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Obituaries from The Canora Courier

2010


Laddie Shchyschuk

Canora Courier, January 13, 2010 Page 17

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

God took him home, It was His will;

But in our hearts,

We love him still.

His memory is as dear today,

As in the time he passed away.

We often sit and think of him,

When we are alone;

For memory is the only friend,

That grief can call its own.

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


Eric Slater

Canora Courier, January 13, 2010 Page 19

Eric Slater 1933-2009. Predeceased by his loving wife Mary (October 2, 2007) and survived by his children Donald, Robert and Cathy.   Eric brought his family over from England in 1974 after a career in the British Army. He finished a full teaching career as Band Director in Saskatchewan before retiring to Claresholm, Alberta in 1995. He recently moved to a retirement home in Calgary after the passing of Mary.  Eric passed away peacefully while taking an afternoon nap on December 16. We will always love and miss our father. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. For information, contact Kate at kateslater@,shaw.ca.  Arrangements entrusted to LEYDEN'S FUNERAL HOME, 4079-1 Street West, Claresholm, Alberta T2S OC3. Tel: 403≠625-3212.


Joseph (Joe) Raiwet

Canora Courier, January 13, 2010 Page 19

Joseph (Joe) Raiwet passed at the Canora Hospital on December 26th, 2009 at the age of 64 years.   Joe was born on June 4, 1945 at Whitewood, SK, son of John and Rita (nee Paquin) Raiwet. He was raised on the family farm in St. Hubert, SK, and attended school at St. John's School and then Whitewood School. He continued his education and obtained his welding and machining certificates. Joe worked at Delgelman's in Southey for many years. He then came to work in Canora as a welder. He met Caroline Bilsky and on December 20th, 1980, they were united in marriage. A few years later they built their home. It was attached to his welding shop. Joe did most of the construction on their home. Joe also was employed as a welder for Leon's and Morris. He enjoyed his music, being able to play several instruments. He enjoyed playing with the Can-Am Band for many years.  Joe was predeceased by his father, John Raiwet, and his father-in-law Frank Bilsky. He leaves to mourn his passing and to cherish his memory his wife, Caroline, of 29 years, mother, Tira Raiwet and mother-in-law Pauline Bilsky, brother and sisters, George (Judy) Raiwet of Whitewood, Albert (Donna) Raiwet of Whitewood, Laurette Raiwet of Grengell, Laura (Glen) Langford of Bredenbury, Bernadette (Lyle) Robinson of Regina, Anthony (Wendy) Raiwet of Regina, Patricia Varjassy of Coaldale, AB. Brother-in-law David (Yvonne) Bilsky of Arran, SK, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.   A Memorial Service was held from the Chapel Leson's Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 29th, 2009, with Marion Naduriak officiating. Interment followed at the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations in memory of Joe, to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Alex Dutka

Canora Courier, January 13, 2010 Page 19

The family of Alex Dutka announce his passing on Thursday, December 17, 2009 at the Aspen Bluffs Villa in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. He was 95 years of age.   Alex was born on September 11, 1914, the youngest son of Wasyl and Annie Dutka (Stratychuk), pioneers of Burgis SK. Alex attended Poplar Springs School where he enjoyed his studies and playing the guitar. After finishing grade eight, Alex remained on the farm and in 1936 was given some land with the understanding that he was to take care of his parents. In 1939 Alex married Teenie Skihar at St. Basil Ukrainian Orthodox Church, approximately four miles southwest of Gorlitz SK. They were blessed with one daughter, Sylvia. Alex and his wife took care of his parents, living in one house on the homestead, until they passed on. Alex liked mixed farming where he raised grain and livestock. Over the years he became allergic to various farm environments causing problems with his work and daily living activities. In 1961, Alex sold the livestock and scaled down his operations to exclusively grain farming. At that time he built a house in Yorkton SK, and continued to farm there until 1989, at which time he sold his land and equipment and ultimately retired at the age of 75. In 1980 Alex was presented with a Family Farm Heritage Award which read in part, "to honour the heritage of your family farm of which SW quarter 16-29-4-2W has been continuously operated by members of the family since 1899." This award was presented in conjunction with Saskatchewan's 75th Anniversary Year celebrations. During his years of active farming, Alex joined with neighbours J. M. Wiwchar and his son Glenn; and for many years they mutually assisted one another with all aspects of the farming enterprise. Alex was a self learned man who became skilled at carpentry and mechanical repair and maintenance. He enjoyed gardening and maintaining the farm setting. Alex became a member of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool in 1936 and served on a number of committees for many years. He also served as a member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church at Burgis and joined the Yorkton congregation upon moving there, where he helped with various functions. Alex wrote a biography of his parents' lives in the Ukraine and Canada based on firsthand experience, stories and accounts of their hardships. The Journey The Rewards: Biography of Wasyl and Annie Dutka of Canora, Saskatchewan for the period 1863 - 1963 was published in 2000 and resides in many libraries and museums across Canada and the United States. Alex had a remarkable memory and took pleasure in relating many stories from the past based on his experiences and observations. After his retirement, Alex enjoyed working with wood and many of his canes, tables and sculptures were given to family, friends and museums in Canora and Kamsack, SK. Alex loved being active and was always busy doing something until Teenie's health necessitated them to move from their own home of 47 years to Aspen Bluffs Villa in August 2008.   Alex is survived by his daughter Sylvia and son-in-law Les Lewchuk of Richmond BC; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and friends. He was predeceased by his wife, Teenie; his parents; half brother John of Fisher Branch MB; brothers Harry of Yorkton SK, Mike of Canora SK, Nick of Calgary AB, Jack of St. Petersburg FL, Metro of Canora SK; and two sisters Mary Ananichuk and Annie Stetski of Oshawa ON.   Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 from the Chapel of Christie's Funeral Home in Yorkton, Saskatchewan with Kathy Novak serving as the Funeral Celebrant. The organist, Carla Laycock, led the congregation in the singing of the hymn, "Tell Me The Stories of Jesus". The interment followed in the Yorkton Memorial Gardens, Garden of Gethsemane with Vern Balysky, Brant Rurak, Darrel Tumack and Gerald Wiwchar serving as the casket bearers. Friends so wishing may forward their condolences to the family by visiting www.christiesfuneralhome.com. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Christie's Funeral Home & Crematorium, Yorkton, Saskatchewan.


Stephan Oneschuk

Canora Courier, January 13, 2010 Page 19

Stephan Oneschuk, born April 27,1952 in Canora, Saskatchewan, passed peacefully December 30th, 2009 at Canora Hospital. Stephan was the son of Metro and Maj-Britt (Wendel) Oneschuk. Stephan attended Hyas Elementary School and Sturgis Composite High School. Following graduation he remained on the family farm and started buying cattle. He then worked at the Norquay Auction Mart. On August 27, 1977 he married Rhonda Semeschuk at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Danbury, Saskatchewan. They then made their home in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he worked at the St. Boniface Stock Yards. They then moved to Canora where Stephan apprenticed at Trach-Gibney Funeral Home and attended the University of Saskatchewan receiving his Saskatchewan Funeral Service Association license. He became quite proficient and enjoyed designing and producing monuments. He took his EMT training and worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for Trach Ambulance. They moved to Yorkton where Stephan worked at Christie-Hill Funeral Home. In 1985 they moved back to Canora and owned/operated Oneschuk Funeral Home. Stephan then had various jobs with Eastside Gravel, Popowich Milling, Nelson Courier, Yorkton Heartland Livestock and he was last employed at Yorkton Superstore as a meat cutter until he became ill in 2004.   Stephan enjoyed hunting with his family and friends whether it be for ducks, geese, deer or moose. He especially enjoyed going fishing to his in-laws cabin at Elbow Lake. While residing in Yorkton he played slow pitch. He simply enjoyed the outdoors regardless of the season, whether it be snowmobiling or skating in the winter or gardening and going to the lake in the summer. He loved to entertain and actually became quite a good cook but especially enjoyed barbecuing over an open fire. He was a member of the Canora Lions Club and the Canora Rescue Unit for some time.  Stephan always said the two best days of his life were his wedding day and the day they adopted their 4 day old daughter, Rheya picking her up in a snow storm on December 24, 1985 from Saskatoon City Hospital. Rheya was definitely Daddy's little girl! He was so glad he had the opportunity to meet and get to know Rheya's biological sister, Amanda Mumm and her son, Kian who called Stephan Gido right from the start. Stephan was always very supportive of both his daughter and his wife in all their endeavors and never held them back.   Stephan became ill undergoing unsuccessful brain surgery in Saskatoon University Hospital in March, 2006 requiring extensive rehabilitation so he could learn to talk, read, write and walk again. Unfortunately the surgery did end up leaving him with mental and physical limitations but this did not make him give up and he carried on with his life to the best of his ability. In 2008 he became very ill and was diagnosed with pancreas cancer and underwent a very serious Whipple procedure at the Regina General Hospital followed by chemotherapy. He then enjoyed life normally for a few months only to become ill again this summer as the pancreas cancer had spread to his liver and stomach. In October he suffered a stroke after one of the family dogs was accidentally killed. His wish was to be at home and to enjoy Christmas at home with family and friends, his wish was granted and he remained at home until December 28th. He died with his family at his side at the Canora Hospital on December 30th, 2009.   Stephan was predeceased by his father, Metro; grandparents John and Annie Oneschuk and Henning and Martha Wendel and numerous aunts, uncles and his cousins. He was also predeceased by his father-in-law, Pete Semeschuk; his grandmother-in-law, Annie Polyzniuk and also numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is survived by his wife, Rhonda; daughter, Rheya; mother, Maj-Britt; brother Warren (Laura) of North Vancouver, B.C. and his sister, Ruth Smylski of Lethbridge and her children: Elizabeth (Daniel) Robertson and their daughter, Emmeline of Saskatoon; Rebekah (Tate) Rasmussen of Okotos, Alberta, Keaton and Regan Smylski of Lethbridge. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Elaine Semeschuk of Sturgis, his sister-in-law Valda (Kevin) Toffan of Yorkton and their children; Kyle (Allison) Toffan and their son, Baron of Regina, Brodie (Shannon Evans) Toffan of Saskatoon and Zachary Toffan of Yorkton, brother-in-law, Ryan (Shelly) Semeschuk of Danbury and their children, Devin Semeschuk of Saskatoon and Dilan Semeschuk, Serena, Britney, Mason and Talon Chupa and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral service was held Saturday, January 2, 2010 from the Canora Rainbow Hall with Father Rod Luciuk officiating and interment at the Canora Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Canora Hospital Auxiliary. Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements.


Annie Diakow (nee Sliva)

Canora Courier, January 13, 2010 Page 20

On December 24, 2009 Annie Diakow passed away at Canora, Saskatchewan, at the age of 96 years. Annie was born on February 28, 1913 to Luke and Helen Sliva. She married Vincent Diakow on June 17, 1935. When first married, Annie and Vincent lived on a farm north-east of Rama; then in 1949 they moved to Rama where they became actively involved in church and community life. For the final few years of her life Annie resided in the Nursing Home in Invermay. Annie was very active in the Roman Catholic parish at Rama. For many years she washed, starched and ironed church linens, planted flowers by the Grotto and church and per- formed a variety of tasks to help prepare the church and the Grotto for the pilgrimage and other religious celebrations. Annie's kitchen table was always overflowing with good food and drink. She often welcomed priests and religious dignitaries to join her and Vincent in one of her delicious meals. In her younger years Annie enjoyed sports and was an active member of the Rama Curling and Sports Clubs. Annie always enjoyed gardening. She spent many hours tending to a large vegetable garden and a beautiful flower garden near her house. She liked cooking and baking, and in her spare moments she enjoyed crafts such as crocheting, knitting and making artificial flowers.   She was predeceased by her husband, Vincent on September 15,1982 and her infant son, Jimmy, in 1936; by her sisters Frances Serhan and Nellie Yasinski and her brothers Louis Sliva and Joe Sliva. She is survived by her sister Mary Diakow of Yorkton and her brother Mike Sliva of Saskatoon.  Prayer Service was held on Wednesday, December 30th, and Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, December 31, 2009. Both services were at the St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church in Rama, SK., with Rev. Fr. Marcin Maroniuk officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may donate Mass Offerings in memory of Annie. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563≠5671).


Helen Chernoff

Canora Courier, January 13, 2010 Page 20

Helen Chernoff of Canora Gateway Lodge passed away peacefully in the Canora Hospital after a brief illness, on January 6, 2010 at the age of 90 years.   Helen was born in the Village of Blahaveshniya near Veregin, on July 8, 1919 to Nicholas and Eleona (Babakioff) Shishken. She attended Pretty Valley and Phoenix Schools and then made her way to the west coast where she worked for several years. In 1950 she married Pete S. Chernoff and they spent the next 28 years farming north east of Mikado. She spent her retirement years in Canora and the last 10 years at the Canora Gateway Lodge. Helen loved visiting her children, serving noon hour lunch to her grandchildren and being outdoors in the middle of her never-ending bountiful garden. Crocheting, knitting and sewing were her special talents and eating her multi- course meals was an unforgettable treat.   Helen was predeceased by her husband Pete (1978), her parents, Nick and Eleona, and her sister Nellie Wishlow. She leaves behind her children who she loved so dearly: Valerie (Ahmed) Shazly and Harvey (Joan) Chernoff, her beloved grandchildren who brought her joy: Neill, Jason, Adam and Jill of Calgary and Paul of Victoria. She also leaves behind her brother Alex (Mary) Shishken of Saskatoon along with many nieces and nephews. Helen will be greatly missed by those who were so blessed to have known a wonderful, hard-working and gracious lady.    Funeral Service was held on Saturday, January 9, 2010, from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home with Canora Doukhobor Society officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora Gateway Lodge Auxiliary in memory of Helen. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONS FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671)


Willard "Max" Mackisey

Canora Courier, January 13, 2010 Page 20

Willard "Max" Mackisey passed away suddenly on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 in Regina, SK. A Memorial Service will be held in Canora, SK on Saturday, January 16, 2010. For full service details, or to sign an online book of condolences please visit www.speersfuneralchapel.com


Mary Matsalla (nee Fulawka)

Canora Courier, January 13, 2010 Page 20

With heavy hearts and deep sadness we announce the passing of Mary Matsalla, our dearly beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister as she was granted eternal rest on December 24th, 2009 in the Pasqua Hospital at the age of 83.   Mary was born in 1926 to Frank Fulawka and Annie Wolanski in Dobrowody area northeast of Rama. She was the second oldest of four children. She attended Olesha School. She married Mike Matsalla in 1943 at St. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Rama. Mike and Mary worked together on the family farm raising their seven children. They retired in 1979 and moved to Rama where they spent many happy years together until Mike passed away in 1986. Mary continued to live in Rama. In the winter she played numerous games of kaiser and bingo at the Golden Jets with her friends. Baba or Grandma as she was known by her grandchildren, made quilts for each grandchild and continued to make quilts for her great grandchildren. The quilts are treasured and a comfort to each child. Her favourite time of the year was spring and summer. She spent all her time outdoors gardening. She loved her flowers and always kept her yard weed free. For several years she contributed many flowers to the Grotto.   Another interest was her love of music, singing and dancing at the many family functions and celebrations. She especially enjoyed preparing meals for family gatherings. She put love into making great buns, doughnuts, perogies, cabbage rolls, borsch and chicken soup, all of which sometimes included cooking in the hall with other ladies. Her special treat was preparing meals for the local priest. She thought they maybe hungry or just too thin. Mary had a great devotion to the Blessed Mother. As a young family they prayed the Rosary every evening. When the children came home for the weekend, she surrounded herself with them in church. She was very proud of each and every one. She always made an effort to be at every special occasion. Her faith in God meant everything to her. A special lesson we learned from her is that family is very important, and that a family that prays together stays together.  Mary was predeceased by her beloved husband Mike, her parents Frank and Annie, brother Steve, and sister Pauline. She leaves to mourn her passing, sister Helen Fulawka, daughter Florence (Tony) Kuchinski, son Bernard (Delia), daughter Joanne (Robert) Dmytriw, daughter Eleanor (Blaise) MacNeil, daughter Margaret (Wesley) Turton, son Lorne (Dianne) and daughter Geraldine (Phillip) Shewchuk, 26 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.   Mom your love and guidance will always be a positive example for us. You are now united with Mike, your parents, and siblings in God's care. You will always be in our hearts and in our prayers. We will miss you and love you always.   Her final words were: I love you all with my whole heart. Please pray for me. Love, Mom, Baba, Great Baba and Grandma Matsalla. Ever Remembered, Ever Loved Prayer Service was held on Tuesday, December 29th, 2009, and Funeral Service was on Wednesday, December 30th, 2009, at the St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church in Rama, SK., with Rev. Fr. Marcin Maroniuk officiating. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations of Mass Offerings in memory of Mary. Arrangements have been entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora (563-5671).


Bill Matichuk

Canora Courier, January 20, 2010 Page 14

In loving memory of Bill Matichuk who passed away on January 17, 2009.

Remember him with a smile today,

He was not one for tears;

Reflect instead on memories,

Of all the happy years.

The good advice he'd give us,

His eyes that shone with laughter;

So much of him will never die,

But live on ever after

As we loved you, so we miss you,

In our memory

You are near;

Loved, remembered, longed for always, Bringing many a silent tear. Virginia, Linda, Wayne & Brooke


Mary Wingerak (nee Pylypchuk)

Canora Courier, January 20, 2010 Page 22

Mary Wingerak passed away on January 10, 2010, at the Canora Gateway Lodge, at the age of 85 years.   Mary's parents were Magdelina (Woloschuk) and Andrew Pylypchuk. She was the last surviving member, in the family of 6 brothers, Peter. Bill, Joe, Sam, Stephen, Nickolas and a sister Annie. Homesteading during those early days north of' Mikado was not easy, but Mary was kept busy with chores on the farm, and more-so with the failing health of her parents. She was described as "full of life" by those close to her, and this love of life made her enjoy her youth. When not at school, she loved softball, and apparently was a pretty good back-catcher, loved horses and had a favourite, Molly, which she rode whenever she could. She also loved playing cards especially into her later years, with her good friend, Ann Strocen. Mary would often follow her brothers to local dances, and during one of these occasions she met Tony Mackisey, a young man who played in the band. Their relationship blossomed and they were married on November 18, 1943, and moved to his family's homestead in the Mohala area.   Mary always looked forward to having a family of her own and had 5 boys, Peter, Willard, Allan, Garry, Gerald, and 2 girls, Deborah and Dianne, and was a loving and devoted mother. Tony built a house in Canora and the family moved there in 1956. Mary also enjoyed many unique hobbies. She would scout many obscure places to pick mushrooms and berries, and even experienced a few close encounters with black bears. Knitting was another favourite pastime and over the years she had created many pieces that showcased this skill. She always loved to drive and this seemed to reflect her independence, so getting her driver's license in 1975 was a highlight in her life. We are always tested during our lives, and Mary's life was no different. Tony passed away in 1959 at a time when children need both parents, but she continued to do whatever was needed because her family washer life. Strength, love and determination are just a few of the many easily recognizable traits in Mary, and those who are familiar with her mother would understand where Mary got these gifts. Although Mary did not go as far as she wanted with her own schooling, she always stressed the importance of a better education with her children. They in turn understood her many sacrifices and this caring and helping have kept the family close as it is today. Mary always cared for everyone she met and especially those accepted by her family, because she respected their judgments and offered support regardless of circumstances. This attitude came from a deep and quiet religious faith that was more inward than appeared in her actions, and gave her the strength to persevere without complaints or regrets. Mary started working outside the home in 1969 at the Gateway Lodge. During those 21 years of service, she always took pride in her contribution to the community and being able to care for many people she knew during her life.   She remarried in 1973 to Peter Wingerak until his passing in 1981. Mary was never lonely as grandchildren, and eventually great-grandchildren, were welcomed back to her home. She was a true matriarch of the Mackisey family and this role has served to maintain, and hopefully pass on, the many values she always cherished throughout her life. We are all saddened by her passing and she will be deeply missed. She is with Jesus Christ, with whom she had always found comfort and peace. But if we can each ask ourselves what would our Mary mom, Baba, friend, neighbour, or acquaintance, wish of us; the only answer is that we love life, care for others, be unselfish, believe in God, and be as happy as we can. So when you think of Mary, make sure a smile creases your face for you would have treasured her soul. This is Mary's legacy.   She was predeceased by: her first husband Tony Mackisey, her second husband Peter Wingerak, two brothers in infancy, her sons Willard Mackisey and Peter Mackisey, sister Anne, and brothers Peter Pylypchuk, Bill Pylypchuk, Sam Pylypchuk, and Joe Pylypchuk. She is survived by her daughters, Debbie (Clyde) Nobbee, and Dianne Mackisey, sons Gerald (Cathy) Garry (Bobbi) and Allan (Audrey), 14 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Prayer Service was held at the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home on Friday, January 15, 2010, and Funeral Liturgy was held at the Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canora on Saturday, January 16, 2010, with Rev. Fr. Joakim Rac as Celebrant. Interment followed at the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church or to the Canora Gateway Lodge Auxiliary, as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora.


Bob Rakochy

Canora Courier, January 20, 2010 Page 22

Bob Rakochy of Yorkton and formerly of Canora passed away suddenly on January 6th, 2010 at the age of 54 years.   Bob was born in Canora on May 29th, 1955 to Frank and Mary (nee Nickolychuk) Rakochy. As a young man, Bob attended both elementary and high school in Canora. Following his schooling, Bob began working for the Saskatchewan Property Management Corporation in Yorkton where he was employed until his sudden passing. He and his best friend, 'Toby the Cat' were inseparable; Toby was by his side everywhere he went. Bob's passion was his Camaro. He would take his 'baby' out and "cruise the strip..." in Yorkton on many a night. To his nephew and nieces, Bob was `Bob, The Great!, not their great uncle Bob. He would often keep track of what they were up to as they grew up and had families of their own. He was very proud of all of them. Bob was always there for his parents and took good care of them. After his father Frank passed away, Bob looked after his mother as they would often visit between Canora and Yorkton. He will be dearly missed by all.   Bob is survived by his mother Mary of Canora, his sister Violet (Daniel) Phillipchuk of Yorkton, his brother Anton (Dolores) Rakochy of Kamsack, his nephew Kelly (Nicole) Phillipchuk and their children Curtis and Kylie all of Estevan and his niece Sheri (Steve) Conroy and their children Delaney and Teegan all of Red Deer, AB. He was predeceased by his father Frank in 2002.   The Prayer Service was held on Sunday, January 10th, 2010. The Funeral Service was held on Monday, January 11th, 2010 both from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Rev. Fr. Joakim Rac officiating. Interment followed at the Antoniwka Cemetery, north of Canora. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME. Canora. (563-5671).


Willard David 'Max' Mackisey

Canora Courier, January 20, 2010 Page 23

Willard David `Max' Mackisey of Regina and formerly of Canora passed away suddenly on January 6th, 2010 at the age of 61 years. Max was born and raised in Canora, SK where part of his heart always remained. He has resided in Winnipeg since 1973. In recent years he spent much of his free time visiting with family in Saskatchewan. Max was a very social individual whose favourite pastime was "shooting the breeze" and whose smiling face and hearty laugh will belong remembered. He was a skilled carpenter and often did carpentry for family and friends. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing, gardening, pipelining and loved hanging-out with his grandson. He will be sincerely missed by all. Max is survived by his children Melissa (Zach) and David (Erin); their mother Gail; his grandson Bishop; his siblings: Allan (Audrey), Garry (Bobbi), Gerald (Cathy), Debbie (Clyde), Dianne and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. He is also survived by Gail's mother Dorothy Falk and family. He was predeceased by his father Tony Mackisey; his step-father Peter Wingerak; his older brother Peter Mackisey and Gail's father Peter Falk. Max's mother Mary (Pylypchuk) Wingerak also passed away on January 10, 2010. The Memorial Service was held on Saturday, January 16th. 2010 from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Rev. Fr. Joakim Rac officiating. Interment of cremated remains followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora and District Fire Department c/o the Town of Canora, P.O. Box # 717, Canora, SK SOA OLO as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Patrick James Burym

Canora Courier, January 20, 2010 Page 23

Patrick James Burym of the Stenen district, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on January 5th, 2010. Patrick was born on July 20th, 1962 to Peter and Evangeline (nee Perrick) Burym.   Patrick went to school in Danbury and then in Sturgis at the Composite High School where he completed his grade nine. Following his schooling, Patrick worked at various jobs all over the place. While he was working in Edmonton, he met Janet Melnick. Shortly after they met, they moved back to the Stenen area and during that time, their daughter Sydney was born on September 30th, 1997. Patrick, Janet and the kids lived in Stenen for a while eventually settling on the farm. Patrick, also known to many as `Beaker', was a cattle farmer, an avid hunter, a sports fan and like his father Peter, was a very successful trapper. While the kids were growing up, he was always teaching them about trapping and farming. He will be sincerely missed by all who knew and loved him. Patrick leaves to mourn and cherish his memory, his wife Janet, his daughter Sydney, his step-children: Justin, Bradley, Blaine and Ashley, his brothers Dale (Melanie) and their family and Brian (Sheri) and their family. Patrick was predeceased by his parents Peter and Evangeline, his brother Frederick, his paternal grandparents Fred and Sylvia Burym and maternal grandparents Paul and Francis Perrick. The Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Marian Naduriak of the United Church of Canada officiating. Cremation followed. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to a Charity of Donor's choice as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563≠5671).


