Mr. John Brelis of Ituna, Sask. and formerly of the Hubbard district passed away at the Regina, General Hospital on Saturday, December 30, 2000. He was 79 years of age. John was born on June 9, 1921 in the Hubbard district of Saskatchewan. He was a son of Peter and Mary (nee Mostoway) Brelis. John was raised on the family farm and attended Beaver Hills School for two years. The Brelis family then moved south of Goodeve for three years where John took the rest of his schooling. Then, in 1936 the family moved to the Hubbard district and farmed there until they retired in 1974 to Ituna, Sask. In January of 2000 John moved into the Ituna and District Pioneer Lodge where he has resided until his passing. In his early farming years John used horse drawn machinery then in the late 1940s tractors came into use. The changes that John saw in farming through the years is the mixed farming industry. During his life John was a parishioner of Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Church near Hubbard, Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ituna and the Hubbard Community Hall, the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and the Ituna Co-op Association. He enjoyed playing cards, watching T.V. and listening to the radio.
John leaves to mourn his passing and to celebrate his life a brother Michael and his wife Mary of Domain, Man., sisters Sophie Brelis of Ituna, Sask., Anne Pasieczka and Olga LaForme both of Winnipeg, Man. along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. John was predeceased by his father Peter in 1939, mother Mary Gilleta in 1997; sisters Nellie and Helen in 1930, bothers-in-law Tony Pasieczka in 1964, Ray LaForme in 1997 and a nephew Robert Pasieczka in 1989.
Prayer services were held on Tuesday, January 2, 2001 from Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church Ituna, Saskatchewan. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Wednesday morning, January 3, 2001 from Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church with Very Reverend Father Methodius Kushko C.Ss.R. as Celebrant. Ostap Piasta was the Cantor with Vladimir Halipchak serving as Palamar. Peter Brelis was the Cross Bearer. The Interment followed in the Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Parish Cemetery north of Hubbard with Tony, Mike Brelis, Leo, Andre Piasta, Mike Olynyk and Orest Buchko serving as Casket Bearers. Eternal memory services were directed by Bailey's Funeral Home, Ituna and Yorkton.
On January 23, 2003 Mary Broda of Yorkton passed away at the Mont St. Joseph Nursing home in Prince Albert at the age of 88 years. Mary was born September 2, 1914 at Sunny Isle District, Saskatchewan to Ephraim and Ann Mazuren. Mary had three sisters and two brothers. In June of 1932 Mary and John Broda were married at St. Phillip's Roman Catholic Church. Mary and her husband John raised five children. The family moved to Yorkton in 1963 where both Mary and John were active members of St. Gerard's and St. Mary's Catholic Churches. The Brodas enjoyed 50 years of marriage prior to John's death in Sept. of 1982. Mary spent much of her life involved with her husband, five children, twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She lived in close proximity to St. Mary's Church and became intimately involved with the Blue Army, the UCWL, and the church community. She was an active volunteer at St. Joseph's College and St. Mary's Cultural Centre. Her retirement years were focused on her faith, family and friends. In later years she resided at Queen Elizabeth courts in Yorkton. On November 28, 2001, she was admitted to Mont St. Joseph Nursing Home in Prince Albert. Mary was personable, very sociable, family oriented, had a gentle nature, and an infectious sense of humor. She had a strong will and accomplished amazing things in her lifetime.
Mary is survived by her sister, Olga (Gus) Bogaski of Winnipeg, her step brothers, Stan and Daniel Mazuren of Pelly and Harry Mazuren of Winnipeg; her adult children, Ethel (Carl), Terry (Rick) of B.C.; Mike (Mary Anne), David (Shelly) of Saskatchewan, 12 grandchildren: Dennis and Karen Johnson, Shawn Myron, Norman, Vernon, Donna, Christine, Jason, David, Greg, Erin (all Broda), and Jessica Kaban; 3 Great grandchildren, Katie and Marlie Broda and Scott Myron; plus many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She is predeceased by her husband John; her son, Lloyd; her brothers, John and Eugene; sisters, Lena and Frances.
