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Obituaries from The Canora Courier

2009


Helga Lilja Dawson (nee Johannson)

Canora Courier, January 14, 2009 Page 18

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Helga Lilja Dawson on Friday, December 12th, 2008, surrounded by her family.   Helga is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 49 years, Douglas of Saskatoon; son Keith (Maria) and grandchildren Anna-Lilja, Mackenzie, Parker and Frazer of Saskatoon, and son Russell (Melody) and grandchildren Alexandra and Samuel of Prince George, BC. She also is lovingly remembered by her brother Eric (Kay) Johannson; sister Margaret (Don) Ottmann; sisters-in-law Lillian Johannson, Joyce Johannson and Helen Johannson; brother-in-law Harold Garrish; aunts Anna Helgason and Joanne Terrian, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was pre- deceased by her parents, Jonas & Lily Johannson, brothers Arnie, Elmer, Herbert, Chris, Dave and sisters Olaf and Johanna.  Helga was born on March 10, 1938, at the family farm in the Margo district where she spent her early years. She began her education at McKinley School and completed her education in Wadena when the family moved there. She then attended the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan, and convocated in 1959. Helga and Doug were married that year and made their home in Canora where she nursed at the Canora Union Hospital. They moved to Hyas, on to Dauphin and eventually to Saskatoon in 1972. Throughout these years, Helga continued her nursing career as Matron at Norquay Hospital, and worked as a Nursing Unit Manager at Frank Eliason Centre and Parkridge Centre in Saskatoon for many years before retiring in 2002.   While she was devoted to her career, her family was the most important thing to her. Helga was truly a life-long companion of Doug's, and together they shared many happy times during summers at Crystal Lake. She was proud of her sons, welcomed her daughters-in- law and loved her grand- children dearly. Helga was an excellent cook with many fine recipes and would not hesitate to prepare new dishes for her family. Gardening provided her with many hours of enjoyment, she had a beautiful yard and took pleasure in giving tours of it.   We would like to thank everyone at St. Paul's Hospital for the exceptional care that they pro- vided for Mom. We are especially grateful to the nurses in the Intensive Care Unit for the kindness and compassion that they showed our family during this difficult time.   The Funeral Service was held on Thursday, December 18th, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Funeral Home (east on 8th Street, turn right before railway crossing). Burial took place at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Family and friends may send email condolences from the website www.hillcrestmemoriaLca. Arrangements are entrusted to Jeffrey Sully, HILLCREST FUNERAL HOME 477-4400.


Lawrence (Ricky) Boychuk

Canora Courier, January 14, 2009 Page 18

Lawrence (Ricky) Boychuk of Canora, passed away suddenly January 4th, 2009 at the Regina General Hospital at the age of 65.   Lawrence "Ricky" was born Aug 7, 1943 to Metro and Korolina (Matsalla) Boychuk in Canora, SK. He was the ninth of ten brothers and sisters. He attended the Crooked Hill Creek School near Amsterdam, SK. As a young man, he worked at saw mills and logging camps until moving to Regina in the early 60's. In Regina, Ricky worked at pouring basements and worked at a lumber yard. On April 11, 1963 he met Ruth Brydges whom he married in 1966. Upon moving to Weyburn in 1966, he began working at Motorways, driving truck and was there until the late 70's.  Their sons were both born in Weyburn, John in 1969 and Eric in 1973. Ricky started his own painting and drywall company in Weyburn and was in business until the mid 80's. At about this time he started to coach minor hockey. Ricky was also driving truck in the oilfield around Weyburn. In 1991 he moved to Edmonton and was hauling mail across Canada until 1995. In 1995 he moved back to Canora until his passing. In Canora, he started working with Wyonzek Brothers driving truck until he would go on to work at Coop in 2007. He retired in Aug of 2008. Whether you knew him as Ricky, Lawrence, Uncle, or Brother, you also knew he loved to make people laugh and was always there for others. He loved fishing, hunting, friends, laughter, reading, music, the Leafs, camp- fires, country cruises and loved his cabin. He will be missed by all that knew him.   Lawrence is survived by two sons, John (Cindy) of Weyburn and Eric of Canora, his three sisters, Eleanor Wolos of Canora, Antonia (Nick) Hladun of Canora and Delores (Earl) Brown of Lloydminster AB, and his children's mother, Ruth Boychuk of Canora. He was predeceased by his parents, his three brothers, Nicholas, Johnny, and Anton, and three sisters, Mary Stefanowich, Victoria Antoniuk and Emily Danyluk, and his special friend Eileen Vanan.   Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to The Canora Hospital Auxiliary as tokens of remembrance. The Memorial Service was held on Thursday, January 8th, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Pastor Greg Bright officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Mary J. Wishlow

Canora Courier, January 14, 2009 Page 18

Mary J. Wishlow of the Canora Gateway Lodge passed away at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina on December 17th, 2008 at the age of 94 years.   Mary was born in the Buchanan district and lived in the general area all her life. Her passions included gardening, handicrafts, community services and especially her family. She will always be remembered as a friend to all that visited her.   Mary is lovingly remembered by her sons: Wayne (Lorna) and Alvin (JoAnne); her loving grandchildren: Wendy (Dean), Wanda (Joel), Carla and Lyle (Claudette) as well as six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband John and her parents.   A Memorial Gathering was held on Monday, December 22nd, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora Gateway Lodge Auxiliary as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Gloria Ann Senchuk (nee Naduriak)

Canora Courier, January 14, 2009 Page 19

Gloria Ann (nee Naduriak) Senchuk passed away, with her loving husband, Richard, at her side, on Monday, December 15, 2008 at the age of 54 years.   Gloria was born and raised in the Canora area, until she left home to pursue hairdressing in Calgary, AB, where she met the love of her life, Richard Senchuk. Making their home in Yorkton, SK, Gloria and Richard raised their two sons. Gloria worked in retail, and most recently as a receptionist. She also enjoyed her own home based business, "Baskets `N' Jazz", where she utilized her artistic talents to bring joy and beauty to other people.   Gloria never hesitated to reach out to others. Even while battling cancer, she still put other people's happiness and comfort ahead of her own. Her favourite pastimes and greatest joys were her boys and family in general. Gloria has left a hole in our hearts, that we are only yet to truly discover.  Gloria was predeceased by her father-in-law, Mike Senchuk. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 34 years, Richard and her two sons, Jody and Jared. Gloria is also survived by her parents, Mike and Olga Naduriak; her sister, Christine (Rudy) Yawney; brothers, Ken (Lorainne), Gerald (Gail) and Darcy; her mother-in-law, Minnie Senchuk; two sisters-in-law, Louise (Dennis) Callbeck and Deanne (Carman) Praski; brother-in-law, Wayne (Shannon) Senchuk as well as many nieces, nephews, other extended family members and many, many good friends.  The Prayer Service was held on Thursday, December 18, 2008 from St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton, Saskatchewan with Father Methodius Kushko, C.Ss.R. officiating. Requiem Divine Liturgy was sung on Friday, December 19, 2008 from St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton, Saskatchewan with Father Peter Pidskalny, C.Ss.R. as the Celebrant. The responses were led by cantors, Mr. Ed Pindus and Mrs. Colette Karapita, as well as members of St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Choir. The Cross Bearer was Shana Callbeck and the Epistle Reader was Candace Chicilo. The interment service followed in the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Dean Yawney, Tim Chicilo, Darren Prystupa, Kelly Naduriak, Bill Gulka and Larry Bohach serving as the casket bearers.   Friends so wishing may make donations in Gloria's name to The Health Foundation for use in Palliative Care.   Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Christie's Funeral Home & Crematorium, Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Friends so wishing may forward their condolences to the family by visiting www.christiesfuneralhome.com.


Ollie Lewchuk (nee Drobot)

Canora Courier, January 14, 2009 Page 19

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend of many. Ollie Lewchuk of Calgary. Alta. passed away on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 with her family at her side, at the Rockyview General Hospital, after a brief illness. She was 79 years of age.   Ollie is lovingly remembered by her son, Mark (Marge) Kochems, and her daughters, Michele Marchinko (Dave Baldwin), and Mona (Colby) Ruff, and her loving companion, John Check. She is also survived by her 10 grandchildren, Samarah, Quinn, Regan and Shelby Kochems; Lonnie, Scott, Brendan and Tegan Marchinko, and Justin and Connor Ruff; one sister Elaine (John) O' Donoghue of Toronto, Ont. and one brother John (Olga) Drobot of Hamilton, Ont.   Ollie was loved by many and enjoyed many great friendships throughout her life She was a fun-loving person who enjoyed travelling, tap dancing, tennis, paper toll and dancing. Her greatest love was spending time with her family and friends. She will be remembered fondly by all that knew her.  Special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Rockyview Hospital, Unit 93. The family would like to express deep appreciation to nurse Iris for her prayers in the last moments of our mother's life.   A memorial tribute was held on Tuesday, December 23 at 3 p.m. at the Mclnnis and Holloway Fish Creek Chapel. Following the service, a celebration of Ollie's life was held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 9202 Horton Road SW in Calgary.   If so desired, a memorial tribute may be made in Ollie's name directly to the Rockyview General Hospital (7007 14 St. SW, Calgary, AB, T2V I P9).


Laddie Shchyschuk

Canora Courier, January 21, 2009 Page 13

SHCHYSCHUK: In loving memory of our dear father, grandfather and brother, Laddie.

He had a nature you could not help loving.

And a heart that was purer than gold;

And to those who knew him and loved him,

His memory will never grow cold.

-Your loving family, Barbara, Chrissy, Anna and Peter.


Millard George Landstad

Canora Courier, January 21, 2009 Page 14

Millard George Landstad of Canora, passed away suddenly on January 5th, 2009 at the age of 73 years. He was born on July 25th, 1935 to Palmer and Annie (Wilson) Landstad near Sheho. SK, in the White Sand District.   As a young boy he attended Mainroad School. At 16 years of age he received his chauffeur's license and drove truck for George Wilson in Buchanan, SK. He was then offered a dealership with Shell Canada in Canora, where he was an agent for 35 years. Retirement did not slow him down; he was always helping his son, Greg, at his business. In addition to his career, Millard was also quite involved in the community. He was a volunteer fireman for 17 years as well as the fire chief for seven years. His love of fishing and hunting led him to be involved in the executive of the Canora Fish and Game and later was a long-time member of the Canora Wildlife Federation. In retirement, he donated his time and skills at the CN All Aboard Museum.  He met the love of his life, Alice Wlasichuk and they married on September 23,1959; they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year. They were blessed with four sons: Garry, Greg, Grant and Robbie. Millard took great pride in guiding and watching his sons grow up. His time spent with his sons involved not only fishing, hunting and trapping, but coaching hockey and baseball and time spent with them at Scout camps. He felt blessed with his 11 grandchildren who were the apple of his eye. Millard will be dearly missed by his family and friends.  Millard is lovingly remembered by his wife Alice, his four sons and their families, Garry (Cyndie), Jessica, Andrea and Alison, Greg, (Shann) Ashley, Kaitlyn, and Brendon, Grant (Audrey) Carly, Hailey and Rylan, and Robbie (Annie) Kellan and Madeleine; and his sister Merle (Walter) Tratch. Millard was predeceased by his parents, Palmer and Annie (Wilson) Landstad.   Prayers were held on Thursday January 8th, 2009 and Funeral Service was held on Friday, January 9th, 2009, both from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Rev. Catherine Pace of the United Church of Canada officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to St. Andrew's United Church Memorial Fund, Canora or the Heart and Stroke foundation of Saskatchewan in memory of Millard. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Helen Woloschuk

Canora Courier, January 28, 2009 Page 12

In Loving Memory of Helen Woloschuk

Who passed away February 1, 2008

God gave us a Mother

And He tried to be fair

And when He gave us ours

We got more than our share

Although He took her back

One year ago today

We are so grateful for

The years He let her stay

- Fondly remembered and sadly missed by children Debora (Gereald), Daniel (Sherry), Connie (Brian), Corinne (John) and families.


Ludwick Scheschuk

Canora Courier, January 28, 2009 Page 13

SCHESCHUK: In loving memory of brother-in-law and uncle Ludwick, who passed away January 23, 2008.

With tender love and deep regret,

We who love you will never forget.

The special days will not return

When we were all together;

But the love we hold within our hearts,

Will remain with us forever.

- Lovingly remembered by sister-in-law Helen and children.


Peter Dorosh, Mary Dorosh

Canora Courier, January 28, 2009 Page 13

DOROSH, Peter and Mary: In loving memory of our dear parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, mom passed away January 23, 2003; dad passed away February 5, 1984.

Today the sun shines down.

On the graves not far from here;

Where they sleep we could not save,

And always loved so dear.

In a place of warmth and comfort,

Where there are no days and years.

Is where we will all meet again.

And where there is no tears.

- Sadly missed by Margie, Bernice, Beverley and families.


William "Bill" Matichuk

Canora Courier, January 28, 2009 Page 14

William "Bill" Matichuk passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the Yorkton Regional Health Center on January 17th , 2009 at the age of 78 years.   Bill was born March 21st, 1930, on the family farm near Good Spirit Lake, now known as Burgis Beach. He was the son of Pete and Dora (nee Gulutzan) Matichuk . He attended Wysla School until grade 9. Bill helped his parents, along with his brother Metro on the family farm, also operating a general store and later a dance hall. At a young age Bill learned to play the violin. Together with his brother Metro and numerous other musicians, he presided at many weddings and dances.  On July 15th, 1951, Bill married Virginia Hnatyshyn at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canora. Shortly thereafter, they moved into their present farm location, where they enjoyed grain and cattle farming. Bill and Virginia were blessed with two children, Charles in 1952, and Linda in 1954. He was a Wysla School Trustee, and was employed as a rural telephone line man. He was also a 50+ years Sask Wheat Pool Member. Bill played baseball in his early years and later was involved in organizing the Burgis Lakers Sports Days. Bill was also a long time trustee of the Holy Ascension Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Burgis, serving as president and elder and was honoured to have served alongside his friend His Eminence Metropolitan John during the 100th Anniversary Celebration in 2007. Bill's passion was his music and he and Virginia had the opportunity to travel to Nashville, Branson and several Hostfeast trips to Minot. Bill can be remembered for playing at many weddings, dances, anniversaries, and socials during his lifetime. Though Bill no longer actively played, he still enjoyed to occasionally jam with a few fellow musicians at senior socials and local town events. He phased out of farming, but maintained living on the farm, taking pride in his yard. He enjoyed harvest time, as he still had the opportunity to go for that combine ride, and joined in for supper in the field. Bill enjoyed drives around the lake, day road trips, going to town for coffee and watching baseball.   His greatest joy and pride was his granddaughter Brooke and went to watch her in whatever activity or sport she was involved in, always encouraging her to do her best. Due to failing health, Bill entered the Yorkton Regional Health Centre on January 10th, with his family by his side, succumbed to his illness January 17th, 2009. Bill was a kind and generous man, always with a smile! A loving husband, dad and gedo, you will be missed and forever in our hearts.  He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Virginia, his daughter Linda (Wayne) Mclnnes, of Burgis District, his granddaughter, Brooke McInnes of Saskatoon, his brother-in-law Donald Hnatyshyn of Burgis District, and a sister-in-law, Elsie (Terry) Smyth of Russell, MB. Bill was predeceased by his parents, Pete and Dora Matichuk, his son, Charles (1971), and his brother Metro ( 1998).   A Prayer Service was held from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home on Friday, January 23rd, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Service was held at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity. Canora, on Saturday. January 24th, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Service was held at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, Canora, on Saturday, January 24, 2009 with The Very reverend Archpriest Mikolaj Derewianka officiating.  Interment followed at the Holy Ascension Ukrainian Orthodox Church Cemetery, Burgis District, Sk.  Those wishing to make expression on sympathy may make donations in memory of Bill to the Holy Ascension Cemetery Fund or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan.  Arrangements were entrusted to Leson’s Funeral Home, Canora. (563-5671)


Metro Tymiak

Canora Courier, February 4, 2009 Page 13

TYMIAK: In loving memory of Metro, who passed away February 7,2007.

My heart still aches with sadness,

And secret tears still flow,

What would I give to take his hand,

His happy face to see.

To hear his voice and see his smile,

That meant so much to me.


Donna (Dora) Cheropita (nee Pasichnyk)

Canora Courier, February 4, 2009 Page 14

Donna (Dora) Cheropita of Canora, and formerly of Buchanan, passed away at the Canora Gateway Lodge on January 29th, 2009 at the age of 98 years.   Dora was born on March 16th, 1910 in the Tuffnell District, to Onufrey and Elizabeth (Zarhara) Pasichnyk. She attended Rivington School in the Tuffnell district. On November 16th, 1934 she married George Cheropita from the Golden Valley district. Together they enjoyed going to farm dances, farming, carolling and attending church services. Dora was a devoted, loving mother to five children: Bill, John, Marusa (all passed in infancy), Ivan, who was born on Aug 15th. 1939 and Pauline was born on May 28th, 1941. Dora enjoyed cooking, baking. (especially her fresh homemade bread and butter and her soft molasses cookies). For years she always had a huge garden with fresh vegetables to process for winter. She also grew beautiful flowers. Her favourite were petunias. pansies and especially hollyhocks. She loved crocheting, making patch quilts, attending and singing at church. She was a member of the Mamornitz and Sheho Orthodox Church for many years.  Dora spent many hours at the spinning wheel collecting yarn to make socks and mittens for those long cold winters. She always looked forward when we all gathered together for family functions, especially at the Ukrainian Christmas Supper when she prepared the 12 meatless dishes for us to enjoy. She also enjoyed going carolling by a horse drawn sleigh to the surrounding neighbours. Before Ukrainian Easter she spent many hours designing beautiful Easter Eggs (Pysynka) for us to see and put in our Easter baskets. Her thoughtfulness was always shown to her children and grandchildren by remembering their birthdays with a card. Dora's door was always open to family and friends, and anyone who stopped by for a cup of coffee and a bite to eat. She will be deeply missed though her spirit and love will always carry on within all of those whose lives she touched.   Dora was predeceased by her parents, Onufrey (June 1934) and Elizabeth (November 1947), her husband George (Jan 25th 2005), and three children in infancy: Bill, John, and Marusa, two brothers, George (September 17th, 1986), John (Anne) Shewchuk, (July 29th, 1988), her sisters: Annie (John) Hudak, (July 12th. 1771), Eva (Arthur) Sireneuk, (April 1st, 2002). Bella (William) Melnychuk (September 3rd, 1993), Irene (Fred) Badiuk (August 2nd, 1981), and Mary (Matt) Nicholaichuk (August 28th, 1975). She is survived by her son Ivan from Buchanan, her daughter Pauline Unick and a son-in-law Lloyd Unick of Buchanan, one sister Katie (John) Karmazinuk of Foam Lake, her grandchildren, Leona Unick (Blair Anderson) of Yorkton, and Richard Unick (Heidi Bens) of Buchanan.  The Prayer Service was held on Sunday, February 1st, at 7:30 p.m., from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home. Canora, and the Funeral Service was held on Monday, February 2nd, from the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Sheho, SK. with the Very Rev. Fr. Mel Slashinsky officiating. Interment followed in the Parish Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Sheho as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563­5671).


Alec Mudry

Canora Courier, February 4, 2009 Page 14

Alec Mudry of Invermay and formerly of Rama, SK, passed away at the Invermay Health Center on January 24th. 2009 at the age of 93 years.   Alec was born on March 17th. 1915 in the Bellenden District, SK to Marion and Nettie (nee Andreowsky) Mudry. He attended the Bellenden School achieving his grade six. After working in various places, Alec married Lena Terletski of Rama on November 15th, 1939. Together they made their home on a farm in the Rama district. In 1943, he was called up to the army until April of 1945 when he was discharged. He returned to the farm. Alec began to work construction and he was involved in constructing the Invermay Lodge and the Invermay School. He then began working for the Canadian National Railway also in construction. He worked until his retirement at the age of 65 and continued to reside on the farm.  His wife Lena passed away in 1974 and Alec relocated to Rama in 1978. In 1991, Alec moved into the low rental housing in Invermay. Due to failing health, he became a resident of the Invermay Health Centre in 1999 where he resided until his passing. Alec was a caring, gentle man with a great sense of humour and was always concerned for his family, especially his grandchildren whom he dearly loved. He will be dearly missed by all.  Alec is survived by three sons: Walter (Lorraine) of Calgary, AB, Marcel (Chris) of Rama, SK, and Harold (Theresa) of Edmonton, AB, and three daughters: Olga Kozminski of Preeceville, SK, Elsie (Nestor) Gulka of Preeceville, SK, and Sylvia (Jerry) Mydonick of Canora, SK, and one sister: Mary Galandy of Grande Prairie, AB. Alec has fifteen grandchildren and eighteen great­ grandchildren. He was predeceased by: his wife Lena (1974), his son Marion in infancy, his three brothers, Steve, Jack and Dan: his two sisters Jean and Emily; his son-in­law Bill Kozminski and a great-grandson, Ethan Cey.  Prayer Service was held on Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home. The Funeral Liturgy was held on Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. from Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Canora with Rev. Fr. J. Rac, Celebrant. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Enhanced Respite Care, Invermay Health Center as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Richard (Rick) Kozun

Canora Courier, February 11, 2009 Page 17

Richard (Rick) Kozun passed away at the age of 64 years, at the Canora Hospital on February 4th, 2009, with his family by his side, after a brief battle with cancer.   He was born on October 18th, 1944, to Joe and Anne (nee Haskewich) Kozun. He attended Tiny School from grade one to grade eight and then completed his schooling and graduated from the Canora Composite High School. He worked at various jobs, including hauling mail between Yorkton and Winnipeg for a couple of years. He also worked on highway crews in between farming and helping neighbours with farming and harvest.   He met and married Phyllis Chalus on November 15th, 1968. Together they worked on the family farm. They had two children, Robert in 1969 and Shelley in 1970. He continued farming until they rented out the land in the mid­1980's. They retired to Canora in 1992 where he has resided until his passing. His biggest joy was spending time with family and friends. He was a great fan of Johnny Cash and Elvis.  Rick is survived by his wife of forty years, Phyllis of Canora, his son Robert (Patricia) Kozun of Wynyard and daughter Shelley (Lawrence) Barabash of Preeceville and two precious grand- children. Meagan and Devin Barabash. The two dogs, Ricco and Coco, were referred to as his "Granddogs". He is also survived by his brother Ray (Marg), and two sisters, Olga Duffin and Iris (Ed) Barabash, all of Winnipeg, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Rick is pre- deceased by his parents, his brother, John, and brother-in-law Bud Duffin.  The Memorial Service was held on Monday, February 9th, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Rev. Catherine Pace of the United Church of Canada officiating. Interment of cremated remains to follow at a later date. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to The Canadian Cancer Society as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Julia Rogers (nee Gurski)

Canora Courier, February 11, 2009 Page 17

It is with profound sadness the family announces the passing of Julia Rogers on Thursday, January 29th, 2009 with family, friends and nursing staff by her side at Parkridge Centre.   Julie had a carefree spirit but she had a serious side as well. Her faith, and her devotion to God was great. Julie graduated from Composite High School in Canora with honours. She applied to Robertson College in Saskatoon to be trained for her career as a Legal Secretary and there she excelled in her studies. Before she graduated she was offered a job at a Saskatoon law firm, looking for someone who was proficient in speaking Ukrainian and their she excelled as well. Julie was also involved with the SPCA, as a Fundraising Coordinator and advocate. Her life centered around animals, Sam and Mer were her cats. She was involved in many cat shows with Sam and Mer and together won many top prizes. She had a strong devotion to her cats.   Julie leaves to mourn her father, Walter of Kamsack, SK; sisters, Victoria (Ed) Yurkiw of Roblin, MB, Anna Derksen of Winnipeg; brother, Steven Gurski of Esterhazy, SK; as well as many nieces and nephews. Julie was predeceased by her mother, Doris. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, February 5th, at 2:00 p.m. from St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church (1902 Munroe Ave) with Rev. Father Les Paquin as the celebrant. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery. Arrangements in care of Kurtis Rae -­ MOURNING GLORY FUNERAL SERVICES (978­5200).


August Kowalchuk

Canora Courier, February 11, 2009 Page 18

It is with great sadness that the family of August Kowalchuk, beloved husband of Evelyn (Zarazun), announces his peaceful passing, at the Canora Hospital on January 31st. 2009 at the age of 81 years.   He was born at Tiny. Saskatchewan on July 19th, 1927 to Julian and Caroline (nee Sleeva) Kowalchuk. He was educated at both Tiny and Canora schools. After completing school, August decided to spread his wings and travel to Ontario where he worked for a local farming family. He returned to Saskatchewan to help with the family farm after his father became ill. He worked for the RM of Buchanan and discovered his entrepreneurial spirit - he purchased his own caterpillar and started his first business. He worked persistently to grow his business by cutting brush, digging basements and dugouts for many families in the community. August lived in the same community and attended the same church as Evelyn. On July 14th, 1953 they were married at St. Mary's Parish in Tiny. Together they established their own family farming business near Tiny where they lived and worked until recently. August continued to work his caterpillar business and expanded his work to include custom grain cleaning. His passion for working on the land and with his livestock was apparent. Although he worked very hard, he always had a sparkle in his eye when he spoke about his crops, his cows and his hogs.   August educated himself in the area of livestock care and practiced his veterinarian skills on his own livestock. His fellow farming neighbours came to rely on these self-taught skills. August was a member of both St. Anne's Parish in Buchanan and St. Mary's Church in Tiny. He was involved in St. Mary's Church in Tiny and worked hard to upkeep this parish community that his parents and grandparents pioneered. He participated fully as a parishioner and took his turn at getting up at 4 am in the winter to build a fire in the church stove so that those attending 9 am mass were sure to be cozy. August also contributed to his business community by participating in the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool at Tiny in his role as secretary.  August and Evelyn retired to Canora in February 2004. August loved his family in a subtle, unassuming and stoic manner. He passed his unrelenting work ethic and entrepreneurial strength on to all of his children. His quiet but strong faith earned the respect of his family. August had a passion for reading, enjoying biographies, historical and political books. August enjoyed children and had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, and children Cordelia and Raymond Ciesielski, and their children Nathan (Kathy) and Leah (Colin) of Young, Clarissa and Larry Poberznek, and their children Joyce (Conrad) and Gina of Martensville, Corrie and Debbie Kowalchuk, and their children Kelly (Lynette) and Joel of Saskatoon, Milton and Barb Kowalchuk, and their children Jessie (Sarah) and Amy of Canora, Tracey Kowalchuk & Paul Maczek of Martensville and 5 great-grandchildren, Colton, Jordyn, Brielle, Piper, Harlie. Brothers: Adolph (Esther), Lawrence (Rose), Edmund (Stella), Bernard (Elsie), Anton (Lucy), Arthur (Charlotte), Chester (Leona) and sisters: Magdeline, Gertrude (John), Isabelle (Edward), Julie (Ernest), and Josephine. He was predeceased by his grandchildren Jason and Tara Ciesielski, his parents Julian and Caroline, brothers, Stan in infancy and Emil, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Paul and Stefka Zarazun, brothers-in-law, John Bugera and John Lampel and niece Lucille Cunningham.   The Vigil of Prayer was held on Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, February 5th, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. both from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Canora with Rev. Fr. Antoni Degutis, Celebrant. The Rite of Committal followed in the St. Mary's Roman Catholic Parish Cemetery, Tiny. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to St. Mary's Parish Cemetery Fund or the Canadian Cancer Society as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Elsie Kopeck

Canora Courier, February 18, 2009 Page 14

KOPECK, Elsie: In loving memory of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who passed away on February 15, 2007.

Death leaves heartaches no one can heal,

Memories are treasures that no one can steal;.

Some may forget you now that you are gone,

But we will remember, no matter how long.

Deep in our hearts you will always stay,

Loved and remembered in every way;

In our lonely hours of thinking,

Thoughts of you are always near;

We love you and sadly miss you,

As it dawns another year.

Memory is a loving thing,

It lasts the longest day,

It can never be spent,

Never be lent,

Never be taken away.

- Lovingly remembered by your children: Irene, Mary, Iris. Alex, Ernie. Helen, Jean and their families.


Mary Picklyk (nee Moroz)

Canora Courier, February 18, 2009 Page 15

Mary Picklyk (nee Moroz) passed away peacefully in hospital in Herbert, SK on Monday, February 2, 2009. Grandma was 95.   Mary was predeceased by her husband Michael (1981), sons Laurie Picklyk (Carol) in 1975, and Donald Picklyk (Daphne) in 1993, daughters Bernice (Harry) Pickard in 1999, and Muriel (Clifford) Nimegeers in 2008. She is survived by her daughter Phyllis (David) Murray of Ottawa as well as 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.  Mary was born June 13, 1913 near Ormside, SK, to Nick and Irene Moroz. She was the 10th of 12 children. Mary and Mike were married October 13, 1929 in Tiny, Sask. They farmed near Glen Elder, Sask. until 1945 when they moved to Hyas, SK where they opened a general store. In 1953, they remodeled the store into a restaurant which they ran until retirement in 1974.   Following Mike's death in 1981, Mary lived for a number of years in Heritage Manor in Yorkton and the St. Basil's Ukrainian senior's residence in Regina. In early 2004 she moved to Swift Current to be near family - she lived independently until last summer when she moved into an elder care home in Herbert.  A celebration of Mary's life was held at Christ the Redeemer Roman Catholic Parish in Swift Current on Saturday, February 7, 2009. Interment will take place in Canora. SK in July.


Audrey MacFarlane

Canora Courier, February 25, 2009 Page 17

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 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 , Nicole, and Thomas.


Annastazya (Nettie) Pasloski

Canora Courier, February 25, 2009 Page 17

Annastazya (Nettie) Pasloski, April 15, 1913 - March 1, 2006.

A wonderful mother, woman and aid,

One who was better God never made;

A wonderful worker, loyal and fair,

Tenderly helpful, O mother you were.

Just in your judgement, always right,

Honest and loving, ever upright;

Loved by all, our pride they share,

Pride in the wonderful mother you were.

- Forever loved and missed, Elaine.


Annastazya (Nettie) Pasloski, Walter Pasloski

Canora Courier, February 25, 2009 Page 17

PASLOSKI: In loving memory of our dear mother and father, Annastazya (Nettie), April 15, 1913 - March 1, 2006; Walter, April 27, 1906 - April 12, 1980.

The blanket you left us is warm still,

Like your warm heart. Like family, that you fostered, that you loved.

The blanket you left us is brightly coloured still,

Like the vivid hues of seasons.

Like memories living still, through years and years...

The blanket you left us is woven tightly,

Like taut steel threads,

Like hands clasped tightly in prayer.

And this night, and every night

We are covered and warm and comforted still I,

And humbled is life's chill,

Through the passing of the years.

Through the drying of our tears.

Mom and Dad, we miss you so.

- Jeannette and Glen.


