Mrs. Mary Gawdun of Yorkton passed away on Monday, December 2, 2002 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. She was 87 years of age. Mary Gawdun was born on March 10, 1915 in the Wroxton district of Saskatchewan; a daughter of Samuel and Dora (nee Yurchuk) Kowula. She was raised on the family farm and attended the Two Creek School. The family moved to California but returned to the Wroxton district after one year. Following the completion of her education, Mary moved to Yorkton. On October 11, 1936 she was united marriage to Alex Gawdun. This union was blessed with five children. The couple lived in Wroxton until 1943, when they bought land near Tonkin. Here they started a Turkey and Poultry operation, which they successfully ran for over 50 years. In the early 1960's Alex and Mary purchased a home in Yorkton, but continued to operate their farm. Mary worked for many years in Yorkton, namely at the Husky restaurant, the Yorkton Hotel, the Blackstone Hotel and also at the CO-OP Creamery. During her later years, she devoted most of her time to her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed being a part of family holidays, camping and attending various family gatherings. She was a very loving and caring person and was always there to help when needed. She enjoyed her garden, flowers and took great pride in the yard at both residences. The couple celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1986 and had been married 62 years at the time Alex passed away. Mary had been in failing health since summer and had been struggling with cancer. Following six weeks of hospitalization in Regina and a week in Yorkton, she passed away on Monday, December 2, 2002.
Besides her husband Alex, Mary was predeceased by her son Wayne; son-in-law Kip Pickard; brothers John as a child, and Steve; and by a sister Frances Spencer. She will be lovingly remembered by her children; sons Kelly Gawdun of Yorkton and Wilfred Gawdun of Kamloops; daughters Joan (Dave) Pitts of Kamloops BC, and Virginia Pickard of Yorkton; grandchildren, Glen (Gerri), Jason, Troy & Tracy Pickard; Sean (Krista), Shanley (Rob) Wingert, Renay & Ryan Pitts; great grandchildren Megan, Matthew and Marcus Pickard, and Andrew, Kyle and Blair Pitts; sisters Alice (Bill) Forgrave of Hamilton, Ontario and Ann (Bill) Filipchuk of Kamsack; numerous nieces, nephews and her many other relatives and friends.
The funeral service was held on Saturday, December 7, 2002 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. Mr. Eugene Mellish of the Yorkton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses officiated. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Matthew at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Glen Pickard, Jason Pickard, Troy Pickard, Tracy Pickard, Sean Pitts, Ryan Pitts and Renay Pitts serving as the casketbearers. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Katie Gawrelitza of Yorkton and formerly of the Sheho district entered eternal rest on Thursday, March 8, 2001 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. She was 88 years of age. Katie Gawrelitza was born on April 7, 1912 in the Buchanan district of Saskatchewan. She was a daughter of Alex and Dora (nee Calanchie) Bilan. Katie was raised on the family farm and attended Oleksine School. Following her education she began employment as a domestic for a farmer in the Mozart district and for other area farmers. On February 26, 1941 she was united in marriage to Fred Gawrelitza at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Rama. They farmed together for 39 years in the district, eventually retiring and making their home in Yorkton. Fred died in 1998, but Katie continued to live on her own. During her life Katie was devoted to her church. She was passionate about her garden and flowers and found time to embroider and knit. She was known for her hospitality, never letting anyone leave her home without something to eat. She loved to socialize and play cards. She was proud of her grandchildren, enjoying every visit.