Prayer Services were held on Sunday, January 26th at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home. The rosary led by members of UCWL, Branch #1 and the Blue Army preceded the prayers. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Monday, January 28, 2003 at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton with Rev. Father Ivan Nahachewsky as the Celebrant. St. Mary's Funeral Choir led in the singing of the responses. The epistle reader was Sonia Thaczuk and the crossbearer was Lawrence Thaczuk. An UCWL Honour Guard was held with Anne Gulka carrying the branch prapor; Alice Wasylynka and Zena Baran serving as banner bearers and Sophie Madarash, Mabel Zawada and Anne Abrametz carrying the UCWL Memorial Wreath. The Golden Ager Wreath was carried by Natalie Sakundiak. The interment followed in the Garden of Crucifixion at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Norman Broda, Jason Broda, David Broda, Greg Broda, Tyler Kaban and Ed Broda serving as the casket bearers. Eulogist, Vincent Broda offered remembrances and reflections of Mary's Life. For those wishing, donations in memory of Mary may be made to the charity of their choice. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.
Mr. Donald Brown
BROWN - It is with great sadness that the family of Mr. Donald Brown announce his passing on June 24, 2006 at the Yorkton & District Nursing Home. He was 80 years of age. Donald was born on January 9, 1926 on a farm ( 30 - 44- 19W2nd) near Melfort, SK to parents Gus and Greta Brown. Don was raised on this farm and he attended Melinda School. He remained on this farm until 1956 when he was married to Alma Parker of Naicam.
After their marriage Alma and Don lived in Melfort until 1979. In addition to his love of farming, Don worked on the railroad for four years, Canadian Propane for 2 years and drove the Melinda School bus for fifteen years.
In 1979 Don and Alma moved to Tantallon, SK for five years where he worked for D.H. Miller and Son. After Alma retired from teaching they moved to Yorkton. For several years Don worked for farmers helping with seeding and harvesting.
Don had many interests. As a young man he played softball with the Clemens Clippers. He was always interested in hockey and loved it. For many years he used his school bus to drive players and fans of the Melfort Athletics Hockey Team to games. After moving to Yorkton he loved going to Terriers games. Don put many miles on his vehicles driving Jerry and his fellow team members when he played hockey.
First of all, Don loved farming. He took great pride in a good job of sowing, summer fallowing and combining. In his younger years he loved to go deer hunting and fishing. Don loved to be with people no matter where he was he could find someone to talk to. For many years he was a regular at A&W for morning coffee.
Don will be sadly missed by Alma, his devoted wife of almost fifty years, his sons Leslie (Cammy) of Calgary, Jerry (Madonna) and grandson Cameron of Grande Prairie. He is survived by a sister, Vera (Ken) Bowren of Melfort, a brother Ken (Leona) of Spruce Grove, AB and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Don was predeceased by his parents, Gus and Greta Brown, two sisters Mildred Martin, Irene Ambler and by his much loved little pooch Suzie.
The funeral service was held on Tuesday, June 27th at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Faye L. Greer of Westview United Church officiating. 'Just As I Am' and 'Precious Lord, Take My Hand' were the taped hymns that were played. Leslie Brown paid tribute to his father by eulogy and video presentation. The interment followed in the Garden of Devotion at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Hector Nelson, Gary Fehr, Bruce Monette, John Monka, John Holitzki and Bill Popik serving as the casket bearers. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. George Bruce, beloved husband of Esther Bruce of Kelliher, passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2002 at St. Joseph's Integrated Care Centre in Lestock. He was 90 years of age. George Alfred Bruce was born September 9, 1912 at Kelliher, Saskatchewan; the second eldest son of Fred and Ellen (nee Denham) Bruce. He attended Garnock School and lived in the area all of his life. On February 27, 1939 George was united in marriage to Esther Norlin at Kelliher. The couple moved to the farm south of Kelliher and resided there until they moved into Kelliher in 1959. George worked for the R.M. of Kellross in the 1950's and drove a school bus for a number of years in the 1960's all the while continuing to farm until he retired at the age of 84. George was a third generation farmer of an original homestead founded in 1904. He had been a long time member of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and the Kelliher CO-OP Association. Many of us will fondly remember George and his little white truck running errands, picking up mail or groceries, or helping a neighbor in need. He loved to spend time on the farm watching the beavers and feeding the birds and rabbits in his yard. He could repair almost anything and everything that was broken. But most of all he enjoyed his family and the family gatherings.