Lillian May Pinkerton (nee Engemoen)

Canora Courier, February 25, 2009 Page 18

Lillian May Pinkerton (nee Engemoen), 94. of Brooks, AB., and formerly of Canora, passed away with family members at her side at the Brooks Health Centre on February 14th, 2009.   Born May 16th, 1914, in Sunburst, Montana to Albert and Mabel (nee Erickson) Engemoen, she moved with the family to a farm near Broderick, SK, in October of 1919. She attended the Brackton School until 1926, when the family moved to a farm near Wadena and she attended Sunderland School. She finished grade eleven in 1932 and left home to work in Kelvington, where she met Jack Pinkerton. They were married in 1936 and farmed in the Kelvington area for several years. They purchased and operated lumber mills at Big River and later Bertwell, with Lillian as camp cook, before moving to Canora in 1947.  Lillian finished high school by correspondence after the last of her eight children were born, adding university courses before attending Teacher's College in Saskatoon in 1969 obtaining her teaching certificate. She began teaching in Canora in 1970 in the town's first special education class. She finished her bachelor of education degree in 1981 at the age of 67, and retired from teaching that same year. Her active role in the community included teaching Sunday school and serving as an elder on the board of the United Church and as a member of the Canora Arts Council, the Canora Library Board and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a talented craftsperson, enjoying rug- hooking, leatherwork, furniture re-finishing and upholstery, knitting, crocheting and sewing throughout her life. She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered for her kindness, wisdom, integrity and generosity of spirit, as a lady who lived by her strong family values and had a positive influence on all who knew her. In spite of the depredations of Alzheimer Disease, she lived her life with grace, courage and unfailing cheerfulness that made an indelible impression on all those around her in her final years.   Predeceased by her husband, Jack, in 1973, her daughter, Patricia, in 1970 and her son, John, in 2001, she is survived by four daughters; Shirley Fagundo of Bermuda, Louise (Ken) Hobday of Calgary, Sheila (David van Vliet) of Winnipeg, and Debra of Canora, two sons; Roy of Saskatoon and David (Shelley) of Whitecourt, AB; eight grandchildren, Kent (Deanne) Gray, Sheila (Neil) Robertson, Kevin (Annalise) Hobday, Ryan Hobday, Dennis (Alison) Fagundo, Nicholas (Shyama) Fagundo, Shannon Pinkerton and Eric Pinkerton, and seven great-grandchildren; Jack and Sara Gray, Ben, Kayla and Isabel Hobday and Chloe and Neena Fagundo. She is also survived by four brothers, Lyle (Lorene) and Ernie of Port Moody, BC., Norm of Chilliwack, BC and Vern (Sylvia) of Kamloops BC., and sister-in-law, Agnes of Saskatoon, SK.   The funeral service was held at Leson's Funeral Home in Canora on February 18th, 2009 with Marion Naduriak of the United Church officiating. Interment was in the Canora Cemetery, with Leson's Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Those wishing to, may make a donation in Lillian's memory to Special Olympics Saskatchewan, 353 Broad St., Regina, SK., S4R 1X2.


Verna Dziaduck (nee Tumak)

Canora Courier, February 25, 2009 Page 19

Verna Dziaduck of Buchanan passed away at the Canora Hospital on February 13th, 2009 at the age of 73 years.   Verna was born on June 27th, 1935 on the family farm near Buchanan to John and Mary (nee Melnychuk) Tumak. As a young girl she attended Vasloutz School, completing Grade 8 and then leaving school to help on the family farm. On September 6th, 1953 Verna married Joe Dziaduck in the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Buchanan and celebrated the first wedding reception at Drobot Hall near Buchanan. Shortly thereafter, they moved into their farm located just south of Buchanan, where they enjoyed grain and cattle farming. Joe and Verna were blessed with four children: Julius, VelMarie, Daniel and Olivia. They resided on the farm making many happy memories until 1987 when Verna & Joe decided to retire from the farm life and move to Buchanan.  Verna was a people-person and was very active within the community. For many years she was an active member of the Vasloutz Ladies and Mens Club where she dedicated much of her time and effort preparing meals, up keeping the church and attending countless dances that were held at Vasoultz Hall. Verna was also a member of Buchanan's Club 50 where she enjoyed playing cards or simply having coffee and spending time with friends. She also dedicated countless hours as President for the Buchanan Ukrainian Dance Club and continued to be on the Board for the Buchanan Housing Authority until she became ill. Verna enjoyed cooking her traditional dishes, especially when she knew family and friends were coming over. She also enjoyed knitting, cross-stitching and gardening.  What Verna cherished most in life were her grandchildren. She loved spending time with them and it was a joy to be "Baba" to all of them. They all enjoyed a good game of cards, decorating Easter eggs and the treats were the best part of all. In June of last year Verna found it necessary, due to failing health, to take up residence at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre in Regina. Her health continued to decline and on February 8th, 2009 she was brought to the Canora Hospital with her family by her side. Verna was a kind, generous woman who always offered a helping hand to those in need. A loving wife, mom, Baba and great Baba; you will be missed and loved forever.   Verna is lovingly remembered by her husband of 55 years, Joe; her sons: Julius (Gloria) and Daniel (Angie), both of Buchanan, SK; her daughters: VelMarie (Barry) Strelezki of Flin Flon, MB and Olivia (Bryce) Krawetz of Yorkton, SK; her brothers: Ron (Trudy) Tumak of Winnipeg, MB and Ernie Tumak of Canora, SK. Verna also leaves to mourn her passing ten grandchildren, five great-grandchildren as well as three nieces and one nephew. She was predeceased by her parents: John & Mary Tumak and her brother Edward Tumak.   The Prayer Service was held on Monday, February 16th, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy was held on Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., both from Descent of the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church, Buchanan with Rev. Fr. Joakim Rac, Celebrant. The Interment followed in the Vasloutz Cemetery south of Buchanan. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan or the Kidney Foundation of Canada as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


John Parnette

Canora Courier, March 4, 2009 Page 15

Parnette:  In memory of John: May 22, 1944 – March 10, 2008

You left our home one year ago

No farewell words were spoken

We had no time to say goodbye

And no one knows the reason why

It broke our hearts to lose you

But you didn't go alone

For part of us went with you

The day God called you home

The tears in our eyes we can wipe away

The ache in our hearts will always stay

Always missed and never forgotten

Loving and remembering you with a smile today

Phyllis, Karen, Lesley, Michael and families.


Mae Kalenchuk

Canora Courier, March 4, 2009 Page 15

Kalenchuk, Mae: July 26, 1927 - February 26, 2005

In Loving Memory of my dear wife,

mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

God knew that she was suffering

That the hills were hard to climb,

So He closed her weary eyelids

And whispered 'Peace be thine.'

Away in the beautiful bills of God,

By the valley of rest so fair,

Some day, we know not when,

We will meet our loved one there.


Annastazya Pasloski

Canora Courier, March 4, 2009 Page 18

PASLOSKI, Annastazya: April 15, 1913 - March 1, 2006.

If we could have a lifetime wish,

And one dream that could come true;

We would pray to God with all our hearts,

Just to see and speak to you.

A thousand words won't bring you back,

We know because we've tried;

And neither will a million tears,

We know because we cried.

You've left behind our broken hearts,

And precious memories too;

But we've never wanted memories,

We only wanted you.

- Loved, cherished and missed by Al and Bette Wasylenka.


Helen Pikula (nee Tokarchuk)

Canora Courier, March 4, 2009 Page 19

On February 17th, 2009, the angels came for our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Helen Pikula, taking her home to God and a joyful reunion with dad, William, after her struggle with cancer.   Helen was born on March 26th, 1921, to Paul and Julia Tokarchuk of Rama, Saskatchewan. She was not only a good daughter, but through her school years, she helped her mother care for her younger siblings - a role that prepared her for her life. On July 20th, 1941, Helen married William Pikula of Amsterdam, Saskatchewan who passed away on June 2nd, 2004 after a marriage of almost 63 years.   Helen and Bill raised six children on the family farm near Amsterdam, and will be dearly missed by son Richard (Petra) of Edmonton and granddaughter Amber (Reid) and two great-grandchildren Boris and Danika of Lasqueti Island, B.C.; daughter Elaine Carlson (Randy) of White City and grandson Kevin (Kathy) and great-granddaughters Emily and Kimberly of Houston, TX, as well as grandson Trevor (Carla), Saskatoon and great-grand­daughter Olivia; son Gerard (Leona), Amsterdam, and grandson Christopher of Regina; son Florian (Suzette) of Victoria; son Tim, Sylvan Lake; and daughter Melanie Burym (Dale), Amsterdam and grandchildren children, Nathan, Matthew and Nicole. Also mourning are Mom's sisters Emily Cote of Hamilton, Ann Secondiak of Preeceville, Agnes Okrainetz of Stony Creek, Genevieve Borys of Canora. and brother Adolph Tokarchuk of Victoria, and sister-in-law Evelyn Tokarchuk of Hamilton.   Mom's hospitality and welcome was extended to all - Helen and Bill provided a family home and weekend getaway for their children and families, as well as for numerous aunts and uncles, cousins, and friends and neighbours who came to the farm for visits, family celebrations and reunions, and holidays. The weekends were always bustling with laughter, good food, lots of conversation, and many games of cards. Helen will now join some of these loved ones in paradise so that the good times may continue; she is predeceased by her parents, a sister Genoefa, brothers Henry, Carl, Frank and Mike Tokarchuk, and many dear friends who have gone before her. Mom also expressed herself creatively through her garden and love of flowers and floral arranging, ceramics, and needlework - including Ukrainian cross-stitching - and spiritually through her commitment to church and church life, including the Catholic Women's League. We will miss her more than words can say.   The Prayer Service was held from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora, on Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services were held from Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church. Canora on Saturday, February 21st, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Joakim Rac officiating. Interment followed in the Antoniwka Cemetery, north of Canora. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canadian Cancer Society as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora.(563­ 5671).


Agnes Owchar

Canora Courier, March 11, 2009 Page 16

OWCHAR: In loving memory of our dear mother, Grandmother and great-grandmother, Agnes, who passed away March 11, 1999.

They say it is a beautiful journey,

From the old world to the new,

One day we will take that journey,

Up the stairs that lead to you.

We pray to God in Heaven. Take a message up above; Tell mom how much we miss her.


Hartley Berg

Canora Courier, March 11, 2009 Page 16

BERG: In memory of Hartley, husband, father, brother, who passed away March 11, 2004.

Five years have passed since you've been gone,

Our treasured memories still linger on;

We'll meet again at Heaven's door,

Where pain and sorrow will be no more.

- Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by wife Lois, sons Trent and Darcy, sister Sharon and family.


Harry Korol

Canora Courier, March 11, 2009 Page 17

Harry Korol passed away peacefully at the Gateway Lodge on March 3, 2009, at the age of 81 years.   Harry was born in the Donwell district on February 2, 1928 to Harry and Annie Korol. The family moved to Gorlitz and Harry attended Anak School. After his father passed away Harry and his mother moved to Canora. Harry became a resident of the Gateway Lodge on February 28, 1969. He enjoyed his independence, venturing downtown for coffee and playing bingo. Harry had an ear for music and taught himself how to play the violin. He spent many hours in his room perfecting toe tapping tunes on the violin while listening to Ukrainian records. Harry also enjoyed assembling crafts and was artistically gifted. His classmates recall that Harry could draw very well copying anything that was put in front of him. Harry spent many happy hours tinkering with electronics in his room.  He will be fondly remembered by his Gateway Lodge family and friends.   Funeral Services were held at the Canora Gateway Lodge Chapel at 2:00 p.m., on March 5th, 2009, with Very Rev. Archpriest Mikolaj Derewianka officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora Gateway Lodge Auxiliary as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Clark (Jack) Blewett

Canora Courier, March 18, 2009 Page 16

In loving memory of Clark (Jack) Blewett, September 17, 1950 -March 19, 2007.

Jack, it's been two years,

And we still have tears.

Not to be seen, not to be heard as you are gone,

But in our home your presence lives on.

To hear your voice, to see your smile,

To sit and talk to you awhile;

To be together the same way,

Would be my greatest wish today.

Till we meet again and have my wish come true.

- Love you always, forget you never, remembering you forever, Diana.


Clark (Jack) Blewett

Canora Courier, March 18, 2009 Page 16

BLEWETT: In loving memory of Clark Jack who passed away March 19, 2007.

As time passes memories stay,

Deep in our hearts, memory is kept,

To love, cherish and never forget.

- Remembered and dearly missed by Paul, Sylvia, Mervin, Louise, Marcella and their families.


Robert Herbet (Herbert) Menzies

Canora Courier, March 18, 2009 Page 17

Robert Herbet Menzies, known to most as Bert. was also know to a special few as uncle Herbert and Uncle Scrooge. During the last few years he made jokes about not making it far in life. Let me explain, on the 10th of June , 1936, he was born to Phyllis and Harold Menzies only one mile west of where he and Jeanette now live. Although Hudson Bay has always been home to Bert, his jobs took him to many different places. Starting with the National Park at Waskesiu, then the Timber Board at Mulcher. At the age of 21 he began a career with the CNR. For the next 30 years, his career took him to many places including Ceba, Barrows, Pukitawagon and Wekusko to name a few.   In 1962, he was relief foreman in Ceba. In 1963, he was promoted to foreman also in Ceba. 1975 saw Bert trying his hand as roadmaster in Mulcher, then onto Prince Albert. In 1982, he was transferred to Canora, SK where he retired in 1987 with 30 years of service to the CNR. During his career on the railroad he not only had many moves and new addresses, he also made lots of close dear friends that were always kept important to him. Being a very private person, his sense of humour was original. He also liked nothing better than to spend hours with his friend Melvin drinking coffee, playing cards, or just smoking a cig in complete silence with each other's company. Bert also felt at home at the Fez. Sharing a few words with Max and playing slots. Of course we all know that he only put in one $20 bill.   A trip of a lifetime for Bert and Jeanette came in August of 2000. They travelled to B.C. to visit friends and family and take in the wonderful scenery of Jasper, Hell's Gate, Kamloops and the Fraser Valley. Even though Bert wanted to have nothing to do with the opening of the Starlight Cafe by Jeanette in March of 2006, he soon became one of her best waiters. Pouring coffee and visiting with everyone that entered. Not to mention the jokes he had to share. Hostess with the Mostess.   Bert and Jeanette (Lysohirka) were married March 4, 1966 in Dauphin, MB. From this union came five children. Life was not a complete fairy tale for Bert from a young age. With a strong hand and a few harsh words, he taught his children that hard work and respect were very important. He looked upon his family with lots of pride. Five successful children, 15 grandchildren and a wife that stood beside him through so much. He was a proud man.   Bert was predeceased by his parents; brother Bill; brother-in-law Arnold, and nephew Derek. He is survived by his loving wife Jeanette; his children: Margaret (Darin Jacquemart) and their children: Andrew, Jessica, April, and Jamie-Lee; Jacqueline (Bob Nicoll) and their children: Jason, Ricky, stepson Bobby, grandchildren Emma and Kimberly; Jimmy (Laura Walden and daughter Melinda) and his children: Dylan and Melissa; Lisa (Travis Petryshyn) and their children: Ryan, Tyler, Matheson, and Jacob; and Bobby (Amanda Storoschuk); sisters Beth Stubel and Sharon (Grant) Coghill, brothers Allan (Terry) and Jim (Ellen), sister-in-law Annette, as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.


Valencia Jaddock

Canora Courier, March 18, 2009 Page 17

Valencia Jaddock. August 31st, 1923 - March 11th, 2009. It is with profound sadness that the family of Valencia announce her passing at St. Paul's Hospital - Palliative Care Unit.   She is loved and remembered by her children, Joanne (John) Leniuk, Theresa (Ed) LeTilley, Lorraine (Dave) Gibson, Gary (Susan) Jaddock, and Anissa (Brent) Holand; 12 grandchildren, Brenda (Shelden) Landstad, Lisa (Dwayne) Nicholls, Diana (Scott) MacLean, Curtis Leniuk, Trisha and Darren LeTilley, Shawn (Sharla), Zach and Raelynn Gibson, Shane and Courtney Jaddock and Lexie Holand; three great grandsons, Ryan and Ian Landstad and Jake MacLean; sisters, Jean Padzierski and Lee (Len) Gellner; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Valencia was predeceased by her husband, John (1996); parents, Carl and Mary; brothers, Walter, Tony and Eddie Nazar.   Mom was born in the Rama District and she married John Jaddock on September 3rd, 1945. Mom was a devoted and loving mother and dedicated her entire life in caring for her husband and their five children. Her grandchildren and great grandsons were a blessing and she cherished each one with her special love. Mom was a devout Christian and her day was not complete without her evening rosary. She had a special adoration for the Blessed Mother and always prayed for the health and protection of her family. Mom lived her life caring for others, whether she was gardening, cooking, working alongside dad on the farm or volunteering at church events. Her tremendous cooking was a joy to all who knew her. Mom was a humble and compassionate person. All who knew her were touched by her warm sincerity.   Vigil for Valencia was held on Friday, March 13th at 7:00 p.m. and the Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, March 14th at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Father David Tumback as the celebrant. Both services were from Holy Family Roman Catholic Church (110- 104th Street West). The family would like to thank our special Aunt Lee, who journeyed with us throughout mom's illness. Your devotion to our mother and your ongoing support is a testimony of your love for your sister. A special thanks to the staff at the Palliative Care Unit for the compassionate care provided. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at St. Paul's Hospital - Palliative Care Unit. Arrangements in care of John Schachtel - MOURNING GLORY FUNERAL SERVICES, Saskatoon, SK (306) 978-5200.   "Always Loved and Forever Missed".


Lena Holoboff

Canora Courier, March 25, 2009 Page 16

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.


Daniel Randolph Plaxin

Canora Courier, March 25, 2009 Page 17

Daniel Randolph Plaxin, December 10, 1942 - March 10,2009. It's with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Daniel Randolph Plaxin.   Danny was predeceased by his parents John and Helen Plaxin and his older brother Re;. He is survived by Phyllis. the mother of his children, Gavin and Gaelyn (Kevin), as well as his six grand- children, Mitchel, Zachary, Jonas, Samantha, Sabrina and Mackenzie. Danny is also survived by his sister-in-law Cathy Plaxin, his nephew and niece Kevin (Ann) Plaxin, Karen (Tim) Pentlan, as well as his aunt Margaret Erikson. his uncle Lorne (Margaret) Plaxin and many other relatives and friends.   A celebration of his life was held on Monday, March 16, 2009 at 10 a.m. at the Saskatoon Funeral Home. The officiant was Maurice Postnikoff. Condolences may be sent to Saskatoon Funeral Home, 338, 4th Ave. N., Saskatoon, SK. S7K 2L7. Donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Suite 104, 2301 Ave. C. North, Saskatoon, Sask., S7L 5Z5 as tokens of remembrance.


Jean Pasloski

Canora Courier, March 25, 2009 Page 17

The family of Jean Pasloski sadly announce her passing on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at the age of 93 years.   Jean (Madarash) and John J. Pasloski were residents and farmed at the Rama District for many years and moved to the town of Preeceville for their retirement years. For the last few years, Jean resided at the Santa Maria Senior Citizens Home in Regina.  Jean is survived by her children, Gertrude Wilgosh, Lawrence and Edwin Pasloski, Theresa Theiss; grandchildren, great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.   Funeral Mass was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2009 in the Chapel of Santa Maria Senior Citizens Home, 4215 Regina Ave., Regina, SK with Fr. A. Vandendreissche as Celebrant. Interment of Jean's cremated remains will take place at a later date in the Rama R.C. Cemetery, SK. Flowers gratefully declined. donations in Jean's memory may be made to Santa Maria Senior Citizen's Home, 4215 Regina Ave., Regina, SK, S4S OJS. Paragon Funeral Services entrusted with arrangements. 359-7776.


Lena Holoboff

Canora Courier, April 1, 2009 Page 15

In loving memory of Lena Holoboff who passed away March 29, 200?.

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.


Jean Kyba (nee Ostafie)

Canora Courier, April 1, 2009 Page 16

Mrs. Jean Kyba of Yorkton, beloved wife of Nestor Kyba passed away on the morning of March 9, 2009 at the Yorkton,. Regional Health Centre with her family by her side. She was 64 years of age.   Jean Debra Kyba was born on August 28, 1944 in Canora, to Victor and Mary (nee Trach) Ostafie. She lived with her parents and brother Ronnie on the family farm near Mazeppa. Jean received her elementary education at Mazeppa School and then graduated from Canora Composite High School in 1963. For about six months following graduation she worked at Robinson's Department Store in Canora. On August 1, 1964. Jean married the love of her life, Nestor Kyba, at the Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Church at Dneiper. Together they made their home at the family farm just east of Dneiper. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Debbie in 1966 and David in 1968. Jean and Nestor operated the family farm together, sharing many of the duties. When harvest came, Jean hauled the grain while Nestor combined, and as the years went on, and they had two combines, Jean learned to operate the combine, which she was very proud of. When Jean wasn't busy being a mom and farm wife, she enjoyed sewing - no challenge ever too big - she sewed everything from doll clothes to leather jackets and mukluks. From the time Debbie and David were old enough to be a part of the Dneiper 4-H Club till they left the club, Jean was the leader and chaperone of a trip to Toronto. Jean also was an active member of the Dneiper church and hall, doing everything from cleaning and cooking, to hairdressing on dance nights.  As Jean's needs as an active mom became less, a job opportunity at Chautauqua gardens became available. This transpired into another hobby that she took a lot of pride in - her flower gardens. Throughout her life, Jean enjoyed taking pictures, filling an album a year for each of her children, and often being called upon to be the main photographer at weddings and family reunions. Although travelling was not a high priority in their lives, Jean and Nestor did enjoy a trip to New York with the Knights of Columbus and, looked forward to their fishing trips and trips to Regina to visit Dave. Together, Jean and Nestor always enjoyed socializing with friends and family with a cup of coffee, or a drink and a game of cards.   In 1996, she was granted a long-awaited milestone in her life; she became a Grandma. Her grandchildren quickly became the focus of her life, as was she of theirs. Grandma was always there to support and cheer on her grandchildren in their sports, school concerts, and dance recitals.  On March 9, 2004, Jean successfully underwent a valve replacement surgery followed by a massive stroke, which would unfortunately affect the rest of her life. With Nestor's support and assistance. Jean was able to return to their home at the farm in August. 2004, just in time to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. Although Jean had many limitations, she still managed to sew a few things including a quilt for each of her three grandchildren, and found another new talent - picture painting. She also enjoyed her weekly visits to Sarbi and the Day Wellness Centre.   In 2006, due to health reasons. Jean and Nestor moved to Yorkton, even though to Jean the farm was always home. They continued to visit the farm throughout the summers. always hoping to move back.   On the evening of March 5, 2009, Jean entered the Yorkton Regional Health Centre with health issues that were beyond her ability to fight.  Jean is survived by her husband Nestor, mother Mary Ostafie, son David, daughter and son-in-law Debbie and Larry Kitchen, grandsons Brett and Braden, and granddaughter Brielle. In-laws, aunts, uncles and many cousins also survive her. Her father Victor Ostafie, brothers Jimmy and Ronnie, and parents-in-law Stephania and Anthony Kyba predeceased Jean.   Prayers were held on Thursday, March 12th at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Yorkton. The praying of the rosary preceded. Requiem Divine Liturgy was held on Friday, March 13th at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church with Very Rev. Boris Kyba, C.Ss.R. as the Celebrant. Rev. Fr. Vladimir Kolpakov, C.Ss.R. concelebrated. The cross bearers were Braden & Brielle Kitchen. Nicoli Ochitwa was the altar server. The epistle reader was Cornelia Kyba-Bobinski and the responses were led by St. Mary's Parish Choir. David Kyba shared reflections of his mother's life.   The interment took place at Yorkton City Cemetery with David Kyba , Brett Kitchen, Larry Kitchen, Leo Lucash, Peter Uhryn, Ed Shalkowsky, Lawrence Kyba and Norman Makowsky serving as the casket bearers. Vichnaya Pamyat! Eternal Memory!  Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.


Andy Parker

Canora Courier, April 1, 2009 Page 17

Andy Parker, May 5, 1935 - March 23, 2009. "PA Andy" passed away peacefully on Monday, March 23, 2009, with family and close friends at his side. Andy was born in Naicam and spent time on the family farm with brothers, Earl, Tom, Ernie, and Thomas; sisters, Mary, Edith, and Dorothy; and parents, Jennie and Ernest. Andy married Dorothy Parish in 1959 and moved to Buchanan in 1962 where he worked, farmed and ran his business. After recovering from a November 1993 automobile accident, he moved to the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre, where he met some great individuals, including his close friend Lorna. A special thanks to all the Wascana staff for the great care they provided. Andy loved to watch the Blue Jays, and curling, attending Rider games, Craven and the occasional visit to Casino Regina. His smile made the day seem a little brighter.   PA Andy - a beloved Dad, Grandpa, and Great-Grandpa to son Dean (Donna), their children, Drew and Dayna of Regina; daughter Sherry (Ken) of Rama, their children, Bryce (Stephanie), Makenna, and Morgan of Yorkton, Lynsay (Ben), and Kashton of Monarch, Alberta, and Stacey of Yorkton.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Andy may be made to the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre Unit 3-6.  Funeral Service was held Friday, March 27 at 1:00 p.m. at Tompkins Funeral Home, 113-1st Ave. N.E., Wadena, Sask. Interment was in Naicam. A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 28 at 1:00 P.M. at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre Chapel, 2180-23rd Ave., Regina, Sask.


Don Davis

Canora Courier, April 8, 2009 Page 22

Don Davis of Yorkton, and formerly of Stenen, passed away on March 30th, 2009 at the Regina General Hospital, at the age of 69 years.   Donald (Don) Fred Davis was born at the Canora Union Hospital on December 7th, 1939 to Fred and Lena Davis (nee Karchie). Accompanied by his brother John, both joined the family circle that already included sister Juanita, born on November 1st, 1934. They lived in the Liverpool district on the Jarnigan farm until their move in 1948 two miles north to the homestead of Fred's parents, where John now resides. Don attended Liverpool School. Stenen Elementary School, and the Sturgis Composite High School, graduating from the SCHS in 1959.  He sought employment in Snow Lake, Manitoba as a miner with the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company from 1959 to 1961, where Nick Karchie, his mother's brother, was a mining instructor. Locating to Calgary in 1961 he worked for Heiland Exploration until 1967 on a seismic recording crew where he soon advanced to position of shooter handling all explosives-first in central Alberta and eventually in the North West Territories at Norman Wells and Fort Good Hope.  In 1967, he underwent surgery for a back fusion at Calgary's General Hospital, where he met Violet May Anderson, a Registered Nurse, whom he married on November 14th, 1969. From 1967 to 1974 he continued to work for Heiland Exploration now as a Party manager at Inuvik and Tuktoyyaktuk in the North West Territories and Old Crow in the Yukon. Family responsibilities prompted him to return to Calgary, where he purchased a new home and worked for the Co-operators from 1974 to 1984. Since then he had been self employed. His oldest son Troy Jeffery was born on January 31st, 1972 and Colin Andrew "surfaced the web" on October 30th, 1975. After Vi's death from ALS in 2002, he moved to Midale, Saskatchewan. where he purchased the home of his mother-in-law, Emmeline Anderson and where he cared for Emmeline who was in a Seniors' Housing Unit. After her death in 2003, he moved to Stenen, Saskatchewan where he purchased a house next to Wilson Memorial United Church. After his mother Lena died in 2004, he moved in 2005, into an apartment building at Yorkton, Saskatchewan where he met Edith Podovinikoff, who became his special friend and confidant.   For many years, Don became well known, respected, and appreciated at Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta Trade Shows and Markets, where he promoted URAD (an excellent self-shining leather cream), beaded magnetic jewellery, cell phone boosters, and potato bakers, designed and made by Edith, who often accompanied and assisted him at those events. That Don's expertise, skills, and talents were in salesmanship cannot be doubted! Working for the Co- operators, he earned family trips throughout Canada for meeting sales objectives, He was also acknowledged with a framed photograph with a plaque that read. "Donald F. Davis - Alberta Regional Million dollar Club." No one can say that Don's life wasn't interesting and varied. He was a fan of football, baseball, curling and hockey, and like most Saskatchewanians living in Alberta - a vocal supporter of the Saskatchewan Rough Riders. He enjoyed music, card playing, travelling, eating out, socializing attending church, and the list could go on and on.  Some will remember Don for his quick wit, unforgettable humour, positive attitude, sense of fairness, and strong and enduring faith in an ever living, loving God. Others will say that he was honest, sincere, generous, industrious, and persevering. And then, there will be a few who will say that he was too frank and straightforward. Yet, to many he was a comic/comedian, a people person, an entertainer, and a joker/prankster. Above all, he was a unique conversationalist, story teller, and relater who had a penchant and flare for telling stories. and jokes. His sons Troy and Colin say that everywhere the family went their Dad met someone who knew him. Some human beings just exist. Not Don - he lived life fully, intensely, with enthusiasm, joy and love.   On March 9th he was taken by ambulance to Yorkton Health Centre and then on March 24th he was transferred to Regina General Hospital where he peacefully succumbed to pneumonia in S-ICU at 9:08 a.m. March 30th, with friend Edith and twin brother John at his side. Praise be to God for Don Davis. Through him all of us have been enriched and inspired in one way or another.  Predeceased by his wife Vi in 2002; father Fred in 1989; mother Lena in 2004; and a sister in infancy, he is survived by son Troy (Tanya) and their children Ethan, Jaedon, and Bethany of Edmonton; son Colin (Alithea) and daughters MeiLyn and Alena of Calgary; sister Juanita (Paul) Juneau of Saskatoon; twin brother John of Stenen; special friend Edith Podovinikoff of Yorkton; as well as numerous cousins and many, many friends.   The Prayer Service was held in the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home on Sunday, April 5th, 2009, at 7:00 p.m.. The Funeral Service was held in the Grace United Church in Sturgis, on Monday. April 16th, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.. Interment followed at the Stoney Creek Cemetery Inc., (formerly the Russian Ukrainian Protestant Cemetery) by Stenen, SK. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Grace United Church Memorial Fund or to the Stoney Creek Cemetery Inc. as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements had been entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Lena Hudye (nee Kuzyk)

Canora Courier, April 8, 2009 Page 22

Lena Hudye beloved wife of Mike Hudye of Canora, passed away on Saturday, March 28th, 2009 at the Canora Hospital, at the age of 83 years.   Lena was born on the farm in the Fort Pelly District on December 23rd, 1925 to Nick and Anne (nee Barteski) Kuzyk. She attended school at Fort Pelly. Lena married Mike on March 2nd, 1943 and together they had four children - Caroline, Elaine.   Ron and Wendy. They settled in the Pretty View area. After a number of moves they farmed in the Smerenie District, where for many years family and friends, especially the younger children, thoroughly enjoyed their visits to the farm. Everyone always received a warm welcome from Lena and Mike. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all have many cherished memories of spending time with Baba. After moving to Canora in 1996, Mike and Lena became members of the Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church and Lena was also a member of the UCWL. Over the years Lena made numerous trips to Toronto to visit her mother, younger sisters and extended family. This allowed her to establish the same special relationship with her nieces and nephews in Toronto that she had with family here. She will be dearly missed by all.   Lena is survived by her husband Mike, her daughter Elaine (Peter) Shykitka and their daughters, Sheryl (Ambrose) Hengen with her sons Riley, Michael, Jason and Tyler: and Brenda (Ben) Burns with daughters Brittany, Kaitlin (her son Dayde) and Megan; daughter Wendy (Don) Nadane; Norma Hudye and children Shannon (Christine Jarrett) Hudye with children Kayla and Seth. Jamieson (Kendall) Hudye with children Chase and Payton, Rachel (Nichol) Martinuik and their children Murdock and Macy. She is also survived by her sisters and a brother. Paul Kuzyk. Marian Mahyr, Helen Bosovich. Jeanette Urechko. Ann Stewart. and Stella McDonald. Lena was predeceased by her parents, a daughter Caroline. and a son Ron, a sister Olivia and a brother Joe.  Prayer Services were held on Tuesday, March 31st. at the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home with Rev. Fr. Basil Malowany officiating. The Funeral Liturgy was held at the Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canora on Wednesday. April 1st, with Rev. Fr. Peter Pidskalny officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora Palliative Care, Canora Hospital, as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Mike Kostiuk

Canora Courier, April 8, 2009 Page 23

Mike Kostiuk passed away suddenly in his home in Canora, on March 17th, 2009 at the age of 87 years. Mike was born on March 15th, 1922 in Swan Plain, Saskatchewan to John and Mary (nee Yurkiw) Kostiuk.   Mike attended school in Polcapell, Swan Plain and Wassnia school in Dnieper, Saskatchewan. Mike joined the armed forces in 1942. Following his discharge, he moved back to Swan Plain and in 1944 assumed the position of postmaster. He also helped his father in the blacksmith shop and on the farm. In 1971, Mike moved to Campbell River, BC where he worked for many years as a high school custodian. Upon his retirement, he moved back to Saskatchewan and settled in Canora. Mike was a member of the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Churches in Swan Plain and Canora. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also loved music, playing several instruments. He played in a number of orchestras in the Swan Plain area, playing at dances and weddings. Mike loved to laugh and was always ready with a good (and sometimes bad) joke.  Mike will be dearly missed by his family and friends and is lovingly remembered by: his brother Walter of Kamsack, his nephew Peter (Linda) Kostiuk of Winnipeg and his niece Marianne (Darrol) Hofmeister of Regina; his grandnephews: Jeremy Kostiuk of Winnipeg, Taylor (Lindsay) Kostiuk of Winnipeg; his grandnieces: Dara Hofmeister of Calgary, and Kali Hofmeister of Regina. He was predeceased by his parents: John and Mary, his sister Emily Kowch and his brother Peter.  The Prayer Service was held on Friday April 312009 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Service was held Saturday, April 4th, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., both from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Very Rev. Fr. Mikolaj Derewianka officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make a donation to the Canora Keen Age Center. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Richard Dutchak

Canora Courier, April 15, 2009 Page 17

DUTCHAK: In loving memory of Richard, husband, father and grandfather, who passed away April 21, 2007.