She leaves to cherish her memory and to celebrate her life her daughters Victoria Babichuk of Insinger, Sask., and Margaret and her husband Glenn Johnston of Prince George, B.C.; grandchildren Karen Konjolka, Grace Koshman, Gwen (Greg) Pidperyhora, Curtis (Jackie Dlugan) Babichuk, Wayne Babichuk, Wanda (Sam) Gara, Tanya Johnston and Tyler Johnston; her great-grandchildren Natasha, Melissa, Rachelle, Candice, Michael, Kristopher, Sarah, Zechariah, Rebekah, Selinah and Nathan; a brother Max and his wife Bella Bilan of North Bay, Ont; sisters-in-law Olga Gorelitza of Wynyard, Sask., and Dora and her husband Tom Yarimchuk of Yorkton, Sask. Katie was predeceased by her husband Fred; her parents; a son-in-law Nick Babichuk in 1987; sisters Mary Corroll, Verna Watrych and Annie Bilan in infancy; and brothers Alex Bilan, John and Nick in infancy.
Prayer services were held on Sunday evening, March 11, 2001 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home Yorkton, Sask. Funeral services were held on Monday morning, March 12, 2001 from Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Sheho, Sask. with Reverend Father Mel Slashinsky and Very Reverend Father Nicholas Orest Rauliuk officiating. Katie Rudey was the Cantor assisted by members of the Parish Choir. Peter Unick was the Palamar. The Banner Bearers were Victor Corroll and Walter Kopan with Tom Yarmichuk serving as Cross Bearer. Mike Bidnock, Ernie Corroll and Dennis Watryck were the Honourary Bearers. The interment followed in the Holy Trinity Parish Cemetery with Wayne Babichuk, Curtis Babichuk, Tyler Johnston, Greg Pidperyhora, Sam Gara and Drew Lindsay-Hawkins serving as Casket Bearers.
Services directed by Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.
Mr. Frank Genaille, beloved husband of Margaret of Yorkton, passed away on Friday, January 17, 2003 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 75 years of age. Frank Genaille was born on September 10, 1927 at St. Madeline, MB; a son of Emily (nee Ducharme) and Samuel Genaille. On May 16, 1949 Frank was united in marriage to Margaret Smith at Binscarth. The couple resided and raised their family at Russell, Manitoba for many years before eventually retiring to Shellmouth. For the past five years Frank and Margaret had resided in Yorkton.
Predeceased by his parents and a brother Phillip, he leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 53 years, Margaret; eleven children: Jack (Dolores) of Vancouver, Joe of Yorkton, Elaine of Calgary, Bill of Vancouver, Pat of Yorkton, Thomas (Ginette) of Yorkton, Bonnie Miller of Calgary, Kelly of Vancouver, Ben (Carolyn) of Vancouver, Colleen Bohun of Yorkton, and Owen (Tammy) of Yorkton; 21 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; two sisters, Edna Smith and Doreen Shaw; and two brothers Angus and Rod Genaille; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
The prayer vigil service was held on Monday evening, January 20, 2003 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home. Rev. Father Basil Chomos officiated. Organist, Diana Hornung led the congregation in the hymns 'Jesus, Remember Me', Psalm 62 and 'I Will Never Forget You.' The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, January 21, 2003 from St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church in Yorkton. Father Basil officiated with Gilbert Kryski as altarserver and Phyllis Langley was the crossbearer. The organist, Kyla Hornung led members of the parish choir and the congregation in the singing of the hymns 'Sing With All the Saints in Glory', Psalm 47, 'Prayer of St. Francis', 'Come to Me', 'Song of the Angels' and 'On Eagles Wings'. The interment followed in the Binscarth Cemetery with Frank's seven sons and grandson Jesse serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Sam Gibney, beloved husband of Rosalie of Yorkton passed away peacefully on Wednesday July 25, 2001 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 88 years of age. Samuel Mathew Edgar Gibney was born February 18, 1913 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, one of seven children of Thomas and Tryntie (nee Vandermeulen) Gibney. A true Yorktonite, Sam was born on Betts Avenue where he was eventually to have a business, Gibney's Men's Wear. Sam received his early education in Yorkton. Upon the outbreak of World War II, Sam enlisted in the Army where he attained the rank of Sergeant. On April 28, 1943 he married Rosalie Glass of Yorkton, his loving and devoted partner of 58 years. Following the war, Sam established his clothing store on Betts Avenue where he was fondly known as Salesman Sam the Clothier Man. Over 40 years in business, he came to know his many customers in Yorkton and area, never to forget a name, face or size. In later years he also sold uniforms for Sainthill and traveled throughout the province. He closed his business in 1987 at the age of seventy-four to retire. Sam enjoyed being active in the Yorkton community. He was a Life Member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Deer Park Golf Club, Yorkton Curling Club, Elk's Club and Knights of Pythias. Sam was also a member of the Masons, A.C.T., U.C.T., Lions Club and K40s. His greatest passion, however, was golf. From his early years through to the age of 87, he loved to play the game. He was a sportsman at heart and also enjoyed curling, bowling and playing rummy with his buddies at the Legion. Sam also spent many happy summers holidaying with his family and golfing at Clear Lake. Above all, Sam treasured his family and his friends. He loved and was proud of his three children and was a devoted grandfather, and Uncle Sam to his many nieces and nephews. He will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humour and keen mind.
