John Paul II; my mother, who had his faith; my Polish father; and my only brother, Ernest; you have enriched my life and each left me with their inspirations.

- Sweet memories from Elaine and Desmond.


Jack Fedorchuk

Canora Courier, April 26, 2006 Page B1

FEDORCHUK: In loving memory of my husband, Jack, who passed away Apr. 30, 2001; my son, Jackie Alln, who passed away Sept. 17, 1981.

As time goes on without you,

And days turn into years;

They hold so many mem­ories,

And a million silent tears.

To me you both were so special,

What more is there to say;

Except to wish with all my heart,

That you were here today.

-Lovingly remembered by wife and mother.


Stella Rose Eskra (nee Shinkewski)

Canora Courier, April 26, 2006 Page B2

STELLA ROSE ESKRA Jan. 22, 1941 - Apr. 2, 2006 Eskra: Stella Rose Shinkewski was born to Peter and Pauline Shinkewski on January 22, 1941. She was the second of four children, Elsie, Orest and Eileen. She was raised 6 1/2 miles northeast of Invermay. She attended school at Loch Sloy and Croydon until Grade 10 and, with great pride, later in life received her Grade 12 equivalency. In 1958, at St. Andrew's Church, she married Mike Eskra. Over the next 10 years they had seven children. They farmed on the Eskra homestead, 11 miles northeast of Invermay until 1997 when they purchased a home in Invermay. Stella was very active in the community over the years. Her involvement included the Kinette Club, Curling Club, Dinner Theatre, Hall Commit­tee, Rec. Board and Winter Festival. She found much happiness and joy watching her children, and later her grandchildren, participate in sports and other activities. Stella enjoyed everything she became involved in, from her volunteer commitments to her part-time employment in several community businesses. When Stella wasn't out in the community, she enjoyed camping, curling, golfing, fishing, reading, playing cards, gardening and visiting from friends and family. Stella was always conscientious of her appearance, but it took very little effort to look her finest. Her pleasant demeanor, kindhearted and friendly attitude never disappointed anyone she met. Although she was always young at heart, she enjoyed her role as wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Stella passed away on April 2, 2006 after a courageous battle with cancer. She will always be remembered. She touched many lives and will be dearly missed. She was predeceased by her mother, Pauline Shinkewski; father-in-law, Stanley Eskra, and mother-in-law, Mary Eskra. She is survived by her father, Peter Shinkewski; husband. Mike Eskra; children, Pat (Laurie), Kevin (Leanne), Mark (Cheryl), Kim (Dave) Wasylynka, Sherry (Lance) Davis, Darcy (Annette) and Stacy (Carla); 18 grandchildren and two great­grandchildren; brother and sisters, Elsie (Bernie) Matsalla, Crest (Lynn) Shinkewski and Eileen (Ray) Shaw; brother-in-law, Kass (Mary) Eskra; sisters-in-law, Anne (Jim) Slough and Jean (Wes) McCune, and many nephews and nieces. Funeral service was held Thursday, April 6, 2006, at 2 p.m. at Invermay Community Hall with Pastor Glenn Shore officiating. Pianist was Madeline Robson. Memorial book attendants were Elaine Fidek, Elaine Stallard and Verna Carlson. Ushers were David Shaaf, Justin Enge and Korwin Enge. Eulogist was Ken Krawetz. Bible verses were shared by granddaughters, Cassie Eskra and Tennille Davis. Obituary was shared by Cindy Graham. Hymns were "And He Walks With Me", "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and "Precious Lord Take My Hand". A slide show of Stella's life with special music "When I Get Where I'm Going" was presented by Stella's family. Honourary pallbearers were Elva Cook, Martha Birrell, Lori Fogg, Caroline Grona, Doreen Rusnell and Chris Carlson. Active pallbearers were Stella's grandsons, Jeremy, Curtis, Aaron, Brandon, Dustin, Tanner and Taylor. Interment was held at the Invermay Cemetery, Invermay. Lunch was served by the Invermay Hall Committee at the Invermay Hall. Arrangements were in care of Tompkins Funeral Home, Wadena, Saskatchewan.


Paul Burym

Canora Courier, April 26, 2006 Page B10

Funeral service for Paul Burym, 79, of Canora, who died Apr. 20 at Canora Hospital, was held Apr. 25 at Leson's Funeral Home with Rev. Patrick Powalinsky officiating. Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Feb. 23, 1927, to Fred and Sylvia (Tomchuk) Burym in the Volne province of Ukraine, he attended school in the Village of Roosin until he was 10 years old. He and his mother immigrated to Canada to be reunited with his father. He continued his education at South Porcupine School. He married Anne Palamar of the Beaverbank district on Nov. 7, 1953. They farmed in the Danbury district until 1991 when they retired to Canora He was an avid pool player.  Predeceased by his parents, Fred and Sylvia, his wife, Anne, and a brother, Peter, he is survived by five sons, Walter (Doreen) of Danbury, Ron of Stenen, Gerry (Roxane) of Dysart, Terry (Sheila) of Canora and David (Geraldine) of Yorkton; two daughters, Shirley (Bill) Maximnuk of Buchanan and Virginia Maximnuk (Leon Grimard) of Boyle, Alta.; 21 grandchildren, and five great­grandchildren.


Hazel Guy (nee Hunt)

Canora Courier, April 26, 2006 Page B12

Funeral service for Hazel Guy, 85, of Kelvington, and formerly of the Lintlaw area, who died Apr. 13 at Kelvington Hospital, was held Apr. 19 at the Lintlaw Recreation Centre with Archdeacon Dan Hughes officiating. Burial was in the Lintlaw Community Cemetery with Lintlaw Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born Hazel Hunt on Jan. 8, 1921, near Birch Hills, she attended Sask Valley School near Lintlaw. She married William Guy on Feb. 26, 1938, in Kelvington and they farmed in the area. She worked for a few years in restaurants and later, she drove school children to and from their bus routes.  Predeceased by her husband, William, an infant son, a brother, Andrew Hunt, and two sisters, June Lindsey and Alice Larson, she is survived by two sons, Darrel of Lintlaw and Myron of Saskatoon; a daughter, Elaine of Calgary, a brother, Mervin Hunt of Springside; three sisters, Buelah Reed of Kamloops, Olive (Walter) Fitzpatrick of Brooks and Inez (Henry) Jacobson of Red Deer; four grand­children, and seven great-grandchildren.


Fred P. Perepiolkin

Canora Courier, April 26, 2006 Page B12

Funeral service for Fred P. Perepiolkin, 84, of Kamsack, and formerly of the Veregin district, who died Apr. 13, was held Apr. 19 at the Kamsack and District Doukhobor Prayer Home kith Nick Trofimenkoff officiating. Burial was at Riverview Cemetery in Kamsack with E. Andrychuk Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born Aug. 28, 1921 southwest of Veregin to Paul and Anastasia Perepiolkin, he attended Wesnia School south of Veregin. He worked as a farm labourer, equipment operator and with the public works department for the Town of Kamsack from 1958 to 1986, serving as works foreman in 1977. He was a member of the Doukhobor society, CUPE, the Saskatoon Russian Cultural Club and the farmers' markets in Kamsack and Yorkton. On Dec. 23, 1944, he married Polly Woiken on a farm north of Mikado.  Predeceased by his parents, his wife, and two brothers, Mike and Paul, he is survived by two sons, Fred F. (Susan) of Saskatoon and Don (Josie) of Condor, Alta.; two brothers, Alec (Mary) of Yorkton and John of Penticton, B.C.; one sister, Lena (George) Strilaeff of Saskatoon; six grandchildren, and four great-grand­children.


Fred Bilyk

Canora Courier, April 26, 2006 Page B12

A memorial service for Fred Bilyk, 88, of Moose Jaw, and formerly of Gorlitz, who died Apr. 5, was held Apr. 10 in Moose Jaw with Padre Doug Shepherd officiating. W. J. Jones and Son Funeral Home was in care of arrangements.   Born on Sept. 3, 1917, in the Gorlitz area to Metro and Polly Bilyk, he served with the Canadian forces during the Second World War. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Army and Navy Vets and the Eagles.   Predeceased by his parents, several siblings and a daughter, Brenda, he is survived by three daughters, Dorothy Jean, Brenda J. and Arlette Jane; two brothers, John and Nick, and seven grandchildren.


Ed Gorski

Canora Courier, May 03, 2006 Page 1

Thompson held over for trial in Yorkton

Following a preliminary hearing last week, the second-degree murder case against Brian Thompson, 41, of the Canora district was held over for trial at the next sitting of the Court of Queen’s Bench in Yorkton.  The hearing was held at Provincial Court in Canora from Apr. 24 to 26.  The preliminary hearing date for Marina Quewezance, 30, of the Kamsack district, who was also charged with the second-degree murder of Ed Gorski of Canora, is set for June 1 and 2 in Canora.  Gorski’s body was discovered on Oct. 24 at 119 Third Avenue East in Canora, but it is believed that he died on Oct. 22.


Mary Carey (nee Dixon, nee Finch, nee Lucier)

Canora Courier, May 03, 2006 Page 9

Funeral service for Mary Carey, 85, of Yorkton, and formerly of San Clara and Canora, who died at the Yorkton and District Nursing Home on Mar. 29, was held Mar. 31 at the chapel of Bailey’s Funeral Home in Yorkton with Ernie Bobowski of St. Gerard’s Roman Catholic church officiating.  Burial was at Yorkton City Cemetery with Bailey’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born Dec. 13, 1920 to Robert and Josephine Lucier, she married Hubert Finch on Sept. 27, 1938 in San Clara.  After her husband died, she married Bert Dixon in 1965 and the couple lived in San Clara.  After her second husband died, she moved to the Canora area.  In October, 1996, she married Peter Carey.  She was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion auxiliary for 47 years.  Predeceased by her first two husbands, two sons in infancy, two brothers, John and Frank Lucier, three sisters, Simone, Ester and Virginia and her parents, she is survived by her third husband; two sons, Edward (Jeanette) Finch and Roy Finch; one daughter, Margaret Stratechuk; four sisters; five brothers; eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.


Margaret Klebeck (nee Staszko)

Canora Courier, May 03, 2006 Page 9

Funeral service for Margaret Klebeck, 75, of Foam Lake, and formerly of Margo, who died Feb. 5, was held Feb. 8 at the Foam Lake United Church with Rev. Charles Irish officiating.  Burial was to take place at a later date at the Margo Cemetery with Narfason’s Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.  Born on Oct. 2, 1930, in Canora to John and Dokina Staszko, she was raised in the Margo area where she attended school.  She attended nursing school in Regina.  On June , 1950, she married Hilliard William Klebeck and they moved to Foam Lake.  She worked at the doctors’ office and he operated Country Motors until he became a full-time farmer in the 1970s.  She was an active curler and a long-time member of the golf club and bowling organizations.  She was involved with figure skating and became an examiner.  She served on many Foam Lake organizations and was active in St. Jon’s Anglican Church.  Predeceased by her parents, John and Dokina Staszko, her husband, Bill, two brothers, Steve and George, and two sisters, Doris Stascu and Lena Mann, she is survived by a son, Bill (Glenis); a daughter, Onnalee (Mervin) Stuckle; and four grandchildren.


Anton Kopec, Nellie Kopec, Katie Stratychuk, Sophie, Patricia

Canora Courier, May 03, 2006 Page B1

In loving memory of our dear daughter Patricia and our parents Anton and Nellie Kopec and Mike and Katie Stratychuk and Auntie Sophie.

Memories drift to scenes long past,

Time rolls on, but memories last;

Sunshine passes, shadows fall,

Love’s remembrance outlasts all.

- Always in our hearts and thoughts, Albert, Violet and family.


Rosie Matwijeczko, Nick Matwijeczko

Canora Courier, May 03, 2005 Page B1

MATWIJECZKO:  In loving memory of Rosie and Nick Matwijeczko, our mom and dad, our baba and gido, who passed away May 7, 1996 and Feb. 22, 1987.

May the winds of love blow gently,

And whisper so you can hear;

That we still love and miss you,

And wish that you both were here.

You have gone to be angels,

Secure in our father’s care;

One day we will all be with you,

As a complete family again up there.

- Love and missed by great-grandsons James, grandson Jamie, Rose Marie, Rick and Lawrence, Judy and their families.


Mike Sushelnitski

Canora Courier, May 03, 2006 Page B1

SUSHELNITSKI:  In loving memory of my husband, Mike, who passed away May 1, 1996.

Time unfolds another year.

Memories keep you ever near;

Happy thoughts of times together,

Hold precious memories that will last forever.

- Sadly missed by wife Mary and family.


Betty Dmytrash (nee Gromnik)

Canora Courier, May 03, 2006 Page B4

Funeral service for Betty Dmytrash, 88, of Canora, who died Apr. 25 at Canora Hospital, was held Apr. 29 at Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canora with Rev. Joakim Rac officiating.  Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Mar. 17, 1918, in the Ormside district to Frank and Josephine (Michalozrk) Gromnik, she attended Ormside School.  While she was young, her father was killed when struck by lightning.  Her mother married Tony Korba.  Betty married Steve Dmytrash on Nov. 15, 1947, at the Ormside Catholic Church and they farmed north of Stenen.  She was a member of the Stenen Ukrainian Catholic Church and the Stenen Senior Citizens Dew Drop Inn Centre.  In 1984, they retired to Canora.  Predeceased by her parents, Frank and Josephine, and two step-sisters, Anne Rudachuk and Victoria Strykowski, she is survived by her husband, Steve; a son, Brian (Marlene) Dmytrash of Preeceville; a daughter, Sylvia (Graham) Reagan of Edmonton; a sister, Pauline Gerry of Canora; six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.


Brenda Radawetz

Canora Courier, May 03, 2006 Page B6 – Personal items of interest to Rama and district readers  

Relatives and friends from Rama and surrounding area attended the funeral of Brenda Radawetz, 43, daughter of Mary and Alex Radawetz.  Prayer service and funeral Mass were officiated by Rev. Andriz Wasylinko of Wadena.


Peter John Anaka

Canora Courier, May 03, 2006 Page B8 – Personal items of interest to Stenen and district readers

Visitors to Stenen and area - (Note:  Elsie and her husband, the late Peter John Anaka retired to Stenen in 1982.  After Peter passed away on Apr. 25, 1994, Elsie remained in Stenen for one year before moving to Regina to be closer to her son William Roy (Bud) Anaka, his wife Hazel, and family.  Lonesome for the Parkland region, she returned to Canora for a few years, and now resides in Yorkton.


Sophie Barteski

Canora Courier, May 10, 2006 Page 07 – Personal items of interest to Invermay and district readers

Funeral service was held for Sophie Barteski, age 94, in Yorkton on May 6 from St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church. Pall­bearers were her children, Ralph Barteski, Lawrence Barteski, Ernie Barteski, Ron Barteski, Louise Pukal and Margaret Palchewich. She and her late husband, Ben, farmed four miles north of Invermay for 40 years and raised a family of two daughters and four sons. They retired to Yorkton in 1974 and celebrated 57 years together before Ben's passing in 1992. Sophie was an excellent cook and homemaker. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting and knitting and was a wiz at playing cards! Sophie will be missed by her family; sons, daughters, spouses, grandchildren, great-grand­children, sisters, (Ann Lysy and Eleanor Gallent) as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Polly Chernoff

Canora Courier, May 10, 2006 Page B1

CHERNOFF:  Polly (May 11, 1911 – May 11, 1997)

Lovingly remembered on your birthday and Mother’s Day.

May the Winds of love blow softly,

And whisper so you hear,

We will always love and miss you,

And wish that you were here.

-  Joyce, Jean Doris, Nadia, and their families


Ignace Pasloski

Canora Courier, May 10, 2006 Page B1

PASLOSKI:  In loving memory of Ignace Pasloski, who passed away May 12, 2003.

Happy thoughts of times together,

Held precious memories that will last forever.

- Wife Ann, children and daughters-in-law, and grandchildren.


Metro (Matt) Kowalchuk

Canora Courier, May 10, 2006 Page B12

Funeral service for Metro (Matt) Kowalchuk, 84, of Kamsack, who died May 1 in Kamsack, was held May 3 at the chapel of Andrychuk Funeral Home in Kamsack. Burial was at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with E. Andrychuk Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Born Oct.15, 1921 in Taziu, Ukraine to Michael and Dora Kowalchuk, he was educated in Ukraine and Buchanan. He farmed for 30 years and worked for the Town of Kamsack as the water plant operator until his retirement in 1986. He served for nine years as a councillor for the RM of Cote, was a member of the Kam­sack Credit Union board, the co-op board and Kam­sack hospital board and served as a Kamsack alderman for 12 years. On Nov. 22, 1942, he married Pauline Ratynski at Golden Vale church in Rama.  Predeceased by his parents, one brother, John in 1998, and four sisters, Katherine in 1923, Anne in 1963, Nellie in 2002 and Kathie in 1976, he is survived by his wife; three sons, Daniel (Phyllis) and David (Gail), both of Regina and James (Judith) of Arkona, Ont.; two daughters, Marie (Ray) Dagg of Tisdale and Beverly Allen of Calgary; two brothers, Peter (Sharon) of Cambridge, Ont., and Wasyl (Yvonne) of Kitchener, Ont.; two sisters, Mary (Tom) Dews of London, Ont., and Phyllis (Tom) Gault of North Bay, Ont.; 10 grand­children, and five great-grandchildren.


Lloyd Elderkin

Canora Courier, May 10, 2006 Page B12

Funeral service for Lloyd Elderkin, 88, of Watrous, and formerly of Canora, who died May 2 at Wat­rous Hospital, was held May 6 at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Faye L. Greer of Westview United Church officiating. Burial was in the Garden of St. Matthew in Yorkton with Baileys Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Nov. 7, 1917 to Harvey and Lily Elderkin on the family farm northwest of Piapot, Sask., he spent his early years in, the Piapot area At the age of 12, he went to live with his grandparents, going to school and working for different farmers. He married Martha Kopotoski. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces and served overseas in 1942. Upon his discharge in 1945, he returned to Piapot and worked at various jobs such as: section man on the CPR, carpenter, town police officer, mechanic, Imperial Oil em­ployee, and also looked after the town power plant. In 1954, he bought two sections of land near Piapot, and when grain wasn't selling, he raised pigs, then cattle, and eventually sheep. In 1976, he sold his operation and moved to Maple Creek. His wife died in 1980 and in 1982, he married Jean Derkach. They moved from Maple Creek to Canora, and for the last 15 years they lived in Watrous.  Predeceased by his first wife, Martha, two sisters, Edith and Dorothy, a brother Sam, and a son, Lloyd, and a daughter, both in infancy, he is survived by his wife, Jean; a son Lorne Elderkin (Veronica Munter) of Sudbury; two sisters, Violet (Dan) Berreth and Edna Barker, both of Medicine Hat; and two grandchildren. From Jean's side of the family, he is survived by a daughter, Margaret (Bill) Adam of Hudson Bay, four grandchildren and six great­grandchildren.


Rose Helen Schmidt (nee Eischen)

Canora Courier, May 10, 2006 Page B12

 Funeral service for Rose Helen Schmidt, 92, of the Canora Gateway Lodge, who died Apr. 30 at the lodge, was held May 4 at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Sturgis with Rev. Antoni Degutis officiating. Burial was in St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cemetery in Sturgis with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.   Born on Dec. 14, 1913, in Twinlets,  Minn., Rose Eischen attended school in Maryburg, Sask. She worked at housekeeping until she married Mathias Schmidt on Feb. 14, 1933 at the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Maryburg. She was a member of the Catholic Women's League. Predeceased by her husband, Mathias, a son, Frank, and two daughters, Isabel Osier and Anna Madarash, she is survived by a son, Anton (Bernice) of Preeceville; three daughters, Pauline Loessl of Pilger, Rosella Derin of Preeceville and Ludwina Yaciw of Maple Ridge, B.C.; two sisters, Ludwina Stockbrugger and Ada Regenwetter, both of Vancouver; 21 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.


Mary Tysowski (nee Babiuk)

Canora Courier, May 10, 2006 Page B12

Funeral service for Mary Tysowski, 83, of the Veregin district, and formerly of the Rhein dis­trict, who died May 3 at Canora Gateway Lodge, was held May 10 at St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church in Kamsack with Rev. Vitalis Azike officiating. Burial was at Riverview Cemetery in Kamsack with E. Andrychuk Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born Oct. 10, 1922 in the Rhein district to Nick and Aksinia (nee Andrychuk) Babiuk, she attended Kitzman School in the Rhein district. On June 13, 1943, she married Paul Tysowski at St. Stephen's church. Predeceased by her parents, husband, a brother, Nick and a sister, Agnus, she is survived by four sons, Joe (Pauline), Arnold (Lavina) and Don, all of Edmonton, and Cliff (Carne) of Yorkton; three daughters, Eleanor (Stephen) Woloschuk of Yorkton, Marianna (Edwin) Manchuk of Kamsack and Leona (Gerrard) Pikula of Amsterdam; one brother, Steve (Rose) of Yorkton; one sister, Anne Feniuk of Yorkton; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.


Walter Kastrukoff

Canora Courier, May 10, 2006 Page B12

Funeral service for Walter Kastrukoff, 95, of Yorkton, and formerly of Hyas, who died Apr. 5 at Yorkton Regional Health Centre, was held Apr. 8 at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Faye Greer officiating. Burial was at Memorial Gardens with Bailey's Funeral Home of Yorkton in care of arrangements. Born Nov. 21, 1910 near Benito, Man., to James and Molly (nee Dubinen) Kastrukoff, he attended school in Benito, then worked on the farm. In September, 1936, he married Dora Chernenkoff of Pelly. He left the farm to become a grain buyer for United Grain Growers in Shortdale, Man., then moved to Hyas and Goodeve, still in the grain trade. The couple moved to Regina in the late 1960s and managed an apartment block in the city. In 2000, they moved to Queen Elizabeth Court in Yorkton.    Predeceased by a son, Jack, two sisters, Mary Hunter and Frances Bodnar, and a step-brother, George Evin, he is survived by his wife; two sons, Gerry (Helen) of Yorkton and Lorne (Sandra) of Medicine Hat., Alta.; one daughter, Lorraine of Comox, B.C.; one brother, John (Ida) of Swan River, Man; eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.


Edward Gerard Gibney

Canora Courier, May 10, 2006 Page B4

A memorial service for Edward Gerard Gibney, 90, of Vancouver, and for­merly of Canora, who died Mar. 28 in Vancouver, was held Apr. 1 in Vancouver. Born in Canora, on Sept. 10, 1915, he grew up on an area farm. He was introduced to the violin and music at an early age and joined the band program with the Princess Patricia Light Infantry in Winnipeg in the early 1930s. He left the service in the late 1930s and opened a coffee shop in Rossland, B.C. During the Second World Ward he en­listed with the Prince Albert Volunteers to serve overseas with the RC Engineers. He was active as a bandmaster during his military career but had duty as a stretcher bearer on the battlefield. After the war, he returned to Rossland and then moved to Port Alberni, where he taught music privately and was active in a number of orchestras and dance bands. He started the Gibney School of Music in Port Alberni. He was active in the choral music community and with the church. He was a guest conductor with the Nanaimo Symphony Orches­tra, and conducted the oldest band in Canada, the Nanaimo City Concert Band. In the 1960s, he published his first book "The Prelude to Brass Playing". In the mid 1960s, he was recruited as a band teacher for a Port Alberni school and in 1970, he took over the music program at Lord Byng Secondary School in Vancouver. He created Space Rite, a proprietary music writing system. He volunteered with the Save the Children Fund. He is survived by six children: Dennis, Bryce, Janis, Lorne, Laura and Shannon; a sister, Alice (Berry) of Edmonton; eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.


Pete Semeschuk

Canora Courier, May 17, 2006 Page 3

Funeral service for Pete Semeschuk, 74, of Sturgis, and formerly of Danbury, who died May 12 at the Preeceville Hospital palliative care unit, was held May 15 at Preeceville Funeral Home with Rev. Patrick Powalinsky officiating. Burial was in the Sturgis Cemetery with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.    Born on Oct. 3, 1931, in the Frame Lake district, he attended Brush Valley School. He worked for Ontario Power in Thunder Bay and owned and operated a gravel truck. He worked on the TransCanada Highway near McLean and he worked with Ramsey and Bird Construction. He hauled lumber and pulp for the Sturgis Timber Board. He also hauled lumber for the Louis Bymak mill, the Sunduk and Kozmeniuk mill and for Pawlitzski Pulp Construction company. He worked for awhile hauling for a paper mill in Prince Rupert. He farmed and raised cattle. While farming he purchased a crawler tractor and broke land for people in the area and he hauled logs in winter. After his Danbury home was lost to fire, he worked in construction in Prince Rupert for two years. After he retired to Sturgis, he still hauled grain for Wayne Yurkiw. He was the president of the Danbury Hall for 15 years and belonged to the United Grain Growers and the Sturgis Museum. He married Elaine Polyzniuk in Hyas on Oct. 3, 1958.   Predeceased by his parents, Timosh and Waska, and four brothers, Andrew in infancy, John, Alex, and George, he is survived by his wife, Elaine; a son, Ryan (Shelly) of Danbury, two daughters, Rhonda (Stephen) Oneschuk of Canora and Valda (Kevin) Toffan of Yorkton; two brothers, Paul (Ann) of Canora and William (Gloria) of Danbury; a sister, Annie Sunduk of Danbury, and 10 grandchildren.


Alex Schultz

Canora Courier, May 17, 2006 Page 3

Funeral service for Alex Schultz, 86, of Wadena, and formerly of Kuroki, who died Apr. 4 at Wadena Hospital, was held Apr. 8 at the Wadena Community Legion Hall with Ruth Sinclair, Jim Atcheson and Elaine Maire Atcheson officiating. Burial was in the Wadena Cemetery with Tompkins Funeral Home in care of arrangements.   Born on July 15, 1919, in the Kuroki area to Herman and Augusta Schultz, he married Mary Tatryn on June 11, 1949. They farmed north of Kuroki until they retired to Wadena in 1987.   Predeceased by his parents, Herman and Augusta, six brothers, Walter, Edward, Emil, Andy, Otto and Oscar, and a sister, Pauline, he is survived by his wife, Mary; two sons, Ken of Cold Lake, Alta., and Dan (Trish) of Lloydminster; three daughters, Nettie (Terry) of Elfros, Connie (Don) of Kelvington and Judy of Wadena; a brother, John (Irene); two sisters, Vonda Radom and Berths Ott; 13 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.


Anne Brodziak (nee Diakow)

Canora Courier, May 17, 2006 Page 3

Funeral service for Anne Brodziak, 83, of Canora, who died May 11 at Canora Hospital, was held May 15 at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church with Rev. Joakim Rac officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery, south of Rama, with Leson's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Sept. 12, 1922, on the family farm in the Dobrowody district to Peter and Theresa (Pawlischuk) Diakow, she attended Olesha School. She continued to work on the farm after she finished school and then worked as a waitress in Buchanan and Dauphin, while looking after her sister's children. She married Fred Brodziak on July 15, 1946, at the Dobrowody Church and they farmed northeast of Rama. After her husband died, she remained on the farm until 2001 when she moved to the Canora Gateway Lodge.  Predeceased by her parents, Peter and Theresa, her husband, Fred, six brothers, Eddie and Emil and five in infancy and four sisters, Josie Slobodian, Helen Wionzek, Mary Lupack and Francis Stoney, she is survived by two sons, Jerry (Fran) of Boyle, Alta., and Larry of Rama; a sister, Pauline (Joe) Murza of Toronto and two grandchildren.


Brent Pidgurski

Canora Courier, May 17, 2006 Page 11 – Personal items of interest to Stenen and district readers

Accident victim remembered

On Easter Sunday, Apr. 16, bulletins at Grace United Church (Sturgis) and at Trinity United Church (Preeceville) were given in memory of Brent Pidgurski by his family- father and mother Bernard and Kathleen Pidgurski of Buchanan, brother Kevin (Nicole) and niece Cassidy of Regina, and sister Katherine of Buchanan. Rev. Miles Russell pointed out in the bulletins that, "Brent was born on Oct. 25, 1972 and died Mar. 7, 2006. Brent was the oldest of three children born to his parents Bernard and Kathleen Pidgurski. He grew up on the farm southwest of Preeceville. Brent attended the Buchanan School as well as some university, receiving many awards along the way. Brent's great desire was to farm and so he did with his family, taking over more and more responsibility for the farm. Brent was a quick learner and used his talents to benefit the farm and bless his family and friends. Brent also worked at the Sturgis Auction Mart making even more friends throughout the wider community. Brent enjoyed many things: the cattle on the farm, rebuilding antique tractors with his dad, music, going to movies, reading, working on computers, going to dances, and having fun with his friends. Today we join with Brent's family in honouring his life during this Easter service and sharing with them our Easter faith."