The golden gates softly opened,

Two years ago today: With goodbyes left unspoken,

You quietly passed away.

God gave us strength to bear it.

And courage to stand the blow;

And what it meant to lose you.

No one will ever know.

- Forever loved and sadly missed by Eleanor, Debbie, Mervin, Cindy, Blaine, Breanna and Dustin.


Bill Chursinoff

Canora Courier, April 15, 2009 Page 17

CHURSINOFF: In memory of Bill, passed away November 18,1975; Daniel, January 23, 1978; Dora, September 20, 1997; Alex, April 19, 2008.

In our hearts your memory lingers,

Sweetly tender, fond and true;

There is not a day, dear family,

That we do not think of you.

- Always loved and missed by Doris (Lloyd) and family, Vern and family.


Polly Gurski

Canora Courier, April 15, 2009 Page 17

GURSKI, Polly: April 19, 1998.

To love a Mom

To part is the greatest trial to a human heart.

Years of striving, little of play, loving, giving the whole of the way.

A cherished smile,

A heart of gold.

To the dearest mother, grandmother and great-grandmother,

The world could hold.

Happy memories, fond and true.

From us who thought the world of you.

Beautiful memories are treasured ever,

Of happy days when we were together.

With aching hearts, we whisper low.

God bless you mom, we'll miss you so.

Father in heaven, hear our prayer,

Guard our mother with tender care.

Be a good shepherd, don't leave her alone,

Love her as we loved her when she was here at home.

- Love your family.


Michael Grona

Canora Courier, April 15, 2009 Page 17

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

Fondly loved and deeply mourned,

Heart of my heart. I miss you so:

Often my darling my tears will flow:

Dimming your picture where'er I go.

'Tis sad but true. I will abide.

Until some day we'll be side by side.

- Deeply missed from wife jean and family.


John Steranko

Canora Courier, April 22, 2009 Page 16

STERANKO: In loving memory of John, brother and uncle, who passed away April 25 , 2008.

Remembrance is a golden chain,

Death tries to break, but all in vain;

To have, to love and then to part,

Is the greatest sorrow of our hearts.

Time may wipe out many things,

But this they wipe out never;

The memory of those happy days,

When we were all together.

- Lovingly remembered by sister Helen and children.


Peter Okrainetz

Canora Courier, April 22, 2009 Page 16

OKRAINETZ, Peter: In loving memory of my husband Peter, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who passed away April 27, 2007.

Although you are not beside us.

You are never far away;

For you are always in our hearts.

Through every passing day.

- Sadly missed by wife Elizabeth, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and families.


Bill Chursinoff

Canora Courier, April 22, 2009 Page 16

CHURSINOFF: In memory of Bill, passed away November 18.1975: Daniel, January 23, 1978; Dora, September 20, 1997; Alex, April 19, 2008.

In our hearts your memory lingers,

Sweetly tender, fond and true;

There is not a day, dear family,

That we do not think of you.

- Always loved and missed by Doris (Lloyd) and family, Verna and family.


Stan Scheschuk

Canora Courier, April 22, 2009 Page 16

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

So much has changed since you've been gone,

Through ups and downs our lives move on;

But as time rolls by one thing remains true,

We'll always have memories of you.

- Love always, wife Helen, children and grandchildren.


Mary Tataryn (nee Werboweski)

Canora Courier, April 22, 2009 Page 18

Mary Tataryn, beloved wife of John Tataryn of Canora passed away on Saturday April 11th, 2009 at the Norquay Health Centre at the age of 82 years.   Mary was born on the farm in the Swan Plain district on August 18th, 1926 to Mike and Annie (nee Ruzycki) Werboweski. She attended Swan Plain School to grade eight. Before her marriage she worked on a farm south of Norquay for Steve and Anne Yurkiw for five years. She also worked at the Villa Hotel for Ethel Gunn in Norquay and one winter she worked as a cook's helper at Sorchuk's and Larson's sawmills. On November 20th, 1945 Mary married John Tataryn at Arran Ukrainian Catholic Church. Mary and John lived on John's father's homestead where they farmed and raised four children. While on the farm Mary worked hard at gardening, cooking and helping out with the farm. She always welcomed many family and friends to their home. She was always remembered for her famous moose meatballs by her nieces and nephews and family. She was involved with the Swan Plain Hall and the church. She loved picking mushrooms and berries with family and friends. She also liked to sew and do embroidery. Mary was a wonderful baker and cook. She loved raising her chickens and selling eggs and cream to help out. Mary loved going to church, singing at church and one of her favourite songs was Xpuctoc Bockrec.   Mary endured many hardships, especially with a couple of fires at their home. The last fire in 1994 destroyed their home. They then moved to Canora and she resided there for eight years. Because of failing health, the Norquay Health Centre became her home for the past seven years.  Mary was predeceased by her parents, Mike and Anne, son Michael, brothers Peter, Bill and Ernie. Mary is survived by her husband John of Canora, son Steve of Hudson Bay, Cynthia (Ernie) Gazdewich of Canora. Kelvin (Laura) Tataryn of Edson Alberta, grandchildren Michelle (Allan) and Madeline Eckhart of Springside, Amanda Gazdewich of Leduc Alberta, Jeffrey (Gina) and Sara Tataryn of Calgary Alberta, Brittney Tataryn of Vancouver B.C., and Delaney Tataryn of Edson Alberta, daughter-in-law Sylvia Tataryn­Urbshott of Calgary, sisters Pauline Bear of Kamsack, Evelyn (Victor) Yacyshyn of Yorkton and Minnie (Bill) Rudnitsky of Yorkton, her mother-in-law, Sophia Tataryn of Norquay and many nieces and nephews.   The Prayer Service was held in the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home on Monday, April 13th, 2009, at 7:00 p.m.. The Funeral Service was held in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, Canora, on Tuesday, April 6th, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.. Interment followed at the Canora Cemetery.  Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Norquay Health Centre or the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Steve Ostapowich, Ann Ostapowich

Canora Courier, April 22, 2009 Page 19

OSTAPOWICH, Steve and Anne: Steve passed away on January 19,1996 in Kelowna, B.C. and Anne passed away April 4, 2009 in Penticton, B.C. Steve and Anne farmed in Canora, Saskatchewan area for many years until moving to Kelowna in 1972. Both Steve and Anne loved gardening and fishing.   Surviving are daughter, Tammy (Roger) Hickson of Penticton; grandchildren, Dylan and Stephanie; Anne's brothers Bill and Steve Chernesky; Steve's sister Rose Pozium and brother Willie Ostapowich as well as many other relatives.   Steve and Anne's ashes will be interred at Lakeview Cemetery, Penticton at a later date. Arrangements in care of Everden Rust Funeral Services - 493-4112.


Alex Prokopetz

Canora Courier, April 22, 2009 Page 19

Alex Prokopetz. a long-time resident of Canora. passed away on April 14th, 2009 at the Canora Gateway Lodge, at the age of 82.   Alex was born on the family homestead in the Gorlitz area on January 20th,1927 to Nick and Lena (nee Hupka) Prokopetz. He attended the Dobronowetz School. Throughout his life Alex enjoyed associating with people. He was known for his helpfulness, and kindness and he loved going to church, especially on Ukrainian Holidays. Alex enjoyed gardening and was an excellent housekeeper. He liked music and dancing. Many people in the district depended on Alex when there was some extra work to do. On March 4th, 2005, Alex became a resident of the Canora Gateway Lodge.  Alex was predeceased by his parents and grandparents. He is survived by his half-brother Steve, and a half-sister Annie of Victoria, BC and cousin Bill Prokopetz of Regina.   The Funeral was held at the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora SK. on Thursday, April 16th, at 3:00 p.m. with Very Reverend Archpriest Mikolaj Derewianka 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. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Paul Danyluk

Canora Courier, April 29, 2009 Page 20

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

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 everyday;

Unseen and unheard, but always near,

So loved, so missed and so very dear.

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


Rosie Slapinsky (nee Kizinkewich)

Canora Courier, April 29, 2009 Page 23

Rosie Slapinsky of Canora, SK passed away April 15, 2009. Rose was born on February 20th,1913 to Mike and Amelia (nee Fulawka) Kizinkewich of the Stenen district. She attended Mannanah school and helped on the family farm. On August 27, 1934 she was united in marriage to Mike Slapinsky at the Roman Catholic Church in Stenen. Together the couple farmed in the Stenen district until 1962. They then moved into Canora. Rose worked at the Canora Hospital and other various jobs in Canora and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Rose was a faithful member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church and belonged to the CWL. She always attended church and prayed the rosary every day. Rose enjoyed gardening, knitting and most of all fishing. She spent a lot of her time in the later years at the Keen Age Center at Canora, making lunches and playing cards. After the passing of her husband, she went to live with her daughter Eleanor. Due to failing health, she moved to the Canora Gateway Lodge in July of  2004.  Rose is lovingly remembered by her two daughters: Eleanor Dutchak, Canora; Evelyn (John) Dutchak, Canora; grandchildren, Debbie Dutchak (Mervin), Cindy (Blaine) McCormick, Nestor (Cindy) Dutchak, Chester Dutchak, Darcy (Deena) Dutchak; great-grandchildren, Breanna and Dustin McCormick and Kendra Dutchak; sisters: Verna Michaluk, Hazel Kaye and Vicki Hughes. Rose was predeceased by her husband, Mike (1989); son-in-law, Richard Dutchak (2007); her parents, Mike and Amelia; her sisters, Ann, Marge, Lena and Mary; brothers: Harry, Joe and Matt.  Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, April 18th, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Canora, SK with Rev. Dr. Vitalis Azike, Celebrant. Prayers were held on Friday, April 17th, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Canora. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery, Canora, SK .   The Pallbearers were her grandchildren: Chester Dutchak, Nestor Dutchak, Debbie Dutchak, Breanna McCormick, Darcy Dutchak, Cindy McCormick.   For family and friends so wishing donations in memory of Rose may be made to St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Canora or to a mass offering.  Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel &Crematorium, Weybum, SK (848-0333 - 1-888-848-0333). If so desired, expressions of sympathy to the family may be sent to our website at www.rdfamilymemorialchapel.com "Our family serving your family."


Tennie Dutka (nee Mihaychuk)

Canora Courier, April 29, 2009 Page 23

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Teenie Dutka, loving wife of Alex Dutka and mother of Sylvia Lewchuk at Aspen Bluffs Villa in Yorkton, Saskatchewan at the age of 88 years.   Teenie Dutka was born October 24,1920, the daughter of Wasyl and Annie Skihar (Mihaychuk), pioneers of Gorlitz, Sk. Teenie attended Ukraina School until the age of 15, when she left to seek work in a variety of odd jobs including household chores, gardening and farm labour. For this she received $5-­$10 per month plus room and board.   In 1939 Teenie married Alex Dutka in St. Basil Ukrainian Orthodox Church, approximately four miles southwest of Gorlitz SK. They were blessed with one daughter, Sylvia. Teenie was readily accepted by her new family and lived with and looked after her in-laws until they passed on. In addition to growing a large vegetable and flower garden and tending to farming duties, she enjoyed working alongside her husband on their mixed farm. Upon leaving the farm and moving to Yorkton in 1961, she became accustomed to a new way of life in the city. Teenie maintained a special fondness for flowers as well as looking after her home and garden. She also worked in a local processing plant for six years.   Teenie originally belonged to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Burgis. Upon moving to Yorkton, she joined the congregation there in 1962 and became a member of the ladies association who provided hospitality services in community and church sponsored activities. She also spent much of her time visiting the sick and infirm. Teenie enjoyed and actively participated in gardening, food preservation, baking and the creation of unique Easter eggs. She bowled and was on the Yorkton Ladies Bowling League for sixteen years. Teenie liked to make potholders which she gave away to the many relatives and friends who came to visit. She also enjoyed music and working on her word search puzzles and said that the many words stimulated her thoughts.   Teenie loved a household full of people and warmly welcomed family and friends to her home. She was an expert cook and skilled and practiced baker. Everyone enjoyed Teenie's delicious home cooked meals, especially her perogies and baked cornmeal. Her chocolate chip cookies became known as "Teenie's cookies" because they were so delicious. Her house was adorned with many many pictures of family and friends. A very special young admirer said Teenie had a "picture house". Teenie loved being active and was always busy doing something until her health necessitated them to move from their own home of 47 years to Aspen Bluffs Villa in August of 2008. Teenie was well liked by all who knew her. She will be remembered for her kind heart, thoughtfulness and compassion for others.    Teenie is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Alex; her daughter, Sylvia and son-in-law, Les Lewchuk of Richmond, BC; her sisters, Annie Wasylenchuk and Mary Chornomud of Yorkton, Sk, Lee Mitchell of Port Alberni, BC, Elsie Mailer and Nell Cooper of Edmonton, AB; brother, Matt Skihar of Delta BC and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Wasyl and Annie; her brother, John Skihar and her sister, Kathy Zelych.   Funeral Services were held on Monday, April 20, 2009 from the Chapel of Christie's Funeral Home in Yorkton, Saskatchewan with the Very Reverend Father Mel Slashinsky officiating. The Cantor, Gerald Yaholnitsky, assisted with the singing of the service. The interment followed in the Yorkton Memorial Gardens, Garden of Gethsemane with Terry Chornomud, Lyle Hardy, Merv Hunt and Gerald Wiwchar serving as the casket bearers.  Special thanks to all the wonderful staff at Aspen Bluffs Villa for their care and support while Teenie was a resident in the Villa. Friends so wishing may make donations in Teenie's memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan as tokens of remembrance.   Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Christie's Funeral Home & Crematorium, Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Friends so wishing may forward their condolences to the family by visiting www.christiesfuneralhome.com


Michael 'Mike' Peter Tratch

Canora Courier, April 29, 2009 Page 23

Michael 'Mike' Peter Tratch of Canora passed away at the Theodore Health Centre on April 15th, 2009 at the age of 95 years.   Mike was born on February 9th, 1914 in the Mikado district to Nick and Mary (nee Wilgocz) Tratch. He was one of thirteen children. He attended Bogucz School from age eight to fourteen, when he quit to help on the farm. Mike married Anna Derkatch on July 16th, 1934. This union led to the birth of one child, their son Paul. They farmed in the Mikado district for six years. At that time, he tried mushroom farming which failed because he only got one mushroom. He sold his quarter of land to his brother Laurie. They moved to Bowsman in 1940 where he operated the Imperial Oil and Cockshutt dealership along with a trucking company. He also had a livery barn and purchased one quarter of land as well as having a pig ranch. Unfortunately, Mike and Anna separated in 1946. He continued to run the dealership until 1947 at which time he purchased the Glenavon Hotel. He ran the hotel for ten years. While running the hotel, he purchased three quarters of land in 1949 at Hazel Dell which is still farmed by his son Paul and grandson Gerald. In 1952, he started clearing the land with the cat he bought which led into a business of custom land clearing and breaking. He would clear bush during the week and go back to Glenavon to run the hotel on the weekends. The reason he got out of the hotel business was because of the government regulations which he complained about until his passing. He traded the hotel for three quarters of land and machinery at Invermay which he farmed until he retired.   Mike went to Churchill in 1961 to build the rocket launching site. He spent one full year up in Churchill and then parts of the following three years. Anybody who visited him would have noticed his infatuation of polar bears. At sixty-two, he purchased his home in Canora and continued to farm in Invermay. There were many trips back and forth from Invermay with Rex, his dog. Mike sold his land in 1980 and at that time purchased a lot and built a cabin at Canora Beach. The cabin was for him and his grandchildren to enjoy. There were many good times enjoyed by family and friends because Mike liked to entertain with his two-finger shots. Retirement was fully enjoyed with fishing, sometimes even with two or three rods in the water. He really enjoyed taking his great-grandchildren fishing, even sometimes before the sun was up. He also enjoyed hunting, but more for the conversation because Neil and Ivan don't remember shooting anything. Fond memories of the great-grandchildren were going to the garbage dump and sometimes coming back with more garbage than they took. Also, spam, revels, McCain cream pies, and Wonder Bread were his delicacies. On February 9th of this year, he celebrated his 95th birthday at home with his family having his favourite meal of fried chicken, Kokanokee beer and Wisers whiskey. The last few years were not his best being in and out of the hospital, but he managed to stay out of the care home, with the help of Cheryl and Neil, Mike and Violet Heshka, and Laurie Wasyliw until the last three weeks of his life. Mike will be dearly missed by his family and friends.   He is survived by his son Paul; his grandchildren: Neil (Laurie) and their family: Stephanie (Bryce) Makenna and Morgan, Darryl (Robyn); Barbara (Aaron) and their family: Rhonda (Terry), Kimberly and Kayson, Kyle and Rachelle; Wayne (Liz); Gerald; Cheryl (Ivan) and their family: Evan, Roxilana (Kyle) and Mykola; his sisters: Julia Yaworski and Mary Ostafie; daughter-in-law: Honor Trach as well as numerous nieces and nephews.   The Vigil of Prayer was held on Monday, April 20th, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. both at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Canora with Rev. Dr. Vitalis Azike, Celebrant. The Rite of Committal followed at the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to St. Joseph's R.C. Church or to the Canora Hospital Auxiliary as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Anton (Tony) Sawka

Canora Courier, May 6, 2009 Page 11

In Loving Memory Anton (Tony) Sawka, May 9, 2008

Friends may think I have forgotten

When at times they see me smile

But little they know the heartache

My smile hides all the while.

For I often sit and think of you,

When I am all alone

For memory is the only thing

That grief can call it's own.

I think of you often, With Love - Nancy


Polly Chernoff

Canora Courier May 13, 2009 Page 16

CHERNOFF, Polly: May 11, 1911 - May 11, 1997.

Just a line of sweet remembrance,

Just a memory, fond and true;

Just a token of love's devotion,

That Our hearts still long for you.

- Thinking of you with love today Mom, and reminiscing about family times we've shared. Happy Birthday and Happy Mother's Day!

- Love from your daughters, Jean, Joyce, Doris and Nadia and their families.


Ervin Malischewski

Canora Courier May 13, 2009 Page 16

MALISCHEWSKI: In loving memory of Ervin, beloved husband, father, Grandfather and Opa. May 17,1999.

Ten years have passed,

Since one we loved was called away,

He left us quietly,

His thoughts unknown,

But left us a memory.

We are proud to own.

So treasure him Lord,

In your garden of rest,

For he was one of the best.

- Loved and remembered by wife Marge, daughters Viola, Cindy, son Mervin and families.


Rosie Matwijeczko, Nick Matwijeczko

Canora Courier May 13, 2009 Page 16

In loving memory of Rosie and Nick Matwijeczko. Our mom and dad, our baba and gido, who passed away May 7, 1996 and February 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.

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


Harry George Kolisnek

Canora Courier May 13, 2009 Page 18

It is with great sadness that the family of Harry George Kolisnek announce his passing at the Canora Hospital on Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 at the age of 78 years.   Harry was born on May 27th, 1930 in Yorkton, SK to Metro and Dora (nee Dumka) Kolisnek. He lived on a farm in the Drobot area where he attended school while growing up. At the tender age of seventeen, Harry relocated to Sudbury, ON and began work as a miner. He worked for thirty-seven years, two years being at Inco and thirty-five years at Falcon bridge. He was very eager to work there and mislead them about his age only showing them his birth certificate after he turned eighteen, a year later. When he was twenty-three, he married Victoria Andrusiak on July 12th, 1953 in the Mazeppa area. They were blessed with three daughters: Gail, Sandra, Linda and son Kenneth. Due to life's many struggles, they decided to go their separate ways. He stayed in Sudbury, ON until 2001. There he left behind his good friends, Jeannette and Diana Laframboise to be closer to his children. He settled into Canora life quite easily. He enjoyed sitting behind Doug on the motorcycle going for rides, playing bingo and playing cards (throwing his arms up in victory), going to check the mail with his scooter never forgetting to also gather chocolate bars (mostly to redistribute), Corn Flakes and a container of milk. His routines also earned him the nickname, Mr. Pork Chop, whenever he went out for supper (wonder how he got that nickname and from where!!). Oh, yes, we can't forget the trips to Yorkton for his Tim Horton doughnuts and Wendy's napkins (which collected a lot). Harry will be dearly missed by all.   He is lovingly remembered by his daughters and son: Gail (Doug) O'Dell of Canora, Linda Kolisnek of Prince George, B.C. and Ken (Carol) Kolisnek of Yorkton; his five grandchildren: Tammy Bobyk (Kelly Jacquemart) of Canora, Cory (Ronda) O'Dell of Canora, Nolan (Jaime) O'Dell of Saskatoon, Seth and Kade Kolisnek of Yorkton; his four great grandsons: Sydney Bobyk of Estevan, Levi and Todd Bobyk of Canora, Tiernan O'Dell of Saskatoon and two step-great- granddaughters Ashlynn Hagel O'Dell of Saskatoon and Kirsten Robert of Canora as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Harry was predeceased by his daughter Sandra in infancy, his mother Dora, his father Metro, his brothers Mike, John, Steve and Bill, his sisters Stephania Maximuik, Mary Drobot, Alice Jamrozik, Vivian Bozek, two brothers in infancy and grandson-in- law Lyndon Bobyk.  The Funeral Service was held at the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home on Thursday, May 7th, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Fr. Andrew Piasta officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may a donation to the Canora Hospital Auxiliary as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements had been entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora (563-5671).


Daniel Dutchak

Canora Courier May 13, 2009 Page 19

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of a loving husband, father. brother, and uncle, Daniel Dutchak of the Mamornitz district. Daniel passed away on Monday, April 27th, 2009, in Regina with son Kristin at his side. He was 64 years old.   Daniel, son of Alexander and Stefaniya (nee Kushlyk) Dutchak, was born on March 1st, 1945, at the Canora Union Hospital. He grew up in a Ukrainian farming community and attended Mamornitz public school. He quit high school and went to work at his uncle's golf course in Regina. Later he worked at Quaker Oats in Saskatoon, and then 30 years as an elevator manager for the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. He was stationed at Totzke, MacNutt, and Canora. He made many close friends with his co-workers. After retiring from the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, he continued to operate the century old family farm until his passing. He loved farming; he loved the land and he loved to see his crops grow. He married Adeline Gawryliuk on August 4th, 1967 at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canora. They were blessed with three beautiful children, two boys and a girl. Daniel was a dedicated lifetime member of the Dormition of the Holy Mother of God Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Mamornitz, serving as elder (starshyi brat), trustee, vice president, bell ringer (dzvonar) and custodian of the church and cemetery. He loved his church and he loved to serve the Lord. He also enjoyed the tradition of Ukrainian Christmas carolling, an important part of Christmas. He was a keen sharpshooter, an avid hunter, for which he won many trophies. He also loved fishing, mushroom picking and making his own special blend of wood-smoked sausage. He valued education. He encouraged his children to excel in school. All three are university graduates. He was also proud of the achievements of his nieces and nephews. He was a fun-loving man, a great story-teller with a keen sense of humour.  He is survived by his wife, Adeline of 42 years, sons Jason of Canora, Kristin and wife Amy of Regina and daughter Brenlee of Saskatoon, two sisters: Mary Dymianiw (Bill) of Edmonton and Jennie of Ottawa, his brother Mike of Wadena, mother-in-law Mary Gawryliuk of Theodore, SK, sisters-in-law Phyllis Gulutzan (Lawrence) of Saskatoon, Cheryl Hoffman (Gerald) of Theodore, Bernice Whitbread (Kelly) of Saskatoon, brother-in-law Donnie Gawryliuk of Theodore and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Alexander and Stefaniya Dutchak of Buchanan, grandmother Dominka of the Buchanan district, and father-in-law Alex Gawryliuk of Theodore. He will be deeply missed by his family.   The Prayer Service (panakhyda) was held on Friday, May 1st, 2009, at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Canora, followed by a Funeral Liturgy, on Saturday, May 2nd with interment in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Cemetery in Mamornitz. Very Reverend Archpriest Mikolaj Derewianka officiated at the services assisted by Reverend Brent Kuzek and Very Reverend Archpriest Peter Wasylenko. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Mamornitz Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora.


Lena Bugera

Canora Courier May 13, 2009 Page 19

Lena Bugera of Canora passed away on May 6th, 2009 at the Canora Hospital, at the age of 78 years.   Lena was born on September 27, 1930 on the family farm near Dernic, SK, to Stanley and Anne Brezinski. She attended Wolna School while helping her parents on the farm. She married Philip Bugeraon June 6th, 1950 at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Tiny. SK. Following their marriage, Philip and Lena farmed on his grandfather's (Jan Bugera) homestead and resided there until their retirement in 1989. That year, they moved to Canora where they built a home on Parker Crescent. Philip and Lena never had a honeymoon, so for their 25th Anniversary, they went to Hawaii, as well they travelled to other places such as: Texas, B.C., Disneyland, Niagara Falls, Las Vegas and the Black Hills. Lena was a long-time member of the C.W.L. She loved to garden and had many other talents such as sewing, crocheting, crafts and cooking. Lena and Philip loved to play cards and enjoyed gathering with family and friends for birthdays and other celebrations. The staff at the Canora Hospital loved Lena's wit and sense of humour. She will be dearly missed by all.   Lena was predeceased by her husband Philip, her parents, Stanley and Anne (Nee Derkatch) Brezinski, a daughter Evangeline Bugera, and her sister, Rose Wolkowski. She is survived by two sons, James and Curtis of Canora, two daughters Bernadette (Maynard) Spilchen of Saskatoon and Cynthia (Garry) Landstad of Yorkton; three brothers Edward Brezinski of Buchanan, Edmund (Isabelle) Brezinski of Edmonton and Bernard (Sylvia) Brezinski of Weyburn: three sisters, Adela Kowalyshen of Canora, Helen Yashinski of Yorkton, and Steffie Wionzek of Canora; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; Dave (Kim) Robinson and their children Josie, Davey, and Cameron; and Winston (Belibeth) Robinson all of Thunder Bay, Kyle and Danielle Spilchen of Saskatoon, and Jessica, Andrea and Alison Landstad of Yorkton.   The Vigil of Prayer was held on Sunday, May 10th, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday, May 11th,2009 at 11:00 a.m., both at the St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Canora with Rev. Dr. Vitalis Azike, Celebrant. Rite of Committal followed at the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Diabetes Association as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563­5671).