Sam was predeceased by his parents; brothers Donald, Henry and Thomas and sisters Jenny Barnes, Cora McMillian and Ruth Stoneham. Sam leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife Rosalie of Yorkton; daughter Sandra (Roxby) Hughes of St. Albert, AB and their children Craig and Braden; son James (Maureen) Gibney of Calgary, AB and their children Tyler and Leigh; daughter Susan (Paul) Mehlsen of Regina,SK and their children Leif, Erik and Alix; sisters-in-law Mina Gibney of Yorkton and Emma Gibney of Grande Prairie as well as many other dear relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Monday, July 30th at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Rev. Don Milne of the United Church of Canada officiating. The organist, Shani Apland led the congregation in the singing of the hymns Beyond The Sunset and The Church In The Wildwood. Soloist Debbie Onslow-Kitzan sang the hymn In The Garden. A tribute was given by Norman McKeeman. All those who shared in Sam's life were honourary bearers. The Legion Burial Rite was conducted by members of the Royal Canadian Legion, General Alexander Ross Branch #77. The Padre was Rev. Edward McManus; Sergeant-at-Arms was Mike Bidnock and the colour party included Art Alstad, Andy Juba, Nick Koshman and Fred Fenske. The interment followed in the family plot at Yorkton City Cemetery with grandson Tyler Gibney serving as the urnbearer. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Walter Giletta of the Ituna and District Pioneer Lodge beloved husband of the late Nettie entered eternal rest on Thursday, April 17, 2003. He was 96 years of age. Mr. Walter Gilleta was born on July 20, 1906 in the Goodeve district of Saskatchewan a son of Ukrainian Pioneers from the village of Isishanow; Mike and Eva (nee Wawrykowich) Gilleta. In 1911 the Gilleta family moved from Goodeve to the Hubbard district where Walter received his education at Stanisloff School. After his education Walter worked on the family farm eventually taking it over and farming with his wife Nettie. Walter was united in marriage to Nettie Gindzelewich on October 4, 1936 at Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church Ituna by Father Stephen Bachtalowksy C.Ss.R. During this time, Walter, along with his dad Mike, mother Eva and brother - in - law Mike Mostowy formed an orchestra and played together at various functions for 50 years. Following many years of farming; Walter and Nettie retired and moved into the town of Ituna in 1975. On April 19, 1988 Nettie passed away. Walter continued to live in his own home until when the Ituna and District Pioneer Lodge became his home. As well as enjoying playing in his own orchestra; Walter also enjoyed playing pool, baseball, trapping, gardening and travelling. He was a faithful parishoner of Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Parish in the Hubbard district and of Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Ituna.
Walter leaves to cherish his memory and to celebrate his life his son Clement and his wife Nadia of Regina and their children: Karen and Kim; a daughter Betty and her husband George Pauliuk of London, ON and their children; Marian ( Greg ) Patrick, Sandra Pauliuk and Caroline (Chris) Crummer. As well six great grandchildren: Joshua, Joel, Alex and Marusha Patrick, Isabelle and Elaina Crummer. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers: Steve in 1963, Nick in 1974 and John Geleta in 1999 and sisters: Mary Cyca in 1972 and Ksenia Mostowy in 1983 and a granddaughter Chantel in 1978.