Frank Andrew Holmes

Canora Courier, May 17, 2006 Page 11 – Personal items of interest to Stenen and district readers

Funeral service for Stenen area resident

Funeral service for Frank Andrew Holmes, 80, who passed away at Preeceville Hospital on Wednesday, Mar. 1, was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 4 at the chapel of Preeceville Funeral Home with Archdeacon Daniel Hughes of the Anglican Church of Canada officiating. (Rev. Hughes is the minister of the Anglican Parish of Lintlaw/Endeavour.)  Organist Debbie Blender of Sturgis led the congregation in the singing of hymns Abide with Me and Amazing Grace. Reading of scriptures was shared by Pastor Carlyle Johnson of St. John-North Prairie Lutheran Church (Preeceville) and Charles Irish, one of Frank's former Grade 4 students from British Columbia. Special music was provided by the Woodland Chorus: Jack Jaques and Ray Scarth and Al Lowe of Preeceville.  The family tribute was delivered by Frank's son Barry Holmes of Vancouver. The tribute took the form of the "last letter" dated Feb. 15, 2006, that Barry wrote to his father. In the letter Barry acknowledged the significant role that his father played in the lives of his four children, daughter Pam and sons Neil, Ted, and himself.   The letter gave Barry the opportunity to share some of his favourite memories of his father. Referring to the good­nature, strength of character, strong faith, and positivity/optimism of his father, he said, "Dad, you are the cornerstone in my foundation. My biggest self-revelation came with the understanding that the meaning of life is 'life' itself: giving life, nurturing life, and protecting life. So 'life' is good, and 'life' is right, and 'life' is the light. You have given life and promoted life, and so, your legacy will live on forever... and thereby, dad, you will live forever."  Interment took place at the Preeceville Community Cemetery. Pallbearers were Frank's three sons, Neil, Barry, and Ted from B.C., Stella's son Kevin Wilgosh of Preeceville and sons-in-law John Kowal of Preeceville and Murdoch MacFarlane of Saskatoon. Following the interment, family and friends were invited to a luncheon and fellowship in the lower reception area of the Preeceville Funeral Home. The lunch was prepared and served by the women of the Anglican Parish of Endeavour.   After a career as educator, school principal and teacher in the B.C. educational system, Frank retired to Sechelt, B.C. Being adventurous in spirit, Frank moved to Saskatchewan in 1998 to take up residence north of Stenen on an acreage that included the farm residence and buildings of Peter and Anne Mudrewich, who retired to Yorkton. Enjoying the outdoors and being an avid gardener motivated Frank to use his acreage to grow the organic crops of seabuckthorn and echinacea. When Frank married Stella Wilgosh of Preeceville, both lived on the acreage during the spring, summer, and fall months, tending the crops and growing a vegetable and flower garden. For the winter months, they returned to Stella's residence in Preeceville. Experiencing health problems in 2005, Frank spent months in the Preeceville Hospital battling cancer, which he finally conquered. His remission was short-lived and he was back in hospital, where he died peacefully with his wife Stella and daughter Pam at his bedside.  


Rose Kardynal

Canora Courier, May 17, 2006 Page B1

In loving memory of our dear wife, mother and baba, Rose Kardynal, who passed away on May 19, 2004.

The moment that you died

Our hearts were split in two,

The one side filled with memories,

The other died with you.

We often lay awake at night

When the world is fast asleep,

And take a walk down memory lane

With tears upon our cheeks.

Within our hearts we always keep

A special place for you,

And try our best to live

As you would want us to.

As we loved you, so we miss you.

In our memory you are near

Loved, remembered, longed for always

With the passing of each year.

- Lovingly remembered by husband Steve, children Lisa (Grant), Carla (Brent), Shelly (Cork), Patrick (Bev), Randy and your 9 grandchildren


Ervin Malischewski

Canora Courier, May 17, 2006 Page B1

MALISCHEWSKI: May 17, 1999: In loving memory of Ervin, beloved husband, father, grandfather, Opa:

Our thoughts are forever with you,

Your place no one can fill;

In life we loved you dearly,

In death we love you still.

Remembering is easy,

We do it every day;

Losing you is the heartache,

That will never go away.

- God be with you till we meet again.

- Forever and always remembered by your wife and family.


Mary Koroluk, Ufer Koroluk

Canora Courier, May 24, 2006 Page B1

KOROLUK: In memory of our parents, Mary Koroluk, passed away May 28, 1981; and Ufer Koroluk, Sept. 28, 1980.

- Sincerely in our thoughts, daughters Jeannette, Shirley and Valerie.


John Pinkerton

Canora Courier, May 24, 2006 Page B2

PINKERTON: In loving memory of John Pinkerton, who passed away May 24, 2001.

Your dear and loving family,

All your closest friends;

Gathered around 5 years

To witness your life's end.

Fond memories you left us,

For they will always live;

And since we don't have you,

They are the greatest gift to give.

It's easy to remember,

When you were healthy and strong;

But the pain of losing you,

Will always linger on.

Please keep an eye on all of us,

Help to keep us safe;

And remember how we all love you.

Until we meet again.

- Love, Elaine.


Sam Pylypchuk

Canora Courier, May 24, 2006 Page B2

Funeral service for Sam Pylypchuk, 80, of Canora, who died May 12 at his residence, was held May 17 at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church with Rev. Joakim Rac officiating. Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson's Fu­neral Home in care of arrangements. Born on Apr. 29, 1926, on the family farm in the Mikado district to Andrew and Magdeline (Wolloschuk) Pylypchuk, he attended Verdent Valley School and then attended college in Moose Jaw. He received his teaching certificate from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. On July 22, 1950, he married Victoria Korcz at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canora. He taught school in Canora and the surrounding district for 36 years, retiring in 1983. After his wife died, he spent more time travelling to places such as Saskatoon,  Vancouver, Texas and Mexico, usually to visit with family. Predeceased by his parents, Andrew and Magdeline, his wife, Victoria, four brothers, Bill, Joe, Steven and Nick, and a sister, Ann Shiposh, he is survived by two sons, Bob (Blanca) of Port Coquitlam, B.C., and John (Cristina) of Saskatoon; a daughter, Ann (Neville) Sokol of Katy, Texas; a brother, Peter (Jean) of  Canora; a sister, Mary Wingerak of Canora; and five grandchildren.


Betty Dmytrash (nee Gromnik)

Canora Courier, May 31, 2006 Page 2 – Personal items of interest to Stenen and district readers

Funeral for former Stenen area resident

Prayer service for Betty Dmytrash, 88, who passed away at Canora Hospital on Tuesday, Apr. 25, was held at the chapel of Leson's Funeral Home in Canora on Friday, Apr. 28 at 7 p.m. with Rev. Joakim Rac officiating. The funeral service was held at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canora on Saturday, Apr. 29 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Rac presiding. Cantors were Zenon Diakow and Genevieve Borys and crossbearer was great-granddaughter Kara Pakkala. Betty's six grandchildren were pallbearers. Interment took place at the Canora Cemetery. Following both services, family and friends gathered at the Family Centre at Leson's Funeral Home for a luncheon and time of fellowship.  Betty was born on Mar. 17, 1918 in the Ormside district to Frank and Josephine (nee Michalozik) Gromnik. Like so many peers of her time, she attended Ormside School while helping out on the family farm. When her father died suddenly after being struck by lightning, her mother later married Tony Korba. On Nov. 15, 1947, Betty was united in marriage to Steve Dmytrash at the Ormside Ukrainian Catholic Church. Together they farmed north of Stenen.  Both Betty and her husband Steve were members of the Stenen Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, and of the Stenen Senior Citizens' Dew Drop In Centre, Steve and Betty continued farming until 1984 when they retired to Canora and resided there until Betty's passing. Predeceased by her parents Frank and Josephine and her two stepsisters Anne Rudachuk and Victoria Strykowski, she is survived by her husband Steve; son Brian (Marlene) Dmytrash of Preeceville; daughter Sylvia (Graham) Reagan of Edmonton; her sister Pauline Gerry of Sturgis; six grandchildren, Melinda (Steve) Pakkala, Leo Reagan, Desmond (Twila) Reagan, Desirae Dmytrash (Ryan), Chelsea Dmytrash, and Kyle Dmytrash: and six-great-grandchildren, Kara, Cameron, Carson, Joshua, Jacob and Haley-Denise. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora Hospital long-term-care unit as tokens of remembrance.


Stella Rose Eskra (nee Shinkewski)

Canora Courier, May 31, 2006 Page 11

Funeral service for Stella Rose Eskra, 65, of Invermay, who died Apr. 2, was held Apr. 6 at the Invermay Community Hall with Pastor Glenn Shore officiating. Burial was at Invermay Cemetery with Tompkins Funeral Home of Wadena in care of arrangements.   Born Jan. 22, 1941, to Peter and Pauline Shinkewski, she was raised northeast of Invermay and attended school at Loch Sloy and Croydon. In 1958, she married Mike Eskra at St. Andrew's Church and the couple farmed northeast of Invermay until 1997 when they moved to Invermay. She was active with the Kinettes and curling club, the dinner theatre, the hall committee, the recreation board and the winter festival committee.  Predeceased by her mother, she is survived by her father; her husband; five sons, Pat (Laurie), Kevin (Leanne), Mark (Cheryl), Darcy (Annette) and Stacy (Carla); two daughters, Kim (Dave) Wasylynka and Sherry (Lance) Davis; one brother, Orest (Lynn) Shinkewski; two sisters, Elsie (Bernie) Matsalla and Eileen (Ray) Shaw; 18 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


Hazel Guy (nee Hunt)

Canora Courier, May 31, 2006 Page 11

Funeral service for Hazel Guy, 85, of Kelvington, and formerly of the Lintlaw area, who died Apr. 13 at Kelvington hospital, was held Apr. 19 at the Lintlaw Recreation Centre with Archdeacon Dan Hughes officiating. Burial was at the Lintlaw Community Cemetery with Lintlaw Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born Jan. 8, 1921 near Birch Hills to Mansal and Bella (nee Nelson) Hunt, she attended the Sask. Valley School near Lintlaw. On Feb. 26, 1938, she married William Guy in Kelvington. The couple farmed and she also worked at restaurants.  Predeceased by her husband, a son in infancy, one brother, Andrew Hunt, and two sisters, June Lindsey and Alice Larson, she is survived by two sons, Darrel (Leona) of Lintlaw and Myron of Saskatoon; one daughter, Elaine of Calgary; one brother, Mervin (Pat) Hunt of Springside; three sisters, Buelah Reid of Kamloops, B.C., Olive (Walter) Fitzpatrick of Brooks, Alta., and Inez (Henry) Jacobson of Red Deer, Alta.; four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.


Warren Malischewski

Canora Courier, May 31, 2006 Page B1

MALISCHEWSKI: In loving memory of Warren, who passed away June 3, 2004.

No matter how life changes,

No matter what we do;

A special place within our hearts,

Is always kept for you.

If remembering brings us closer,

Then you never went away;

For thoughts of you are with us,

Each and every day.

- Lovingly remembered by wife Lorraine; children Dynie and Sonja, Lorrenda and Dean; grandchildren Thomas, Andrew, Rachel, Dustin, Julia and Zackery.


Ann Hort

Canora Courier, May 31, 2006 Page B1

HORT: In loving memory of our dear wife, mother and Baba, Ann Hort, who passed away on June 3, 2005.

Though her smile is gone forever,

And her hand we cannot touch;

Still we have so many memories,

Of the one we loved so much.

-Always in our hearts and thoughts, husband Steve; children Angie (Lorne), Alvin (Debbie), Robin (Lloyd) and Jason; 9 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild.


Mike Rudachyk, Joe Rudachyk

Canora Courier, May 31, 2006 Page B1

RUDACHYK: In memory of uncles: Mike - May 28, 2001; Joe - Aug. 25, 2001.

In my memory you are near,

With the passing of each year.

-Sadly missed by Minnie.


Marie Wilson (nee Rauliuk)

Canora Courier, May 31, 2006 Page B4

Marie, beloved wife of George Wilson of Buchanan, Sask., passed away at St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon on May 21, 2006 at the age of 76 years. Marie was born in Winnipeg, Man. to John and Nellie (nee Kushniruk) Rauliuk. Her family soon moved to the Goldenvale district in the Sheho/Insinger area. During her early years, she attended Oleksince School and worked with her parents by helping with the younger children and assisting the parents 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, Alta., where Marie was employed as a waitress and George had his trucking business. They were married there on May 21, 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 to 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, Sask., 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 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. Crest (Jeannette) Rauliuk; her sister Iris (Tyrone) Klewchuk; her five grandchildren, Sean, Cara, Megan, Devin and Danielle (Joey MacDonald); her two great-grandchildren, Sadia and Jaxon. She was predeceased by her parents, John and Nellie (nee Kushniruk) Rauliuk and her sister Elsie Propp. Funeral service was held on Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora, Sask. with Rev. Kim Sherwin of the Faith Evangelical Church officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan or to the Humane Society as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements have been entrusted to Leson's Funeral Home, Canora (563­5671).


Gerald Edward Mills

Canora Courier, June 07, 2006 Page 2 – Personal items of interest to Stenen and district readers

Funeral in Alberta

Scott and Melody Mills, who have resided in Stenen for the past five years, travelled to Stettler, Alta. on Saturday, Apr. 29 to attend the funeral for Scott's brother, Gerald Edward Mills, who passed away on Tuesday, Apr. 25 at the age of 47. They returned to their Stenen residents May 2.  Other family members attending the funeral from the Sturgis-Endeavour area included Gerald's father and mother Ralph and Doreen Mills of Endeavour; brothers Gordon Mills and Tim (Adeline) Mills of Endeavour, and David (Kathy) Mills of Sturgis; nieces Joy Mills, Amy Mills, and Sabrina (Colin) Chernyk and daughter Katelyn, all of Sturgis; and nephew Andy Mills of Yorkton.  The service was held at the Stettler Community Hall on Monday, May 1 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Ross Helgeton of the Erskine Evangelical Free Church officiating. Pastor Dave Amendt led the congregation in the singing of hymns "Just As I Am," "Church in the Wildwood," and "What a Day That Will Be". Musician was Doug McKay and special musical tribute was by Cheryl Cysouw. A power point presentation was made by the Mills, Cysouw, and Leshert families, and tributes were presented by Gerald's father Ralph Mills and close friend Jack Rairdan, owner and operator of EXL Charolais Farm, which was like Gerald's home away from home.  Honourary pallbearers were "all of Gerald's family and friends". Pallbearers at the Stettler Funeral Home and Crematorium Chapel were all of Gerald's brothers, John of Turner Valley, James of Calgary, David of Sturgis, Tim and Gordon of Endeavour, and Scott of Stenen. Gerald's only sister Lorene Mills of Turner Valley, was an honourary pallbearer.  Gerald's wife Carla, 12-year-old son Cody and nine-year­old son Brandon were escorted to the church by crane truck driver Gil Foot. Crane truck and trailer driver Ron Symes transported Gerald to the Liberal Cemetery, where he was interred on Monday, May 1 at 11 a.m. Pallbearers at the cemetery included Mark Gabert, Larry Mix, Hugh Cox, Dale Cysouw, Don Carrier, and Murray McKay. Immediately following the funeral service, family and friends gathered at the Stettler Community Hall for a time of sharing and light refreshments prepared by the Erskine Evangelical Free Church Ladies and the Stettler Nazarene Church Ladies.  (Note: For a more complete obituary with accompanying picture, see the Thursday, May 4 issue of The Preeceville Progress.)


Lorraine Shewchuk (nee Cerniuk)

Canora Courier, June 07, 2006 Page 2 – Personal items of interest to Stenen and district readers

Remembered at church service

Bulletins at Grace United Church (Sturgis) and at Trinity United Church (Preeceville) on Sunday, June 4 were distributed in memory of Florence Shewchuk by daughter Lorraine Shewchuk of Sturgis. Rev. Miles Russell reflected on the life of Florence saying, "Florence was born April 14, 1924 and died May 28, 2004. Florence was born northeast of Sturgis to Rose and Andrew Cerniuk, the third of 16 children and grew up on the farm. Florence married Alex Shewchuk Sept. 20, 1945. Their first home was a log house in the Green Leaf area north of Sturgis. Together they saw the birth of four children. The farm was a busy place for Florence, and she often looked after the farm and the family, when Alex was away. Alex worked for CN, and the family moved to Reserve and then to Sturgis in 1959. Florence was a homemaker in Sturgis and worked for Josie and Warren Holmberg at their greenhouse, as well as the soft ice cream place in Sturgis, cooked for the hotel, and did painting and staining of different houses for Mike Wisoley. She cooked for many years for the Sturgis Auction Mart. After Alex's death in 1983, Florence continued to live in Sturgis being active with gardening, hand work, slowpitch, and the United church choir for more than 20 years. She was part of the pattern dancers at the READ. Club, and when the church had family dances in Stenen, she taught the young how to dance. Florence enjoyed bowling, and her family, especially seeing her grandchildren.


Paul Pohozoff

Canora Courier, June 07, 2006 Page B4

Paul Pohozoff, beloved husband of Helen Pohozoff of Yorkton and formerly of Canora, passed away on June 2, 2006 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre at the age of 83 years. Paul was born in Mikado on Feb. 5, 1923. He was the son of Wasyl and Hanna (nee Osachoff) Pohozoff. After receiving his education at Mikado School, he helped his parents and brothers on the family farm. In 1961 he purchased the family farms and made farming his major career. On Dec. 1, 1966 he married Helen (nee Popoff) Holoboff of Canora. In 1981 Paul rented his land to Robert and David Ostafie and entered a semi-retired life, at which time he worked as a field man adjusting crops for Saskatchewan Crop Insurance and Municipal Hail Association till 1988. In 1974 he and Helen purchased a cottage at Crystal Lake. He received much pleasure being there with friends and family. In 1984 Paul and Helen started travelling to Yuma, Arizona for the winter. He always eagerly anticipated leaving in the tall to spend winter in a warmer climate and visit with their many Snow Bird friends. Paul enjoyed square dancing, visiting, and reading to keep current with farm and co-operative issues. He took great pride and interest in community affairs, particularly those dealing with co-ops. He contributed to his community in these areas by being in executive positions of many organizations, Shareholder, Director and secretary­treasurer of Canora Livestock Mutual, board member and delegate for the Canora Co-op and later the Gateway Co-op, Charter member, director and supervisory committee member for Canora Credit Union, secretary and committee member for Canadian Co­operative Implements Ltd., secretary of the Mikado Wheat Pool committee for 27 years, board member and secretary of the District 8 Co-operative Public Relations Federation, served as an elder and member of St. Andrews United Church, Canora, director and president of the Canora Agricultural Society, Master Mason of the Canora Lodge #59.  Paul was predeceased by his parents: Wasyl and Hanna; his brothers: William, Fred, Mike and Norman; his sisters: Mary Wilson and Lillian Kopchuk. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Helen of Yorkton, his stepson Wayne (Debbie) Holoboff of Osoyoos, B.C., his step-daughters: Sarah (Herb) Carlson of Buchanan, SK and Linda (Maurice) Belliveau of Waterloo, ON and his grand­children: Leif (Brenda Hoehn) Carlson, Anna Marie Carlson, Jeffrey and Jannessa Belliveau, his sister-in-law: Mabel Pohozoff of Mission, B.C. and nieces and nephews. The Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Rev. Marg Janick-Grayston of the United Church of Canada officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Yorkton Regional Health Centre 'Ultra­ sound Fund' or to a charity of donor's choice as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements had been entrusted to Leson's Funeral Home, Canora, Sask.


Elaine Sylvia Matunin-Clancy (nee Matunin)

Canora Courier, June 07, 2006 Page B4

MATUNIN-CLANCY: Elaine Sylvia passed away peacefully with her loving husband and sister Claudia at her side, in the early hours of Sunday, June 4, 2006 at Lakeridge Health, Oshawa. Loving wife and best friend of Desmond Clancy for over 37 years. Sister of Isabel Jelly and her late husband Gerald (Kimberly and Kara), Florence Sidorak (Timothy and Kirby), Christine Hall (Nicki-Jo and Donovan), Marianne Korchinski and her husband Ernest (Tina and Cory), Sandra Shoemaker and her husband Robert (Amelia) and Claudia Bath and her husband Randall and the late Ernest Matunin. Elaine's legacy, to all who knew her, was her strength, endurance, humour and dignified presence. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Elaine's life, at McIntosh­Anderson Funeral Home, 152 King St. East, Oshawa, (905-433-5558) on Friday, June 9, 2006 from 1 p.m. with a memorial service in our chapel at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or charity of choice would be greatly appreciated by Elaine's family.


Ruth Elvira Weinhandl (nee Lindholm)

Canora Courier, June 14, 2006 Page 8

A graveside service was held May 6 for Ruth Elvira Weinhandl, 85, of Lintlaw, who died Apr. 28 at Kelvington Hospital Burial was at the Lintlaw Community Cemetery with Lintlaw Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.  Born on Dec. 7, 1919, in Kelliher to Edwin and Mina Lindhohm, she attended Woodstone School, north of Lintlaw. She married Leo Weinhandl on Dec. 29., 1942, in Lintlaw and they farmed in the area.  In her later years, she was active with the local seniors' club.  Predeceased by her parents, Edwin and Mina Lindholm, and a brother, Robert, she is survived by three daughters, Pat (Roger) of Yorkton, Jackie (lion) of Lintlaw and Debby (Gerry) of Carrot River; a brother, Ervin Lindholm of Lint­law, and seven grandchildren.


Ingman J. Dalshaug

Canora Courier, June 14, 2006 Page 8

Funeral service for Ingman J. Dalshaug, 89, of St. Thomas, Ont., and formerly of the Buchanan area, who died May 12 at his residence, was held May 16 at Sifton Funeral Home in St. Thomas. Burial was in Elmdale Memorial Park.   Born on Dec. 3, 1917, in Buchanan to Ellend and Cornelle Dalshaug, he served with the RCAF during the Second World War. After the war, he remained with the air force, retiring after 25 years at the rank of a flight sergeant. He was then employed by Channel Master in St. Thomas.  Predeceased by his wife, Aleta, parents, Ellend and Cornelle, three brothers and four sisters, he is survived by a stepson, William Rayworth of Langley, B.C.; a stepdaughter, Madge McMillian of Saskatoon; a brother, Alan of Cali­fornia; and two sisters, Inez Knuttila of Moose Jaw and Doris Borycki of California.


Glen Hugh Leach

Canora Courier, June 14, 2006 Page 8

Funeral service for Glen Hugh Leach of Crystal Lake, who died May 5 in Saskatoon, was held May 10 at St. Andrews United Church in Yorkton with Rev. Marg Janick-Grayston officiating. Burial was in the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Bailey's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born in Canora, be graduated from Yorkton Collegiate and then began a 39-year career with SaskPower. He worked out of various communities but his last 32 years on the job were in Assiniboia.  In his retirement years, he worked on a new family home at Crystal Lake. In Assiniboia, he was active with the Kinsmen and K40 clubs and with the United church. While living at Crystal Lake, he was a member of St. Andrew's United Church in Canora and sang in the choir. In his retirement, he was able to return to the sports of golf and curling. He travelled across much of western Canada, the United States and most recently, Panama.  Predeceased by his parents, Jack and Mona, and a brother, Ronald, he is survived by his wife, Carol; a son, John (Susan) of Calgary, two daughters, Cathy (Terry) Pilkey of Regina and Christy (Whitney) Somerville of Calgary; a sister, Joyce Maksimow of Yorkton; and four grandchildren.


James (Jim) Dorosh

Canora Courier, June 14, 2006 Page 8

Funeral service for James (Jim) Dorosh, 56, of Swan River, and formerly of Canora, who died June 7 at Swan Valley Health Centre, was held June 10 at Leson's Funeral Home with Rev. Peter Wasylenko officiating. Burial was in the Holy Sunday Ukrainian Orthodox Church Cemetery (Wysla) with Leson's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.   Born on July 3, 1949, in Canora to Peter and Mary (Witzko) Dorosh, he attended Wysla School and graduated from the Canora Composite High School. He joined the Toronto-Dominion Bank and began a 30-year career in banking. As he worked his way up, he lived in various locations in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. He was a trustee of the Holy Sunday Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Wysla).    Predeceased by his parents, Peter and Mary, he is survived by a brother, Eugene of Burgis; three sisters, Marge (Andrew) Popoff of Kamsack, Bernice (Don) Hamilton of Airdrie, Alta, and Bev Dorosh of Victoria, B.C.


Mike Ewachiw

Canora Courier, June 14, 2006 Page 8

Funeral service for Mike Ewachiw, 90, of Regina, and formerly of the Rhein and Veregin districts, who died May 9, was held at St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Regina with Rev. R. Luzney officiating. Burial was at Riverside Memorial Park with Victoria Avenue Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born Nov. 17, 1915 in the Rhein district to Alex and Mary (nee Andrusiak) Ewachiw, he married Mary Makowski on July 26, 1946 and the couple farmed near Veregin. In 1965, he moved to Yorkton where he worked with the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool Farm Service Centre. He was a member of St. Mary's parish and was active with the Knights of Columbus and the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood. In 1975, he was transferred to Regina to work with the SWP livestock division. He retired from the Pool in 1980.  Predeceased by his wife, lie is survived by his daughter, Carol (Brian) Galon, and two grandchildren.


Eda Schultz

Canora Courier, June 14, 2006 Page 11 – Kurkoi personal items

Kuroki seniors - Long-time resident Eda Schultz passed away suddenly on June 6.


Fred F. Chernoff

Canora Courier, June 14, 2006 Page B1

CHERNOFF:  In loving memory of Fred F., our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather (May 19, 1907 - June 15, 1959), and Polly, our mother, grandmother, and great-grand­mother (May 11, 1911 - May 11, 1997).

Nothing can ever take away,

The love our hearts hold dear;

Fond memories linger every day

Remembrance keeps them near.

- Lovingly remembered by Nadia, Doris, Jean, Joyce and their families.


Vincent Pasloski

Canora Courier, June 14, 2006 Page B1

PASLOSKI:  In loving memory of Vincent, passed away June 16, 2002.

June comes with sad regrets,

It holds a memory I can't forget.

No longer in my life to share,

But in my heart you are always there;

Silent thoughts of our time together,

Hold memories in my heart forever.

-Sadly missed and loved by wife Sophie.


Palchewich

Canora Courier, June 14, 2006 Page B1

PALCHEWICH:  In loving memory of our dear mother, who passed away May 29, 1992.

Within our hearts we'll always keep,

A special place for you;

And try to do our best in life,

As you would want us to.

You gave us years of happiness,

Then came sorrow and tears;

But you left us beautiful memories,

We will cherish throughout the years.

-Lovingly remembered by daughter Vivian, Leonard and family.


Eugenia Yagelnesky (nee Strocen)

Canora Courier, June 14, 2006 Page B7

Funeral service for Eugenia Yagelnesky, 75, of the Canora area, who died June 2 at Canora Hospital, was held June 9 at Leson's Funeral Home with Rev. Marg Janick-Grayston officiating. The body was cremated with Leson's Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Born on Dec. 28, 1930, in the Amsterdam district to Stephan and Anna (Gogol) Strocen, she attended Gogol School. Shortly after she married Nick Yagelnesky, they moved to British Columbia. After a few years, they returned to Saskatchewan and lived on a farm in the Stenen area. After a while, they moved to Sturgis for about five years and then moved to Canora. She worked for a number of years at the Chicken Villa and then at the Canora Gateway Lodge. Predeceased by her parents, Stephan and Anna, a daughter, Bonnie in infancy, three brothers, Eugene, Barney and Crest, two sisters, Clara Bzowy and Olga Strocen, and four siblings in infancy, she is survived by seven sons, Dwayne of Canora, Don (Louise) of Canora, Richard (Lila) of Saskatoon, Gordon of Canora, Terry (Darlene) of Calgary, Perry of Canora and Ken (Joanne) of Calgary; three daughters, Cheryl (Marty) Rehaume of Calgary, Linda (Martin Connors) Yagelnesky of Canora, and Pamela (Randy) Rurak of Canora; two sisters, Zoria (Ray) April of Sylvan Lake, Alta., and Jeannette Strocen of Canora; and 15 grandchildren.