Doreen Frances Dean (nee Story)

Canora Courier, January 20, 2010 Page 23

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family announces the sudden passing of Doreen Frances Dean (nee Story), of Canora. Saskatchewan on Friday. December 11, 2009 at tile Yorkton Regional Health Centre with her loving family at her side. Doreen was 79 years of age.   Doreen was born July 26, 1930 to George & Teressa Story (nee Brown) in Canora. She was the eldest of 5 siblings, and grew up and attended school in Invermay, SK. She was a member of the CGIT. She was a very athletic person, loved curling, playing ball and later in her life even took up the sport of bowling. As a matter of fact playing ball was how she met her soul mate of 60 years. Doreen married David Arthur Dean on April 28, 1950 after he returned home from WW II. They then moved to the family farm east of Invermay and proceeded to farm and raise a family. Their union was blessed by the birth of 5 children, 3 sons and 2 daughters. Through her years Doreen was a wonderful cook, a great caregiver and always had some good tips for anyone who needed them. After her family was complete she went to work in Invermay as a telephone operator in the 1960's. In the late 70's when the grandchildren started to arrive Doreen enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them, be it watching hockey or ball games, playing games or just chasing them out of her garden.  In the mid 80's Doreen and Dave retired and moved to Canora Beach where she had more time to enjoy some of her hobbies like knitting, crocheting, jigsaw puzzles and reading books (Danielle Steele's favourite fan). There isn't one grandchild or great-grandchild that doesn't have a memento of a crocheted shawl from Grandma Dean. And we are really going to miss her slippers and dishcloths. From there they moved to Park Place in Canora, in the late 90's, where they enjoyed their new extended family of friends. Doreen became president of the organization. Events were planned like Bingo (that she never lost at) and singing as well as several birthday parties and much more. Through the latter years of her life Doreen developed diabetes and osteoporosis, which made it more difficult for her to get around. But she still enjoyed watching her sports on TSN.   Doreen was predeceased by her parents George and Teressa Story, 2 sisters Vivian Fehr and Emma Darling, brother-in≠law Ray Duncalfe, her mother and father in law Arthur and Edith Dean, and her sister-in-law Grace Dean. Left to mourn her passing and to cherish her life, her loving husband Dave, her 3 sons and families, Brian (Debi) Dean of Regina, SK, and their children Scott, Mark and Jillian; Richard (Irene) Dean of lnvermay, SK, son Jeffery (Kari) with their children Gracyn and Jakson, daughter Rhonda (Steve) Toth and their son Braden; Calvin (Barb) Dean of Taber, AB and sons David Dean Jr., Desmond (Jacqui) and their children Gracyn and Tristen, Aaron (Jesse), 2 daughters and their families: Marilyn (John) Gray of Melville, SK, and daughters Melissa (Curtis) Manum and their children Archur, and Jagur, Deanna Gray and daughters Lecina and Alana; and Valerie (Lloyd) Schmidt of Melville, SK. and their children Nicole and Lance, brother Wilfred (Janet) Story of Weyburn, SK; sister Bev (Val) Novak of Moose Jaw, SK, brother-in-law John Fehr, Canora, SK, brothers in law Donald (Merle) Dean of Yorkton, SK; Jim (Polly) Dean of Balgonie, SK; Neil Dean of Canora, SK; Ken (Rita) Dean of Saskatoon, SK., and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.   Funeral services to celebrate Doreen's life were held, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Service conducted by Terry Tompkins and held at Leson's Funeral Chapel Canora, SK with interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Rama, SK. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Leson's Funeral Home, Canora, SK.


Helen Woloschuk

Canora Courier, January 27, 2010 Page 19

In Loving Memory of Helen Woloschuk who passed away February 1, 2008.

Within our hearts we always keep,

A special place for you;

And try to do our best to live,

As you would want us to.

As we loved you, so we miss you,

In our memory you are near;

Loved, remembered, longed for always,

With the passing of each year.

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


Mom, Dad and Steve Wasylowich

Canora Courier, January 27, 2010 Page 21

IN MEMORY: In loving memory of our parents, mom, passed away on September 1975; dad, passed away on January 1990; brother Steve, passed away on November 2004.

Take up thy cross and follow Him.

Nor think to lay it down

For only he who bears the cross

May hope to wear the crown.

In that eternal city

Where no tear dims the eye;

In the home of many mansions

We will meet them by and by

- Love Wasylowich family


Peter Dorosh, Mary Dorosh

Canora Courier, January 27, 2010 Page 21

In loving memory of our dear parents, Peter and Mary Dorosh. Mom passed away January 23, 2003; dad passed away February 5,1984.

Your lives were a beautiful memory,

Your absence, a silent grief;

Deep in our hearts, you will always stay,

Loved and remembered every day.

Love lives on forever,

It will never fade away;

For in our hearts you are with us,

Each and every day.

Sadly missed by children, Margie, Bernice, Beverly, and their families.


Mary Michaluk (nee Kosteniuk)

Canora Courier, January 27, 2010 Page 23

With great sadness we announce the passing of Mary Michaluk on January 12, 2010 at the age of 90 years.   Mary was born on the family farm near Danbury, on July 20, 1919. She was the third child of Sam and Anna Kosteniuk. The family consisted of 8 children, one passed away in infancy. The children attended Brush Valley School where Mary achieved grade 10 with honours. At an early age she learned to do a lot of work helping her mother to prepare meals, learned to milk cows, feed farm animals, and plant a garden. After grade 10, she stayed home to help look after younger sisters and brothers as well as household and farm chores. Mary learned sewing, cross-stitching, knitting. She joined a young people's group in 1936 - 37 where she took part in drama, singing and Ukrainian dancing, as well as Ukrainian oratory where she won a trophy at a national competition in Winnipeg. She taught herself to read and write in Ukrainian after her father encouraged her, enabling her to keep contact with family in Ukraine and did so up to the present time.  In 1937 -38 Mary met George Michaluk. They were married on November 14, 1940 in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church north of Stenen. For the first three years they lived on the farm with George's parents, Wasyl and Lena Michaluk. In 1944 George and Mary, with their first child, moved to their own place to farm where their family grew with the addition of 4 more children. The work continued, life was busy but happy, with time to go on trips to Winnipeg, British Columbia, Ontario and Florida, to visit family and friends. In 1977 Mary and George moved to 126 Hudson Street in Sturgis where they were semi-retired, but still kept the farm with a lot of animals as well as a large garden. Mary took an active part in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church organization helping with suppers, crafts, and bake sales, as well as singing in the choir, taking part in some of the committees and cleaning the church. During the winters Mary kept busy with sewing, cross- stitching, knitting, crocheting. Mary loved baking bread buns, scuffles, cinnamon buns, and making perohi which the children and grandchildren enjoyed very much. Mary was predeceased by her husband George in 2004; her parents Sam & Anna Kosteniuk; brothers Harry & Willie; sisters Katherine in infancy, Nellie Cybak & Pauline Kobylka.  Mary is survived by son Dennis (Judy) of Sturgis, grandson Steven (Michelle) great-grandchildren Carter & Kylee of Moose Jaw; grandson Lyle (Kara) great-grandchildren Davis &Avery of Calgary; son Michael (Cathy) of Sturgis, grandchildren Daniel of Saskatoon, Laura (Kaven) of Regina, Amy of Regina, Teagan of Rhein; daughter Olivia (Ernie) Cychmistruk of Saskatoon, granddaughter Susan (Brent) Plant of Meadow Lake, great-grandchildren Brendan & Zachary; granddaughter Alison Cychmistruk of Regina; granddaughter Erin Cychmistruk (Henry Parker) of Vancouver, great-granddaughter Erica; daughter Sonnia MacQuarrie (Roy) of Sicamous BC, grandson Jason (Vanessa) Rakochy of Fort McMurray, Alberta, great-grandsons Julian & Jack; grandson James (Connie) Rakochy of Burns Lake, BC, great-grandchildren Triton & Jadlyn; grandson Jeffrey (Patience) RaKochy of Prince George, BC; grandson Rick (Linda) MacQuarrie of Calgary, great-grandchildren Taryn & Ryana; grandson Rod (Robbi) MacQuarrie of Regina, great-grandson Logan; daughter Marcia (John) Christie of Oakville, Ontario, grandsons Marshall, Hudson, Parker; sister Julia Semeschuk of Souris, Manitoba; brother Peter (Antonia) Kosteniuk of Danbury.   Funeral service was held on January 16, 2010 at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Sturgis with internment in Sturgis Cemetery; Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Memorial donations can be made to Preeceville Hospital Auxiliary or to a charity of donor's choice.  The Family extends a special thanks to the Preeceville Hospital staff and Preeceville Funeral Home for their care and compassion extended to our Mother. We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to Father Patrick Powalinsky and the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church.


Audrey Yaholnitsky (nee Drushka)

Canora Courier, January 27, 2010 Page 24

Audrey Yaholnitsky passed away peacefully at the Canora Gateway Lodge on January 17th, 2010 at the age of 78 years.   Audrey was born March 16th, 1931 to Hnat and Paraska (nee Piantak) Drushka. She was the youngest of 7 children on the family farm in the Mazeppa district. She had one brother, Metro & Betty Drushka, five sisters: Anna & Mike Cherwick, Lena & Paul Remenda, Katherine & Peter Korney, Mary & Isadore Sniatynski, Nellie & Adam Kowalyshen. She was well looked after being the youngest, but her life was in no way that much easier than most of her generation. Audrey attended Mazeppa School and finished her high school education in Rhein, staying with Metro and Betty. She was a self taught guitar player with a guitar her older brother had bought her. Her nephew Roman said it was Audrey who taught him his first cords on the guitar. She had a beautiful voice and began singing in the church choir and did so for her entire life. After high school, Audrey worked for a period at the Yorkton Airport in the Hospital when it was a military training facility.  On Nov 5th, 1950 Audrey married John Yaholnitsky and they lived on the family farm in the Mazeppa area until 2004. Audrey was an active member of the Mazeppa ladies Organization for her entire life; she was a 4H leader and was a very strong member of the local TOPs chapter. Everyone who knew Audrey will remember her smile and happiness, but the best were her culinary skills. No matter when or how you came there was always a meal on the table within a short period and there was never a fear of leaving hungry. In her new home Audrey entertained in royal fashion - the best china, the best silver, and the table and presentation was always the best she had. There were grand bridge parties, where all the men wore suits and the ladies dressed in dresses. There were great dinners and barbeques when friends and relatives from all overcame and Audrey's meals were famous throughout. Besides their home and their yard, Audrey and John enjoyed traveling, first with a truck mounted camper pulling a boat, then another truck mounted camper and finally a motor home. They enjoyed visiting relatives and friends throughout Canada and they especially enjoyed fishing trips to various lakes throughout Sask.  Audrey and John loved their grandchildren here and made special time for them. Audrey and John made 2 trips to Africa to visit Ivan and his family so that his children would know their grandparents and both Ditiboho and Audrianna have some very special memories of their times at the farm here and in Africa with Baba and Dido. On March 16, 2009 Audrey became a great-grandmother to Shayna Audrey sharing the same birthday. Audrey always tried to look after herself and it was a daily ritual for many years to see her out walking. After John passed away suddenly in July of 2004, Audrey decided to move to Canora and was hoping to continue with her zest for life doing volunteer work. Audrey spent a year at Cummings Place, a year at Park Place, then a year at Eaglestone Lodge in Kamsack and finally had been a resident of the Canora Gateway Lodge since May 1, 2008 to her passing on Sunday, January 17. Audrey loved a laugh and her ear to ear smile was one of the things most will remember her by. She was always accommodating and polite, with no demands of anyone. Right to the end, she loved a good joke and still appreciated the taste of foods that were special and she could enjoy. She had this wonderful smile that would just appear. Thanks for all the great memories and everyone knows, things change, people change, places change and it is never the same - but memories are there forever. Vitchna Pamyat!   Audrey is lovingly remembered by her sons Michael (Carol) of Canora and Ivan (Nthabiseng) of Bethel, Lesotho, Africa, her daughter Marilyn of Yorkton, her sister Mary Sniatynski of Canora, her four grandchildren: Ian (Tracy Andrews), Devan (Carissa), Audryana and John and her great-granddaughter Shayna. She was predeceased by her parents Hnat and Paraska, her husband John, her brother Metro Drushka, her sisters Anna Cherwick, Lena Remenda, Nellie Kowalyshen and Katherine Korney.  The Prayer Service was held on Thursday, January 21st. The Funeral Service was held on Friday, January 22nd both from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Rev. Fr. Patrick Powalinsky officiating. Interment followed in the Sliding Hills Christian Cemetery, Mazeppa. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Saskatchewan Parkinson's Disease Foundation as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Mary Berehula (nee Terlesky)

Canora Courier, January 27, 2010 Page 24

Mary Berehula of Canora passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the Canora Hospital on January 15th, 2010 at the age of 93 years.   Mary was born on August 28th, 1916 to Steve and Dora (nee Kudeba) Terlesky, on the family farm near Canora, SK, the second child in a family of 15 children. She cut her education at the rural West Scalat School short to help her parents with farm chores and raising her brothers and sisters. In 1938, she married Metro Berehula. They made their home on a farm 4 miles south of Canora where they raised their family of 5 sons and 4 daughters. After her husband's passing in 1975, Mary moved to Canora where she resided until the fall of 2009. She relocated to High River, AB for a short while, then to the Aspen Bluffs in Yorkton. Mary will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.   She was predeceased by her parents, Steve and Dora Terlesky, her husband Metro, her son, Richard Berehula, her daughter-in-law, Anne Berehula, her grandson, David Berehula, her brothers, Metro, George and William, and her sister, Helen. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Eugene (Marlene) Berehula of Mississauga, ON, Victoria (Danny) Bazowski of Mississauga, ON, Danny (Lori) Berehula of Mississauga, ON, Clifford (Tessie) Berehula of Canfield ON, Sharon (Allan) Campbell of High River, AB, Judy (Jerry) Wishlow of Saskatoon, SK, Clarence (Darlene) Berehula of Yorkton, SK, Kimberley (Paul) Davis of Saskatoon, SK, her 21 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She will also be remembered by her brothers John Terlesky and Mike Terlesky and her sisters, Alice Leson, Elizabeth Wiwchar, Vera Hudema, Anne Hudema, Jean Billy, Lil Filipchuk, Marge Boychuk and Iris Ryczyk.   The Prayer Service was held on Sunday, January 17th, 2010. The Funeral Service was held on Monday, January 18th,2010 both from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Rt. Very Reverend Archpriest Mikolaj Derewianka officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Kidney Foundation of Canada as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).  The family would like to thank the Doctors and staff at the Yorkton Hospital I.C.U., for all the care they gave our mother.   A very special thank you to Dr. Roelens at the Canora Hospital for all his care and compassion, and the staff that were involved in Mom's care. Thank you Father Derewianka for your wonderful service.


August Kowalchuk

Canora Courier, February 3, 2010 Page 16

In loving memory of August Kowalchuk who passed away on January 31, 2009.

God saw you getting tired,

And a cure was not to be;

So He put His arms around you,

And whispered "Come with Me".

With tearful eyes we

watched you suffer,

And saw you fade away;

Although we loved you dearly,

We could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,

Laying loving hands at rest;

God broke our hearts to prove to us,

He only takes the best.

Missing you, Evelyn, Cordelia (Ray), Clarissa (Larry), Corrie (Debbie), Milton (Barb), Tracey (Paul) and their families.


Lucas Dane Ludba

Canora Courier, February 10, 2010 Page 16

LUDBA, Lucas Dane: In loving memory of our grandson, nephew and cousin, who passed away February 15, 2009.

A year ago you left us,

We did not say goodbye;

And though the seasons

all have passed,

Still the tears we cry.

A part of us went with you,

We'll never be the same;

We wait for you to come to us,

When we softly say your name.

One star shines more brightly,

We know that you are near;

Until the day we meet again,

We'll hold our memories dear.

Forever loved and deeply missed by, Grandpa Bob, Uncle Robin, Auntie Rhetta, Auntie Chris, Lindsay, Clayton and Jacob.


Eli Anaka

Canora Courier, February 10, 2010 Page 18

It is with great sadness the family of Eli Anaka announce his peaceful passing on January 27, 2010 at the age of 88 years at St. Joseph's Home in Saskatoon. Eli was born on June 24, 1921 in the Gorlitz district of Saskatchewan, a son of Frosina (nee Stawoway) and Michael Anaka. He was raised on the family farm in the Gorlitz area. On October 15, 1944 Eli was united in marriage to Mary Procyshen. They farmed in the Gorlitz district and were blessed with three children: Richard, Darlene and Robert. In 1999 the couple retired from the farm and moved to Saskatoon to reside with their son Richard. Mary passed away August 25, 2003, following that time Eli remained with Richard until he began to suffer from failing health. In June of this year he became a resident of St. Joseph's Care Home, where he had since resided.   Eli was predeceased by his parents, his loving wife Mary, brothers: Ted, William, Harry, John and Pete, and sister Anne Chabun. He leaves to cherish his memory his family: son Richard of Saskatoon; daughter Darlene (Gary) May of Chase BC; son Robert of Kamloops BC; granddaughters: Shanda (Brian) Gebbie of Port Moody BC, and Sheena (Joe) Sutherland of Langley BC. Also a sister Mary (Fred) Gabora of Regina; and sisters-in-law Mary Anaka of Canora, Evelyn Anaka of Saskatoon, and Barbara Anaka of Campbell River BC, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and his many other relatives and friends.  Prayers were held on Sunday evening, January 31, 2010 and the funeral service was held on Monday, February 1, 2010, all from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. Rev. Father Rodion Luciuk of St Mark's Orthodox Church officiated. Cantor for the prayer service was Bob Rohr and Rodney Flunder was the cantor for the funeral. Honorary bearers were Nellie Wasyliw, Barbara Anaka, Vicky Procyshen and Evelyn Anaka. The interment followed in the Garden of St. John at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Ed Anaka, Wayne Unyi, Henry Wasylyshen, Harvey Wasyliw, Bill Heshka and Danny Wasyliw serving as the casket bearers. Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.


Lucas Dane Ludba

Canora Courier, February 10, 2010 Page 19

In Loving Memory of Lucas Dane Ludba February 15, 2009

We are born for a higher destiny than that of earth,

There is a realm where the rainbow never fades;

Where the stars will be spread before us.

Like islands that slumber on the ocean,

And where those that pass before us;

Like shadows will stay in our presence forever.

Lovingly missed by Grandma Sophie, Shylo, (Atul, Indya, Nayan) and Damian.


Mary Hrynchyshyn, Ben Hrynchyshyn

Canora Courier, February 24, 2010 Page 16

HRYNCHYSHYN: Mary (February 22, 2000); Ben (December 25, 2001).

Our loved ones never leave us,

For in our hearts they stay...

A part of us forever,

That never fades away.

Memory Eternal

- Forever in our hearts, the family.


Luba Bugera (nee Savenkoff)

Canora Courier, February 24, 2010 Page 18

Luba Bugera of Canora, passed away on February 14th, 2010 at the age of 63 years.   Luba was born on July 20th, 1946 in Canora to William and Florence (Chutskoff) Savenkoff. She grew up on the family farm and following her marriage to Samuel Bugera, worked and helped her husband. They moved to Mikado in 1969, relocating to Canora in 1991. She was predeceased by her parents and a son, Samuel.   She is survived by her husband Samuel, her son Leo (Melanie) and their daughter Meagan of Cold Lake AB, brother Bill Savenkoff of Elkford, B.C., and her sisters Marilyn McKinley of Maine, USA and June Bugera of Canora. Graveside Service was held at the Canora Cemetery on February 19th, 2010 with Pastor Barry Wood presiding. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Mae Kalenchuk

Canora Courier, February 24, 2010 Page 19

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 hills of God,

By the valley of rest so fair,

Some day, we know not when,

We will meet our loved one there. 

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


Peter A. Wionzek

Canora Courier, February 24, 2010 Page 19

Peter A. Wionzek Dec. 1, 1933 - Feb. 26, 2000

Like falling snow the days drift by,

But precious memories never die;

Ten years ago, we had to part,

With one we loved with all our hearts.

The wound is deep,

It will not heal;

Only those who have lost,

Know how we feel.

Lovingly and sadly missed by wife Jeanette, children Jacynthe, Jason (Janine) and granddaughter Hailey.


Henry Kudeba

Canora Courier, February 24, 2010 Page 19

Henry Kudeba - In loving memory of a dear brother, who passed away 3 years ago, February 13, 2007.

He had a sense of humour and a sparkle in his eye, a helping hand in time of need, on that you could rely.

No longer can we touch his hand, or see his smiling face.

No longer can we hear his voice, or feel his warm embrace.

But something we will always have, held safely in our hearts, our love for him, his love for us will never let us part.

FOREVER MISSED AND LOVINGLY REMEMBERED BY ALL THE FAMILY.

Vichnaya Pamyat


Annastazya (Nettie) Pasloski, Walter Paslowski

Canora Courier, March 3, 2010 Page 16

PASLOSKI, Annastazya (Nettie), April 15, 1913 March 1, 2006; PASLOSKI, Walter, April 27,1906 -April 12,1980.

In loving memory of our dear mother and father.

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 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,

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.

Jeanette and Glen.


Jean Kyba

Canora Courier, March 10, 2010 Page 16

KYBA, Jean: In loving memory of our wife, daughter, mom and grandma who passed away on March 9, 2009.

One year ago you left us,

As we think of you so often,

And make no outward show;

But what it means to lose you,

No one will ever know.

You wished no one farewell,

Not even said goodbye;

You were gone before we knew it,

And only God knows why.

You are not forgotten,

Nor will you ever be;

As long as life and memories last,

We will remember thee.

To some you may be forgotten,

To others a part of the past;

But to us who loved you dearly,

Your memories will forever last.

Nothing can be more beautiful,

Than the memories we have of you;

To us you were someone special,

God must have thought so too!

If tears could build a staircase,

And memories a lane;

We would walk all the way to heaven,

And bring you back again.

Lovingly remembered by Nestor, mom (Mary), Dave, Debbie and Larry, Brett, Braden and Brielle.


Garry Wayne Hassard

Canora Courier, March 10, 2010 Page 18

Garry Wayne Hassard 1937 - 2010. It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. Garry passed away suddenly on Sunday, February 28th, 2010 at the age of 72.   He was born at Buchanan, SK and attended high school there where he made many of his lifelong friends. The majority of his working career was spent as a territory manager for Cockshutti White Farm Equipment and then New Noble. The family moved several times but mainly resided in the Canora-Yorkton area where Garry had a special fondness for the summer home at Good Spirit Lake (Canora Beach).   He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Leona (nee Matsalla); daughter, Val (Dan) Lemke of Calgary; and son, Doug (Lori) Hassard of Saskatoon. He was very proud of his four granddaughters, Anna and Kim Hassard and Shannon and Paige Lemke. He is also survived by a brother, Lawrence of Thompson, MB and several nieces and nephews. Garry was predeceased by his parents. Ted and Bella; his brother, Delmer; two sisters-in-law, Lil and Pauline and nephew, Terry.   Garry's life was honoured and celebrated with a Memorial Service on Thursday, March 4th, at 1:30 p.m. at the Sierras of Erindale - Sierras Room - 3rd Floor (325 Keevil Cres). In Garry's memory, donations may be made to a charity of donor's choice.  Arrangements in care of Sue Panattoni - Mourning Glory Funeral Services, Saskatoon, SK (306) 978-5200.


Mike Fisher

Canora Courier, March 10, 2010 Page 18

It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Mike Fisher, on Monday, March 1, 2010 at his residence at the age of 74 years.   Mike was born on March 11, 1935 in Kamsack, SK. He received his education at Bear Stream School. Following his schooling, he began his working career. He farmed for many years, then later worked for the Norquay Rec Centre where he made ice for the skating and curling events. This was a job he truly enjoyed.  Mike was predeceased by his wife, Diana; six brothers, Frank, Ronnie, Walter, Ed, Joe and Edgnith (Eddy); two sisters, Rose and Francis. He leaves to cherish many fond memories his children: five sons, Bernie (Sandra) Fisher of Yorkton, Arnold (Vicky) Fisher of Saskatoon, Leslie (Vivian) Fisher of Saskatoon, Dennis (Tina) Fisher of Saskatoon, and Steven (Rachel) Fisher of Saskatoon; two daughters, Debbie (Robert) Belley of Saskatoon, and Donna (Daryl) Perrick of Canora; grandchildren, Michael, Adam, Andrew (Kayla), Lacey, Rio, Kelsey, Robert, Bryan, Ethan, Kyle, Brittany, Brianna, Steffany, Brendan, Sidney, Sheranda; great-grandchildren, Hanna, Miika, Leah, Havoc, Denis. Also surviving are two brothers, Stanley Fisher and Lenard Fisher and one sister, Mary Vidomski.  Prayers were held on Friday, March 5 from the Andrychuk Funeral Home in Kamsack with the funeral service on Saturday, March 6, from the St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church with interment following at the St Phillip's Roman Catholic Cemetery.   Arrangements were entrusted to E. Andrychuk Funeral Home.


Clark (Jack) Blewett

Canora Courier, March 17, 2010 Page 19

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

Three years have passed without you,

No longer our lives to share;

But in my heart your always there,

Although you're not here with me.

We are truly not apart,

For you walk with me throughout my life;

And help me in need,

Until we meet again.

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


Clark Jack Blewett

Canora Courier, March 17, 2010 Page 19

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

As time unfolds another year,

Silent memories keep you near;

No longer in our lives to share,

But in our hearts you're always there.

Remembered by Paul, Sylvia and family.