Predeceased by his father Fred in 1976, his mother Ellen in 1969, his brother Don and his sister Marjorie Condon. He leaves to mourn his passing and to celebrate his life his beloved wife Esther; his daughter, Doreen (Alastair) Brennan of Ituna, two sons Gordon (Marcia) Bruce of Saskatoon and Gerald (Bev) Bruce of Leross; 11 grandchildren, David (Marcie) Brennan, Leann (Jason) Kowalchuk, Carole (Wayne) Hubick, and Allan Brennan; Debbie (Dave) Duesling, Brenda Bruce, Wendy (Keith) Casey, Lorie Bruce & Trish Bruce; Tim (Jeannine) Bruce & Joey Bruce; 13 great grandchildren, his sister Kathleen Jamieson of Kelowna B.C. and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral service was held on Friday afternoon, November 8, 2002 from St. Vladimir's Church in Kelliher with Rev. Harry Miller officiating. The organist, Lenore Rein led members of the choir and the congregation in the singing of the hymns 'What A Friend We Have in Jesus', 'Amazing Grace' and 'In the Sweet By and By'. The choir recessional was 'Peace, Perfect Peace'. Special music was provided by Debbie Duesling, who sang a solo 'How Great Thou Art', and Debbie was joined by her sisters Brenda, Wendy, Lorie and Trish as they sang 'Farther Along'. Recollections and remembrances were given by granddaughters Carole Hubick and Leann Kowalchuk. The interment followed in the Kelliher Memorial Gardens with Allan Brennan, David Brennan, Tim Bruce, Joey Bruce, Daryl Bruce and Darren Frisko serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Bill Bryksa, beloved husband of Jean, passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 9, 2003 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 63 years of age. Bill was born in the horse lake District on March 20, 1939 to John and Anna (nee Blazeiko) Bryksa. Bill was raised on the farm and attended the Horse Lake School. In his youth he enjoyed sports, in particular baseball. He was a talented pitcher until he broke his arm throwing his famous curve ball. In 1955 he moved to Yorkton and began his career as a painter. On November 23, 1957 Bill married Jean Munro at Model Farm Church and they made their home in Yorkton. They were blessed with three sons: Gary, Grant, and Kevin. As the boys grew Bill encouraged them to follow his interest in sports. This began his long association with Yorkton Minor Sports. Bill helped in any aspect he could including coaching, managing and even driving the bus. This interest has been passed on to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved to express his opinion on his favorite professional sports teams and prided in his knowledge of their statistics. Throughout his life he enjoyed camping and fishing with family and friends. Bill loved gardening and prided in his potatoes (all 120 hills). He enjoyed visits with his children and grandchildren where he played cards while relating many humorous stories of his youth.
He is predeceased by his parents John and Anna; sisters Stena, Emily, Rose, Sophie, and Anne. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Jean; his sons Gary (Geraldine) of Edmonton, Grant (Cindy) of Saskatoon, and Kevin (Gwen) of Yorkton; Mother-in-law Margaret of Foam Lake; Grandchildren Jeremiah, Erin, Emmit, and Jered of Edmonton, Tammie (Darren), Mike (Amanda), David, and John of Saskatoon, Kelly and Brian (Dyan) of Medicine Hat, and Kayla of Yorkton; great-grandchildren Colby and Brayden of Saskatoon and Neleh of Medicine Hat; brothers Walter (Sophie) of Foam Lake, Merle (Jeanette) of Lanigan, Mike (Gail) of Foam Lake, and Donald (Eileen) of Lethbridge; Sisters Marie of Craik and Adele (Hal Dean) of Warner; brothers-in-law Victor Dvernichuk, Lloyd Baptist, and Ruben Norbeck; and numerous relatives and friends.
