Mr. Leslie Pekar, beloved husband of Adeline of Yorkton, passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2001 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 90 years of age. Leslie John Pekar was born to Elizabeth and John Pekar on March 29, 1911 on the family farm in the Plainview district of Saskatchewan. He was raised on the farm and received his education at the Plainview school. As a young man Leslie began helping on the farm and eventually acquired his own quarter of land adjacent to the home farm. On October 16, 1936 he was united in marriage to Clara Ivy Griffith. The couple soon established their own home in the Plainview district. Ivy passed away in 1962 following a battle with cancer. Les continued to farm and look after his family following her death. On December 22, 1976 he was united in marriage to Adeline Griffith. The couple purchased a home in Yorkton but Les continued to actively farm and help his son Larry till he was past 80. He enjoyed good health until just recently. An avid sportsman, in younger years he participated in hockey and baseball and in later years enjoyed curling and bowling as an activity and watching sports on TV. Les also had a great appreciation of music. He and his brother played at many functions together as young men. Although he received no formal training, he could play almost anything he picked up. Many contented hours were spent in the garden and flower beds during his retirement years. He enjoyed the company of his and Adeline's family and appreciated their visits. He took great interest in all things around him.
Besides his first wife Ivy and his parents, he was also predeceased by brothers Harvey, Jaroslaw, William and Gordon and by sisters Libby Wilder, Sylvia Larson, Esther Berrns and Grace Reid. He is survived by his wife Adeline, his son Larry (Karin) of the Plainview district and their sons Randy of Saskatoon and Greg of Plainview; daughter Glenys Cumming of Yorkton and her sons, Robbie of Calgary, Darcy of Bath, United Kingdom, and Terry, Kevin and Blake, all of Saskatoon; a sister-in-law Martha Pekar of Pangman; his extended family, step-son Grant Griffith (Louise) and children Tim, Jacqueline and Lana; step-daughter Pat (Dave Melnychuk) and daughter Jodi; step-son Rick Griffith (Wendy) and children Cale and Colton; numerous nieces, nephews and his many other relatives and friends.
The Funeral Service was held on Thursday, May 24, 2001 from St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Yorkton with Rev. Fred Schneider officiating. The organist, Judy Berg and pianist Joleen Cherland led the congregation in the singing of the hymns Rock of Ages and Amazing Grace. Special music was provided by Norm Graff and Joleen Cherland, When Peace Like A River, and by Roxie Graff and Joleen Cherland, Whispering Hope. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Matthew at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Gordon Berrns, Harold Bray, Amos Unyi, Wayne Unyi, Keith Griffith and Norm Graff serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Metro Peleshytyk, resident of the Anderson Lodge in Yorkton, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, September 27, 2001 at the age of 88 years. Metro Peleshytyk was born on May 5, 1913 in the Calder district of Saskatchewan; a son of Philip and Anastasia (nee Olenyk) Peleshytyk. He was raised on the family farm and received his education in the district. As a young man, Metro helped on the home farm, as well as working out on his own for many years. In 1941, he was united in marriage to Nettie Popowich (nee Dubnyk), a widow with four children. The couple continued to farm and raised two sons of their own, Elmer and Ronald. The couple later moved to Yorkton, but continued to spend summers on the farm. Nettie passed away on March 30th, 1992, and following that time Metro was able to manage for himself until declining health brought him to the Anderson Lodge in April of 1999. A true farmer at heart, Metro enjoyed tending to his livestock on his mixed farm in the Wroxton district. He enjoyed the company of his many friends and relatives and he also enjoyed his two years in the Anderson Lodge, making many new acquaintances.
Besides his wife Nettie, he was predeceased by his parents, step-son William Popowich and step-daughter Violet Tesarowski, sisters Mary Denaka (1961), Bella Shymko (1961), Anna Dubnyk (1987) and Polly Deneka (1998), and by brothers John in 1992 and Philip in 1998. He is survived by sons, Elmer (Alejendra) of Abbotsford BC and Ronald (Laura) of Abbotsford BC; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; a step-son Walter Popowich (Doreen) of Kamsack; a step-daughter Julia (Chris) Columbus of Toronto; brothers Steve (Evelyn) of Yorkton, and William (Lorraine) of Calder; sisters Jenny Hughes of Regina and Nettie Purich of Saltcoats; as well as numerous other relatives.