Prayer services were held on Tuesday evening, April 22, 2003 from Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church Ituna, Saskatchewan. Requiem Divine Liturgy was Celebrated on Wednesday morning, April 23, 2003 from Sacred Heart Ukrainain Catholic Church with Reverend Father Methodius Kushko C.Ss.R. as Celebrant. Ostap Piasta was the Cantor with William Zenkewich serving as the Sacristan. Alex Patrick was the Cross Bearer with Chris Crummer reading the Epistle. The interment followed in the Sascred Heart Parish Cemetery with Chris Crummer, Tom Cyca, Lawrence Gelleta, Alex Hrycewich, Dale Molesky and Ray Wenc serving as Casket Bearers. Services directed by Bailey's Funeral Home Ituna and Yorkton.
Reverend Basil Glute, C.Ss.R. of Lemberg, Saskatchewan entered eternal life on Saturday, October 13, 2001 at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina. He was 81 years of age. Born on March 20, 1920 in the Verigin district of Saskatchewan, he was the son of Onufrey and Jawdocha (Shordee) Glute. He received his primary education at Rona school and later entered the Ukrainian Redemptorist Seminary in Yorkton. On September 24, 1941 he made his religious profession of vows as a Redemptorist. Fr. Basil was ordained a priest by Archbishop Basil Ladyka, OSBM on September 8, 1946 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Following his ordination he continued a year of studies before his first assignment. During his priestly ministry, Fr. Basil served at Ituna, Melville, Whitesand, Calder, Wroxton, Barvas and in Ontario, including Fort Frances, Kenora and other communities.
Fr. Basil was predeceased by his father Onufrey in 1970 and mother Jawdocha in 1966; brothers, Harry in 1963 and Mike in 2001; sisters, Ann Andrychuk in 1946, Lena Mosiondz in 1977, Catherine Martin in 1983 and Sister Krescentia, SSMI in 1998. He leaves to cherish his memory, a brother Metro (Ann) Glute; a sister Mabel (Alex) Ostafie and a sister-in-law Donna Glute, all of Yorkton; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
The Priestly Parastas was held at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton on Thursday, October 18th. The rosary led by members of the Knights of Columbus, Fr. Delaere Council preceded the parastas. The Funeral Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Friday, October 19th at St. Mary's Church with Very Rev. John Sianchuk, C.Ss.R., Provincial as the main Celebrant. Concelebrating were Rev. Fathers Dmytro Dnistrian, C.Ss.R., Bryan Bayda, C.Ss.R., Vladimir Kolpakov, C.Ss.R., Peter Pidskalny, C.Ss.R., and Len Ratushniak, C.Ss.R. Also assisting at prayers were Rev. Fathers Joseph Denischuk, C.Ss.R. and Methodius Kushko, C.Ss.R.. Members of St. Mary's Funeral Choir led in the singing of the responses. The epistle reader was Bernadette Gabora and the cross bearer was Bob Famulak. Jason Sliva assisted by being the altar server. The interment followed in the Redemptorist Section of Yorkton City Cemetery with Don Gabora, Zane Shambel, Stan Byblow, Jim Beck, Metro Mosiondz, and Les Price serving as the casket bearers. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Michael Glute of Yorkton, beloved husband of Donna entered eternal life onTuesday, July 31, 2001. He was 82 years of age. Michael Fred Glute was born on November 11, 1918 near Verigin, Sask. to Onufry and Jawdocha (nee Shordee) Glute. Michael, known as Mike, grew up with three brothers and five sisters on the family farm. He took his schooling at Rona School and later at Wallace School. He spent four years in the army from 1942 to 1946 with the 33rd Light Anti-Aircraft Battery and was stationed on the west coast. Mike married Donna Lackmanec on October 29, 1950. They farmed in the Dneiper area until 1960 when they moved to Yorkton. At this time Mike was employed by Rohatensky Construction, Bill The Builder and then Morris Rodweeder until his retirement in 1983. Mike and Donna had two daughters and enjoyed fifty years of marriage. Mike's faith was very important to him, and was a devout