Alex Arent

Canora Courier, March 17, 2010 Page 21

Alex Arent passed away on Saturday, March 6th, 2010, at the Canora Hospital at the age of 88 years.   Alex was born on January  4, 1922 on the farm south of Tiny, Saskatchewan to Stanislaw and Agnes (nee Yakmulska) Arent. He grew up through the depression years when times weren't always easy. however, his parents provided for their children, as he and his wife also did for their children years later. Alex attended Strathcona School, southeast of the family farm. He completed his grade eight and then began working as a farm labourer, up until which time he started farming on his own. The Second World War was approaching but Alex was exempt from service, as he was a farmer. His contribution to the war efforts, along with many others, was to produce food for the country, and the farmers were proud to do it. As life continued, Alex met the love of his life, Rose Korzenowsky, and with an engagement ring and wedding band from Sear's and Roebuck for $35, he asked Rose to marry him. They were married on July 5th, 1953 at the Roman Catholic Church, North of Tiny Saskatchewan. The reception was held at the farm and the bride and groom received a cash presentation of $28.  Alex and Rose were blessed with four children: Adam, Delores, Albert and Michael. Alex continued to farm and in 1969 he joined the CNR as a Track Maintenance Labourer. The job took him away from his family too often so he returned home and began a career as a carpenter for Bill Hrywkiw Construction and later for Samuel Construction. He continued this line of work for many years. His final years in the workforce were spent with Peter Katelnikoff, working in. the stucco and masonry trade around Canora. In the winter of 1987 Alex became the proud recipient of his first government payroll cheque. Even when this happened, he never really retired. He began helping his son-in-law Peter and his brother Russell on their farm in Dernic, SK. He enjoyed picking stones and the exercise that came with it, as well as helping with the harvest. When Michael left home to continue his education in Saskatoon, it was decided that it was time to move in to town. In 1995 they purchased a house in Canora. Even though Alex would still continue to drive out to the farm every day to maintain the yard and keep an eye on things, Canora was now home.   Alexis predeceased by his parents, son Adam, his brothers, Steve, Alfred and Stanley, and his sister, Annie. He is survived by his wife Rose, daughter Delores (Peter) Shukin of Canora, son Albert of Airdrie, Alberta, and son Michael (Sonya) of Listowel, Ontario, his brother Mike (Elizabeth) of Edmonton, his grandchildren Patricia and Jason Chernoff of Veregin, Kurtis and Genevieve Shukin of Canora, Caleb, Ayden and Noah Arent of Listowel, Ontario, and great≠grandchildren Taye and Kaelyn Shukin of Canora, and one niece and two nephews.  Vigil of Prayer was held on Tuesday, March 9th, and the Funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, March 10th, at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Canora with Rev. Dr. Vitalis Azike Celebrant. Interment followed at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Parish Cemetery, north of Tiny, SK. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the St. Mary's RC Parish Cemetery Fund as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Alfred (Jim) Hallewell

Canora Courier, March 17, 2010 Page 21

Alfred (Jim) Hallewell of Claresholm, Alta., passed away quietly on February 24, 2010 at the age of 94 years.   Jim will be dearly missed by his son Harry (Marge) of Okotoks, Alta., his granddaughter Kelly and two great-grandsons, Shaun and Ryan, also of Okotoks, Alta.  A memorial service will be held at the Canora United Church on April 10, 2010 at 2 p.m.


Richard James Anaka

Canora Courier, March 17, 2010 Page 22

After a short courageous battle with cancer, Richard James Anaka, of Saskatoon, SK, passed away suddenly on March 8, 2010.   Richard was born on March 13, 1946 in Yorkton, SK. He attended Ukraina Public School, Canora Composite High School and the College of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. He started his work career with Cockshutt Farm Equipment and then joined RJR-Macdonald Corporation and worked for this company for 33 years. During his time with RJR-Macdonald, he lived in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto. He returned to Saskatoon in 1980 to finish his career and retired in 2001. After retirement, he worked for Frontier Collision Ltd. as a detailer - cleaning Peterbuilt trucks and also cars - for 9 years until failing health forced him to take a leave of absence. Richard was an avid cyclist, cross-country skier, jogger and walker as well as a dedicated vegetarian. He was a passionate collector of Beauce Pottery.  Richard was predeceased by his loving mother Mary Anaka on August 25, 2003 and most recently by his father Eli Anaka on January 27, 2010. He leaves to cherish his memory his family: sister Darlene (Gary) May of Chase, B.C.; brother Robert of Kamloops, BC; nieces Shanda (Brian) Gebbie of Port Moody, BC and Sheena (Joe) Sutherland of Langley, BC; grand-nephew Mason Sutherland of Langley, BC along with other numerous relatives.   A Private Family Graveside Service was held at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Saskatoon. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Acadia-McKague's Funeral Centre, 915 Acadia Drive, Saskatoon, SK 955-1600. Condolences maybe sent to the family via www.acadiamckagues funeralcentre.com.


Irene Ratushniak (nee Yawney)

Canora Courier, March 17, 2010 Page 22

Irene Ratushniak passed away on Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 at the Canora Gateway Lodge, at the age of 96 years.   Irene was born on March 4th, 1914, to Joseph and Amelia (Huzan) Yawney of the Mohyla District, SK. Following her school years at Mohyla School, she married Anton Ratushniak and they farmed in the Mohyla District until 1974, when they took up residence in Canora. Irene was a member of the Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church and the UCWL for 48 years. She always supported many different organizations and has memorials at St. John the Baptist Shrine in Ottawa, Rome, Lourdes, France, and the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Edmonton.  Irene was predeceased by her parents, her husband Anton in 1978, sisters Mary Malanyk, Annie Gogol and Lena Chudziak, and her brothers Wasyl Yawney, Steve Yawney, Sam Yawney and Peter Yawney. She is survived by her daughter Gladys (Amed) Naqvi of Nelson, BC, two grandsons, Damian Naqvi of Montreal and Adrian Naqvi of Vancouver.   Funeral Liturgy was celebrated on Saturday, March 13th, 2010 from the Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canora, with Rev. Fr. Joakim Rac Celebrant. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make Mass Offerings or donations to the Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Church. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Lena Holoboff

Canora Courier, March 31, 2010 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 chiseled 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.


Burt (Bohdan) Lozinsky

Canora Courier, March 31, 2010 Page 18

Burt (Bohdan) Lozinsky of Regina and formerly of Danbury, passed away on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 at the Wascana Grace Hospice in Regina, at the age of 82 years.   Burt was born on January 8th 1928 to Joseph H. and Edith (nee Zawatsky) Lozinsky in Danbury. He completed grades 1 to 10 in Brush Valley, grade 11 at Hyas and grade 12 at Nutana Collegiate in Saskatoon. After taking his teacher training in Moose Jaw, Burt taught near Coronoch for several months till the end of the school term. He then moved north to Meota where he taught for one year. Not having completed his teacher training left him doing various jobs until March of 1948, when he returned home to work for Rudachyuk Bros. in Arabella. On July 25th,1950, Burt enlisted in the RCAF where he remained for the next 10 years. In 1960, he joined his brother Vernon who was operating Texaco Service in Danbury. After 25 years they closed shop and Burt moved to Regina and began working in the Department of Highways office. After retiring he continued to live in Regina until being diagnosed with cancer in January of this year. Burt was a diehard Toronto Blue Jay and Roughrider Fan. Much of his free time was spent fishing with his Uncle Rudy. He enjoyed expressing his opinions in letters to the editors of various newspapers. Burt will be dearly missed by all.   He was predeceased by his parents, and a sister Lily, in infancy. Burt is lovingly remembered by his two brothers: Vern (Joyce) in Danbury and Miles (Marion) of Regina, and their families.   The Prayer Service was held at the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home on March 29th, and a Graveside Service took place in the Canora Cemetery on March 30th, with Rt. Rev. Mitred Archpriest Mikolaj Derewianka officiating. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Regina Wascana Grace Hospice (#50 Angus Rd, REGINA, SK, S4R 8P6) as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONS FUNERAL HOME, Canora (563-5671)


Randy Nicolychuk

Canora Courier, March 31, 2010 Page 18

Randy Nicolychuk passed away peacefully at St. Paul's Hospital. Saskatoon on Saturday, March 13, 2010.   He is survived by his loving wife Pat; his three children. Chris of Saskatoon, Cindy, and Curtis of Calgary, AB; hi, granddaughter, Devyn; sisters. Pat of Medicine Hat. AB, Diane of Regina, and Debbie of Melfort.  Randy was born in Trenton, Ont. and was raised in Canora, Sask. by his aunt and uncle, Frank and Mary Rakochy.   Randy was predeceased by his father, Ernie Nicolychuk; uncle Frank Rakochy and cousin Bob Rakochy, and mother≠in-law, Katherine Herman.  Relatives and friends paid their respects to Randy at Mourning Glory Funeral Services on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Interment was held at Woodlawn Cemetery with the Very Rev. Bohdan Demczuk officiating. Arrangements in care of Kurtis Rae Mourning Glory Funeral Services (975-5200).


Metro Kaminsky

Canora Courier, April 07, 2010 Page 16

In loving memory of Metro Kaminsky, dear husband, father and gido, April 9,2008.

This day is remembered and quietly kept,

No words are needed we shall never forget.

For those we love donít go away,

They walk beside us everyday;

Unseen and unheard, but always near,

So loved, so missed and so very dear.

- Love your family.


Lena Holoboff

Canora Courier, April 07, 2010 Page 16

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

lf 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 l am living,

Do not wait until I'm gone 

And then have it chiseled 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 wonít 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.


Mary Tataryn

Canora Courier, April 07, 2010 Page 16

In loving memory of Mary Tataryn, who passed away on April 11, 2009.

As we look upon your picture,

Sweet memories we recall;

Of a face so full of sunshine,

A smile for one and all.

Though your smile has gone forever,

And your hand we cannot touch;

We shall never lose sweet memories,

Of the one we loved so much.

- Lovingly remembered by husband John; sons, Steve and Kelvin (Laura) and daughter Cynthia (Ernie) and Grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Hubert L.E. Gibney

Canora Courier, April 07, 2010 Page 18
Hubert L.E. Gibney, born, raised and educated in Canora, Sask., the son of Charles and Honora Gibney. He finished his school through Grade 10 in Canora before enlisting in the R.C.N.V.R., serving, mostly, on Canada's east coast. Upon his discharge he returned to Canora to complete his education. In 1947 he articled at the local Funeral Home owned by C.T. Gavin, later buying the business. In 1951 he married Adeline Duncan and they had 4 children.  Over the years the Funeral business was expanded to include a Funeral Home in Norquay as well as a Monument Shop in Canora. In 1959 he was elected as the Mayor of Canora, at the time the youngest Mayor in Canada. He was also instrumental in the development of the Gateway Lodge Seniorís residence in Canora. In 1978 Hubert sold his businesses and moved to Saskatoon starting a Monument Company there and working at Funeral Homes in Regina, Saskatoon and Warman in the years since.  Predeceased by his parents, his wife Adeline and 8 brothers and sisters; Clement Gibney, Thomas Gibney, Wilfred Gibney, Joseph Gibney, Rev. Fr. Charles Gibney, Margaret Gibney, Mary Graham and Rita Duke; he leaves to mourn his 4 sons, Timothy (Debbie) of Woodstock, Ont.; James of Yorkton; John (Anna) of Vancouver and Edward of Saskatoon; 2 granddaughters, Charlotte (Shane) Bennett of Ottawa and Nicole of Saskatoon and a great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Bennett. He also leaves to mourn one sister, Noreen (Lawrence) Dubois of Brandon, 3 brothers, Frank Gibney of Calgary, Bernard (Leona) Gibney of Calgary and Terry (Gwen) Gibney of Regina, sister-in-law, Winnie Ledieu of Red Deer, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Hubert was a long time member of the Knights of Columbus sewing as Grand Knight twice as well as District Deputy and Faithful Navigator. He also was a member of the Canora Branch of the Legion. He sang in the St. Josephís Church Choir in Canora as well as the Knights of Columbus Menís Choir in Saskatoon. A special thank you is offered to the Staff at the Veteraní s Village who cared for him over the past 10 months.  Prayers were held at Holy Spirit R. C. Church in Saskatoon on Tuesday, March 30, at 7:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial was held at Holy Spirit R.C. Church on Wednesday, March 31 at 10:00 am. Interment followed in Woodlawn Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to MARTENS WARMAN FUNERAL HOME (934-4888).


Mary Jane (Minnie) Korchinski

Canora Courier, April 07, 2010 Page 18
Mary Jane (Minnie) Korchinski passed away at the Canora Hospital on March 28, 2010 at the age of 95 years.  Minnie was born on may 1st, 1914 to Joe and Bella Currah (White) of the Invermay district. She attended country schools at Boxmore and Mainroad, then ventured out to work at Aberdeen for a while. She married John Korchinski in November of 1939. They moved to Creighton Ontario for a short time where John was employed at the mines. To this union 5 children were born. They resided on the farm south of Rama. They raised turkeys, chickens, had cattle and grain. Minnie grew a large garden and did lots of canning. She made her own butter... not many things were bought at the grocery store. On the supper table the only things purchased were the salt, pepper and sugar. She loved to bake. There were always cookies and cakes to have with coffee and you never left without having some when you came for a visit. In 1974 they purchased a home in Canora and remained there for 34 years. In December of 2008 she became a resident at the Canora Hospital long term care. On January 31st she suffered a stroke.  Minnie was predeceased by her husband John in April 2003 and her son Rudy in March, 2008, her brothers Willie, Lanty, Thomas and Vernon, and her sister Irene Murray. She is survived by sons Raymond (Julie) of Canora, Ronald (Leona) of Red Deer AB, Victor (Gloria) of Canora and daughter Esther (Paul) Courchaine of Winnipeg MB, 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Helen Brodziak (Korchinski), Annie Horbach (Korchinski), Jennie Zayanchowski (Korchinski), Emily Halpape (Korchinski), Dorothea Currah (Kilgour) and Dolly Phippen.  Visitation was held on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010, and Funeral Service was on April 1st, 2010, both from the Chapel of Lesonís Funeral Home in Canora with Rev. Donald W. Horban officiating. Interment followed at the Canora Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to a charity of choice. The family thanks you for sharing their sorrow. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated and will be remembered. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONS FUNERAL HOME, Canora(563-5671).


Diana Fisher

Canora Courier, April 14, 2010, Page 19

In loving memory of Diana Fisher who passed away April 2, 2009. She is greatly missed by her sons, daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other family and friends.


Rose Slapinsky

Canora Courier, April 14, 2010, Page 19

SLAPINSKY:  In loving memory of our dear mother, Rose, who passed away April 15, 2009.

She troubled no one,

Her wants were few;

And now, dear lord,

She has come to you.

A cheery smile,

A heart of gold;

She suffered much,

But never told.

Till God knew,

What was best;

He took her home,

And gave her rest.

- Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by Eleanor and Evelyn and their families.


Michael Grona

Canora Courier, April 14, 2010, Page 19

In loving memory of Michael Grona 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.

- Sadly missed by wife Jean and family.


Walter Pasloski, Nettie Pasloski

Canora Courier, April 14, 2010, Page 19

PASLOSKI:  In loving memory of our dear parents, Walter, April 27, 1906 - April 12, 1980; Nettie, April 15, 1913 - March 1, 2006.

Time goes by with many changes,

Joys and sorrows, smiles and tears;

But your memories we will cherish,

With the passing of the years.

No one hears the door that opens,

When they pass beyond recall;

Soft as leaves of withered roses,

One by one our loved ones fall.

'Tis sweet to think we'll meet again,

Where partings are no more;

And that the ones we love so well,

Have just gone on before.

- In our hearts and thoughts forever, your family.


Richard Dutchak

Canora Courier, April 14, 2010, Page 19

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

As time goes by without you,

And the days turn into years;

They hold so many memories,

And a million silent tears.

To us you were so special,

What more is there to say;

Except to wish with all our hearts,

That you were here today.

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


Sue Trach

Canora Courier, April 14, 2010, Page 21

Sue Trach passed away peacefully with friends and family by her side on March 23, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer at the St. Boniface Hospital. Sue's life revolved around her husband Miles, her two boys, Brody and Noah and her 21-year career as a Winnipeg police officer. Her funeral was held on Mar. 29.


Peter Zemluk

Canora Courier, April 14, 2010, Page 21

Peter Zemluk, beloved husband of Nettie, passed away at the Pleasant View Care Home in Wadena on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 at the age of 85 years.   Peter was born on July 13th, 1924, in Hamilton Ontario to George and Rosie (Shalkowski) Zemluk. When Peter was 3 weeks old, they moved to Canora, SK. In 1928 they moved to Rama where Peter attended school.  He farmed with his parents, but in the winter months he worked at various jobs; Pulp mills in Auden, ON, Valora, ON, Agawa River, ON and at National Mills, MB; Canada Packer's in Winnipeg, and a gold mine at Pickle Crow ON. In November 1949, he married Nettie Bartko of Rama, in Canora. Together they built their own farm west of Margo where they raised 6 sons and 3 daughters. To Peter, church was very important. He served as an Elder for over 20 years in the St. Michael's Orthodox Church, Rama. He also served on the Margo School Board, the Margo Co-op Board of Directors and as a Saskatchewan Wheat Pool committee member for over 30 years. The farm and his family were his pride and joy. Peter urged his children to do their best in their chosen profession or vocation and was proud of their successes. He loved to read, travel, sight-see, and take photos of nature's beauty. In 1996 Peter visited his father's homeland in Ukraine. For the last 5 years he resided at the Pleasant View Care Home in Wadena.   Peter was predeceased by his parents, and his brother Paul. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nettie, his children: Terry (Linda), Jim (Joanne), Michael (Brenda), Daniel (Louise), Peter Jr. (Marie), Bill, Mary Anne (Wayne) Elaschuk, Donna (Shaun) Erickson, and Sonia (Ernesto Martinez), grandchildren: Zenon (Nicole), Zane (Renee), Christina, Andrew (Dana Karakochuk), Marcie, Ivan, Devin, Joel, Vanessa, Brenden, Renata, Sebastian, Stephan, Simone, Grace, and Angelina and great-grandchildren: Zachary, Nicholas, Olivia, Damian, Madison, Ryan, Sarah, and James. Prayer Service was held on Monday, April 5th, 2010 from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home and the Funeral Service was held at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Canora, Tuesday, April 6th, 2010. Both services were officiated by Rt. Rev. Mitred Archpriest Mikolaj Derewianka. Interment followed at the Margo Village Cemetery.  Thos wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or to a Charity of Choice as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONS FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Stella Leson (nee Lukey)

Canora Courier, April 14, 2010, Page 22

Stella Leson of Canora, passed away in Saskatoon, on Thursday, April 1, 2010, at the age of 77 years.   Stella was born in the Norquay district to John and Nettie (Pasiecznyk) Lukey on August 5, 1932. She married George Leson on November 20, 1949 at Canora where they have made their home. In 1974 after their son Glen obtained his Funeral Director/Embalmer's License, the family purchased the Canora Funeral Chapel which became Leson's Funeral Home. For the past 36 years, Stella's kind and gentle manner has touched the lives of numerous people in their difficult times.  She was predeceased by her father John (1978), mother Nettie (1940), husband George (1991), son Ken (1984), brother Rudy Lukey, nieces Sandra and Stephanie Wallace, nephews Danny Plett and Don Wylie. She is lovingly remembered by her son Glen & his wife Nancy, granddaughters Angela, Suzanne, and Gillian Leson, and Lindsey Montana, sisters Vera (Winston) Wylie, Doris (Albert) Plett, brothers Orest (Frances) Lukey, Metro (Gwen) Lukey and nieces, nephews and cousins.   A Visitation was held at the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora on Tuesday, April 6th, 2010. Funeral Service was held on Thursday, April 8th, 2010, at the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Canora, with Very Rev. Archpriest Andrew Piasta and Rt. Rev. Mitred Archpriest Mikolaj Derewianka as concelebrants.   Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to a Memorial Fun to help with Abandoned Cemeteries in the Canora/Norquay Area, or to Palliative and Long-Term Care also in the Canora/Norquay area. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her. May her memory be eternal. Arrangements have been entrusted to Leson's Funeral Home, (563-5671).


Mike Wonsiak

Canora Courier, April 14, 2010, Page 22

Mike Wonsiak beloved husband of Eleanor, passed away on April 1, 2010 at the age of 88 years.   Mike was born in the District of Buchach, Ukraine on June 25, 1921 to Hnat and Christine (nee Mysyka) Wonsiak. He received his education at Ponas Lake School. On June 3, 1946 he married Eleanor Horbach in the Rose Valley area where they resided on a farm. They farmed until 1952 when they moved into Wadena, SK, and together they owned and operated a pool room and diner until 1955. Upon relocating to Canora they established a new business, Mercury Dry Cleaners, until 1962 when they sold the business. Mike pursued work with the Canora Union Hospital in the maintenance/engineering department. He became Laundry Foreman until about 1971. For the next 17 years he was the Rural Route Postal Carrier as well as the maintenance worker at the Canora Gateway Lodge until his retirement in 1987. To enjoy his retirement Mike bought a boat and began fishing. He also enjoyed hunting. Mike became an avid baseball fan and he followed the Toronto Blue Jays throughout the season. He really loved animals, no matter their temperament and was known to have a special fondness for FORD vehicles. Once his grandchildren arrived he became a proud grandfather wishing his grandchildren success in life. He was always there for them when they needed him and believed in leading by example.   Mike was predeceased by his parents, his two sons Tom in April 1997 and Adrian in October 2003, his brothers Paul and Bill, and his sister Domka in childhood. He is survived by his wife Eleanor, three sons; Allan of Hyas, SK, Vern (Jacky) of Fort McMurray, AB and Michael (Debbie) of Winnipeg, MB, his daughter Marianne Naduriak of Yorkton, SK, his brother John of Rose Valley, SK, and three sisters; Anne (Henry) Wyonzek of Canora, Mary (Emil) Zwarych of Saskatoon, SK, and Kathy (Bob) Donald of Regina, SK, and eleven grandchildren.  A Memorial Service was held at the Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canora on Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 with Rev. Joakim Rac officiating. Interment of Cremated Remains will follow at a later date.   Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Canora, as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Peter Slivenski

Canora Courier, April 14, 2010, Page 22

Peter Slivenski, March 29, 1932 - April 4, 2010 of Kamsack, passed away peacefully at the Kamsack Hospital at the age of 78 years.   The Rosary was said prior to prayers, led by members of the Father Ruelle Council of the Knights of Columbus. Prayers were held, April 6, 2010 from Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Canora. Mass of Christian Burial was said from St. Josaphat's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Kamsack. Interment followed at the Riverview Cemetery Kamsack. Services were officiated by Father J. Rac and Father B. Malowany. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kamsack Hospital Ladies Auxiliary directed towards palliative care.  Peter is survived by his loving wife, Natalia; one daughter Rosemarie (Greg) Erixon of Prince Albert, SK; two sons; Lawrence (Cindy) of Kamsack, SK; Nestor (Nicole) of Regina, SK; six grandchildren Joshua Slivenski, Jaelynn Slivenski, Jason (Jillian) Slivenski, Danielle Slivenski, (Jason Dyck), Colin Slivenski, Jena-le Krzak and by one sister Pearl Petryshen of Wadena, SK and by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Peter, is predeceased by his parents; John and Mary Slivenski (nee Werebowesty); two brothers Mike and Nick; one sister Annie; by 2 brothers-in-law and 1 sister-in-law. Arrangements entrusted to Wolkowski Funeral Service Ltd. Kamsack, SK. 306-542-4004 .


Peter Okrainetz

Canora Courier, April 21, 2010
OKRAINETZ, Peter: Loving memory of husband, 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 Elizabeth, children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren and families.


John Demchuk, Kathleen Demchuk

Canora Courier, April 28, 2010 Page 17
IN LOVING MEMORY - DEMCHUK

John: April 23, 1918 - May 1, 1980

Kathleen: August 30, 1918 - March 28, 1989

Time has passed since these sad days,

When ones we loved were called away;

Gad took them home, it was His will,

Within our hearts, you both liveth still.

Time takes away the edge of grief

But memory turns back every leaf

May the winds of love blow gently,

And whisper so you can hear;

We will always love and miss you,

And wish that you were here.

With love forever, your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.


Paul Danyluk

Canora Courier, April 28, 2010 Page 19
DANYLUK:  In loving memory of our dad and gido, Paul, who passed away April 28, 1999.

Your presence we miss,

Your memory we treasure;

Loving you always,

Forgetting you never.

Close within our hearts,

You will always be.

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


Stanley Scheschuk

Canora Courier, April 28, 2010 Page 19
SCHESCHUK:  In loving memory of Stanley, husband, father and gido, who passed away April 21, 2001.

With loving thoughts and silent tears,

Itís been a very long nine years,

We love and miss you very much,

Deep in our hearts your memory is kept,

To love, to cherish and never forget.

No length of time can dim the past,

Too many memories hold it fast;

Today, tomorrow and our whole life through,

We will always love and remember you.

- Lovingly remembered by wife Helen, children and grandchildren.