The funeral service was held on Tuesday, October 2, 2001 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home in Yorkton. Mr. Eugene Mellish of the Bradbrooke Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses officiated. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Walter Shymko, Bernard Peleshytyk, Robert Purich, Fred Denaka, John Denaka and Miles Wintonyk serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Gloria Pelletier, beloved wife of Richard Pelletier passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2001 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. She was 46 years of age. Gloria Marie Pelletier was born December 30, 1954 at Broadview, Saskatchewan, a daughter of Daniel and Cecile (nee Peepeetch) Wasacase. She was a sister to five brothers and three sisters. Gloria was baptised at Marival, SK and attended an all girl school there. Gloria was united in marriage to Richard Paul Pelletier. The couple were blessed with four children, Pamela, Richard Jr. Sabrina and Malcolm. Later in life Gloria attended Esterhazy Regional College where she attained a Grade 12 standing. A kind, wonderful and loving mother, Gloria enjoyed playing bingo, crafts and playing card games.
Predeceased by her parents, Daniel and Cecile and a brother Dennis Wasacase, Gloria leaves to cherish her memory her husband Richard; her children Richard Jr. of Yorkton, Pamela (Dallas) Langan of Yorkton, Malcolm (Joyce) of Springside and Sabrina of Yorkton; six grandchildren, Donovan Langan, Tessa Wintonyk, Darnell, Kiesha and Cole Pelletier and Tommy Pelletier and her brothers and sisters, Jack Wasacase of Broadview, Madeline (Richard) Ananas of Duck Lake, Yvonne (Lyle) Tapatat of Kahkewistahaw, Rosa (Pete) Flagel of Melville, Ralph (Louise) Wasacase of Broadview, David Wasacase of North Battleford and Joey Wasacase of Calgary, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A Prayer Vigil was held on Friday, February 9th at the Yorkton Friendship Centre with Rick Yaholnitsky presiding. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, February 10th at St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church in Yorkton with Rev. Father Basil Chomos as the Celebrant. Gilbert Kryski and Jerome Niezgoda assisted at the altar. Organist Diana Hornung led members of St. Gerard's Choir in singing of the hymns Just A Closer Walk With Thee, Psalm 23, I Am The Bread of Life, Song of The Angels and How Great Thou Art. Honorary Bearers were Garry Pelletier, Corey Toth, Shane Brazeau and Dennis Langan. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Dion Roussin, Richard Ananas, Dallas Langan, Gerald St. Pierre, Marcel Roussin and Brian Tapatat serving as the casket bearers. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.
Mrs. Pauline Peppler, resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, passed away on Tuesday, September 4, 2001. She was 87 years of age. Pauline Peppler was born on March 30, 1914 at Rhein, Saskatchewan, a daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (nee Reifschneider) Poppenheim. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith at Christ Lutheran Church in Rhein. On May 28, 1933, Pauline was united in marriage to Raymond Peppler at Rhein. She was an excellent homemaker with a love for baking, especially banana choco-late chip muffins and ginger snaps for her grandchildren. She enjoyed having com-pany over for tea and her famous Krebles and Kuchen. Pauline enjoyed reading, watching TV with a keen interest in WWF Wrestling and the Price is Right; gardening and caring for her petunias. She loved to be close to nature and listening to music. Her children and grand-children meant the world to her. Pauline was the light of our lives. May she sing with the angels. You will always be held firmly in our thoughts, close to our hearts, and always with love and affection.
Predeceased by her parents; husband Raymond on November 1, 1976; brothers Manuel, Jack, Ronnie and Bill; sister Molly; son-in-law Keith Schmaltz, she leaves to cherish her memory her two sons, Clinton (Rayna) of Nanaimo, BC and Randall (Faye) of Regina; three daughters, Valeria (Duncan) Wright of Yorkton, Marva Schmaltz of Ponoka, AB, and Caren (Ken) Sokolan of Carstairs, AB; eleven grandchildren, Cory, Caralee, Candace, Colin, Cindy, Jason, Lauren, Lisa, Jessica, Trevor and Stacey; four great-grandchildren, Logan, Eric, Danielle and Margaret and a sister, Lydia (Helgi) Loptson of Foam Lake.