Adeline Bosovich (nee Okrainetz)

Canora Courier May 13, 2009 Page 19

Adeline Bosovich of Wadena, passed away on May 6th, 2009 at the Yorkton Health Center, at the age of 91 years.   Adeline was the eldest child of Vincent and Mars Okrainetz. She helped her parents on the family farm until her marriage to John Bosovich. John and Adeline farmed five miles south of Rama. They moved to Wadena in 1973. Adeline worked for about 10 years at the Waneeda Seniors Lodge as a cook. She baby sat her neighbours' children for two years, enjoyed her gardening in summer and needlework in winters. Her family spent a lot of time in Wadena and that time was precious to Adeline. She loved to cook for everyone.  Adeline was predeceased by, her parents, Vincent and Mary, a daughter Joan Harrisen, a son, Carl, a daughter-in-law, Phyllis Bosovich, sisters Annie Krawetz and Nel Haichert, brothers Paul, Steve, Peter, Wasyl and Tom. She is survived by her husband of 72 years, sons, Eugene of Langham, Norm (Elda) of Rama, and Ron (Darlene) of Regina; her daughters, Stella (Tom) Cook of Qualicum Beach, B.C. and Olga (James) Sweet of Sidney B.C., her brothers, Joe Okrainetz of Canora, Frank (Jennie) Okrainetz of Hamilton, Mike (Olga) Okrainetz of Saskatoon, and Karl (Nettie) Okrainetz of Canora; and her sisters, Rose Moroz of Wainright AB and Stella Grona of Rama. Adeline had seventeen grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren.   The Prayer Service was held on Sunday, May 10th, 2009, at 7:00 p.m., at the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home. The Funeral Service was held on Monday, May 11th, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., at the Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Rama, with Rev. Fr. Joakim Rac officiating. Interment followed at the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Sts; Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Rama as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements had been entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Marjorie Estelle Johnson (nee Roe)

Canora Courier, May 20, 2009 Page 23

Marjorie Estelle Johnson passed away peacefully in her home on May 4th, 2009 at the age of 94 years.   Marjorie was born on June 22nd, 1914 to George Wilmont and Ethel Mae (Longman) Roe in Canora, SK. She completed her education at the Canora School and followed with graduating from Normal Teachers College. Marjorie taught at rural schools and after her marriage to Dwayne Johnson on October 10th, 1940 at Kamsack, she continued teaching for several years, after which Marjorie and Dwayne raised their family on a farm southwest of Norquay. In 1999 they moved their farmhouse to Norquay, where they have continued to reside. They've enjoyed spending nine winters in Yuma, Arizona, but have especially enjoyed their family gatherings throughout the years. Marjorie has been a member of the Norquay Covenant Church, being involved with the Covenant Women's Ministry, a Sunday school teacher, cradle role visitations, and helping out with other church activities.  Marjorie was predeceased by her parents, and her brother, Roy Melvin Roe. She is survived by her husband Dwayne, her daughters Darleen (Don) Larson of Norquay, and Wendlyn Faye (Rod) Johnson of Norquay, her Grandchildren, Dean (K'Lynn) Larson, Darren (Sandra) Larson, Nola (Rodd) Meier, Ingrid (Doug) Wildman, Shane (Darcilynn) Johnson and Brenden (Teresa) Johnson, great­grandchildren Jeneen (Carl) Robinson, Melanie Larson, Staci Larson, Rachel Larson, Nathan Meier, Ava Meier, Caleb Wildman, Hannah Wildman, Linnea Wildman, Nicholas Wildman and one great-great-grandson Cole Larson.  A Visitation will be held on Thursday May 7th, 2009, at 7:00 p.m., and the Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 8th, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. - both from the Norquay Covenant Church in Norquay. The private family interment will have taken place at Norquay Covenant Parish Cemetery prior to the Memorial Service. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations in memory of Marjorie to the Norquay Covenant Church. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563­5671).


Marie Wilson

Canora Courier, May 20, 2009 Page 23

In loving memory of Marie Wilson  June 24, 1929 – May 21, 2006

Two bright eyes, a tender smile,

A loving heart that knew no guile,

Deep trust in God that all was right,

Her joy to make some others bright,

If sick or suffering one she knew,

Some gentle act of love she'd do,

No thought of self, but for others,

Her acts of kindness made you wonder.

Sadly missed along life's way,

Quietly remembered every day,

No longer in our life to share,

But in our hearts she's always there.

Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by Sister Iris and Friend Annette


Rose Kardynal

Canora Courier, May 20, 2009 Page 23

In Loving Memory of our Dear Wife, Mother and Baba, Rose Kardynal, who passed away on May 19, 2004

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 & 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

- We love you and miss you very much. Lovingly remembered by husband Steve, children Lisa (Grant), Carla (Brent), Shelly (Cork), Patrick (Bev), Randy and your 9 grandchildren, Dallas, Lucas, Branden, Bryce, Owen, Tyson, Justin, Steven and Jorden.


Albina Hrycenko

Canora Courier, May 27, 2009 Page 17

HRYCENKO, Albina: 

In loving memory of our dear mother and grandmother who became an angel in heaven one year ago.

We never ask for miracles,

But today just one would do;

To see the door push open,

And see you walking through.

If we could have one lifetime wish,

One wish that would come true;

We would wish with all our hearts,

For yesterday and you.

The things we feel most deeply,

Are the hardest to say;

For we, your family,

Loved you more than words could say.

Remembering you is easy,

We do it every day;

But missing you is heartache,

That never goes away.

Our hearts still ache with sadness,

Silent tears still flow;

For what it meant to lose you,

No one will ever now!

- Forever loved and missed, your children and grandchildren.


Albina Hrycenko

Canora Courier, May 27, 2009 Page 17

HRYCENKO, Albina:

The dearest sister and sweetest friend,

One of the best whom God could lend.

You're not forgotten sister dear,

Nor ever shall you be;

As long as life and memory last,

We'll always love and remember thee.

- Lovingly remembered by Lillian and Bert Hahn and families.


Wayne Connolly

Canora Courier, June 3, 2009 Page 11 - Invermay items Personal items of interest to Invermay & district readers

Wayne Connolly, age 68, died suddenly in a farm accident on May 8. Wayne was born in Invermay to Leon and Edna Connolly. He attended Lone Spruce School.

Wayne started and ended his career in agriculture. He also worked as a salesman for McGavin's Bread, Coca­Cola and Bells Dairy.


Iris Mary Fraser (nee Soltys)

Canora Courier, June 3, 2009 Page 19

Iris Mary Fraser passed away at the Preeceville Lion's Hostel on March 25th, 2009 at the age of 78 years. Iris was born in Sturgis to Dmetro and Katherine (nee Kinaschuk) Soltys, on May 6th,1931. As a young girl, Iris attended the 'Old Brick School' in grades one to eleven about a block from her home. She completed grade twelve at the Sturgis Composite High School, the first year it opened in 1948. Following her schooling, Iris attended the Saskatchewan Normal School in 1949 to 1950 graduating with a teachers certificate. Her teaching career began at Orange Vale School, west of Preeceville, as well as Usherville and Chechow Schools. She met and married Howard Fraser on May 4th,1951 at Preeceville United Church. In 1960, Iris began teaching at the Sturgis Elementary School for twenty-seven years retiring in 1987. Together they lived in Flin Flon, MB and Calgary before returning to Sturgis, SK. Iris became involved in the Sturgis Read Club as treasurer for ten years and helped compile the Sturgis History Book as secretary. Iris and Howard enjoyed travelling and took many trips and bus tours in Canada and the United States. Iris, however, thoroughly enjoyed small town living and resided in Sturgis until her passing. She will be dearly loved and missed by her family and many friends.   Iris is predeceased by her parents, her brothers Terry and John Soltys and sister Stefania Forster. Iris is lovingly remembered by her husband Howard, her son Alan (Barbara) of Prince Albert, SK., her daughter Janice (Greg) Beatty of Sturgis, SK., one sister, Patricia (Richard) Coderre of Regina, SK., sisters-in-law Marie, Gladys and Ruby brothers-in law, Harold and Ken, five grandchildren, James (Rheann), Andrea (Marty), Jason, Megan, and Garrett (Tracy) and their children, Iris' great-grandchildren, Cailyn and Rhyan, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.   The Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 from the Grace United Church in Sturgis, with Rev. Miles Russell officiating. Interment followed in Sturgis Community Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to Grace United Church, or to the Canadian Cancer Society as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora, (563-5671).


Ormy Edward Lyhkun

Canora Courier, June 3, 2009 Page 20

Peacefully on Wednesday, May 27, 2009, with his family by his side, Ormy Edward Lyhkun, passed away at the age of 7l years. His pain has ended, and ours begins as we move on without him in our daily lives.   Ormy was born on September 3, 1937 to Dolly (Ewaniuk) and William Lyhkun, at his family homestead near Canora, SK where he completed his education and helped on the farm. He grew up learning the value of hard work which he carried into all areas throughout his life.   During his young adult life he moved to B.C. to experience new adventures. Through family members, he learned of the thriving job opportunities in Red Lake. He was employed with Campbell Red Lake Gold Mines (Placer Dome) for 42 years working as an underground Miner, Shift Boss and retired as a Hoistman. After his retirement he went back on contract work until he retired for good to pursue a new career in playing with his new grandson. Ormy was often teased that even though he was a miner, he was still a "stubble jumper" as he spent a good part of his summers back on the farm doing what he truly enjoyed.   Ormy met Marlene and they were married in 1959. Soon they were blessed with two children, a daughter Lynette and then a son Darren, whom they raised in the Red Lake area. Although Ormy and Marlene separated many years ago, they remained friends with her being his caregiver during his illness. As their children, this was a true gift to see them caring for each other during such adversity. Ormy was a quiet man, often known as a hardworking man. He loved to be busy, and no job was too hard. Ormy loved to fish, and last summer was "shown up" by his grandson, who caught 5 fish on his kiddie rod, while "Grandpa" got none. He enjoyed hunting, gardening, snow machining (which he enjoyed for the last time in March with his son), and most outdoor work. Many people and a certain horse enjoyed his scrumptious ginger snap cookies that he baked. He liked to cook making perogies, roasts, chilli and his special cider. Ormy had sharp sense of humor with a skill of making bad jokes seem funny. Whether people knew Ormy or not, many recognized him as the man who always walked the little Beagle dog along the highway, summer or winter. He contributed his extra time to helping around the church with odd jobs. Ormy enjoyed traveling, although he often said he did not do enough of it. His dream was to travel to Alaska, which he intended to do this summer. We know that he can now travel the world and see all that he wanted to see. He is survived by his wife Marlene, children Lynette (Mike) Durand of Red Lake ON, Darren (Came) Lyhkun of Creighton SK, and his grandson Braxten Durand. As well, he has 2 sisters, Victoria (Paul) Bilous of Roblin, MB, Violet (Lawrence) Toffan of Canora, SK, and a brother Eugene of Hinton, AB. He was predeceased by his mother Dolly (2008), father William (1975), and brother John (2000). He has many surviving cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives.   A Funeral Mass was held at St Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church on Monday June 1st, 2009 at 11:00 am with Father Moses Nwosu officiating. Should friends desire, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society through HEROLD FUNERAL HOME LTD. "THE RED LAKE CHAPEL" P.O. BOX 237, RED LAKE, ON POV 2M0.


George Kuzek

Canora Courier, June 3, 2009 Page 20

George Kuzek of Canora, beloved husband of Sophie, passed away at the Canora Hospital on Sunday, May 24th, 2009 at the age of 89 years. George was born April 7th, 1920, in the Theodore District to Sam and Marie (nee Lopaschuk) Kuzek. He received his schooling at Chernovetz School north of Theodore. George worked as a farm labourer until he was called to the army, where he was conscripted to the Canadian Provost Corp in 1942. He served in England as a Military Policeman until his discharge in 1946. When he returned from the war he was a farm labourer for the Harper family outside of Regina until he became employed as a Cat operator for the RM of Insinger. George married Sophie Holowatuik on May 31, l953. In 1954 he began working for the RM of Good Lake. George and Sophie had six children.   They moved to Canora in 1972 and in 1979, for health reasons, George retired from the RM of Good Lake. In his retirement he enjoyed many trips to Reno, and in the winters visited their children and grandchildren in BC. Summers were spent gardening and fishing with Sophie. George was famous for growing garlic and making garlic braids, as well as growing huge onions and vegetables. George enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Many afternoons and evenings on Sundays and Holidays were spent playing cards (cribbage, canasta, penny rummy and kaiser). Each night before he went to bed he had a "malinkay lunch" (little lunch), and on Sunday, before he left us forever, he had his "malinkay lunch" - soup and ice cream.   George was predeceased by his parents, brothers: Bill, Nick, John, Metro and Peter, his sisters: Katie Kuzek, Eva Stewart and Rose Kautzman . He is survived by his wife, Sophie, three sons: Carl (Karen) of Vancouver BC, Brian (Connie) of Coquitlam BC, and Wayne (Corinne) of Surrey BC, three daughters: Rose (Allan) Pozniak of Rama SK, Donna (Bill) Pitts of Moose Jaw SK and Karen (Mike) Stroomer of Mission BC, brother Steve (Vera) of Crooked Lake SK, two sisters: Doris Lukiniuk of Canora SK and Elsie Rogers of Vancouver BC, a sister-in-law Pat Kuzek of Canora SK, nine grandchildren: Michael and Ashley Kuzek, Allan Jr. (Heather) Pozniak, Heather (Chris) Pshyk, Ryan and Kyle Kuzek, Rebecca and Matthew Kuzek and William Pitts, and three great-grandchildren: Xander Pozniak, Chloe Pshyk and Peyton Pozniak.   Prayer Service was held on Thursday, May 28th.  The Funeral Service was held on Friday, May 29th. Both services were held at the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora, with Very Rev. Fr. Mel Slashinsky officiating. Interment followed in the Riverside Cemetery, north of Theodore SK. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora Palliative Care Unit or to the Riverside Cemetery Fund. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Edmund Genoway

Canora Courier, June 3, 2009 Page 20

In Loving memory of Edmund Genoway - June 5th (1926- 2006)

Remembering you is easy,

We do it every day;

But missing you is a heartache,

That never goes away.

We think of you in silence,

No eyes can see us weep;

Many silent tears are shed,

When others are asleep.

Our lives go on without you,

But nothing is the same;

We always hide the heartache,

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.

Love Elsie and family


Nellie Werbowesky

Canora Courier, June 10, 2009 Page 18

WERBOWESKY: In loving memory of a dear mom and baba, Nellie, who passed away June 13, 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, Nicole and Thomas.


Vincent Pasloski

Canora Courier, June 10, 2009 Page 18

In loving memory of Vincent Pasloski who passed away June 16, 2002.

Those we love don't go away,

They walk beside us every day;

Unseen, unheard, but always near,

Still loved and missed forever dear.

Deep in our hearts a memory is kept,

To love, to cherish, and never forget;

Today, tomorrow, our whole lives through,

We'll always love and remember you.

- Love Sophie and family.


Nathan Brody Swan

Canora Courier, June 10, 2009 Page 20

Nathan Brody Swan. January 19, 1993 - May 17, 2000 Our dear boy - so full of love and life has been called away - he left us on Sunday morning - peacefully while asleep - to join his Dad and others. Our only comfort is knowing he's now spending that precious father/son time he has missed.   Dearly beloved son to Shelly. Beloved brother to Natasha and Dillon Swan. Christopher (Natasha) Swan, and Lindsey (Jeff) Propp. Beloved grandson to Don and Diane Clark. Beloved uncle to Chelsea, Abby and Lauren Swan and Luca Propp. So many more family and friends too numerous to mention - so full of love and missing Nathan's beautiful smile, dimpled cheeks and bright blue eyes. Predeceased by his Dad Jamie Swan May 24, 2000, his Uncle Jody Swan April 10, 2009, his cousin Jessie Clark, his grandparents Pat and Mae Swan, his great grandmother Edith Bellrose.   Nathan attended Carihi Secondary. The affection and support he received has made his Grade 10 year the best of his life. He loved the wood working, shop, sewing, and cooking classes.   Nathan enjoyed the Boy Scouts, Special Olympics ,camping trips, rock climbing, paint balling in the woods, the Disneyland trip. He was especially proud of the work he did for his Grandma Diane and Grandpa Donnie - helping out with so many of the chores as well as singing his favourite Johnny Cash and Elvis tunes to them. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire donations in memory of Nathan may be made to Cameryn's Cause at www.camerynscause.com or directly to 2520 Spring Road, Campbell River, BC V9W SK8.  Memorial tributes for the family may be left at www.Mem.com. Sutton's Campbell River Funeral Home "In Care of Arrangements" 250-287-4812.


Tina Lapshinoff (nee Nagraeff)

Canora Courier, June 10, 2009 Page 20

Tina Lapshinoff of Lloydminster, AB and formerly of Canora, passed away suddenly at her home at Pioneer Lodge in Lloydminster on June 2, 2009 at the age of 90 years.   Tina was born on June 19, 1918 on a farm 9 miles northeast of Canora Saskatchewan to Peter and Tanya Negraeff. She attended school at Phoenix farm school and enjoyed a childhood surrounded by 8 loving brothers and sisters. She met and married William (Bill) Lapshinoff on November 19, 1949 and they both worked for a time in Toronto and also Vancouver before settling to farm in the Pretty View School District 12 miles north of Verigin Saskatchewan. They had two sons, Bill & Lorne, and raised them on the farm enjoying great neighbours, friends and relatives where she gathered many of her fondest memories. They moved to Canora in 1973 at which time Tina went to work for a few years as a cook at the Skylark Hotel in Canora before retiring. Her husband Bill passed away in 1993 and her dear family and friends in Canora stepped in to ease her sorrow and loneliness. Tina never did retire from her passion for gardening which came second only to her love of her family, extended family, neighbours and friends. Her great joys were people, plants and cooking.   She loved her family very dearly and her pride just continued to grow with the arrival of Grandchildren and then of great-grandchildren. She received great joy in visits from brothers, sisters, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law as well as all of her nieces and nephews and would immediately phone her sons to excitedly ask "guess who visited me today?" She cherished all of her memories from the get­togethers with relatives and friends for card games and celebrations and beamed brightly when recounting all of their escapades, adventures and wonderful moments from those times. She enjoyed bingo and her bingo buddies and was a challenging opponent in Scrabble and cards which she honed playing with her sister Nellie and others. Reading and puzzles became her favourite pastimes later in life. Tina's passions for cooking and baking will be remembered by many that sat at her table for home cooked meals and traditional Russian dishes which were always followed with an assortment of never ending desserts. Also remembered will be her repeated offer of "there is more" or her insistence to "here, finish this up". Family and guests alike could not visit without being fed some of her wonderful creations. Tina eventually sold their home and moved into a Senior's Housing duplex in Canora, then to the Eaglestone Lodge in Kamsack and finally to the Pioneer Lodge in Lloydminster to be nearer to family.   Tina was predeceased by her husband Bill, her sisters Polly Zurloff, Mary Konkin, Anne Zarin, Nellie Danchuk, Lillian Nisbet; her brother John Negraeff as well as brothers in law and sisters in law. Left to cherish her love and memory are her son's families of Bill & Elaine and Lorne & Pat; her grandchildren Brad, Amber (Kelvin) & Kris; Great grandchildren Ocean, Savannah, Roman & Memphis; her brothers Henry (Doris) Negraeff and Peter (Sylvia) Negraeff; brother in law Cecil (Maxine) Lapshinoff; sister-in law Helen Eagan; along with numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly.   The Visitation was held on Friday, June 5th and the Funeral Service was held on Saturday, June 6th, both from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with the Canora Doukhobor Society officiating. Interment followed at the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora Doukhobor Society as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Jim Dorosh, Eugene Dorosh

Canora Courier, June 17, 2009 Page 20

DOROSH: In loving memory of our brothers: Jim, June 7, 2006; Eugene, June 23,2007.

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 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 within our hearts,

You will walk with us forever.

- Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by sisters, Margie, Bernice, Beverley and families.


Peter Pylypchuk

Canora Courier, June 17, 2009 Page 22

Peter Pylypchuk passed away at the Canora Hospital on June 5th, 2009 at the age of 93 years.   He was born to Magdelina (Woloschuk) and Andrew Pylypchuk, the second of six surviving children, on January 22, 1916 on the family homestead north of Mikado. He attended Verdant Valley School (SD#233). Even though his parents felt education was very important and Peter was a bright student, he was forced to quit school in grade 9 when his father became terminally ill. For the next fifteen years, Peter put his own life on hold in order to help his mother farm and raise her young family. On April 16, 1947, he married Jean Korolchuk of Clair, SK. They farmed north of Mikado. They first rented, and then in 1951, purchased their own farm. Peter served on the School Board as a Trustee, Chairman and as Secretary. He also served on the Wheat Pool Committee. Being a mixed farmer, Peter was a jack of all trades. In his semi-retirement years, he particularly enjoyed doing finishing carpentry and other woodworking projects. A number of homes in Canora and all his children's homes have kitchen cupboards and china cabinets built by him. Peter did a lot of general knowledge reading during his winters and retirement years until eyesight became a problem. He was a walking encyclopedia who particularly enjoyed studying geography. He was a sports enthusiast and especially enjoyed watching baseball. Fishing and doing crossword puzzles were another joy.  In 1964, they moved into Canora for 5 years until their children finished high school, when they moved back to the farm. During the early 1970s, they spent 2 winters working in Vancouver where they enjoyed the city life. In 1987, they permanently moved to Canora and later sold their farm. While health still permitted, they very much enjoyed traveling in their retirement years. They traveled throughout Canada. The highlights of their travels were trips to Fiji, Hawaii, Cuba, Florida, Expo 86 in Vancouver, and Cancun, Mexico. They raised 3 children: Gail (James) Thauberger (Regina); Ron (Margo) Pylypchuk (Thunder Bay, ON); Donna (Kenneth) Barrie (Calgary, AB). They have seven grandchildren: Dr. Devin (Jennifer) Thauberger (Louisville, KY); Dr. Lynndy (Carla) Thauberger (San Antonio, TX); Sean, Aaron and Alicia Barrie (Calgary, AB); Craig and Brad Pylypchuk (Thunder Bay, ON); and two great granddaughters, Jaiya and Keira Thauberger. Predeceased by his parents Andrew (1934) and Magdalena (1986), sister Annie Shiposh (1947), brothers Bill (1986), Joe (1996), Sam (2006) and 2 brothers in infancy, Stephen and Nicholas. Peter is survived by his wife Jean and their children, his sister Mary (Mackisey) Wingerek and sisters-in-law Haffia Karach (Quill Lake, SK), Pat Hawryluk (Salmon Arm, BC), and Mary Korolchuk (Wadena, SK) and numerous nephews and nieces throughout Canada and the United States.   Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations in memory of Peter to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Steve Fulawka

Canora Courier, June 17, 2009 Page 23

FULAWKA: Steve was born in 1924 to Frank and Annie (Wolanski) Fulawka in Dobrowody area northeast of Rama, the oldest of four children. He attended Olasha School. He married Stella Sliwa in 1952 at St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic Church. They worked together on the family farm, raising their six children. In 1965, illness took over his health. however they continued to farm for the next 15 years. In 1979 the family left the farm life behind and moved to Yorkton. In 2007, due to his deteriorating health. Steve moved into the Yorkton & District Nursing Home.   In Steve's earlier years, he enjoyed playing softball on Sunday afternoons after Church and at sports days in the surrounding towns. Steve especially enjoyed music. He sang in the church choir, went Christmas carolling and played the trombone in the community band. When he was five, he received his first violin from the Eaton's catalogue and loved to play the violin throughout his life. He also loved dancing and was a formidable Kaiser opponent and an exuberant winner.  His Catholic faith was an important part of Steve's daily life. Steve's faith in God, his devotion to Mary and his desire for the Eucharist was evident. He always loved being surrounded by his family and he especially treasured his grandchildren, their visits and everything they did. Steve will be remembered for his kind, quiet manner, for his strong faith in God and for the pain he endured, always without complaint. He carried his cross with patience and was a blessing to those around him.   He was predeceased by his father Frank, his mother Annie, and his sister Polly. He leaves to mourn his wife, Stella; daughters, Zita (Neale), Katie, Rob, Stephen; Loretta and Adam; sons, James; Patrick (Michelle), Deidre, Parker; Mervin (Tammy), Alicia, Tara, Aaron; Rudy (Vickie), Danielle, Erica, Emma; sisters, Mary Matsalla and Helen Fulawka; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The Vigil was held on Sunday, June 7, 2009 from St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church in Yorkton, Saskatchewan with Ernie Bobowski and Gabrielle Hamilton serving as the Lay Presiders. The pianist, Lorraine Lysak and violinist, Sandra Archer, led the congregation and members of the parish choir in the singing of the hymns, "Holy Mary: Gentle Woman", "Psalm 138", "Lord You Have Come" and "O Paradise". The Cantor was Diana Hornung and the Reader was Tara Babish.   Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday, June 8, 2009 from St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church in Yorkton, Saskatchewan with Father Thomas Nguyen as the Celebrant assisted by Father Andrew Pawlowicz and Father Anthony Mary Ibeazor. The pianist, Lorraine Lysak, led the congregation and members of the parish choir in the singing of the hymns, "Christ Be Our Light", "Psalm 62", "The Lord Is My Shepherd", "Be Not Afraid", "Song of the Angels" and "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" as well as a polish hymn entitled, "Serdeczna Matka". Also assisting the in the service were the alter servers, Gilbert Kryski and Joe Swedja; violinist, Sandra Archer; Cross Bearer; Aaron Fulawka, Readers, Danielle Fulawka and Erica Fulawka; Intercessions, Stephen Johannesson and the Gift Bearers, Alicia Babish, Deidre Fulawka, Emma Fulawka and Parker Fulawka. The interment followed in the Yorkton Memorial Gardens, Garden of Gethsemane, with James Fulawka, Patrick Fulawka, Mervin Fulawka, Rudy Fulawka, Neale Johannesson and Adam Fulawka serving as the casket bearers.   Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Christie's Funeral Home& Crematorium, Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Friends so wishing may forward their condolences to the family by visiting www.christiesfuneralhome.com.


Stanley Gurski

Canora Courier, June 24, 2009 Page 14

GURSKI: Stanley, dad, grandfather and great-grandfather who passed away June 28, 2007.

The golden gates softly opened,

Two years ago today;

With goodbyes left unspoken,

You quietly passed away.

God gave us strength to bear it,

And courage to stand the blow;

We think of you in silence,

And often speak your name;

All we have are memories,

And your picture in a frame.

Our hearts still ache with sadness,

And silent tears flow;

The loneliness without you,

No one will ever know.

- Lovingly missed by your family.


William Danyluk

Canora Courier, June 24, 2009 Page 14

In loving memory of my husband, William Danyluk, father, grandfather, who passed away June 22, 2008.

So much has changed

since you've been gone,

But you are never far away,

You're always in our hearts everyday.

- Sadly missed by wife Olga, daughter Irene and grandson Tyler.


Russell Cheveldeoff

Canora Courier, June 24, 2009 Page 16

Russell Cheveldeoff of Yorkton, passed away peacefully with his wife Mary at his side, on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 at the age of 93 years.   Russell was born May 27th. 1916, on the family farm in the Tiny District to Sam and Molly (nee Shukin) Cheveldeoff. He received his education at the Strathcona School. Prior to his marriage to Mary Horkoff on October 30th,1938, he'd helped on the family farm in the Tiny District. After their marriage, Russell and Mary continued to farm there until 1967 when they semi-retired in Yorkton. Russell worked at Yorkton Court House and at Beaver Lumber. Russell enjoyed fishing, socializing with family and friends, and singing. For 25 years he was a School Trustee for Strathcona School Division and was a member of the Strathcona Devils Lake Telephone Company Board. He was D.R.O. for Federal and Provincial Elections, a member of Farmers Union, and Good Lake Conservation Board Member.   Russell was predeceased by his parents, his son Fred, sisters Mabel Dergousoff, Polly Strelioff and Mary Vanin. He is survived by his wife Mary, his son Lorne Russell Cheveldeoff of Yorkton, daughter-in-law Sylvia Cheveldeoff of Saskatoon, a sister, Hazel Terichow of Yorkton, three grandchildren: Karen, Greg (Jodi) and Jeff ( Kate), and three great-grandchildren: Emily, Sarah and Haylee.   A Visitation was held on Friday, June 19th The Funeral Service was held on Saturday, June 20th. Both services were held at 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 Society as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONS FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Hartley Michael Typula

Canora Courier, July 1, 2009 Page 16

Hartley Michael Typula, March 6,1954-July 3,2006.

In loving memory of a dear husband, father, grandfather, son and brother.

Gone but not forgotten,

In our hearts and thoughts forever.

- Eva, Hartley Jr. and family, Lance and family, Mom, Gus, Susan, Miles and family.


Sophia Tataryn (nee Kurytnuik)

Canora Courier, July 1, 2009 Page 18

Sophia Tataryn of Norquay passed away on Wednesday June 17th, 2009 at the Norquay Health Centre at the age of 102 years.   Sophia was born in Dowholuka, Stryj, Ukraine on December 31st, 1906 to Stephan and Kateryna (nee Prokopowich) Kurytnuik. Sophia immigrated to Canada with her family in 1911 and settled in Saskatchewan the following year. In 1915 the family established a homestead in the Poelcapelle District. Sophia married Mike Tataryn at Swan Plain in 1923 and the happy couple then settled down on Mike's homestead to begin farming and raising a family. Sophia and Mike retired in 1984 and moved into a senior's complex in Norquay. Mike passed away on October 19th,1993. Sophia moved into the Norquay Health Centre on April 17th, 2002 and remained a resident there until her passing.  Sophia was a very active and talented lady who took great pride in maintaining her Ukrainian traditions. Besides being a dedicated homemaker, Sophia was also a very talented seamstress; she took great pride in her embroidery of Ukrainian blouses and shirts for her children and grandchildren. To make extra money, Sophia cooked at 49 weddings and functions in the Swan Plain and Norquay districts and she was known for having the best "meatballs" in town. Above all, her greatest specialty was painting Ukrainian Easter Eggs (Pysanky). She was able to continue this hobby well into her nineties. Sophia will be especially remembered for her amazing memory (right to the last days of her life) and her ability to always be one step ahead of everyone else. She will continue to guide her family from up above.  Sophia was predeceased by her parents, Stephan and Kateryna Kurytnuik, husband Mike, sisters, Julia Cherewyk and Rosie Kozak, brothers Leon, Joseph and John Kurytnuik, son-in-laws Ted Keller and Mike Wakshinski, daughter-in-law Mary Tataryn and grandchildren Roy Keller, Terry Keller, Michael Tataryn and Lauren Spak. Sophia is survived by her sons: John of Canora, SK and Nick (Mary) of Swan River, MB; her daughters: Mary (Sam) Keller of Thunder Bay, ON, Olga Wakshinski of St. Andrews, MB and Leona Osowetski of Nanaimo, BC; her sisters: Anna Petrychka of Winnipeg, MB and Katheryna Legros of Port Alberni, BC. Sophia is also lovingly remembered by 15 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.   The Prayer Service was held on Sunday, June 21st, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Service was held on Monday, June 22nd, 2009, both from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Very Reverend Archpriest Mikolaj Derewianka officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Norquay Health Centre or to the Canadian Cancer Society as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


John "Little John" Chutskoff

Canora Courier, July 1, 2009 Page 18

Mr. John "Little John" Chutskoff, August 31, 1921-June 21,2009.   John was born a twin on August 31, 1921 at Runnymede, Saskatchewan. He was raised on a farm, and took up farming until he decided to venture out into the great unknown. He and his twin brother started a hardware store in Humboldt and Quill Lake. Saskatchewan. Years later he went to work for Simpson Sears and held a lot of posts as manager in many cities in Saskatchewan and British Columbia. His last store was Penticton, from where he retired. He later moved to Lethbridge to be closer to family. John is survived by his wife Nellie, of 68 years, as well as two sons and two daughters. He had a very full life. A private family interment service will take place in Saskatchewan at a later date. The family wishes to thank everyone who took great and loving care of John. Funeral arrangements entrusted to MARTIN BROS. FUNERAL CHAPELS LTD., 610-4th St., S., Lethbridge, AB., 1-800-382-2901.


Edward Yarechewski

Canora Courier, July 8, 2009 Page 14

YARECHEWSKI: In loving memory of Edward who passed away July 6, 1995.

We think of you in silence,

We often speak your name;

But all we have are memories,

And your picture in a frame.