Prayer services were held on Sunday evening, January 12, 2003 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. Funeral services were held on Monday morning, January 13, 2003 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Very Reverend Father Bryan Bayda C.Ss.R. of St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church Officiating. The service responses were given by St. Mary's Funeral Choir. All those who knew Bill were Honourary Bearers. Granddaughters: Kayla, and Erin Bryksa and Tammie Buck served as Cross Bearers. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Mark Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Grandsons: Jeremiah, Emmit, Jered, Mike, David, John, Kelly and Brian Bryksa serving as Casket Bearers. Services directed by Bailey's Funeral Home Yorkton.
Mrs. Patricia Buckle, resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, passed away on Sunday, November 5th, 2000, following a short hospitalization. She was 86 years of age. Patricia Buckle was born on July 25, 1914 at Yorkton, Saskatchewan; a daughter of Ray and Katherine (nee Egbert) Farley.
Patricia was raised in Yorkton but at the age of five years moved to Binghamton, New York. The family returned to Yorkton when she was twelve. A very bright student, she completed her Grade 12 at the age of sixteen. Patricia began working for the Hudson Bay Company and also worked for her father at his International Harvester dealership on Broadway Ave. In 1932 she married Samuel Buckle, and the couple began farming south of Yorkton in the Pebble Lake district. The couple successfully farmed and raised their family, retiring in 1982. In that year the couple moved to Yorkton and made their home on Betts Ave. In 1989 Patricia moved to the Victoria Court. She greatly enjoyed the many new friendships she established while a resident there. She was able to maintain her independence until December of last year, when she became a resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home. Patricia possessed great character, she was a very social person who loved conversation and enjoyed debating any topic with her family and friends. She was a positive person and always looked for the best in people.
She was predeceased by her husband Sam, her parents, a son Farley in 1956 and by a sister Julia. She leaves to mourn her passing her three sons; Ray (Avis) of Yorkton, Robert (Cynthia) of Regina and Sam (Helene) of Yorkton; two daughters, Betty (Bob) McLean of Yorkton and Sherry Morris of Saskatoon; grandchildren and great grandchildren Blaine Buckle (Fran; Justin, Stephen & Clinton), Wade Buckle (Tracey; & Brennan), Sabrae (Berne; Britt & Tess Udala), Cid (Cathy) McLean, Ginger McLean, Farley Morris, Jacqueline Morris, Samantha Morris, Robert & Patrick Buckle, Stephanie & Richard Buckle, Chris Farion; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
The funeral service was held on Thursday, November 9, 2000 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home in Yorkton. Rev. Walter Farquharson of the United Church of Canada officiated. The organist, Sharon Litvanyi, led members of the congregation in the singing of the hymns "The Old Rugged Cross" and "How Great Thou Art". Special music was "One Day At A Time" and "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory". The interment followed in the family plot at the Yorkton City Cemetery with Richard, Patrick, Robbi and Wade Buckle, Farley Morris and Cid McLean serving as the honorary bearers and Blaine Buckle serving as the urnbearer. Cremation and funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.