The funeral service was held on Saturday, September 8, 2001 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Rev. Fred Schneider of St. Paul Lutheran Church officiating. The tribute was given by Cara Vermette. Organist Judy Berg led the congregation in the singing of the hymns Nearer My God To Thee, In the Garden and How Great Thou Art. Soloist Norm Graft sang Amazing Grace. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Mark with Cory Wright, Stacey Sokolan, Colin Schmaltz, Cindy Schmaltz, Trevor Sokolan, Lisa Peppler, Cara Vermette, Jessica Peppler and Candace Wright serving as the casket-bearers. Arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Anton Petrichuk, resident of the Ituna district, former Reeve of the RM of Tullymet, passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina. He was 72 years of age. Anton Joseph Petrichuk was born on April 21, 1928 at Klinovia, near Bielsk, Poland; a son of Mary (nee Kiercul) and Watslow (Bill) Petrichuk. On August 6, 1929, the family left Poland to come to Canada, arriving at Ituna, Saskatchewan. Anton, or Tony as he was affectionately known, was raised on the family farm and was attending Herzel School at the time of his father's sudden death in 1941. Following that Tony took over most of the farm duties, with the help of his mother and neighbours. He was able to further his education by taking correspondence courses, completing grades nine and ten. On September 6, 1953 he was united in marriage to Steffie Mandziak. The couple soon established their own home on land just north of the family farm. This union was blessed with two children, Terry Wayne and Christine Ann. Anton became interested in local government and served as councillor for the RM of Tullyment #216 for six years. In 1975 he was elected as the Reeve of the RM, and served in that capacity until 1994. On August 16, 1989, Steffie passed away, and following that Anton continued to farm with the help of his children. Although diagnosed with leukemia two years ago, he was still able to keep himself busy and maintain a positive outlook.
Besides his wife Steffie, he was predeceased by his father Watslow in 1941, step-father Pete Necorak in 1980, brother Jerry in 1980, and his mother Mary in 1988. He leaves to cherish his memory his son Terry and daughter Christine, both on the home farm; grandsons Christopher (Erin) of Balcarres and Michael of Ituna; two sisters, Tesie (Jack) Baker of Fort Qu'Appelle, and Caroline (Philip) Klisowsky of Leross, numerous nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
The Prayer Service was held on Sunday evening, April 1, 2001 from Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ituna. The Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Monday, April 2, 2001 from Sacred Heart Church with Very Rev. Father Methodius Kushko C.Ss.R. as Celebrant. Cantor Ostap Leo Piasta led in the singing of the responses. David Korchinski was the Sacristan, Lorraine Klisowsky was the Epistle-reader and Karl Yasinowski was the Crossbearer. Honorary bearers were Louis Oshowy, Ed Karpinsky, Victor Lippe, Willard Eagle, Hatie Dixon, Bill Medvid and Walter Dixon. The interment followed in the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Parish Cemetery, Hubbard district, with Peter Uchacz, Allan Resener, Wesley Klisowsky, Glen Dugalo, Nick W. Karkut and Ken Baker serving as the casketbearers. At the memorial luncheon following the funeral, Wesley Klisowsky gave the tribute and granddaughter-in-law Erin Petrichuk gave the thank-you from the family. Eternal Memory! Bailey's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
Mr. Peter Stanley Petruka
Mr. Peter Stanley Petruka beloved husband of Pauline of the Ituna Pioneer Lodge; passed away at St. Peter's Hospital, Melville, Sask., on Friday, October 13, 2006 at the age of 94 years.