Your resting place we visit,

And put flowers there with care;

But no one knows our heartache,

When we turn and leave you there.

- Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by Angie, Lorelei, Colleen and their families.


Hartley Michael Tytula

Canora Courier, July 8, 2009 Page 14

Hartley Michael Tytula, March 6,1953-July 3, 2006.

In loving memory of a dear husband, father, grandfather, son and brother.

Gone but not forgotten,

In our hearts and thoughts forever.

- Eva, Hartley Jr. and family, Lance and family, Mom, Gus, Susan, Myles and family.


Helen Yaworski

Canora Courier, July 8, 2009 Page 14

In memoriam of Helen Yaworski, July 8, 2008.

You were a precious gift from God above,

So much beauty, grace and love;

You touched our hearts in so many ways,

Your smile so bright even on the bad days.

You heard God's whisper calling you home,

You didn't want to go and leave us alone;

You loved us so much, you held on tight,

Till all the strength was gone and you could no longer fight.

So you gave your hand to God and slowly drifted away, knowing that with our love we will be together again some day.

Memories that fill our hearts today mean more than words can ever say. We miss you mom, grandma and great-grandma.

- Lovingly remembered by Alvin and Karen Yaworski, Suzanne and Daryn, Meagan and Madison, Sheldon, Miranda and Chad, Tanya, Janelle and Breanne.


Emil Kosar

Canora Courier, July 8, 2009 Page 14

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

Time passes, memories stay,

Quietly remembered everyday;

Time takes away the edge of grief,

But memory turns back every leaf.

- Missed by children: Michelle, Milton, Morley; grandchildren, Chris, Caitlin, Amy, Kian.


Sonja Therese Bodnarchuk (nee Tysowski)

Canora Courier, July 8, 2009 Page 16

Sonja Therese Bodnarchuk passed away on Thursday, June 25th, 2009, at the Regina Pasqua Hospital, at the age of 71 years.   Sonja was born on March 16th, 1938 at Kamsack, SK., to parents Frank and Lena Tysowski. She grew up on the , family farm near Verigin, SK. She attended elementary schools at Linden Valley and Whitesand School and High School at Kamsack Collegiate Institute. After graduating from High School in 1956, Sonja enrolled in a six-week summer teacher training course in Winnipeg and taught one year at Royston School, near Russell MB. She returned to Manitoba Teacher's College in Winnipeg and later completed her teacher training at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. The following year she taught at Tolstoi School, north of Verigin, SK.   On July 4th, 1959, Sonja married Michael Bodnarchuk at the St. Josephat Ukrainian Catholic Church in Kamsack, and settled in Canora, where she taught at the Canora Senior Elementary School until her retirement in 1992. Sonja was very community minded as evidenced by her participation in many community organizations. She gave of her time freely and unselfishly to such organizations as the Gateway Lodge Auxiliary, Town Recreation Board, Arts Council, Ukrainian Heritage Museum and the Canora Branch of Ukrainian Canadian Congress. While teaching she was active in the Canora Teacher's Association serving on various executive and committee positions. Children were the light of her life.  As a teacher of 35 years, she often spoke of the children she taught as "my children". She was also concerned about the children in Third World countries, and it wasn't unusual for her to sponsor poor children in Africa and in Ukraine. Sonja was extremely devoted to her church. She was an active member of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. She loved singing in the church choir and at one time continued her special relationship with children by teaching Catechism. She put her faith into practice by accepting executive and committee positions in the Canora Branch of the Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada. She loved her family dearly. She drew energy from their love. She took care of her mother in her home and later at the Canora Gateway Lodge visiting, feeding and keeping her company.  Sonja was predeceased by her husband Michael, mother and father, Frank and Lena Tysowski. She will be lovingly remembered by her brother, Ed (Natalie) Tysowski of Calgary, AB; her sister Jeannette (Louis) Deptuch of Battleford, SK; Uncle Ernest (Jean) Homeniuk of Regina, Aunts Pat Homeniuk of Saskatoon and Ann Homeniuk of Regina; brothers-in-law Bill (Iris) Bodnarchuk and Paul (Florence) Bodnarchuk of Canora, SK; many cousins, nieces, nephews and great -nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind a community he loved, a community filled with people she loved, and who in turn loved her, as a teacher, a neighbour, a fellow parishioner, and a friend.   The Prayer Service was held oil Wednesday, July 1st, 2009. The Funeral Service was held on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009. Both were held at the Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Canora, with Rev. Fr. Joakim Rac officiating. Interment followed at the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements had been entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Katherine Cherewyk (nee Olenick)

Canora Courier, July 8, 2009 Page 16

Katherine Cherewyk of Canora, SK, passed away on Friday, June 26th, 2009 at the Canora Hospital at the age of 98 years.   Katherine was born in Arabella, S K on July 26th,1910. to George and Anne (nee Burtiniak) Olenick, who emigrated from Ukraine in 1896. She attended Arabella School. where she learned, and still remembered how to make origami boxes.  teapots and animals out of fine paper, which was a delight for her grandchildren to watch and learn the craft. She was the second youngest of six children; Helen, Mary, William, Metro and Mike. On November 21st,1929 Katherine married Mike J. Cherewyk of Norquay. They lived at Fort Pelly for the first year, and then purchased land three miles south west of Swan Plain. They endured many hardships in the early years, clearing land in order to prosper. Together Mike and Katherine had three children; Anne, Metro and Steve. In 1946 the land in Swan Plain was sold and new land was purchased near Norquay and they continued to farm until 1959, when they retired and moved to Canora.   In each community where they lived they were active members within the Ukrainian Catholic Church. On January 14th, 1963 her husband Mike, passed away. Alone now, Katherine depended highly on the loving support of family and friends. She joined the Ukrainian Catholic Women's League in Canora and was involved in church activities. She took great pride in her Ukrainian Embroidery and sewing of beautiful blouses, Ukrainian dolls, shirts, ties, tablecloths, and runners, including the Church Altar linens and banners used today - it was her wish that we all should preserve our language and traditions, thus honouring our pioneers.  Katherine loved her garden and was the recipient of the "Canora In Bloom" award. A summer visit would include a tour of her vegetable and flower garden, her favourites being the roses and lilies. Baking Kolachi, "Baba's doughnuts", lemon pies and other dishes were her passions, known to her family as "5th Avenue Bakery". She loved her family dearly. She cherished her travels with them in Canada and the United States. She particularly looked forward to the frequent telephone calls and visits from her family. Lastly, Baba attended church regularly. Her faith was important to her. She prayed daily and was grateful for all the blessings. She liked a little fun and that was having a game of "hola" - a good Ukrainian card game.  Katherine was predeceased by her parents in 1950, her husband in 1963, her sister Helen Kowch in 1976, brother Metro in 1981, sister Mary Perepeluk in 1986, brother Mike in 1993, and brother William in 1996. She is survived by her children: Anne (Ihor) Chorneyko of Dundas ON, Metro (Audrey) Cherewyk of Norquay SK, and Steve (Sylvia) Cherewyk of Calgary, AB. Katherine is lovingly remembered by her grandchildren: David (Jill). Kathy (Michael), John, Roman (Laura), Jack (Donna), Garry (Lenora), Karen (Barry), Myrna (Erwin), Michael (Jackie), Sheri-Anne (Steve) and seventeen great-grandchildren.   Prayer Service was held on Tuesday, June 30th 2009, at the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home. Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, July 1st 2009 at Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, with Rev. Fr. Joakim Rac officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora Hospital Auxiliary Palliative Care as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Anton (Tony) Demchuk

Canora Courier, July 8, 2009 Page 16

It is with great sadness the family of Anton (Tony) Demchuk announces his sudden passing on June 27, 2009 at the age of 76 years in the Canora Hospital.   Tony was born on July 20, 1932 to Frank and Maria (nee Yakiwchuk) Demchuk in the Canora District. He attended school in Dnister and completed high school at the Yorkton Collegiate. On July 22, 1957 he married Victoria Prokopetz and they resided on the family farm at Canora, remaining an active farmer until his passing. In the early years, Tony worked for CN Rail and then as a Heavy Duty Mechanic at Englo Farm Equipment (Maple Farm Equip.) in Canora. He started driving school bus in 1964 and over his 35 years of driving, he delivered countless community children, sometimes two generations of the same family, safely to school and home.   Tony was an active member of the Canora Wildlife Federation for many years and served as past President. In 1992, he was elected as a Councillor for the RM of Good Lake and remained so for 17 years, as well as Representative in the area for Conservation and Development for 25 years. In past years he enjoyed curling, snowmobiling, going to dances at Sunnyside and hunting. He was a proud farmer and held his John Deere tractors close to his heart. Tony loved to socialize with friends and neighbours, and whether at a shishliki BBQ over an open fire, or discussing the crops and weather at the edge of the field, he brought laughter and smiles to everyone's face. He spent lots of time taking his favourite little buddy, his dog "Charlie", for rides in his truck.   Tony was predeceased by his parents Frank and Maria and numerous friends. He is survived by his wife Vicky; his son Ken (Colleen) of Canora; his daughter Darlene (Byron) of Calgary, AB; granddaughters Christine (Kevin) Baluk of Edmonton, AB and Alicia Demchuk of Red Deer, AB; great-granddaughter Addison Baluk of Edmonton, AB; two sisters: Anne (Metro) Shkwarchuk of Springside, SK and Lena Chornomydz of Yorkton, SK and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Tony will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all.  Funeral Service was held on Thursday, July 2, 2009 at the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home with Marion Naduriak officiating. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canadian Cancer Society as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora.


Tony Orschy

Canora Courier, July 22, 2009 Page 21

In loving memory of Tony Orschy, August 15, 1930 - July 4, 2009. Prayer service was held Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 7 p.m., Ukrainian Catholic Church, Canora, Sask. Funeral service was held Thursday. July 9, 2009 at 10 a.m., Ukrainian Catholic Church, Canora, Sask. Officiating: Rev. Fr. Joakim Rac. Eulogists: Bob Olynick, Tyson Flynn. Memorial book: Jamie Erz.   Ushers: Scott Flynn, Bob Olynick. Cross-bearers: Kristen Wirsche, Tim Wirsche. Honourary pallbearers: All of Tony's friends and family. Active pallbearers: Ryan Olynick, Brad Olynick, Trevor Olynick, David Flynn, Nathan Flynn, Tyson Flynn. Interment: Canora Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery.  Tony Orschy was born on August 15, 1930 to Andrew and Theodora Orschy in Rose Valley, Sask. He attended Pipestone Creek School near Rose Valley. After completing his education, he worked for Sask Power and then later took over the family farm. He married Helen Melnyk in 1952 and they settled on the farm. Dad loved the land, animals, playing ball and playing whist with the neighbours. They retired to Canora in 1982. Tony passed away at the age of 78 on Saturday, July 4, 2009 at the Yorkton Hospital.   He was predeceased by his parents; sister Ann Wowk; sister-in-law Anne Melnyk and brothers-in-law Paul Chaykowski and Nick Melnyk. Tony is survived by his loving wife Helen and four children, Kathy (Scott) Flynn of Drayton Valley, Alta. and their children, David Flynn (Sukhi) of Edmonton, Alta., Nathan Flynn (Angie) of Drayton Valley, Alta. and Tyson Flynn of Edmonton, Alta.; Judy (Bob) Olynick of Morse, Sask., and their children, Ryan (Natasha) Olynick of Morse, Sask., Brad Olynick (Teree) of Lethbridge, Alta., Kristen (Tim) Wirsche of Regina, Sask. and Trevor Olynick (Brittany) of Regina, Sask.; Jim Orschy of Sooke, B.C. and his children, Stacey, Purnell and Henry, and Don (Janice) Orschy of Moose Jaw, Sask.; Jamie Erz of Regina, Sask.; sister, Nettie Chaykowski; sister-in-law Noreen Melnyk; brothers-in-law, Paul (Norma) Melnyk and Bill Wowk and many nieces and nephews.  Memorial contributions may be sent to a charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of Tompkins Funeral Home, Wadena, Sask.


Stanley Demchinsky

Canora Courier, July 22, 2009 Page 21

Stanley Demchinsky of Eaglestone Lodge in Kamsack and formerly of Canora passed away in the Kamsack Hospital on July 8th, 2009 at the age of 88 years.   Stan was born on September 12th, 1920 in the Amsterdam district to Marton and Katie (nee Baron) Demchinsky. Orphaned by the age of eight, he grew up with five brothers, the eldest of whom, Joe, was both father and mother to the siblings. They struggled during the worst days of the Great Depression in almost desperate conditions to keep their quarter section farm going. It was their Christian faith and strong Ukrainian family values that got them through these difficult times. But it was not enough - poverty blew the brothers to the winds, into the army during the war where one brother, Nicholas, gave his life for his country, and later the others to the mining towns where there were jobs. Stanley ended up in Flin Flon, MB and began working at the South Main mine. Shortly after he and Mary Martsinkiw were married. It was a marriage of 59 years that produced four children. It goes without saying mining was not an easy way to make a living but Stanley did it for 38 years and during all those years, Stan always put his wife and family above everything else.   He will be dearly missed by his family and friends and is lovingly remembered by his wife Mary; his two sons: Bryan (Katherine Walsh) of Montreal, PQ and Sterling of Ottawa, ON; his two daughters: Dee Lewis (Duane Ryan) of Camrose, AB and Sharon Trubiak (Hugo Sandherr) of Flin Flon, MB; his brother Mervin Demchinsky of Thunder Bay, ON; his six grandchildren: Amber, Ebony, Shannon, Curt, Marc and Rob, and his four great-grandchildren: Jehlin, Dryden, Emily and Jordan. He was predeceased by his parents Marton and Katie; his four brothers: Nick, Mike, Pete and Joseph and two sisters in infancy.  A Visitation was held on Monday, July 13th and the Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, July 14th, both from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Rev. Susan Salo officiating. Interment followed at the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Kidney Foundation as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Billy Wayne Perepelkin

Canora Courier, July 22, 2009 Page 21

Billy Wayne Perepelkin passed away suddenly at the Canora Hospital on July 14th, 2009 at the age of 62 years.   Billy was born December 29th, 1946 in Kamsack SK to Nick and Mary (nee Chiveldieff) Perepelkin. He received his primary education at Flin Flon MB, and completed high school in Langley BC. Billy enjoyed playing hockey and baseball. He loved fishing, and loved to sing. He started his career path as an airline ticket agent in various locations, eventually switching careers to car sales for Ford. Bill and Betty Bedesky met in Vancouver BC. They were united in marriage on April 26th, 1975 in Lockport MB. The couple established their home in Lockport, eventually moving to Tadmore where they raised their two children. After sometime abroad they returned to Tadmore. Bill always put others ahead of himself. His deep love, compassion, and zeal for the Christian Ministry will always be remembered. Bill is predeceased by his father Nick, and sister-in- law Jeannette Siemans.  Bill is lovingly remembered by his wife Betty, daughter Nikki (Don Campbell) of Preeceville, son Monte (Laurie) of Calgary AB; and six grandchildren; his mother Mary of Langley BC; one brother Barry (Wendy) of 100 Mile House BC; and two sisters Marna Keating of Surrey BC and Mona Marcinko of Langley BC.; mother-in-law Ada Kelbaugh (Mallick) of Canora SK; three sisters-in- law Iris (Gordon) Dyck, and Violet (Edward) Dittrick both of Saskatoon SK, and Corrine Nicholas of Vancouver BC; and five brothers­in-law Larry (Nadine), Ernie (Kathy), and Jim (Linda) all of Tadmore SK; and Keith (Bev) and Timothy (Joan) both of Springside SK. As well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was well loved by everyone, well known for his happiness and laughter and will be dearly missed.  A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, July 18th, 2009 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Sturgis SK. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora (563-5671).


April Kowalchuk

Canora Courier, July 15, 2009 Page 15

KOWALCHUK, April: July 14, 2000.

This day is remembered,

And quietly kept;

No words are needed,

We shall never forget.

- Deb J. and Arlette B.


Susie Shouchuk (nee Procyshen)

Canora Courier, July 15, 2009 Page 17

Mrs. Susie Shouchuk, formerly of Gorlitz and Yorkton, widow of Mike Shouchuk passed away on June 22, 2009. She was 91 years of age.   Susie was born May 24,1918 in the Gorlitz district to Alec and Stella Procyshen (nee Romaniuk). She received her education at Ukraina School. Susie was united in marriage to Mike Shouchuk of the Hamton district on May 27, 1937. The couple established their home in Gorlitz where they raised their three children. Susie was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. In 1978 Mike & Susie retired to Yorkton where Susie continued her interest in gardening and crocheting. In 2002, Susie moved to Queen Elizabeth Court where she resided for 2½ years. In 2004, due to ill health, Susie became a permanent resident in the Long-Term facility of the Canora Hospital and resided there until her death.  Besides her parents, Susie was predeceased by her husband Mike in 1998; her sister Mary Anaka and four brothers Peter, George, Bill and Metro Procyshen. She leaves to cherish her memory, a son Harvey (Liz) of Saskatoon; two daughters Gloria (Jacob) Leniuk of Moose Jaw and Marilyn (Edward) Anaka of Gorlitz; eight grandchildren, Richard, Gregory (Michelle) and Loretta Leniuk; Terry (Kelly) Shouchuk, Charlene (Darryl) Priel; Dale (Anna) Anaka, Doreen (Jeremy) Lane, Deanne (Barry) Anderson; eleven great grandchildren, Danielle & Meagan Priel; Ashley & Brittany Shouchuk; Jayden, Brennan & Meghan Lane; Ethan, Kevin & Kyra Anderson; Nathaniel & Rebecca Leniuk; her sisters Lena Wiwchar of Regina and Nellie Wasyliw of Canora; two sisters-in-law Lena Shouchuk of Mission, BC and Vicky Procyshen of Yorkton and brother-in-law Eli Anaka of Saskatoon. As well as numerous nieces and nephews.   Prayers were held on Friday, June 26th and the funeral service on Saturday, June 27th at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Rev. Father Patrick Powalinsky officiating. The responses were led by Zennovia Duch. The cross bearer was Dan Wasyliw. Serving as honorary bearers were Loretta Leniuk, Charlene Priel, Deanne Anderson and Doreen Lane. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Luke at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Greg Leniuk, Richard Leniuk, Dale Anaka, Terry Shouchuk, Harvey Wasyliw, Steve Procyshen and Kelly Procyshen serving as casket bearers. Dale Anaka shared words of reflection.  Eternal memory! Vichnaya Pamyat!   Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.


Rose Danyluk (nee Matychuk)

Canora Courier, July 15, 2009 Page 17

Rose Danyluk, beloved mother of Marlene Lozinski, passed away at the Canora Hospital on Tuesday, July 7th, 2009 at the age of 83 years.   Rose was born in Canora, SK. to Wasyl and Dominika (nee Witzko) Matychuk on August 22nd, 1925. She attended Dnister School and completed her grade 8. On November 2nd,1947 she married Metro Danyluk at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canora. They lived at Devil's Lake, then in Calder for a short time before returning to Canora for a number of years where they raised their children, Marlene and Leonard. Upon Metro's transfer to the new creamery in Yorkton they moved there until retirement where they once again returned to Canora to enjoy their senior years. Metro and Rose were an inseparable couple and enjoyed all their hobbies together. Metro and Rose spent their summers at their trailer at George's Beach. Rose enjoyed early morning fishing, family BBQ's and socializing with fellow campers. Rose was an exceptional homemaker who kept an immaculate home. She also enjoyed crocheting, baking, playing Bingo, playing cards and planting her flowers and garden.  On August 22, 1999, Rose's best friend, her husband Metro passed away. Alone now, Rose depended highly on the loving support of her family and friends. Eventually Rose, requiring some extra living assistance moved to the Sturgis Care Home for a couple of years. Here Rose made many friends and thoroughly enjoyed her living arrangement. This past January, her failing health brought her once again to Canora. Rose rested at the Canora Hospital Long Term Care facility until she peacefully fell asleep.   Rose was predeceased by her parents Wasyl and Dominika, her husband Metro, two brothers, Nick Matychuk and John Matychuk, two sisters, Mary Rusnak and Anne Fostey. Rose is lovingly remembered by her daughter Marlene (Angus) Lozinski of Canora, SK, a son, Leonard (Deb) Danyluk of Whitecourt, AB, two sisters, Helen Tiechko and Vicky Gulutzan (both of Regina, SK). Also six grandchildren: Shannon (Tracy), Sheldon (Sheri), Shawna, Andrea (Sonny), Barb (Shawn) and Christopher (Rhonda) and twelve great-grandchildren.   Prayer Service was held on Thursday, July 9th, 2009. The Funeral Service was held on Friday, July 10th, 2009. Both services were held at the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home in Canora, with Very Rev. Fr. Patrick Powalinsky officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Sturgis and District Care Home, as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONS FUNERAL HOME, Canora.(563-5671).


Hattie Ruth Berlinski

Canora Courier, July 15, 2009 Page 17

Hattie Ruth Berlinski passed away peacefully at the Canora Hospital on July 2nd, 2009 at the age of 75 years. Hattie was born at home on the farm in the Mikado district to William and Mary (nee Boyda) Yakichuk on September 20th, 1933. As a young girl, she attended Franko School from grade one to nine. She moved to Canora and got a job as a dentist's assistant and as a waitress. Later, she gained work experience as a telephone operator (Duncan, BC), and waitress (Fort Williams, ON). Returning to Canora she continued to waitress at the Maple Leaf Cafe, the Canora Hotel and assisted with bookkeeping duties.   She married Greg Berlinski on May 4th, 1962 at the Canora Ukrainian Catholic Church. Greg and Hattie enjoyed working together in town, at the Barbershop and at the family farm. She loved planting flowers and gardens. She enjoyed cooking, dancing, bowling, and carolling. Hattie enjoyed travelling to Arborg to play with her grandchildren. She was involved with many volunteer activities which included: the UCWL, Canora Hospital and Lodge Auxiliary and the Canora Ukrainian Museum.   Hattie is predeceased by her parents, a grandson, Brooks Oliver, and sister-in-law Audrey Yakichuk. Hattie is lovingly remembered by her husband Gregory, her daughter Lynette (Devin) Oliver, granddaughter Briana of Arborg, MB., two sisters; Nancy Solotki (Duncan, BC), and Ollie Sukorokoff (Saskatoon, SK), four brothers; Dave Yakichuk (Cookstown, ON), Ed (Pat) Yakichuk (Courtenay, BC) Alex (Judy) Yakichuk (Regina, SK ) and Don (Carole) Yakichuk (Lloydminster, AB) as well as many nieces and nephews.  Prayer Service was held on Sunday, July 5th, 2009 from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home. Funeral Liturgy was held on Monday, July 6th, 2009 at the Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, in Canora with Rev. Fr. Joakim Rac officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora Hospital Auxiliary or to the Canora Gateway Lodge Auxiliary as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONS FUNERAL HOME, Canora (563-5671).


Annie Polovnikoff

Canora Courier, August 12, 2009 Page 7

In Loving Memory of Annie Polovnikoff 1913 - 2008

In loving memory of Sister Annie who passed away on August 17, 2008 on her 95th birthday. This day comes with deep regret. It brings back memories I will never forget. In my heart you will always stay. Loved and remembered day after day, memories are something nobody can steal. A death, a heartache, no one can heal. Life goes on but it's not the same since you passed away. God bless you till we meet again.

- Sister Polly Rebalkin


Mary Bazansky

Canora Courier, August 12, 2009 Page 16

BAZANSKY, Mary: In loving memory of our dear mother, baba and baba baba, who passed away August 11, 2008.

One year has passed,

We miss her so:

Never shall her memory fade,

Thoughts of love always

To the place where she is laid.

- Lovingly remembered and missed by Don, Elaine and family; Clarence, Faye and family.


Frank Brezinski

Canora Courier, August 12, 2009 Page 16

BREZINSKI: In loving memory of Frank who passed away July 20, 2008.

We do not need a special day,

To bring you to our mind;

For the days we do not think of you,

Are very hard to find.

If all the world were ours to give,

We'd give it, yes and more;

To see the face of Frank (Dad dear),

Come smiling through the door.

- Lovingly remembered by wife Tina and children, Linda, Leona, Lorne, Livid and Lily Ann and their families.


Mary Demchinsky

Canora Courier, August 12, 2009 Page 18

Mary Demchinsky of Kamsack and formerly of Canora passed away peacefully at the Kamsack Hospital on July 22nd, 2009 at the age of 87 years.   Mary was born on her father and mother's farm near Donwell on December 12th, 1921. Her father was Joseph Martsinkiw, born in Canada, as was her mother, Anna Nikota. Anna and Joseph were from homesteading families in the Donwell-Mikado area. Mary went to school near Donwell as did her five brothers. Mary was the oldest child in the family. Her brother, Michael, died in his youth. Two other brothers, Tony and Peter predeceased her. Two brothers, Edward and Reginald, remain. Because of her own mother's poor health, Mary remained on the farm, almost a second mother to her brothers. After they grew older, she was able to strike out on her own, working saleswoman, first briefly in stores in Canora, and then, in the late 1940s in Flin Flon. She met Stanley Demchinsky, another Canora-area migrant, who had taken up a mining job in Flin Flon. They were married in 1950, moving across the border to the nearby town of Creighton, Sask. Over 40 years in Creighton, Mary and Stan raised four children. While raising her family, Mary became owner of the Creighton Ready to Wear, a clothing store she ran for more than a dozen years. When Stan retired, they decided to move back to their hometown, Canora, where they lived until the last year. For most of the past year they lived in the senior's facility in Kamsack.   Mary is survived by her four children -Bryan Demchinsky, Dee Lewis, Sharon Trubiak and Sterling Demchinsky - six grand children - Amber Trubiak, Ebony Donaghy, Shannon Zambon, Curtis Trubiak, Robert Trubiak and Mark Lewis, and by four great grandchildren - Jehlin, Dryden, Jordan and Emily. Mary's husband, Stan Demchinsky, passed away on July 8. Mary will be dearly missed by her family and friends.  The Visitation was held on Sunday, July 26th and the Funeral Service was held on Monday, July 27th both from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Rev. Susan Salo officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to St. George's Anglican Church, Canora as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Don Yagelnesky

Canora Courier, August 12, 2009 Page 18

Don Yagelnesky passed away at the Canora Hospital Palliative Care Unit, with family by his side, on Friday, July 24th, 2009, at the age of 53 years.   Don was born on August 31st, 1955 to Nick and Eugenia Yagelnesky in Nelson B.C. They moved to Saskatchewan where Don was raised on two farms, the first near Stenen and then near Sturgis, and finally moving off the farm to Canora, where he met Louise Duchnitski. They married on November 13th, 1976 and began their life together, living in Yorkton and then moving to Calgary in 1979. Don worked at the Lake Bonavista Recreation Centre for 24 years as a Recreation Maintenance Supervisor. They moved to North Battleford, where Don worked at the Casino, and finally in 2004 they moved back to Canora and for some time he worked at the Painted Hand Casino in Yorkton. He had a passion for reading, playing darts, pool, and bowling. The greatest times in Don's life were when his children were born, and when his granddaughter Kallee was born. He enjoyed travelling and had been to Niagara Falls, Las Vegas, and many different places in B.C. He will always be fondly remembered for his wit, and his smile.   Don was predeceased by his parents, Nick and Eugenia Yagelnesky, his father-in-law Mike Duchnitski and a sister, Bonnie. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Louise, his mother-in-law Doreen Duchnitski of North Battleford, his son Darcy (Tamara) of Black Diamond, AB, his daughter Tamara (Paul) of Calgary, his six brothers, Dwayne of Canora, Richard (Lila) of Martensville, Gordon of Canora, Terry (Darlene) of Calgary, Perry of Canora, and Ken (Joanne) of Calgary, his three sisters: Cheryl (Marty) Rehaume of Calgary, Linda Yagelnesky of Yorkton, and Pam (Randy) Rurak of Canora, his granddaughter Kallee, his sister-in-law Gail (Bill) Versteegt of Fort Saskatchewan, AB, his brother­in-law Wayne Duchnitski of Good Spirit Lake, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and relatives.  A Celebration of Life Service was held from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 with Rev. Catherine Pace officiating. Interment will follow at a later date. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations in memory of Don to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Canora Hospital Palliative Care Unit. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Victor Bernard Wyonzek

Canora Courier, August 12, 2009 Page 18

Victor Bernard Wyonzek, of Canora passed away peacefully at the Canora Hospital on August 2nd, 2009 at the age of 84 years.   Victor was born on the family farm near Verigin, SK to Nicholas and Frances (nee Fulawka) Wyonzek on October 7th, 1924. He attended Zhoda School near Mikado and school at Canora. Victor began his working career with operating his own grain cleaning business for farmers in the area. Victor then established a custom land clearing business. He married Mary Lozinski on August 2nd, 1952 at St. Ann's Church near Norquay. Victor was a volunteer at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic parish for over 60 years. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus.  Victor is predeceased by his parents Nicholas and Frances, brothers, Karl and Edward, sisters Lena Jones, Jean Urquhart, Helen Kapuscinski and Stella Horechka, and Gladys in infancy. Victor is lovingly remembered by his wife Mary, daughter Valerie of Calgary, sons Kevin of Drumheller, AB and Ricardo (Dana) of Regina, SK, and grandsons Jordan and Kelsey, of Regina, SK; brothers Adam and Henry (Anne) of Canora and sister Bernice (Wilhelm) Taman of Calgary, AB as well as many nieces and nephews.   The Vigil of Prayer was held on August 6th and the Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church on, August 7th, with Rev. Fr. Marcin Mironiuk OMI, celebrant. The Rite of Committal followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Canora, as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Lawrence Wayne Ryan

Canora Courier, August 12, 2009 Page 18

Lawrence Wayne Ryan, April 4,1933 -April 6,2009. It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Lawrence Wayne Ryan on April 6, 2009.   Born in Ukraine, predeceased by parents Matthew and Jenny Fedorchuk; brother Frank and sisters Olga and Anne. Much beloved husband of Connie; loving father of Darryl (Rose), Dale and Sheri.   Survived by his brother Peter (Lynn); sisters, Hope, Eileen and granddaughter April. Fondly remembered by his stepchildren, Shelley (Tim), John (Chrystle); step­grandchildren, Quinton, Aysha. John, Preston, Bradley and Isiah as well as many nieces and nephews.   He immigrated to Canada in 1939 and grew up in Saskatchewan. Always a hard worker, he had many jobs but retired in 1988 after 23 years of service working for the province of B.C. at Woodlands School in the Transport Division. Cremation took place in Surrey, B.C. There was a memorial service in Lawrence's honour at Leson's Funeral Home in Canora, Sask. on August 5, 2009 at 10 a.m. All who knew and cared about Lawrence were to attend. Refreshments were served after the service.