Mrs. Pearl (Kaweski) Budinsky, beloved wife of William, passed away in her sleep at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre on Sunday, May 13, 2001 in her 83rd year. The youngest of six children, Pearl was born to Bill and Pauline (nee Maleschuk) Liss in the village of Leishku a short distance from the city of Yaraslow, Poland on January 7, 1918. Her parents operated a store in the village. The Liss children enjoyed the comforts of home and the warmth and guidance of the extended family. However, by 1924 the parents were deceased and as orphans, life took a dramatic turn. In the spring of 1926 the children emigrated to Canada to the Fosston, Sask., area where members of the Maleschuk family had emigrated earlier and were established as farmers. Pearl spent her early years with her married sister Mary (Joe) Nycholat. In 1933 she met and married Mike Kaweski who immigrated from Western Ukraine in 1928. They settled on a farm in the Ponass Lake area. To this union three sons were born. In 1945 they sold their farm and the family moved to a larger farm at Clair, Sask. where they resided until the death of Mike in 1962. In 1970 Pearl married William Budinsky and moved to his farm at Theodore, Sask. In 1983 William and Pearl retired from farming and moved to Yorkton. Pearl was lifelong homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and was a willing partner in all aspects of farm life. She was a member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and was active in the ladies auxiliary in her younger years. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her.
Pearl was predeceased by her parents Bill and Pauline Liss; husband Mike Kaweski; son Maurice Kaweski; sisters Mary and brother-in-law Joe Nycholat, Annie and brother-in-law Jim Collier, Kathryn and brother-in-law Bill Shalley; and brothers Mike and Metro Liss. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband William Budinsky of Yorkton; sons Nick (Audrey) Kaweski of Clair, Sask., and Peter (Shirley) Kaweski of Saskatoon, Sask.; sisters-in law Myrtle Liss of Rose Valley, Sask., and Annie Liss of Wadena, Sask.; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Prayer services were held on Thursday, May 17, 2001, from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Funeral Services were held on Friday morning, May 18, 2001 from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church with Rev. Father Richard Ehrmantraut officiating. The cantor, Mike Sitko, assisted by members of the Parish Choir led in the singing of the responses. Cory Nickolayou was the cross bearer with Fred and John Batuk serving as the banner bearers. The memorial register was attended by Margaret Liss. Madeline Colbow, Sophie Nickolayou, Sophia Liss, Sarah Guest, Kathy Greer, Nettie Yuzdepski and Pauline Nycholat were honourary bearers. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Stan Balaski, Mike Kaweski, Richard Kaweski, Kevin Kaweski, Garry Colbow and Eugene Nicholayou serving as casket bearers. A memorial luncheon was held at the Ukrainian Orthodox Auditorium at which time Pearl's eldest grandchild Mike Kaweski paid tribute and gave remembrances of his Baba. CHRIST IS RISEN. Services were directed by Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.
Mr. William Budinsky of Yorkton, widower of Pearl Budinsky, entered eternal rest on Monday, July 23, 2001 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre in his 83rd year. The oldest of thirteen children, William Budinsky was born on Dec. 6, 1917, in the Insinger district to Nicoli and Maria Budinsky. He was raised on the family farm and received his education at Yemen School and Insinger High School. From 1936 to 1940 William worked as a farm labourer in the Insinger District and Kenton, Man. In the early 1940s he was employed by the Canadian Pacific Railway and spent the winters cutting wood in Northern Ontario lumber camps. From 1943 to 1946 he served his country during WWII in the Canadian Armed Forces. Following his years of service, he returned to work for the CPR and the Ontario lumber camps. In 1950 Bill began doing what would remain a lifelong interest and way of life - farming. Under the Veterans' Land Act, he purchased farm land in the Creekside District southwest of Theodore, which he farmed for 32 years. On Nov. 7, 1970, he was united in marriage to Pearl Kaweski at Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Yorkton. Together Bill and Pearl continued to enjoy an active and productive life on the farm until 1983 when they retired to Yorkton. During his years as a farmer, Bill served as director for the Creekside Rural Telephone Company. He was a member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church all his life, first as a member of the congregation in Theodore and later as a congregation member in Yorkton. A man with many interests, Bill enjoyed playing violin, cards, and pool. He enjoyed helping and visiting relatives and always had time for a cup of coffee with neighbours and friends. A thoughtful man who always showed great care and attention in everything he did, William will be deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