Peter was born on June 6, 1912 in the Ituna district of Saskatchewan; a son of John and Mary (nee Kobialko) Petruka. He was raised on the family farm and received his education at Olga School. After his education he continued to live and work on the family farm. On November 15, 1936 Peter was united in marriage to Pauline Uchacz at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church and have celebrated 69 years of marriage. They then aquired their own land 1 ½ miles south of the Petruka homestead. Eventually they aquired the original homestead and farmed it, along with their own. In 1971 Gordon, Peter and Pauline's son joined them in the farming operations. Peter continued to farm until 2005 when he entered the Ituna and District Pioneer Lodge where he has since resided. Peter's life was farming. He loved to tinker in his farm shop; and not only worked his land but also invented and fixed machinery to help in his daily life. So much so, that he impressed John Deere with his accomplishments. Peter was a member of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and the Ituna CO - OP Association. He loved his family; especially his grandchildren who were always welcomed visitors. Peter leaves to cherish his memory and to celebrate his life his loving wife Pauline. His children: Gloria (Ed ) Lien of Rimbey, AB., Allan (Ellen) Petruka, Gordon (Pat) Petruka all of Ituna; grandchildren: Cheryl (Gordon) Skain, Cory (Bridie) Lien, John (Bella) Petruka, Yvonne (Lyle) Crowe, Donald (Sharon) Petruka, Christopher Petruka, Andrea Petruka (Chris), Stacey and Jessica Petruka; many great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Also, his brother Leo (Doris ) Petruka of Saskatoon, SK; sisters: Annie Pietrucha, Mary Hromyk, Leona (Jack) Leontowich all of Ituna, SK., Polly Harasym of Regina, SK.Peter was predeceased by his parents; grandson Greg Hutchinson; brothers: Bernie, Stanley, John, Jan; sisters: Bertha Burko, Helen Gruszecki, Katie Domasik, Victoria Shull; brothers - in - law: Joe Pietrucha, Mike Hromyk, Orest Harasym, Tony Burko, Peter Gruszecki, Leo Shull and Frank Domasik .
Prayer service was held on Monday evening, October 16, 2006 from St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church, Ituna, Saskatchewan with Rev. Father J. Pat Murphy presiding. The reader was Pat Petruka with the reflections of Peter's life given by Jessica and Stacey Petruka. The Hymn Selections were: "Sing With All The Saints In Glory" and "Day Is Done". The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday morning, October 17, 2006 from St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church with Rev. Father J. Pat Murphy as Celebrant. Paulette Van Der Helm was the organist leading the parish choir and congregation in the hymns: "Be Not Afraid", "This Day In New Jerusalem", "Remember This O' Lord", "Gift Of Finest Wheat" and "Allleluia, Give Thanks To The Risen Lord". The readers were: Jessica , Stacey Petruka and Yvonne Crowe. Jessica Petruka was the Cross Bearer with Laura, Rebbeca Maroquin and Kayla Renkas serving as Altar Servers. The interment followed in the Ituna Roman Catholic Cemetery with Chris, Andrea, Stacey Petruka, Lyle Crowe, Bill Uchacz, Terry Berezny and Richard Kaczmar serving as Casket Bearers
Services directed by Bailey's Funeral Home Ituna - Yorkton
James Petruniak of Calder passed away on June 14, 2001 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre after a battle with cancer. He was 71 years of age. He was born on May 11, 1930 on the family farm West of Calder, SK. He was educated at Torsk School. Upon finishing school he stayed at home to help with farming. James worked as a mechanic at B & G Motors in Calder and also did mechanical work for local area farmers. He was an icemaker for the local curling rink for a few years. He enjoyed curling, baseball, gardening, crossword puzzles and watching old movies and hunting when he was younger. He enjoyed having friends visit him. He farmed the family homestead until 1995, when he moved into Calder. He later purchased his parents' home in Calder where he resided until he took ill.