Owen Erickson

Canora Courier, June 21, 2006 Page 10

Funeral service for Owen Erickson, 80, of Lintlaw, who died May 2, was held May 6 at the Lintlaw Recreation Centre with Mel Keeble officiating. Burial was in the Lintlaw Cemetery with Tompkins Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on May 12, 1925, in Ratcliffe to Charlie and Mary Erickson, he married Yvonne Guieheteau and they farmed south of Lintlaw.  He is survived by his wife, Yvonne; a son, Les (Heather); a brother, Morris of Claresholm; a sister, Marcella (Charlie) Whitbread of Flin Flon two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


Gustave Alexander Nystedt

Canora Courier, June 21, 2006 Page 16

Funeral service for Gustave Alexander Nystedt, 95, of Norquay, who died June 13 at the Norquay Health Centre, was held June 17 at the Norquay Covenant Church with Pastor Arden Gustafson officiating. Burial was in the Norquay Community Cemetery, north of Norquay, with Leson's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.   Born on Aug. 2, 1910, in Norrbyn, Sweden, to Axel and Hannah (Erickson) Nystedt, his family immigrated to Canada shortly after his birth. 'They settled in the Norquay district and he attended Fort Pelly School. He married Anna Theresa Norberg on Nov. 17, 1937, in the Norquay district. They took over his father's farm and bought another quarter section along the Assiniboine River from the Hudson Bay Trading Company. As well as farming, he did carpentry work and made many pieces of furniture from benches to signs and tables. He was active in many organizations such as the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, the Coop, 4-H, the Yorkton Thresherman's Museum, the Pelly Museum and the Hudson Bay Route Association.   Predeceased by his parents, Axel and Hannah, a son, Axel, a brother, Harry, and a grandson, Douglas Nystedt, he is survived by his wife, Anna; two sons, Dennis (Joan) of Brandon and Vernon of Brandon; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


Paul Krywy

Canora Courier, June 21, 2006 Page B4

Funeral service for Paul Krywy, 75, of Canora, who died June 12 at Canora Hospital, was held June 16 at Leson's Funeral Home with Rev. Marg Janick-Grayston officiating. Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson's Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Born on Jan. 15, 1931, in the Danbury district to Anton and Annie (Picklyk) Krywy, he attended Glen Elder and Sturgis Composite High schools. He worked on the farm and worked at a lumber mill in Grande Prairie, Alta.. He also worked for a lumber mill operated by his father and Nick Shostal. On July 18, 1958, he married Katie Horhut at St. Andrew's United Church in Canora and they farmed in the Danbury district. In the fall of 2005, they retired to Canora. Predeceased by his parents, Anton and Annie, and three brothers, Steve, and Mike and Bill in infancy, he is survived by his wife, Katie; five sons, Don (Michelle Cox) of Danbury, Anthony of Edmonton, Vernon of Camrose, Lyndon of Danbury, and Sheldon (Kathy Kalynchuk) of Stenen; two daughters, Paulette (Doug) Elian of Saskatoon and Debbie (Jerome) Richard of Saskatoon; three sisters, Mary (Bill) Hrywkiw of Edmonton, Elizabeth Krywy of Edmonton and Pauline (Ed) Bulk of Hyas, and 11 grandchildren.


John Heshka

Canora Courier, June 21, 2006 Page B6

A memorial service for John Heska, 86, and his wife, Marie, 78, of Mount Vernon, Washington, will be held at Leson's Funeral Home on June 30, 2 p.m., with members of the Jehovah's Witnesses officiating. Burial of the cremated remains will be in the Canora Cemetery with Leson's Funeral Home in care of arrangements. John died on Nov. 23 at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon and Marie died on Apr. 19 in Sedro Wooly, Washington. John was born on Jan. 16, 1920 in the Gorlitz district to John and Anna Heska. He attended school in the Gorlitz district and completed high school in Yorkton. After graduating from teachers' college, he began a teaching career. Marie was born on Oct. 11, 1927, in Ukraine to Sergie and Clara (Serduk) Fedorchuk and came to Canada with her parents at an early age. They settled in the Norquay district and she attended Lake Helen Public School and Hyas High School. After attending secretarial college in Winnipeg, she worked at a doctor's clinic in Canora. The couple was married in Yorkton in 1949 and they moved to B.C., where he continued to teach. After a few years, he gave up his teach­ing career to pursue a new venture. They began operation of Executive Limousine Service in Hollywood, Calif., which they ran from 1961 to 1979, when they retired to Mount Vernon. Their limousine service consisted of Cadillacs and Rolls Royce limousines and catered to many prominent people including Elvis, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, President Richard Nixon, Gary Grant, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton. They are survived by Marie's brother, Al (Vicky) Fedorchuk of Hyas.


John Sushelnitsky

Canora Courier, June 21, 2006 Page B6

John Sushelnitsky of Canora, Sask. passed away peacefully at the Canora Gateway Lodge on June 9, 2006 at the age of 92 years. John was born on February 22, 1914 on the family farm in the Canora district to Michael and Rose (nee Belanchuk) Sushelnitsky. He grew up in the Canora area and left home with his wife Connie (nee Melnychuk) in 1941 to work in the gold mines near Geraldton, Ont., where their son Johnny was born in 1943. The family moved to Boissevain, Man. in 1946 where John took over a gas distribution business. Over the years he owned North Star, General Motors and Mosey Ferguson dealerships. He was very well respected for his business dealings and upon retirement he and Connie moved to Kelowna, B.C. Connie passed away in 1990 and in 1993, John returned to his hometown of Canora where she was buried. John had a brother and three sisters living there. After an unfortunate fall in his basement in 2003, John moved into the full cared Gateway Lodge nursing home in Canora. John was very helpful to all members of the Sushelnitsky and Melnychuk families. He was president of the Orthodox church in Kelowna and was a faithful member of the church in Brandon, Kelowna and Canora. His quiet and understanding manner was respected by all those who knew him. He leaves his family with many warm memories of a life well lived. John is survived by his son John (Rosemary) Sushelnitsky of Portage La Prairie, Man.; his brother Nick Sushelnitsky of Canora, Sask.; his sister, Ethel Strocen and Victoria Bahniuk, both of Canora, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife Connie (nee Melnychuk) and his parents, Michael and Rose (nee Belanchuk) Sushelnitsky. The memorial service was held on Monday, June 19, 2006 from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, Canora, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Fr. Peter Wasylenko officiating. Interment took place m the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make a donation to a charity of their choice as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements have been entrusted to Leson's Funeral Home, Canora, Sask. (306) 563-5671.


Alexander Baran

Canora Courier, June 28, 2006 Page 2

Funeral service for Alexander Baran, 71, of Lintlaw, who died June 17 at Kelvington Hospital, was held June 21 at the Lintlaw Recreation Centre with Rev. Jennifer Irving officiating. Burial was in the Lintlaw Cemetery with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Apr. 7, 1935, in the Lintlaw district to Paul and Helen Baran, he attended Woodstone School. He worked in construction in Regina, Yorkton and Saskatoon and in British Columbia. When his parents retired, he took over the family farm, but continued to do carpentry. He married Sharon Riddoch on Feb. 7, 1980, at the United Church in Lintlaw. In 1986, they sold the farm and moved to Lintlaw, where he did carpentry on a full-time basis. He retired in 2002.  Predeceased by his parents, Paul and Helen, and five brothers, Philip, Mike, Walter, Harry and Pete, he is survived by his wife, Sharon; a daughter, Amanda (Shawn) of Saskatoon; a brother, John of Calgary; and a sister, Julia Madarash of Lintlaw.


Katie Andrusiak (nee Todosichuk)

Canora Courier, June 28, 2006 Page 2

Funeral service for Katie Andrusiak, 93, of Yorkton, and formerly of the Stornoway and Mazeppa/Donwell districts, who died May 15 at Yorkton Regional Health Centre, was held May 22 at Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Yorkton with Rev. Roman Kocur officiating. Burial was at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Bailey's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.   Born Aug. 14, 1912 in the Stornoway district to John and Mary (nee Babiuk) Todosichuk, she attended McGillivray School. On July 25, 1929, she married Metro Andrusiak and the couple farmed in the Mazeppa/Donwell district until 1957 when they moved to Yorkton.   Predeceased by her husband in 1989, her parents, six brothers, Bill, Fred, Peter and Mike and Stefan and Michael in infancy; two sisters, Anne Hutsul and Mary Bodnaryk, she is survived by two daughters, Gloria (Dan) Filipchuk and Florence (Steve) Slywka, both of Yorkton; one sister, Alice Koroluk of Kamsack; three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.  


Helen Krukoff (nee Popoff)

Canora Courier, June 28, 2006 Page 2

Funeral service for Helen Krukoff, 86, of Canora, who died June 19 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, was held June 21 at Leson's Funeral Home with members of the Canora Doukhobor Society officiating. Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Feb. 5, 1920, in the Buchanan district to Wasyl and Annie (Harelkin) Popoff, she attended Tiny School. She married George Krukoff on Feb. 2, 1952, in Canora They purchased their own farm land near Good Spirit Lake and farmed until 1976, when they retired to Canora. She was often a winner in the tying and stocking competition at Yorkton's Thresherman's Day.  Predeceased by her parents, Wasyl and Annie, a brother, Robert, and a sister, Anne Akens, she is survived by her husband, George.


Alice Ratushniak

Canora Courier, June 28, 2006 Page B1

In memory of Alice Ratushniak

Mom, it has been 10 years since you left us, but not a day has gone by that we have not thought of you. Thank you for all you have given us.

- Love Bonnie and Chris, Shawn, Lorna and Tyler

And time remembered is grief forgotten,

And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,

And in green underwood and cover,

Blossom by blossom the spring begins.


John Heska

Canora Courier, June 28, 2006 Page B3

A memorial service for John Heska, 86, and his wife, Marie, 78, of Mount Vernon, Washington, will be held at Leson's Funeral Home on June 30 with members of the Jehovah Witnesses officiating. Burial of the cremated remains will be in the Canora Cemetery with Leson's Funeral Home in care of arrangements. John died on Nov. 23 at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon and Marie died on Apr. 19 in Sedro Woolley, Washington. John was born on Jan. 16, 1920 in the Gorlitz district to John and Anna Heska. He attended school in the Gorlitz district and completed high school in Yorkton. After graduating from a teachers' college, he began a teaching career. Marie was born on Oct. 11, 1927, in Ukraine to Sergie and Clara (Serduk) Fedorchuk and came to Canada with her parents at an early age. They settled in the Hyas district and she attended Lake Helen Public School and Hyas High School. After attending a secretarial college in Winnipeg, she worked at a doctor's clinic in Canora. The couple were married in Yorkton in 1949 and they moved to B.C., where he continued to teach. After a few years, he gave up his teaching career to pursue a new venture. They began operation of Executive Limousine Service in Hollywood, Calif., which they ran from 1961 to 1979, when they retired to Mount Vernon. Their limousine service consisted of Cadillacs and Rolls Royce limousines and catered to many prominent people including Elvis, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, President Richard Nixon, Cary Grant, Liz Taylor, Richard Burton, Gregory Peck, Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier. John was predeceased by his parents, John and Anna; six brothers, Wilfred, Bill, Joe, Nick, Mike and Peter; and two sisters, Marie Sklaruk and Lena Nahirney. Marie was predeceased by her parents, Sergie and Clara, and a brother, Walter. They are survived by Marie's brother, At (Vicky) Fedorchuk of Hyas.


Ken Munday

Canora Courier, July 05, 2006 Page 3 – Personal items of interest to Invermay and district readers

Alice Munday’s husband, Ken, of Margo passed away on June 24.  Funeral was in Elfros Community Hall on June 29 with burial in the cemetery south of Elfros.  (One son is buried there, also)


Steve Wasylkiw

Canora Courier, July 05, 2006 Page B1

Funeral service for Steve Wasylkiw, 95, of Buchanan, who died June 24 at the Eaglestone Lodge in Kamsack, was held June 29 at the Descent of the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church in Buchanan with Rev. Joakim Rac officiating. Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson's Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Born on Dec. 10, 1910, on the family farm in the Buchanan district to Dmetro and Tekla (Tuchiwsky) Wasylkiw, he attended Dydland School. He married Miroslava Hrynchyshyn in October of 1939 and they farmed with his parents until they bought their own land a few years later. She died on Jan. 11, 1964. On Jan. 19, 1965, he married Mary Rusnak at the Descent of the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church and they lived in Canora for a short period, before returning to Buchanan. She died in 2003 and he continued to live in Buchanan until a few months ago, when he moved to the Eaglestone Lodge in Kamsack. He was a member of the Descent of the Holy Ghost church and a member of Club 50 in Buchanan. Predeceased by his parents, Dmetro and Tekla, his first wife Miroslava, his second wife Mary, a brother, Mike, and a sister, Mary, he is survived by a son, William (Grace) of Winfield, B.C.; two daughters, Olga (Herb) Golly of Regina and Dianne (carry) Bilous of Calgary; two step­sons, Al (Phyllis) Rusnak of Vancouver and Nick (Doris) Rusnak of B.C.; five grandchil­dren, and seven great-grand­children.


Shelley Wilgosh

Canora Courier, July 12, 2006 Page 1

Woman dies at scene of collision

Two vehicles collide north of Kuroki

A Preeceville-area woman is dead and her son is recovering from injuries in a Saskatoon hospital following a collision between a car and a pickup truck north of Kuroki Monday morning.  The name of the deceased is Shelley Wilgosh. Her son, Adam, who was a passenger in her car, was taken to a Saskatoon hospital with, what the, RCMP has termed as "serious injuries". He graduated from Preeceville School in spring.  At about 7:30 a.m., the Wadena RCMP, fire rescue and ambulance personnel were called to the scene of the collision about seven kilometres north of the Village of Kuroki on a farm access road, known locally as the Lone Tree Road.  The driver of the pickup truck was Edward Burned of Kelvington. He was also taken to hospital in Saskatoon.  The collision occurred when the west-bound car at­tempted to cross the high­way and was struck by a north-bound truck, according to Sgt. Keith Lowenberger of the Wadena RCMP Road and weather conditions were not factors in the accident and the investigation continues.


Victoria Gurski (nee Gawdun)

Canora Courier, July 12, 2006 Page 8

Funeral service for Victoria Gorski, 76, of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, and formerly of Preeceville, who died July 4 at the nursing home, was held July 8 at the Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Church with Rev. Joakim Rae officiating. Burial was in the Preeceville Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.   Born on May 3, 1930, in the Canora district to Metro and Mary Gawdun she attended Mohyla School. She married Mike Gorski on Oct. 15, 1949, at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canora. She and her husband operated a mixed farm in the Preeceville district.  Predeceased by her husband, Mike, parents, Metro and Mary, four brothers, Steve, Bill, John, and Mike, and three sisters, Sophie, Mary and Anne, she is survived by two sons, Adam (Diane) of Canora, Ron (Pat) of Yorkton; a daughter, Val of Saskatoon; three brothers, Peter of Canora, Paul of Yorkton and Orest of Selkirk, Man.; a sister, Martha of Saskatoon; six grandchildren, and five great­grandchildren.


John Procyshen

Canora Courier, July 12, 2006 Page 8

Funeral service for John Procyshen, 90, of the Theodore Health Centre, who died May 20, was held June 2 at Bailey's Funeral Home in Yorkton with Karen Kuzek officiating. Burial was in St. Basil's Cemetery in the Gorlitz district with Rev. Rod Luciuk officiating and Bailey's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.   Born on Feb. 12, 1916, near Gorlitz, his parents and four brothers died when he was very young. He grew up with relatives and friends. In 1939, he married Kathleen in Yorkton, where he was working with the department of highways. In 1954, he was married for the second time, Doris. He retired from the department of highways in 1976 as the maintenance supervisor. He and Doris moved to Kuroki to help his son, Brian, with farming. They were active in the senior citizens' club. In the late 1990s, they moved to Willowbrook. After his wife died in 2002, he moved in with his son, Brian. He moved to Bentley's Retirement Home and then to the Theodore Nursing Home. An avid violin player, he played for weddings and socials in his earlier days and for fellow residents at the nursing home in his later days.  Predeceased by his parents and four brothers at an early age, his first wife, Kathleen in 1953, his son Larry in 2002, and his second wife, Doris in 2002, he is survived by a daughter, Doloris from his first marriage and a son, Brian, from his second marriage, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren .


George Skutar

Canora Courier, July 12, 2006 Page 8

Funeral service for George Skutar, 84, of Yorkton, and formerly of the Rhein district, who died dune 4 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, was held June 7 at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Rev. Roman Kocur officiating. Burial was in the Garden of 61. Luke with Bailey's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.   Burn on Oct. 7, 1921, in the Rhein district to William and Mary (Dancack) Skutar, he attended school in the district. He worked at various jobs, including road construction in the north during the war years. He found his career in automotive mechanics. While working in Manitoba, he married Rose Kovcrsky in Sandy Lake in 1963. In 1965, they moved from Minnedosa to Yorkton. He worked for Eftoda's Garage, Evergreen Motors, Young's Garage, Irwin Motors and Haas Nissan.   Predeceased by his wife, Rose, five brothers, Matt, Nick, John, Mike and Fred, and a sister, Ann Shields, he is survived by two sons, Gary (Beth Saunders) of Red Deer and Fred (Delli Dreger) of Pritchard, B.C.; and three grandchildren .


Peter Yatsura

Canora Courier, July 12, 2006 Page 8

Funeral service for Peter Yatsura, 91, of Sturgis, who died June 24 at Preeceville Hospital, was held June 27 at Grace United Church in Sturgis with Rev. Miles Russell officiating. Burial was in the Sturgis Community Cemetery with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.   Born on Mar. 13, 1915, in Hyas to John and Nellie Yatsura, he attended Hyas Public School. He worked in mines and then served overseas during the Second World War. He married Johanna Brugman in Leiden, Holland, on Jan. 2, 1946. When he returned to Canada, he worked with his father at the Hyas Hotel for five years. He moved to Niagra Falls to work. Eventually, he became a barber and worked in Stenen, Estevan and Regina. In 1975, he retired to Sturgis.   Predeceased by his parents, John and Nellie, and a brother, Nick, he is survived by his wife, Ann.


Wilbert (Bill) Beck

Canora Courier, July 12, 2006 Page 8

Funeral service for Wilbert (Bill) John Beck, 69, of Hazel Dell, who died June 26 in Preeceville, was held June 30 at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hazel Dell with Rev. Andrezj Wasylinko officiating. Burial was in the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery in Hazel Dell with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.   Born on Aug. 22, 1936, in Calder to Alex and Katie Beck, he attended Calder School. He worked as an elevator agent in Hazel Dell until 1966 and then worked in mines in Manitoba, the Yukon, Saskatchewan, northern Ontario and the North West Territories until he retired in 1991.   Predeceased by his parents, Alex and Katie, a brother, Walter, and a half-brother, Gordon, he is survived by three sons, Jim of Pincher Creek, Terry of Edmonton and Brent of Rocky Mountain House, Alta.; a sister, Tara (Steven) May of Winnipeg a sister, Kay (Fred) Balak of Grandview, and six grandchildren.


Tom Hingley

Canora Courier, July 12, 2006 Page 8

A memorial service for Tom Hingley, 83, of Bonanza, Alta., and formerly of Okla, who died May 29 in Edmonton, was held June 2 at the Bonanza Community Hall with Pastor Gary Henderson officiating.   He was born on Nov. 16, 1922, in Okla.   Predeceased by his wife, Florence, he is survived by three sons, Lance (Teresa), Donovan and Stewart; three daughters, Lois (Randy) Novitsky, Lynn (Bob) Edgar and Deanna (Duncan) Donovan; two brothers, Joe (Alice) and Fred: two sisters Con Ashdown and Dolly (Charlie) Ashdown; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren  


Mary Borchowitz (nee Hnidey)

Canora Courier, July 12, 2006 Page 8

Funeral service for Mary Borchowitz, 25, of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, and formerly of the Rhein area, who died June 4, was held June 8 at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Pastor Howell Puedivan officiating. Burial was in the Garden of St. Mark with Bailey's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.   Born on Nov. 8, 1910, in the Rhein area to Konon and Annie Hnidey, her family moved to the North Lake district where she went to school. In 1928, she married Metro Senkiw and they farmed until 1948, when he died. She moved to Yorkton and worked at Sereda's Store. In 1955, she married John Borchowitz. In 1997, she became a resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home.   Predeceased by her parents, Konon and Annie, three brothers, Joe, Bill and Metro Hnidey, and three sisters , Jean Hnidey, Rose York and Olga Klym, she is survived by a son, Jerry (Twyla) of Yorkton; a sister, Victoria Wiwchar; and three grandchildren.


Laurance Lambert

Canora Courier, July 12, 2006 Page 8

Funeral service for Laurance Lambert, 59, of Regina, and formerly of Lintlaw, who died June 30, was held July 6 at Lintlaw Funeral Home with Rev. Hand Bebillo officiating. Burial was in St. Andrew's Cemetery in (he Lintlaw district with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.   Born on July 9, 1946, in Preeceville to John and Josephine Lambert, he attended Silver Springs School. He worked for a short period in construction in Wynyard and then spent the rest of his working career as a tile and floor installer in Regina.  Predeceased by his father, John, and four brothers, Stanley, Vincent, John and Emil, he is survived by his mother, Josephine of the Invermay Health Centre; a brother, Mike (Pat) of Invermay; and five sisters, Victoria (Bob) of Armstrong, B.C., Bernice of Prince George, B.C., Mary (Morris) of Regina, Louise (Ken) of Yorkton and Phyllis (Harvey) of Lintlaw .


Alice Lillian Geiger (Davis)

Canora Courier, July 12, 2006 Page 8

A graveside memorial service for Alice Lillian Geiger, 94, of Yorkton, and formerly of Canora, who died May 17 at the Invermay Health Centre, was held June 6 at the Yorkton City Cemetery with Pastor Fred Schneider officiating. Christie-Hill Funeral Chapel was in care of arrangements.   Born on Apr. 11, 1912, in Canora to Henry and Annie (Mclntosh) Davis, she attended school in Canora. She worked for The Canora Courier as a typesetter. On Nov. 11, 1936, she married Norman Brown. They lived in Zehner, Sask., for five years before moving to Regina where she managed a laundromat. She married Douglas Geiger and they moved to Toronto where they managed a carpet and furniture business. In 1989, she moved to Heritage Place in Yorkton. In August of 2005, she moved to the Invermay Health Centre.  Predeceased by her parents Henry and Annie, two hus­bands, Norman Brown and Douglas Geiger, a son, Arthur Geiger, and three brothers, Donald, Norman and Hugh, she is survived by two sons, Beverly "Chuck" (Joyce) Brown and Dennis (Donna) Brown; five grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren .


Emil Kosar

Canora Courier, July 12, 2006 Page B1

KOSAR, Emil:  In loving mem­ory of dad and gedo, who passed away July 10, 2000.

This day is remembered,

And quietly kept;

No words are needed,

We'll never forget.

- Missed by children Mich­elle, Milton, Morley; grand­children Christopher, Caitlin, Amy, baby Kian.


April Kowalchuk

Canora Courier, July 12, 2006 Page B1

KOWALCHUK, April: July 14, 2000.

Nothing that is loved,

Is ever lost;

And no one who has ever touched a heart,

Can really pass away.

Forever in our hearts, Deb J. and Arlette B.


Donald Thickson

Canora Courier, July 12, 2006 Page B4

THICKSON:  Donald, born December 15, 1942 in Endeavour, Sask, passed away suddenly July 5, 2006 in Thunder Bay, Ont., while on vacation with his family. Don was predeceased by his father Wilfred, his brother Alfred, and by his nephew Trent. Don is survived by his mother Aggie; his brother Bernie (Shiela) and Bernie's children, Cindy (Roland), John (Leanne), and their families; his sister Janet (Brian) and Janet's children, Angie (Jeff), Rick (Hayley) and their families; his sister Anna and her children Scott, Darrel (Tracey), Cheryl (Tony), Kerry-ann and their families; and by his brother Jim. Don is also survived by his daughter Donna Thelan (John) and their children Christopher and Lisa, and by his dear friend and soulmate, Vi Maeers and her daughter Esther and grand­daughter Christina. Don will be remembered for his never failing tribute to a country and western lifestyle through his authentic western attire and his western dancing repertoire. He will also be remembered for his devotion to his family and his dedication to making the world around him a more beautiful place. He loved being outdoors, communing with nature, the birds, the flowers, the garden. He was also an avid photographer, capturing many beautiful images of nature. Don found a sense of spirituality, vitality and peace through his connection with his own land and on many occasions could be seen jogging around his property. He was a very humble, quiet man, very sincere, and had a kind and caring heart. In lieu of flowers donations may be made, in memoriam, to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan, 2360 2nd Avenue, Regina, SK S4R 1A6. Funeral Service was held Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 2241 Victoria Avenue, Regina, Sask. Arrangements in care of Spears Funeral and Cremation Services, 2136 College Avenue, Regina. An on-line book of condolences may be signed at www.speersfuneralchapel.com


John P. Kitchen

Canora Courier, July 12, 2006 Page B4

Funeral for John P. Kitchen, 82, of Canora, who died July 1 at Canora Hospital, was held July 5 at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity with Rev. Peter Wasylenko officiating. Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson's Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Born on Aug. 29, 1923, in the Burgis district to Peter and Mary (Wasylyshen) Kitchen, he attended Poplar Springs School. He remained on the farm and eventually took over the operation. On Oct. 31, 1948, he married Nellie Wiwchar and they operated a mixed farm until they retired in 2000. In 2005, they moved to Canora, but continued to maintain a garden on the farm. Predeceased by parents, Peter and Mary, a grandson, Johnathon, and a brother, Fred, he is survived by his wife, Nellie; two sons, Ron (Beverly) and Gary (Darlene), both of Canora; two daughters, Linda (Jim) Matsalla and Gaylene (Cliff) Ehrlich, both of Canora; two sisters, Helen Heshka and Lena Skepnek, both of Canora; and 13 grandchildren.  


Joseph "Joe" John Melnyk

Canora Courier, July 12, 2006 Page B4

Joseph "Joe" John Melnyk of Chilliwack, B.C. and formerly of the Mikado area, passed away on June 24, 2006 at the age of 55 years. He was currently employed at Quick Freight Transport trucking firm in Chilliwack. He leaves to mourn his passing, son, Devin (Daisy); daughters, Jolene, Janet and Jackie; grandchildren, Brayden and Kolby; brothers, Harry (Diane) Melnyk, Marvin (Anne Marie) Melnyk; sisters, Sophie Ful­lawka, Tekla (Bill) Deverell, Anne (Bernard) Martens, Vivian (Peter) Lopaschuk, Beverly (Murray) Greenwood. He was predeceased by brother, Peter Melnyk; sister, Pauline Baldwin; brother-in-law Bernard Fullawka; brother­in-law, Murray Baldwin; parents, Joseph and Mary Melnyk. A service of remembrance was held at the chapel of Henderson's Funeral Home in Chilliwack on Tuesday, June 27, 2006, with Pastor Francois Blouin officiating. Following cremation, burial and a memorial service will be held in Canora at a later date.


Nicholas Homich

Canora  Courier, July 19, 2006 Page 11

Nicholas Homich, 83, of West Bank, B.C., and formerly of the Rama area, died May 2 in West Bank. Cremation arrangements were made by Hanson's Arbor Funeral Home.  Born on July 3, 1922, in Suliczewo, Poland, his family immigrated to Canada in 1929, settling in the Gorlitz area. Soon afterwards, they moved to the Rama district where he grew up. During the Second World War, he joined the Regina Rifles, training in Debert, N.S., before heading to England. He was a member of the force who landed on Juno Beach on D-Day in 1944. He served in France, Holland and Germany. After the war, he attended university in Winnipeg and then worked in Fort Frances, Ont., for several years. He lived in Los Angeles for 15 years before moving back to Canada in 1976, settling in Kelowna He and his wife, Gail, operated an income tax preparation business. He retired to West Bank. He was a long-time member of the Royal Canadian Legion.  Predeceased by his mother in 1976, his father in 1996 and a brother in 1924, he is survived by his wife, Gail; two sons, Lance (Jacoline) Homych of Gabriola, B.C., and Eric (Lesley) Homich of Toronto; a daughter, Karen Homich (Bert Gagne) of Fort Frances; and two sisters, Vicky (Adolph) Wolkowski of Rama and Anne (Florian) Slugoski of Wadena.