Jim Kopelchuk

Canora Courier, August 12, 2009 Page 19

Jim Kopelchuk of Canora passed away at the Regina General Hospital on July 30th, 2009 at the age of 76 years.   Jim was born on February 25th, 1933 to Peter and Mary (nee Velde) Kopelchuk in the Canora District. He attended West Wexford School in the Burgis district. Jim was born a farmer. He devoted his life to it. For the first 39 years of his life he farmed alongside his father and brothers Ed & Richard. Together they established PK Herefords, selling purebred Horned Hereford cattle for over 50 years. Jim also had a passion for truck driving saying that he missed his calling by not becoming a trucker. He fulfilled that desire by doing many custom jobs hauling cattle and grain. Jim was very content on the farm so when it was time for bull sales he gladly sent his brothers out and he stayed home making sure everything was well taken care of. Because of this Jim looked like he was going to be a lifelong bachelor. Until one day his cousin Linda introduced Jim to the love of his life Elaine Ahlers.  Jim and Elaine were married on October 21, 1972. Two years later they welcomed their son Clint Peter into their family. Clint worked alongside his dad from the moment he could walk. Jim enjoyed watching Clint grow & mature, watching many hockey and ball games and taking in 4-H shows. Elaine tried to make a tourist out of Jim by taking trips into the US. She always made sure to include some ranch tours to keep her boys entertained and happy. Jim lost his beloved Elaine after 27 years of marriage. However his sadness was eased when Clint married and his two grand- daughters Codee and Jessee were welcomed into the family. Jim enjoyed spending time with his girls cautiously watching every move they made. Although Jim was a quiet man he enjoyed visiting with neighbours and the many hours spent at coffee time with family. His quiet presence will be missed by everyone who treasured him.   Jim was predeceased by his parents Peter and Mary, his wife Elaine, his brothers Ed and Richard and his brother-in-law Don Gunning. His is survived by his son Clint (Meridee) of Canora; his brother-in-law Ken (Denise) Ahlers of Airdrie, AB; his two sister-in-laws: Marlene Gunning of Spokane, Washington and Joyce Kopelchuk of Canora, SK and his two grandchildren Codee and lessee Kopelchuk of Canora.   A visitation was held on Monday, August 3rd and the Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, August 4th, both from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Marion Naduriak officiating. Interment followed at the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora Hospital as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Ethel Matwychuk (nee Worobec)

Canora Courier, August 12, 2009 Page 19

Ethel Matwychuk, our beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully at Idlewyld Manor on July 29, 2009, just a few days after her 101st birthday.   Ethel was born July 25, 1908 to Hrynko and Ahaphia Worobec and attended West Scalet School. In 1938, she married Maxim Matwychuk and they farmed south of Canora until 1948 when they bought and tended a larger farm southeast of Stenen and raised their children. Ethel was devoted to her family and enjoyed entertaining her relatives and friends. Ethel also took great pleasure in growing a large fruit and vegetable garden on the farm. In 1964, they sold their farm and retired back to Canora where she still continued to grow a large garden. Maxim passed away in 1985 and in 1991 Ethel moved east to join her children and grandchildren in Hamilton, Ontario. She settled into her new home at Villa Kiev Apartments which had many residents of Ukrainian heritage. Even in her 80's Ethel, along with some of her newly made friends, kept a small vegetable garden at Villa Kiev which reminded her of days back in Canora which she loved so much. Eventually, Ethel required some living assistance and moved into Idlewyld Manor in 2000.   Ethel will be deeply missed by her son Gerald (Penny), grandchildren Paul, Kate and her daughter Emily (Bob Hood), grandchildren Ken (Kym), Gord and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, husband, sisters, Cassie Terleski, Annie Werboweski, Victoria Koptie, Mary Klutz, Emily Robbins and brothers John and Steve.  Burial has taken place at Woodland Cemetery in Hamilton, Ontario on July 31, 2009. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Cartel, Eaton & Chambers Funeral Home, Dundas, Ontario. www.catteleatonandchambers.ca


Ola Kowal (nee Stratychuk)

Canora Courier, August 19, 2009 Page 19

Ola (Stratychuk) Kowal 1912 - 2009. Ola Mary Kowal (nee Stratychuk) passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Saviour at the age of 96 on July 23, 2009 at St. Ann's Nursing Home. She is looking down on us from heaven with her husband, Michael: parents, William and Mary Stratychuk (nee Ochitwa); and daughter-in-law, Helen Kowal (nee Franchuk).   Ola was born on December 15, 1912 and was raised near Canora, SK. A woman ahead of her time, Ola set an example for her children and grandchildren by attending the University of Saskatchewan, receiving a B.Sc in 1931 and post-graduate teacher training at a time when few women attended post-secondary institutions. Ola was the second Ukrainian woman to graduate from the U of S. She began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse near Cudworth, SK and taught for many years in Canora until her retirement in 1973. Ola married Michael Kowal in 1939 and settled in the Canora area, where they raised their sons and became active participants in the church and community. Ola was recognized with a Nation Builder Award from the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (Saskatchewan Provincial Council) in 1998 to mark her contributions to the development of the Ukrainian community in Saskatchewan. She was elected the first president of the Canora Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada in 1946, and led members in raising funds for charity, church building, camps and cultural displays. In addition, Ola was involved to varying degrees in numerous other Ukrainian Catholic and cultural organizations throughout the years. Ola moved to Saskatoon in 1977 and in 1987 became one of the first residents of St. Volodymyr Villa, a community in which she was extremely proud to live. Ola was an avid reader, enjoying a variety of books and the daily newspaper. She acquired and perfected a variety of skills and pastimes over the years, including crocheting, cross-stitching, and baking traditional desserts, her own favourite indulgence being anything chocolate. Throughout her life, Ola enjoyed the company of numerous dogs and remembered them all, even in her senior years.   Left to cherish memories and celebrate Ola's life are her children, Neil Kowal of Calgary, AB and Modest (Mary Anne Kowbel) Kowal of Saskatoon, SK; grandchildren, Jamie (Kelly) Kowal and John Kowal of Calgary, AB, Johanna (Murray Dietrich) of Edmonton, AB, Alicia (Graeme Carey) of Saskatoon, SK, and Justin Kowal (fiancée Lauren Dickson), and Katherine Kowal of Saskatoon, SK; great grandchildren, Rebecca and Stephen Dietrich, and Isabella and Alexandria Carey. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Ann's Nursing Home for their unwavering kindness and diligent care.   Prayers for Ola were offered on Sunday, July 26, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. by Rt. Rev. Fr. Andrew Muzyka. Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Rt. Rev. Fr. Andrew Muzyka on Monday, July 27, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. Both services were held at St. Volodymyr Villa Chapel, 3102 Louise Place, Saskatoon , SK. The Graveside Service officiated by Rev. Fr. Joakim Rac took place at the Canora Cemetery, Canora, Saskatchewan.   In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to St. Volodymyr Villa Corporation or the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences to the family may be sent by email to park@arbormemoriaLcom. Arrangements entrusted to Gregory M. Lalach of PARK FUNERAL CHAPEL, (306) 244 2103.


Josephine Baron, Steve Baron

Canora Courier, August 26, 2009 Page 17

BARON: Josephine, 1912 - August 31, 2006 and Steve, 1907-1972.

The world may change from year to year,

And friends from day to day;

But never will the ones we loved,

From our memory pass away.

- Love Virginia; Pam, Joel and Noah.


Tina (Antonia) Brezinski (nee Obodiak)

Canora Courier, August 26, 2009 Page 19

BREZINSKI: Tina (Antonia) passed away peacefully at Sunnyside Care Centre in Saskatoon on Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 at the age of 87 years.   Tina was born on May 15, 1922 to Mike and Mary (Matsalla) Obodiak. Tina attended Crooked Hill Creek School. After completing her grade ten, she went to work in Saskatoon at the National System of Baking and later at Kowbel's Drugs in Canora. On August 10, 1946 Tina (Antonia) married Frank Brezinski. They lived on their farm near Buchanan until 1976. In the fall of 1976 Tina and Frank moved to Canora to care for her aging mother. Later Tina took on many jobs in Canora - painting houses and janitorial work for SaskTel, CN, and the CIBC. In January 2005 Frank & Tina moved to Saskatoon to the Franklin Retirement community. In April 2008 Tina (due to failing health) moved to Sunnyside Care Centre. Tina was a member of St. Ann's Ladies Altar Society in Buchanan, and later St. Joseph's Catholic Women's League of which she was a life time member. Tina enjoyed gardening, fishing, playing cards, curling, bingo and bowling. She liked decorating her home and yard for holidays. Tina made sure you didn't leave her place without something to eat. Her grandchildren enjoyed her perogies and chicken noodle soup. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.  Tina is survived by her children Lorne (Barb) Brezinski of Buchanan, Leona (Chester) Kowalchuk of Sturgis, Livia (Carl) Collier of Wasa, B.C., Linda (Nick) Nicolichuk and Lily Ann (Lyle) Grieman of Saskatoon. Tina will be missed by her grandchildren Blair and Michael Nicolichuk, Michelle (Ryan) Brown, Shawn, Sheldon and Evan Grieman, Collin (Liberty) Kowalchuk, Crystal (Jason) Trapp, Darryl and Darcy Brezinski of Saskatoon, Shona (Keith) Madsen of Yorkton, Laurissa Kowalchuk of Sturgis and Amanda Kowalchuk of Brooks, AB. Tina had six great-grandchildren Hailey and Ally Madsen, Brooklyn and Brodie Trapp, Cooper Brown, and Azizza Kowalchuk. Tina will be sadly missed by her brother Steve (Elsie) Obodiak, sisters-in- law Helen Obodiak, Anne Brezinski, Isabelle Gratton, Olive (Orest) Zaleschuk and Halaria (Julian) Stelmaschuk and numerous nieces and nephews. Tina was predeceased by her husband Frank, her parents Mike and Mary Obodiak, her brother John Obodiak, her grandson Jason Nicolichuk, Frank's parents Mike and Berna (Fullawka) Brezinski, Frank's brother Louis, his sister Caroline Chicilo, his brothers in law Tony Chicilo and Graydon Gratton.  Vigil of Prayer for Tina were held at Leson's Funeral Home Canora on Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 and Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, August 24th, 2009 at St. Joseph's R.C. Church, Canora. Rite of Committal took place at Canora Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Leson's Funeral Home, Canora.


Nick Matechuk

Canora Courier, August 26, 2009 Page 19

Nick Matechuk of Rhein, SK passed away on Sunday, August 16th 2009 at the Regina General Hospital at 77 years of age.   Nick was born December 12, 1931 on his grandmother's homestead in the Stornoway district. He was the eldest son of William and Lena Matechuk (nee Achtymichuk). Nick was an avid outdoorsman. Hunting was his passion, a tradition that he passed on to his family. He looked forward to his annual fall migration to the woods with his close friends and family. He loved "ski-dooing", quadding, driving his Argo, canoeing and in recent years ice fishing. Another established tradition he passed on to his children and grandchildren was his colourful vocabulary. Although he was a mechanic by trade, farming was always in his blood.  His recent years were spent farming with Barry Elchuk. Dad worked hard all of his life and did it all for his children. He was fortunate that in the last several years, he didn't have to work as hard and could enjoy spending time with his family, friends and the most special people in his life, his grandchildren. He was very proud of his children and their accomplishments and always helped encourage them to achieve their goals. He loved and treated each of his children equally. Grandpa `Fat Cat' never missed a birthday, concert, baptism, graduation or event. He attended everything that he could that involved his grandchildren; from hockey games in Saskatoon to swimming and skating in Canora, from crossing the Confederation Bridge to having lunch at the Rhein Hotel (a much enjoyed tradition with all of his family).  Nick was predeceased by his parents William and Lena. He is survived by his children: Nelson (Deb), Sherry (Len Magnusson), Neat (Lana), Kim (Gerald Shymko), Shannon (Lara), and Travis; his `Fat Cat' grandchildren: Morgan, Tyler, Deanna, Dustin (Lindsay), Kelsey (Brad), Christie, Amber, Nathan, Logan, Stacey, Warren, Kyra and Erika; and his `Fat Cat' great grandchildren: Jayden and Brasen. Also a brother Brent (Terry) Matechuk and their children Wendy (Gord Vigfussion), Trudy (Waylan Zelenitsky), Brenleigh (Patrick Voucher) and Alexander. Nick had a huge extended family that were very close and dear to him.  Although he will be truly missed, we are comforted to know that he did not have to suffer in pain. He would like us to celebrate his life, not to mourn. So, in his words "keep your chin up". Nick had many close friends and family that are comforted to know that he is now in his eternal happy hunting ground. The funeral service was held on Thursday evening, August 20, 2009 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Rev. Daphne Bender of Christ Lutheran Church in Rhein officiating. Daughter Kim Shymko gave a tribute to Nick on behalf of the family. The interment took place on Friday, August 21, 2009. Cremation & funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.


Harry Herman

Canora Courier, August 26, 2009 Page 19

HERMAN: On Saturday August 15, 2009, Harry passed away safely and peacefully at his home in Canora.   Harry was born in Weyburn Saskatchewan on March 28, 1942, graduated from high school in Talmage, Saskatchewan, and convocated from the University of Saskatchewan (Education). Harry enjoyed the company of his mother, gardening, and reading the Bible. He loved writing in his journal and attending Provincial Court on Thursdays. He was a former elite curler who appreciated attending Canora Supers games and discussing sports at Dennis Foods. Harry greatly admired the late Al Sapieha's love of baseball. Harry also enjoyed traveling Canada and the United States, and particularly enjoyed The Pas, Manitoba, and Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.   Harry is predeceased by his father Adolph, mother Olive, and brother-in-law, John Parnetta. He leaves behind his sister Phyllis Parnetta, brother Delbert, nieces Karen Tratch (Wayne, Haley, and Brookelyn), and Lesley Parnetta (Kevin Wolos, Mya, Nate and Jace), and nephew Michael Parnetta (Mary, Emma and Ethan).  A private family service was held Friday, August 21, 2009 at the Canora Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to Gideons International in Canada, 501 Imperial Road North, Guelph, Ontario N1H 7A2 or at www.Gideons.ca. Arrangements were entrusted to Leson's Funeral Home, Canora.


Anne Derkatch (nee Pakosh)

Canora Courier, September 2, 2009 Page 16

Anne Derkatch of Canora passed away at the Canora Gateway Lodge on August 21st, 2009 at the age of 96 years.   Anne was born on April 7th, 1913 to Emil and Clara (nee Wrona) Pakosh in the Mikado district. As a young girl she attended Franko School while helping on the family farm. Upon completing her Grade 8, Anne remained on the farm to help raise her younger brothers and sisters. On June 26th, 1937 Anne married Julian Derkatch and they resided with his parents until 1940 when they purchased their own land south of Verigin. Julian and Anne had two sons: Melvin born on April 6th, 1941 and Leonard born on March 20th, 1945. Anne enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening and crafts. She had a special talent working with her hands and enjoyed sewing, knitting and crocheting. Anne loved to visit with family and friends and especially loved babysitting and visiting with her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.   Anne was predeceased by her parents Emil and Clara Pakosh, her husband Julian on October 8th, 2004, her brothers: John in infancy, Emil, Bill, Edward, Peter and Julius, and her sisters: Sophie Andrews, Julia Korol, and Olga Ortynsky. She is survived by her two sons: Melvin Gordon and Leonard (Ellen) Derkatch; her brother Danny (Yolande) Pakosh; her two sisters: Rose Yale and Margie (Jim) Hamilton; her four grandchildren: Sean (Lori) Kristjansson, Breen (Becky) Kristjansson, Sherrdean (Bob) Turley and Sheldon (Lisa) Derkatch; her three great-granddaughters: Kadin Kristjansson, Kaia Kristjansson and Merrick Anne Derkatch and her great-grandson Brendan Walker.   The Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Marion Naduriak officiating. Interment followed at the Sliding Hills Christian Cemetery, Mazeppa. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Metro Dutchak

Canora Courier, September 09, 2009 Page 13

DUTCHAK: In loving memory of Metro, who passed away September 3, 2006.

You left a special memory,

And a sorrow too great to hold;

To us who loved and lost you,

Your memory will not grow old.

- Forever loved and deeply missed by wife Nellie, son Herman (Pam), daughter Linda (Eric) and families.


Elsie Kowalchuk (nee Dearlove)

Canora Courier, September 09, 2009 Page 15

Elsie Kowalchuk (Dearlove), December 15th,1938 - August 28th, 2009. It is with a heavy heart that Bernard announces that his soul mate left this world on Friday, August 28th, to be with her Lord and Saviour.   Elsie was born in Porcupine Plain to Jim and Della Dearlove. She trained as a psychiatric nurse in Weyburn, where she met the love of her life and married in 1958. Their life with SaskPower took them to many different communities throughout Saskatchewan. Elsie's greatest love was her family. She was a loving and gentle mother, and wonderful Baba. She will be remembered for the wonderful productions at Christmas, Thanksgiving, and birthdays. She was a great cook, hostess, and friend. We will miss her wonderful sense of humour, the long coffee breaks on the deck at Crystal Lake, and her cinnamon scuffles.  Left to mourn her passing are her children, Bernadette (Myron) Shiplack of Regina, their children Tanis (Joe), Lynn; Karen (Blair) Anwender of  Martinsville, their children Sherri (Ryan), Michael (Marla); Wendy (Leslie) Lang of Saskatoon, their children Erin, Lisa, Tristan; Brian of Crystal Lake and his son Cole; Gaylene (Patrick) Perras of Regina, their children Melissa, Chelsea; Glenda of Tisdale, her children Dyan, and Logyn. Also her great grandchildren, Gwen, Ethan, Korwin, and Kayley.   She was predeceased by her son Daryl and grandson Brendan Lang in infancy, her loving daughter-in-law April Kowalchuk, her parents, Della and F. James Dearlove, a brother Gordon in childhood, brother Roy Dearlove, sister Evelyn Sommer, brothers-in-law Charles Sommer, Emil Kowalchuk, John Bugera, John Lampel and August Kowalchuk.   Prayer services were celebrated by Fr. Marcin Mironiuk on Tuesday September 1st, 2009. Funeral Mass was Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009. Both services will be held at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Sturgis. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Alzheimer's Society. Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.


Emil Kotyk

Canora Courier, September 16, 2009 Page 15

With great sadness the family announces the passing of Emil Kotyk at the age of 94 years on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at the Regina General Hospital, SK.   He was predeceased by his parents Paul and Fedora. brothers: John, Steve, Harry, and Mike, sisters: Mary Pura, and Kathie Melnychuk, and daughter-in law Janie Kotyk and many nephews and nieces. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife of 63 years Marion; his son Melvin, daughters: Elizabeth (Gary) Orsulak, Evelyn (Walter) McKay, Zonia (Kurt) Guenther; granddaughters: Jacqueline (Mark), Lori (Chris) and Krystal (Cory); grandsons: Eugene, Mark, Kevin (Crystal), Lewis and Alex; great grandsons: Levi. Bailey, Declan, Dominica step-great-grandsons Cody and Austin; great-granddaughter Macey; his brother Peter Kotyk and sister Olga (Max) Zawislak.   Emil was born in Rama, SK on August 15, 1915, to Paul and Fedora (Pasternak) Kotyk. He attended school in Wolna near Rama. After his schooling he moved to the Amsterdam district where he farmed for many years. He married Marion Zawislak in 1946. Later they moved to the Mikado area and continued their farming life while they raised their family. Emil and Marion moved to Canora to retire and Emil enjoyed spending time with local friends talking about politics and drinking coffee. In the last year he moved to Regina to be closer to family. Emil was very interested in the community, was a school trustee, and one of the chartered members of the Canora Credit Union. He was a very supportive member of the New Democratic Party and took great pride in what the CCF and New Democratic Party did for the province. He loved curling, reading, Ukrainian music, current affairs, and had a passion for politics. With his wife, he took a chartered trip to Ukraine, which he truly enjoyed. He spoke and wrote the Ukrainian language fluently. He was a very compassionate man and always felt sorry for the poor people and the less fortunate.   The Kotyk family would like to thank the Regina Lutheran Nursing Home, Parkside Nursing Home, Regina General Hospital and Pasqua Hospital doctors and staff for the tender loving care of Emil.   The Prayer Service was held on Monday, September 7, 2009 at the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home. The Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Canora, with Very Reverend Archpriest Mikolaj Derewianka and Rev. Fr. Brent Kuzek officiating. Interment followed at the Canora Cemetery. If friends so desire donations may be made to a Hospital or to a charity of choice. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora (563­5671).


Annie Chalus

Canora Courier, September 16, 2009 Page 15

Annie Chalus of the Canora Gateway Lodge passed away peacefully on her birthday, September 10th, 2009 at the age of 72 years.   Annie was born in 1937 on a farm near Sunnyside Beach in the Burgis District, SK to Harry and Sophie (Kostyshen) Chalus. Annie was educated at Wysla School until grade nine. In 1946, her family took LIP residence on their second homestead near the Tiny Grid Road. Annie and her brother David hopped a train in that same year to Brantford, ON where they both spent one year in school at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind where Annie learned to read Braille. They returned to the homestead and resided there until 1985 when Annie and her mother Sophie moved into Canora, SK. Annie loved to travel by train and did a lot visiting with family and friends through- out parts of Canada. Struggling with a disability never hindered Annie from getting to where she wanted to go! A gifted crafts person, she knitted and created floral designs for family affairs and was known for her cooking throughout the area. Annie had a wry sense of humour and was known for her ability to tell you what she thought. Annie was a devoted Christian woman and will be greatly missed by her family and friends alike.   Annie is survived by her brother Ernie (Lynn) Chalus of Beausejour, MB; her niece Shawna (John) Gareau and their children: Maureen Kospecky, Kendra Kospecky and Ryanne Gareau; her nephew Darren (Patti) Chalus and their children: Danielle and Braeden Chalus. She was predeceased by her parents: Harry and Sophie; her brothers David and James Chalus. The Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Pastor Mavis Watson, Parkland Christian Centre, officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the CNIB as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563­5671).


Olive Dziaduck (nee Shumay)

Canora Courier, September 23, 2009 Page 19

Olive Dziaduck of Regina, formerly of Canora, passed away peacefully on September 13 , 2009 at the age of 94 years at the Long Term Care Ward of the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre.   Olive left the community of Canora with great sadness in the fall of 2008 when she could not access the care she needed. Olive Dziaduck was born on January 1, 1915 on a farm in the Drobot district, south of Buchanan. Her parents were Jack and Anne (nee Kutcher) Shumay. They were a family of four boys Metro, John, Bill and Pete and five girls, Maggie, Mary, Katie, Olive and Pauline. She attended North Lake School. Olive always said that the best years of her life were her school years. She enjoyed every aspect of school life, the work, the play, the fun and even the walk to school. She made sure her children received an education and had careers. She took great pride in her grandchildren's studies and was always ready to celebrate their accomplishments. Olive Shumay and Mike Dziaduck were united in marriage on January 22, 1938 at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Canora. They enjoyed a career in farming on several farms in the Tiny district. She worked hard as a farmer's wife. In 1975, she and her husband retired to Canora. She was a long-time member of St. Mary's (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) of Tiny and St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Canora. She was an active member of the St. Joseph's CWL. Olive was a woman of great strength and energy. She was always busy even in her retirement years. She was proud of her well kept yard, vegetable garden and flower beds. She spent many hours sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidering, doing crafts, doing jig saw puzzles and playing cards. She looked forward to the visits from her children, their spouses, grandchildren and their families. The great grandchildren loved to visit her. She entertained them with a variety of games and treats. Olive's faith and life of prayer were a source of strength. She took great pride in her independence and was a woman of many talents, determination and courage.   Olive was predeceased by her husband, Mike, in 1996, her parents Jack and Anne Shumay, her brothers Metro (Helen), John, Pete (Anne), her sisters Maggie (Mike) Derow, Mary (Mike) Spelay, Katie and brother-in-law Bill Kosior; her daughter Evelyn (Barry) Choboter, her grandson Dwayne Hadubiak, granddaughter Gail Dziaduck and granddaughter-in-law Janice Hadubiak. Left to cherish her memory are her son Julius (Helen) Dziaduck of Sturgis; her daughter Eleanor (Orest) Hadubiak of Regina and six grandchildren and their families; Jackie Abremski of Vancouver, BC, Shelly Smith (Eric, Tristan, Tiana) of Gibson, BC, barrel I Dziaduck (Rebecca and Nicholas) of Regina, Cheryl (Warren) Knight (Kyle, Derek, Rocky) of Invermay, Greg (Heidi) Hadubiak (McKenzie) of Edmonton, and Conrad (Susan) Hadubiak (Stephanie, Mark, Christopher) of Regina, her sister Pauline Kosior of Weyburn and her brother Bill (Mary) of Regina.   Prayer services, Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at Leson's Funeral Home, Canora. Funeral Mass was on September 16, 2009 at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Canora, celebrated by Rev. Dr. Vitalis Azike. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements were entrusted to Leson's Funeral Home, Canora (563-5671).


Richard Sawka

Canora Courier, September 23, 2009 Page 19

Richard Sawka of the Yorkton & District Nursing Home passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 6th, 2009, with his daughters by his side. He was 79 years of age.    Richard was born on November 8th,1929, to Mary (Hutsyluk) and Fred Sawka in the Hazel Dell, District, Saskatchewan. The family moved to Kelvington, Hudson Bay Junction and then to Canora where his family owned and operated the Palace Cafe and later the Canora Diner. Richard also worked on the telegraphs for a short time. On August 12th, 1959 he married Alice Lettvenuk of the Burgis Beach District. Richard began his employment in 1965 with the Dairy Producers in Canora as a bulk tank driver. The family moved to Yorkton in 1976 where Richard continued his employment with the Dairy Producers for 29 years retiring in 1994. Richard in his younger days enjoyed stock car racing, camping and fishing trips with friends and playing cards. He will always be remembered for his dedication to the sport of hunting and especially his passion for elk!!! Richard's prize possessions were his red Chevy truck and quad. We are especially proud of his 23 years of sobriety!   Richard was predeceased by his wife Alice (1986) and his parents Mary (1986) and Fred. He will be lovingly remembered by his children: Constance Burkholder of Yorkton and Corinne Slobozian of Winnipeg; sons-in law Clayton Burkholder and Sheldon Slobozian; grandchildren Lauren Burkholder, Cole Burkholder, Brandon Slobozian and Noah Slobozian; sister Laura Hovorka of Kelowna, brother-in-law Dan Hovorka, brother Joe Sawka of Yorkton, and many nephews, relatives and friends.   "As long as there is someone who loves us, we will remain alive ... In truth, love will outlive even memories." The Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, September 12th, 2009, at St. Peter& Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canora with Rev. Father Joakim Rac Celebrant. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Skinner Unit at Yorkton & District Nursing Home as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONS FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Emily Danyluk

Canora Courier, September 30, 2009 Page 16

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

You can shed tears that she is gone,

Or you can smile because she has lived;

You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back,

Or you can open your eyes and see all she's left.

Your heart can be empty because you can't see her,

Or you can be full of the love you shared;

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,

Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember her and only that she's gone,

Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on;

You can cry and close your mind be empty and turn your back,

Or you can do what she'd want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

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


Betty Dymtrash, Steve Dymtrash

Canora Courier, September 30, 2009 Page 16

DMYTRASH: Betty, April 25, 2006; Steve, October 28, 2006.

There was no time to say goodbye the day they went away.

In a quiet roadside graveyard where the gentle breezes blow,

Lie the ones we loved and lost three years ago.

Their resting place we visit and put flowers there with care,

But no one knows the pain and heartache,

As we turn and leave them there.

We think of them and pray in silence and often speak their names,

But all we have are memories and their pictures in a frame;

Please treasure them Lord in your Garden of Rest,

Because in our world, they were the best.

- Always remembered and sadly missed by children, Brian and Marlene, Sylvia and Graham, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Olaf Sorestad

Canora Courier, September 30, 2009 Page 18

Olaf Sorestad of Buchanan passed away peacefully at the Canora Gateway Lodge on September 17th, 2009 at the age of 102 years and nine months.  Olaf was born on the Sorestad family farm near Buchanan on December 6th, 1906 to Ole and Ragnhild Sorestad. Olaf's parents emigrated from Norway to the USA in the early 1880's. His parents met and married in the States and came to Canada in 1906 after farming in Illinois and South Dakota for many years. Olaf was the eleventh child of thirteen, all but the two youngest having been born in the USA. Olaf attended Christiania school and graduated from Buchanan High School in 1918. He farmed with his father after he finished school and also taught at Christania School for a couple years. In 1936 Olaf married Adeline Rosvold from the Wergland school district. They were blessed with four children - Donald, Alice, Ralph and Clifford. They continued to farm with Olaf's parents until his mother died in 1942 and his father in 1945. As Olaf's family grew, they ran a dairy operation and a grain farm with all the children helping out. Olaf and Adeline gave a lot of their time and talents to working in the church. Olaf was Sunday school superintendent for many years and they taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and held various executive positions through the years. In 1974, Olaf and Adeline's daughter-in-law Helen died of cancer leaving five young daughters motherless. Olaf and Adeline took on a second parenting role and happily raised their granddaughters while their father worked in Alberta.  Olaf was predeceased by siblings Marta in 1874, Martin 1878, Celia 1924, Tom 1932, Olive 1937, Regina 1958, John 1959, Edd 1963, Beverly Ann 1987, Mabel 1988, Oscar 1992 and Winnie 2008. He was also predeceased by his daughter-in-law Helen in March 1974, his wife Adeline in January 1988, great grandson Graeme Woods in February 1992 and his son Donald in September 2005. Olaf leaves three children to cherish his memory: Alice (Harvey) Pickett of Maple Creek, Ralph (Pat) Sorestad of Buchanan and Clifford Sorestad also of Buchanan. He also leaves 10 grandchildren and their spouses and 16 great-grandchildren.  The Funeral Service was held on Monday, September 21st, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. from the Faith Lutheran Church, Buchanan with Pastor Carlyle Johnson officiating and Joanne Sorestad, organist. The Interment followed in the Elim Lutheran Cemetery, northeast of Buchanan.  Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Faith Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund in memory of Olaf Sorestad. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563­5671).