He was predeceased by his mother Maria (1958), father Nicoli (1965), wife Pearl (May 2001), step-son Maurice (1992), sister Olga (2000), and brother John (1970). William leaves to cherish his memory and to celebrate his life his step-sons Nick Kaweski of Clair, Sask., Peter Kaweski of Saskatoon; brothers: Melvyn of Abbotsford, BC, Fred of Hope, BC, Matthew of Surrey, BC; sisters: Anne (Couillard) of Winnipeg, Marion (Wingert) of Regina, Kaye (Butler) of Hamiota, Man., Irene (Ness) of Winnipeg, Jean (Serytuk) of La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA, Isabel (Pott) of Roseau River, Man., and Sylvia (Barkman) of Kingston, Ont.; eight step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren; three daughters-in-law; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Prayer services were held on Thursday, July 26th at Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Yorkton. Funeral services were held on Friday, July 27th at Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church with Rev. Father Mel Slashinsky officiating. The cantor, Mike Sitko assisted by members of the Parish Choir led in the singing of the responses. The crossbearer was Cory Nickolayou and the bannerbearers were Fred and John Batuk. Attending the Memorial Register was Elizabeth Wingert. The honourary bearers were Ian Greer, Kathy Greer, Betty Nickolayou, Sophie Nickolayou, Carl Westerhaug and Maurice Wingert. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Garry Colbow, Kevin Kaweski, Mike Kaweski, Richard Kaweski, Eugene Nickolayou and Larry Wingert serving as casket bearers. A memorial luncheon was held at the Ukrainian Orthodox Auditorium at which time Matthew Budinsky, Peter Kaweski and Mike Kaweski paid tribute and gave remembrances of William. Words of appreciation were conveyed by Nick Kaweski and Larry Wingert. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Peter Bulycz of the Ituna Pioneer Health Centre entered eternal rest on Wednesday, August 7, 2002. He was 88 years of age. Peter was born on July 3, 1914 in the Ituna district of Saskatchewan; a son of Nicholas and Mary (nee Leontowich) Bulycz. He was raised on the family farm and received his education in this area. He started farming with his father until he entered World War Two serving in Holland, Germany, Italy and Belgium. After five years he was honourably discharged and returned back to the Ituna district where he started farming with his father until he began on his own, east of the family homestead. On February 4, 1950 at Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ituna, Peter was united in marriage to Catherine Karkut. The made their residence in Churchbridge where Peter sold cars for General Motors and machinery for 21 years. He also began work for Canada Post in Esterhazy, retiring and moving to Ituna to make his and Catherine's home. After Catherine died in 1997 Peter continued to reside in his home until 1999 when he became a resident of the Ituna Pioneer Health Centre. During his life he was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion; enjoyed travelling, gardening and working around the house as he was a skilled handyman.
Peter leaves to cherish his memory and to celebrate his life two sisters: Ann Ulmer, Sophie (Lawrence) Cluny all of Toronto; sisters-in-law: Olga of Calgary, Helen of Fort Qu'appelle and Mary of Barrows. Peter was predeceased by his parents; wife Catherine; brothers: John and his wife Pat, Max, Mike, Alex and George and a brother-in-law John Ulmer.
Prayer services were held on Tuesday evening, August 13, 2002 from Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church Ituna. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Wednesdday morning, August 14, 2002 from Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church Ituna with Very Reverend Fafther Peter Pidskalny C.Ss.R. as Celebrant. The Liturgical responses were sung by Wayne Boczulak, Ladmer Moskal and Andrea Kohuch. The cross bearer was Paul Yakimoski with Larry Tymiak serving as Sacristan. The Legion Burial Rite conducted by members of the Ituna and Kelliher Branch # 219 followed the Liturgy with Doug Howat serving as Padre' and Gerrit DeGooijer as Bugler. The interment followed in the Sacred Heart Parish Cemetery with Jack, Bill Leontowicz, John Pawlust, Ron, Ken, and Steve Karkut serving as casket bearers. Services directed by Bailey's Funeral Home Ituna andYorkton.