Victoria Bahnuik (nee Shushelnitsky)

Canora Courier, April 28, 2010 Page 21
Victoria Bahnuik passed away at the Canora Gateway Lodge, on Monday, April 19, 2010, at the age of 88 years.  Victoria (nee Sushelnitsky) Bahnuik was born on May 12, 1921 to Mike Sushelnitsky and Rose (nee Belenchuk) Sushelnitsky in the Mohyla District, northeast of Canora. Victoria attended Mohyla school. After her mother died, she was expected to help her father on the farm, cooking for the family and the hired men, making butter and cheese, cleaning, and doing farm chores. After all the work was done, she found time to have fun and enjoyed Christmas concerts, school picnics and playing ball in the school yard. She recalled some of her happiest times as ringing the church bells on Easter morning with her sister Doris, and gathering with the children on Sundays to play games and sing songs. Their farm was close to the Mohyla church, and when services were held there, the Sushelnitsky family, led by her father, would look forward to hosting the priest who would spend the night at their home in his travels. This meant extra cooking and laundry and Victoria's responsibility was to make sure everything was in order.  On July 25, I942, Victoria married Steve Bahnuik in the Heritage Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Main Street in Canora. They homesteaded not far from where Victoria grew up and raised three sons, - Donald, Jim and Michael.  In 1959 Steve and Victoria bought a house in Canora and moved to town. Victoria joined the Ukrainian Women's Association, Maria Markovych Branch in 1965 and remained a member for 45 years. She was a volunteer member of the Canora Hospital Ladies Auxiliary and volunteered at the Canora Tourism Booth. Victoria loved to sew, paint Easter eggs and Ďpaint by numberí pictures, listen to music and was an avid gardener. She enjoyed & excelled at bowling for many years and proudly displayed her many trophies. Victoria and Steve made regular trips to Regina for nine years to watch their son, Don, play football with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. As the grandchildren began to arrive, their interests shifted, and holiday time was divided between Edmonton and Canora for many years. Their marriage thrived for nearly 40 blessed years until Steve passed away in June of 1982. Victoria moved to the Gateway Lodge in 2005 when her illness progressed and she was no longer able to remain in her home. It was a struggle for her to leave her home and her big yard where she tended to her flowers and was always outside trimming and pruning her shrubs, often in her bare feet. She missed those days very much.  Victoria was predeceased by her parents, Mike and Rose Sushelnitsky, her sisters, Mary, Pauline, Ann, Ethel and Doris, her brothers, Joey, Steve and John and her husband Steve Bahnuik in 1982. She is survived by her three sons, Donald (Cynthia) of Edmonton; Jim (Liz) of Canora; and Michael of Red Deer, AB; her brother Nick of the Gateway Lodge; five grandchildren, Sara (Mark) Mann & Melissa (Andrew) McElwee of Saskatoon, David of Canora, Grayson of Los Angeles and Randall of San Francisco, California; four great-grandchildren, Brooklyn & Javen Mann, and Payton and Pacey McElwee, all of Saskatoon; and many nieces and nephews.  Prayer Service was held on Thursday, April 22, 2010, from the Chapel of Lesonís Funeral Home in Canora, and Funeral Service was held on Friday, April 23, 2010 from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Canora. Both services were officiated by The Rt. Rev Mitred Archpriest Mikolaj Derewianka. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora Gateway Lodge Auxiliary or the Canora Hospital Auxiliary as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONíS FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


William Charuk, Margaret Charuk

Canora Courier, May 05, 2010 Page 19
In Loving Memory of our dear parents and grandparents
William Charuk August 22, 1913- May 23, 2002 Margaret Charuk November 5, 1919 - April 17, 2007
~ Until we meet again ~
Sadly missed by your family:  Linda and Peter Dyck -- Candance and Mike Doogan, Sherice and Andrew Stacey, Mallory Dyck, Karen and Curtis Baht  -- Dacia, Alex and Taren Sylvia Nicholls


Polly Chernoff

Canora Courier, May 12, 2010 Page 15
CHERNOFF, Polly:  (May 11/1911 - May 11, 1997).

Loving memories we will never forget,

Sadly missed along life's way;

With silent thoughts and deep regrets,

We think of you every day.

No longer in our life to share,

But in our hearts youíre always there.

Happy birthday and happy Motherís Day!

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


Rosie Matwijeczko, Nick Matwijeczko

Canora Courier, May 12, 2010 Page 15
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 Fatherís 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.


Rose Kardynal

Canora Courier, May 19, 2010, Page 14

In loving Memory of our Dear Wife, Mother, Baba and Great-Baba Rose Kardynal who passed away on May 19, 2004.

May comes with a deep regret,

A month we can never forget.

We hold our tears,

When we speak your name;

But the ache in our hearts,

Remains the same.

No one knows the sorrow we share,

When the family meets,

And you're not there.

Deep in our hearts a memory is kept,

Of the one we love and will never forget;

Today, tomorrow, our whole lives through,

We will always love and remember you.

We love you and miss you very much.

Lovingly remembered by husband Steve, children Lisa, Carla, Shelly, Patrick, Randy and their families.


Ernie Sorochuk

Canora Courier, May 19, 2010, Page 14

In Loving Memory Ernie Sorochuk passed away April 22, 2009.

Nothing wounds the human heart more deeply,

Than the loss of a loved one;

And as our lives go on without you,

Nothing seems 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;

But love is stronger than death,

And beyond death; life is merely changed - not ended.

Because we believe this, it gives us hope,

Hope in the resurrection & promise of Eternal Life!

Jesus said "I am the Good Shepherd,

I go to prepare a place for you."

Lovingly remembered by wife Bernadette, daughters: Debora, Loretta & families, sons: Bruce, Neil & families, and grandchildren.


Ervin Malischewski

Canora Courier, May 19, 2010, Page 14

In loving memory of Ervin Malischewski  June 19, 1918 - May 17, 1999

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

He wasted no days.

Your loving wife, son, daughters, son-in-law, grandchildren.


Betty (Elizabeth Lillian Kurulak) Dziaduck Powers

Canora Courier, May 19, 2010, Page 18

Betty (Elizabeth Lillian Kurulak) Dziaduck Powers, May 28, 1937 - May 7, 2010. Betty, aged 72 passed away from stomach cancer in Langley, BC on May 7, 2010.   She was predeceased by her husband Steven and is sadly missed by her seven children Darcy Moore, Sheldon & Karen Dziaduck, Trent & Roxanne Dziaduck of Edmonton, AB, Milton Powers of Canora, SK, Darla Dziaduck of Cooking Lake, AB, Garret Powers (deceased), and Delee Hannah of Langley, BC. She will be remembered by her eight grandchildren.   A celebration of life will be held May 30, 2010 at 10:00 am at Leson's Funeral Home; Canora, SK: 306-563-5671. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Langley Hospice Society; 20088-40A Avenue, Langley, BC V3A 2Y6.  


Mary Cheveldeoff

Canora Courier, May 19, 2010, Page 18

Mary Cheveldeoff of Yorkton, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 7th, 2010 at the age of 89 years.   Mary was born on December 19th, 1920 on the family farm in the Devil's Lake district to Lukyan and Polly (nee Fedosoff) Horkoff. As a young lady, Mary attended the Devil's Lake School achieving her grade eight while helping her parents on the family farm. She then met and married Russell Cheveldeoff on October 30th, 1938. Together with Russell they continued farming on his parents farm in the Tiny district until 1967 when they moved to Yorkton. Mary then began working at the Yorkton and District Nursing Home as a cook. She also loved to knit, crochet and sew and was very meticulous in her work. Mary thoroughly enjoyed her family history which was very important to her. She was a long time member of the Canora Doukhobor Society. Mary was known for her keen sense of humour and no matter where she went even if she was suffering in pain she always had a smile on her face. She had unconditional love for her family especially her grandchildren and great-granddaughters. She will be dearly loved and missed by all.  Mary was predeceased by her husband Russell, her two sons: Fred and Lorne, her parents, her sister Mabel Woiken and her brother Fred Horkoff. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Sylvia Cheveldeoff of Saskatoon, three grandchildren: Karen (Don), Greg (Jodie) and Jeff (Kate), and three great-grandchildren: Emily, Sarah and Haylee.   The Funeral Service was held on Monday, May 10th from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home with the Canora Doukhobor Society officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora Doukhobor Society as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONS FUNERAL HOME, Canora (563-5671).


Annie Philipiw (nee Fedyk)

Canora Courier, May 19, 2010, Page 18

Annie Philipiw of Invermay passed away peacefully at the Invermay Health Centre on May 7th, 2010 at the age of 93 years.   Annie was born on May 21st, 1916 on the family farm in the Bellenden district to Peter and Dora (nee Doroszyko) Fedyk. As a young girl she attended the Bellenden and Mamornitz schools while helping on the farm with her siblings. At the age of 20, Annie met and married Nick Philipiw on October 8th, 1936 at the Bellenden Church. Together, Nick and Annie purchased their own land in the same district and began to raise a family. They had three sons, Eugene, Walter and James all of which helped on the farm. Nick passed away in 1972 leaving Annie and James to continue farming while Eugene and Wally left the farm to pursue other interests. Annie enjoyed her gardening, cooking, baking and her fishing trips with James especially to Lake of The Prairies. She continued living on the farm until James passed away in 1991 after which she relocated to the Invermay Health Centre residing there until her passing. Annie will be remembered as a kind, gentle and loving individual and will be sincerely missed by all.  She was predeceased by her husband Nick in 1972, her two sons: Eugene in 1976 and James in 1991, her parents: Peter and Dora, her two brothers: Metro and Peter Fedyk and her sister May Oldrick. Annie is survived by her son Wally of Prince Rupert, B.C. as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The Funeral Service was held on Monday, May 10th, 2010 from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, 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 Invermay Health Centre as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Nick Sushelnitsky

Canora Courier, May 19, 2010, Page 18

Nick Sushelnitsky of Canora passed away at the Canora Gateway Lodge on May 7th, 2010 at the age of 91 years.   Nick was born on March 18th, 1919, one of ten children to his parents Michael an Rose (nee Belanchuk) Sushelnitsky. He was the last living sibling of the Sushelnitsky children. Nick lived his life in the Mohyla and Canora area where he was educated, worked and retired. Nick married Katherine Hladun on November 10th, 1944. Nick and Kay farmed until 1967. They built their own home in Canora and moved from the farm to town in 1954. Nick and Kay enjoyed their home and garden and the close relationships with friends and family during their years in Canora. They treasured their travelling adventures to Banff with Ethel, to Florida with brother John and Connie and to Hawaii with sister Veronica and Steve. Nick was an honest, hardworking, proud and grateful man who wore many hats during the course of his life. He was a son, brother, husband, friend, father, grandfather, loyal employee and a devout religious parishioner. In his younger years, he enjoyed and was skilled in playing baseball and also spent time fishing in the rivers and lakes in the Canora area. He had a natural musical ability on the mandolin and enjoyed kicking up his heels while dancing at weddings and other community celebrations. He was also an active choir member for many years.  Nick was a family oriented husband and father who consistently provided for his wife and children during his lifetime. He took great pride in assisting his three sons to obtain their university educations. He was committed to his faith and loyal to his Ukrainian Orthodox Parish. He enjoyed the simple things in life including gardening, the Saskatchewan prairie sunshine, home-cooking, picking raspberries and hearing the tales of the life experiences his children, grandchildren and members of his extended family encountered during their growing years. After Kay's passing in August of 1989, Nick continued to reside in their home until his failing health led him to move to the Eaglestone Lodge in Kamsack and then to the Canora Gateway Lodge where he resided until his passing. He will be deeply loved and sincerely missed by all.   Nick was predeceased by his wife Kay, his parents: Michael and Rose, his sisters: Mary, Pauline, Ann, Ethel, Doris and Victoria and by his brothers Steve, Joey and John. He is survived by his youngest son Lesley of Calgary, AB, Gerald of Canora and oldest son Johann (Marie) of Calgary; his two grandsons, Richard of Calgary and Michael (Michelle) of Calgary, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  Nick's family would like to express their deep appreciation to all the staff members of the Gateway Lodge in Canora for the care and attention Nick has received over the past few years. The staff members at the lodge are truly amazing people. The lodge became Nick's 'home away from home' and their warm, caring attention given to Nick will always be appreciated. They not only cared for Nick but also for his family during their visits.   The Prayer Service was held on Monday, May 10th, 2010 from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home. The Funeral Service was held Tuesday, May 11, 2010 from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity with Rt. Reverend Mitred 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 or to the Canora Gateway Lodge Auxiliary as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Mary Dziaduck (nee Biblow)

Canora Courier, May 26, 2010 page 18
Mrs. Mary Dziaduck, aged 94, formerly of Buchanan district and Yorkton, died peacefully in Pioneer Village, Regina, surrounded by her family and the compassionate staff on 2 West.  Mary had spent the final years of her life in the Alzheimer's Wing at Pioneer Village and was shown the kindness and care she had given to others in her younger years.  Mary was predeceased by her husband mike in February 2003, by her parents John and Magdalena Biblow and by her 2 sisters and 7 brothers. She is survived by her daughters Iris of Ladysmith BC (daughters Chantelle and Amber), Stella of Surrey BC (husband Eugene Slowski, daughter Tiffany and granddaughter Tess) and Frances of Craven SK (husband Allan Hackman, son Justin and daughter Taylor). Frances and Allan made a commitment to remain in Saskatchewan near Mary and to care for her until her last moments.  Mary was born on March 3rd, 1916, the youngest daughter among 9 siblings. She attended elementary school in the Dobronowetz district and then helped on the family farm. During the war she left for Fort Frances ON to help in her brother Billís store. Upon her return she met and married Mike. They worked to build a successful mixed farm in the Buchanan district. Never one to shirk hard work, Mary worked alongside her husband, who always considered her the light of his life. In addition to farm chores, she was a self-taught seamstress, an avid gardener and excellent cook. An important component of her contribution was her ability to manage finances in a way that ensured a comfortable lifestyle and an enjoyable retirement. She is remembered by her family for her generosity, determination, boundless energy and common sense.  Prayers were held on Sunday, May 16th at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Very Rev. Peter Pidskalny, C.Ss.R. officiating. Reflections of Maryís life and tributes were conveyed by Allan Hackman and Iris Dzioduck. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Monday, May 17th at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Yorkton with Very rev. Peter Pidskalny, C.Ss.R. as the Celebrant. The responses led by Ed Pindus, Colette Karapita & parish choir members. The cross bearers were Tiffany & Ted Dziaduck. The epistle read was Iris Dzioduck. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Iris Dzioduck, Stella Slowski, Frances Dzioduck, Allan Hackman, Justin Hackman and Eugene Slowski serving as the casket bearers.  Memorials in memory of Mary may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan, 301-2550 12th Avenue, Regina S4P 3X1 (www.alzheimer.sk.ca) Condolences to the family may be emailed to baileysfuneralhome@sasktel.net


"No Tears For Momma"
I wonít cry for you Momma Ďcause you didnít say "good-bye",
You are right here beside me and youíll teach me how to fly...
Weíll dance among the stars just you and I...
And Iíll love you forever and Iíll see you by-andóby.
I wonít cry for you Momma Ďcause you didnít say "goodóbye",
I wonít cry for you Momma Ďcause Iíve no tears left to cry.
-- Love Fran (c/w2010)


Tina Lapshinoff

Canora Courier, June 02, 2010 Page 9

In Loving Memory Tina Lapshinoff  June 19, 1918 - June 2, 2009

She always leaned to watch for us,

Anxious if we were late;

In winter by the window,

In summer by the gate.

And though we mocked her tenderly,

Who had such foolish care;

The long way home would seem more safe,

Because she waited there.

Her thoughts were all so full of us,

She never could forget;

And so I think that where she is,

She must be watching yet.

Waiting 'til we come home to her,

Anxious if we are late;

Watching from Heaven's window,

Leaning from Heaven's gate.

You are thought of lovingly and often and missed dearly Mom, Grandma and Great grandma.


Albina Hrycenko

Canora Courier, June 02, 2010 Page 16

In loving memory of my sister Albina Hrycenko.

From our happy home and circle,

God has taken one we love;

Born away from sin and sorrow,

To a better home above.

- Sister Lillian and family.


Edmund Genoway

Canora Courier, June 02, 2010 Page 16

In loving memory of Edmund Genoway, June 5, 2008.

Sadly missed along life's way,

Quietly remembered everyday;

No longer in our lives to share,

But in our hearts you're always there.

- Forever loved and remembered by Elsie and family.


Ben Anton Pasloski

Canora Courier, June 02, 2010 Page 18

Ben Anton Pasloski, March 22, 1924 - May 25, 2010. Ben passed away at Luther Special Care Home at the age of 86.   He is loved and remembered by his daughter, Bernadette Pasloski of Saskatoon; sons, Jerome (Lorna) of Regina and Greg (Sandy) Pasloski of Saskatoon; his children's mother, Nellie Pasloski of Saskatoon; grandchildren, Leslie, Robert (Sherry), Chad and Ryan; great-grandchildren, Taylor Jenessa and Kaila; brothers and sisters, Tony (Adeline) Pasloski, Cecilia Matsalla and Sr. Marcelline Pasloski, OSB; sisters-in-law, Helen, Sophie, and June Pasloski; brother-in-law, Al Ramsden. Ben was predeceased by his parents Peter and Magdalene; brothers, John (Ann) (Jean), Joseph (Antonia), Vincent, Henry, Steve; sisters, Jean (Lawrence) Shannon, Mary Ann Ramsden, Emily (Klaus) Schwarz; and infants Helena, Ann, Mary and Paul.  The Vigil for Ben was held on Friday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. and the mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, May 29, at 1:00 p.m.; both services from St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church (1902 Munroe Avenue). Rite of Committal will take place at St. Anthony's Parish Cemetery in Rama, SK at a later date.   In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Saskatoon Cancer Centre (20 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 4H4). Arrangements in care of John Schachtel - Mourning Glory Funeral Services (978-5200).


Iryna Lazurko (nee Danylak)

Canora Courier, June 02, 2010Page 18

Iryna Lazurko passed away peacefully on May 21st, 2010 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre at the age of 88 years.   Iryna Danylak-Lazurko was born August 29, 1921 in Sudova Vyshnia, Halchyna in Ukraine where she spent her childhood amid the love and warmth of her family and her only younger sister - Olena. In 1939, she completed high school at the Ukrainian Institute for Girls in Peremyshyl. Her religious and nationalistic values were nurtured in these carefree surroundings and membership in the Ukrainian Youth Association - Plast. Unfortunately, the second World War destroyed her hopes and dreams, interrupted her education and broke apart the family. The whole family fled to Germany with the second advance of the Bolshevik Red Army where she and her sister worked in a shoe factory till the end of the war. Leaving Ukraine was the most traumatic event in her life that led her to commit herself to preserve and promote the Ukrainian spirit where she lived. In 1946, she married a handsome tax collector from the neighbouring town of Mostyska, Klym Lazurko and immigrated to Canada in 1948 with their one-year old son Yurij in tow. They lived on a farm near Invermay before moving to their permanent home town of Canora.  She was an active member of the Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic parish. She taught Ridna Shkola for 40 years, presented many, many amazing concerts and exhibits and was a member of the Ukrainian Catholic Women's League. Her energy, enthusiasm, optimism and love for Ukrainian culture and tradition helped her to overcome the many challenges and achieve success in her community work for the glory of God and Ukraine. In recent years, she became an active member of the Canora branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and helped to establish and maintain the Ukrainian Heritage Museum as a symbol of remembrance and gratitude to the Ukrainian pioneers whom she highly valued. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren very much and worked tirelessly to instill the value of the Ukrainian language and heritage in them. Finally, she thanked God for the grace to spend her elderly years with her husband in their home and faithfully cared for him to her last days. This was one of the greatest blessings in her life. Her faith, prayer and love guided every day of her life and created a bond with her beloved homeland - Ukraine.   Iryna is lovingly remember by her husband Klym of Canora, her sons: Fr. Yurij (Dorothy) of Moose Jaw, SK, Markian (Halyna) of Edmonton, AB and Andrij (Carla) of Regina, SK, her daughter Oksana (James) McIntyre of Red Deer, AB, her sister Halyna Popowych of Saskatoon SK, her twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents: Petro and Maria (nee Hryhorowych) Danylak.  The Prayer service was held from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora. The Funeral Liturgy was celebrated from Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Canora with Rev. Fr. Yurij Lazurko, Celebrant. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Sisters Servants Orphanage in the Ukraine or the Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation (#263 Bering Avenue, TORONTO, ON M8Z 3A5). Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Nellie Werbowesky

Canora Courier, June 09, 2010 Page 15

WERBOWESKY:  In loving memory of a dear mother and baba, Nellie, who passed away June 13, 2003.

Just a prayer from us who love you,

A precious memory kind and true;

ln 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.


Mary Tomchyshen (nee Gulutzan)

Canora Courier, June 09, 2010 Page 17
Mary Tomchyshen of Canora passed away on Monday, May 31st 2010 at the age of 101 years.  Mary was born on July 20th, 1908, in the Buchanan District to Dmetro and Agafie (Witzko) Gulutzan.  Mary came from a large family of 13, two of which died in infancy. The family lived in the Mamornitz district southwest of Buchanan. Mary married William Tomchyshen on October 31, 1929. They had twin boys, Peter and Paul in 1930. Mary helped with chores and worked in the field stooking. At one time they milked as many as 16 cows. In 1949 they purchased land north of Quill Lake and moved there in 1952. Bi1lís health deteriorated, so they moved to Regina and then to Canora where Mary took care of Bill and her parents for many years. Mary loved to cook and often took charge in the kitchen at many weddings. Several times a year it was most common for family and friends to gather at her house for a feast and socializing. Anytime anyone would visit her house she insisted on them signing her guest book and most would leave a small note beside their name and date of visit. She was very neat and her house was always in order. When Maryís health failed at the age of 99, she moved from her own home into long-term care at the Canora Hospital.  Mary was predeceased by her parents, her husband Bill in 1980, her son Peter in 1994, daughter-in-law Joan in 2008, great- grandchildren Rachael and Rob Durack in 1993, sisters Dora Matichuk, Rosie Hlynsky, Victoria Sopiwnyk, brothers Bill, George, Alex, Metro, Pete, brothers-in-law Pete Matichuk, Bill Hlynsky, John Sopiwnyk, John Olynick and sister-in-law Mary Gulutzan. She is survived by son Paul (Sophie) of Quill Lake, grandchildren Dave (Colette) of Saskatoon, Gary of Quill Lake, Judy (Alan) Kanak of Quill Lake and great-grandchildren Lindsay (Renelle) of Vancouver, and Roxanne and Layne Kanak of Quill Lake, sister Anne Olynick of Buchanan, brother Dan (Olga) of Canora, sisters-in-law Mary Gulutzan of Watson, Mary Gulutzan of Canora, Lena Gulutzan of Edmonton, and many nieces and nephews.  Mary was a very kind-hearted lady who was loved by many. She will be deeply missed and always remembered. The family wishes to sincerely thank everyone who helped Mary in the last many years when we were miles away, especially to Maryís sister-in-law Mary Gulutzan for the superb help, care and friendship she provided. Also many thanks to her wonderful neighbours, the Leson family. Prayer Service was held on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 and Funeral Service was on Thursday, June 3rd, 2010, both from the Chapel of Lesonís Funeral Home, Canora with Rt. Rev. Mitred Archpriest Mikolaj Derewianka officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to a Charity of Choice, in memory of Mary. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONS FUNERAL HOME, Canora.(563-5671).


Lucille (Betty) Winona Cowley (nee Acton)

Canora Courier, June 09, 2010 Page 17
Lucille (Betty) Winona Cowley (Acton) passed away peacefully in her sleep at Prairie Springs Care Home in Saskatoon, Sask., on Thursday, June 3, 2010. Lucille was born to Fred and Mildred Acton in Sutherland on July 14, 1926. They moved to City Park, where she attended Wilson School and City Park Collegiate. After graduation from the Technical Institute, she applied her skills in a variety of jobs in Saskatoon before she married Ron Cowley on May 9, 1953. They started their life together in Blaine Lake, Sask., and then moved to Lloydminster, Riverhurst, Rockglen, Canora and Saskatoon, where they retired. Betty was a homemaker, raising five children who loved to come home after school to the smell of fresh bread, buns, cookies and cakes. She loved spending time in her flower garden. Many hours were spent as a family activity in the huge garden planted each year. She was always at home for her children so that Ron was available to play an active role as a volunteer in the community. Betty was involved in Eastern Star and CIBC FunSeekers, and assisted Ron with his volunteer work in many organizations. She enjoyed dressing up as a clown with Ron for the Kiwanis Apple Day and helped transport oranges, grapefruit and apples. She became involved with hospital visiting of heart-patient spouses after Ronís heart attack and exercised with him at Saskatoon Fieldhouse in the CARG program. In 2007, Betty moved from their house to Parkville Manor. In September 2009, due to failing health, she moved to the Prairie Springs Care Home. Betty will be sadly missed by her children and grandchildren: Arlene (Les) Jaster of Ponoka, AB, and their children Kathy Jaster-Haacke (Geoff) of Cold Lake, AB, Karen Jaster-Laforge (Blair) of Regina, and Chris of Swift Current, SK; Norm (Vanessa) of Edmonton and their children Blair and Lauren; Glenda (Dale) Lazurko and their girls Dina, Tara and Nora of Willowbrook, SK; Kevin of Saskatoon and his girls Kristy Knudtson of Humboldt, SK, and Amanda of Sylvan Lake, AB; and Keith (Cheryl) and their children Kayla and Justin of Oshawa, ON. Betty had four great-grandchildren that she loved to visit with: Skyler and McKenzie Knudtson, David Haacke, and Amelie Laforge. She was looking forward to meeting two new additions expected this fall. She also leaves behind her brother, Dale Acton of Saskatoon; sisters-in-law Marg Acton, and Doris Crone, both of Saskatoon, and June (Gene) Grimes of Gull Lake, SK; plus many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by Ron, her husband of 48 years, in 2002; parents Fred and Mildred; brothers Norm and Gord; sister-in-law Marie Acton; and brother-in-law Ray Crone. Young and old, Mom had an intense interest in trains as a result of growing up the daughter of a CP engineer. She cherished her train trips to the west coast with her brother Dale, and to Ontario to see her brother Gord. Special thanks to the Prairie Spring Care Home for making Betty as comfortable as possible over the past several months - and especially to Jomar, whom she really took a liking to because of his extra care and tenderness! Also thanks to the doctors and staff on 5th floor at St. Paulís Hospital. They worked so hard to help Betty in November 2009, and gave her children several extra months to spend with her. Thanks to the Silver Spring School, and their program that brought the children over to visit everyone in the care home - and to Haley, who always made Bettyís day with her artwork and gifts, smiles and friendship. Betty will be dearly missed by her regular sidekick and good friend, Sheila Holtby, and dear friends Jack & Marg Young, as well. Donations in Bettyís memory can be made to the Coronary Artery Rehabilitation Group (CARG), Saskatoon Field House, 2020 College Drive, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 2W4. The Memorial Service was held on Monday, June 7, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. from St. Johní s Anglican Cathedral, (816 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, SK), officiated by Rev. Colin Clay. Inurnment was in the St. Johnís Cathedral Columbarium. To send online condolences to the family, visit www.parkfuneral.ca. Arrangements entrusted to Derryl Hildebrandt of PARK FUNERAL CHAPEL, 306.244.2103.