He was predeceased by his Father Steve in 1985, Mother Nellie (nee Yaremko) in 1999, brothers-in-law Gerald Bennett in 1969, Nick Wandy in 1994, and Roland Werner in 2000. He is survived by sisters Dora Werner of Churchbridge, Anne Bennett of Canora, Margie (Dan) Mankish of Calder, Kathleen (Ed) Boychuk of Canora, Shirley (Erik) Hansen of Redvers, Virginia Wandy of Calder, and Wilma Austin of Fort McMurray, Alberta, and two brothers William Petruniak of Calder and George (Victoria) Petruniak of Regina. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Prayer services were held on Sunday, June 17th at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. Funeral services were held on Monday, June 18th at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Rev. Father Peter Anhel of St. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Calder officiating. The cantor, Walter Balabuk assisted by choir members of St. Peter & Paul and St. Mary's parishes led in the singing of the responses. The cross bearer was Steve Rubletz and the reading of the history was by Beverly Wandy. The interment followed in the Garden of Gethsemane, Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Steven Wandy, Dale Austin, James Stefanowich, Fred Werner, Walter Fyck and Bill Sobkow serving as the casket bearers. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Alexander Raymond Pfeifer was born on June 22, 1936 on the family farm in the Runnymede district of Saskatchewan; to Theresa (Rose) (nee Schaefer) and A J (Jack) Pfeifer. He was raised on the farm and attended school at Runnymede and worked on the farm until the age of 17. He then travelled to St. Jean, Quebec where he took basic airforce training before returning home to work. From 1957 - 1972 Alex held various jobs, including working in the lumber business in BC, the mines in Flin Flon, the oilfields around Estevan, and various potash mines in Saskatchewan. In 1966 he married a wonderful young lady, Peggy Whiting, who would remain with him until his last breath. From 1972 - 75, having previously tinkered with occasional bowling alley employment in Carnduff, he and Peggy moved to Kindersley, where Alex managed the Bowlarena for four years. The family then moved to Dauphin where Alex managed the Bowling Lanes for six years. Alex's love of the bowling business did not stop here. After moving to Brandon in 1982 and remaining there until 2000, Alex held various executive positions with the Brandon 5 Pin Bowling Association, including President, Treasurer, Tournament Director and membership chairman. Alex prided himself in bowling efforts. Over the years he also had a proven record of being a distinguished bowler, more than once representing his lanes in play-offs and tournament play. His dedication, hard work, common sense and ability to get along with people was recognized by the Brandon 5 Pin Assoc. in the form of a Life-Time membership in 1996. Previous to this Alex twice received the associations 'Sportsman of the Year' award (1993 & 1995). Alex struggled with various health problems over the years. After by-pass surgery in 1988, and continually fighting the arthritis battle, Alex was diagnosed with cancer in August of 2001 and after fighting a courageous battle, died peacefully at his home in Yorkton in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 5, 2002. He was 65 years of age. Alex loved his pets. Over the years the various family dogs and cats were very precious to him. Yard work and gardening were also a joy to Alex. Whenever possible he would be puttering around the yard. Nature was something special to Alex. He also possessed an extra-ordinary knowledge of current events and often had an opinion on how the world might be a better place if people would only help each other more often and use some good common sense. Alex loved his wife Peggy dearly. Peggy and Alex cherished the years spent together, having celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on November 19th 2001. He loved his children and grandchildren very much. These past few months we know he often thought about those who visited and those who were at a distance. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all members of the family.
Predeceased by his father Andrew (Jack) Pfeifer in November of 2000. Alex is survived by his wife Peggy; son Jack Pfeifer (Angie) of Saskatoon and their children Christian and Andrew; daughter Kathy (Brian) Ulriksen of Winnipeg and their children Brittany, Jordon and Andrea; his mother Rose Pfeifer of Yorkton; sister Lorraine (Peter) Craigon of Coquitlam BC; and brothers Don (Sharon) of Yorkton and Bryan (Chris) of Cremona, Alberta and their families.
Andrew Jacob Pfeifer, known to everyone as Jack, passed away on Friday, November 3, 2000 at Yorkton, Sask. He was 91 years of age.
Jack was born on the family homestead near Mikado, Saskatchewan on November 24, 1908. He was the son of Henry and Mary Margaret ( nee Becker ) Pfeifer. In 1912 the family moved to a farm in the Rhein area, where he attended Clyde School. In 1917 the family moved to the Runnymede area. Here Andrew was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Christ Lutheran Church. When Andrew was 17 years of age he was helping his father rip birch and accidently lost all the fingers on his left hand. He decided to return to school to complete his Grade 8. On October 14, 1934 he was united in marriage to Theresa Schaefer at Christ Lutheran Church in Runnymede. The couple lived with Andrew's parents for a few years and then began farming in the district. In 1956 Andrew left the farm and began buying grain for the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool at Runnymede. In 1969 he was transferred to Rosthern where he worked until 1971. At that time he began relieving at various locations in the province as elevators were being closed. He retired in 1972. Not one to sit idle, he began doing janitorial and caretaking work for different businesses in Rosthern. In December of 1978 the couple decided to move to Yorkton to make their home. This past while Andrew has been a resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home.