Edeletraud (Edna) Schultz (nee Bittner)

Canora Courier, July 19, 2006 Page 11

Funeral service for Edeletraud (Edna) Schultz, 76, of Kuroki, who died June 6, was held June 10 at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Wadena with Rev. Pius Schroh and Rev. Dario Bebillo officiating. Burial was in St. Helena's Cemetery, Kuroki.  Born on July 17, 1929, in Wadena to Joseph and Maria Bittner, she grew up south of Kuroki, attending Sasman and Kuroki schools. On Oct. 24, 1949, she married Paul Schultz. For the first few years, they lived with his parents and then they bought their own farming operation. For a while, she worked as a waitress at the Western Hotel in Foam Lake.  Predeceased by parents, Joseph and Maria, her husband, Paul, she is survived by a son, Bernard (Ada); two daughters, Joanne and Kathy; two brothers, George and Fred (Charlotte): a sister, Ursula (Louis) Sliwa, and three grandchildren.


Doug Becking

Canora Courier, 19 July 2006, Page B1

BECKING, Doug:

Only a memory of bygone days,

And a sigh for a face unseen;

A constant feeling that God alone,

Knows best what should have been.

However long our lives may last,

Whatever lands we view,

Whatever joy or grief be ours,

We will always think of you.

- Randy and Deb.


Doug Becking

Canora Coureir, 19 July 2006 Page B1

BECKING:  In loving memory of Doug, who passed away July 19, 2005.

If tears could build a stair­case,

And memories a lane;

We'd walk, right up to heaven,

And bring you home again.

- Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by Dianne, Craig, Tracey, Kali and Noah.


Jeanette Neiminen (nee Zeiben)

Canora Courier, 19 July 2006 Page B1

NEIMINEN:  Jeanette Neiminen (Zeiben), who died Aug. 8, 1987.

Just when your life was brightest,

Just when your years were best;

You were called from this world of sorrow,

To a home of eternal rest.

- Lovingly remembered by the family.


Lewis Milavanov

Canora Courier, July 26, 2006 Page 3

A memorial service for Lewis Milavanov, 67, of Canora, who died June 27 in Regina, was held at Regina Funeral Home with Rev. Derek Nicholis officiating.   In earlier days, Milavanov attended Balfour Tech in Regina and served with the Royal Canadian Navy. Working for the Saskatchewan Liquor Board for 32 years, he lived in Tisdale, Radville, Shaunavon, Yorkton and Regina. He was active in the Anglican church. During his retirement, he moved to Canora.   Predeceased by his parents, Sam Milavanov and Grace Kellett, and a son, Michael, he is survived by his wife, Anita; two daughters, Holly (Ted) and Lisa (Ray); and five grandchildren.


Hattie Tetelowski

Canora Courier, July 26, 2006 Page 3

Funeral service for Hattie Tetelowski, 92, of Kelvington, and formerly of the Kuroki area, who died June 14 at the Kelvindell Lodge, was held June 19 at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church with Rev. Pius Schroh and Rev. J.M. Lacasse officiating. Burial was in the Kelvingrove Cemetery with Blair's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.  Born on Mar. 15, 1914, in Gnoniki, Poland, she immigrated to Canada and settled in the Okla area in 1932. She married Wincenty Tetelowski on Apr. 18, 1938, at St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church in Kuroki. They farmed in the Kuroki district but Lintlaw was their home community. They retired to Kelvington in 1968.  Predeceased by her parents, her husband Wincenty, three brothers, John, Joe and George, and a sister, Rose, she is survived by two sons, Vito and Edward of Kelvington; a daughter, Alyce Tetelowski of Leduc, Alta.; a brother, Frank, of Preeceville; two sisters, Katie of Edmonton and Angela of Vancouver; four grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.


Annette Shukin

Canora Courier, July 26, 2006 Page B1

SHUKIN:  In loving memory of Mom and Baba, Annette, July 22, 2005.

A year has passed, since that day,

The moment that you went away.

Our hearts were split in two,

One side filled with memories

The other side died with you.

Beyond the sunset, in our garden of memories,

Is one beautiful soul,

Gone from earthly life, but not forgotten.

Time slips by, but memories stay,

Quietly remembered day by day;

Happy thoughts of times together,

The memories that will last forever.

We often lay awake at night,

When the world is fast asleep;

And take a walk down memory lane,

With tears upon our cheeks.

Our lives go on without you,

But nothing is the same;

We have to hide our heart­ache,

When someone speaks your name.

To your resting place we visit,

We place flowers there with care;

But no one knows the heart­ache,

When we turn and leave you there.

- All our love, Karen and Marco, Tom and Lisa, Melanin and Dan, and grandchildren.


Annette Shukin

Canora Courier, July 26, 2006 Page B1

SHUKIN:  In memory of my daughter, Annette:

They say there is a reason,

They say that time will heal;

But neither time or reason.

Will change the way I feel.

For no one knows the heart­ache,

That lies behind my smile;

No one knows how many times,

I've broken down and cried.

I want to tell you something,

So there wont be any doubt;

You're so wonderful to think of,

But so hard to be without.

Remembering you is easy,

I do it everyday;

It's just the pain of losing you,

That never goes away.

- Love you always mom (Mabel Kalmakoff).


Roy Sokoloski, Mary Sokoloski

Canora Courier, July 26, 2006 Page B1

SOKOLOSKI:  In loving memory of our parents and grand­parents, Roy (July 27, 1976), and Mary (Nov. 15, 1991).

You're in all the beauty that we see,

They all remind us that you're here,

With us in spirit and always will be.

Precious memories of you fill our lives.

Vichnaya Pamyat

- Lovingly, Maine, Pat, Lynda, Dennis, Tom and their families.


Bill Sklaruk, Nick Kuruliak, Mary Kuruliak

 

Canora Courier, July 26, 2006 Page B1

SKLARUK / KURULIAK:  In memory of husband Bill, July 20. 1992; dad (Nick) Kuruliak, May 21, 1991; mom (Mary), Jan. 1, 1997.

Silent thoughts of our years together,

Hold precious memories that will last forever.

So many things have happened,

Since you three were called away;

So many things we could have shared,

Had you been here to stay.

- Always loved and remembered, wife and daughter, Anne Sklaruk.


Stanley Wolkowski

Canora Courier, July 26, 2006 Page B4

Funeral service for Stanley Wolkowski, 66, of Canora, who died July 21 in Canora, was held July 25 at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church with Rev. Vitalis Azike officiating. Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Andrychuk Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Born on Dec. 12, 1939, at the Canora hospital to Walter and Stella Wolkowski, he attended Kowalowka School. At about 14 years of age, he began working for a number of neighbouring farmers. He worked for Haskewich Lumber camp and then, in 1958, for the local conservation and development organization. In 1959, he began working at a service station in Yorkton, worked with a crew erecting power and telephone lines and worked on a construction crew in Canora. He drove a gravel truck for Bernard Belitski in 1960 and assisted in jobs at the Tiny elevator. In 1961 and 1962, he drove gravel trucks for Hudye Brothers. For four years, he operated a patrol for the RM of Buchanan and also worked for Wilson Construction. In 1965, he purchased a half section of land, which he farmed with his father and his brother, Louis. At the same time he continued working off the farm operating earth-moving machines, driving trucks and doing road construction. On Nov. 9, 1968, he married Leona Schinborn. In 1973, he became a full-time farmer. In 1999, he retired due to poor health. Predeceased by his parents, Walter and Stella, and a brother, Louis, he is survived by his wife, Leona; two sons, Carey and Dwayne (Kim); and a grandson.


Joe Radawetz

Canora Courier, August 16, 2006 Page 2 – Personal items of interest to Rama and district readers

Friends from Rama attended the funeral Mass at Peter and Paul Church in Hazel Dell for Joe Radawetz. He was a long-time member of the Rama Golden Jets.


Helen Hlady (nee Yaworski)

Canora Courier, August 16, 2006 Page 2 – Personal items of interest to Rama and district readers

Bernie Shimko of Canora and Val Tertiak of Tuelon, Man. travelled to Wainwright, Alta. to attend the funeral of Val's sister Helen Hlady, a former Rama resident. Helen is the daughter of Jacob and Mary (Shimko) Yaworski. She was predeceased by her parents Jacob and Mary, her husband Paul, her brothers Edward, Louis, Henry, Adolph, Edmund, Joseph and Anton, her sister Susie Macala, and her children Joseph, Peter and Paul. She is survived by her sisters Olga (Wally) Sulipa of Winnipeg and Val Tretiak of Teulon. Her children Ron (Pat) of Lac Lannone, Doug (Dorothy) of Calgary, Dennis "Pope" of Wainwright, Doyle (Laura) of Fort Saskatchewan, Jacob of Wainwright and a foster son Roy (Kim) Pierce of Wainwright, 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral service was held Aug. 3 at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Wainwright.


Lloyd Craig

Canora Courier, August 16, 2006 Page 7 – Personal items of interest to Invermay and district readers

A memorial service was held for Lloyd Craig on Aug. 7 at Kuroki Community Hall. He died on July 29 at the age of 84. He was known to many as he was the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool grain buyer in Margo for 24 years, from 1959 until his retirement in 1983. He is survived by his wife, Erma, daughter Barbara (Chris) Jensen and son Lyle (Colleen) and their families.


Joseph Radawetz

Canora Courier, August 16, 2006 Page 7 – Personal items of interest to Invermay and district readers

Funeral service was held for Joseph Radawetz, age 88, on Aug. 11 at St. Peter and St. Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Hazel Dell. He died Aug.t 7 in Preeceville. After his discharge from the army in 1946 he returned to his home and the farm at Hazel Dell. In 1969, he married Helen Swiderski and became stepfather to five children. He is survived by wife Helen and stepchildren, Wayne Swiderski, Vivian Masko, Lorraine Slusarchuk and Sylvia Barteski, and their families and many nieces and nephews.


William Samchuk

Canora Courier, August 16, 2006 Page 8

A graveside service for William Samchuk, 73, of Canora, who died Aug. 8 at Canora Hospital, was held Aug. 9 at Canora Cemetery with Thom Carnahan officiating. Leson's Funeral Home was in care of arrangements.   Born on Mar. 16, 1993, to Koprian and Dora Samchuk, he worked at a mine in Uranium City for four years during the 1960s. He worked on the family farm south of Rama until his retirement. He enjoyed travelling, visiting numerous countries in Europe and Asia. His main interests included hunting, trapping and fishing and he won numerous trophies through local Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation competitions. Over the years he amassed a large collection of fish hooks. After retiring from the farm, he lived in Buchanan for a short period, but then returned to the farm. At the beginning of this year, he moved to Canora.  He was predeceased by his parents, Koprian and Dora, and a sister.


Joseph Radawetz

Canora Courier, August 16, 2006 Page 8

Funeral service for Joseph Radawetz, 87, of Preeceville, and formerly of the Invermay district, who died Aug. 6 in Preeceville, was held Aug. 9 at St. Peter and St. Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hazel Dell with Rev. Andrezj Wasylenko officiating. Burial was in the Hazel Dell Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.   Born on Mar. 12, 1918, in Hazel Dell to John and Julia Radawetz, he attended Lone Spruce School. He farmed with his brothers. At the age of 22, he was called to serve during the Second World War. He trained in Regina and Dundurn before shipping out to England. He served in France, Holland and Germany.  Predeceased by his parents, John and Julia, five brothers, Mike, Pete, Metro, Bill and Steve, a sister, Nettie, a son Melvin, and one grandchild, he is survived by his wife, Helen; a son, Wayne; three daughters, Vivian, Lorraine (Ken) and Sylvia (Kevin); two brothers, Walter (Betty) and Alex (Mary); five sisters, Annie, Nellie, Mary, Polly and Olga; 13 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.


Olga Gogol

Canora Courier, August 16, 2006 Page B1

GOGOL: In loving memory of Olga, passed away Aug. 8, 2000.

Her loving face I hope to see again,

Though the days have passed away;

Sleep on dear wife, and take your best,

They miss you most who loved you best.

Always remembered and sadly missed by husband Ludwig and families.


William (Bill) Lapshinoff

Canora Courier, August 16, 2006 Page B1

In remembrance of William (Bill) Lapshinoff (9/25/15 - 8/15/93).

Sadly missed with an emptiness that remains always. Forever grateful for your time with us and for your caring and sharing. Remembered and appreciated for all that you were and all that you stood for. 

We little knew that morning,

God was going to call your name;

In life we loved you dearly,

In death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you,

You did not go alone;

For part of us went with you,

The day God called you home.

You left us beautiful memories,

Your love is still our guide;

And although we cannot see you,

You are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken,

And nothing seems the same;

But as God calls us one by one,

The chain will link again.

- With loving thoughts and memories, Tina and family.


Ernie Werbowesky

Canora Courier, August 16, 2006 Page B1

WERBOWESKY: In loving memory of Ernie, passed away Aug. 22, 2005.

He had a nature you could not help loving,

And a heart that was purer than old;

And to those who knew him and loved him,

His memory will never grow cold.

- Always remembered and sadly missed by Ludwig and families.


Marlene Sharon Werbowesky (nee Gogol)

Canora Courier, August 16, 2006 Page B2

Marlene Sharon Werbowesky (nee Gogol), late of Estevan, SK, joined her family in heaven on Friday, July 21, 2006 at the age of 57 years. Marlene was born on November 29, 1948 in Canora, SK. She will be lovingly remembered by her three sons, Keith (Wendy), Chad (Bobbi-Lynn) and Blair (Shaney); four grandchildren, Zackary, Emma, MacKenna and Shawn. Marlene is also survived by her father Ludwig Gogol; brothers, Larry (Pauline), Glen (Darlene), Marcel (Jackie), Kirby (Sue) and Rick (Debbie); sisters-in-law, Mary (John), Pauline, Evelyn (Victor) and Minnie (Bill) as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Marlene was predeceased by her loving husband of 35 years Ernie, her mother Olga, brothers-in-law, Ernie and Roy and nephew David. Internment was held on Friday, July 28, 2006 at 4 p.m. in the Canora Cemetery.


Mike Bartko

Canora Courier, August 16, 2006 Page B2

Funeral service for Mike Bartko, 83, of Canora, who died July 30 at Regina General Hospital, was held Aug. 3 at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church with Rev. Joakim Rac officiating. Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson's Fu­neral Home in care of arrangements. Born on Nov. 15, 1922, on the family farm in the Mamornitz district to Kost and Dora (Haliuk) Bartko, he attended Mamornitz School. He worked on the family farm until he was called into the army during the Second World War. He completed his training at Shilo, Man. After the war, he worked at various lumber camps in Ontario and spent one year working in fruit orchards in B.C. When he returned to Saskatchewan, he purchased farmland in the RM of Insinger. He retired to Canora in 1993. Predeceased by his parents, Kost and Dora, and five brothers, Bill, Matt, John, Nick and Pete, he is survived by a brother, Alec of Vancouver, and two sisters, Anne Hancheroff of Yorkton and Mary Perzan of Fosston.


Nick Smandych

Canora Courier, August 23, 2006 Page 11

Funeral service for Nick Smandych, 92, of Calder, who died July 29, was held Aug. 3 at the chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home in Yorkton with Rev. Patrick Powalinsky of St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church officiating. Burial was at Yorkton City Cemetery with Bailey's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.   Born Nov. 21, 1913 in the Roblin district to John and Eustania Smandych, he married Dora Horaska on June 1, 1939. The couple farmed in the Calder area.  Predeceased by his wife, one son, William, three brothers, George, Tony and Matt, two sisters, Mary Rurak and Rosie Horaska, and a great-grandson, Carter Sterzer, he is survived by one daughter, Marlene Smandych of Kamsack; one brother, Mike (Nettie) of Yorkton; three sisters, Anne Rurak of Calgary, Helen (Sozon) Malinsky of Canora and Bella (Tommy) Robinson of Binscarth, Man.; four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


Mary Liebrecht (nee Schwartz)

Canora Courier, August 23, 2006 Page 11

Funeral service for Mary Liebrecht, 90, of Yorkton, and formerly of the Rhein district, who, died June 27, was held July 1 at Christ Lutheran Church in Rhein with Pastor Daphne Bender officiating. Burial was at the parish cemetery with Bailey's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.   Born Aug. 3, 1915 in the Rhein district to John Jacob and Katherine (nee Hoeashtien) Schwartz, she attended Rhein School. On Mar. 26, 1933, she married Theodore Liebrecht at Christ Lutheran Church in Rhein. The couple lived in Rhein until 1955, when they moved to Winnipeg where she worked at The Bay for 25 years. After the death of her husband in 1983, she moved to Yorkton. In 1986, she became a resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home.  Predeceased by her parents, her husband, three brothers and seven sisters, she is survived by one son, Leslie (Judy) of Richmond, B.C.; one daughter, Marcella Propp of Yorkton; seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


Annie Odowichuk

Canora Courier, August 23, 2006 Page B1

In loving memory of Annie Odowichuk, who passed away August. 25, 2004.

Memories are like threads of gold,

They never tarnish nor grow old;

Deep in our hearts your memory is kept,

To love, cherish, and to. never forget.

- Lovingly remembered by daughters Cyndie, Florence; son Lawrence, and their families.


George Dranchuk

Canora Courier, August 23, 2006 Page B3

Funeral service for George Dranchuk, 78, of Canora, who died Aug. 15 at St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon, was held Aug. 19 at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church with Rev. Basil Chomos officiating. Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson's Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Born on Apr. 28, 1928, to Mike and Annie (Dulock) Dranchuk in the Hyas district, he attended school in Hyas for 11 years and then received his Grade 12 from the Saskatoon Technical Collegiate. He attended the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon and then returned to the family farm while he apprenticed for the position of a rural municipality administrator. On Sept. 3, 1956, he married Adeline B. Belitsky and they lived in Canora for a short period. His first job as an RM administrator was in Pelly with the RM of St. Phillips, which he began on Nov. 1, 1957. He returned to Canora when he went to work for the RM of Sliding Hills and then for the RM of Keys. He retired on Mar. 1, 1991. He was active in St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Canora. He served on the parish council and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Predeceased by his parents, Mike and Annie, and a sister in infancy, he is survived by his wife Adeline of Canora; two sons, Chris (Claudia) of Vernon, B.C., and Jason (Cindy) of Calgary; two daughters, Barbara (Clarence) Zelinski of Saskatoon and Carol (Ben) Hudye of Madge Lake; two brothers, Peter (Eleanor) of Kelowna and Eugene (Marg) of Vernon; three sisters, Helen Chapman of Evesham, England, Lillian Toporowski of Calgary and Angeline Secundiak of Yorkton; 11 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


Dr. Zenovey Orest Alexander Danylchuk

Canora Courier, August 23, 2006 Page B4

Funeral service for Dr. Zenovey Orest Alexander Danylchuk, 62, of Saskatoon, and formerly of Canora, who died Aug. 16 at Saskatoon City Hospital, was held Aug. 21 at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Canora with Rev. Patrick Powalinsky, Rev. Taras Makowsky and Rev. Peter Wasylenko officiating. Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson's Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Born on May 30, 1944, in Winnipeg to Alexander and Paula Danylchuk, he grew up in Canora where he completed his high school education. He attended the College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He married Helen Torbiak in 1967 and in 1970, they relocated to Canora where he joined his father's medical practice. He practised medicine in Canora for 25 years, but was forced into an early retirement by poor health. For the past five years, he was a resident of a care home in Saskatoon. During his early school days, he earned various scholarships for playing the violin and provincial and national music festivals. He was a church choir member. Outside his medical practice, he enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, curling and family vacations. He was an avid photographer. He was known for his "toys", particularly his luxury cars. Predeceased by his parents, Alexander and Paula, and his wife, Helen, he is survived by four daughters, Larissa (Brent) Van Caeseele of Yorkton, Lesia (Dale) Kushner of Calgary, Paula (Brad) Onysko of Calgary and Patrusia (Robert) Rudy of Saskatoon; a brother, Marc (Michelle); two sisters, Daria Danylchuk and Bohdonna (Peter) Patrie of Winnipeg, and five grandchildren.


Jean Shumay (nee Kosar)

Canora Courier, August 23, 2006 Page B4

SHUMAY: Jean (Kosar) passed away peacefully on Thurs­day, July 19, 2006 at the age of 93. Although there is sadness at her death, family and friends are able to take comfort from contemplating the riches of her life. Jean was born in Buchanan; Sask., Nov. 12, 1912. She married John Shumay in 1934 and took on the responsibilities of a farm wife and raising a family. Jean was a devoted wife and mother who put family first. She lived her life with grace and dignity; an amazing woman full of love and caring. All those who knew her can attest to her inquiring mind and her interest in life which remained constant until the time of her death. Mom left a legacy of love, generosity and selflessness, strength, compassion and family values. Jean was predeceased by her husband John, sons Donald (infant), Stephen and George, son-in-law Steve Spelay and grandson Blaine Spelay and parents Steve and Agnes Kosar and brothers and sisters. Jean is survived by her loving family, daughters, Mildred Spelay of Yorkton, Agnes (Boris) Titus of Regina, Jeanette (Marvin) Williams of Saskatoon, son Bill (Zoria) Shumay of Swift Current, daughter-in-law Shirley Shumay of Yorkton; 12 grandchil­dren, 13 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and several step brothers and sisters. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton on Saturday, July 22, 2006 with Very Rev. Bryan Bayda, C.Ss.R as the celebrant. The responses were led by Ed Pindus, Colette Karapita and parish choir members. The organist, Melita Benko led soloist, Colette Karapita, in the singing of the hymns, "Be Not Afraid" and "Holy Mary, Gentle Woman". The crossbearer was Jackie Elsasser and the epistle reader was Zoria Shumay. Reflections of Jean's life were conveyed by son, Bill. The interment took place at St. Mary's Parish Cemetery, Whitesand, with Trenton Shumay, Lawrence Kosar, Garret Titus, John Shumay, Darrel Spelay and Adam Kosar serving as the casket bearers. Mom touched the hearts of all those who knew her. We love her and will miss her dearly. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.


Sophie Remando (nee Rewakowsky)

Canora Courier, August 23, 2006 Page B4

Sophie Remando beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on July 19, 2006, in Duncan, B.C., after a short hospitalization. Sophie was born March 1, 1923 in the Mohela district, Canora, Sask. She was predeceased by: her parents Jacob and Katherine (Plypchuk) Rewakowsky; sisters Mary Pacholy, Annie Stankewich, Tillie Danyluk and Nellie; brothers William, John, Paul and Joe. Sophie is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, John, sons Richard (Alma), Johnny Remenda (Leona); daughter Candy (Bruce) of Richman, 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; also a sister Pauline (Cliff) Lee along with many nieces and nephews. Sophie and John were married in Fort William, Ont., then moved back to Saskatchewan to farm. They later moved to B.C. They settled in Lake Cowachin, B.C., where they resided until her passing.


Isabelle Fogg (nee White)

Canora Courier, August 23, 2006 Page B9

Funeral service was held for Isabelle (White) Fogg on Saturday, Aug. 19 at Invermay Community Hall with Terry Tomkins officiating. She died on Aug. 16 at the age of 71. Granddaughters Paige Fogg and Presley Fogg attended the memorial book. Nephews Kevin White and Dale White were ushers. Lillian Hrynchyshyn, Margaret Holmes, Kathleen Minhinnick and Elaine Fidek were honourary pall­bearers. Active pallbearers were Travis, Brendan, Craig, Aaron, Chad and Brayden Fogg, all grandsons. Keri Zawada and Kristy Fogg read tribute poems for their grandma. Don Fogg, the eldest son, spoke about his mother, her life and what was important to her - mostly her family. She had a good, full life and was known to everyone through 19 years at the Red and White Store in Invermay. She and George, her husband of 53 years, made many new friends through the grocery business.   Interment was in Invermay Cemetery with lunch served at the hall.   She is survived by husband, George; sons, Don (Jan) of Langenburg, Ron (Sharon) of Yorkton, Jeff (Yvonne) of Invermay, Reg (Marianne) of Invermay and Gerard (Stacey) of Wadena; grandchildren, Keri (Darren) Zawada, Travis; Chad, Brayden; Jamie, Kristy, Janelle; Brendan, Craig, Aaron, Paige, Ethan, Kyra; Presley, Brett; great-grandchild Maysen Zawada; sister Rachel Hake of Balcarres; brothers, Rob (Millie) White of Saskatoon and Sid (Blanche) White of Wadena; sister-in-law Jacquie Fogg of Invermay and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.


Jean Shumay (nee Kosar)

Canora Courier, August 30, 2006 Page 5

Funeral service for Jean Shumay, 93, of Yorkton, and formerly of the Buchanan district, who died July 19, was held July 22 at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton. Bailey's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.   Born in the Buchanan district on Nov. 12, 1912, to Steve and Agnes Kosar, she married John Shumay in 1934 and they farmed in the area.  Predeceased by her parents, her husband, John, three sons, Donald in infancy, Stephen and George, a grandson, Blaine, she is survived by a son, Bill (Zoria); three daughters Mildred Spelay, Agnes (Boris) Titus and Jeanette (Marvin) Williams; several step brothers and sisters; and numerous grandchildren and great­grandchildren.


Pauline Morozoff (nee Dunn)

Canora Courier, August 30, 2006 Page 5

A graveside service was held for Pauline Morozoff, 72, of the Canora district, who died Aug. 22 at her residence, was held Aug. 23 at Canora Cemetery with family members officiating. Leson's Funeral Home was in care of arrangements.   Born on June 29 in New Brunswick to Percy and Irene (Braun) Dunn, she attended Woodstock School in New Brunswick. She worked at a local hospital in the maintenance department. She married Nick Morozoff on Dec. 23, 1963, and they moved to the Canora area, settling northeast of town.  Predeceased by her parents, Percy and Irene, five brothers, Charles, Dean, Irvir, Aldin and Gerald Dunn, and a sister, Dorothy Lindsay, she is survived by her husband, Nick, and two sons, Tony of Wadena and Fred of Canora.


Bella Patrygura (nee Melnychuk)

Canora Courier, August 30, 2006 Page 5

Funeral service for Bella Patrygura, 97, of Preeceville, and formerly of the Buchanan district, who died Aug. 22 at Preeceville Hospital, was held Aug. 26 at Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Church with Rev. Joakim Rac officiating. Burial was in the Preeceville Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Born on Apr. 9, 1909, in the Olesha district to Zachary and Domka Melnychuk, she attended Hryhoriw School. She farmed in the Buchanan Benito districts, before retiring to Preeceville in 1975. Predeceased by her parents, three brothers, Klym, Andrew and Bill, and three sisters, Nettie, Annie and Margaret, she is survived by two daughters, Stella (Bill) Scherbatiuk of Winnipeg and Olga (Ron) Raymond of Winnipeg; and three grandchildren.


Andy Smorodin

Canora Courier, August 30, 2006 Page 10

SMORODIN: In loving memory of our dear husband, father and grandfather, Andy, who passed away a year ago Aug. 30, 2005.

It's hard to walk the road alone,

Instead of side by side;

But to all there comes a moment,

When the ways of life divide.

You gave me years of happiness,

Then came sorrow and tears;

But you left me beautiful memories,

I will treasure through the years.

- Always remembered by your wife Arlene, Curtis, Brad, Kent, Sharon and families.


Michael Serron

Canora Courier, December 6, 2006 Page 6 - Personal items of interest to Rama & district readers

Michael Serron returned home recently after spending a week at the west coast where he attended the funeral for his brother, Laddie, who passed away suddenly. All members of the family attended, except Annie, who is a resident at the Kamsack Nursing Home. Jolly (Laddie's wife) and her sisters and brothers (Leta, Jody and Jim from Ohio and Caromon from New York City) also attended.  Friends and relatives from White Rock, Vancouver and Vancouver Island were Dave Leoppky, John Bishop, Frank Matschulat, Edgar Titus and daughters, Faye, Tony, Joy and Family, Valerie Leoppky and girls, Maria and Angela and Joe Ann Pasloski, Valerie and Donavon Matthews.  After the funeral Michael had quite an experience as the 73 West Jet was scheduled to land at the Abbotsford airport had to be diverted to the Vancouver airport because it was virtually impossible to land. The storm, accompanied with the strong winds, made it very unsafe. The turbulence was so great that the landing was very rough. The passengers were bussed to the Abbotsford airport. It was quite an ordeal, as the traffic lights were all out. Some 200,000 residents were without power for several days.