Sophia Tataryn

Canora Courier, June 16, 2010, Page 15

In loving memory of beloved mother and grandmother, Sophia Tataryn, December 3, 1906 - June 17, 2009.

A heart of gold stopped beating,

Hard working hands are at rest;

God broke our hearts to prove to us,

He only takes the best.

You left us beautiful memories,

Your love is still our guide;

And though we cannot see you,

You are always at our side.

- Lovingly remembered and missed by sons, John and Nick; daughters, Mary, Olga and Leona, and grandchildren.


Vincent Pasloski

Canora Courier, June 16, 2010, Page 15

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

I lost my life's companion,

A life linked with my own;

And day by day I miss you more,

As I walk through life alone.

But looking back with memories,

Upon the path we trod;

I bless the years that I shared with you,

And leave the rest to God.

- Lovingly remembered by wife Sophie.


James Dorosh, Eugene Dorosh

Canora Courier, June 16, 2010, Page 15

DOROSH: In loving memory of our brothers who passed away, James on June 7, 2006; Eugene on June 23, 2007.

Gone are the days we used to share,

But in our hearts you are always here;

The gates of memory will never close,

We miss you more than anyone knows.

The jokes, the stories, your silly grin,

All these we remember and hold within;

We who love you will never forget.

We miss you brothers.

- Forever missed and loved by sisters, Margie, Bernice, Bev, and families.


Lorne Walter Yachyshen

Canora Courier, June 16, 2010, Page 17

Lorne Walter Yachyshen, July 30, 1959 - June 10, 2010. It is with deep sadness that we announce the unexpected death of Lorne Yachyshen on Thursday, June 10, 2010 at Royal University Hospital.   Lorne leaves to mourn his wife, Leslie (nee Burton); his son, Layne; his step-sons, Brandon Bzowy and Brett Bzowy; his mother Mary Yachyshen; his sisters, Eugenia Kowalchuk, Elizabeth Okrainetz, Elaine (Louis) Swiderski, Janice May and Theresa (Don) Serhan; his brothers-in-law, Dan Yasinski, Fred Burton and Andrew (Jennifer) Burton; his many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts and friends. He was predeceased by his father, Walter Yachyshen; his sister, Elsie Yasinski; his brothers-in-law, Mike Kowalchuk, Tom Okrainetz, Ron May and Harold Davidson; his and mother-in-law, Fred and Marj Burton; his sister-in-law, Linda Davidson.   After graduating high school Lorne worked in Snow Lake, Preeceville and settled in Saskatoon where he was employed at ASL Paving Ltd. as a Heavy Duty Mechanic until the time of his death. Family meant a great deal to Lorne and he cherished the time he spent with his son Layne. He was very involved in Layne's sport activities of basketball, baseball and most recently had purchased gold clubs for both he and Layne to learn the sport together.  The Prayer Service was held on Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at Park Funeral Chapel (311 Third Avenue North). The Funeral Liturgy was celebrated by Rev. Fr. John Sianchuk, C.Ss.R. on Monday, June 14, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. from Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church (10th Street and Munroe Avenue, Saskatoon). Following the Funeral Liturgy, the interment will take place at Rama Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery. If family and friends so wish donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan would be graciously accepted. Sincere thanks to the doctors and nurses at Royal University Hospital. To send online condolences to the family visit www.parkfuneral.ca. Arrangements entrusted to Greg Lalach of PARK FUNERAL CHAPEL, 306.244.2103.


Edward Boychuk

Canora Courier, June 16, 2010, Page 17

Edward Boychuk, beloved husband of Kathleen of Canora, passed away with his family by his side at the Canora Hospital on June 4th, 2010 at the age of 75 years.   Ed was born on October 6th, 1934 on the family farm south of Buchanan to John and Antonia (nee Wilgosh) Boychuk. Ed attended the Devil's Lake School, successfully completing grades one through ten. Ed worked for local farmers in the area following his schooling. In 1955, a large flood in the Kipling area created employment for Ed. He joined a rail line crew along with Ernie Boychuk and Casper Secundiak. The crew worked in the rock cars. Due to an injury on the job, Ed quit and the next day, Ed went to Canora Co-op Creamery and successfully gained employment. He worked in many different departments, starting in the cream department, home and agro, refrigeration, completing a refrigeration course in Minneapolis in 1977, and eventually truck driving. In July of 1957, Ed met his lifelong partner of 52 years Kathleen Petruniak. They were married on November 21st, 1957 and were blessed with five children. Ed enjoyed hunting and fishing and the great outdoors. Ed held a lease on the Whitesand River trapline and sold the fur pelts to the Hudson Bay Company. He also loved music, dancing playing cards and socializing with family and friends. Ed was very talented in small engine repair and in his retirement in 1977, he kept himself busy tinkering in his garage and on the farm. His greatest pastimes were attending many auctions along with his friends and meticulously studying the 'Bargain Hunter' or 'Auto Trader'. Ed will be dearly loved and sincerely missed by all.   He was predeceased by his parents John and Antonia, his brothers: Albert and Steve, his sister Sophie and his son-in-law Jimmy Stefanowich. Ed is lovingly remembered by his wife Kathleen, his three daughters: Elizabeth Stefanowich of Sturgis, Barbara Boychuk of Calgary, AB and Linda (Tim) Fincaryk of Grandora, SK, his two sons: John (Tracy Puetz) of Muenster, SK and Robert (Lori Henderson) of Buchanan, SK, his two brothers: Rudy (Marianne) of Norquay and Lorne (Irene) Boychuk of Canora, his two sisters: Albina (Carl) Pacholko of Yorkton SK and Elsie (Bob) Vewchar of Sundre, AB, his ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.   The Memorial Service was held on Monday, June 7th, 2010 from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home with Rev. Fr. J. Rac officiating. Interment of cremated remains followed in the Vasloutz Cemetery, south of Buchanan. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora Hospital Palliative Care Unit as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Tony Demchuk

Canora Courier, June 23, 2010 Page 18
In loving memory of Tony Demchuk who passed away June 27, 2009.

A cluster of beautiful memories,

Sprayed with a million tears;

Wishing God had only spared you,

But for a few more years.

Thank you for the years you gave us,

And for the happy times weíve shared;.

We pray that when you left us,

You knew how much we cared.

Our family chain is now broken.

And nothing seems the same;

But God calls us one by one,

Our chain will link again.

- Sadly missed, love your family.


Nellie Werbowesky

Canora Courier, June 23, 2010 Page 18
WERBOWESKY:  In loving memory of a dear Mother 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.


Leonard (Ludwig) Julian Makowsky

Canora Courier, June 23, 2010 Page 20
It is with great sadness that the family of Leonard (Ludwig) Julian Makowsky announces his falling asleep in the Lord on Monday, June 14th, 2010 at the age of 88 years.  Leonard was born on September 5th, 1921 to Josephat and Pauline (Gorchynski) Makowsky in the Mazeppa district. He grew up on the family farm, received his education at the Bugucz School in the Donwell district. Leonard believed education was important to live a full life and was something that could be taken with you anywhere life leads you. He fondly spoke of when he began farming with his father during the difficult years of the depression era with horses and small machinery. He loved his horses, cattle and respected nature and told stories of the hard physical labour in the fields tilling the land, seeding crops and threshing in the fall. He recounted and shared many stories of his first purchase of a 1949 Oliver tractor, his first binder and stooking sheaves all day in the fields. Leonard married Doris Krunek of the Drobot district near Springside on June 23rd, 1951. They settled on the farm in the Donwell district and raised a family of four boys.  His love of his family and fanning continued while he volunteered in many community organizations. He maintained a strong belief in his religion and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canada. A great deal of time was devoted visiting other parishes or serving on the district Orthodox Church executive at Kamsack, the Yorkton Missionary Council and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church committees. One of his special projects was Trident Camp Orthodox Youth camp at Crystal Lake, where he was on the executive for more than thirty-five years. Leonard was involved in a variety of community boards and activities including sitting as a school trustee, various community boards and advisory committees. His passion was for having young children and people in the community succeed and grow. He supported the 4-H movement at the local and provincial levels. While his sons were obtaining post secondary education, he served on the board of directors for Mohyla Institute at Saskatoon. In his later years, he participated in the Order of St. Andrewís. Leonardís kind hearted and humble nature served as a role model for his family and others. Leonard enjoyed the company of his grandchildren. He celebrated their personal achievements as individuals and family. No matter how gloomy or difficult the day was, he always wished everyone a 'Good night, sweet dreams, I love you' to all his family.  Leonard was predeceased by his parents, his brother Paul, his brother Peter in infancy, his sister Rose in infancy, his sister Minnie Sklaruk and brothers-in-law George Sklaruk, Marty March and Kyle Johnson and his daughter-in-law Shirley Makowsky. He is survived by his wife Doris, four sons, Michael of Regina, Very Rev. Father Taras (Joanne) of Saskatoon, Andrian (April) of Canora and Merlin of Canora, his sisters Janet March of Kelowna, BC, and Zorine Johnson of Victoria, BC, his sister-in-law Jeanne Makowsky of Edmonton and eight grandchildren. Leonard will be sadly missed by family and friends and all that came to know and respect him.  The Prayer Service was held at the Chapel of Lesonís Funeral Home, Canora, SK on Sunday, June 20th, 2010 and the Funeral Service was held at the Descent of the Holy Spirit Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Mazeppa, SK on June 21st, 2010, with Rev. Fr. Patrick Powalinsky and Very Rev. Fr. Taras Makowsky, Co-celebrants. Interment followed at the Sliding Hills Christian Cemetery, Mazeppa. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONS FUNERAL HOME, Canora.(563-5671).


Peter Unick

Canora Courier, June 23, 2010 Page 20
Peter Unick entered into eternal rest on Tuesday June 8, 2010 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre at the age of 67 years, with his family at his side.  Peter was born on December 29, 1942 to Nick and Dora (Rusnak) Unick. Peter grew up on the family farm near Insinger, where he learned the value of hard work at an early age. he attended Mamornitz School. In 1959 he left school and helped on the family farm. In 1960 he went to work on the CNR for a few years and then he took a job in Regina with Inter-City Concrete and Wappello Construction. On May 15, 1965 he married Merle Prychak of Rama, SK. He worked in Regina until September 1965 when he moved to Sheho SK and purchased the local restaurant. On October 15, 1976 they sold their restaurant and took over managing the Tri-R Restaurant in Foam Lake SK for a year. In 1979 he purchased the grocery store which he operated until October 31, 2008. During his stay in Sheho, he was elected to Town Council and later as a Mayor. He was President of the Ukrainian National Home and Vice President, as well as President of Sheho Holy Trinity Orthodox Church. Peter also served many years on the hospital and Nursing Home boards in Foam Lake, SK. Peter had a kind, compassionate heart and a helping hand for everyone.  Peter was predeceased by his parents, Nick and Dora, and his brother Cecil. He leaves to mourn his passing, and celebrate and cherish his memory, his loving wife of 45 years, Merle of Sheho, their daughters, Michelle Unick of Edmonton and Monica (Joe) Moser of Weyburn, SK, his wonderful grandchildren Tamara (Steve) Seghers of Weyburn, Travis Kolodziejski of Regina, Hanna and Cody Moser of Weyburn, and his great-granddaughter, his little angel Samara Seghers, his sister Olga (Mike) Boychuk , brothers Nick (Sonia), Harry (Linda), Lloyd (Pauline), David, Jerry, Larry (Shirley), Emie (Joyce), brothers-in-law Jack (Verna), Mervin (Sharon) and Charles Prychak, his precious nieces and nephews and wonderful friends.  Prayer Service was held Thursday, June 10th, 2010, and the Funeral Service was held on Friday, June 11th, 2010, both from the Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Yorkton with Fr. Mel. Slashinsky as celebrant. Interment followed at the Mamornitz Cemetery southwest of Buchanan. Peter requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Mamornitz Church, in care of Adeline Dutchak, Canora, SK S0A 0L0, or to a Charity of Donorís Choice. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONíS FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Bernice Wionzek (nee Loshka)

Canora Courier, June 23, 2010 Page 20
Bernice Wionzek, April 8th, 1935 - June 10th, 2010. Bernice Wionzek, age 75 years, passed away on Thursday, June 10th, 2010.  She is survived by her husband Ruby; sons Clarence (Gloria) Wionzek of Saskatoon, Laurie (Roseanne) Wionzek of Saskatoon; grandchildren Alexis (Russ) Bartsch, Michael, Katrina, Ashley, Andrew; brothers Joe (Mary) Loshka of Yorkton, SK, Larry Loshka of Buchanan, SK; sisters Francis Charuk of Canora, SK, Rosie Tratch of Preeceville, SK, Jeannette Wionzek of Buchanan. Bernice was predeceased by her parents Mike and Polly; sister Mary Hrynchyshyn; brother Frank in infancy.  A Memorial Service was held Monday, June 14th, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Funeral Home (east on 8th Street, first right past Briargate Road). Family and friends may send condolences from the website www.hillcrestmemorial.ca Arrangements entrusted to Christie Doyle. HILLCREST FUNERAL HOME, 477-4400.


Berlinski

Canora Courier, June 30, 2010 Page 16
BERLINSKI:  Mom so many images come to mind,

Whenever we speak your name,

Things have never been the same.

Mom if we could turn back time,

And once more hear your voice,

Please always know we love you.

Years may come and go,

But memories will never be erased.

Today Jesus if you are listening,

In your home above;

Would you go and find our mom,

And give her all our love.

- Gregory, Lynette, Briana, Devon.


Stanley Yufrym

Canora Courier, June 30, 2010 Page 18
Stanley Yufrym, beloved husband of Rose Yufrym of Danbury passed away at the Regina General Hospital on June 21st, 2010 at the age of 79 years.  Stanley was born on May 31st, 1931 on the family farm in the Danbury district to George and Rose (Rapchuk) Yufrym. As a young man, Stanley attended the South Porcupine School while helping on the family farm, which he eventually took over. he enjoyed raising cattle and animals and loved his pets. He also worked at sawmills and logging in the area. He was always there to lend a helping hand to family and neighbours. Stanley thoroughly looked forward to family gatherings especially during holiday seasons and also liked to have visitors drop in. He enjoyed hunting at his hunting cabin with his buddies, trapping and fishing at Armit Lake. Stanley was often seen riding his quad and chewing his favourite snuff, Copenhagen. Stanley was known to be quite the storyteller and for the use of euphemisms (expressions substituted by Websterís dictionary) which could be called YUFRYMISMS! He deeply loved his family, especially his grandchildren and will be dearly missed.  He was predeceased by his parents, George and Rose, sister Annie Radwanski and his brother Bill. Stanley is lovingly remembered by his wife, Rose, his son Lonnie (Eileen) of Danbury, his grandchildren Les Yufrym of Regina and Lisa (Brad) Wasyluk of Saskatoon, his two sisters Mary Lozinski of Danbury and Pauline Bymak of Stenen.  The Prayer Service was held on Friday, June 25th, 2010 and the Funeral Service was held on Saturday, June 26th, 2010 both from the Chapel of Lesonís Funeral Home, Canora. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONíS FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Mary Prychak (nee Potorieko)

Canora Courier, June 30, 2010 Page 18
Mary Prychak of the Rama district, beloved wife of Peter Prychak, passed away peacefully at the Canora Hospital on June 19th, 2010 at the age of 75 years.  Mary was born on August 7th, 1934, on her parent's farm north of Invermay to Dymetro and Katie (Dohanek) Potorieko. She was raised on the farm and attended school at Heatherbank and Sturgis. She met Peter Prychak in 1956 and was married on July 12th, 1957. Together they lived on the family farm south of Rama where they raised their three children, Larry, Clarence and Darlene. Mary had many talents. One of her favourite pastimes was being a seamstress. She taught sewing within 4-H and did numerous sewing projects for family, friends and the community. One of her favourite jobs was to make dresses for her grandchildrenís Barbies and Build-a-Bears. Some of the other activities that Mary liked to do were gardening, cooking, painting, and flooring. One of her most memorable skills was teaching her children and grandchildren how to drive. Mary was also known for her great sense of humour. She especially loved her grandchildren and her great-grandchild and enjoyed spending time with them and making them laugh. Mary was a very hardworking woman and a very compassionate woman who had a strong religious faith. She always thought of her family first and was never selfish. Mary will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her family.  She was predeceased by her parents, Dymetro and Katie and her brother Walter. Mary is survived by her husband Peter, her children, Larry (Tracy), Clarence, Darlene (Darrell), her grandchildren, Sandra (Jon), Christen (Matt), Russell, Leslie (Christian), Tyler (Chelsea), Jordan (Stephanie), Jill and her great- grandchild, Alex, her brothers Mike and John (Irene) and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.  The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the staff at the University Hospital Surgery 5000 and the Canora Hospital for their tremendous support during Mary's hospital stay. As well, a special thank you is extended to Dr. McFadden and Dr. Roelens.  The Prayer Service was held on Monday, June 21st, 2010 and the Funeral Liturgy was held on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 both from Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Rama with Rev. Fr. J. Rac, Celebrant. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canadian Cancer Society as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONíS FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Hartley Michael Tytula

Canora Courier, July 07, 2010 Page 12
Hartley Michael Tytula, March 6, 1953 - July 3, 2006.

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

As we loved you so we miss you,

In our memory you are near;

Loved, remembered, longed for always,

Bringing many a silent tear.

We love you and miss you forever.

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


Garry Killniak

Canora Courier, July 07, 2010 Page 14
Garry Killniak, beloved husband of Margaret Killniak of Norquay passed away with his family at his side at the Canora Hospital on June 21st, 2010 at the age of 61 years.  Garry was born on December 3rd, 1948 in Norquay to Steve and Nellie (Stallard) Killniak. He grew up on the family farm north of Norquay and attended the Norquay schools. After completing his schooling, Garry continued helping his dad on the farm. During the winder months, he would work in the mines in Snow Lake and Thompson, MB. Later on, Garry purchased a gravel truck and began his trucking career for the next eight to nine years. On March 29th, 1975, Garry married Margaret Bowes who was originally from Kamsack. They were blessed with two sons, Chad and Corey. In 1979, Garry took over the operations of the family farm. Along with Margaret, Chad and Corey, Garry continued a mixed farming operation which included both grain fanning and cattle. In 2004, Garry began having health issues and in 2005 was diagnosed as having cancer. He continued to work on the farm along with the help of his family and many friends until his passing. He will be deeply and sadly missed by all who knew him.  Garry was predeceased by his parents, Steve and Nellie and his step-mother Mary. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Margaret, his two sons Chad (Chrissy) of Norquay and Corey of Preeceville, his brother David (Lynn) Kielniak of Winnipeg, MB and many relatives and friends.  The Prayer Service was held on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 and the Funeral Service was held on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 both from the Chapel of Lesonís Funeral Home, Canora. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Norquay Health Centre as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONíS FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-56711).


Tony Orschy

Canora Courier, July 07, 2010 Page 15
In Loving Memory of Tony Orschy - July 4, 2009

The Lord saw you getting tired,

And a cure was not to be;

So He put his arms around you,

And whispered, "Come with me".

With tearful eyes, we watched you suffer,

And saw you fade away;

Although we loved you dearly,

We could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,

A beautiful smile at rest;

God broke our hearts to prove,

He only takes the best.

Each time we see your picture,

You seem to smile and say;

"Don't cry, I'm in God's keeping,

We'll meet again someday".

- Forever loved and sadly missed by his loving wife, Helen, Children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter Parkie Reece.

ETERNAL MEMORY


Steve Dmytrash, Betty Dmytrash

Canora Courier, July 07, 2010 Page 15

In Loving Memory

Steve Dmytrash 1922-2006 Betty Dmytrash 1918-2006

We did not see you close your eyes,

Or hear your final sigh;

We only heard that you were gone,

Too late to say goodbye.

Our hearts still ache with sadness,

And silent tears still flow;

What it meant to lose you,

No one will ever know.

They say time heals everything,

But we know that isn't so;

Because it hurts as much today,

As it did four years ago.

Sadly missed by Brian, Marlene and family and Graham, Sylvia and family.


John C. Duchnitski, Rayme Duchnitski

Canora Courier, July 14, 2010 Page 16
DUCHNITSKI:  John C. and Rayme, parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.

So much has changed,

Since youíve been gone;

Through ups and downs,

Our lives roll on.

But as time rolls by,

One thing remains true;

Weíll always have,

Fond memories of you.

- Daughters Elaine and Virginia, son Eddie and families.


Arnold Roy Alksne

Canora Courier, July 14, 2010 page 18
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Arnold Roy Alksne, on June 15, 2010 at the age of 90 years.  Born June 8, 1920 at Lake Isle Alberta to Fred and Emily Alksne, Arnold took his schooling in Pelly, graduated grade 12, took one year of University and then joined the Army. He moved from Pelly to a farm at Hyas. Anrold enjoyed hunting, fishing, curling and baseball. He has been involved in the Century Snow Plow Club, worked in Clayton Municipal Office and was an Alderman in Hyas.  He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Lillie (Fiala) Petruk whom he married in 1964, his sister Clara and brother Ernie. He leaves to cherish his memory his partner Iris and her family, nephew Douglas Hathaway, and Lillieís family.  A Memorial Lunch was held at the Family Center of Lesonís Funeral Home on Saturday, July 3rd, 2010. Interment followed at the Fiala Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Norquay Health Center in his memory. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONS FUNERAL HOME, Canora, (563-5671).


Don Yagelnesky

Canora Courier, July 21, 2010
In loving memory of Don Yagelnesky.

He suffered patiently and long,

His hope was bright, his faith was strong;

The peace of Jesus filled his breast, And in His arms he sank to rest.

- Lovingly remembered, Louise, Darcy (Tamara) and Tamara (Paul) and granddaughter Kallee.


Fred Petroff

Canora Courier, August 11, 2010 Page 13

Fred Petroff passed away on Friday, July 23, 2010 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, at the age of 84 years.  He was born July 27, 1925 in the Buchanan district to Stanley and Fannie (Vanjoff) Petroff. As a young man he attended Tiny School and Canora High School. He attended the University of Saskatchewan at Saskatoon and graduation in 1949 with a BSc. in Agriculture. On March 24, 1953, Fred and Zenia Hrushowy were married. They lived and farmed in the Tiny district. His work towards the water management program in the district was a significant accomplishment for him. He was involved in the church and also in categorizing the ancestral cemeteries of the region. Fred travelled to Russia on 3 occasions for pleasure and work.  He was predeceased by his parents Stanley and Fannie Petroff. Fred is lovingly remembered by his wife Zenia, son Tim of Canora, daughter Susan Petroff (Daniel Danchilla) of Regina, his sister Sophie (Jim) Cooley of Ottawa, brother Jack (Gayle) of Winnipeg, and aunt Polly Strelieff of Yorkton, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  A Visitation was held on Wednesday, July 28th and Funeral Services were held on Thursday, July 29th at the Chapel of Lesonís Funeral Home, with Velda Dahlin officiating. Interment followed at the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the St. Andrews United Church, Canora, in memory of Fred. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONS FUNERAL HOME, Canora(363-5671).


Anne Rose Jarduk (nee Derkatch)

Canora Courier, August 11, 2010 Page 14
Anne Rose Jarduk of Canora passed away on Saturday, July 17th, 2010 at the Yorkton Regional Hospital at the age of 88 years.  Anne was born on the family farm on August 9, 1921 in the Mikado district to Sam and Ludvika (nee Lozinski) Derkatch. She completed the eight grade at the Mikado School, a mile and a half walk from the farm. Furthering her high school education meant either moving to Canora or making the daily seven mile trip by train. During the 1930ís there were insufficient funds for either alterative, so Anne began working as a cook for threshing crews in the neighbourhood. This seasonal employment enabled her to take on other jobs such as custom painting and wallpapering. Earning her own income enabled her to travel to Winnipeg by train frequently to visit cousins. The city life did not appeal to her and she was happy to return to the rural pace of life at the family farm.  Anne met Paul Jarduk at a church picnic at the Polish National Church at Mikado. They were married there on July 6, 1952. Paul and Anne made their home in a log house that had existed on the farm north of Hyas which Paul had purchased prior to their marriage. Anne supplemented their income by milking cows and selling cream. The farming operation included keeping turkeys, hogs and livestock for sale in addition to the growing grain income. Having a hired man from spring to fall meant three good meals to prepare daily. Paul and Anne welcomed Ernie Tymoschuk into their home when he lost his father in an accident during the late l950ís. Ernie always looked to them as his parents. Early in the l960ís Paul and Anne were able to begin construction on a new home with all the conveniences. Anne did all the painting, inside and outside, as well as finishing all the woodwork and kitchen cupboards. Never afraid of heights, Anne even painted the exterior of the barn herself. In 1977 Paul and Anne retired to Canora. Anne was thrilled to be closer to her mother and brother. After Paul passed away in 1986 Anne continued to be an active member of St. George's Anglican Church. She was also an active member of the Canora Gateway Lodge Auxiliary, serving as president for many years. Anne enjoyed her home and garden. Winter months were spent tending to her scrapbooks, photo albums and needlework. A collector of European royal newsclippings and photos since childhood, Anne was excited to be a part of the kitchen crew when Queen Elizabeth ll visited Canora in the l980ís.  Anne is predeceased by her parents, Sam and Ludvika Derkatch; her husband, Paul Jarduk; her brother, Mike Derkatch; Ernie Tymoschuk and Mark Tymoschuk. She is survived by her daughter, Leanne (Brian) Buchinski of Canora.  Funeral Service was held at the Chapel of Lesonís Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 2oth, 2010 with Rev. Susan Salo officiating. Interment followed at the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make donations in memory of Anne may donate to the Canora Gateway Lodge Auxiliary or to St. Georgeís Anglican Church. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONS FUNERAL HOME, Canora(563-5671).