Mr. Paul Butchko, longtime Ituna resident, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 10, 2001 at St. Peter's Hospital in Melville with his sons Glen and Don and sister Mary at his side. He was 77 years of age. Paul Butchko was born on June 14, 1923 in Neudorf, Sask., the son of Theodore and Maria (nee Znak) Buchko. That same year he moved to B.C. with his parents and after three years in B.C. moved to Ituna. He was educated at St. Ann's and the public school system in Ituna. As a young lad, he worked at various farm jobs in Dysart, Semans, Raymore and Ituna. He ventured out to Fort William (Thunder Bay), Ontario where he worked in an aircraft factory for a while. When he came back to Ituna he joined the family movie business. In 1939 the Red Cross sent out a movie of the King and Queen's visit to Canada, which he and his brothers showed in various towns in Saskatchewan. All the proceeds went to the Red Cross War Fund. In 1946 Paul built the Ituna Theatre which opened on Dec. 19, 1946 with a drama festival, a Christmas concert directed by Mrs. St. John, the station agent's wife. The first movie was shown on Jan. 1, 1947 and are still shown on a first and second run basis today on very modern and up-to-date equipment. In 1952 he and his brother Nick built and ran another theatre in Theodore from 1952 to 1955 which they sold. On August 14, 1949 he married Sophie Grebinski at St. Stanislaus RC Church in Ituna and together they ran the Ituna Theatre to the present day. On a lease basis Paul along with his son Don upgraded the Melfort drive-in which they ran in 1985 and 1986. Paul enjoyed all sports and took great pride in his family, community, business and Ukrainian heritage. He did everything within his power to promote the economic well-being of the community having served as village councillor from 1954-1957, overseer from 1954-1957, councillor from 1958-1960, town councillor from 1961-1963, sub-unit school trustee for the Melville School Unit #26 from January 1, 1967 to December 31, 1969 and director for the Saskatchewan Housing Authority from 1987 to 1994. Through his various public service positions and as a member of the Board of Trade Paul enjoyed the benefits of bringing in the hospital, Royal Bank, new post office, RCMP detachment, sewer and water, pavement, fire hall and volunteer fire brigade, all of which the residents of Ituna enjoy to this very day. During Paul and Sophie's time together they enjoyed travelling to many different resorts visiting friends and relatives, but at the same time always left their home open to anyone wishing to visit. After Sophie's passing in 1996 Paul visited Ukraine in 1997 which was a special moment in his life as he took great pride in his Ukrainian heritage. Paul was a very compassionate, empathetic, unselfish and giving person always looking after the interests of others before himself. Through his family pride he had a special place in his heart for two sons, Glen and Don, and his grandchildren. In the words of his sons, "he was the greatest".
Paul is survived by his son Glen and his wife Sandra of Saskatoon and their children Layla Wasmuth of North Battleford and Craig of Saskatoon; son Don and his wife Jean and their children Pamela, Beth and Brad of Moose Jaw; a great grandson Brantley Wasmuth; sisters Anne Buchko and Mary Smycniuk of Ituna, Nellie (Peter) Skwernuik of Yorkton and brothers Orest (Gloria) Butchko and Joe Buchko of Ituna and Fred (Ann) Buchko of Saskatoon; sisters-in-law, Helen Butchko, Lillian Butchko, Anne Butchko and Ollie Buchko; numerous nieces, nephews and his many other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, sister Pearl Buchko and Olga (infant) and brothers John, Nick, Pete, Bill, Michael (infant) and Joseph (infant).