Travis Sleeva

Canora Courier, December 6, 2006 Page 6

In loving memory of Travis Sleeva  January 20, 1988 - December 6, 2004

The blow was great, the shock severe,

We little thought the end was so near.

And only those who have lost this way can tell,

The pain of parting without farewell.

More each day we miss you Travis,

Some may think the wound is healed.

But little do they know the sorrow,

That lies within our hearts concealed.

- We miss you and love you always, Mom, Dad, Alecea & Mathew


Sonia Caroline Prychak, Avery Prochyshen

Canora Courier, December 6, 2006 Page 13

PRYCHAK: In loving memory of our dear sister, Sonia Caroline, who passed away November 19, 2005 and Avery Prochyshen, November 25, 2005.

You had a smile for everyone,

You had a heart of gold;

You left the sweetest memories,

The world would ever hold.

The special years will not return,

when we were all together;

With the love within our hearts,

You will be with us forever.

- Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by Violet and Alfred, Sylvia and Lance, Myron and Stephanie and their families.


Isabel Kalnicki

Canora Courier, December 6, 2006 Page 13

In loving memory of Isabel Kalnicki March 8/38 - December 2/ 05.

A million times we've needed you,

A million times we've cried;

If we could have saved you,

You never would have died.

In life we loved you dearly,

In death we love you still:

In our hearts you hold a place,

No one else will ever fill.

It broke our hearts to lose you,

But you didn't go alone;

Part of us went with you,

The day God took you home.

- Sadly missed by your family.


Mabel Burkatsky (nee Shabits)

Canora Courier, December 6, 2006 Page 14

Mabel Burkatsky of the Canora Gateway Lodge passed away peacefully on November 29th, 2006 at the age of 99 years. Mabel was born on September 21st, 1907 on the family farm in the Tiny District to Timko and Maria (nee Kosiewich) Shabits. Mabel was a great farm lady and as a young girl, she never attended school because she stayed home to help her mother operate the farm and raise the family after the passing of her father at an early age. Mabel continued to help on the farm until her mother remarried Mike Shwets. Mabel then married Mike Burkatsky on February 14th, 1927 in Canora. Together they purchased their own farm beside her family farm. They had a son Bill and continued to farm until Mike passed away in 1951. Mabel and her son Bill relocated to Canora in the early 1970's. They would continually go back and forth from town to the farm until they sold the farm. Mabel raised all kinds of farm animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, ducks, chickens, and pigs. She also grew unbelievable gardens. Mabel was also known for her dinners which were second to none and she was a fabulous hostess. While living in Canora Mabel tended to her son Bill and lived a quiet life. After the passing of her son Bill, Mabel was very generous and she donated to the establishment of the Palliative Care Room at the Canora Hospital in memory of Bill. In 2004, Mabel became a resident of the Canora Gateway Lodge where she resided until her passing. She will be dearly missed by all. Mabel is survived by her two sisters: Nellie Rudnitski and Rose Shabits both of Winnipeg, MB as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Mike; her son Bill; her father Timko; her step­father Mike Shwets; her mother Maria and her four brothers: Paul, Bill, Steve and Peter Shabits. The Prayer Service was held from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora on Friday, December 1st, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy was celebrated from Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Canora on Saturday, December 2nd, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Joakim Rac, celebrant. The interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make Mass Offerings in memory Mabel as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Carol Wolkowski (nee Seyer)

Canora Courier, December 6, 2006 Page 15

Funeral services for the late Carol Wolkowski, 61 of Canora, was held on Nov. 29 in St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church at Canora with Rev. Dr. Vitalis Azike and Nestor Trach officiating. Burial was in the Canora Cemetery.  Honorary Pallbearers were Darlene Senkow, Vivian Chicilo, Judy Filipchuk, Julie Kraynick, Bernice Wilgosh, Dianne Stinka, Merle Manion, Myra Kolinsky, Judy Probe and Jeannette Tremblay. Active Pallbearers were Lindsay Wolkowski, Dave Henlisia, Les Trach, Blair Ratushniak, Randy Seier and Conrad Grodzinski. The Crossbearer was Jordan Trach.  On Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006, Carol Ann Wolkowski (nee Seyer) passed away peacefully at the Palliative Care Unit at the Canora Union Hospital surrounded by her husband, Bernard and sons, Colby and Trent, following a long, courageous battle with cancer.  Carol was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Mary (nee Kolinsky) Seyer, a sister, Mary Agnes at birth, and in­laws, Paul and Annie (Fullawka) Wolkowski.  Carol is survived by her husband, Bernard; sons, Colby (Carmen) and Trent (Tricia Sheptak and her daughters, Chantel, Kayla and Courtney); two special grandsons, Grady and Porter; her Aunt Agnes Beck, Uncle Nick Kolinsky and Aunt Madeline Kolinsky and many cousins and nieces and nephews in the Seyer and Wolkowski families.  Carol was born on May 18, 1945 at Melville where she received her elementary and high school education. She attended Business College in Regina and was employed at the Melville Hospital in the X-ray Dept. In 1970 Carol accepted a position in medical records at the Canora Union Hospital and later worked as a receptionist at the front desk.  On June 30, 1973, Carol married Bernard Wolkowski at St. Henry's Roman Catholic Church in Melville.  A faithful member of St. Joseph Parish, Carol was a 25­year member of the CWL, serving as President and various other board positions, a charter member of the Wheatland Lioness Club serving as President and various other positions and she also served as Welcome Wagon Hostess for several years.  Her love of family was her greatest asset. Her devotion to Bernard and the farm were a great change for the city girl. Her interest in her son's activities, from their school days, to curling and hockey and their interest in farming and cattle was part of her love she showed to them and later to their mates. Carol was a frequent visitor to Agribition and other cattle shows that they entered.  Busy with her crafts and compiling family history, she was a great organizer. Her photo albums were done in order. Carol had an interest in history and especially family histories -- and she organized the first Wolkowski Family Reunion.  Her love of gardening and flowers was evident with her daisies and sunflowers, which brightened their yard and their home.  Angels were an important part of Carol's life. She had quite a collection -- as well as creating angels through her craft talents which she often gave away.  Carol's most precious moments in the last three years were when she spent time playing with her grandsons. It was special to Carol to be able to baby sit with Grady and Porter to play farm, auction sales or cowboys. A special treat was Grandma Carol allowing play dough on the living room coffee tables. Carol also enjoyed Tricia's girls and the time she spent with them.  Carol was truly a people's person and this was evident in the many friends that visited her throughout her illness.  She will be truly missed by those who knew and loved her. On Saturday, a new star took its place in the heavens -- a bright shiny star that Grady has been able to identify as he looks for Grandma Carol.......May she rest in peace.  Arrangements are entrusted to Dereck Wolkowski of E. Andrychuk Funeral Home, Kamsack, Saskatchewan, www.andrychukfuneralhome.com


Judy Rioch

Canora Courier, September 06, 2006 Page 09 - Invermay News

Judy Rioch, mother of Richard Rioch, formerly of Invermay, died on June 23 at the age of 58. She was living in Saskatoon.


Fred Mikkonen

Canora Courier, September 06, 2006 Page 09 – Invermay News

Fred Mikkonen, lifetime resident of Invermay, died on July 22 at the age of 75. Funeral service was held on July 27 in Invermay Community Hall, with interment in Invermay Cemetery. He farmed in the area all his life except for a time when he took a diesel mechanics course in Edmonton. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Gladys and their five children; Kim (Laurel), Rick (Cathy), Sharon, Danny (Dianne) and Lois (Henry) and the grandchildren.


Mary Anaka

Canora Courier, September 06, 2006 Page B5

In loving memory of Mary Anaka who passed away on August 25, 2003

There is a special kind of feeling,

That is meant for you alone,

A place within our hearts,

that only you can own.

There will always be a sadness,

And often a silent tear;

But always precious memories,

Of days when you were here.

- Always remembered and sadly missed by your family.


Bill Monich

Canora Courier, September 06, 2006

Funeral service for Bill Monich, 96, of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, and formerly of Canora, who died Aug. 31 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, was held Sept. 4 at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Canora with Rev. Peter Wasylenko officiating. Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.   Born on Aug. 28, 1910, in the Whitesand District to Alex and Ann (Kunetsky) Monich, he spent his first few years in the area south of Good Spirit Lake, and then his family moved to the Poplar Springs School District, west of Burgis. After a few years, the family moved to the Pretty Valley District, northeast of Mikado. He attended Poplar Springs School and Pretty Valley School.  He married Stella Trach on Apr. 28, 1939, in Canora. They purchased their own land north of Mikado. After his wife died, he continued to farm with his son, David. He moved to Canora in 1975.   During the past eight years, he was a resident of nursing homes in Canora and Yorkton. He was involved in many organizations, such as: the local Saskatchewan Wheat Pool Committee, the farmers' union and the local school board for Pretty Valley School. He was involved in the building of the school, a teacher's cottage and a barn for the school district. He helped organize the local rural telephone system.  Predeceased by his parents, Alex and Anna, his wife, Stella, two brothers, John and George, three sisters, Marie Lyons, Jean Lightfoot and Sadie Hladun, and a granddaughter, Jennifer Monich, he is survived by two sons, David (Sharon) of Canora and Norman (Bernice) of Saskatoon; a daughter, Victoria Skibinsky of Saskatoon; three sisters, Ella Ross, Katherine Hamilton and Victoria O'Sullivan; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


Josephine Baron (nee Dutchak)

Canora Courier, September 13, 2006 Page 12

Funeral service for Josephine Baron, 94, of Canora, who died August 31 at Yorkton Regional Health Centre, was held September 4 at St. Andrew's United Church in Canora with Rev. Marg Janick-Grayston officiating. Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.   Born on January 3, 1912, in the Amsterdam district to Peter and Rose (Blaz) Dutchak, she attended Gogol School. On October 22, 1932, she married Steve Baron in Canora. They farmed in the Amsterdam area until 1955 and then moved to Canora. She was active in the United Church and UCWL. She enjoyed travelling, especially to Disney Land.  Predeceased by her parents, Peter and Rose, her husband, Steve, four brothers, Mike, Sam, Frank and Bill Dutchak, a sister, Mary Kowtzen, she is survived by a daughter, Virginia Loster of Canora, and two sisters, Olga Rock of Canora and Leona Phillips of Brandon, and one grandchild.


Jan (John) Gulewicz

Canora Courier, September 13, 2006 Page 12

Funeral service for Jan (John) Gulewicz, 82, of Preeceville, and formerly of Hazel Dell, who died Aug. 20 at Preeceville Hospital, was held Aug. 24 at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Sturgis with Rev. Antoni Degutis officiating. Burial was in St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Cemetery in Rama with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.   Born on Apr. 27, 1924, in Molodeczno, Poland, he received his high school education in Molodeczno and an automotive mechanic certificate by correspondence. He served with the Polish Army and then worked as a caretaker for the London Academy of Music. He married Marcelina Nurkowski in St. Nets, England, on Oct. 23, 1947. He farmed in the Rama area from 1950 to 1960. He worked as a mechanic for Reliance Garage in Preeceville and was then the owner/operator of Corner Service in Hazel Dell from 1961 to 1978. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion.   Predeceased by his parents, Alexander and Julia, two sisters, Tina and Theresa, a granddaughter, Christina, and a grandson, Lindsey, he is survived by his wife, Marcelina; two sons, Richard of Maple Creek and Edward of Leduc, Alta.; two daughters, Irene Gluckie of Edmonton and Veronica (Joe) Novakowski of Grande Prairie, Alta.; and two grandchildren.


Christine (Molly) Munz (nee McDougall)

Canora Courier, September 13, 2006 Page 12

Funeral service for Christine (Molly) Munz, 80, of Canora, who died August 29 at Canora Hospital, was held September 2 at Leson's Funeral Home with Marion Naduriak officiating. Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.   Born on March 31, 1926, in the Norquay district to Archie and Gertie (Griffiths) McDougall, she married Fred Munz on May 9, 1946, at the Kamsack United Church. She worked in a library and was a waitress at the Lunn Hotel.   Predeceased by her parents, Archie and Gertie, her husband, Fred, and a sister, Jean Koch, she is survived by a son, Randy (Merylin) Munz of Leduc, Alta.; two daughters, Lenora (Peter) Browne of Vancouver and Carol (Peter) Michielin of Victoria; two sisters, Alice (Russel) Hubic of Norquay and Isabelle Koch of Yorkton; five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.


Barbara Robinson

Canora Courier, September 13, 2006 Page 15

In memory of a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Barbara Robinson

In loving memory of Barbara Lew Robinson who passed away the 6th of September 2003.

You have left me with such wonderful memories, memories that have helped me to withstand the shock of your passing.

May the good Lord in his infinite mercy grant you ever lasting rest till we meet again.

- Lovingly remembered by Dr. M.F. Robinson and family.


Doris Wolkowski (nee Spikaluk)

Canora Courier, September 13, 2006 Page 15

Funeral services for Doris Wolkowski, 82, of Canora, who died Sept. 2 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, was held Sept. 7 at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Canora with Rev. Antoni Degutis officiating. Burial was at the Canora Cemetery with E. Andrychuk Funeral Home of Kamsack in care of arrangements. Born May 18, 1924 in the Fork River district of Manitoba to Peter and Anne (nee Cornick) Spikaluk, she was educated at Fork River School. After school, she worked in a kitchen in Neepawa, then in a restaurant in Flin Flon, Man. On Apr. 22, 1944, she married Steve Wolkowski. The couple moved to the Tiny district. She worked at the Co-op restaurant in Canora. She was a coordinator for the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer canvasser with the Cancer society, was a member of 4-H clubs, IODE, St. Joseph's church, the Keen Age Centre and was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and for palliative care. She served as a director of the Keen Age Centre, was a member of the Canora recreation board and was a member of the horticultural societies in Sheho, Canora and Hyas. She was the coordinator for the world's largest quilt that was to make it into the Guinness book of world records. Predeceased by her parents, her husband, two sisters, Mary Broschuk and Kay Derhak, and three brothers, Paul, Joe and Bill Spikaluk, she is survived by one son, Stan (Donna) of Yorkton; two daughters, Delores (Orval) Beaudin of St. Eustache, Man., and Paulette Wolkowski of Peirceland; five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


William James Rourke

Canora Courier, September 13, 2006 Pagae 15

Funeral service for William James Rourke, 83, of Canora, who died August 29 at Canora Hospital, was held Sept. 9 at St. George's Anglican Church with Laura Dahl officiating. Burial will take place in The Pas at a later date.   Born on September 13, 1922, in Pelly to James and Alice (Grindel) Rourke, he attended school in Pelly. He married Rosalie Smith in Pelly on August 31, 1947.  Predeceased by his parents James and Alice, and his wife, Rosalie, he is survived by a daughter, Doreen (Bill) Fry of Canora; two brothers. Robert of Toronto and Doug (Emma) of Lethbridge; four sisters, Kathy (Ed) Fissel of Pelly, Beverly (Bert) Powalski of Winnipeg, Eileen Achtemichuk of Kamsack and Joan (Ken Crosswell) Hudema of Red Deer; two grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.


Metro Dutchak

Canora Courier, September 13, 2006 Page 16

Funeral service for Metro Dutchak, 93, of Canora, who died September 3 at Canora Hospital, was held September 7 at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canora with Rev. Joakim Rac officiating. Burial was in the Canora Cemetery with Leson's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.   Born on July 7, 1913, on the family farm in the Tadmore district to Harry and Paraska (Olynyk) Dutchak, he attended Norquay, Crooked Hill, Gogal and Crystal Lakes schools. He continued his education through correspondence. On Nov. 4, 1940, he married Nellie (name removed at family request) at the Antonivka Ukrainian Catholic Church. They lived on the family farm for a short period and then moved to Tadmore. He served in the Canadian Army for four years during the Second World War. When he was discharged, he moved his family to Canora where he began a long-time employment with the Saskatchewan Co-operative Creamers (which later became the Dairy Producers' Co-op). After taking courses in dairy science at the University of Saskatchewan, he became a butter-maker. He worked in Canora for 31 years. He worked in Preeceville until he retired in 1979. He served 15 years as secretary of the Teamster's Union. He was secretary of SS. Peter and Paul parish, a director for two years, and an elder for 21 years. He was secretary of the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood for 10 years. In July of 2004, his work was rewarded when he was inducted into the Knights of St. Volodymyr in Winnipeg.  Predeceased by his parents, Harry and Paraska, a brother, John, and two sisters, Annie in infancy and Tennie Shasko, he is survived by (Information removed at request).


Tanis Bileteski

Canora Courier September 20, 2006 Page 16

BILETESKI, Tanis: Sept. 12, 2000.

There's a special Angel in Heaven,

That is part of me;

It is not where I wanted her,

But where God wanted her to be.

She was here but just a moment,

Like a nighttime shooting star;

And though she is in heaven,

She isn't very far.

She touched the hearts of many,

Like an angel can do;

We held her every minute,

For the end we all knew.

So I send this special message,

To the heave up above;

Please take care of my Angel,

And send her all my love.
- Sadly missed by Mom, Dad, Cody, Jessie and Lexie.


Mike Yarycky

Canora Courier September 20, 2006 Page 16

YARYCKY, Mike: Sept. 22, 1995.

Without farewell you fell asleep,

With only memories for us to keep;

Death only comes to let us know,

We love more deeply than we show.

For love in death should let us see,

What love and life should always be.

- Remembered by wife Mary, Wayne and Joan and family; Dave and Barb and family.


Tim Serhan

Canora Courier September 27, 2006 Page 13

Rama News.  Tim Serhan, son of Bob and Zita Serhan, passed away. Mass was held at church of Our Lady, Moose Jaw. Some families that attended were: Leonard and Vivian Pasloski and Trina, Danny and Susan Serhan; Patricia Paslowski and Adam, Donna Pasloski; Suzanne and Peter Pasloski; June Pasloski; Sr. Marcellene Pasloski; Marillene and Joanne and Patrick from B.C.; Steve Pasloski and Edwin Pasloski. A private family memorial will take place in Preeceville on a later date.


Keller

Canora Courier September 27, 2006 Page 14

KELLER:  In loving memory of our mother who passed away on September 22, 2005.

A year has passed,

How well do we remember;

That sad and weary day,

Suffering much, you murmured not.

We watched you day by day,

We prayed that your dear life,

Would not be taken away.

In our memory you are near,

Loved, remembered, longed for always,

Bringing many a silent tear.

- Loved and missed, Karen, Judy, Linda, Brent and their families.


Mike Malanowich

Canora Courier September 27, 2006 Page 14

MALANOWICH, MIKE

We have these precious memories,

But life is not the same;

We'd rather have you with us,

Than a picture in a frame.

We miss your voice, we miss your smile,

That wonderful wit, that was your style;

That loveable grin, upon your face,

These things time cannot erase.

So many things we wanted to share,

But you're not here-just your empty chair.

- Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by wife Sophie and family.


Emily Danyluk

Canora Courier September 27, 2006 Page 14

DANYLUK: In loving memory of our mother and baba, Emily, who passed away 10 years ago on September 28,1996.

Time may help us to ease the bitter pain,

Of the loss of one held dear;

But only a few know how we miss her,

And the loneliness of the years.

We try to be brave and remember,

She now is free from all pain;

And at the road's end, God willing,

We, too, shall meet again.

- Sadly missed and always remembered by Debbie, Leonard, Nolan, Ryan, Brett, Richard, Chris and Jacob.


William "Bill" Hrycyk

Canora Courier September 27, 2006 Page 15

William "Bill" Hrycyk of Canora passed away peacefully at the Canora Hospital on September 19th, 2006 at the age of 87 years. Bill was born on April 9th, 1919 in the Donwell district to Michael and Ann (nee Klimchuk) Hrycyk. He was the eldest of six children. Bill was a farmer at heart and farmed with his father and brother and later on his own in the Veregin district. He retired from farming in the 1970's and spent time doing odd jobs for neighbours and friends. In his early years, he worked at bush camps in The Pas, MB and the Reserve during the winter months. Bill enjoyed having company and was a good host. He especially was fond of children and always had some treats for them. Although Bill never had children of his own, he coached minor baseball for many years. Whether the boys won or lost, it wasn't important and he enjoyed treating them after the game. Bill played baseball with the Donwell and Canora Supers. When his health failed he watched countless games on television. He enjoyed all sports and spent time watching the games with his sister with whom he lived. He also enjoyed a good game of cards and playing pool. Bill was a member of the Co-operative organizations for many years. Bill had a good and keen sense of humour and could always lighten any situation. He loved animals and had his pet cats as companions.   On December 10th, 1986, Bill suffered a stroke, from which he recovered, but at the same time he was diagnosed with cancer. He had twenty relatively good years which he spent with his sister. In November of 2005, Bill's health declined and on March 15th of 2006, Bill entered the hospital where he resided until his passing and entered into eternal rest.   Bill is lovingly remembered by his sisters: Adeline of Toronto, ON, Cecilia of Canora, Mary of Kamsack and Victoria of Toronto. He was predeceased by his parents: Michael and Ann (nee Klimchuk) Hrycyk and his brother Steve. The Funeral Service was held on Friday, September 22nd, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home with Marion Naduriak of the United Church of Canada officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society as tokens of remembrance.  Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora, SK. (563-5671).


Gus (Gussie) Wolos

Canora Courier, October 04, 2006 Page 12

WOLOS:  In loving memory of Gus (Gussie) Oct. 2, 2004.

There will always be a sadness,

And also many a tear;

But your memory has not faded,

With the passing of another year.

In our hearts we still love and miss you,

And wish that you were here.

- Always loved and never forgotten. Mom Eleanor: sisters, Irene (Lorne), Leona (James). Lorri (Deryk): brother Kevin (Leslie), and your nieces, Lisa, Amber, Jayna, and Mya and nephews, Jamie. Austin and Nate.


Julia Yachyshyn

Canora Courier, October 04, 2006 Page 12

YACHYSHYN, Julia: September 29, 2005.

It's been a year since you've been gone,

We all miss you.

It has been a quiet year,

Your memory is with us all.

Your children Allen, Monica and Mary Ann,

Your grandchildren Mitchell, Ryan and Ryley,

Miss your stories about times long ago.

Allen has kept your garden going,

In memory for you.

You'd be proud of him for keeping the family together,

We miss playing cards with you from holo to rummy.

Chita is with Monica and loving her life,

Mickey was given to a special person who loves her.

You left us so suddenly, it was very hard to take,

We never had time to say goodbye.

May you rest in peace, love you forever.

You would be a great­grandma in February of 2007.

- Love Allen, Monica, Mary Ann, Mitchell, Ryan, Kayla, Ryley and Debbie.


Alvin Oneschuk

Canora Courier, October 04, 2006 Page 12

ONESCHUK:  In loving memory of our dear husband and father, Alvin.

We who loved you sadly miss you,

As it dawns another year; In our lonely hours of thinking,

Thoughts of you are always near.

- Always remembered and sadly missed by wife Barbara and daughter Chrissy.


Katie Kotyk, Willie Kotyk

Canora Courier, October 04, 2006 Page 12

In loving memory of John Kotyk, June 23, 1968; Katie Kotyk, April 8, 2003; Willie Kotyk, September 29, 2005.

Memories are like threads of gold,

They never tarnish nor grow old;

Deep in our hearts your memory is kept,

To love, cherish and never to forget.

- Lovingly remembered by sisters Steffie, Elsie, Violet and Zonnie, sister-in-law Elsie and their families.


Mary Danylchuk (nee Gorcha)

Canora Courier, October 04, 2006 Page 13

Funeral service for Mary Danylchuk, 98, of Canora, who died August 21 at the Gateway Lodge, was held August 26 at the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Uspenska) with Rev. Peter Wasylenko officiating. Burial was in the Uspenska parish cemetery with Leson's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.   Born on April 26,1908, on the family farm west of Canora to John and Domnika (Bodnarchuk) Gorcha, she attended Dneister School. In 1928, she married Alexander Danylchuk in Canora and they farmed southwest of Canora. After her husband died in an accident in 1947, she continued to farm with her son, Adam. In 1958, she moved to Canora. She devoted much of her time to the Canora Keen-Age Centre, the Gateway Lodge auxiliary and Uspenska Church. She was an avid gardener until she was 97 years of age and lived independently until her final year, when she became a resident of the Gateway Lodge.  Predeceased by her parents, John and Domnika, her husband, Alexander, a son, Adam, a daughter, Nadia Romeika, six brothers, George, Fred, Alex, Steve, Constantine and Metro, and a sister, Rosie Belous, she is survived by a daughter. Sylvia ( Lester) Sutherland of Surrey, B.C.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.


Tim Serhan

Canora Courier, October 04, 2006 Page 13

It is with great sadness that the family of Tim Serhan announces his passing in Moose Jaw on September 12, 2006, at the age of 41 years.   Born in Canora, Tim was raised in Rama, Saskatchewan, and received his elementary schooling there. He later moved with his family to the farm at Preeceville, where he completed high school.  After a brief period of work after high school, Tim enrolled in an Auto Body Technician course and completed his training at SIAST in Moose Jaw. He worked for several auto body shops in Moose Jaw before entering business on his own, restoring vintage automobiles.   Tim loved his work. It was his biggest accomplishment in life, and he took pride in what he did. Tim also had a great love for music. During the time he was ill, he made a music web site to raise money for the ALS Society.  Tim had many friends, more than most can every hope to find. He was special to so many people he came to meet over the years. He is dearly missed by all.  Tim was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in February, 2003. He was full of determination, courage and strength. ALS slowly destroyed his physical strength, but did not destroy his spirit. Tim demonstrated much about living and dying to many of us.   Predeceased by his maternal grandfather. Joe Pasloski; his paternal grandparents, Peter and Julia Serhan and infant siblings, Gerard and Jonathan. Tim is survived by his parents. Robert and Zita, one brother, Shawn, two sisters. Tara and Angel (Raye Seitz); special niece, Teagan, as well as many cousins and close friends.  A celebration of Tim's life was held Friday, September 15, 2006, at the Church of Our Lady in Moose Jaw. Interment will take place in Preeceville at a later date. For those so wishing. donations can be made for Mass offerings, or to the ALS Society, Box 31028, Normanview Mall, Regina, S4R 8R6.  In loving memory of Tim, a tree will be planted in Wakamow Valley.