Katherine Labiuk (nee Hrynewich)

Canora Courier, September 30, 2009 Page 19

Katherine Labiuk of Calgary and formerly of Canora. passed away on Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 at the Mayfair Care Centre in Calgary.  Katherine was born October 12th, 1915 to Wasyl and Wasylyna Hrynewich in Wakaw SK. With great perseverance through the years and the tough times of the 1930's, Katherine completed her High School education, and then successfully completed Normal School in Saskatoon. For nine years she taught in country schools and then in 1942 she married Nicolas Labiuk who was also teaching. After a brief move to Vancouver they moved back to Saskatchewan and settled into a busy life of teaching. Katherine taught at Arran School, Sturgis High School and Canora High School. After almost 32 years of teaching, Katherine retired to attend to the needs of her ailing husband. She was a member of the Ukrainian Women's Association of Canada (UWAC), and served in the National, Provincial and local organizations. Katherine was a dedicated supporter of the Consistory of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, St. Andrew's College, the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, the Promin Journal, occasionally the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Genk, Belgium and South America, University of Alberta projects such as Ukrainian exchange students and the translation of Mykhailo Hrushevsky's "History of Ukraine­Rus", Children of Chernobyl, Ukrainian Voice-Aid to Ukraine, hospitals of Regina and Saskatoon and a host of other appeals. She was also a foster parent to four young children in Uganda, Meru, Nepal and Egypt. Katherine was a member of the Consistory Board for five years, secretary of the Central Diocese for eight years and of the Canora Church for nine years.  She was predeceased by her husband Nicholas, parents Wasyl and Wasylyna Hrynewich, her brothers John, Michael, Donald, and Stephen, her sisters, Barbara, Mary, Julia, Betty, Dora, Olga and Anne. She is survived by her brother Ted (Nell), a sister Muriel Nimagon, sister-in-law Marie Kasper, brother-in-law James Houston and many nieces and nephews.  Prayer Service was held from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home on Friday, September 25th. Funeral Service was held on Saturday, September 26th at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Canora with Very Reverend Archpriest Mikolaj Derewianka officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. I hose wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Gateway Lodge Auxiliary, the Canora Hospital Auxiliary, or to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONS FUNERAL HOME, Canora (563-5671).


Lena Skrepnek (nee Kitchen)

Canora Courier, September 30, 2009 Page 19

Lena Skrepnek passed away peacefully on September 21, 2009 at the Canora Gateway Lodge, at the age of 83 years.  Lena was born on November 20th, 1925 the youngest daughter of Peter and Mary Kitchen, of the Burgis District and received her education at Poplar Springs School. Lena married Alex Skrepnek in 1947 and together they farmed in the Burgis District for more than 25 years. They raised two daughters; Shirley Semeniuk (George) and Jeanette Kenwell (Art). Lena was a busy farmer, milking cows, gardening and helping in the field. She was very active in her church, where Alex was the President. Lena enjoyed working with the church ladies catering, making perogies for church functions, and always helped wherever needed. In 1966 they moved into Canora. She was a Mom, Baba, sister and a friend who was devoted to all that knew her. Her home was always open to those that wanted to play cards, share a laugh, sing songs, bake, and cook. Lena's hobbies included singing, especially Christmas carolling, listening to her Ukrainian music, telling jokes, going to bingo, crocheting doilies, afghans, scarves and dishcloths. Lena lived her last few years at the Gateway Lodge where she sang songs, and shared jokes with her fellow lodge mates. She was affectionately nicknamed the "Songbird" since she always greeted everyone with a song, either Ukrainian or English, and she liked to sing Happy Birthday to everyone. Above all, she was the greatest Babysitting Baba ever! The family is thankful to all that spent time with her during her time at the Lodge.  Lena was predeceased by her husband Alex; her brothers, Fred and John and her parents Peter and Mary Kitchen. She leaves to mourn her passing her daughters Shirley (George) Semeniuk of Edmonton, and Jeanette (Art) Kenwell of Edmonton, grandsons; Darcy (Janet) and their children, Brett and Jaret; and Jason (Lynne) and their children, Rhyse, Rhian, and Rhyd; a sister Helen Heshka; sisters-in-law Nellie Kitchen, Rosie Kuriliuk, Helen White and Julie Skrepnek; and brother-in-law Metro Kobelka. Prayer Service was held on Sunday. September 27th, 2009, and Funeral Service was held on Monday, September 28th, 2009 with Very Reverend Archpriest Mikolaj Derewianka officiating. Both services were at the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home in Canora. Interment followed at the Canora Cemetery.  Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to Heart & Stroke Foundation or to the Lupus Society of Alberta (#200 1301 - 8th St. S.W ., Calgary AB T2R 1B7), as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements have been entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora, SK (563-5671).


Peter Ostafie

Canora Courier, October 07, 2009 Page 15

OSTAFIE: In loving memory of Peter who was taken from us suddenly on October 7, 1994.

Treasured forever are our memories of you,

Today, tomorrow and all our lives through;

Though life goes on and we must too,

The burden we carry is life without you.

Though 15 years have come and gone,

Our love for you lives on and on.

Dearly remembered and sadly missed, Anne, Pat, Ivan. Garry, Ginette, Chris, Jenny, Jessie, Brianna, Michelle, Kaylee and Brayden.


Paulina Predinchuk (nee Mushynsky) 

Canora Courier, October 07, 2009 Page 17

PREDINCHUK: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Paulina, on September 24th, 2009, with her family by her side at the Canora Hospital, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, at the age of 74 years.   Born to Metro and Dora (Rybchuk) Mushynsky on September 25th, 1934 she attended Big Horn School. She worked as a nanny for surrounding neighbours during her teenage years. On Oct. 25th,1952 she married Fred Predinchuk and together they raised 2 sons. They farmed north of Swan Plain for 15 years, and in 1965 they purchased The Pool Room and Confectionery in Swan Plain. Together they operated Predinchuk's Confectionery for 30 years until their retirement in 1995.   Paulina is survived by her loving husband of 56 years Fred, her 2 sons: James (Jeanette) of Norquay and Stanley (Violet) of Fort Qu'Appelle; 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren: Jamie (Kari) and Ethan, Alexis and Mason of Blackfalds, AB, Jennifer and Jania of Regina, Marcy (Greg) Cylka and Olivia of Regina, Dawn (Morgan) Wotherspoon of Saskatoon, and Janice (Jeffrey) Sliva and Casey of Red Deer, AB; 2 brothers: Roman (Doreen) of Regina and George (Teresa) of Leduc, AB; 5 sisters: Mary of Edmonton, Olga (Mike) of Swan Plain, Elizabeth of Canora, Vicki of Sturgis and Gloria (Eugene) of Canora, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Darlene (in infancy), her parents Metro (1969) and Dora (1994), sister Emily Lupick (1959), brothers Marion (1992), Matt (2004), Alex (2007), and Peter (2009), and also 3 siblings in infancy.  Our dear "baba" had a great passion for life, and above all she loved her grandchildren and was blessed to have 6 great-grandchildren all of whom she adored and loved dearly. She enjoyed gardening, playing bingo with her sisters, hunting, fishing, sewing/quilting, doing taxidermy and Easter egg painting in the earlier years, wood working and also collecting salt and pepper shakers. One of her Easter eggs even made it to Buckingham Palace as part of a gift for Her Majesty, The Queen. Baba will forever be remembered for her caring ways and her bright smile.  Prayer Service was held on Tuesday, September 29th, 2009, at the Swan Plain Community Center. Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, September 30th, 2009, at the Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Swan Plain with Rev. Fr. Patrick Powalinsky officiating. Interment followed at Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church Cemetery Fund or to the Canadian Cancer Society as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to Leson's Funeral Home, Canora, (306-563-5671).


John Predinchuk

Canora Courier, October 07, 2009 Page 19

John Predinchuk passed away on September 23rd, 2009 at the Canora Gateway Lodge, at the age of 101 years.   John was born in the Good Spirit Lake District, to Stephan and Katherine (Litowski ) Predinchuk, on June 21st, 1908. He attended Wysla School until 1922. He helped on the family farm and also worked with his father as a contractor building houses, barns and buildings for people in the Canora area. During World War II, John worked at a nickel mine in Sudbury ON and upon his return after the war he continued to work as a carpenter. He opened a shoe repair shop in Swan Plain. In 1982 he moved to Canora, after a brief stay in Norquay. John enjoyed fishing, carpentry, shooting pool, inventing, magic, music and poker games with his buddies. He was a kind, gentle, caring man with a great sense of humour, and will be dearly missed! He was predeceased by his parents, Stephan and Katherine; brothers: Pete, Bill, Fred, George and Steve; and sisters: Sadie Bent and Sophie Chabun. He is survived by one sister, Mary (Nahoda) Predinchuk of Vancouver, BC.  Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, September 30th, 2009, at the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home in Canora, with Very Reverend Archpriest Mikolaj Derewianka officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora Gateway Lodge Auxiliary as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to Leson's Funeral Home, Canora, (306-563-5671).


Evan Alexander Strelioff

Canora Courier, October 14, 2009 Page 17

In loving memory of Evan Alexander Strelioff who passed away two years ago, October 20, 2007.

We cherish the love we shared together,

You are always in our thoughts as we carry on every day;

How happy we would be to see your friendly smile,

Your gentle voice, your expressions of love and concern for all us.

Dear Evan, we miss you so much,

You are in God's loving care,

And you're always in our hearts and minds with love.

- Always loved and deeply mourned by wife Lori and children, and by mom and dad, brother, sister and nephew.


Stanley James Zielinski

Canora Courier, October 14, 2009 Page 17

In memory of Stanley James Zielinski, October 1, 1972 - October 19, 2008.

A year has passed,

We miss you each and every day;

What we wouldn't give to take one more walk,

Or just cuddle with you and talk.

To see the twinkle in your eyes,

If only we didn't have to say goodbye;

We miss you Dad and always will,

For though you're gone we love you still.

- Love Savannah and Gavin.

 

A tear falls from my eye,

I swallow hard, try not to cry;

I think of you so far away,

A year ago you died today.

Still sometimes when I'm all alone,

I hope and wish to hear the phone;

To hear you say just one more time,

That I am loved and you are fine.

But on life's road there's no return,

So now I must try hard to learn;

To live and love and do,

The way you want me to.

But Stanley remember this,

You are always loved and missed.

- Love Marla.


Stanley Zielinski

Canora Courier, October 14, 2009 Page 17

ZIELINSKI: In loving memory of Stanley, October 19, 2008.

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;

Now all we have is 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. 

- Love Darcy, Tammy, Keshia, Chantal, Keely-Che.


Helen Kalenchuk (nee Horechka)

Canora Courier, October 14, 2009 Page 19

The family of Helen Kalenchuk of Saskatoon, and formerly of Canora, announces her passing on Sunday, October 4th, in Saskatoon, at the age of 85. Helen was born October 12th, 1923 in Canora, to Nick and Maria Horechka. She attended school in Canora, helping her parents raise her siblings and run the family general store. As a young woman she moved to Ontario to help her eldest sister during a time of illness. She married John Kalenchuk on September 18th,1941 in Timmins Ontario. They lived in Ontario for a few short years and then moved back to Canora with their two children, Rick and Nancy. Helen was a dedicated homemaker, and took pride in her large and bountiful garden. She was always canning or freezing something. She spent many hours at the craft of Easter egg painting, which was handed down from her mother and grandmother. Helen was an avid mushroom and berry picker. The family spent many hours enjoying the outdoor hunt. She also loved to play cards and was an enthusiastic bingo player. For the past three years she resided in a care home in Saskatoon so she could be close to her family. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband John, son-in-law Dennis Sollosy; brothers, John, Mike, Metro in infancy, Nicholas, Steve, and George; sisters, Ann in infancy, Lena Danyluk, and Kay Chick. She is survived by her son Rick (Anne) of Saskatoon; daughter Nancy Sollosy of Saskatoon; two sisters, Marion (Adam) Twordowsky from Surrey, BC, and Nita Gale of Welland, ON, as well as many nieces and nephews.   Funeral Service was held on Friday, October 9th, 2009 at the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home in Canora, with Very Reverend Archpriest Mikolaj Derewianka officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Pauline Sukorokoff

Canora Courier, October 21, 2009 Page 22

In Loving Memory of Pauline Sukorokoff (March 20, 1924 - October 18, 2006)

Thank you for the angel,

You lent us for awhile;

She brought us laughter,

And an everlasting smile.

She loved us, inspired us,

Our own guiding light;

Now she shines in heaven,

With wings of pure white.

She will forever walk softly,

In our hearts and in our dreams,

When our feelings run rampant.

And our tears begin to fall,

Her spirit will surround us,

Lending comfort to one and all.

We will always miss her,

Time can not erase the pain,

Yet, we will always be grateful,

That into our lives...

... Our "Mother & Baba" came.

Miss and love you so much,

- Susan, Dwayne, Jacqueline, Lorne, Landon and Reese


David Marchinko

Canora Courier, October 21, 2009 Page 25

MARCHINKO: In loving memory of David, October 1999.

We hold you close within our hearts,

And there you will remain;

To walk with us

throughout our lives,

Until we meet again.

- Loved and deeply missed, mom and dad.


Tom Werbowesky

Canora Courier, October 21, 2009 Page 25

WERBOWESKY: In loving memory of a dear father and dido, Tom, 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, Nicole and Thomas.


Annie Shalkowsky (nee Demchuk)

Canora Courier, October 21, 2009 Page 27

Annie Shalkowsky passed away peacefully in the Canora Hospital on October 9th, 2009 at the age of 85 years.   Annie was born on January 20th,1924 in the Canora district to Nick and Mary (nee Hnatyshen) Demchuk. She lived with her parents and attended the Poplar Springs School until her marriage to Joseph Shalkowsky on May 16th,1943. They resided in Yorkton until 1946 and then moved to Canora where they would live the rest of their lives. Annie was well known for cooking at weddings with her mother and working on farms in the area but Annie's main mission in life was to be a loving mother and grandmother. Annie was an exceptional mom whose warmth, patience and gentle nature nurtured her family. She had a great sense of humour and her love of songs and rhymes were shared with all, especially children, whom she adored. Annie was a very happy person who embraced life. She could always find the silver lining and her incredible strength carried her through the many hardships she endured in her lifetime. Annie's door was always open and her table ready for guests.   Annie will be dearly missed by her family and friends and is lovingly remembered by her daughter Phyllis (Russell) Marincl of Roblin, MB, her son Jim (Barb) of Victoria, BC, her brother Alex (Olga) Demchuk of Canora, her sister Lilly Chalus of Canora, and her grandchildren: Joseph Marincl, Nancy (Terry) Beattie and their children Mathew and Whitney, Cindy (Ray) Wolanski and their children Raymond and Stephan, Mary Ann Shalkowsky (Gordon) and her son Brandon, and Robin, Laina and Sophie Shalkowsky and Nathan's three children: Jayden, Zoe and Kaylib; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents: Nick & Mary, her husband Joseph, her son Michael, her sister Katie Belitsky ,her brother Nick Demchuk, her step-sisters: Lena Chabun, Jennie Hnatyshyn, and Mary Homeniuk, her step-brothers: Harry, Paul, Fred & John Demchuk, her grandson Nathan Shalkowsky, her daughter-in-law Bernadette Shalkowsky and her granddaughter Marian in infancy.  The Prayer Service was held on Tuesday October 13th,2009 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Service was held Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., both from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Rev. Fr. Andrew Piasta officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora Hospital Auxiliary in memory of Annie Shalkowsky. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Henry Negraeff

Canora Courier, October 21, 2009 Page 27

Henry Negraeff of Canora, passed away at the Canora Hospital on October 8th, 2009 at the age of 88 years.   Henry was born on a farm in the Canora District on September 13th, 1921 to parents Peter and Tanya (Savenkoff) Negraeff. As a young man, Henry attended the Phoenix School while helping on the family farm. On December 8th, 1951, he was united in marriage to   Doris Malloff. Together they continued to farm the homestead in the Canora District where they lived and worked until 1970, relocating to Canora where they have resided until present. Henry had various hobbies including such things as baseball, golfing, reading and writing in his journal, cooking and gardening. His true passion in life was his wife and his family of which he was very proud. On September 21st, 2009, he entered the Canora Hospital and remained there until his passing. Henry will be dearly loved and missed by all.   Henry is lovingly remembered by his wife, Doris; his three children: Patricia (Bill) Holowatiuk of Spruce Grove, AB, Diane (Samuel) Mostowchuk of Sturgis, SK, and Peter (Lorie) Negraeff of Canora, SK; his brother Peter (Sylvia) Negraeff of Pelly, SK; his nine grandchildren: William, Kathryn, Milton, Miles, Lavern, Thomas, Andrew, Elliot and Jeremy and nine great grandchildren. He was predeceased by: his parents: Peter and Tanya Negraeff, a brother John and his six sisters: Polly Zurloff, Mary Konkin, Anne Zarin, Nellie Danchuk, Lillian Nesbit and Tina Lapshinoff.  The Memorial Service was held on Monday, October 12th, at 11:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Trisha Challoner of 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 a charity of one's choice as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563­5671).


Louis Wolkowski, Rose Wolkowski

Canora Courier, October 28, 2009 Page 20

In loving memory of our parents and grandparents, Louis and Rose Wolkowski who passed away, on October 21, 2003, October 25, 2008.

Our Angels Gone to Heaven

Our life goes on without you both,

But nothing is the same;

We have to hide our heartaches,

When someone speaks your names.

Sad are the tears that love you both,

Silent are the tears that fall;

Living our lives without you two,

Has been the hardest part of all.

You both did so many things for us,

Your heart was so kind and true;

And when we needed you both,

We knew we could always count on you.

Those special years will not return,

When we were all together;

But with the love inside our hearts ,

You two will walk with us forever.

God tell them that we love and miss them,

And when they turn to smile;

Place a kiss upon their cheek,

And hold them for awhile.

- Forever loved and deeply missed by Laureen, Brian and family; Darrell, Darlene and family; Darla and family.


Michael Starecki, Terry Starecki

Canora Courier, October 28, 2009 Page 20

STARECKI: In loving memory of our sons, Michael (November 21, 1951 to September 29, 1973) and Terry (September 5, 1958 to October 22, 1992).

No letter can we send them,

For heaven is their address;

A serene and beautiful garden,

Where they have gone to rest.

So fill their arms with pink roses Lord,

And when you see them smile;

Tell them how deeply we love them,

And miss them all the while.

We will always remember the way they looked,

The way they talked and smiled;

The things they said and did each day,

Are with us all the while.

A lovely family we once shared,

How sweet the memory still;

But there is sadness in our hearts,

No one will ever fill.

- Deeply missed and forever in our hearts, mom, dad; sisters, Julie, Pam, Elizabeth, Angela and Sheryl; brothers, Bob and David, and their families.


Jean Sliwa (nee Palchewich)

Canora Courier, October 28, 2009 Page 22

Jean Sliwa, wife of Adolph of Yorkton, formerly Jean Terletski of Rama, passed away on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at the Yorkton and District Nursing Home. She was 80 years of age.   Jean was born on December 12, 1922 in the Buchanan district of Saskatchewan; a daughter of Mary (nee Soloski) and Karol (Carl) Palchewich. She was raised on the family farm and attended school at Woodhurst. On September 26, 1939 she was united in marriage to Paul Terletski at Rama. This union was blessed with seven children. The couple resided on a farm in the Rama district. In 1950 they purchased a General Store at Rama and they also bought a home in the community. During the years of operating the store, the couple added other businesses, a lumber yard, a barber and hair dressing shop, and a Doctors office. She was community minded as well, she was involved in the local 4-H club for many years. In her precious spare moments, she enjoyed knitting and crocheting afghans and slippers for family members. She was also very sports minded, in her younger years she was an active curler, and in older years enjoyed watching it on TV. On September 2, 1960 Paul passed away suddenly at the age of 46. This tragic event left Jean to raise her family of seven, the eldest being nineteen and the youngest one year old. While still living in Rama, Jean became a representative for Avon, which helped make ends meet. In 1967 Jean was united in marriage to Adolph Sliwa at Rama, and shortly after they moved to Yorkton. Adolph continued farming and Jean began a new career at the Yorkton Union Hospital in the Dietary Department, working her way up to a supervisory position. Following 20 years of service ,Jean retired in 1987.   Predeceased by her parents and a sister Mina Kowalchuk, she is survived by her husband Adolph of Yorkton; seven children; sons: Ed (Agnes) Terletski of Toronto, Carl (Maureen) of Leduc AB, Rudy (Bev) of Leduc AB, and Ben (Nancy) of Winnipeg; daughters: Elizabeth (Ed) Barteski of Edmonton, Pauline (Peter) Landygo of Winnipeg, and Linda (Dean) Sully of Yorkton; fifteen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. Also a sister: Vivian (Leonard) Pasloski of Rama; brothers: Ignace Palchewich (Delores) of Yorkton, Joe Palchewich (Rose) of Invermay, and Edward Palchewich (Marg) of Toronto; numerous nieces, nephews as well as all of the relatives of Adolph.   The prayer vigil service was held on Sunday evening, October 18, 2009 from St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church in Yorkton The Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday, October 19, 2009 from St. Gerard's Church with Rev. Father Antoni Degutis, OMI as Celebrant. The interment took place in the Garden of Gethsemene at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.


Tony Achtemichuk

Canora Courier, October 28, 2009 Page 22

Tony Achtemichuk, beloved husband of Emily of Canora, passed away peacefully on October 16th, 2009 at the age of 82 years.   Tony was born on the family farm in the Hampton district on August 22nd, 1927 to Pete and Mary (Stefanowich) Achtemichuk. As a young man, he attended school in a one room farm school called Stawchen. After graduating grade twelve he went on to Dental School in Yorkton, but was unable to complete his education because he was needed on the family farm. In 1952, he met Emily Andrusiak, romance blossomed, and they were married on July 12th, 1954 residing on the family farm with Tony's parents. In 1955, they moved to Sudbury, ON where Tony worked at the Falconbridge Mining Iron Ore plant for eleven years. In 1966, Tony, Emily and five children moved back to the family farm in the Hampton district-quite an adjustment - leaving city life and taking on full-time farming. Even though he was busy, he found time to play ball with the children and enjoyed hunting, fishing, horses and playing cards. In 1969, the Achtemichuks moved to the Mazeppa district, farming until 1981, when health reasons forced his retirement to Canora. Tony loved to spend time with his grandchildren and looked forward to every visit. He enjoyed travelling to visit family and he and Emily went on many memorable vacations. Tony will be fondly remembered and sincerely missed by all.  Tony was predeceased by his parents: Pete and Mary Achtemichuk; his sisters Anne Pelech and Bella Sineloff, brother-in-law Steve Pelech; sister Mary Ottom; brother-in­law Nick Ottom; and Emily's parents: Nick and Dora Andrusiak. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Emily; daughter Marilyn (Joe) Glasser of Canora; son Anthony (Linda) Bogucky of Spruce Grove, AB; son Barry (Teresa) Achtemichuk Yorkton; daughter Joni (Gord) Watson of Saskatoon; daughter Kim (Jim) Gogol of Canora; grandchildren: Emily Ann, Amanda, Ryan, Chasity, Jeremy, Andrew, Karly, Jenna and Josh; great granddaughter Arianna; brother Peter (Adeline) Achtemichuk of Yorkton and sister Pearl Glazier of Calgary.  The Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home with Mr. Rob Szegi of the Jehovah Witnesses officiating. A private interment will follow at a later date in the Ukrainian Pioneer Cemetery, south of Canora. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Pauline Anne Gorski (nee Rybchuk)

Canora Courier, October 28, 2009 Page 22

Peacefully on October 20, 2009, Pauline Anne (Rybchuk) Gorski completed her life's journey at the Holy Family Nursing Home in Winnipeg, Man. Pauline was born on May 17, 1914, the fourth child of pioneers Metro Rybchuk and Mary Kotowski.   Pauline was predeceased by her husband, John in 1982; her infant daughter, Sylvia, in 1937 and her youngest son, Edward in 2005; her sisters, Ann Danyluk, Dora Mushynsky, Wilma Andric, Mary Kutsuk; her brothers, Nick, Peter, Steve and two infant brothers. To celebrate her life she leaves her son, Bronnie, and his children, Christine, Tamara and Anthony; her son, Lou, and his wife Lil and their children, Kim, Karen and Kevin; her son, Terry, and his children, Christopher, Michelle and Jeff; Edward's children, Patricia, Michael and Candace, and 14 great-grandchildren. To mourn her passing is her sister, Kay Horocholyn and many loving nieces and nephews.   Funeral service will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 201 - 4th St. E., Canora, Sask. on October 29 at 1 p.m. with Father Vitalis Azike serving Mass. Interment to follow at the Canora Cemetery.   In memory of Pauline, donations will be accepted for the Gateway Lodge, Box 1387, Canora or Holy Family Nursing Home, 165 Aberdeen Ave., Winnipeg, Man., R2W 1T9.


Anna Lozinski (nee Huska)

Canora Courier, October 28, 2009 Page 23

Mrs. Anna Lozinski, formerly of Yorkton and the Hyas district, widow of Joseph Lozinski entered eternal life on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at St. Joseph's Nursing Home at the age of 103 years.   Anna was born April 5, 1906 in the Norquay district to Roman & Paraskevia (Martyniuk) Huska. She attended school at Willowgrove and Sacred Heart Academy in Yorkton. Sacred Heart was important to her in her educational, cultural and spiritual development. Anna married Joseph M. Lozinski on June 20, 1926 at St. Ann's Church in the Norquay district with Rev. Fr. Ambrose Redkewich officiating. The couple established their home on a farm in the Hyas district. Anna opened her home on the farm to sisters and catechists during many summers. In the fall of 1967 they acquired a home in Lanigan, SK. Joseph passed away on January 26, 1968. Anna resided in Lanigan for two years before moving to Yorkton. In 2001 Anna became a resident of St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Saskatoon.  Anna was a faithful parishioner of St. Mary's Church; a member of UCWLC, Branch I and a founding member of the Apostolate of Fatima (Blue Army). She gave of her service lovingly to her church. Anna's love of God, trust in Jesus Christ and devotion to Mary, the mother of God brought her peace, comfort and strength to live a long, blessed life. Anna's God given talents included: needlework, knitting, crocheting, lace tatting, embroidering, sewing and making lovely patch quilts for her children, grandchildren, godchildren and for church bazaars. She had a love for gardening and grew prize-winning flowers and vegetables. Anna was organized, an excellent cook, and ready for hospitality at any time. She delighted in visits from her family, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Predeceased by her parents; her husband Joseph; her daughters, Sr. Celstine SSMI and Mary Lukan; grandchildren Marialynn Lozinski and Methodius Lozinski Jr.; sisters Mary Cherewyk, Lena Kyba and Sophie in infancy and brothers Michael, John, Dmytro, George and Bill. Survived by sons Methodius (Sylvia) of Hyas, Stan (Barbara) of St. Albert, AB and Alphonse (Mary) of Saskatoon; daughter Theresa Beyko of Rhein; grandchildren Kenneth (Lauri) Lozinski, Lorraine Cottrill, Neil (Nicole) Lozinski, David Lozinski, Michael Lozinski, Vincent Lozinski, Peter (Darlene) Beyko, Michelle (Tom) Scott, Glenn (Iryna) Beyko, Colleen (Brian) Fetz, Mark Lukan, Joseph (Jen) Lukan, Audrey (Stan) Marple, Kurt Lozinski, Dena (Marc) Colleaux, Darren Lozinski, Tim (Shannon) Lozinski and Laurie (Mikael) Drabyk and 21 great grandchildren.   Rosary led by UCWLC & Blue Army and Prayers were held on Friday, October 16th. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Saturday, October 17th at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton with Rev. Father Vladimir Kolpakov, C.Ss.R. as the Celebrant. Responses were led Ed Pindus, Colette Karapita & Parish Choir Members. The crossbearer was Lucas Colleaux and candlebearers were Daniel Lozinski & Nolan Lozinski. The epistle reader was Audrey Marple. Ukrainian Catholic Women's League served as Honour Guard. A lunch reception followed at St. Mary's Cultural Centre with tributes conveyed by Michelle Scott and Olga Kondra. The interment took place at Canora Town Cemetery with Peter Beyko, Glen Beyko, Mark Lukan, Joseph Lukan, Tim Lozinski and Kenneth Lozinski serving as the casket bearers. Vichnaya Pamyat! Eternal Memory! Special thank you to the Sisters & Staff at St. Joseph's Home for their care and compassion. Funeral arrangements were in care Bailey's Funeral Home.


Sharon Kay Jondle

Canora Courier, October 28, 2009 Page 23

Sharon Kay Jondle of Regina and formerly of the Norquay area passed away suddenly on Thursday. October 15th, 2009 at the age of 66 years.   Sharon was born August 26, 1943 at Canora to Lademir and Delma (Hallick) Jondle. She grew up on the farm near Stenen, SK, with five sisters and three brothers, attended Liverpool School and graduated from Sturgis Composite High School. Sharon loved horseback riding. During her school years she studied piano and enjoyed singing; she was an avid reader her entire life and was very articulate and interesting to spend time with. She had a very charismatic personality, had a flare for Drama, and participated in school athletic activities. Sharon particularly enjoyed cross-country and downhill skiing. One year she was chosen as Carnival Queen. She was a kind and generous person. Sharon always had time to entertain her nieces and nephews who spent time at the Grywacheski farm during their summer holidays. To this day they all treasure those fond memories.  In 1963 she married Ron Grywacheski. They lived on a farm near Norquay and raised three sons. Sharon was never afraid of a challenge. She was a self starter in many different careers and succeeded in whatever she attempted: home making, gardening, teaching Kindergarten, Driver's Education instructor, and educator. She had an extraordinary gift for fashion and owned-operated a shoe store, and later a high-fashion clothing store to which ladies would travel for miles to shop. She had a great interest in the restaurant business and for a time was owner-operator of a restaurant. She retired in 2009.  Sharon was predeceased by her parents: Laddie and Delma Jondle and her brothers: Douglas Jondle and Ladmir Jondle. Sharon will be lovingly remembered by her son: Trent (Kathy) Grywacheski and their daughters Tricia and Andria, her son Sheldon (Joanne) Grywacheski and their daughter Shilow and sons Justin and Jordan, and her son Trevors (Tracy) Grywacheski and their daughters Alyssa and Ashley, her brother Lynwood Jondle and her sisters, Barbara Leniczek, Yvonne Thompson, Marjorie Britton, Carol Ostafichuk and Mary Lou (Reg) Martsinkiw, and by Ron Grywacheski as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  Vigil of Prayer was held on Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Canora, with Rev. Dr. Vitalis Azike, celebrant. Rite of Committal followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan in memory of Sharon. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Stanley Zielinski

Canora Courier, November 4, 2009 Page 22

In loving memory of dad and grandpa, Stanley Zielinski.

We little knew that evening,

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 though 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.

- Love Darcy, Tammy, Keshia, Chantal, Keely-Che.


Nettie Dutchak, Fred Dutchak, Alfred Dutchak

Canora Courier, November 4, 2009 Page 22

In memory of Nettie Dutchak, Dec. 1983; Fred Dutchak, October 2004; Alfred Dutchak, March 2005.

Loving memories never die,

As years roll on and days pass by;

In our hearts a memory is kept,

Of the ones we love and will never forget.

- Forever missed, Marge, and families.


Martin Makowsky

Canora Courier, November 4, 2009 Page 22

MAKOWSKY: In loving memory of Martin, May 20, 1939 - November 11,2006.

He had a nature you could not help loving,

And a heart that was purer than gold;

And to those who knew him and loved him,

His memory will never grow old.

- Sadly missed and always in our hearts, Alvin, Bernice and family; John, Thelma and family.


Martin Makowsky

Canora Courier, November 11, 2009 Page 17

MAKOWSKY: In loving memory of Martin, May 20, 1939 - November 11,2006.

He had a nature you could not help loving.