Victor Wyonzek

Canora Courier, August 11, 2010 Page 14

Victor Wyonzek August 2, 2009

Remembering our dear husband, father and grandfather, our guiding light

You left us so quickly one year ago without saying goodbye.

We look for your sweet smile, you laughter and tears, your wisdom and honest.

We miss your loving kindness and encouragement but, most of all, just being together with you spending time and visiting.

We love you always, Mary, Valerie, Kevin, Ricardo, Dana, Jordan and Kelsey.


James Murray Sommerville

Canora Courier, August 18, 2010 Page 17
The family of James Murray Sommerville sadly announce his sudden and unexpected passing on Saturday, July 17, 2010.  Jim was born in Preeceville, Saskatchewan on January 17, 1964. Son of Phyllis (Foster) Sommerville and Bob Sommerville. Brother of Heather, Philip, Randy and Maureen. Jim went to school in Sturgis, Saskatchewan graduating in 1982. Upon graduating he worked for The Saskatchewan Wheat Pool & Viterra for 27 years. He was an avid Saskatchewan Roughrider fan and most winters you could find him at the curling rink. He volunteered time with The Sturgis Fire Department and The Sturgis Sports & Rodeo. Jim loved to hunt, fish, and snowmobile, cut wood, play cards, laugh, visit and work!  Predeceased by his mother Phyllis and father Bob, he is survived by his sister Heather, brothers Phil and Randy and sister Maureen. Jim is dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.  The family of the late Jim Sommerville would like to extend a warm thank you to all who brought food to the house, dropped off cards, provided comfort, helped at the hall and to everyone that attended his service. We are very saddened by his sudden and unexpected passing and your kindness is very much appreciated.


Walter Pidskalny

Canora Courier, August 18, 2010 Page 17
Walter Pidskalny of Buchanan, passed away at the Canora Hospital on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at the age of 73.  Walter was born on January 25th, 1937 to Paul and Rose Pidskalny of Doroshenko, MB. He attended school in Doroshenko, MB. In his young adult years he began a long life as a truck driver and drove for 45 years. In 1959 in Welland ON, he married Patricia Tarnawski and together they had four children, Paul, Elizabeth, Connie and Wendy.  He was an entrepreneur of many small businesses such as restaurants. Walter loved travelling, riding motorcycles, and was a "jack of all trades".  He is predeceased by his parents, his sisters, Vicki Plevza, and Mary Sezeny, brother-in-law Wasyl Czapla and grandson Robert Cummer. He is survived by his son Paul Pidskalny, and daughters Elizabeth Stefanyshyn, Connie Pidscalny and Wendy McGrandle, sisters Netty Czapla, and Olga (Henry) Prysiazniuk, grandchildren David Cummer, Derek Cummer, Anna Stefanyshyn, James Pidscalny, Dale Klatt, Brittany Young, Cameron Helland, Lawrence McGrandle, Crystal Grecula and Lawrence Grecula, great-grandson Brayden James Pidscalny and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  Many thanks to Dr. Van Der Mere for helping and understanding, as well as to Father Peter Pidskalny for his special prayers during Walterí s illness. At Walterí s request no services to be held. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Saskatchewan Cancer Society in memory of Walter. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONS FUNERAL HOME, Canora.(563-5671).


John Swetleshnoff

Canora Courier, August 18, 2010 Page 17
John Swetleshnoff of the Canora District passed away on Saturday, August 7th, 2010 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, at the age of 84 years.  John was born in Canora on may 6th, 1926 to Mike and Anesia (Reilkoff) Swetleshnoff. He attended the Meadowdale School near Mohyla while helping his parents on the farm. John then began farming with his brother William. He married Laverna Zuravloff on July 17, 1952. Along with farming, he worked as a rural telephone line man. John was known for his welding and worked for Forney Welders. He also had his own company for a while, Johnís Battery Service, in which he repaired implement and car batteries. John was a "Jack of all Trades" and he led a busy life. He was involved with the Co-operative movement and the Wheat Pool Board, as well as being president of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation & Habitat for a number of years. He was also involved with Ducks Unlimited and the Canora Archery Club and was an instructor for Gun Safety. John was a board member of the Canora Station House Museum for eight years. His love of travel took him many places - a train tour to Churchill, a bus tour to Nashville, bus trip to Alaska, and trips to places like Arizona, Las Vegas, Reno and the Rose Bowl Parade in California. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, quadding, snowmobiling and especially the company of his grandchildren and great- grandchildren. John will be dearly missed by all.  He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers, Fred, William and Nick, his sisters Mary Kareff, Annie Skurat, Mabel Shukin, Dora Dergousoff and Hazel Trojan. John is survived by his son Dale (Gladys) of Canora and daughter Valerie (Glen) Prokopetz of Kamsack, his special friend Pauline Lapitsky of Theodore, SK, his sister Polly Reiben of Manitou, SK, his five grandchildren: Jason (Angie) Prokopetz of Pense, SK, Tracy (Arley) Hall of Red Deer. AB, Tyler( Samantha) Prokopetz of Spirit River, AB, Chad (Nicole Leach) Swetleshnoff of Canora and Lani (Brian) Gammon of Yorkton, SK and three great-grandchildren: Madison and Berkley Prokopetz and Jenna Hall.  A Visitation was held on Wednesday, August 11th, and the Funeral Service was held on Thursday, August 12th. Both were held at the Chapel of Lesonís Funeral Home with the Canora Doukhobor Society officiating. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Saskatchewan Wildlife Habitat Fund in memory of John. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONS FUNERAL HOME, Canora (563-5671).


Lorraine Rehaluk (nee Slugoski)

Canora Courier, August 18, 2010 Page 17
Lorraine Rehaluk of Preeceville, passed away on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at the Preeceville Hospital after a brave battle with cancer.  Lorraine was born on February 7, 1944 to Albert and Rosie Slugoski of the Hazel Dell area. She grew up on the family farm and attended Orange Vale School. In 1963 she married Steve Rehaluk. They farmed east of Hazel Dell. They were blessed with five children, Wanda, Steven, Duane, Robert and Regina. After 43 years on the farm, they moved to Preeceville where they resided until her passing.  Lorraine is predeceased by her brother Lawrence in 1975. She is survived by her husband Steve of Preeceville and five children, Wanda (James Stefanyshyn) and their family, Ryan and Michael of Calgary, Alta.; Steven (Ida) and daughter, Megan of Canora, Sask.; Duane (Karen) of Gibbons, Alta.; Robert (Eileen) and Robert`s children, Dennis and Tessa of Preeceville, Sask. and Regina (Evan Peters) and family, Brendan and Kaitlan of Calgary, Alta. She is also survived by her parents, Albert and Rosie Slugoski of Canora, her brother, Barry (Debbie) and son Robert of Saskatoon; her sister, Sadie of Canora, and her sister-in-law, Lorraine Slugoski of Saskatoon and her family Vaughn (Jamie) and Payton and Rhonda and many nieces and nephews.  Lorraine was very busy on the farm raising five children, where each day was filled with gardening, canning, tending to farm animals and field work, sewing, fishing and playing cards. Lorraine was a great host who enjoyed cooking and visiting with all her family and friends. Lorraine truly adored hummingbirds, pansies and each of her seven grandchildren.  To celebrate Lorraine's life, funeral services were held on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 10 a.m. from the Chapel of Preeceville Funeral Home with Rev. Miles J. Russell officiating. Interment followed at the Preeceville Cemetery with Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Friends so wishing my make donations in Lorraineís memory to the Preeceville Hospital.  The Rehaluk family would like to extend a warm thank you to all who donated food, flowers, cards, memorial donations and words of sympathy. Your kindness is very much appreciated. A special thank you to Dr. Kabongo and all the nursing staff for your care for the last several months. Thank you to Preeceville Funeral Home in care of arrangements, Rev. Miles J. Russell for the heartwarming service and the church ladies for the delicious lunch. God bless you all.


Antonia (Tina) Brezinski

Canora Courier, August 18, 2010 Page 18
In loving memory of Antonia (Tina) Brezinski May 15, 1922 - August 19, 2009

As children we canít comprehend or fully realize,

The meaning of our motherís love, how tender and how wise;

The patience and forgiveness that are part of every day,

The unexpected "little things" she does in her own way.

Years go by before we can look back on life and see,

Through older eyes and wiser hearts her love and loyalty;

And yet itís these and other special things weíll hold so dear,

For memories of her steadfast love will keep her ever near.

Always remembered and missed, and forever loved

Linda & Nick, Leona & Chester, Lorne & Barb, Livia & Carl, Lily Ann & Lyle

Love all your grandchildren and great-grandchildren


Patsy Loshka

Canora Courier, September 01, 2010 Page 11

Loshka - Patsy Aug. 20, 1929 - Sept. 1, 1985

God has you in His keeping;

We have you in our hearts.

Whether on Earth or in Heaven,

You will always be with us.

Loved and remembered by:  Joe Sr., Sylvia, Mona and Stu, Mel, Leah and Darren, Bradley and Candy and grandchildren.


Anne Chehorsky (nee Fedyk)

Canora Courier, September 01, 2010 Page 18

Anne Chehorsky passed away at the Canora Gateway Lodge, August 19th, 2010 at the age of 88 years.  Anne was born January 10th, 1922 in the Glen Elder district north of Danbury to John and Sophie Fedyk (Yalowecky).  She was the third of 10 children.  She attended Glen Elder School until an early age, went to work for area neighbours.  She was employed as a domestic and farm labourer.  Anne married William Chehorsky on October 24th, 1940, at the St. Maryís Greek Orthodox Church north of Stenen. They farmed in the Stenen and Crystal Lake areas until 1976, and then moved to Lady Lake where Bill was employed as an elevator agent. Then in spring of 1980 they retired and moved back to Stenen. Bill and Anne had a family of eleven children. Their extended family included 26 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild and 1 great-great-great-grandchild.  Anne was a member of St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Church and a member of the Womenís Church Club. She was also a member of the Senior Citizen Dew Drop Inn Club.  She was an avid bingo and card player. Her idea of a family visit was Ďfirst we eat then we play cardsí. Her motto was ďYou eat to live and live to eat". Her gardens were enormous and she spent many hours making sure nothing went to waste. There were too many mouths to feed for that. Her passions were her family, cooking, baking, canning and gardening. And of course she was always willing to babysit her many grandchildren. In 1984, following the death of her husband Bill, she became a resident of Eden Valley Place and in January of 2007, a resident of Canora Gateway Lodge until her passing.  Anne was predeceased by her parents John and Sophie Fedyk, her husband Bill, daughters Wilma and Valorie, grandson Derrick Norsten, brothers Peter and Paul, and sisters Nellie, Pauline and a baby in infancy. She leaves to mourn her passing her daughters, sons and their families.  Prayer Service was held at the Chapel of Lesonís Funeral Home on Sunday August 22nd, and Funeral Service was held on Monday, August 23rd, at the St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Stenen with Rev. Fr. Patrick Powalinsky and Rt. Rev. Mitred Archpriest Mikolaj Derewianka, Concelebrants. Interment followed in the Stenen Community Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Stenen Community Cemetery Fund in Anneís memory. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONS FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


John Polowich

Canora Courier, September 01, 2010 Page 18

John Polowich of Norquay, beloved husband of  Gloria, passed away on Saturday, August 21, 2010, at the Yorkton Regional Hospital, at the age of 79 years.  John was born on January 2, 1921, to Steve and Pauline (Matiece) Polowich of the Arabella district.  He attended school in Arabella and after he finished school he helped on the family farm as well as working various other jobs.  He was employed by Key Municipality as a Grader Operator when he met Gloria Sunduk. They were married September 29, 1961 in Kamsack at the St. Andrewís United Church, and they lived in Norquay. Their first daughter Kim was born in 1962 and in 1963 they moved to Canora. Their youngest daughter Pam was born in 1964. John and Gloria decided to move to Squamish, BC in the fall of 1966. While there John worked at a pulp mill in woodfibre and for MacMillan-Blodell operating a grader in the logging division. The last four years in Squamish he worked for a sub-contractor operating a grader. In the fall of 1973 they returned to Canora. He worked for Buchanan Municipality, once again operating a grader which he enjoyed. In the spring of 1974 they moved to the family farm north of Norquay. John and Gloria both enjoyed the country life, grain farming and raising animals. During the winter John did bush work as a tree faller. In October of 1999 John and Gloria retired to Norquay. John enjoyed fishing and camping. One of his favourite pastimes was ice-fishing at Armit Lake, where many hours were spent with friends. He also enjoyed having his family around and looked forward to seeing his grandchildren.  John is predeceased by his parents Steve and Pauline, and his brother Bill. He is survived by his loving wife Gloria of Norquay, his daughters Kim (George) Grant of Norquay, and Pam (Kelly) Devloo of Calgary, grandchildren Sarah Grant ( Ryan) of Sturgis, Brittany Devloo (Derek), of Merritt, BC, Devin Grant of Yorkton and Allison Devloo of Calgary, his brothers, Metro of Norquay, Ernie (Darcia) of Norquay, Paul (Agnes) of Wadena, Mike (Alice) of Squamish, Eugene (Colleen) of Squamish, Stan (Heather) of Langenburg and Ed (Linda) of Squamish, and a sister, Mary Mitchell of Squamish.  Prayer Service was held on Tuesday, August 24 and the Funeral Service was on Wednesday, August 25; both at the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home in Canora with Rev. Frances Patterson officiating. Interment followed at the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan in memory of John. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONS FUNERAL HOME, Canora.(563-5671 ).


Steve Chabun

Canora Courier, August 25, 2010 Page 14
It is with great sadness the we the children of Steve Chabun announce his sudden passing at his new home in Canora on August 14th, 2010.  Steve was born to John and Dora (Rakosh) Chabun, on March 10, 1925 on the family farm north of Canora. Steve married Marj Solotki and farmed all of his natural life on the family farm north of Canora where he resided until two weeks prior to his death. Steve was a true farmer and loved every aspect of farming. Steve also raised cattle and had a special fondness for animals and was drawn to tend to all animals with care and compassion. Steve had a soft heart and a strong moral conviction which his children have proudly inherited. Steve was well known and had many friends in the Canora area and surely will be missed with his broad smile and love of laughter and his jocular behaviour. Steve led a simple life on his farm with friends, animals and the love of nature to carry him through his life. In the last two weeks of Steveís life he moved to an assisted living apartment in Canora. Health complications led to Steveís sudden passing and he never got to enjoy the town life but his heart will always be on the Chabun farm north of Canora.  He is survived by his three children: Monty Cassidy, Christine Moeckl (Douglas) and Debbie Young all of Calgary and Red Deer, Alberta. He also leaves to mourn his passing seven grandchildren Tracy Weber, Shannon Chabun, Cody Cassidy, Tanner Cassidy, Jeff Young, James Young, Rebecca Young, and three great- grandchildren, Ciara Young, Tieren Young and Rylon Young. Steve also leaves two sisters Lillian Chabun and Olga Shabits of Canora. Steve was predeceased by his parents John and Dora Chabun, wife Marj Chabun, brother Mike Chabun, and sisters Ann Dutchak, Mary Hobman, and Lavinia Chabun (deceased at infancy).  Prayer Service was held on August 19th, 2010 and Funeral Service was on August 20th, 2010, both from the Chapel of Lesoní s Funeral Home with Rev. Fr. Joakim Rac as Celebrant. Intennent followed at the Antoniwka Cemetery north of Canora. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan, in memory of Steve. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONS FUNERAL HOME, Canora.( 563-5671).


Emily Kowch (nee Dykun)

Canora Courier, August 25, 2010 Page 14
Our Mom, Baba, Great-Baba and friend quietly left us on August 17, 2010 at the Yorkton Hospital.  Emily Kowch (Dykun) was born on July 8, 1921. She was born in the RM of Livingstone #331, Podolia District. Her family then moved to the Evadale District near Arran, Saskatchewan on the family farm of her parents, Paul and Mary Dykun. Emily started school at the age of 8 until age 12. Then she went to work as a maid, chorehand and babysitter, for her sister Katherine (Metro) Olenick. Emily continued her education at the Arabella School until grade eight. It was during her time at her sisterís, that Emily met Steve Kowch, Metroís nephew. After their courtship, Emily married Steve on June 16, 1940 at the Arran Catholic Church. The couple farmed east of Arabella, Saskatchewan, then west of Arabella, and it was here they were blessed with four children, (Olga, Ernest, Metro and Sylvia). When the children became school age, Emily and Steve then moved to the Melmore District, where they operated the Melmore Store and Emily also worked as a caretaker at the Melmore School. Here they were blessed with one more child, (Adeline). The couple then moved to the Swan Plain area to the Kowch Family Farm. Here they were blessed with four more children, (Dennis, John, Yvonne and Natalia).  Emily enjoyed her gardening, picking berries and mushrooms, and working together with Steve on their mixed farming operation. Family was very important to Emily. She always wanted to keep in touch with her family and know how everyone was doing and she always wanted to be filled in on what her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were up to. lf you ever needed to know anything you just needed to call and she would excitedly tell you all about it in great detail. Emily enjoyed socializing and loved her visits and phone calls with her family and friends. Emily and Steve retired to Canora in 1975. After retiring Emily continued with her passion for gardening, her flowers, cooking, working at the hall for church events, and babysitting her grandchildren. ln 2003, Emily moved to
Yorkton where she still continued to enjoy her flowers, berry and mushroom picking excursions as well as visiting and fishing expeditions. Emily rarely turned down a road trip and always enjoyed going on tour to visit family and friends or just to see the scenery.  She will be forever loved and remembered by her children; Mitch (Linda) Kowch in Nanimo BC, Adeline (Larry) Ryland, Plato, SK, Dennis (Judy) Kowch, Calgary AB, John (Rose) Kowch, Calgary AB, Yvonne Kowch (Helmut Peters), Bonnyville AB, Natalia Prokopetz (Dave Rathgeber), Canora SK; 21 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. She often reminisced about her family that are no longer with us and how she missed them. Now she is gone home to be with them. Emily will forever live in the hearts of those she touched, for nothing loved is ever lost - she was definitely loved so very much. She was predeceased by her husband Steve; her daughters Olga Trofanenko and Sylvia Burym , her son Ernest Kowch; sons-in-law John Trofanenko and William Burym, parents Paul and Mary Dykun; her sisters Adeline (in infancy), Annie Nayko, Bessie Stasuik, Katherine Olenick, and her brother John (as a child).  The Prayer Service was held on August 20, 2010 at the Chapel of Lesonís Funeral Home in Canora, and the Funeral Service was held August 21, 2010 from Sts. Peter and Paulís Ukrainian Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. J. Rac was Celebrant. Interment followed at the Canora Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded to Box 1656. Yorkton, SK S3N 3L2. Gifts of Remembrance in Emily Kowch's name may be made to the Saskatchewan Cancer League or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora, SK (563-5671).


Mike Melnychuk

Canora Courier, August 25, 2010 Page 14
MELNYCHUK:  It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Mike, beloved son, brother and uncle, on July 29th, 2010.  Mike was born in Preeceville on Nov. 3rd, 1932. He grew up on the family farm and attended Chechow, a country school west of Preeceville. Mike left home at an early age and found employment in Vancouver. Later an opportunity to work in construction operating a Caterpillar took him to the Yukon. Eventually Mike made Edmonton his permanent home. Mike was a happy go lucky person. He was very kind hearted, and loved his family. He also treasured his Cadillac, which he drove to Saskatchewan to spend holidays visiting family and friends. Mikeís hobbies included playing the violin, listening to CFCW Ukrainian hour, and following the Edmonton Oilers. Horses were his other passion. Prince Double, his prized thoroughbred racehorse, was decorated with many ribbons at Northlands and Stampede Park.  Predeceased by his father Andrew, he is survived by his mother Pearl, sisters Stella Galandie (William) of Langley BC, Pauline Dutchak (Joe) of Canora, brother Dennis Melnychuk (Sharon) of Yorkton, many nieces and nephews, dear friends Terry and Lynda Sopka from Edmonton, numerous cousins and friends. Mike will be dearly missed, but alive in the memories of his family and friends.  A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 at the Chapel of Lesonís Funeral Home in Canora with Marion Naduriak officiating. Interment of cremated remains followed at the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to a Charity of Choice. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONS FUNERAL HOME, Canora.(563-567l ).


Richard Sawka

Canora Courier, September 08, 2010 Page 12

SAWKA, Richard: In loving memory of our dear dad and grandpa who passed away September 6, 2009.

A page in our book of memories,

Is gently turned today;

Those we love donít go away,

They walk beside us every day.

We hold you close within our hearts,

And there you will always remain.

- Forever loved and missed, Corinne, Sheldon, Brandon and Noah.


John Zaplitney

Canora Courier, September 08, 2010 Page 15

In Memory John Zaplitney 1916-2004

Still Loved, Still Missed, Still Very Dear

Mary, Norm & Geri, and Jayne and grandchildren.


Paul Sakal

Canora Courier, September 15, 2010 Page 14

Paul Sakal, beloved husband of Helen of Mikado district, passed away suddenly at the Canora Hospital on September 3rd, 2010 at the age of 83 years.  Paul was born on the family homestead on August 8th, 1927 to Dmetro and Josephine (Woloschuk) Sakal. As a young man, Paul attended the Zhoda School while helping his parents on the farm. Following his schooling, Paul continued to work on the farm before leaving for Ontario, with friends, to work on a threshing crew for area farmers. The same year he returned to the family farm to assume the operations of the mixed farm. Shortly thereafter, Paul met and married Helen Wosminity on August 7th, 1954 at the St. Josephatís Ukrainian Catholic Church in Kamsack, where they were still parishioners until his passing. Paul served on the churchís parish council for numerous years in different capacities. Paul and Helen would participate in Sunday neighbouring family get-togethers. He was well-known for cooking the best Shishliki that Helen would prepare for the occasions. He enjoyed playing cards and watching sports on T.V. especially hockey and baseball. Paul was an avid hunter and fisherman, thoroughly enjoying fishing with his grandchildren. Paul and Helen had many pets out at the farm through the years. Paul was particularly fond of two of their many dogs, Chips and Teddy. Teddy, his eighteen year companion, despite being blind, followed the ambulance out of the yard and is waiting for Paul to return. Paul was a kind hearted, gentle man who always was there to lend a helping hand to those in need and will be dearly and sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.  Paul was predeceased by his parents: Dmetro and Josephine and his son David in 1963. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Helen of Mikado, his three daughters: Cynthia (Barry) Robson, Pauline (Reno) Pontarollo, both of Saskatoon and Debbie (Craig) Currie of Kamsack, his son Dan (Lisa) Sakal of Canora, his sister Helen (Mike) Panchuk of Kamsack, his ten grandchildren: David Robson, Sarah Robson (Wade Phillips), Karen Robson, Michael Robson, Luke Pontarollo, Anna Pontarollo, Amanda Currie (Damian Rusnak), Heather Currie (Brad Stinson), Billy Sakal, Abbey Sakal and great-grandson Kaidyn Stinson.  The Prayer Service was held at the Chapel of Lesonís Funeral Home on Monday, September 6th and the Funeral Liturgy was celebrated on Tuesday, September 7th at St. Josephatís Ukrainian Catholic Church in Kamsack with Rev. Fr. Basil Malowany, Celebrant. Interment followed in the Riverview Cemetery, Kamsack. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to a Charity of oneís choice as tokens of remembrance in memory of Paul. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONíS FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Katherine Prokopiuk (nee Danyluk)
Canora Courier, September 15, 2010 Page 14
Katherine Prokopiuk, beloved wife of Paul of the Canora district, passed away with her family by her side at the Canora gateway Lodge on September 4th, 2010 at the age of 91 years. Katherine (Kay) was the third daughter born to George and Polly (Oleksiuk) Danyluk on March 11, 1919, during the flu epidemic. She attended Wysla School completing partial grade eight education. She gave up school to help on the family farm. Kay met Paul Prokopiuk, the love of her life on January 8th, 1937 and they were married on October 17th, 1937. Kay and Paul moved to Paulís father Nickís place at Burgis where they operated a mixed farming operation. Two years later, in 1939, Paul and Kay purchased their own quarter of land at which they presently reside. Katherine loved her role as a loving wife, mother and homemaker. She also loved cooking, decorating, sewing and gardening. She enjoyed many hours crocheting, tatting, knitting, crewel embroidery, paper tolle and oil painting. In her middle years, she joined the Canora Horticultural Society; she was a member of the St. Andrewís United Church Women and the Canora Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. In June 2007, Katherine took up residence at the Gateway Lodge in Canora where she resided until her passing. Kay will be dearly missed by her loving family and friends.  She was predeceased by her parents, George and Polly Danyluk; sisters, Dora Dorosh, Mary Mazur-Trach and two sisters in infancy; brothers, Mike, Steve, George, Henry and Paul; sisters-in-law, Rose and Emily; brothers-in-law, John Dorosh and Mike Trach; grandson, Dean Manahan and son-in-law, Jack Manahan. Katherine leaves to cherish her memory, her husband Paul of 72 years and 1 1 months; daughter, Diane Manahan; two sons, Paul Jr. (Mavis) and James (Linda); sister-in-law, Martha Danyluk; grandchildren, Ward (Cindy) Manahan, Paula Lindsay, Kristy (Kurt) Stechyshen, Tim Prokopiuk (Randean) Stacy, Jamie and Tyler Prokopiuk; great-grandchildren, Cole and Brett Lindsay, Cassie and Lexi Manahan, Maddox, Manning and Jennings Stechyshyn and sixteen nieces and nephews.  A Visitation was held on Wednesday, September 8th and the Celebration of Life Service was held on Thursday, September 9th both from the Chapel of Lesonís Funeral Home with Marion Naduriak of the United Church of Canada officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to: St. Andrewís United Church Memorial Fund, Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan or the Canora Hospital Auxiliary as tokens of remembrance in memory of Kay. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONíS FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Katherine Labiuk

Canora Courier, September 15, 2010 Page 15

In Loving Memory of Katherine Labiuk

Born October 12, 1915

Passed Away September 16, 2009

Age 93 years

Greatly Missed - Kirk and Adelle Greasley


Lena Skrepnek

Canora Courier, September 22, 2010, Page 15

SKREPNEK:  Lena, November 20, 1925 - September 21, 2009.