Vincent Mark Bjorndahl

Canora Courier, October 04, 2006 Page 13

VINCENT MARK BJORNDAHL:  Feb. 14,1963 - Sept. 25, 2006

For two intense years, Vince continued his pattern of living life to the fullest, despite the debilitating effects of bone cancer. On September 25th at the age of 43. Vince passed away peacefully into the arms of his Lord, at home, and in the presence of his wife and children. Vince was born in Saskatoon, Sask. on Feb. 14th, 1963, and moved to Calgary via Vancouver with his parents in 1965. Vince graduated from Ernest Manning High School and continued his secondary education at the University of Calgary earning his B.Comm, (gold medalist) then furthering his education at the University of British Columbia where he received his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B ) degree (gold medalist) in 1988. He was called to the B.C. Bar in 1989, where he practiced tax and litigation law in Vancouver, before moving back to Calgary in 1992. Vince was then called to the Alberta Bar after joining the boutique Tax Law firm of Felesky Flynn. In 2002, Vince was voted by his peers as one of the "Top 40 under 40" lawyers in Canada through the Lexpert business magazine for lawyers.   Vince was predeceased by a younger brother Billy Roy in 1982. Vince leaves ahead of his wife Shauna of 20 years, and his three children: William (15). Timothy (13), and Maryn (10). Also left to grieve his loss are his parents Gary and Gloria, his grandmother Anne Kachman of Hyas. Saskatchewan, his in-laws Sylvia and Peter Wylie, and a large extended family of many uncles, aunts, cousins. nieces and nephews. A multitude of friends, colleagues. business associates. and brothers and sisters in Christ are saddened by Vince's passing. Vince was characterized by his loyalty, honesty and integrity.  He was a devoted husband, father, and business partner. Although Vince was well respected by his colleagues, business associates, and clients for his incredible intelligence and his creative mastery of tax law. It was Vince's love of people that stood out most of all. He cared more about the people than the deal, and this endeared him to so many. Vince loved to travel and had many adventures, visiting exotic and faraway places with both his family and his friends. He enjoyed most sports and loved to golf, curl, and throw his kids around in the pool. With the narrowest excuse. Vince enjoyed filling his home with people, food, stories, music and laughter. Vince's strong faith, his loving and generous spirit, his courage and positive attitude inspired those around him, these gifts became clearer with his long his journey through the cancer that claimed his life.   Vince's family is grateful for the tremendous outpouring of loving support from so many people throughout these past 2 years. Vince wanted to express special thanks to his surgeons Dr's Betty MacRae and Phillip Park, stating that "it was such a blessing that they became our friends." We trust and take such comfort in knowing that Vince is free now from the pain and trials of this world, and hopefully is enjoying a heavenly clean round of golf.  Funeral services for Vince were held on Monday, October 2. 2006. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.commemorativeservice.ca. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Mustard Seed Street Ministry (102 -11 Avenue SE. Calgary AB. TAG OX5, Telephone: (403) 269-13191 would he gratefully accepted. Arrangements in care of COMMEMORATIVE SERVICES FUNERAL DIRECTORS. Calgary family owned and operated www.commemorativeservices.ca


Tim Serhan

Canora Courier, October 04, 2006 Page 16 – Personal items of interest to Rama & district readers

Lenard, Vivian and Traina Pasloski attended the Funeral for Tim Serhan in Moose Jaw.


Keith Riddle

Canora Courier, October 11, 2006 Page 07 – Invermay

Keith Riddle of Swan River, 79, died suddenly on August 7. He was known locally as one of those bird hunters who came every fall.


Dave Marchinko

Canora Courier, October 11, 2006 Page 13

DAVE MARCHINKO – Oct. 16, 1999

Brother, uncle and great-uncle

If tears could build a stairway,

And memories a lane;

I’d walk right up to heaven,

And bring you home again.

- Sadly missed, always loved and remembered, Darlene, Chris and family.


Glenn Haskewich

Canora Courier, October 11, 2006 Page 14

Glenn Haskewich, beloved husband of Floreen of Canora, passed away peacefully at the Canora Hospital on September 28th, 2006 at the age of 63 years. Glenn was born on October 29th, 1942 the youngest child of Loui and Lena (nee Swiderski) Haskewich in Canora. As a young man, Glenn attended public school in Norway and high school in Sturgis and Preeceville.   Following his schooling, Glenn continued to help on the family farm while his father and brothers went to work at lumber camps. In 1963, his father Loui decided to sell the farm and try a new venture in the billiard business. He purchased the Canora Lunch and Billiards. Glenn would help and was very happy to do so. In 1970, Glenn's father Loui passed away and he continued to operate the business. In time the name changed to `Glenn's Billiards' and was known to be "the sportiest spot in town". Glenn took enormous pride in his pool tables. He ran large scale tournaments in the spring. Also with two of his great Fred's, Glenn was able to play music on special occasions and holidays. Glenn was united in marriage to Floreen Kurlick on October 9th, 1971. His other love was music. He learned to play by ear. His father sold some grain to buy Glenn his first guitar and wondered if it would be worth it. Shortly after, Glenn was on the road travelling with his musical friends, Benny Stachiw and Russell Baron, then with the Dutchaks, the Ripa boys and the Bartko `Senators'. He was very happy to play for weddings, dances, parties and later at the Keen Age Centre in Canora. Finally one day he became one of the Country Lads and recorded an album known as `Saskatchewan's Finest Music' which we hear most every Saturday on GX-94, the `Saturday Night Get Together'. Glenn also was part of a few other musical endeavours with well known, Boris Novasad, from Dauphin, MB. But mainly, Glenn kept very busy either recovering or buying and selling pool tables. Glenn took pride in his work and later in life enjoyed his work as janitor at the Canora Composite School. Glenn was very sportsminded and loved to pitch softball playing on various teams from Sturgis, Buchanan and Stenen. He played broomball in Canora and was their goalie. He also curled but was truly hockey crazy. He loved to watch the local hockey teams and even purchased a fancy TV to watch at home. Glenn's favourite pastime was to drive up town to have coffee with `the boy's' where they would talk and have fun. He had a love of cars, his home and especially his family.   Glenn is lovingly remembered by his wife Floreen (nee Kurlick); his two sisters: Isabelle Frank of Wetaskawin, AB and Charlotte Tetlock of Preeceville, SK as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents: Louie and Lena (nee Swiderski) Haskewich and his two brothers: Ed and Lionel Haskewich.   The Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday, October 2nd, 2006 from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Canora with Rev. Fr. Antoni Degutis celebrant. Interment followed in the Holy Ascension Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery, Burgis, with Rev. Fr. Peter Wasylenko officiating.  Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to St. Joseph's R.C. Church, Holy Ascension Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery, Burgis or to the Canora Hospital Auxiliary as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements had been entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora, SK.


Bella Patrygura (nee Melnychuk)

Canora Courier, October 11, 2006 Page 14

Funeral service for Bella Patrygura, 97, of Preeceville, and formerly of the Buchanan district, who died Aug. 22 at Preeceville Hospital, was held Aug. 26 at Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Church with Rev. Joakim Rac officiating. Burial was in the Preeceville Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.   Born on Apr. 9, 1909, in the Olesha district to Zachary and Domka Melnychuk, she attended Hryhoriw School. She married John Patrygura at Hryhoriw Ukrainian Catholic Church in October of 1939. They farmed in the Buchanan and Benito districts, before retiring to Preeceville in 1975.  Predeceased by her parents, Zachary and Domka, her husband, John, a son, Billy, three brothers, Klym, Andrew and Bill, and three sisters, Nettie, Annie and Margaret, she is survived by two daughters, Stella (Bill) Scherbatiuk of Winnipeg and Olga (Ron) Raymond of Winnipeg; and three grandchildren.


David Marchinko

Canora Courier, October 18, 2006 Page 16

MARCHINKO:  In loving memory of our dear son David, who passed away October 16.1999.

We never ask for miracles,

But today just one would do:

To see the door pushed open.

And see you walking through.

If we could have one lifetime wish,

One dream that could come true;

We would wish with all our hearts,

For yesterday and you.

Our hearts still ache with sadness,

And silent tears still flow;

For what it meant to lose you,

No one will ever know.

- Always loved and deeply missed, Mom and Dad.


Daniel Danylchuk

Canora Courier, October 18, 2006 Page 16

In memory of Daniel Danylchuk who passed away October 23, 1997.

Time unfolds another year,

Memories keep you ever near;

Happy thoughts of times together,

Hold precious memories that will last forever.

- Always remembered by mother Olga and brother Julian.


Ed Gorski

Canora Courier, October 18, 2006 Page 16

GORSKI:  Ed passed away October 22, 2005.

May he rest in peace.

- From a family who cares.


Michael Starecki, Terry Starecki

Canora Courier, October 18, 2006 Page 16

STARECKI: In memory of Michael who passed away September 29, 1973 and of Terry who passed away October 22,1992.

Memories are like threats of gold,

They never tarnish or grow old;

Deep in our hearts your memory is kept,

To love and cherish, and never forget.

- Forever loved and deeply missed by mom, dad, brothers and sisters and their families.


Louis Wolkowski

Canora Courier, October 18, 2006 Page 16

WOLKOWSKI: In loving memory of a beloved husband, dad and grandpa, Louis, who passed away October 21, 2003.

Our eyes filled with tears as we think of that day,

When you left us in such a sad way;

Although we smile and seem carefree.

No one misses you more than we.

We hold our tears when we speak your name.

But the ache in our hearts remain the same;

No one knows the sorrow we share,

When our family meets and you're not there.

Put your arms around him Lord,

Tell him how much we care;

Keep him safe beside you,

Until we meet him there.

Others are taken, yes we know,

But he was ours and we loved him so.

We miss you more than words can say,

Forever in our hearts and mind,

You will always stay.

- Remembered and loved always, Rose, Laureen, Brian and family, Darrell, Darlene and family, Darla and family.


Michael Tataryn

Canora Courier, October 18, 2006 Page 17

MICHAEL TATARYN  1946 -2006

Michael passed away peacefully at the Agape Hospice on September 29, 2006 with his beloved wife Sylvia at his side, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer since last June. Michael was born on April 20,1946 in Swan Plain, Sask. After graduation, Michael moved to Winnipeg for a year and a half. He then moved to Regina in 1967 where he worked for Ipsco Steel until moving to Calgary in November 1974. In April 1975, Michael started with Prudential Steel, and retired in April 2500 after 30 years of employment. Michael will be lovingly remembered by Sylvia, his soulmate and wife of 36 years; and his son, and greatest pride, Jeff (Gina) and an angel on the way. He will also be missed by his grandmother Sophie; his parents John and Mary; sister Cynthia (Ernie); brothers Steve, and Kelvin (Laura); nieces Delaney, Brittney, Amanda, Michelle (Allan); and great-niece Madeline. Michael will also be remembered by aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, and especially by his beloved pet Missy.


Anthony (Tony) Pasowesty

Canora Courier, October 18, 2006 Page 17

Anthony (Tony) Pasowesty of Melville and formerly of Canora passed away peacefully at St. Peter's Hospital in Melville on October 9th, 2006 at the age of 91 years. Peter was born on February 28th, 1915 on the family farm in the Insinger district to Michael and Helen (nee Kuchinski) Pasowesty. As a young man, Tony helped on the family farm and continued the mixed farming on the homestead. Tony was united in marriage to Rose Gondziola in Insinger on October 22nd, 1944. They farmed until 1962 when they relocated to Canora. Tony then became employed as the caretaker at the Canora Composite Highschool until 1978. After his retirement, Tony continued to do odd jobs which consisted of painting and carpentry for many different people. Following the passing of his wife Rose in 1999, Tony continued to reside in Canora until 2003 when he alternated living with his three daughters .  Tony is lovingly remembered by his three daughters: Gladys (Nestor) Kopeck of Melville, SK; Theresa (Rigas) Karamanos of Calgary, AB and Marie (Douglas) Braaten of Prince Albert, SK; his five grandchildren: Mark (Kelly) Kopeck, Stacy Kopeck, Tania (Randy) Geib, Vangelis Karamanos and Michele Braaten; his two great grandchildren: Ethan and Kaelan Geib. Tony was predeceased by his wife Rose in 1999; his parents: Michael and Helen Pasowesty; his three sisters: Minnie Fedorchuk, Adella Pinous and Natalie Bullivant. The Prayer Service was held on Thursday, October 12th at 6:30 p.m. from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home. The Funeral Service was held on Friday at 10:00 a.m. from Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Canora. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic or to a Charity of Choice as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements have been entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL


Steve Letwiniuk

Canora Courier, October 18, 2006 Page 18

Steve Letwiniuk beloved husband to Adeline Letwiniuk passed away peacefully at the Canora Hospital on October 13th, 2006 at the age of 81 years. Steve was born on a farm south of Hyas on August 8th, 1925 to Nick and Warwara (nee Lyhkyn) Letwiniuk. Steve along with his parents relocated to a farm northeast of Hyas where he grew up. He attended school in Hyas and being the oldest of eleven children decided to help on the family farm. Steve was a very dedicated farmer and supplemented his income during the winter months as employee at a pulp mill. Several years later Steve and two of his brothers ventured by train to Ontario where they tried a variety of jobs. Steve was very family oriented so he followed his heart back to Saskatchewan to rejoin his father on the farm. Steve willingly volunteered himself to the aid of others when necessary. In 1949, Steve purchased a caterpillar to break land to earn money. Using his savings he rented a farm in the Calder district and later purchased a farm in the Arran Vesna district.   On November 3rd, 1956 he married Adeline Tuz at the Arran Catholic Church and continued farming in Arran for the next ten years. In October of 1966 they uprooted their young family to a farm near Hyas. Steve continued to farm until 1998 when he retired to Canora. Steve will be remembered for his love of people and could be found visiting in the hallway of the malls as Adeline did the shopping or stopping to pick up hitch hikers along the way. Steve will be remembered by his family and friends for the many stories, laughs and secret recipes.   Leaving to celebrate Steve's life is his loving wife of fifty years Adeline; his sons: Dan of Hyas, and Randy (Susan) of Saskatoon; his daughters: Janet (Sheldon) Walker of Preeceville, Angie (Rob) Watson of Oakville, ON and Tracy (Darcy) Allen of Yorkton, SK; his eight grandchildren: Amanda, Travis, Braydon, Kaylee, Kelsey, Reed, Ethan and Dante all of which he was very proud; his brothers: John (Margaret) of Cold Lake, ON, Mike (Ann) of Hyas, George (Bev) of Red Lake, ON, Peter of Saskatoon, SK and Alex of Springside, SK; his sisters: Doris (Stan) Nordlund of Valleyview, AB and Ann (Jake) Derksen of Warman, SK. Steve was predeceased by his parents: Nick and Warwara; his brothers: Paul and Bill and his sister Mary.  The Prayer Service was held on Monday, October 16th, 2006 from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora. The Funeral Liturgy was celebrated from Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Joakim Rac celebrant. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to Sts. Peter & Paul Ukr. Cath. Church or to a charity of donor's choice. Arrangements had been entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora, SK.


Shirley Jean Kitzan

Canora Courier, October 18, 2006 Page 18

Shirley Jean Kitzan passed in her home in Scanterbury, MB on October 8th, 2006 at the age of 54 years. Shirley was born in Theodore, SK on June 20th, 1952 to Steve and Lil (nee Drobot) Kitzan. Shirley attended school in Buchanan, SK and graduated in 1970. During her high school years, Shirley was very athletic and enjoyed curling and playing softball. One of the happiest times of Shirley's life was being a member of the Buchanan Bluebells Ball team which she was very proud to be a member of. After graduation, she moved to Saskatoon where she took a secretarial course. Shirley relocated to Winnipeg, MB and spent her adult life working in Winnipeg. She was currently employed at the Brokenhead Health Centre in Scanterbury, MB.  Shirley will be lovingly remembered by her parents: Steve and Lil Kitzan of Buchanan, SK; her special friend Brian Bear of Scanterbury. MB; her brothers: Don, Jerry (Cynthia) and Darcy of Red Deer, AB; her sister Linda (Gil) Meyers of Luseland, SK; her nieces: Deanna and Jenelle Kitzan and Kyla Meyers; her nephews Brett Kitzan and Shea and Kirk Meyers and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Shirley was predeceased by her grandparents Tom & Jenny Drobot and Nick and Mary Kitzan. Shirley was very loving daughter, sister and aunt and will be dearly missed. A Service of Remembrance was held on Saturday, October 14th, 2006 from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Marion Naduriak of the United Church of Canada officiating. Interment of the cremated remains followed in the St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Parish Cemetery, Mamornitz. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may be made to a charity of donor's choice. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora, SK. 563-5671.


Unknown

Canora Courier, October 25, 2006 Page 1

Accident claims life of Saskatoon man

Three Invermay residents injured

A 19-year-old Saskatoon man died as result of a two-vehicle accident on Highway No. 5 approximately five kilometres west of Invermay early Sunday morning.   The collision occurred when a slow-moving, east­bound car was rear-ended by an eastbound SUV, said Sgt. Keith Lowenberger of the Wadena RCMP detachment. The victim was a rear-seat passenger in the car.   The driver and front-seat passenger, along with the driver of the SUV, were taken to hospitals in Canora and Wadena.  Emergency services, in­cluding fire/rescue from Invermay, ambulance from Canora and RCMP officers from Canora, Wadena and Foam Lake detachments responded to the accident scene.   The cause of the crash is still under investigation, said Lowenberger. Road and weather conditions were good at the time and were not a factor in the collision.


Thomas Werbowesky

Canora Courier, October 25, 2006 Page 17

WERBOWESKY, Thomas: In loving memory of a dear father and dido who passed away October 25, 2003.

Just a prayer from us who love you,

A precious memory kind and true;

In our hearts you will live forever,

Because we thought the world of you.

Your memory is our keepsake,

From which we will never part;

God has put you in His keeping,

We have you in our hearts.

Dearly loved and sadly missed by Evelyn, Ken, Robert, Marilynne, Bonnie, Dave, Kurt, Jamie, Sean and Nicole, and baby Thomas.


Mike Kupchinski, Mary Kupchinski

Canora Courier, October 25, 2006 Page 17

KUPCHINSKI: In loving memory of our dear parents and grandparents, Mike. August 17, 1995 and Mary, October 29, 2004.

The blow was great, the shock severe,

We little thought the end was near;

And only those who have lost can tell.

The pain of parting without farewell.

More each day we miss you both,

Friends may think the wound is healed;

But they little know the sorrow,

That lies within our hearts concealed.

Always remembered and sadly missed by Lawrence, Reg, Eva and family.


Christopher Kresak

Canora Courier, October 25, 2006 Page 17

KRESAK, CHRISTOPHER: In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Christopher, who passed away October 30. 2004.

This day is remembered and quietly kept;

No words are needed, we shall never forget.

For those we love don't go away,

They walk beside us every day;

Unseen and unheard, but always near,

So loved, so missed, and so very dear.

- Sadly missed and always remembered by dad. mom and Conrad.


Pauline Sukorokoff (nee Dergousoff)

Canora Courier, October 25, 2006 Page 18

Pauline Sukorokoff beloved wife of the late Mike Sukorokoff of Canora passed away peacefully at the Canora Hospital on October 18th, 2006 at the age of 82 years. Pauline was born on March 20th, 1924 on the family farm in the Canora district to John E.E. and Nettie (nee Zbeetnoff) Dergousoff. As a young girl, Pauline attended the Phoenix School while helping the family on the farm.   On October 26th, 1944 Pauline married Michael `Mike' Sukorokoff in the Canora District. Together they moved and lived in various places such as Toronto, ON, Keewatin, Kenora, ON, Yorkton, SK, Ethelbert, MB, Gillam, MB and finally residing in Canora. Mike and Pauline loved traveling and would travel to various places throughout Canada and the United States. Pauline became a Journeyman Cook and worked along with Mike in different places. They worked up north at camps, for the CN railway and later, Pauline became the head cook at the Canora Gateway Lodge where she was employed for fourteen years. Pauline's other hobbies included such things as: cooking, baking, fishing, gardening, singing, crocheting, knitting and sewing. Her favorite pastime was playing bingo and almost everyday, she would be seen in her car picking up her friends and going to the local bingo hall. Pauline was the president of the Ladies Group of the Canora Doukhobor Society and a member of the Heritage Village and Choir in Veregin. She enjoyed her many years of involvement with the Canora Doukhobor Choir and will be missed as the lead singer. Pauline will be dearly missed by her family and her many, many friends.  Pauline is lovingly remembered by: her daughter-in-law Susan Sukorokoff of Saskatoon; her two grandchildren: Jacqueline (Lorne) Boyd of Saskatoon and Dwayne Sukorokoff of Prince Albert, SK; her great grandson Landon Ivan Boyd; her brother Lorne (Anne) Dergousoff of Canora and her sister Mary (Alex) Strelioff of Canora. She was predeceased by her husband Mike in 1990; her son Ivan in 1991 and her parents: John and Nettie Dergousoff. A Vistation for Pauline was held from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home on Sunday, October 22nd, 2006. The Funeral Service was held on Monday, October 23rd, 2006 from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home with the Canora Doukhobor Society officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery.   Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora Doukhobor Prayer Home as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements had been entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. 563-5671.


Mary Prychak (nee Polowick)

Canora Courier, October 25, 2006 Page 18

Mary Prychak beloved wife of Mike Prychak of Canora and formerly of Rama, SK passed away at the Canora Gateway Lodge on October 19th, 2006 at the age of 74 years. Mary was born on April 3rd, 1932 in the Westbrook district. Mary was the first of eight children. As a young girl she attended the Westbrook School while helping on the family farm. In 1951 Mary met the love of her life, Mike, at a dance in Stoneyview and they were united in marriage at the Bellenden Church on November 8th, 1951. They began their married life on a farm seven miles south of Rama and started their family of five children. In 1959, they moved to an acreage near Rama. Her hands were never idle and boredom wasn't a word in her dictionary. Mary was a very active member of Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Rama where she was on parish council and also caretaker of the church and cemetery grounds for years. Mary was very active in the community, canvassing for Red Cross and church fundraising, Christmas carolling, enumerating for elections and feeding different work crews. Her hobbies included making braided rugs, cutting out sayings and putting them in scrapbooks and arranging treasured photos in her albums. In 1999 Mary and Mike retired to Canora. Strangers were friends she had not met yet. Mary will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.   Mary is survived by her husband Mike of Canora; her son Eugene (Beverly) Prychak of Rama; her four daughters: Stephanie (Myron) Owchar of Canora, Margaret (Ron) Pasloski of Yorkton, SK, Maria (Greg) Bugiera of Rama, SK and Natalie (Jim) Isabelle of Fort Qu'Appelle, SK; her eleven grandchildren: Deanne (Gerald) Matsalla, Tim Prychak, Michael (Desiree) Owchar, Christopher Owchar, Kevin Owchar, Joseph (Raelyn) Pasloski, Ronna Pasloski, Nathan Bugiera, Leanna Bugiera, Alana Isabelle and Dixie Isabelle; her three great grandchildren: Emily and Michael Jr. Owchar and Hailey Pasloski; her four brothers: Wally Poole of Vancouver, B.C., Alvin (V al) Polowick of Calgary, AB, Maurice (Karen) Polowick of Edmonton, AB and Hank (Blanche) Polowick of Kelowna, B.C.; her two sisters: Phyllis Mintram of Kelowna, B.C. and Virginia MacDonald of Edmonton, AB; her sister-in-law: Donna Polowick of Okotoks, AB. Mary was predeceased by her parents: Steve and Annie (nee Viznuik) Polowick; her granddaughter: Eren Bugiera; her brother Gordon Polowick and two sisters in infancy.  The Prayer Service was held on Sunday, October 22nd, 2006 from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home. The Funeral Liturgy was celebrated on Monday, October 23rd, 2006 from Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Canora with Rev. Fr. Joakim Rac Celebrant. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to Sts. Peter and Paul Ukr. Cath. Church or the Prairie Women on Snowmobiles for Breast Cancer Research as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements had been entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. 563-5671.


Elsie Salikin

Canora Courier, November 01, 2006 Page 17 - Kuroki news and local happenings

A memorial service was held for Elsie Salikin, Saturday, October 28, at the Kuroki Community Hall. Agnes Salikin and daughters from Saskatoon were here for the day.


Elsie Salikin

Canora Courier, November 01, 2006 Page 17 - Kuroki news and local happenings

A graveside memorial service was held at the Anglican cemetery in Kuroki on October 28 for Elsie Salikin who passed away on October 12. Quite a few relatives and friends came to pay their last respects. This was followed by lunch and visiting at the Kuroki Hall. Relatives that came from a distance were cousins Eddie Bohl of Fort Langley B.C, Donnie Bohl of Salmon Arm and Elizabeth (Bohl) Sands from Saskatoon. Other relatives present were: Agne (Fad) Salikin and her five daughters from Saskatoon; Eldaine and Marie Freda, Marianne and Pearl, Judy Horbach and son Mathew from Kelvington, Edna (Hunter) Sorsdahl and friend Bill Holmes from Calgary; and Jim Prince and daughter Alexandra from Saskatoon. The Princes also stopped in to visit Jim's mom Anna Prince.


Rose Pasowesty

Canora Courier, November 01, 2006 Page 17

PASOWESTY: In loving memory of Rose who passed away November 1, 1999.

A heart of gold stopped beating,

Working hands at rest;

God broke our hearts to prove to us,

He only takes the best.

Leaves and flowers may wither,

The golden sun may set;

But hearts that loved you dearly,

Are the ones that won't forget.

- Always in our hearts, Gladys, Theresa and Marie and families.


Michael Starecki, Terry Starecki

Canora Courier, November 01, 2006 Page 17

STARECKI: In memory of Michael who passed away September 29, 1973 and of Terry who passed away October 22, 1992.

Memories are like threads of gold,

They never tarnish or grow old;

Deep in our hearts your memory is kept,

To love and cherish, and never forget.

- Forever loved and deeply missed by mom, dad, broth­ers and sisters and their families.


Stan Zielinski

Canora Courier, November 01, 2006 Page 17

ZIELINSKI, STAN November 3, 2004

There is someone who misses you sadly,

And finds the time long since you went;

There is someone who thinks of you always,

And tries to be brave and content.

Gone is the face we loved so dear,

Silent the voice we loved to hear;

Tis sad, but true, we wonder why,

The best are always the first to die.

- Forever loved and missed, Darcy, Tammy, Keshia, Chantal, Keely-Che.


Mike Steranko

Canora Courier, November 01, 2006 Page 18

It is with great sadness that the Steranko family announce the sudden passing of their brother and Uncle Mike on October 12, 2006 at North Keldonian Personal Care Centre, Winnipeg, Man., at the age of 74.   Mike was born to the late Steve and Martha Steranko who farmed north of Stenen. He attended Frame Lake and Brush Valley schools. At an early age he left home to seek employment, which took him to Northern Manitoba where he worked at saw mills and other various jobs. Later on he found himself in Winnipeg where he landed a job with Dominion Bridge. This job took him to different points in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. He worked himself up to superintendent and was also supervisor for Oil Refinery Services in Winnipeg. He remained with the company for many years. He purchased a house and made Winnipeg his home. Mike had many talents. Art and love of music was just a couple of them. He loved playing guitar and fiddle and loved jamming with his friends. In his spare time you could find him in his garage doing woodwork, building furniture, etc.   Unfortunately, later on in life he suffered a stroke which left him paralysed and confined to a wheelchair. Forced to retire, he sold his home and went into a nursing home where he remained until his passing.   Predeceased by his parents Steve and Martha, brothers Laddie and Pete, infant sister Stephie, sister Julia. He leaves to mourn his passing: brother John (Rose) of Stenen; sister Ann Kowalchuk of Preeceville; sister Mary (Gene) Grey of Omak, Wash­ington; sister Helen Scheschuk of Preeceville, plus many nieces, nephews and friends.   Forever loved your family.   Interment to take place at a later date.


Renee Gaye Deighton

Canora Courier, November 01, 2006 Page 19

Renee Gaye Deighton, beloved daughter of Ron and Vera Deighton of Canora passed away peacefully at the Canora Gateway Lodge on October 21st, 2006 at the age of 45 years. Renee was born on January 22nd, 1961 in Canora to Ron and Vera (nee Predy ) Deighton. As a young girl, she attended the Canora Schools and graduated from the Canora Composite High School in 1979. While in school, Renee was a member of the Air Cadets Squadron #566 and also played the flute in the school band. As a hobby she took up still painting and a picture still hangs in her parent's cottage at the lake. Renee enjoyed all kinds of sports particularly hockey. She was a member of the Canora Pat Blues where she was their goaltender. After graduation Renee attended the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan. Renee achieved her Bachelor of Education degree in 1984. Renee worked as a teacher in various places such as: Swan River, MB, The Pas, MB, Russell, MB Arran, SK and Canora. Renee enjoyed listening to classical music but truly loved Bryan Adams. She loved travelling to places such as California, Ottawa, Vancouver, Nova Scotia and Williston, North Dakota, USA. Renee will be dearly missed by everyone whose lives she touched. Renee is lovingly remembered by her parents: Ron and Vera (nee Predy) Deighton; her brothers: Darryl (Cathy) and Brent (Gail); her nieces: Erica, Erin, Tawni and Taylor as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents: Harold (Doris) Deighton and her maternal grandparents: John (Sadie) Predy. A Service of Remembrance was held on Thursday, October 26th, 2006 from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. with Thom Carnahan from the United Church of Canada officiating. Interment of cremated remains followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Saskatchewan Division as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements had been entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. 563-5671.