And a heart that was purer than gold;

And to those who knew him and loved him,

His memory will never grow old.

- Sadly missed and always in our hearts, Alvin, Bernice and family; John, Thelma and family.


Linda Jackson

Canora Courier, November 11, 2009 Page 17

JACKSON: In memory of my dearest friend, Linda.

Two years have gone by,

Although it seems like yesterday;

Not a day goes by,

That I do not think of you.

Your memory will be with me forever,

I miss you.

- Pauline.


Alex Skrepnek

Canora Courier, November 11, 2009 Page 17

In loving memory of Alex Skrepnek who passed away November 8,2003.

As time passes memories stay,

Deep in our hearts, memory is kept,

To love, cherish and never forget.

- Remembered and dearly missed by Shirley and George Semeniuk and families; Jeanette and Art Kenwell.


Martin Makowsky

Canora Courier, November 11, 2009 Page 17

In Loving Memory - Martin Makowsky

Husband, father, grandfather who passed away November 11, 2006

There will always be heartache and often many tears.

But precious memories are cherished of the days when you were here.

We will hold you close within our hearts and there you will remain. 

To walk with us throughout our lives until we meet again.

- Forever loved and sadly missed, Shirley, Marsha & Paul, Erin & Murray, Ksenya & Tanissa.


Albert Phillip Matsalla

Canora Courier, November 11, 2009 Page 17

Albert Phillip Matsalla, beloved husband of Audrey, passed away at Canora Hospital, on Wednesday November 4, 2009 at the age of 75 years.   Albert was born to Joseph and Mary (Wilgosh) Matsalla. on November 27, 1933, in Rama. He attended Wolna School up until grade eight, when he quit to help his parents on the farm. At the age of 12, Albert began playing the violin. His love of music lured him to learn the guitar when he was 20 years old, and in his later years his woodworking skills were exemplary in his creations and designs of violins, of which he made for each of his children. During the winter of 1954 Albert worked in a Toronto hospital, in the shipping department and then returned to help on the farm. He spent some time in Vancouver in 1956, working at a furniture manufacturing business.   Albert married Audrey Wasylowich on August 13, 1957 and together they raised their five children on the farm. In 1965 , they decided to move into Buchanan. He retired from farming in 1994. Albert was an active community member and spent 7 years on council for Buchanan, coached hockey with his boys, was on the pool committee for 4 years, the Roman Catholic Church committee for 4 years and played in a band as well as at the church. His love of music was obvious, but he also loved fishing, woodworking and making violins, and above all he loved visiting with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Albert was predeceased by his parents, and grandparents.   He is survived by his wife Audrey, three sons: Ken (Donna) of Whitewood, SK, Randy (Jean) of Melfort, SK, and Greg (Cindy) of Clavet, SK; h is daughters Gloria (Julius) Dziaduck of Buchanan, SK, and Lavinia (Dale) Wolkowski of Oxbow, SK; one brother: Irvin (Pat) Matsalla of Klamath River, California, and one sister: Elizabeth Villoria of San Clemente, California; his 15 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  Prayer Service was held on Friday, November 6, 2009, at the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home. Funeral Service was held on Saturday, November 7, 2009, at the Descent of the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church in Buchanan, with Rev. Fr. Joakim Rac officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to Leson's Funeral Home, Canora (563-5671).


Sonia Caroline Prychak

Canora Courier, November 18, 2009 Page 17

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

There is a bridge of memory,

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 the days turn into years;

They hold a million memories,

And a thousand silent tears.

It broke our hearts to lose you,

But you never went alone;

For part of us went with you,

The day God called you home.

Rest in peace my sister.

- Sadly missed and always remembered forever, Sylvia.


Peter J, Kotyk

Canora Courier, November 18, 2009 Page 17

Peter J. Kotyk passed away November 16, 1996.

Those we love remain with us,

For love itself lives on;

And cherished memories never fade,

Because a loved one's gone.

Those we love can never be,

More than a thought apart;

Far as long as there is memory,

They'll live on in our hearts.

- With love and sadly missed by wife Elsie and children, Karen, Dennis, Valerie, Rita, Michael, Sharon, Amanda and families.


Avery Procyshen

Canora Courier, November 18, 2009 Page 17

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

As time unfolds another year,

Silent memories keep you near;

Loving and kind in all his ways,

Upright and just to the end of his days.

Sincere and kind in heart and mind,

What a beautiful memory he left behind.

- Lovingly remembered by Sylvia and Lance.


Helen Crotenko

Canora Courier, November 18, 2009 Page 17

In loving memory of Helen Crotenko, November 24, 2008.

The golden gates stood open,

One year ago today;

With goodbye left unspoken,

You gently slipped away.

Your memories are our keepsake,

From which we never part;

God has you in His keeping,

We have you in our hearts.

- Lovingly remembered by Val, Don, Ken, Barb and families.


Sonia Caroline Prychak

Canora Courier, November 18, 2009 Page 17

PRYCHAK: In loving memory of our dear wife, mother, grandmother and mother-in-law, Sonia Caroline, who passed away November 19, 2005.

So many things have happened,

Since you were called away;

So many things to share with you,

Had you been left to stay.

Every day in some small way,

Your memories brighten our day.

We wish you were here with us,

To share in every way.

You may be out of sight,

But never out of mind;

For you are cherished in the hearts,

Of those you left behind.

- Sadly missed and forever loved by Charles, Tricia, Kevin, Honour and Paiton.


Sonia Caroline Prychak

Canora Courier, November 25, 2009 Page 18

In Memoriam Sonia Caroline Prychak August 9, 1951 - November 19, 2005

In loving memory of my dear sister

We cannot lose the ones we love

For even when they are gone

We feel their gentle presence

In the hush of every dawn.

We see them in the sunlight

That makes the day so bright

In the flowers of the springtime

And in the stars at night.

We cannot lose the ones we love,

For they will always stay

In all that's bright and beautiful

Around us day by day.

Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by your sister Adeline  


Avery Procyshen

Canora Courier, November 25, 2009 Page 18

In loving memory of my dear Husband Avery Procyshen June 1, 1940 - November 25, 2005

The moment that you left me AVERY

My heart just split in two,

The one side filled with memories

The other went with you.

I often lay awake at night

When the world is fast asleep

And take a walk down memory lane

With tears upon my cheeks.

If I could have one lifetime wish

One dream that could come true

I would wish with all my heart

For years together and you.

Yes, it's very lonely here without you

I miss you more each day

And I will carry on and try to do

The very best that you would want me to.

Until we meet again.

Vichnaya Pamyat...Eternal Memory,

Forever loved and deeply missed


Gordon Bergen

Canora Courier, November 25, 2009 Page 21

In loving memory of my father, Gordon Bergen.

Our lives go on without you,

But nothing is the same;

We have to hide our heartache,

When someone speaks your name.

Sad are the hearts that love you,

Silent the tears that fall;

Living our lives without you,

Is the hardest part of all.

The special years will not return,

When we were all together;

But with the love that's in our hearts,

You will walk with us forever.

I miss you and love you very much Dad!

- Lovingly remembered and deeply missed, Antoinette, Karrington & Landon.


Bill Kitchen

Canora Courier, November 25, 2009 Page 21

In loving memory of our dad, gigo and great-gigo, Bill Kitchen.

The moment that you died,

Our hearts 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.

Remembering you is easy,

We do it every day;

But missing you is heartache,

That never goes away.

We hold you tightly within our hearts,

And there you will remain;

Life has gone on without you,

But it never will be the same.

For those who still have their dads,

Treat him with tender care;

You will never know the emptiness,

As when you turn and he's not there.

- Love forever, Larry, Robert, Danny, Donna, David, Iris and families.


Avery Procyshen

Canora Courier, November 25, 2009 Page 21

PROCYSHEN: In loving memory of our dear brother­in-law and uncle, Avery, who passed away November 25, 2005.

He'll always be remembered,

As a man both strong and good;

Who gave his best for others,

And who did the best he could.

He'll always be remembered,

For all the joy he brought;

As a man who made a difference,

And the man who meant a lot.

- Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by Charles, Tricia, Kevin, Honour and Paiton.


Bill Kitchen

Canora Courier, November 25, 2009 Page 21

In loving memory of Bill Kitchen, November 24, 2004.

I thought of you with love today,

But that is nothing new;

I thought about you yesterday,

And days before that too.

I think of you in silence,

I often speak your name;

Now all I have are memories,

And your picture in a frame.

Some may think you are forgotten,

As on earth you are no more;

But in my memory you are with me,

As you always were before.

A million times I've thought of you,

A million times I've cried;

If loving could have saved you,

You would have never died.

You left me beautiful memories,

Your love is still my guide;

And though I cannot see you,

You are always at my side.

It broke my heart to lose you,

But you did not go alone;

Part of me went with you,

On the day God called you home.

Forgive me Lord,

I'll always weep,

For the best friend I loved, but could not keep.

- Love forever, Anne.


Michael W. Sukorokoff

Canora Courier, November 25, 2009 Page 21

Michael W. Sukorokoff (December 22, 1924 - November 12, 1990).

In our hearts your memory lingers,

Proudly, lovingly and true;

There is not a day dear dad/gedo,

That we do not think of you.

- Miss and love you so very much, Susan, Dwayne, Jacqueline, Lorne, Landon and Reese.


Gordon Bergen

Canora Courier, November 25, 2009 Page 21

In loving memory of Gordon Bergen, beloved husband, dad and grandfather, who passed away November 21,2007.

We little knew that morning,

That 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,

But you didn't go alone;

For part of us went with you,

The day that God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories,

Your love is still our guide;

And though 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.

- Sadly missed and loved forever by wife Florence; children, Andrea and John, Antoinette, Alyssa and Tim; grandchildren, Melissa and Garry, Robin, Karrington, Landon, Daylia and Zennia and great-grandson Gavin.


Carol Wolkowski

Canora Courier, December 2, 2009 Page 12

In Loving Memory - Carol Wolkowski, Nov. 25, 2006

In our hearts your memory lingers,

Sweetly tender, fond and true,

There is not a day, dear Mom and Grandma,

That we do not think of you.

- Lovingly remembered by Bernie, Colby, Carmen, Grady, Porter, Paisley, Trent, Cindy & Wyatt


Michael "Mike" Ostafie

Canora Courier, December 2, 2009 Page 18

Michael "Mike" Ostafie was born on May 14, 1918 on the family farm in the Mikado district to Stanley & Petrunka (nee Makowsky) Ostafie. He attended Zhoda School and then stayed home to assist his widowed mother on the family farm. He continued farming until July 1956 when he and his mother took up residence in Mikado. Mike purchased the Oakley General Store which he operated until 1968. He also assumed the position of Postmaster of the Mikado Post Office which he operated until his retirement in 1983. He was recognized by Canada Post for 27 years of service. Mike moved to Canora where he remained, becoming a resident of Gateway Lodge in January, 2008. Mike had a great love of sports, playing hockey and baseball, and as a spectator. He also enjoyed curling in the winter.   As a member of St. Thomas RC Church in Mikado, Mike served as secretary-treasurer for many years and was also a member of St. Joseph's Church in Canora and a member of the Knights of Columbus. While serving as Postmaster, Mike was cashier for the elevator companies in Mikado, cashing grain cheques and doing payroll. Mike assisted many families with writing and reading letters for those who could not. He assisted many seniors in applying for pensions, birth certificates and other government documents. Mike served in the Canadian Army in 1942-43, returning to the farm to put the crop in. He had a great love of flowers which was evident in Mikado and Canora. He had a green thumb with all house plants. Mike's greatest love was family and friends and he loved hosting family gatherings. He was an excellent cook and baker; nobody left his home without being fed. Mike is the last of the generation of the family of Stanley and Petrunka.   Mike was predeceased by his father Stanley (1918), mother Petrunka (1981), brothers: Walter (1922), Joe (1966) and James (1985); sisters: Emily, 2004 (Peter, 2003) Trach, Olga, 1999 (Joe, 1999) Derkatch and Mary, 2000 (John, 1995) Cerkowniak and nephews and nieces: Edward (Agnes) Trach, Ludvic Ostafie, Isabel (Ostafie) Dillabough, Merv Gnyp and Tom Beck. Mike is survived by sister-in-law Pauline Ostafie, nieces and nephews: Laurie (Mary) Derkatch, Alice (Edward) German, Jean (Allen) Kobylka, Darlene (Ron) Lischynski, Nestor (Liz) Trach, Lenard (Fran) Trach, Mike Cerkowniak, Jean Gnyp, Stan (Linda) Ostafie, Sylvia Beck, Olivia (Tom) Bebyk, and B ill Dillabough.   A Vigil of Prayer was held on Sunday, November 22nd at 7:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday, November 23rd, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., both from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Canora with Rev. Dr. Vitalis Azike officiating. The Rite of Committal followed in the Sliding Hills Christian Cemetery, Mazeppa. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Sliding Hills Cemetery Fund or to the Canora Gateway Lodge Auxiliary, in memory of Michael Ostafie. Arrangements were entrusted to Leson's Funeral Home, Canora (563­5671)


Marleen Isabell Alice Fiala (nee Gray)

Canora Courier, December 2, 2009 Page 18

Marleen Isabella Alice (nee Gray) Fiala of Blaine Lake, SK passed away in Shellbrook Hospital on November 20, 2009 after a very brief eight week battle with stomach cancer.   Marleen was born on July 23,1938 in Canora, SK. She was the youngest of seven children. She took her elementary and high school in Invermay, SK. After high school, she worked at various jobs in the Invermay area. In 1957 she met her future husband, Vernal Fiala and then later married him in Invermay on November 6,1959. They lived in Invermay for a short time and relocated to Norquay, SK then to Hyas, SK in 1962. In 1976 the family moved to Blaine Lake, SK and she resided in Blaine Lake until her passing. Together, they had four sons and a daughter. Marleen was the consummate community volunteer and spent endless hours at the community skating rink and the annual Blaine Lake sports day. She was treasurer for the 'TOPS' organization, the chairperson of the Blaine Lake Haven Lodge Tenants Association and was on the Blaine Lake Library Board. She was also a dedicated member of the 'Communities in Bloom' committee and was a loyal supporter of the Blaine Lake Community Association. She involved herself at all levels for fund raising. A member of the community will surely be missed. In 2004 she was nominated and received the lifetime community contribution award. She was an amazing cook and a gracious host. You never left her home hungry. She had a great love for her ten grandchildren and never missed an event they were involved in. Her wealth was her family and wonderful friends. Marleen had a great passion for the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Eskimos.   Left to cherish her memories are her children, Vaughn (Carol Brown), his children Cayle and Cody of Saskatoon, SK; Darryl and his son Benjamin of Saskatoon, SK; Calvin (Arden) and their children Elene and Hartley of Shaunavon, SK; Rhonda (Bryan) Roney and their children, Alexa and Jaimie of Calgary, AB; Wade (Karen) and their children Abby, Emily and Lauren of Blaine Lake, SK. Also surviving are her sister, Margaret Dalshaug of Saskatoon, SK brothers, Fred (Una) Gray of Melfort, SK and Andy (Linda) Gray of Invermay, SK; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Vernal; her parents; her special dog `Pepper' and her brothers Jack and Richard Gray and sister Nora Enright.   The family would like to extend a special thank-you to Dr. Fourie and all nursing staff of Shellbrook Hospital and especially to her special friends, Florence Banda, Anne Sitter, Sylvia Savage and Hazel Smith. What would she and we have done without you! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Blaine Lake Seniors Building Fund. (Receipts given upon requests), Box 453, Blaine Lake, SK, SOJ OJO. The Memorial Service was held at the Blaine Lake School Gymnasium on Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 1:00 pm conducted by Pastor Gerry Epp. As a tribute to Marleen please wear something 'Red'. Interment of Marleen's cremated remains will take place at the Fiala Family Cemetery, Hyas, SK on Saturday, May 22, 2010. Arrangements had been entrusted to Roman and Elaine Kushneryk, Kushneryk Family Funeral Service, Wakaw, SK, (306) 233-4403.


Jennie Ostapuk (nee Twardoski)

Canora Courier, December 2, 2009 Page 19

Jennie Ostapuk of Canora SK passed away at Canora Gateway Lodge on Thursday, November 19th, 2009 at the age of 88 years. Jennie was born to David and Annie (nee Deduke) Twardoski of the Hyas District, on January 18th,1921. She received her education at Hyas, and then on June 17th,1939. she married John Ostapuk. Jennie was always a homemaker and enjoyed her garden, yard and flowers. She was a quiet, reserved lady, devout in her faith and well liked by all who knew her. Any visitors to her home could not leave without having something to eat. In 1980 they moved to Canora. Once again Jennie enjoyed her garden while she could. She lived at the Park Place Seniors Housing for three years and finally in 2009 became a resident of the Gateway Lodge. She knew her life was coming to an end and was prepared for her death.   Jennie was predeceased by her parents, her husband John, two daughters in infancy, Mary and Evangeline, a daughter, Darlene, and brother, Peter Ward. She is survived by her son Don (Heather) of Hyas, a sister, Polly Konik of Vegreville, AB, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren: Susan (Graham) Crawford and their son Ryan, Jennifer Ostapak, and Stephen (Tarri) Ostapak with their daughters, Zoe and Abby.   Funeral Service was held at the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home on Thursday, November 26th, with Pastor Greg Bright 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).


Olga Karmazinuk

Canora Courier, December 9, 2009 Page 17

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

If roses grow in heaven,

Lord please pick a bunch for us;

Place them in our mother's arms,

And tell her they're from us.

Tell her we love and miss her,

And when she turns to smile;

Place a kiss upon her cheek;

And hold her for awhile.

A golden heart stopped beating,

Hard working hands now rest;

God broke our heart to prove to us,

He only takes the best.

- Loving you always, Beverly, Diane, Randy, Kurtis and families.  


Mike Prychak

Canora Courier, December 9, 2009 Page 19

Mike Prychak of Canora and formerly of Rama, entered eternal rest peacefully on Saturday, November 28th, 2009 at the age of 84 years.  Mike was born to Louis and Anne (nee Dvorchuk) Prychak on March 19th, 1925 in the Bellendeen District, south of Rama, the seventh of ten children. He attended Stoneyview School until approximately grade 6. Helping on the farm was more of a priority than school. Around the age of 20 he worked in the bush camps for a winter then returned to the farm. In 1950 he met Mary Polowick at a dance in Stoneyview School. This led to a life time partnership beginning on November 8th, 1951. They farmed seven miles south of Rama. To supplement farm income and provide for their family of five children, he bought a truck and hauled grain and cattle for farmers all through the area. In 1959, they moved to acreage near Rama. The move broadened his clientele and trucking became his livelihood, enabling him to buy bigger trucks every few years. These trucks helped move households, hauled the curling rink sections to Rama, school children on field trips, gravel to wherever needed and anything else that needed moving.  He enjoyed gathering with people and having a good time and stopping in to the local establishment to catch up on community events. He was a gambling man who always hoped to win the big lotto. He was a winner at heart with his generous nature, giving to the church, newborn babies or any person in need. Highlight of a year were his family coming to visit or going to visit family in Winnipeg. In 1999, they sold their acreage and moved to Canora. Highlights of these retirement years were going to the farm and helping out any way he could. Just last week he was thrilled to go on the combine with his grandson Tim and make a few rounds. Going to Stephanie's and Myron's was a treat, keeping track of bushels and combining progress. After Mary passed away, Mike especially bonded with his sister Edna, looking forward to her visits and phone calls. He was proud of keeping his home clean and had no intention of moving.  Mike was predeceased by his parents, brothers Alex, Wasyl and Steve, sisters Katie, Margaret, Annie, Eunice and Sonja and his wife Mary, and granddaughter Eren Bugiera. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his son Eugene (Bev) Prychak, daughters Stephanie (Myron) Owchar, Margaret (Ron) Pasloski, Maria (Greg) Bugiera and Natalie (Jim) Isabelle, sister Edna Lasko (Al Wenarchuk), grandchildren Deanne (Gerald) Matsalla, Tim Prychak, Michael (Deserie) Owchar, Christopher (Marley) Owchar, Kevin Owchar (Jeannine Makowsky), Joseph (Raelyn) Pasloski, Ronna Pasloski (Paul Nagy), Nathan Bugiera (Karin Statkewich), Leanna Bugiera (Jake Sather), Alana and Dixie Isabelle, and great-grandchildren, Emily, Michael and Andrew Owchar, Hailey and Brock Pasloski.  A Prayer Service was held from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Service was held on Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 at the Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Canora, at 10:00 a.m., both services officiated by Fr. Joakim Rac. Interment followed at the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canora. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Lena Skibinsky (nee Litowsky)

Canora Courier, December 16, 2009 Page 19

Lena Skibinsky passed away November 18,2009, at the age of 90 years in Surrey, British Columbia. Lena was born on October 20, 1919, to Todor Litowsky and Dora Matichuk in the Burgis rural district near Canora, Sask. Lena had one brother, Peter Litowsky and three sisters, Mary Fostey, Kay Lozinski and Ann Dorosh, all of whom are deceased.  On June 8, 1941 Lena married Harry Skibinsky and they farmed in the Donwell-Canora district. Lena and Harry had two children, a daughter, Delores and a son, Lawrence, who predeceased them in 1984. Lena also raised a stepdaughter, Lillian Sawka, who predeceased her in 2008.  In October, 1973, Harry retired from farming and the family moved to Chilliwack, B.C., to be with their son, Lawrence, and his children. Harry passed away in 1996. Lena continued to live in Chilliwack until 2007 when she sold the home and moved to Fleetwood Villa Retirement Residence in Surrey, B.C., where she resided until her death. Lena enjoyed living in Fleetwood Villa where she had many good friends and enjoyed all of the activities the Villa offered, cards and bingo being her favourite pastimes.  Lena leaves to mourn, her daughter, Delores Gondziola and son-in-law Jim, of North Battleford, Sask. and her daughter-in-law, Stella Skibinsky of Chilliwack, B.C. Lena also leaves to mourn the following grandchildren: Lauren Skibinsky, Edmonton, Alta.; Sarah Skibinsky, Surrey, B.C.; Rose Skibinsky (Jonathon), Chilliwack, B.C.; James Gondziola (Shelley), Saskatoon, Sask.; Susan Mitchell (Brent), Battleford, Sask.; Leah Ann Boutin (Rodney), Lloydminster, Alta.; Brian Sawka (Rosemary), Saskatoon, Sask.; Leonard Sawka (Denise), Red Deer, Alta.; Wayne Sawka (Sharon), Canora, Sask., and 19 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Two grandsons, Clifford Sawka and Rick Sawka, also predeceased her death. A funeral service for the late Lena Skibinsky was held on November 26, 2009. Interment took place in the city cemetery, Chilliwack, B.C. Arrangements were entrusted to Henderson's Funeral Home.


Lawrence Boychuk

Canora Courier, December 23, 2009 Page 18

BOYCHUK, Lawrence: In loving memory of our brother, brother-in-law and uncle who passed away January 4, 2009.

The blow was great,

The shock severe;

We little thought,

The end was near.

No farewell words were spoken,

No time to say goodbye;

You were gone before we knew it,

And only God knows why.

Our hearts still ache in sadness,

Secret tears still flow;

What it means to lose you,

No one will ever know.

- Forever remembered, sadly missed and loved, Delores, Earl and families.


Katerina (Katie) Lesiew (nee Olynyk)

Canora Courier, December 23, 2009 Page 20

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Katerina (Katie) Lesiew, on December 11,2009.  She was born on April 16th, 1929 on a farm south of Buchanan, the 9th of 13 children born to Steve and Vera (nee Zvizinski) Olynyk. After completing her education at Gravel Hill School she helped on the family farm and worked in Buchanan. On July 30th, 1949 she married William Lesiew. They farmed northeast of Buchanan and later moved to a farm just south of Buchanan. On September 20th, 1971 Bill passed away in a farm accident. Though difficult, Katie continued to farm. She raised her children on the family farm, eventually moving into Buchanan. For many years Kay worked at the Bakery and Co-op store in Canora. Katie was a kind, loving and generous person who always put her family first. She created a "home" where family and friends were always welcome and well fed. She was a talented cook and the thought of some of the goodies she made, such as her cinnamon buns, scuffles and pinwheel cookies will forever make her grandchildren think of Baba. Katie loved to be part of family gatherings whether they were held in Regina, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary or Canora Beach. Even a broken ankle would not hinder her from attending two grandsons' graduations in one weekend. Katie deeply cherished her children, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Baba and Double Baba was adored and loved in return. Brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and friends were very special to her.  Katie had a reverent faith in God and the church. She attended mass at any opportunity. Katie, "Mom" was the solid foundation; the maker of togetherness; and the protector. She was always willing to help, to share time, and to do for others. Her absolute forgiveness and kindness were an inspiration to her family and friends. She enjoyed gardening, visiting and having company, going to the Casino, and having coffee at Timmies. Her famous words were, "I want to go too". Six years ago Katie moved to Yorkton. Her health started to fail and she moved to Aspen Bluffs in Yorkton in August, 2009, and soon after moved into the Norquay Health Centre where she passed away.  Katie was predeceased by her 16 month old son, Henry in 1951, her husband Bill in 1971, her parents, her sisters Annie Chobotar and Mary Wasylkiw, and her brothers John, Bill and Fred Olynyk. Kay is survived by her daughters Ruth (Wayne) Popowich, Sonia (Garry) Popowich, Joan (Kenneth) Ducheminsky and Sandra (Bob) Stirling; 12 grandchildren: Shaundra (Geoff), Trisha (Ryan), Bryan (Heather), Chad, Tyson, Trevor, Tyler (Lindi) Tara, Jordan, Emma, James, Andrew; 6 great-grandchildren: Cole, William, Tomas, Katherine, Faith and Owen; sisters Rosie Pasishnek, Doreen (Merv) Janzen, Vicki (Walter) Sokolowski, Virginia (George) Fofonoff, and brothers Matt, George and Steve Olynyk.  Prayer Service was held at the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Thursday, December 17th, 2009. Funeral Service was held at the Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church on Friday, December 18th,2009. Celebrant for both services was Rev. Fr. Joakim Rac. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Leson's Funeral Home, Canora, SK., (563-5671).


Isabel Muzichuk

Canora Courier, December 23, 2009 Page 20

Isabel Muzichuk passed away Dec. 8, 2009, at the age of 70 years, in Regina, Sask. Isabel was born at Lestock. Sask. on June 2,1939 to John and Pauline Muzichuk (Baszucki). Isabel received her elementary education at Hollis School near Punnichy. She completed her secondary education at the Foam Lake Composite High School. In 1963 she obtained her Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree from the University of Saskatchewan. She had one child, a son Myles, who was born in 1966.  Isabel worked in a wide variety of nursing positions. She had been a clinical instructor for the nursing assistant program, Kelsey Institute, originally at Canora Union Hospital. In 1984 she obtained her B.A. with a major in psychology from the U of S. Due to restructuring of the Nursing Program, work took her to the Yorkton Hospital and then to the Regina General in 1987. Her energy, resourcefulness, and leadership motivated fellow instructors during their strike as they struggled in 1989/90 to obtain their first contract with newly created SIAST. Isabel's students will remember her as a staunch educator. She prepared them well for their careers, with emphasis on proper technique, proper dress, and above all a patient-first philosophy. Isabel would meet previous students often. Life came full circle when she was a patient in Regina during her last days: one of the nurse supervisors on the ward was indeed a previous student of Isabel's.  Isabel was a very compassionate person. This was evident in her devotion to caring for her aging parents. She returned to nursing after retirement at the Canora Gateway Lodge for a time. Isabel meant the world to Krystal and Dustin, as they did to her. She maintained a very close relationship with Joanne after Myles' passing, adopting Joanne's new family as her own. Isabel was active in her grandchildren's lives, supporting their goals and dreams. When "Baba Issy" asked `how are you doing?' she wanted details, and she always offered words of wisdom and advice. If it was -40 C, `you had better stay home where it's safe' (And then she would add that she was headed to the city for an event!)  Isabel managed her farm at Buchanan from 1979 to present. She enjoyed gardening and had a keen interest in growing fruit trees (cherries, plums, and apples). Her love of the land (which she inherited from her parents) led her to be a strong voice in environmental issues. Continuing into retirement, Isabel championed many causes and fought persistently against threats to environment and social justice. Alert to current issues and their potential consequences for the larger society, Isabel frequently enlisted her friends and colleagues to become actively involved. Rarely could a political office or hierarchy intimidate Isabel in her pursuits. Until her recent illness and untimely passing, Isabel participated enthusiastically in several organizations. She protested vigorously at the local, provincial and national level against the concept of factory farming. Isabel supported the ideals and efforts of the Council of Canadians and groups opposing nuclear development. Concerns for Canada's water, both locally and nationally, prompted Isabel to voice her concerns through the Fisheries and Oceans Department. Isabel perceived an injustice in the administration of seniors' benefits and she pursued this issue. She sought inquiry into the history and practice of "integration" instead of "stacking" of retirement pensions with the Canada Pension Plan. No words can express the impact Isabel has made in this world. She will be dearly missed by many, many people.  Isabel is lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Krystal (Jeffrey) Vaudreuil and Dustin Chicilo; her daughter-in-law Joanne (Tim) Fidek and their children Matthew, Ivan, and Faith; her ex-husband David Chicilo; and her sister Elaine (Pat) Weichel, and well as countless friends. She was predeceased by her parents John and Pauline Muzichuk; and her son Myles Chicilo.  Prayer Service was held December 14, 2009. Funeral Service was held December 15, 2009. Both services were held at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Nativity of St. Mary; Wynyard, Saskatchewan with Very Reverend Archpriest Peter Wasylenko officiating. Interment followed at St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church ("The Blue Church") cemetery. Donations: Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Wynyard Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Nativity of St. Mary OR to Saskatchewan EcoNetwork. 


Robert H. Tanton

Canora Courier, December 23, 2009 Page 20

With great sadness we announce the passing of Robert H. Tanton at the age of 84 years on December 13, 2009 at William Booth Special Care Home in Regina SK.  Robert is survived by his son Floyd and wife Jennifer of Regina, his daughter Cheryl and husband Calvin Wagar of Regina. He is also sadly missed by his 5 grandchildren; Tara (Tanton) Mason, Jason Tanton and wife Vicky, Brad Wagar and wife Nancy, Carol (Wagar) and husband Jason Danyliw, David Wagar and fiance Nicole Perreaux; and 7 great-grandchildren; Chance and Fawn Mason, Brooke and Mya Wagar, Ella and Evan Tanton, and Janay Danyliw; and 1 great-great-grandchild Levy Mason. Robert was predeceased by his wife Cora (Washburn) Tanton in 1981 and his daughter Carol Roberta Tanton in 1961, his sister Noreen (Tanton) Schneider and brother Ronald Tanton, his mother Annie (Ball) Jones and father Frank Tanton. Funeral services were held at the Stenen Hall on Wednesday, December 16 at 2 pm with Rev. Miles Russell officiating.  Interment was held at the Stenen Cemetary with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Memorial donations can be made to the Stenen Cemetery Fund.

 

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