A rosary service preceding the prayers was held from Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ituna on Sunday evening, May 13, 2001 and was led by Rev. Vladimir Kolpakov C.Ss.R. The prayer service followed, led by Very Rev. Methodius Kushko C.Ss.R. The Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Monday morning, May 14, 2001 from Sacred Heart Church with Very Rev. Methodius Kushko C.Ss.R. as Celebrant. The cantors, Wayne Boczulak, Andrea Kohuch and Ladmer Moskal led in the singing of the responses. The crossbearer was granddaughter Pam Butchko, the honorary bearers were all who shared in Paul's life. Tributes were given by godson Jerry Buchko and granddaughter Pam Butchko. Michelle Braun read the Epistle and Vladimir Halipchak was the sacristan. The interment followed in the Sacred Heart Parish Cemetery with nephews Jeff Buchko, Joe Buchko, Fred Buchko, Rick Butchko, Craig Butchko and Mark Butchko serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Donna Byblow of Yorkton passed away on Monday, November 19, 2001 following major surgery at the Regina General Hospital. She was 76 years of age. Donna was born on December 19, 1924 in the Whitesand district, a daughter of Wasyl and Anna (nee Spelay) Byblow. In July of 1925 she moved with her family to the Sheho district where they continued to farm. She received her elementary education at Deer Creek School and her high school at Sacred Heart Academy. She went on to Teacher's College at Regina and Saskatoon. Donna taught school at various points in Manitoba before returning to Yorkton. Here she continued teaching at various schools in the district. Donna retired in 1994 but continued to live in Yorkton. Donna loved travelling, something she did extensively. She also loved sports, especially bowling attaining championship on numerous occasions. A kind and generous individual, Donna loved to visit her family and was always willing to help when the need arose. She was a faithful parishioner of St. Mary's Church, a member of the Superannuated Teachers and a member of the Yorkton Gun Club.
Predeceased by her father in 1945, her mother in 1983, three brothers in infancy, Metro, Nicholas and Michael and her brother John in 1995; she leaves to cherish her memory, three brothers, Peter (Mary) of Saskatoon, Metro of Penticton, BC and Morris of Wynyard; six sisters, Katie Haas of Ituna, Mary Fransishyn of Canora, Pauline (Harry) Corroll of North Bay, ON, Pearl Baronasky of Yorkton, Bella (Max) Bilan of North Bay, ON and Adella Byblow of Yorkton, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.
Prayer services were held on Thursday, November 22nd at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Friday, November 23rd at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Yorkton with Rev. Fr. Bryan Bayda, C.Ss.R. as the Celebrant. Cantor, Ed Pindus assisted by Susan Solonenko and parish choir members led in the singing of the responses. The cross bearer was Robert Byblow and the epistle reader was Sylvia Ketler. The interment followed in the family plot at Yorkton City Cemetery with Paul Fransishyn, Maurice Fransishyn, Paul Byblow, Andrew Byblow, Dennis Baronasky and Henry Tratch serving as the casket bearers. Words of appreciation on behalf of the family were extended by Mitch Fransishyn. ETERNAL MEMORY! Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Tom Byblow of the Whitesand district entered eternal rest on Monday, November 26, 2001 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 77 years of age. Thomas was born on August 31, 1924 in the Whitesand district, a son of Nick and Dora (nee Shumay) Byblow. He was raised on the family farm and attended Beblo Elementary School. Tom, as he was known to family and friends remained on the family homestead until the present time. His herd of cattle brought him a great sense of pride until his health no longer permitted. Tom's farm was "home" to his siblings, nieces and nephews. He always was willing to lend a helping hand to family and neighbours. Tom was a member of St. Mary's Church at Whitesand.
Predeceased by his parents, Nick and Dora; sisters, Pauline, Mary and Ann; and brothers Dan, Steve, Mike and Bill; Tom is survived by brothers, Peter (Anne) of Yorkton and Danny (Angie) of Saskatoon; sisters Pearl Byblow of Yorkton, Cathy Tebbutt of Kitchner,ON and Sonia (Nick) Unick of Buchanan; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Prayer services were held on Tuesday, November 27th at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Wednesday, November 28th at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Yorkton with Rev. Fr. Bryan Bayda, C.Ss.R. as the Celebrant. St. Mary's Funeral Choir led in the singing of the responses. The epistle reader was Danny Byblow and the cross bearer was Peter Kucher. The interment followed in the Garden of Gethsemane, Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Allan Beblow, Andy Beblow, Bill Shumay, Robert Byblow, Andrew Byblow and Stanley Byblow serving as the casket bearers. Eternal Memory! Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.