Garry Ostafie

Canora Courier, November 01, 2006 Page 19

Garry Ostafie of Mikado, beloved husband of Patty Ostafie passed away peacefully at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon on October 22nd, 2006 at the age of 51 years. Garry was born on December 8th, 1954 in Canora to Julian and Olga (nee Boyda) Ostafie. Garry attended school in Mikado and the Canora Composite High School. Garry married Patty Konkin on June 12th, 1976 in Canora at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church. After their marriage, Garry and Patty lived in Veregin for three years before moving to their farm in 1979. Since childhood, Garry farmed with his father Julian until his passing in 1994 and has continued farming until his own illness would not allow him. The highlights of his life were the births of his daughters, Kristy and Kayla. He was proud of his family's achievements. Special occasions, especially birthdays were Garry's specialty with the games he would play with the kids, whether it was playing bingo, treasure hunts, playing cards, etc, Garry was the life of the party. He always had time for everyone and was glad to help others. Garry was constantly improving something. He always had a project and would focus on that until it was completed whether it was a piece of machinery or renovation in the house. His biggest passions were his family and farming. When he was younger he loved snowmobiling and motorcycles. Garry was a member of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and the Canora Agricultural Society. Garry is lovingly remembered by his wife Patty of Mikado; his daughters: Kristy and Kayla both of Mikado; his sister Shirley (Grant) Dutchak of Canora; his mother Olga Ostafie and his mother-in-law Mabel Laine as well w his nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Julian and his father-in-law John P. Konkin. The Prayer Service was held on Wednesday, October 25th, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. and the Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, October 26th, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. both from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Canora with Rev. Fr. Vitalis Azike celebrant. The Rite of Committal took place in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or to a trust fund for Garry's children at the Canora Credit Union as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements had been entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. 563-5671.


Frank Grabowicki

Canora Courier, November 8, 2006 Page 9   

Frank Grabowicki Canora boy was a man of the sea  A sailor who grew up in Canora, Frank Grabowicki never liked to talk about his service during the Second World War, but he had a story to tell. When he died on April 19, much of the sailor's story was lost, but with the help of his brother, Joe, the crux of the story can be pieced together. Proud of his brother's service, Joe said he understood Frank's reluctance to talk about it. Frank liked the navy but hated the war. There were odd occasions when he spoke about several events, but those were few and far between. Grabowicki served with the Royal Canadian Navy aboard the HMCS Montreal, a patrol frigate, which was credited with sinking at least two submarines. The corvette patrolled the Pacific coastline, paying special attention to the area around the Aleutian Islands, just south of Alaska. It also provided escort services for cargo and troop ships. Frank had spoken about constantly scanning the water through binoculars. A submarine would first appear as a white streak under the water, he said. If they were close enough, they could make out the periscope. As soon as a submarine was spotted, the captain would order the corvette in that direction. The submarines would submerge and the corvette's crew would use the technology of day to estimate its location. It was Grabowicki's job to prepare the depth charges. After one confirmed submarine kill, he and several other members of the crew had the job of retrieving bodies which floated to the service. Joe said that was an event that Frank desperately wanted to forget. Out in small boats, they pulled mangled bodies from the water. The scene was disturbing. After that event, when Frank was home on a 30-day leave, he was very happy to get out of his uniform and get into some casual clothes, Joe said. Grabowicki served aboard the HMCS Montreal until the end of the war. When the hostilities ended, he was reassigned to the HMCS Athabaska, a minesweeper working the Halifax Harbour on the east coast.  Grew up in Canora  The Grabowickis grew up in Canora, but moved to Stenen in 1938 with their parents, Joe and Anne. They opened a general store. When the war started, Frank was eager to get involved, Joe recalled of his younger brother. Frank and a friend (the son of the Stenen station agent) traveled to Regina and enlisted in 1941. After 30 days of basic training, they were sent home on leave. When Frank returned, he was sent to Comox, B.C. for further training and assignment to HMCS Montreal. After the war, he and Joe became partners when they bought Grabowickis' Store from their parents. Frank used the $700 that he had coming in navy pay to pay for his share. He helped manage and operate the store for only a couple of years, and then went to work for the Canadian Nation Railroad. In 1950, he started work as a fireman (shovelling coal) on a steamer, but soon afterwards, the diesel engines were introduced. He trained to operate the new power plants and was a locomotive engineer for the rest of his 35-year career with the CNR. Frank worked out of several stations, but towards the end of his career, he worked mainly on the northern track that extended through Gillam. When he retired, he continued to live in Canora. Frank loved the north country," Joe said. "He liked hunting and fishing. Above everything else, he loved fishing and took every opportunity to go fishing.  Service honoured  Shortly after the war, while still living in Stenen, Frank joined the Royal Canadian Legion, but his association was short lived. The political mood of the area was shifting and the membership began to play politics, Joe said. Frank said he wanted no part of it and he left the Legion. He put his navy service behind him until 1994, when he and fellow crew members were invited to attend the commissioning of a new corvette named the HMCS Montreal at the Clock Tower Pier in Montreal. There he met his former captain, who was 93 at the time. Frank had to be talked into going, but was really glad he went," Joe said. Frank's house recently sold and when Joe was cleaning it out, he came across a framed certificate from the 1994 commissioning reception, stating that "Frank Grabowicki is forevermore an honourary member of HMCS Montreal".


Canora Courier, November 8, 2006 Page 16

CYMBALISTY: In loving memory of Peter, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who passed away November 6, 2005.

It's hard to walk the road alone,

Instead of side by side;

But to all there comes a moment,

When the ways of life divide.

You gave me years of happiness,

Then sorrow came and tears;

But you left me beautiful memories,

I will treasure through the years.

- Sadly missed and remembered everyday, Vikkie, Bonnie, Dennis, Debbie and their families.


Marion Kosar

Canora Courier, November 8, 2006 Page 16

Written in memory of Marion Kosar (Sept. 4, 1941 - Nov. 11, 2003) by "her" Kassie.

You will be in our hearts as a dear wife, mom, grandma, and friend,

Even though three years have passed, our hearts are still on the mend.

It seems just like yesterday you were spreading joy and warmth throughout the hearts of everyone you met.

You brightened their days with your smile and laugh, I bet.

We miss your laugh and gentle embrace.

We miss that loving smile you always had upon your face.

But even though you're not with us anymore,

I could swear sometimes you're here with us, just around the corner.

- With love, your family.


Alex Toffan

Canora Courier, November 8, 2006 Page 16

TOFFAN: In loving memory of our parents, Alex. passed away June 19, 1978; Nellie, passed away November 7, 1995

Time may pass and fade away,

But silent thoughts and memories stay.

- Forever loved and always remembered Ann, Lawrence and their families.


William (Wasyl) Malowany

Canora Courier, November 8, 2006 Page 16

MALOWANY: William (Wasyl), October 17,1929 - November 11, 2005.

God looked around His garden.

And saw an empty space;

Then He looked down to earth,

And saw your loving face.

He put His arms around you,

And lifted you to rest;

His garden must be beautiful,

Because He only picks the best.

A million times we've needed you,

A million times we've cried;

If love could have saved you,

You never would have died.

In life we loved you dearly,

In death we love you still;

In our hearts you hold a place,

No one else will ever fill.

It broke our hearts to lose you,

But you didn't go alone;

Part of us went with you,

The day God took you home.

- Your loving wife Irene and children, Laura, Daria, Vladimyr, Robert, Roseanne, Cynthia, P?asil and families.


Stefan (Steve) Dymtrash

Canora Courier, November 8, 2006 Page 17

Stefan (Steve) Dmytrash, beloved husband of the late Betty Dmytrash of Canora passed away peacefully at the Canora Hospital on October 28th. 2006 at the age of 84 years. Steve was born on the family farm on April 17th, 1922 to Wasyl and Alexandria (nee Suknasky) Dmytrash. As a young man, Steve attended the Ormside school while helping on the family farm. Steve was united in marriage to Betty Gromnik on November 15th, 1947. Together they lived with his parents for a while and then relocated to Betty's parents farm. Steve and Betty continued to farm on the homestead and purchased more land nearby. Along with farming, Steve began to drive school bus on September 1st, 1964 and continued until December 31st, 1984 when he and Betty relocated to Canora. Steve was the president of the Ormside School Division and also served as president and elder at the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Stenen. He was a member of the Senior Citizens Dew Drop Inn Centre as well as the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool in Stenen. Steve had quite the sense of humour and would love to play cards any chance he had. His favourite was '65' and 'Durock'. Steve was well known for his joke telling and would have everyone laughing while he was socializing with them. He maintained his sense of humour even after being diagnosed with Leukemia in 2003 and after the passing of his wife Betty in April of 2006. Steve will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Steve is lovingly remembered by his son Brian (Marlene) Dmytrash of Preeceville, SK; his daughter Sylvia (Graham) Reagan of Edmonton, AB and his sister Olga Yawney of Stenen, SK. He was predeceased by his wife Betty in April of this year and his sister Lena Lenych.  The Prayer Service was held on Tuesday, October 31st, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora. The Funeral Liturgy was held on Wednesday, November 1st, 2006 at 10:00 a.m from Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Canora with Rev. Fr. Joakim Rac celebrant. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora Hospital Auxiliary as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements had been entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora, SK.


Garry Ostafie

Canora Courier, November 8, 2006 Page 17

CORRECTION - Garry Ostafie was buried at Sliding Hills Christian Cemetery, Mazeppa, not in Canora as was previously stated in last week's Courier.


Vic Loucks

Canora Courier, November 8, 2006 Page 18

Mr. Vic Loucks, beloved husband of Bettine of Yorkton, passed away on Thursday, October 26, 2006 in the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 100 years, 4 months and 6 days of age. Victor Wilson Loucks was born June 20, 1906 to Harry Artley (HA) Loucks and Eveleena Maud Stephens) Loucks in Clear Creek, Ontario. His father had secured a homestead in Invermay in early 1907 and had a teaching position at Olivet School. Vic attended school to grade XI in Invermay. Vic farmed and operated a garage with his brother Cliff from 1928 through 1930. Following in his father's footsteps, he became a teacher, attending Normal School in Saskatoon graduating in 1931. He taught at the one-room rural schools of Mainroad and Loch Sloy, and later in Invermay until June 1937. While at Mainroad, he conducted a school band, which performed at various sports days during the summer months. He played the cornet and for many years he played the Last Post at November 11 memorial services at the Cenotaph in Invermay. During his early teaching career he courted Bettine Frost-Hunt; they were married in 1932. Vic and Bettine enjoyed 74 years of married life. In the fall of 1937, Vic and Bettine took over his father's farm just North of Invermay. Vic became Secretary-Treasurer of the Rural Municipality of Invermay #305 on April 18, 1942, taking over from his father, H.A. Loucks, who had been Secretary Treasurer since January 1919. He retired from the R.M. on December 31, 1973. Vic never lost his love for the land and farming, continuing to farm part time from 1942 until he sold the land in 1980. Vic was very active in Invermay community life; Secretary Treasurer of the Village of Invermay 1947 - 1963; Member of the Canora Union Hospital Board 1951-1953; School trustee of Invermay School Board, 1958 and Chairman of the Board overseeing the building of a six-room elementary school; a foudnig member of the Inverymay Community Remembrance Hall Co-operative Association when the Community Hall was built in 1950; Elder of the United Church continuously from 1945 (several years as treasurer); Chairman of the Recreation Board; and Trustee for the Parkland Regional Library. Vic enjoyed curling since the first slab rink was built in Invermay in 1935. A sport he participated in until his mid 90s. In 1985 Vic and Bettine moved to into a home in Yorkton until December 2004 at which time they moved to an apartment in Independent Manor. Vic and Bettine enjoyed life in Yorkton: golfing, curling, bowling, travelling, playing cards, camping and spending time with grandchildren and great grandchildren. They joined the Westview United Church. Vic sang in the choir for many years. Vic was an avid golfer, becoming a life-time member of the York Lake Golf & Country Club.  Vic was predeceased by his parents, brothers: Cliff and George, sisters: Edna McPhee, Bessie Raymond, and Evelyn Willis; and sons-in-law, Jack Stewart and Corn Klippenstine. He leaves to celebrate his long life his loving wife Bettine; his daughters, Vivianne (Gordon) Minken, Yorkton; Karen (Rod) Gerla, Calgary; Katherine (Fred) Klewchuk, Burnaby; Vicki Loucks, Vancouver; Jolyn Loucks, Yorkton. He also leaves 11 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren; and one brother, Wilfred (Bernadette) Calgary; and many nieces and nephews. Let us be unafraid of life, unafraid of death, unafraid to be happy, to believe the best, to be trustful and confident. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 from Westview United Church with Faye Greer officiating. Organist, Marilyn Newell led members of the church choir and the congregation in the singing of the hymns `Amazing Grace', `How Great Thou Art', and `In the Bulb There is a Flower', the recessional hymn was `Go Now in Peace'. Family members participated in the service, Kevin Stewart gave the eulogy, and grandchildren Tannis, Tanya and Todd read scripture. Soloists: Sharon Coleman sang `He', and Lori Erhardt sang `Danny Boy'. The interment service took place Wednesday afternoon, November 1, 2006 at the Invermay Cemetery. A reception followed at the Invermay Community Hall. Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.


Florence (Florrie) Woods

Canora Courier, November 15, 2006 Page 8 - Personal items of interest to Invermay & district readers

A funeral service was held for Florence (Florrie) Woods on October 28 at McPherson Funeral Chapel in Cranbrook, B.C. (Albert and Florrie moved to Cranbrook in 1997. Albert died in 1998.) Florrie was brought back home for interment in Invermay Cemetery. The Invermay service was held at Invermay Community Hall on October 31 with Jim Atcheson officiating and Agnes Smiley, Ruth Sinclair and Mary Nesbitt assisting. Pallbearers were Roy Novak, Byron Lennox, Reg Graham, Donald Graham, Nevin Morrow and Mike Husarewich. It was good to have Florrie's nieces from Thunder Bay and her son, Austin of Calgary and daughter, Alice Anne and Jim Tarves of Cranbrook and brother-in-law, Lloyd Woods of Rocanville here for the Invermay service.


Victor (Vic) Loucks

Canora Courier, November 15, 2006 Page 8 - Personal items of interest to Invermay & district readers

A funeral service was held for Victor (Vic) Loucks, age 100 years, at Westview United Church, Yorkton, on October 31. The eulogy was given by Kevin Stewart. Casketbearers were Kevin Stewart, Keith Gerla, Paul Gerla, Todd Klewchuk, Harley Klippenstine and Lee Anne Peacock. Interment of ashes was at Invermay Cemetery on November 1 with a time of fellowship and lunch at the Invermay Hall afterwards. Donald Dean reminisced about Vic's teaching days at Mainroad School and the school band and the birth of Vic and Bettine's first child, Vivianne, at the Dean home. Pat (Knight) Belitski vividly recalled his days curling with her parents. Jack Rioch recalled memories of the farm. Vic was secretary-treasurer of the RM of Invermay from 1942 (when he took over from his father) until 1973. He also farmed part-time until 1980. Vic and Bettine moved to Yorkton in 1985 but they were not forgotten in Invermay. In 2005, Vic and Bettine were honoured as they cut the centennial cake for Invermay's Homecoming celebrations.   Annie Kruk and her daughter, Jennifer, both of Toronto, are here, visiting Sophie Gulka. Golden Age supper is coming up on December 6.


Mary Sokoloski, Roy Sokoloski

Canora Courier, November 15, 2006 Page 17

SOKOLOSKI: In loving memory of our parents and grandparents, Mary (November 15, 1991) and Roy (July 27,1976).

Quietly remembered every day,

Sadly missed along life's way;

Gone are the days we used to share,

But in our hearts you are always there.

Beautiful memories silently kept,

Of ones we loved and cannot forget.

VICHNAYA PAMYAT

- Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by Elaine, Pat, Lynda, Dennis, Tom and their families.


Peter J. Kotyk

Canora Courier, November 15, 2006 Page 17

KOTYK: In loving memory of Peter J. who passed away 10 years ago Nov. 16, 1996.

We thought of you with love today,

But that is nothing new;

We thought about you yesterday,

And days before that too.

We think of you in si­lence,

We often speak your name;

All we have are memories,

And your picture in a frame.

Your memory is our keep­sake,

With which we'll never part;

God has you in His keeping,

We have you in our heart.

Thinking of you always and forever.

- Love your wife Elsie, children Karen, Dennis, Valerie, Rita, Michael, Sharon, Amanda and their families. Sisters Elsie and Steve Obodiak, Steffie Ternowski, Violet and Ed Spence and Zonnie and Fred Hanke and families.


William (Bill) Prokopetz

Canora Courier, November 15, 2006 Page 18

William (Bill) Prokopetz beloved husband of Mary Prokopetz of Canora passed away peacefully at the Canora Hospital on November 6th, 2006 at the age of 73 years. Bill was born on April 3rd, 1933 on his grandfather's farm in the Hamton district, SK. As a young man he attended the Stawchan School until grade eight. He began to work for an amusement park where he ran the rollercoaster. It was at this time Bill met Mary Matechuk. They were married on July 16th, 1955. He then worked at a logging company and a B & B gang for the Canadian National Railway. He later returned to the family farm where he continued farming. Bill was hired by P & H Elevator Company as a helper. In September of 1955, he was hired by Federal Grain Company and worked in Veregin and Wroxton. He worked in Burgis for Federal Grain Company in 1957. Later Saskatchewan Wheat Pool purchased Federal Grain Company. In 1983, Bill transferred to Norquay. He worked for forty years buying grain. In 1992, Bill retired al the age of 58 and relocated to Canora. In his retirement, Bill still found time to work for Shewchuk Farms, Crop Insurance and Sky Farms. He worked a lot of odd jobs, such as grass cutting and snow removal for the Orthodox Church Housing. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, curling, playing computer games and listening to Ukrainian music. He loved travelling to various places such as: Las Vegas, Hawaii, west to Alberta and B.C. Bill was an active member of the `Order of St. Andrew' and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Canora. He was also a member of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation. Bill would pride himself with his gardens, fruit trees and yard. He enjoyed socializing and would make his way uptown to have coffee with his friends and truly loved being with his family at gatherings and outings. Bill's pride and joy were that of his family especially his grandchildren.  Bill is lovingly remembered by his wife Mary (nee Matechuk); his sons: Glenn (Valerie) of Kamsack, Murray (Angela) of Edmonton, AB and Darcey of Regina, SK; his daughters: Orisha (Greg) Braun of Winnipeg, MB and Lisa (Joel Biletski) Prokopetz of Canora, SK; his sisters: Mary Kozmech of Edmonton, AB, Lena (Bill) Krepekevich of Saskatoon, Edna Kripps of Vernon, B.C., Doris Napora of Yorkton, SK, Pauline Bodnarek of Yorkton, SK and Helen Bodnarek of Yorkton, SK; his grandchildren: Jason (Angie) Prokopetz, Tracy (Arley) Hall, Tyler (Samantha Gingell) Prokopetz, Karlin and Lundy Prokopetz, Matthew and Candice Braun, Cody, Jessie and Lexie Biletski and his great-granddaughter Madison Prokopetz. He was predeceased by his parents: John and Anastasia (nee Zaharia) Prokopetz; his step-father: John Tomek, his brother George Prokopetz; his sisters: Olga Kindrat, Anne Yuzik and Elizabeth Macek and his granddaughter Tanis Biletski.  The Prayer Services were held on Thursday, November 9th, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.. The Funeral Services were held on Friday, November 10th, at 10:00 a.m. both from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, Canora, SK. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora Hospital Auxiliary as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. 563-5671.


Alvin McMulty

Canora Courier, November 22, 2006 Page 3 – Personal items of interest to Invermay & district readers

Word has been received of  the death in St. Paul's Hospital, Saskatoon, of a former resident, Alvin McNulty, 75, on November 12. He was predeceased by his sister, Pat Ferrie.


Sonia Caroline Prychak

Canora Courier, November 22, 2006 Page 12

PRYCHAK: In loving memory of Sonia Caroline, November 19, 2005 and Avery Procyshen, November 25, 2005.

We thought of you with love today,

But that is nothing new,

We thought about you yesterday.

And days before that too.

We think of you in silence.

And often speak your name;

All we have are memories.

And your picture in a frame.

Your memory is our keepsake,

With which we'll never part:

God has you in his keeping

We have you in our heart.

- Forever loved and sadly missed. Charles, Tricia and Kevin.


Sonia Caroline Prychak

Canora Courier, November 22, 2006 Page 12

PRYCHAK: In loving memory of my sister, Sonia Caroline, who passed away November 19, 2005.

God looked around His garden,

And saw an empty space;

He then looked down to earth.

And saw your tired face.

He put His arms around you,

And lifted you to rest;

There will always be a heartache,

And often many a tear.

But I shall cherish those precious memories,

Of the days when you were here.

- Lovingly remembered by sister Adeline.


Avery Procyshen

Canora Courier, November 22, 2006 Page 12

PROCYSHEN: In loving memory of my dear husband. Avery, who passed away November 25, 2005.

You had a smile for everyone,

You had a heart of gold;

You left the most precious memories,

This world could ever hold.

To me you were so special.

I never asked for miracles,

But today just one would do;

To see the door pushed open,

And see you walking through.

A million times I've needed you,

A million times I've cried;

And with the constant loneliness,

Not having you by my side.

It broke my heart to lose you,

But you didn't go alone;

For part of me went with you,

The day God took you home.

- Forever loved and deeply missed by your loving wife, Adeline.


Steve Chernowchan

Canora Courier, November 22, 2006 Page 13

Steve Chernowchan passed away peacefully at the Canora hospital on Nov. 13. 2006 at the age of 89 years. Steve was born on Nov. 27, 1916 to Fred and Marv (Loziak ) Chernowchan in the Endeavour district. He NA as the eldest of ten children. On June 10, he married Sophie Lyhkun from the Amsterdam district at the Anglican Mission at Endeavour. Steve along with his wife purchased land in the Endeavour area and farmed there for 26 yrs. Along with farming he worked out in pulp mills during winter months and carpentry work. In 1976 he retired from arming and moved into Preeceville Steve continued to be active in his life there, he worked for Chemo Construction for 2 yrs, then decided to go into his own business. Steve was a kind generous man, he had a great sense of humour and will be remembered for always offering a helping hand to neighbours, friends and family. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, dancing, playing cards and visiting with family and friends.  He enjoyed life to its fullest.  Due to health reasons he became a resident of the long term care unit in Canora hospital in July 1999.  While there Steve will be remembered for playing his violin and harmonica and his love for music.  Predeceased by his wife Sophie in 1986, son Harry (infancy) 1951, sisters: Annie Vewchar in 2006, Verna (infancy) 1934, brothers; Metro (infancy) 1930, Alex in 1998. Steve is survived by his daughters Shirley (Lawrence) Stefanowich, Canora, Sk, Lorraine Florchuk & Ernie, Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. 5 Grandchildren: Sheldon Stefanowich, Yorkton, Sk., Shawn Stefanowich, Saskatoon, Sk., Andrea (Dave) Kollman, Sherwood Park, Alta., Monica (Derik) Astle, St. Albert, Alta., Stefan Florchuk, Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., and 4 great-grandchildren; Megan & Ernie Kollman, Liam & Cameron Astle. Sisters: Rosie Karcha, Preeceville, Sk., Pauline Bohachyk, Edmonton, Alta., Sophie Buchinski, Endeavour, Sk., brothers; Bill (Sophie) Chernowchan, Preeceville, Sk., Mike (Jeanie) Chernowchan, Saskatoon, Sk.  Funeral Service was held Thursday November 16, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Preeceville Funeral Home, with Fr. Patrick Powalinsky officiating. Burial was held in the St. John's Orthodox Cemetery, Endeavour District with Preeceville Funeral Home in Care of Arrangements.


Martin Ivan Makowsky

anora Courier, November 22, 2006 Page 13

Martin Ivan Makowsky, beloved husband of Shirley Makowsky of the Mazeppa district passed away peacefully at the Regina Pasqua Hospital on November 11th. 2006 at the age of 67 years.   Martin was born on May 26th, 1939 in Canora, SK. He received his education at the Mazeppa School. Martin grew up and spent his life on the family farm. At the age of sixteen years, he joined his father in the family farm operation. Throughout the years he built upon and expanded the farm, which he continued to farm up until the fall of 2005.   On October 29th. 1969, Martin married Shirley Mosiuk. Together they made their home on the family homestead. Working side by side they raised their family, built their farming operation, and contributed to the Mazeppa Ukrainian Orthodox Church community. Any task or request, he did unconditionally and with sincerity from the heart. Martin also helped his wife Shirley with her dancewear business. Martin sang in the church choir and was the treasurer for the Mazeppa Ukrainian Orthodox Church Organization. Martin was active and avid in sports (slow pitch, baseball, curling and hockey), an avid reader, a historian, a sports statistician and was a musician at heart. Martin loved watching sports and as we all know was an unwavering Toronto Maple Leaf, New York Yankee and Edmonton Eskimo fan. He enjoyed playing baseball, curling, played hockey with the Canora Flames and coached hockey for his son's teams for many years. As Martin had an ear and much love for music, for many years he played with various bands at many dances, weddings and anniversaries. Over the past few years, he continued to share his love of music, playing at hospitals, nursing homes and entertained his grandchildren singing and playing the guitar and listening to the Shoom CD while driving. Martin also always took much pride in the upkeep of the farmyard as it was always immaculately manicured.  Martin was a loving and caring husband, father and dido and good friend to many. He will be fondly remembered for his guidance, support, devotion and many acts of kindness by all who knew him. A memory of Martin brings a smile and so with broken hearts for leaving us so soon, we say good bye and celebrate his life.  Martin will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Shirley, his daughter Marsha (Paul) Jereniuk of Edmonton, AB and their daughters: Ksenya and Tanissa, his son Murray (Erin) Makowsky of Edmonton, AB. Also left to mourn his passing are his brothers: Alvin (Bernice) Makowsky of Kamsack. SK and their daughter Suzanne (Rick) Achtymechuk of Okotoks, AB and their children: Matthew and Julianne and his brother John (Thelma) Makowsky of Canora, SK and their children: Mark (Tania) Makowsky of Edmonton, AB and Lesia (Val) Yereniuk of Winnipeg, MB. His brother-in-law: Larry Mosiuk of Kamsack, SK and numerous extended family and many friends, all of whom he held very dear. Martin was predeceased by his parents: John and Olga (nee Brezinski) Makowsky. The Prayer Service was held on Tuesday, November 14th. 2006 from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home. Canora at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy was held on Wednesday, November 15th, 2006 at 10:00 a.m from the Descent of the Holy Spirit Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Mazeppa with Rev. Fr. Patrick Powalinsky and Rev. Fr. Taras Makowsky officiating. Interment followed in the Sliding Hills Christian Cemetery, Mazeppa.   Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Mazeppa Ukrainian Orthodox Church as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora, SK563-5671.


Walter Danylchuk

Canora Courier, November 22, 2006 Page 13

Walter Danylchuk of Collingwood. Ontario passed away peace­fully in his sleep at the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at the age of 73. Walter was born on the farm in the Canora district to Sam and Kate (Dennis) Danylchuk. He attended school in Canora and area. He worked in the Canora Creamery and the Canora Bakery before going into business with his brother-in-law in Kamsack.   Walter married Mavis (Higgs) of Preeceville in 1953 and they moved to Toronto in 1954. There he worked for Dominion Stores as a store manager until 1970 when the family moved to the Collingwood area. Walter retired in 1995 due to poor health.  Predeceased by his father Sam, mother Kate and sister Olga Teslia. He is survived by his wife Mavis, a daughter Joanne (Gord) Souter, a son Wayne (Betty June), a daughter Diane and grand­children Sherie, Danny (Shaunna), Steven and Adam.