You asked of us, who love you,

To miss you, but let you go;

God came for you to take you home,

Just one short year ago.

Our hearts area slowly mending,

So deeply you are missed;

Our love for you unending,

For your memories, we are blessed.

- Your loving family.


George Joe Boychuk

Canora Courier, September 22, 2010, Page 17

George Joe Boychuk was born on March 14, 1922, son of Nick and Sophie (Beyko). While working in Moose Jaw at the Swift's Packing Plant he met and married Pearl (Mackow) on November 9, 1947. In 1949 they moved to what was called "Boychuk Hills" in the RM of Sliding Hills and in 1952 they resided west of Mikado. George and Pearl raised two sons, Eugene born in 1950 and Harvey in 1953. George had various interests which included being on Council for the R.M. of Sliding Hills, a board member of the Gateway Lodge and Canora Hospital, and various other organizations. George retired from farming in 1988 and moved to Canora. They moved to Park Place in 2005. George was admitted to the Canora Hospital on February 14, 2010, and then lived at the Gateway Lodge from April until his passing on Saturday, September 11.   George is survived by his wife of 62 years, Pearl, who currently resides in the Sturgis Care Home; two sons, Eugene (Myrtle) of Sturgis and Harvey of Canora; two grandchildren, Colin of Saskatoon and Stacey (Bret) of Sturgis; one great-grandchild, Bracyn, and one sister, Rose Karney of Roblin, MB. He is predeceased by his brothers, Peter, John, Stephen, Andrew and Victor, and sisters, Edna, Dyda, Mary Thompson, Pauline Greene, Jean Kreutzer and Julia Remenda.  The Funeral Service was held on Thursday, September 16, from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Tricia Challoner of the United Church of Canada officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora Gateway Lodge Auxiliary, as tokens of remembrance in memory of George Joe Boychuk. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora (563-5671).


Nina Swerhone (nee Kalturnyk)

Canora Courier, September 22, 2010, Page 17

It is with great sadness but fond memories that the Swerhone family say good-bye to their Aunt Nina who passed away at the Gateway Lodge on September 7, 2010.    Nina was born the youngest in a family of eight to Sam and Mary Kalturnyk of the Hyas region. She attended school in Hyas and then went on to complete her nurses training at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg. Earning her Nursing Diploma, Nina came to Canora to nurse at the Canora Hospital, where she met and later married Norman Swerhone. Norman and Nina owned and operated the Independent Grocery store in Canora for 28 years. Nina was a dedicated member of Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Canora finding comfort in her religion. She participated in the activities of the UCWL in Canora, serving on many committees throughout the years. Nina also participated in the Women's Auxiliary of the Canadian Legion. Not only were Norman and Nina a team running their business, but they were a team in their private life. They were devoted to each other, sharing many hobbies and encouraging each others interests. They were an example to the rest of the family of love and marriage which lasted their lifetime. Nina took great pride in her house and garden. She loved to sew and knit, producing many lovely articles which she shared with family members.   Nina treasured her friendships. Her long-time friend Evelyn was first her school chum, later her partner in mischief at nursing school, then her co-worker at the hospital. Later they would continue their friendship as sisters-in-law when they married two brothers. Nina also appreciated the many life-long friendships she had in Canora. Although she had no children of her own, Nina was still one of the best grandmas around! Her chocolate brownie cake, beatniks and perogies were visiting children's favourites. The front of her fridge always held an extensive array of photos of her nieces and nephews as well as those she considered her family. Good-bye Auntie Nina, we love you, you are our "Special Angle".   The Funeral Service was held on Saturday, September 11th from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Rev. Fr. Joakim Rac officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church Building Fund or to the Canora Gateway Lodge Auxiliary, as tokens of remembrance in memory of Nina. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Robert Ludba

Canora Courier, September 22, 2010, Page 17

Robert Ludba of Canora passed away suddenly at the Canora Hospital on September 10th, 2010 at the age of 75 years.   Robert George Ludba was born on June 3rd, 1935 in Canora, SK to George and Mary (Kozak) Ludba. He attended the Canora Schools until high school when he went to work for the Canadian National Railway. Robert or Bob, as he was known, worked for the LCL & Express Car while his brother Johnny was the brakeman. After an ankle injury, Bob went to work for Canora Cartage, the family business which later became G.E. Ludba and sons. On October 8, 1956 he married Olga Kitzul and they resided in Canora. They had three children: Robin, born in 1959, Geno in 1961 and Christine in 1965. Robert started Ludba Construction in 1970 which included everything from road building to log hauling, screening, crushing and delivering gravel, etc. Hobby farming came onto the scene in the early seventies to make better use of their acreage and keep the boys busy. Ollie joined the business in 1976 when they also purchased the Canora Redimix plant. Bob semi-retired in the early eighties at which time Robin continued to run the business. Bob worked hard throughout his life and passed on his strong work ethic to his children. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. He loved hunting with the boys and enjoyed the great outdoors. In later years he especially enjoyed golfing with Ollie and the time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.  Robert was predeceased by his wife, Ollie; his parents, George and Mary; his brothers, Johnny, Ernie and Gene; his sister Marie and his grandson Lucas. He is survived by his two sons, Robin (Rhetta) of Canora and Geno (Barb) of Saskatoon and his daughter Christine Danyluk of Canora; his grandchildren, Lindsay, Clayton, Ethan, Taylor, Amie (Cort) Osness, Shylo (Atul) Babber and Jacob; his great-grandchildren, Mila, Safira, Indya and Nayan; his brother Jim and his sister Jeannette Hryhoriw as well as many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.   A Visitation was held on September 14th and the Funeral Service was held on September 15th both from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home with Marion Naduriak of the United Church of Canada officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation or The Lung Association of Saskatchewan as tokens of remembrance. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora (563-5671).


Rose Shabits (nee Shwets)

Canora Courier, September 22, 2010, Page 18

Rose Shabits (1920-2010). Rose Shabits left us to be forever in peace with her creator on Tuesday, September 7, 2010. She was 90 years old.   Rose was born on April 4, 1920 on the family farm at Tiny Saskatchewan, to Mary and Michael Shwets. She was the youngest of seven children. In 1994, Rose married Roman Shabits and their marriage was blessed with two daughters. Together Rose and Roman farmed in the Canora area. Rose was a great lover of animals and of the land. In 1970, Roman passed away, and Rose moved to Saskatoon for a brief time, then to Winnipeg, where she was employed at the Arcadia Personal Care Home and later the Kiwanis Center for the Deaf. She enjoyed her work and the camaraderie of her coworkers. After retirement, Rose enjoyed many hobbies, especially needlework, creating many beautiful keepsakes for her daughters. She was an ardent reader and enjoyed attending musical concerts, family visits, doing complicated jigsaw puzzles, gardening and travelling in Canada and abroad. Rose was an exceptional cook and she made sure that guests in her home were treated with wholesome and delicious food.  Rose leaves to cherish her memory her two daughters, Zoria Shumay (Bill) of Swift Current, SK and Marlene Shevets-Shabits of Winnipeg, MB; two grandsons, Trenton Shumay (Tracy Boutilier) of Port Moody, BC and Cameron Shumay (fiancee Sarah Rodgers) of Raleigh, North Carolina. She also had two great-grandchildren whom she had never met, two and a half year old twins, Lily and Oliver Shumay.  A memorial service of Christian Burial was held at Glen Lawn Funeral Home in Winnipeg, MB on Sept. 10, 2010 with Father Mark Gnutel presiding. Her cremated remains were buried beside her husband at the Canora Cemetery with Father Joakim Rac presiding at the graveside service on September 11, 2010.  Mom, may you find peace and consolation in the arms of God, and may you continue to be our guiding angel, till we meet in paradise.   (Note:  The obituary reads the Rose married in 1994 Ė this is most likely the wrong date but it has transcribed as written in the obituary.)


Emily Danyluk

Canora Courier, September 29, 2010 page 12

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

We lost a mom with a heart of gold,

Who meant more to us than wealth untold;

What we may have lost

God gained,

The greatest mom the world contained.

For those of you who have a mom,

Cherish her with care;

For you never know the heartache,

Until she isnít there.

Passing time can never dim,

A motherís love or your love for her.

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


Bryan O'Dell

Canora Courier, October 06, 2010 Page 3
Drowning victimís body found a kilometre from Canora dam

Missing since September 14, the body of Bryan O'Dell, 22, of Yorkton, was recovered September 30 in the Whitesand River, about a kilometre south of the Canora dam.  The body was located by two relatives of the deceased, Phil McManus of Regina nd Cory O'Dell of Canora, who were in a boat where they located the body on the river's edge on the northeast side of the river, according to Cpl. Burton Jones of the Canora/Sturgis RCMP. The RCMP was immediately called to the scene.  A witness from Canora observed O'Dell falling into the river from the dam site shortly after noon on September 14. A telephone call was made to a relative, who in turn called 9-1-1, according to Sgt. Greg Nichol of the Kamsack RCMP. RCMP members from Canora and Kamsack responded, along with the Canora fire department's rescue team.  Numerous volunteers joined in the search that continued on a daily basis, Jones said. Also participating in the search were members of the RCMP "F" Division underwater recovery team, the RCMP Police Dog Service from Yorkton, the RCMP "F" Division search and rescue team as well as members from the Canora/Sturgis detachment, Kamsack detachment and Yorkton GIS and Yorkton Forensic Identification Services.  Jones noted that since O'Dell was reported missing, the river's water level had dropped significantly.


Joseph Nieckar

Canora Courier, October 06, 2010 Page 15
NIECKAR:  In loving memory of our dear husband, father and grandfather, Joseph who passed away October 12, 1985.

We hold our tears when we speak your name,

But the ache in our hearts is still the same; 

No one knows the sorrow we share,

When the family meets and youíre not there.

We miss you and always will,

You left a place no one can till;

Things have changed and time has passed,

But our love for you will always last.

- Lovingly remembered and sadly missed, Lena, children and grandchildren.


Alvin Oneschuk

Canora Courier, October 06, 2010 Page 15
ONESCHUK:  In loving memory of our dear husband and father, Alvin.

A thought of sweet remembrance,

A memory sad and true; 

The love and sweet devotion,

Of two who think of you.

- Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by wife, Barbara and daughter, Chrissy.


William (Bill) Heshka

Canora Courier, October 06, 2010 Page 17
William (Bill) Heshka passed away on September 25th, 2010, at the Canora Union Hospital.  William was born June 5, 1922, near Burgis, Saskatchewan, the eldest son of Metro and Maria (Pankiw) Heshka. He grew up on a farm in the Gorlitz-Ebeneser area and attended Langenau and Ukraina schools. At the age of 16 he left home and travelled and worked across Canada. In 1942 he joined the RCAF and served until 1943. In 1947 he completed a training course in Edmonton to qualify as a gasoline and diesel engine mechanic. After several years of working at various jobs across the country, including mining in B.C. and the Yukon, William enrolled in the University of British Columbia, and in 1958 graduated with a degree in Geology and Economics. He travelled to Europe in 1961 where he spent the next 4 years. In London he worked in cost accounting. In Germany he worked in metallurgy for Siemens in Munich. He also spent periods of time in Paris and Brussels, studying French language and culture. After returning to Canada William worked in mineral exploration and mining development in all the provinces and territories of Canada and also spent short periods in Jamaica and Nicaragua. He learned to fly in 1951 and held a private pilot license until 1991. In 1970 he became a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.  Semi-retired since 1982, William remained partly active in mineral exploration, especially gold panning. In 1986 he moved into the family home in Gorlitz where he lived until 1996 when he moved to Canora. Finding the long Saskatchewan winters depressing, he spent many winters in Arizona and New Mexico. In his spare time he took up dancing (tap, ballroom, square, and pattern) with local Canora and Yorkton groups and through these activities made many new friends. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of local family histories and relationships and would occasionally receive letters from distant descendants requesting photographs or information about their ancestors. He compiled a genealogical history of the descendants of his paternal grandparents, Gregory and Magdalena Heshka, which spanned five generations and covered hundreds of descendants. He was an elder and secretary-treasurer at St. Basil ís Ukrainian Orthodox Church located 5 miles southwest of Gorlitz.  William was predeceased by his parents and by his sisters, Lena Wladyka of Toronto and Pauline Wiwchar of Los Angeles, and is survived by his brothers, Edward of Canora and Stanley of New York. The Funeral Service was held at the Chapel of Lesonís Funeral Home, Canora on Tuesday, September 28th, 2010, with Rev. Fr. Andrew Piasta and Rev. Fr. Rod Luciuk officiating. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to a Charity of Choice in Williamís memory. Arrangements have been entrusted to Lesonís Funeral Home Canora, (563-5671).


David Marchinko

Canora Courier, October 13, 2010, Page 16

Marchinko: In memory of our son David, October 16, 1999.

We hold you close within our hearts,

And there you will remain;

To walk with us throughout our lives,

Until we meet again.

- Always loved and deeply missed, mom and dad.


Stanley Zielinski

Canora Courier, October 13, 2010, Page 16

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.  


Gus (Gussie) Wolos

Canora Courier, October 13, 2010, Page 16

WOLOS, (Gussie) Gus: September 21, 1971 - October 2, 2004.

Another year has gone by,

Much has changed in our lives,

But never forgot our love for you.

Always the rememberers,

Loved ones you left behind,

To keep the treasured memories,

Of you alive in our hearts and minds,

The family left to forever cherish,

And preserve your legacy.

Forever the rememberers,

And we shall always be.

- In our hearts forever, love mom, Eleanor; brother, Kevin (Lesley); sisters, Irene (Lorne) Boychuk, Leona (James) Lofthang, Lori Shewchuk; nephews, Jamie, Austin, Nate and Jace; nieces, Lisa, Amber, Jayna and Mya.


Bryan Adam "Beaner" O'Dell

Canora Courier, October 13, 2010, Page 18

Bryan Adam "Beaner" O'Dell of Canora, passed away suddenly on September 14, 2010 at the age of 22.Bryan was born on December 8, 1987 at the Yorkton General Hospital. He lived with his family on an acreage in Gorlitz until the age of five when they moved to Canora where he lived for the most of his life. In pursuit of work, adventure and love his travels also took him to Hudson Bay and Yorkton. Bryan was very athletic and even at a very young age was quick to pick up any sport he attempted. Bryan ventured into extreme sports at the age of five when he skied on black diamond hills with no fear at all. He then branched out into snowboarding and found his real passion in skateboarding. Bryan wanted to help the skateboarding community grow and encouraged others to take up the sport. He volunteered in the local organization called Operation Flatlander which built the skate park in Canora. Bryan also shared his family's 'enthusiasm for motorcycles.  Bryan enjoyed many other pastimes such as photography, videography, poetry, numerology, cooking, movies, music, painting, drawing, hunting and fishing, which only shows he was willing to try anything. Bryan's dare devilish side was balanced by his creative and loving side. Bryan was a very gently soul and deeply cared about his friends and family. He was always willing to help when anyone needed a hand. He was a true fiend, great brother, caring son, and will be greatly missed.  Bryan leaves to lovingly remember and cherish his life, his mother and father, Christine O'Dell and Kenneth O'Dell; his sister and brother-in-law, Jennifer and Jason Grossman; his nephew, Ethan Grossman; his numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends.  A Service to Celebrate Bryan's Life was held on Monday, October 4, 2010 from the Chapel of Christie's Funeral Home in Yorkton, Saskatchewan with Kathy Novak serving as the Funeral Celebrant. Bryan was remembered in tribute, eulogy and poetry by his brother-in-law, Jason Grossman, his sister, Jennifer Grossman and his cousin, Sydney Bobyk. The Closing prayer was led by Pastor Gerald Wagner of the Family Worship Centre. The urn bearer was Jennifer Grossman and the honourary pallbearers were Steven Hrycyk, Daniel Popoff, Sydney Bobyk, Levi Bobyk, Todd Bobyk and Cory O'Dell. A private family cremation committal will take place at a later date.  Friends so wishing may forward their condolences to the family by visiting www.christiesfuneralhome.com. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Christie's Funeral Home & Crematorium, Yorkton, Saskatchewan.


Mary Kinaschuk / Kinashuk

Canora Courier, October 13, 2010, Page 18

KINASHUK: It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Kinaschuk announces her passing on September 28, 2010 at the age of 86 years in Prince Albert, SK. A funeral service was held on October 8, 2010 at the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Norquay, SK with Fr. Basil Malowany officiating. Interment followed at the Pelly Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery. Our Mom, Baba, Little Baba quietly left us on September 28, 2010 at the Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.  Mary Kinaschuk (nee Dykun) was born May 7, 1924 in the Poplar Bluff District north Arran, SK. Mary took her schooling at Evandale School, then went to work as a chore hand, babysitter for her sisters then to Dauphin, Manitoba, when came along her best friend and soul mate Dan Kinaschuk. Mary and Demko (Dan) were married on November 22, 1946. They farmed in the Poplar Bluff District north of Arran, SK. They were blessed with five children. Mary enjoyed farming, gardening, berry and mushroom picking. In 1973 they moved to the Village of Pelly on an acreage on Mill Hill. She enjoyed their large garden, their children and grandchildren's visits.  Winter became her hobby time with quilting, cross-stitching and doing search words. In 1989 Dan passed away. Mary sold and moved into the Village of Pelly in 1990. She continued her hobbies and did more travelling with her children visiting grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In 2004 Mary decided it was time for a change, she moved to Paddockwood, SK where she continued living on her own and enjoyed her independence, hobbies and visits.  Mary was predeceased by her parents, Paul and Mary Dykun; her grandson, Shane in 1970; husband, Demko in 1989; daughter, Sylvia in 2010; her sisters and brothers-in-law. Left to cherish her memories are her children, Rose (Eugene) Medwid, Dmytro (Hazel) Kinaschuk, Russel Medwid (son-in-law), Verna (Robert) Kabatoff, Elaine (Leon) Esopenko; her 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; also two sisters, Nellie Wasylniuk and Jennie Tomenchuk and numerous nieces and nephews.  Arrangements were entrusted to Andrychuk Funeral Home of Kamsack, SK. To send condolences please visit www.andryhukfuneralhome.com.


Stanley James Zielinski

Canora Courier, October 20, 2010, Page 19

Stanley James Zielinski, October 1, 1972 - October 19, 2008.

Remember him with a smile today,

He was not one for tears;

Reflect instead on memories,

Of the happy times and years.

Remember instead his eyes that shone of laughter,

So much of him will never die;

But live on ever after.

As we love you, we miss you,

In our memory you are near;

Loved, remembered, longed for always,

Bringing many a silent tear.

- Love Marla Savannah and Gavin.


Stanley James Zielinski

Canora Courier, October 20, 2010, Page 19

Stanley James Zielinski, October 1, 1972 - October 19, 2008.

Two years have passed,

But 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.


Thomas Werbowesky

Canora Courier, October 20, 2010, Page 19

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


Ann Gogol (nee MacLeod)

Canora Courier, October 20, 2010, Page 21

The family of Ann Gogol sadly announce the passing of their wife, mother and grandmother on October 11th, 2010 at the Canora Gateway Lodge at the age of 75 years.   Ann was born on July 10th, 1935 in Prince Albert, SK, the only child of railroader Alex and homemaker Beatrice MacLeod. She had a happy childhood, attending nine schools in three provinces finishing high school in Norquay, SK. She then trained as a registered nurse, graduating in 1956, from Saskatoon City Hospital. As a student and later as an RN, she made many friendships, some of which lasted a lifetime. Ann accepted a hospital job in Canora where she met and married Edmund Gogol, a local farmer, on October 11th, 1958. Farming was not a planned occupation, but she soon learned the basics and much more. She continued to work at the Canora Union Hospital until 1974, when she began work at the Gateway Lodge, where she remained until her retirement in 1999. After many years on the farm, Ann and Edmund retired to Canora in 1999. She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, getting together for family dinners, babysitting her grandchildren and keeping up with her friends. Unfortunately, Ann's health deteriorated soon after retirement and Edmund became her steadfast helpmate. Ann entered the Gateway Lodge on May 1st, 2008, due to increasingly poor health.  Ann is survived by her loving and devoted husband Edmund; her son Jim (Kim) Gogol of Canora; her daughter, Karen (Walter) Kubryn of Okotoks, AB; granddaughter, Jenna Gogol of Canora and grandson Josh Gogol of Canora; step-grandson, Ryan (Ling) Kubryn and their children Mya and Marcus of Calgary, AB; step-granddaughter, Rachel (Mirza) Kubryn of Toronto, ON; brother-in-law, Albert (Marion) Gogol of Westbank, B.C.; sisters-in-law, Adeline (Les) Baldwin of Surrey, B.C., Anne Filipowich of Calgary, AB, Betty Malinverno, Pauline Gogol and Jennifer Gogol all of San Mateo, California, USA, as well as numerous, nieces, nephews and numerous friends. Ann was predeceased by her parents, Alec (Mac) and Bea MacLeod as well as her two best friends, Ida MacLeod "Aunt Ida" and Lyla Peever.  Ann, you will be loved and missed forever, rest in peace. The Celebration of Life Service was held on Saturday, October 16th, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home with Rev. Catherine Pace of the United Church of Canada officiating. Interment was her cremated remains followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to St. Andrew's United Church, Canora or to the Palliative Care Program North Area as tokens of remembrance in memory of Ann. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Stanley Zielinski

Canora Courier, November 03, 2010 Page 20

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 still our guide;

And though we cannot see you,

You are always at our guide;

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.


Peter Saliken

Canora Courier, November 03, 2010 Page 22
Peter Saliken passed away suddenly on October 19th, 2010, at his rural residence near Yorkton.  Peter was born February 2nd, 1936 to Peter Nicholas and Anne (nee Naharnow) Saliken in the Mikado district. At an early age Peter moved to Nelson, BC with his family. After a short stay in British Columbia, the family returned to the Mikado district and the family farm. A short time later Peter and his mother moved to St. Catherines, Ontario where Peter received his education. He worked at many jobs, helping his mother in every way he could. While growing up, Peter was involved in many sports including hockey, football, basketball, baseball and soccer. He was very athletic and received a scholarship to go to the Denver Colorado University to play hockey and baseball on their farm teams. Peter left university and returned to St. Catherines when his health began to fail. By age 33 Peter and his mother returned to Canora to make their home. Peter was predeceased by his father Peter Nicholas in 1975 and his mother Anne in 1994. For the past eleven years Peter made his home at the residence of June Falkowski and John Sveinbjornson who were his care givers and whom Peter considered his family.  The Funeral Service was held on Friday, October 22nd, 2010 from the Chapel of Lesonís Funeral Home, Canora with Marion Naduriak of the United Church of Canada officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association (Saskatchewan Division) in Peterí s memory. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora(563-5671).


Eugene Lyhkun

Canora Courier, November 03, 2010 Page 22
It is with deep sadness that the family of Eugene Lyhkun announces his passing on October 19, 2010 at Hinton, Alta.  Eugene was born March 24, 1934 at Canora, Sask. to William and Dolly (Evaniuk) Lyhkun. Eugene attended Dunay School and at an early age he would live with his aunty and uncle at Boston Bar, B .C. where he worked on the Canadian National Railways maintaining train trucks. After returning to school he obtained his engineering degree and worked around Jasper, Alta. for many years. Eugene moved to Hinton, Alta. and operated CNR locomotives until he retired. He loved to fish and travel. Eugene was predeceased by his father and mother, brothers, John and Ormy. He is survived by sisters, Victoria (Paul) Bilous of Roblin, Man. and Violet (Lawrence) Toffan of Canora, Sask. and many nieces and nephews.  Cremation took place at Edson, Alta. with interment to follow at a later date. May he rest in peace.