member of St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church. He also was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Father Delaere Council #5182. Mike's priority was his family. He enjoyed spending time with his daughters; son-in-law and his step-grandchildren. In his final years Mike was a resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home where he suffered from Alzheimers Disease. Mike was predeceased by his father Onufry and mother Jawdocha; sisters Anne, Lena, Catherine, Maria and a brother Harry. He will be sadly missed and leaves to mourn his passing and to cherish his memory his loving wife Donna; daughters Sister Jeanine Glute I.B.V.M. of Toronto, Ont. and Theresa ( John ) Ostler of Pickering, Ont.; step-grandchildren: Kevin, Andrew and Cheryl; a sister Mabel (Alex) Ostafie of Yorkton, Sask.; brothers: Metro (Ann) Glute of Yorkton, Sask., Basil Glute of Lemberg, Sask. as well as numerous nieces, nephews relatives and friends.
Prayer services were held on Thursday evening August 2, 2001 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home Yorkton. Members of the Knights of Columbus Father Delaere Council #5182 led the Rosary. Requiem Divine Liturgy was Celebrated on Friday morning, August 3, 2001 from St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church Yorkton, Saskatchewan with Reverend Father Bryan Bayda C.Ss.R. as Celebrant. The Liturgy responses were sung by St. Mary's Funeral Choir. Nick Koshman was the Cross Bearer with Mike's son-in-law John Ostler reading the Epistle. The Communion Hymns Abba Father and Blest Are They were sung by Shelley Krull. All those that shared in Mike's life were Honourary Bearers. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Mike, Dan, Joe Lackmanec, Dennis Spelay, Lawrence Mosiondz and Henry Henlisia serving as Casket Bearers. Following the interment Prayers Peter Kobylka played Peace Is Flowing Like A River and Amazing Grace on the violin.
Eternal Memory! Services directed by Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.
Mrs. Carrie Gramek, resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home passed away on Saturday, December 28, 2002. She was 91 years of age. Carrie was born March 1, 1911 in the Rhein district of Saskatchewan, a daughter of Alex and Polly (nee Woloschuk) Boychuk. Carrie received her education at the Luzan School. On November 3, 1929 she was united in marriage to George Gramek at Rhein. The couple lived in San Francisco, California for a time before returning and farming in the Hamton district from 1933 to 1943, prior to purchasing a pool room and barbershop in Rhein. In 1949 Carrie and George moved to Yorkton where George owned a barbershop on Betts and Carrie operated a room and boarding house. They retired in 1980. Following George's death in 1990 Carrie continued to live in her home until the Yorkton and District Nursing Home became her residence. Carrie was an active member of Jehovah's Witnesses and was strong in her faith. As she aged, it became more difficult for her to get around, but with the aid of a walker and eventually a wheelchair Carrie was able to attend services. She enjoyed her garden and was an excellent cook as would be testament to the many boarders at her home.
Carrie is survived by her sister; Lena Bodnar (Romanuik) in Winnipeg, and her nieces and nephews throughout Canada and the United States. Carrie was predeceased by her husband George in 1990; her son Sidney in 1965, her father in 1943, her mother in 1954, and by brothers Ted, Michael, Tom, Bill and John; and sisters Sophie, Mary, Irene and Anna.
The funeral service was held on Thursday, January 2, 2003 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home in Yorkton. Mr. Eugene Mellish of the Yorkton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses officiated. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with D'Arcy Loster, Wesley Zaharia, Richard Busch, Harry Popenia, Dennie Eipert and Lorne Klimchuk serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.