Mike Anton Barteski

Canora Courier, November 22, 2006 Page 14

Mike Anton Barteski of the Kamsack Nursing Home, formerly of Preeceville, passed away peacefully at the Kamsack Hospital on November 13th, 2006 at the age of 96 years.   Mike was born on September 27th, 1910 on the family farm in the Ketchen district to Anton and Eva (nee Chornometz) Barteski. As a young man, Mike attended the Orangeville School while helping on the family farm. He continued farming for a short time always helping other farmers during busy times. Mike then took a job with the Saskatchewan Co-op Creamery where he would collect cream from the local farmers and collected poultry in and around the Stenen and Danbury areas. Mike enjoyed a simple life visiting with family and friends, dancing and playing cards. His passion was taking care of his yard and keeping his car in clean and shiny condition.   Mike is lovingly remembered by his daughters: Mabel (Mike) Cunyk of Canora and Rose (Lorne) Wenarchuk of Swift Current, SK; his son Ernie (Myrna) Barteski of Calgary, AB; his sisters: Mary Petrowski, Anne Chimko, Margaret (George) Panchuk and Lena Gulka all of Preeceville, SK as well as his grandchildren, great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Margaret and his brother Joe.   The Prayer Service was held on Friday, November 17th, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora. The Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, November 18th, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Canora. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery.  Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Kamsack Palliative Care Unit or the Kamsack Nursing Home as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements have been entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Nick Morosoff

Canora Courier, November 29, 2006 Page 17

Nick Morozoff beloved husband of the late Pauline Morozoff of the Canora District passed away peacefully at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre on November 12th, 2006 at the age of 78 years. Nick was born on November 16th, 1927 in Canora to Pete and Mary (nee Lazaroff) Morozoff. As a young man he attended the Phoenix and Kamsack schools while helping on the family farm. Following his schooling, Nick worked in B.C. on Vancouver Island, also in Thompson, MB and in Ontario at various jobs.   Nick married Pauline Dunn on December 23rd, 1963 in New Brunswick. Together they relocated to Canora and purchased their farm northeast of Canora. Nick continued farming with his wife and two boys until he retired in 1987. He thoroughly enjoyed farming but was also interested in gardening, especially flowers and fruit trees in which he and Pauline did together until her passing in August of this year. Nick will be dearly missed by his family and friends.  Nick is survived by his two sons: Tony of Wadena, SK and Fred of Canora, SK. He was predeceased by his parents: Pete and Mary; his three brothers: Bill, Andrew and Sam and his two sisters: Mary Konkin and Helen Chernoff. The Graveside Service was held on Tuesday, November 14th, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Canora Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora (563- 5671).


JohnS. Olynyk

Canora Courier, November 29, 2006 Page 17

John S. Olynyk, beloved husband of Annie Olynyk passed away peacefully at the Canora Hospital on November 18th, 2006 at the age of 92 years. John was born on October 15th, 1914, the first son of Stephen and Vera (nee Zvizinski) on the homestead southwest of Buchanan. In his younger years he loved sports activities especially baseball, in which he played catcher. He attended public school at Gravel Hill. He became very interested in farming and there was a lot of work to be done on his dad's farm.   On August 9th, 1934 he married Annie Gulutzan at the Mamornitz church. They first farmed near Vasloutz, only a mile away from his parents' homestead. This would be their first home. From 1940 -- 1952 he served as a councillor of the R. M. of Good Lake, Division 6. In 1955 they moved near Buchanan and continued farming. Upon retirement, in 1978, John and Annie moved into Buchanan. In Buchanan he served as a town councillor for eight years. Throughout his life he was an active member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church at Mamornitz and in Buchanan. He derived satisfaction from his days of farming. He treasured all gatherings with family and friends and took pleasure from a little violin playing, mushroom picking, and fishing. During his retirement he enjoyed socializing during coffee hour, playing cards with friends and neighbours, and helping Les and Herb on the farm.   He leaves his wife and best friend, Annie, after a happy marriage of seventy-two years; their children: Michael (Gloria) of Halfmoon Bay, B.C., Peter (Beverly) of Winnipeg, MB, Mary (Rev. Fr. Stephen) Slipko of Coquitlam, B.C., Cynthia (Les) Carlson of Buchanan, SK; grandchildren: Zevin (Rosa) Olynyk, Karyn Olynyk (Art Sanderson), Chris (Marcia) Olynyk, Pamela (Blair) Kins­men, Larissa (Michael) Koke, Jason Slipko, and Kayla Carlson; Great-Grandchildren: Bradley, Trevor and Rebecca Kinsmen, Ethan and Joshua Koke, Alessandra Olynyk, and David Olynyk; his brothers: George (Mary), Matt (Lorraine), and Steve (Margarite) and his sisters Rosie Pasishnek, Katie Lesiew, Doreen (Mervin) Janzen, Vicky (Walter) Sokoloski, and Virginia (George) Fofonoff as well as numerous nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his brothers Wasyl and Fred, and his sisters Mary Wasylkiw and Annie Chobotar.  The Prayer Service was held on Wednesday. November 22nd, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Service was held on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. both from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Rev. Fr. Peter Wasylenko officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make a donation to the Kidney Foundation of Saskatchewan or to the Arthritis Society as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements have been entrusted to LESON'S FU­NERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


James Herbert Alvin McNulty

Canora Courier, November 29, 2006 Page 17

JAMES HERBERT ALVIN MCNULTY:  It is with great sadness that the family of Alvin McNulty announces his passing on Sunday, November 12, 2006 at St. Paul's Hospital, in Saskatoon, at the age of 75. Alvin was born in Shoal Lake, MB on July 23, 1931 to James and Ethel McNulty. He grew upon a farm near Elphinstone, MB and attended school there. Alvin began his lifelong career with CN Rail in 1950 as a station agent and worked in communities throughout southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan. He retired from the CNR in 1985 and settled in Saskatoon. Alvin was very devoted to his family and took great pleasure in being involved in the lives of his siblings, nieces, and nephews. His cottage at Fishing Lake was the gathering place where he taught three generations how to fish, water-ski and play charades and fed the gang tacos. With his love of tradition and generous nature, Alvin turned his retirement anniversary into a family celebration for the past 21 years. A big part of his life, since his retirement, was spent debating world issues with the Senators at coffee row. His family will dearly miss him. He was predeceased by his parents James and Ethel McNulty, sister Pat Ferrie, brothers Elroy and Brett McNulty, and brother-in-law Bob Ferrie. He is survived by sisters: Janice (Max) Sterling, Eunice June (Allan) Patterson and sister-in­law Myrtle McNulty. Nieces and nephews: Valerie Ferrie (Gene Randall). Jim (Alison) Ferrie, Todd (Linda) Ferrie, Pearce (Lindsay) Kilgour, Cheryl (Scott) Penner, Lori (John) Daulton. Darrell (Laurina) McNulty, Glynis (Jody) Waldner, Lisa (Darcy) Hrycuik, Heather (Ryan) Dzioba, and Barclay (Shannon) Patterson. Alvin was also proud uncle to fifteen great nieces and nephews. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association, or a charity of your choice. Funeral was held on November 16, 2006 at the Saskatoon Funeral Home. Internment will take place at Strathclair, MB at a later date.


Marion Parasky

Canora Courier, November 29, 2006 Page 17

Marion Parasky passed away peacefully at the Canora Hospital on November 15th, 2006 at the age of 70 years. Marion was born on September 21st, 1936 on the family farm in the Hyas district to Anton and Mary (nee Teron) Parasky.   Marion is survived by his brothers: William and Peter Paraski both of Canora and his sister Sylvia Tataryn of Chestermere Lake, AB and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents: Anton and Mary Parasky; his brother John and his sisters: Lillian-Drushka and Anne Becenko.  The Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, November 22nd. 2006 at 10:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Pastor Rowell Puedivan of the Seventh Day Adventist Church officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora Hospital Auxiliary as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Deacon Walter Bialobzyski

Canora Courier, November 29, 2006 Page 18

BIALOBZYSKI: It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Deacon Walter of Edmonton on November 12, 2006 at the age of 75.   Walter was born at St. Philips, Sask., the eldest son of Wasyl and Ann (Dzuba) Bialobzyski. The family moved to a farm in the Phoenix School District in 1943 where Walter completed his elementary schooling and then attended high school in Canora and St. Joseph's College in Yorkton. After completing Normal School in Moose Jaw, Walter began his teaching career in the Prince Albert Catholic School system. Other teaching places in Saskatchewan included Wild Rose, Tway and Rama. During the course of his teaching career, Walter earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Guidance Counselling.   In 1961, Walter took a teaching position in Dauphin, Manitoba where he taught for 12 years. While in Dauphin, he served on town council and he and his wife, Mary were instrumental in launching the National Ukrainian Festival. In 1973, the family moved to Calgary where Walter was employed as a guidance counsellor in the Calgary Catholic Schools. In 1993, he was ordained as deacon in the Ukrainian Catholic Church and served in various parishes in and around Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer and the Peace River District. After retiring from teaching, Walter did consultative work in Prince George and Ashcroft, B.C.  Deacon Walter is predeceased by his parents Wasyl and Ann and his sister, Emily. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary, sons Greg (Marcia) Danny and Phil, seven grandchildren, two brothers Peter (Lorraine) and Eugene, two sisters Terri (Arnold) Dyck and Lizz (Roy) Uchman, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.   Walter will be remembered as a formidable Scrabble player, a family man with a special love for the grandchildren and as a willing volunteer.  Vichnya Pamyat


William (Bill) Naduriak

Canora Courier, November 29, 2006 Page 18

William (Bill) Naduriak of the Canora District died at the Canora Gateway Lodge on November 16th, 2006 at the age of 86 years. Bill was born in Canora, SK on July 24th, 1920 to Steve and Mary (nee Humeniuk) Naduriak. He attended the East Scalat School and later the Canora High School until grade eleven after which he took up farming with his father and brother in the Canora and Burgis district. In 1942 he was drafted into the Canadian Armed Forces where he served for three years in the Infantry Division. After his discharge from the army he returned to farming which was always his passion. He truly was a farmer at heart.   In 1947, Bill married Marion Pura in Toronto, ON and they returned to Saskatchewan. They lived in Yorkton for a short time and then purchased land south of Canora where they made their home until the present. William's health deteriorated and he became a resident of the Gateway Lodge in Canora in April of 2005 where he remained until his passing. William was `Bill' to all who knew him. He was a gentle, caring and hardworking man, whose heart was always in the land he cared so much about. He had a quiet nature and a ready smile and he enjoyed visiting over coffee. He always took an interest in current news and was a compassionate listener. He was a member of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, the Canora Credit Union, the Saskatchewan Farmer's Union and a strong supporter of the NDP. He was also a member of St. Andrew's United Church in Canora and served on the board as an elder and as a secretary.  Bill is remembered by: his beloved Marion; his daughter Marilyn (Terry) Hancock of Edmonton, AB; his sons: Robert (Sara) Nadurak of Lumsden, SK and Gregory (Linda) Naduriak of Canora, SK; his four grandchildren: Robert, Lisa (Jason) MacLeod, William and Evan and one great grandson Liam. Also survived by his brother Mike (Olga) Naduriak of Canora, SK; his sisters: Ann Lischynski of Edmonton, AB and Irene Kopec of Nanaimo, B.C. and his sister-in- law: Mary Naduriak of Yorkton, SK as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents: Steve and Mary and his brother Harry Naduriak.  The Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, November 21st, 2006 from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Marg Janick-Grayston of the United Church of Canada officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. To acknowledge Bill's life and to honor his memory, donations may be made to St. Andrew's United Church or to the Canora Gateway Lodge Auxiliary. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Mary Wasylowich, Tom Wasylowich, Steve Wasylowich

Canora Courier, December 13, 2006 Page 13

WASYLOWICH: In loving memory of our parents: mom, Mary, passed away September 5, 1975 and dad, Tom, passed away January 28, 1991 and brother, Steve, passed away November 27, 2004.

When evening shades are falling,

And we sit in quiet alone;

To our hearts there comes a longing,

If they only could come home.

Friends may think we have forgotten,

When at times they see us smile;

But they little know the heartache,

Our smiles hide all the while.

- The Wasylowich family.


Peter Krawetz

Canora Courier, December 13, 2006 Page 14

Peter Krawetz beloved husband of Sophie Krawetz of Invermay, SK passed away peacefully on December 6th, 2006 at the Regina Pasqua Hospital at the age of 89 years. Peter was born on November 1st, 1917 to John & Mary (nee Bodnar) Krawetz. He was the 5th child in a family of 8. The family resided on a farm in the Buchanan district where Peter attended school. Typical of the time, he completed only his grade 8 before venturing out on his own. However, Peter was self-taught man who gained much knowledge from reading and life's experiences. He began his life-long career of farming by working for various farmers in the area.   On March 1st, 1941, Peter married Annie Okrainetz and they settled in the Invermay area where they operated a mixed farm. In January 1942 Peter was called to serve in the armed forces during World War II, and was discharged in 1945 when the war ended. When Peter returned home to his family, he worked for a neighbour to make some money. This job consisted of cutting brush by hand for 10 hours a day for the wage of $1.25 a day. They also found that a good source of income was milking cows and shipping cream. Peter enjoyed working with livestock, as well as working the field. The fall harvest was his favourite time of the year, even if it meant freezing late at night on an open­air combine. The couple were blessed with six children, three boys and three girls: Betty, Sally, Ernie, Ken, David, and Mariann. All of the children worked hard along side their parents to make the farm a success. However, Peter was adamant that their schooling came first, and he always encouraged and expected them to do their best. Peter and Annie continued to farm until 1979 when they semi-retired and moved into their newly-constructed home in Invermay. Peter continued to farm with help from his son Ken, but gradually he learned to make more leisure time for himself.   On June 2, 1985, he lost his wife Annie who passed away after an 8 year battle with cancer. After spending a few years on his own, he was fortunate to find a new partner in life. He married Sophie McKetsy and they spent 18 happy years together. They enjoyed their time together, especially travelling, attending Ukrainian cultural events, participating in church activities, helping with community functions, and belonging to seniors' clubs.  Peter was a community-minded individual who served in many public offices. He was a school trustee member for the Boxmoor School district, served as a councillor for the R.M. of Invermay as well as reeve for the R.M. for 12 years, and councillor for the village of Invermay. He was president of the Invermay Agricultural Society and chairman of the Sask Wheat Pool committee. Peter was very active in the health field where he served on the Hospital Board and was instrumental in getting new 10 bed hospital constructed in 1958, a second phase completed in 1968, and then a nursing home in 1981. He volunteered to served on the New Arena building committee as well as providing many hours of labour to bring the plan in fruition. He also acted as president of the local curling club for 5 years. The church was a very integral part of Peter's life, and he was a dedicated member of the St. Michael's parish in Rama and later in the Holy Trinity Church in Canora where he joined the Order of St. Andrew. Over the years, he served in the capacities of vice-president, secretary, and president for the Rama parish. For 60 years he served as the cantor and just retired last year. He was dedicated to his role as cantor and would plan his calendar around church services.   Peter always enjoyed sports, both as a participant and a spectator. As a young man, he was an avid ball player and he also enjoyed curling. He loved hockey, even though he never played the game. Every Saturday night he would tune into Hockey Night in Canada where he followed the games with great interest and enthusiasm, often questioning the calls made by the referee. But more than this, he loved to watch his sons and grandchildren play the game. He was thrilled last year when Invermay re-entered the Fishing Lake Hockey League. He could just walk across the street to catch a game and he got to watch his grandson play as well. Peter also loved to dance, especially the old­time Ukrainian tunes and he was still getting out on the dance floor until very recently. Card-playing was another great favourite of his, especially Crib and Kaiser. He was a keen player and a formidable opponent who knew all the right moves. Another enjoyable activity for him was calling bingo at the seniors' centre. And, of course, he loved to sing, especially church music and Christmas carols. But above all else, Peter enjoyed family get-togethers, whether it was spending Christmas with all of Sophie's family or attending the fun-filled Krawetz reunions. He loved to have family come to visit, especially at Ukrainian Christmas and Easter.   Left to mourn his passing and cherish his memory are his wife Sophie; his children: Sally (Glen) Braithwaite of Winnipeg, MB, Ken (Gail) Krawetz of Invermay, David (Marlene) Krawetz of Big River, SK, and Mariann (Larry) Skaggs of Kentucky, USA; his stepdaughter Yvonne (Ron) Mackie of Regina, SK and his sister Pauline Shimko of Canora, SK; 23 grandchildren and 15 great- grandchildren plus many other extended family members and friends. Peter was predeceased by his parents: John & Mary; his wife Annie; his brothers: Steve, Mike, Wasyl and Jack, his sisters: Annie Romaniuk and Helen Boychuk; his daughter, Elizabeth; his son Ernie and his stepson, Ronald. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren will remember and miss his gentle teasing and his loving ways. His children will always cherish his support and look to his life as a role model for their own lives.   The Prayer Service was held on Sunday, December 10th, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Service was held on Monday, December 11th, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. both from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, Canora with Rev. Fr. Peter Wasylenko and Rev. Fr. Mel Slashinsky officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, Canora as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. 563-5671.


Chelsea Hadubiak

Canora Courier, December 20, 2006 Page 12

In loving memory of our dear daughter and sister Chelsea Hadubiak  June 30, 1989 – January 5, 2005

If we could make a wish today, and keep it for a while.

We would want to hold your hand once more,

We would want to make you smile.

If we could turn back time again,

We would give you back your life.

We would make each day a happy one,

We would make it free of strife.

We would say things we should have said each and every day,

We would listen more intensively to what you had to say.

No one knows how much we miss you,

No one knows our pain.

There is not a single day, Dear Chelsea,

That we not think of you.

Forever missed, forever treasured

Loving you always, forgetting you never.

Love Dad, Mom, Lindsey, Lori and Corey


Peter Woloschuk

Canora Courier, December 20, 2006 Page 12

PETER WOLOSCHUK: In loving memory of our dearest dad who passed away December 24, 1986.

We never asked for a miracle.

But today just one would do;

To see the door pushed open.

And see you walking through.

If we could have one lifetime wish,

One dream that could come true;

We would wish with all our hearts,

For yesterday and you.

We miss you dad each and every day,

There is not a day that goes by,

Without your memory in it.

- Forever in our memories, Stella, Peter, Sharon, Harold, Audrey, Denise, Len, Ken, Carol, Mike, Deb and all your grandchildren.


Olga Karmazinuk

Canora Courier, December 20, 2006 Page 12

In loving memory of Olga Karmazinuk who passed away December 14, 2005.

Not a day has passed,

Since you have gone;

That we do not recall,

Your smiling face.

Your loving embrace,

Your compassion,

And constant strength.

- Love always your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Alex Dennis

Canora Courier, December 20, 2006 Page 13

Alex Dennis passed away peacefully after a short illness on December 10, 2006, surrounded by the love of his family. Alex is survived by Helen (Wolkowski), his wife of 57 years; daughters Zoria (Ric) Syme of Winnipeg and Sonia (Larry) Pearen of Yorkton; grandchildren Ryan (Shannon) Syme (Canmore, AB). Heather Syme (Winnipeg), Stacey (John) Pantazopoulos (nee Pearen) (Calgary), and Lea Pearen (Saskatoon). Alex was predeceased by his parents Paul and Anastasia (Bodnarchuk) Dennis; sisters Ann (Nick) Witzko, Mary (John) Beck, Kate (Sam) Danylchuk, Pauline (Joe) Wiwchar, Dora (John) Olynyk, and Nellie (Tom) Werbowesky; brothers Mike (Mary), Steve (Ann), Harry, and Fred (Pauline). Alex was born on August 20, 1915, in Canora district, Saskatchewan. Throughout his long life he was very involved with the church and community and has always been very proud of his family and heritage. He attended Dnister School, and in the early years worked on the family farm west of Canora.   In 1946 Alex went into business, opening a Shop-Rite groceteria on Railway Ave. in Canora with his brother Mike. In 1956, Alex and his brother built the new Red and White store on Main Street. He retired in 1985 after 39 years in business. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church was always a vitally important part of Alex's life. He joined the Church of the Holy Trinity in Canora in 1946 and was a long-time member of the church choir. In 1988 he took over the responsibility of cantoring for the church in Canora including the parishes of Burgis and Uspenska. He was a member of the church executive, acting as president for one term. He was also a member and president of the Canora District Council. In recognition of his long service to the church, Alex was presented with a special certificate by Metropolitan Wasyly in 1998. Alex was a long-time member of the Canora Chapter of the Order of St. Andrew, serving as president for one term. He served as a representative for the Ukrainian Fraternal Society for over 40 years and helped in the organization of the first church camp at Burgis Beach. Alex was also generous with his time to the community in Canora, serving as president of Canora Bonus Days and a member of the Chamber of Commerce. For 30 years he was a volunteer for the Canora Fire Brigade and was a long-time member of the Kiwanis Club. He served on the Housing Authority executive and was president and member of the United Appeal.   During their long life together, Alex and Helen travelled extensively together and as a family with their daughters. In 1984 Alex travelled on his own to Ukraine, visiting the birthplace of his parents. In 2006 Alex and Helen moved from Canora to reside at the Bentley in Yorkton. Alex was a loving husband, father and grandfather, taking particular joy in his four grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.   The family wishes to thank the staff of the palliative care unit at Yorkton Regional Hospital for their expert and compassionate care during Alex's last days.   Prayers were held on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at 7:00 pm. The Funeral Service was held Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 10:00 am both from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Canora, SK, with the Rev. Fr. Peter Wasylenko officiating, Adeline Zawislak directing Holy Trinity Choir and cantoring with Joe Trembach. Interment to follow in the Canora Cemetery. In lieu of flowers if friends so desire, donations of remembrance can be made to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Canora. Arrangements have been entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. 563-5671.


Pauline Korchinski (nee Brodziak)

Canora Courier, December 20, 2006 Page 14

Pauline Korchinski passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, December 9th in Calgary, AB at the age of 90 years. Pauline was born on July 10th, 1916 on the family farm in the Rama district to Harry and Alexandria (nee: Hrynchyshyn) Brodziak. As a young girl, Pauline was baptised and confirmed in the Dobrowody church. She attended the Rama schools growing up and then began working for various farm families in the area.   In October of 1938, Pauline married Louis Korchinski. Together they purchased a farm south of Rama in 1939 where they farmed until Louis passed away in 1957. Pauline continued to farm on her own until 1959 when she married Martin Korchinski and together they operated the farm until they semi-retired and moved to Invermay in 1981. They commuted back and forth to the farm where they continued to raise poultry and livestock. In 1984 Martin passed away. Pauline was involved in many community activities. She was a parish member of St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church. She thoroughly enjoyed spring time when she was able to plant her gardens and would always have an abundant supply of fresh vegetables for her family. In her younger years, Pauline loved to dance and would be found at many country dances. She loved to cook and bake as well as sew, knit and crochet. Pauline was known for her keen sense of humour and would always be telling a good joke. She truly treasured her time with her family especially on the holidays and at family gatherings. Pauline resided in Invermay until she moved to Calgary to live with her daughter Lucy in 2001. While in Calgary, Pauline's favourite past time was going on outings with Lucy and watching cartoons with her great-grandson Orion. She will be dearly missed.   Pauline is survived by her children, her sons: Ernie (Maryann) Korchinski of Calgary, AB and Louis (Joanne) Korchinski of Rama, SK; her daughters: Irene (John) Potorieko of Winnipeg, MB, Lucy (Anton) Kowalchuk of Calgary, AB, Vivian Korchinski of Winnipeg, MB and Darlene (Dexter) Shewchuk of Rama, SK; her sister Emily Nicolat of Regina, SK; 21 grandchildren, 18 great­grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her first husband Louis and her second husband Martin; daughter Olga in infancy; her parents: Harry and Alexandria; her brothers: Frank, Mike and Walter; her sisters: Katy Rudyk, Annie Wynnychuk and Stella Wionzek-Tretiak.  The Vigil of Prayer was held on Thursday, at 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday at 10:30 a.m. both from St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church, Rama with Rev. Fr. Antoni Degutis celebrant. Interment followed in the St. Anthony's Parish Cemetery, North of Rama. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make Mass Offerings or to the Alzheimer's Association or Rama Grotto Restoration Fund as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. 563- 5671.


Eleanor Delores Anaka

Canora Courier, December 20, 2006 Page 14

Eleanor Delores Anaka beloved wife of Allan Anaka of Norquay passed away peacefully at the Canora Hospital with her family by her side on Sunday, December 10th, 2006 at the age of 66 years. Eleanor was born on July 17th, 1940 in Yorkton to Metro and Stella (nee Kryski) Klimchuk. Eleanor and her family lived on the family farm near Donwell, SK until 1948 when they moved to Yorkton but they still continued to farm. Eleanor began her schooling at the Oleska School for grades 1& 2 and continued her schooling at the Yorkton Public School and the Yorkton Collegiate. After her graduation, Eleanor completed secretarial school in Saskatoon.   On June 6th, 1964 she married Allan Anaka and together they continued to reside in Yorkton where Brad and Todd were born. They moved to Norquay in 1967 and enjoyed raising their family in a small town, Jana was born in Norquay. Eleanor was active in the community through Kinettes, the figure skating club and taught piano for several years. Eleanor worked with Sask Power prior to having her children, then continued with Sask Power and also worked part-time at the Norquay library. Eleanor loved reading and spending time with family at the cabin at PeePaw Lake. One of her favourite Christmas' was at the lake. Eleanor retired in 1996, and retirement has been spent doing what she loved, travelling. She travelled through the Dakotas, Edmonton, Hawaii and Jamaica. She looked forward to all the time spent with her grandchildren who meant everything to her. Eleanor will be dearly loved and missed by all.   She is lovingly remembered by her husband Allan; her mother Stella : Klimchuk; her sons: Brad (Connie) of Edmonton, AB and Todd of Maple Creek, SK; her daughter Jana (Rod) Steciuk of Canora, SK; her brother Jerry (Joanne) Klimchuk of Canora, SK and her eight grandchildren: Rebecca, Tiffany Cassidy, Brody, Bailey, Dallas, Tyler and Tyneille. Eleanor was predeceased by her father Metro in 1994.  A Service of Remembrance was held on Saturday, December 16th, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Velda Dahlin of the United Church of Canada officiating. Interment will follow at a later date. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora Hospital Palliative Care Unit or to the Canadian Cancer Society as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements have been entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. 563-5671.


Nick Woicichowski

Canora Courier, December 20, 2006 Page 14

Nick Woicichowski beloved husband of Helen of Canora, and formerly of the Buchanan district, passed away peacefully at the Canora Hospital on December 11th, 2006 at the age of 93 years. Nick was born on March l0th, 1913 in the Buchanan district to Walter and Barbara (nee Zaharniuk) Woicichowski. He attended the Chernowitz school while helping on the family farm.   As time went on Nick worked in lumber camps in Ontario before his marriage to Helen Prystay on November 3rd, 1946 at the Olesha church. Together they purchased their own land twelve miles southwest of Buchanan where they farmed until 2005 when at the age of 92, Nick semi-retired and relocated to Canora. He would still continue to observe and supervise the operations of the farm. Their operations contained cattle, hogs, horses etc. They purchased donkeys to help keep coyotes away from the little calves. Nick had a way with animals and could make a pet out of any creature. Nick was a trustee at Mamornitz school. He was a member of Vasloutz church and hall as well as the Cheremchiniw Cemetery restoration which he helped build. Nick spent many, many hours with his grandchildren on the farm and taught them life's little lessons. He was a very wise man who was self-taught with numerous skills. Nick will be dearly missed by all.  He is lovingly remembered by his wife Helen; his son Ivan (Karen) Woicichowski of Canora, SK; his grandchildren: Shawna, Jason and Michael Woicichowski. Nick was predeceased by his parents: Walter and Barbara; his step­mother Tena Shuya; his son George; his brothers: John and Steve; his sisters: Mary Ryczak, Tina Kitzan and Anne and Katie in childhood.  The Prayer Service was held on Friday, December 15th, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora. The Funeral Liturgy was held on Saturday, December 16th, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. from Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Canora with Rev. Fr. Joakim Rae celebrant. Interment followed in Czeremchiniw Cemetery, Southwest of Buchanan, SK. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Czeremchiniw Cemetery Restoration Fund as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements have been entrusted LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. 563-5671.


Pete Krawetz

Canora Courier, December 20, 2006 Page B9 - Personal items of interest to Rama & district readers

Sympathy is extended to the Krawetz family on the passing of Pete on Wednesday, December 6. Many from Rama attended the funeral services. Peter was a member of the Rama Golden Jets.


Louis Korchinski

Canora Courier, December 20, 2006 Page B9 - Personal items of interest to Rama & district readers

Sympathy is extended to on the passing of his mother the Louis Korchinski family Polly Korchinski.


Peter Krawetz

Canora Courier, December 20, 2006 Page C2 - Personal items of interest to Invermay & district readers

Peter Krawetz, long time resident, died on December 5 in Regina. He was 89. Funeral services were held from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity on Monday, December 11, with interment in Canora Cemetery.

 

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