William Peter Kowbel

Canora Courier, November 03, 2010 Page 22
It is with sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of William Peter Kowbel on Monday, October 18, 2010.  William (Bill) Peter Kowbel was born on December 12, 1918 in Vonda, Saskatchewan. He was the second child of Peter and Barbara (Barnetski) Kowbel. Bill spent his early years attending school and working on the family farm where he learned the meaning of hard work. Later, Bill moved to Buchanan to help his brother establish his business. It was at this time that Bill met and then married Stella Sushetski on October 18, 1943. The next years were busy ones as they relocated to Canora, purchased the Rod & White grocery store and started their family. After a time they sold the store and Bill began working as a plumber and a tinsmith. This eventually led to his partnership in W & W Plumbing and Heating. In 1982, Bill and Stella moved to Yorkton and began enjoying their retirement. They enjoyed playing cards, dancing and socializing with family and friends.  Dad was an inspiration to our family. He was selflessly devoted to us, and we will miss the comfort of knowing he was always there. Our numerous stories are a reflection of all he gave us. He led by example - hard, honest work, no shortcuts. Family always came first and ho always did more for all of us than we ever expected. He was our Dad and also our friend. We will miss him every day. Coffee at McDonalds will never be the same. Fittingly, on the day of our Dadís passing, our Mother welcomed him home on what would have been their sixty-seventh wedding anniversary.  Bill was predeceased by his wife, Stella in 1991; parents, Peter and Barbara Kowbel; parents-in-law, Frank and Mary Sushetski; brothers, Joseph and John; sister, Helen Bayda; son-in-law, Dennis Enright; brothers-in-law, Joe Romanow, Peter Sushetski, Julius Sushetski, Tom Sleva, Edward Sushetski, Bill Bauder and Paul Ignash; sisters-in-law, Ann Kowbel, Josie Dron and Polly Sliva. Left to cherish his memory are his children, June (Gary) Hanson of Victoria, BCC, Arlene (Victor) Rogers of Edgeley, SK, Dr. Franklin (Carol) Kowbel of Melville, SK, and Timothy (Michelle) Kowbel of Lloydminster, AB. He will always have a special place in the hearts of his grandchildren, Eric Hanson, Johanna (Richard) Matthews, Christopher Enright, Kimberly (Grant) Robertson, James (Andrea) Enright, Melissa Kowbel; and his seven great-grandchildren, Cyrus Enright, Alexander, Colin and Logan Matthews, Sean and Emily Robertson and Preston Enright. Remembering their brother will be his sisters, Frances Romanow, Olga (Joe) Sherban, Mary (Adam) Kotyk and sister-in-law, Angeline (Steve) Borowetz. He is also survived by brothers-in-law, Adam Sushetski, Jack Pasznak and sister-in-law, Jean Ignash, Helen Pasznak, Anne Bauder, Sophie Sushetski, Helen Sushetski, Lucy Hannah and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  The prayer Service was held on Thursday, October 21, 2010 from the Chapel of Christie's Funeral Home in Yorkton, Sask. with Father Peter Pidskalny, C.Ss.R. officiating. The Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Friday, October 22, 2010 from St Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton, Saskatchewan with Father Peter Pidskalny, C.Ss.R. officiating. The Cross Bearer was Cyrus Enright and the Epistle was read by Melissa Kowbel. The responses were led by Mr. Ed Pindus and members of the Yorkton Ukrainian Catholic Choir. Following a reception at St. Gerard's parish Complex, the interment service took place in the Canora Town Cemetery with Chris Enright, Jason Kowbel, Melissa Kowbel, Morgan Kowbel, Jan Enright and Jenner Kowbel serving as the casket bearers. The honourary pallbearers were Eric Hanson, Johanna Matthews and Kimberly Robertson.  Friends so wishing my forward their condolences to Bill's family by visiting www.christiesfuneralhome.com. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Christie's Funeral Home & Crematorium, Yorkton, Saskatchewan.


Martin Makowsky

Canora Courier, November 10, 2010 Page 16

MAKOWSKY, Martin: loving memory of Martin, May 26, 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 10, 2010 Page 18

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


Sonia Caroline Prychak

Canora Courier, November 17, 2010 Page 12

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

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 everyday;

But missing you is a heartache,

That never goes away.

We hold you tightly within our heart,

And there you will remain;

Life has gone on without you,

But it will never be the same.

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


Gordon Bergen

Canora Courier, November 17, 2010 Page 12
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 thatís in our hearts,

You will walk with us forever.

l miss you very much Dad!

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


Peter J. Kotyk

Canora Courier, November 17, 2010 Page 12
Peter J. Kotyk, November 16, 1996.

We sit here and ponder how very much,

Weíd like to talk with you today;

There are so many things,

That we didnít get to say.

We know how much you care for us,

And how much we care for you;

And each time that we think of you,

We know youíll miss us too.

An angel came and took you by the hand,

And said, 

Your place was ready in heaven,

Far above.

And you had to leave behind,

All those you dearly loved.

You had so much to live for,

You had so much to do...

It still seems impossible,

That God was taking you.

And though your life on earth is past,

In heaven it starts anew;

You'll live for all eternity,

Just as God has promised you.

And though youíve walked through heavenís gate,

We are never far apart;

For every time we think of you,

Youíre right here, deep within our hearts.

-Always loved and sadly missed by wife, Elsie; children, Karen, Dennis, Valerie, Rita. Michael, Sharon, Amanda and families.


Avery Procyshen

Canora Courier, November 24, 2010, Page 15

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

To us you were so special,

We miss you more each day;

One of the saddest days of our lives,

Was the day you passed away.

If tears could build a stairway,

And memories were a lane;

We would walk right up to heaven,

And bring you home again.

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


Gordon Bergen

Canora Courier, November 24, 2010, Page 15

In loving memory of Gordon Bergen, a dear husband, father and grandfather, who passed away November 21, 2007.

In life we loved you dearly,

In death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you,

For 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,

Nothing seems the same;

But as God calls one by one,

The chain will link again.

- Loved and remembered by wife Florence, children and grandchildren, Andrea and John Adams, Melissa and Robin, Antoinette, Karrington and Landon Ross, Alyssa and Tim Lukey, Daylia and Zennia.


Jean Kotyk (nee Zbitnew)

Canora Courier, November 24, 2010, Page 17

Jean Kotyk of Sturgis and formerly of Buchanan district, passed away peacefully at the Canora Hospital on November 12th, 2010 at the age of 92 years.  Jean was born on a homestead at Mamornitz in the Buchanan district in November of 1918 to Sam and Mary (Gabora) Zbitnew. She was the eldest of 10 siblings. Being the oldest, she very soon was doing a lot of the housework, including making meals, baking bread, washing and being a surrogate mother for the younger children. Along with her daily chores, Jean attended the Mamornitz School achieving her grade eight education. At age eighteen, she worked away from home in locations such as Spy Hill and Buchanan. Jean met and later married Harry Kotyk who was from Rama, on November 5th, 1944, in the Mamornitz Church. Together they resided on the Kotyk family farm near Rama where they operated a mixed farming operation. In 1961, they built a brand new home on the homestead and continued to reside there until 1980, when they retired and moved to Buchanan. Harry and Jean were active members of the Orthodox Churches in Rama, Buchanan and Canora and participated in various capacities in the church groups. Harry passed away in 1996 and Jean relocated to Canora in the fall. Jean became involved with the Ukrainian Women's Association and the Ukrainian Heritage Museum where she volunteered a lot of her time working and bringing sweets. Jean was a dedicated homemaker, housewife, mother, seamstress and later in life, a loving Baba and great-Baba. She loved her gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, crocheting and especially looking after her grandchildren and later visiting with them and her great-grandchildren. Jean was dearly loved and will be missed by all.  She was predeceased by her parents, Sam and Mary; her husband, Harry; her brothers, Walter, John, Alfred, Nestor and David and her sister, Sophie. She is lovingly remembered by her three sons, Russell (Jean) of Buchanan, Herb (Melanie) of Tiny and Alfred (Grace) of Rama; her daughter, Elaine Kotyk of Ottawa, ON; her sisters Olga Ranger of Saskatoon, Audrey Zbitnew of Saskatoon and Julie (Bill) Scott of Grenfiell, SK; her grandchildren, Dale (Michelle) Kotyk and their children Ethan, Jana and Paige, Keith Kotyk and Muriel Kotyk, Kenneth (Andrea) Kotyk and their children Sofiya and Mysha, Kelly (Randy) Nyvoll and their daughter Sadie and Lesley Kotyk.  The prayers were held on Monday, November 15th and the Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, November 16th both from the Chapel of Leson's Funeral Home, Canora with Rt. Rev. Mitred Archpriest Mikolaj Derewianka officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Sturgis & District Care Home as tokens of remembrance in memory of Jean. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON'S FUNERAL HOME, Canora. (563-5671).


Avery Procyshen

Canora Courier, November 24, 2010, Page 18

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

This month comes with deep regret,

It brings back a week I'll never forget;

The tears I shed will gently wipe away,

But the pain in my heart will always stay.

They say time heals all sorrow,

And helps us to forget;

But time so far has only proved,

How much I miss you Avery yet.

I hold you close within my heart,

And there you will remain;

To walk with me throughout my life,

Until we meet again.

Vichnaya PamyatÖEternal Memory,

Forever loved and deeply missed by your living wife Adeline.


Sonia Caroline Prychak

Canora Courier, November 24, 2010, Page 18

In loving memory of my dear sister Sonia Caroline Prychak August 9, 1951 - November 19, 2005

Softly the leaves of memory of fall,

Gently I gather and treasure them all;

Please God forgive a silent tear,

A constant wish that she were here.

May the winds of love blow gently,

And the whisper so she can hear;

That I'll always love and miss her,

And wish that she were here.

Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by your sister Adeline.


Jennie Joan Hryhoriw (nee Tysowski)

Canora Courier, December 01, 2010 Page 18

Jennie Joan Hryhoriw passed away at the Calgary Foothills Hospital on Friday November 19th, 2012 at the age of 75 years.  Joan was born on January 1st, 1935 near Rhein SK to John and Mary (nee Holowatiuk) Tysowski.  She grew up in Mikado, Veregin, and Kamsack.  She attended primary school in Veregin and Kamsack, and High School in Yorkton.  After graduating from High School she work at the bank in Kamsack. Joan and William (Bill) Hryhoriw met in Kamsack. On September 24th, 195 5 they married in Yorkton, and settled in Winnipeg MB. They were blessed with four children. The happy family lived in Winnipeg, the Hryhoriw family farm in Canora, and Calgary. Joan was active with Brownies and Girl Guides in Winnipeg. She stayed at home with the children until the youngest started school and then returned to the banking workforce until her retirement in 1990. Joan loved animals; having pets from rodents to turkeys, with many cats and dogs in between. The family vacationed at the Happy Hearts cabin at Madge Lake, as well camped in the mountains. Joan and Bill travelled from the west to east coast, as well down to Texas, and across to Hawaii. Once retired, Joan and Bill spent many happy years on their farm along the Assiniboine River, as well their residence on the Big Island of Hawaii. Joan always put others ahead of herself. Her deep love and compassion for family members, young and old, will always be remembered. She had incredible attention to detail whether preparing a meal, or working on her yard or garden. Her caring touch will be missed.  Joan is predeceased by her parents, John and Mary Tysowski, and granddaughter Nicole Strong. Joan is lovingly remembered by her husband, Bill; daughters, Sherry (Todd) Massey of Mikado and Peggy Strong (Gerrit) of Calgary; sons, Bryan (Leslie) of Okotoks and Albert (Heather) of Calgary; 12 grandchildren, Kyle (Falen), Doug (Annie), Athena, Venessa (Ryan), Emily, Benjamin, Grace; Christopher (Megan), Richard, Elizabeth, Caroline, and Patricia; one brother, Albert (Laura) Tysowski of Calgary, as well as numerous uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.  Joan was well loved by everyone; known for her beautiful smile, happiness and laughter. Joan was a woman of many talents and will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. A Funeral Liturgy was celebrated on November 25th, 2010 at the Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canora, SK with Rev. Fr. Joakim Rac, Celebrant. Interment followed at the Riverview Cemetery in Kamsack. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan, or those wishing to email condolences may do so to: lesons@sasktel.net, in memory of Joan. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONíS FUNERAL HOME, Canora (563-5671).


Polly Rieben (nee Salikin)

Canora Courier, December 01, 2010 Page 18

Polly Rieben of Canora passed away peacefully at the Canora Hospital on November 13th, 2010 with her beloved son Bill Rieben at her side.  She was 98 years of age.  Polly was born on November 2nd, 1912 on the family farm in the Mikado district to Same and Mary (nee Sookochoff) Salikin.  Polly was the beloved wife of the late Mike Rieben who passed away peacefully at the age of 71 years.  Polly was the youngest of sic sibling.  She attended Verdant Valley School, which was situated on the land which her father donated. Polly and Mike Rieben were blessed by both parents in the Doukhobor Religion and married in the family home in May 1933. Polly married into a family of six. They lived together on the farm and carried out farming practices as a family. They worked hard together to overcome the "dirty thirties". Things like flour bags that were used for baseball uniforms (Vangard Team) were appreciated. On the farm they had livestock and chickens and grew many plentiful gardens to survive on. They maintained a hard working lifestyle. In the 1930ís the family purchased more land to expand the family farming operations. In 1940, more land was bought NE of Canora where Mike and Polly and son Bill made their home. ln 1956, they moved to the town of Canora. They continued to farm until 1974 when they retired. Polly enjoyed knitting, crocheting and making rugs on the loom. She also spun her own yarn for sweaters and socks etc. She did a lot of sewing in her younger years which was admired by all. Polly loved working in the garden and was known not to have one weed. Her harvest was always very plentiful. She participated in numerous multicultural programs and activities of the Doukhobor Society. Polly was a member of the heritage choir and loved singing. She was a member of the National Doukhobor Heritage Village in Veregin and a member of the Co-op ladies Guilds. She also loved sports, especially baseball. Her caring and kind nature spilled over to many friends, neighbours and family members. Polly's favourite time of the year was working with her husband Mike out on the field helping with trucking, hauling grain and combining. No work was ever too hard for Polly; there was nothing that she would not attempt. One of her greatest pleasures and forms of relaxation were gardening and farming. During the last several years she lived with her son Bill in Canora. Pollyís greatest love was spending time with her family and friends. She will be remembered fondly by all who knew her.  Polly is survived by her beloved son, Bill; two granddaughters, Lori and husband Neil Garchinski and Dawn Rieben all of Regina; three great-grandchildren, Kaila, Aimee and Taran Garchinski; a niece, Marion (Fred) Krukoff of Canora; two sisters-in-law, Ann (Fred) Dergousoff and Fanny Rieben of Canora, and also her special friend, Lynda Thickett and various friends and neighbours. Polly was predeceased by her parents, Sam and Mary; beloved husband, Mike; two brothers, Mike (Nastia) and Nick (Mildred); three sisters, Lusha (Sam) Smieff who lived to be 104 years old, Anna (Frank) Sopof, Mary (Bill) Makaseoff and 10 nephews and 8 nieces.  A Visitation was held on Thursday, November 18th, 2010 and the Funeral Service was held on Friday, November 19th, 2010, both from the Chapel of Lesonís Funeral Home with the Canora Doukhobor Society officiating. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Doukhobor Heritage Village in Veregin, SK, in memory of Polly. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONS FUNERAL HOME, Canora (563-5671).


Isabel Muzichuk

Canora Courier, December 08, 2010 Page 15

MUZICHUK, Isabel: (December 8, 2009).

A million times we needed you,

A million times we cried;

If love alone would have saved you,

You never would have died.

ln life we loved you dearly,

In death we love you still;

In our hearts you hold a place,

No one can ever till.

Some may think you are forgotten,

Though on earth you are no more;

But in our memory you are with us;

As you always were before.

It broke our hearts to lose you,

But you did not go alone; 

A part of us went with you,

The day God called you home.

Your precious memories are for keepsakes,

With which we never part;

God has you safely in His keeping,

But we have you in our hearts.

- We miss you dearly, Baba Issy! Krystal and Jeff, Dustin, Joanne and Tim, Matthew, Ivan and Faith.


John Peter Zbeetnoff

Canora Courier, December 08, 2010 Page 17
It is with great sadness to announce that John Peter Zbeetnoff of Canora, SK, passed away peacefully on November 26, 2010 at the age of 88 years.  John was born on August 21, 1922 at "The Valley". John taught in several Saskatchewan single room schools from 1943 - 1960. He taught grades 1 to 9 and assisted others with correspondence to Grade 12 in rural schools at Weekes, Linden Valley, Phoenix, Hyas, Norquay, Badgerdale and Wysla. He retired from teaching in 1959. He married Emily Bialobzyski on June 27, 1958 and then built and operated Zbeetnoff Studio from 1960 - 1976. John will be lovingly remembered by his family and friends as an outstanding father, grandpa, friend, photographer, teacher, dancer, storyteller, winemaker, and gardener, just to name a few. When granddaughter Caitlin was small, she could not say Grandpa and "Bonka" came out instead. He has been fondly known by his family by this nickname ever since. A nickname he embraced. His photographic eye was certainly born from his own fatherís artistic eye, his father being an accomplished nature artist. This artistic eye was passed on not only to his children, but also to his grandchildren. His carpentry skills were put to good use in building his family run Photography Studio on Main Street in Canora. His skills were also put to work on building a duplex in Saskatoon and his latest house in Canora. He also had a hand in passing on drywalling skills to his granddaughter Courtney as he helped his son with renovations in Vancouver, BC. Whenever there was a math problem that granddaughters Caitlin or Kelsey had, they had to call Bonka and ask for help, or if he was visiting, he would sit down and try to figure out the right answer with them. He would come to Yorkton, stop in, and pick up Kelsey to go grocery shopping - these shopping adventures are something that Kelsey will treasure for the rest of her life. Every time Bonka came to visit, Kelsey would write down all the stories that he told her - another great memory of him. Caitlin spent a summer with Bonka 2 years ago while she was working at the Canora pool. She once had to hold the ladder while he climbed up to clean the eaves troughs in the pouring rain and he asked her to "spot" him. Another memory is when he would not let Caitlin walk one block from the pool to his house - he would be there waiting in his Hyundai! His oldest granddaughter, Ashley, remembers the summers spent at the Veregin Doukhobor Heritage Day. She loved listening to Bonka speak to others in Russian, a language he was fluent in, and walking around the museums as he explained the uses of the various and rather odd looking farm equipment, and how life was "back in the day". Whenever anyone spent time with Bonka, they were sure to learn something interesting. One of his specialties were the huge, delicious pancakes that he made. Pancakes that were larger than your plate. After one or two it would be hard to move from your seat, but youíd have to make sure to leave a little room for some pie and ice cream afterwards! His granddaughter, Erin, remembers how Bonka loved his garden and the care he put into it. She loved eating the raspberries from his enormous raspberry bushes and the peas from his garden. Something she will always remember is how he would hum and sing songs to himself. Christopher and Julie, two of his youngest grandchildren, remember how he loved to dance. They remember how he loved his "chai" and will never forget to "laugh, because it will make you live longer". Something John deeply believed in. He loved to dance, at times would dance twice a week. His Hyundai could be seen driving to dances in Yorkton, Saltcoats, Dubuc, and Wadena. He was predeceased by an infant son, Alex, in 1967; his wife, Emily, in 1988; his mother, Annie, in 1992; his father, Peter, in 1992 and his brother Peter in 2000. John is survived by his brother, Lawrence of Canora; daughter, Joanne (Kelly Woloschuk); granddaughters ,Caitlin and Kelsey of Yorkton; son, John; granddaughter, Courtney from North Vancouver; daughter, Karen (Harvey Haugen) of Loreburn; daughter, Colleen (Dwayne Abbott); granddaughters, Ashley, Erin, Julie and grandson, Christopher of Saskatoon. Coming from a homesteading background, John remembered clearly the Depression of the 1930s. He was well aware of what hard work was and how to get the most from the least. Anyone that can get 450,000 km from a l987 Hyundai with no engine work and maintaining over 40 miles/ gallon was able to squeeze out more from that car than even the best automotive engineer would expect. As a child living on a farm, his love and passion for gardening was born. Strawberries that his grandchildren would anxiously come from more than 2,000 miles away to pick and eat was a testament to that. His strawberries made the best strawberry jam. Row upon row of potatoes would be a staple of his backyard garden, even up to this last growing season. His granddaughter Courtney is still amazed at the pumpkin sized potatoes he grew. This is certainly something he was able to pass on to his children and grandchildren with robust gardens now spread all across Canada. John had several interests and was able to share many of those interests with his family and friends. An early career in teaching allowed him the patience to help raise his four kids. Skills learned from teaching up to 3 8 kids in several grades in a single room were not wasted. He offered much in helping his wife, Emily, raise their children. Being a dedicated photographer and father has led to box after box of both photographs and slides of his family. Family photos of everyday life and of holidays are memories his family will pass on for generations and that will keep him close to all of us for the rest of our lives. His sense of right and wrong has been passed down to 2 generations already and will be passed down to generations to come. John was a man with many talents, but for his family, his sense of humour was ever present even in the last few hours of his life. He believed that you only need a good sense of humour to get you through a tough spot. He would want all of us to leave here tonight with a smile and a warm memory of our time with him. The Funeral Service was held from the Chapel of Lesonís Funeral Home on Friday, December 3, with Pastor Greg Bright officiating. Interment of Cremated Remains to follow in the Spring of 2011. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Lupus Society as tokens of remembrance in memory of John. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON í S FUNERAL HOME, Canora (563-567l)


Tannis Strukoff (nee Popoff)

Canora Courier, December 08, 2010 page 17
Tannis Strukoff (nee Popoff), age 72, of Kamsack, SK, passed away November 4, 2010 in Kamsack Hospital.  Prayers were held November 8, 2010, at E. Andrychuk Funeral Home, with Rev. Frances Patterson officiating. Funeral services were held November 9, 2010 in the Kamsack Doukhobor Prayer Home, with Mae Popoff officiating. Interment followed at the Riverview Cemetery.  Tannis was born April 26, 1938 in Kamsack. She started her education at Smerenie country school and finished high school in Pelly, SK. She obtained her teaching certificate in Saskatoon in June of 1958, and then on August 2, 1958, married Dr. Fred Strukoff. After teaching for one year she and Fred started their family. She was a devoted wife, and very much enjoyed raising their four children. She also worked part-time at Strukoff Chiropractic Clinic, and was involved with her community. She taught 4-H, served on the local school board and town council, and in various capacities with the Doukhobor Society.  Tannis was predeceased by Fred, her loving husband of 50 years; parents, John and Elsie Popoff; son, David in infancy; brother, Samuel, and niece, Kathryn. She is survived by her son, Fred Jr. of Armstrong, B.C.; son, Dr. Wayne (Gail) of Kamsack, SK; daughter, Lisa (John) Rhodes of Vancouver, WA; son, Robert of Swift Current, SK; brothers, Timothy (Sarah) Popoff of Smeaton, SK; John (Mae) Popoff of Saskatoon, SK; Wesley (Pat) Popoff of Canora,. SK; five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Arrangements were entrusted to E. Andrychuk Funeral Home.


Carol Wolkowski

Canora Courier, December 15, 2012 Page 15

In loving memory of Carol Wolkowski, November 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 & Cassidy


Millard Landstad

Canora Courier, December 22, 2010 Page 12
Millard Landstad. January 5. 2009.

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,

You did not go alone;

For part of us went with you,

The day 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.

- Forever loved, wife, Alice; Cyndie, Greg, Shann; Grant, Audrey; Rob, Annie and families.


Eugenia Owchar (nee Pardoski)

Canora Courier, December 22, 2010 Page 14
Eugenia Owchar of Winnipeg, MB and formerly of Canora, SK, passed away suddenly at the Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg, MB on December 8th, 2010 at the age of 96 years.  Eugenia was born in Cote, SK on January 19th, 1914 to John and Pauline Pardoski. she went to school in Kamsack, SK and excelled in her studies until she completed her grade 12. Eugenia met Steve Owchar in Canora and they were united in marriage in 1937. Steve & Eugenia settled on a farm just south of Canora. Farming was a life they enjoyed from dawn to dusk. Be it haying, stooking, milking or feeding the large crews at harvest time Eugenia was always willing to do more to help when help was needed. She took great pride in sowing and harvesting a large garden each year. Eugenia was an excellent cook and was known for her mile high angel food cakes (and that was in the days before they had electric mixers). Steve passed away in January, 1969 and Eugenia moved to Canora the following year where she lived for 38 years. Due to failing health, she moved to Winnipeg to live with her daughter Marlene and her husband Horace. Eventually she moved into the Golden Door Geriatric Centre where she received excellent care from the nurses and staff. Eugenia was a gentle person with a wonderful sense of humour. She made many friends throughout her life and will be sadly missed by those who loved her.  Eugenia was predeceased by her husband, Steve; two sisters, Marion and Bernice, and by her parents, John and Pauline. She is survived by her loving daughters, Elaine of Edmonton, AB and Marlene (Horace) of Winnipeg, MB; grandchildren, Janet of Edmonton, Owen (Christine) of Sherwood Park, AB, and Jason and Jillian, both of Winnipeg, as well as great-grandchildren, Vanessa, Sarah, Cassandra and Connor.  The Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. from Leson's Funeral Home, Canora, with Rex; Catherine Pace officiating. Interment followed in the Canora Cemetery. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to St. Andrewís United Church, Canora, SK or the Golden Door Geriatric Centre, Winnipeg, MB, as tokens of remembrance in memory of Eugenia. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONíS FUNERAL HOME, Canora (563-5671).


Elsie Butterfield (nee Rusnak)

Canora Courier, December 22, 2010 Page 14
Elsie Butterfield of Norquay, SK, passed away peacefully at the Norquay Health Centre on December 13th, 2010 after living a wonderful life of 99 years.  Elsie was born in the Buchanan district on November 2nd, 1911 to Nicholi and Maria (nee Drozdiuk) Rusnak. She left home at the age of 15 and worked at the Buchanan and later the Norquay Hotels. She met her husband Lloyd and they married in 1935. Elsie and Lloyd managed the Norquay Hotel for a few years and later purchased land south of Norquay. Farming became the love of their life. There they raised their family before retiring and moving to Norquay. Elsie lived on her own until she was 96 years and moved to the Norquay Health Center following illness. Elsie loved her family. She had a sharp mind, remarkable memory and sense of humor.  Elsie was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Lloyd (1991); all her brothers and sisters, and by her daughter-in-law, Winnifred (1983). She will dearly be missed by her daughter, Ruth; her sons, Roger (Marian), Donald (Marylin), Wallace (Cindy) and Gary. Elsie will be remembered by her 15 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren plus many nieces and nephews.  The Funeral Service celebrating Elsieís life was held on Thursday, December 16th, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. from the Norquay United Church, Norquay, with Rev. Catherine Pace officiating. Interment followed in the Norquay Community Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the Norquay Health Center for the kind and compassionate care given to Elsie while she was a resident. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Norquay Health Centre or to the Norquay United Church, as tokens of remembrance in memory of Elsie. Arrangements were entrusted to LESONí S FUNERAL HOME, Canora (563-5671).


Mary Matsalla

Canora Courier, December 22, 2010 Page 14

Mary Matsalla March 30, 1926 - December 24, 2009

In loving memory of our dear Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and Sister.

An Angel Gone to Heaven

Our life goes on without you,

But nothing is the same;

We have to hide our heartaches,

When someone speaks your name.

Sad are the tears 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 hind and true;

And when we needed someone,

We could always count on you.

The special years will not return,

When we were all together;

But with the love inside our hearts,

You will walk with us forever

Sadly missed, forever remembered and forever loved by your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and sister.