He leaves to cherish his memory and to celebrate his life his loving wife of 66 years, Theresa; his children Alexander and his wife Peggy Pfeifer of Regina, Sask. and their children Kathy ( Brian ) Ulrikson of Winnipeg, Man., Jack ( Angela ) Pfeifer of Regina, Sask.; Lorraine and her husband Peter Craigon of Coquitlam, B.C. and their children Bradley ( Carolyne ) Craigon of Maple Ridge, B.C., Tammy ( Grant ) Priest of Kelowna, B.C.; Donald and his wife Sharon Pfeifer of Yorkton, Sask., and their children: Dion (Michelle ) Pfeifer of Saskatoon, Sask. and Delee Kelly) Rohatinsky of Richmond, B.C.; Bryan and his wife Christine Pfeifer of Cremonia, Alta. and their children Tiana and May, both of Cremonia; along with nine great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Florence Pfeifer and Frieda Pfeifer, both of Kamsack, Sask; and a brother-in-law Dave Weber of Kelowna, B.C. Andrew was predeceased by five brothers: Henry, George, Fred Alex and William and sisters: Lydia Lee and Mary Weber.
A service of comfort for family and friends, led by Pastor Fred Schneider, was held on Sunday evening, November 5, 2000 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton. Judy Berg was the organist leading in the Hymns "Abide With Me" and "I Need Thee Every Hour". The Hymn "In The Garden" was sung by Raymond Yost. Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon, November 6, 2000 from St. Paul Lutheran Church, Yorkton, Sask with Pastor Fred Schneider officiating. Judy Berg was the organist leading the congregation in the Hymns "O Lord Take My Hand And Lead Me", "Here I Am Lord", and "How Great Thou Art". The trio of Roxie, Norm Graff and Jolene Cherland sang "Softly and Tenderly". Jack' s son Don gave reflections and remembrances of his father's life. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Matthew, Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Dion, Jack, Randy and Clarence Pfeifer, Brad Craigon and Brian Ulrikson serving as Casket Bearers. Services were directed by Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.
Helen (Stolaryk) Pidperyhora of Yorkton passed away suddenly at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre on Saturday, August 4, 2001. Helen was born on the family homestead in the Wallhala-Elfros district of Saskatchewan on March 15, 1922. She was one of thirteen children born to Nickolas and Julia Stolaryk. On Feb. 25, 1943 she married Meeron Pidperyhora and together they farmed 10 miles southwest of Elfros for 24 years. In 1967 they moved to Yorkton where Helen was employed with the Yorkton Union Hospital until her retirement in 1984. Helen and Meeron were blessed with four children: sons James (Joanna) of Yorkton, Leonard (Grace) of Saskatoon and Greg (Gwen) of Yorkton; and daughter Valerie (Dennis) Elaschuk of Wroxton. They were further blessed with seven grandchildren, Allan (Shaylene) Elaschuk of Raymore, Bryan Elaschuk of Wroxton, Tamara, Katelyn and Michael Pidperyhora of Saskatoon, Kristopher and Nathan Pidperyhora of Yorkton; and two great grandsons, Brandon and Ryan Elaschuk of Raymore. Helen was a deeply religious person who devoted much of her time to her church and her family. She displayed her faith in God openly and through her friendly yet persuasive manner passed on God's message of salvation to all she knew. She cherished visits from her children, grandchildren, family and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Meeron on May 25th, 1990; parents, Nickolas and Julia Stolaryk; brothers, John, Bill, and Carl; and by sisters, Josie Chupak, Anne Kolodniski, Frances Syniatynski and Ruth Brierly. In addition to her children, she leaves to cherish her memory a brother, Joe Stolaryk of Winnipeg, sisters: Mary Kristjanson of Edmonton, Vicki Janzen of Toronto, Lena Kachaluba of Regina and Olga Voisey of Moose Jaw; sisters-in-law Annie Stakiw of Saskatoon, Mary Walter of Winnipeg, Pauline (Steve) Podaima of Winnipeg, Victoria (Dan) Shalley of Yorkton, Helga (John) Burdeniuk of Merritt BC, Julia Pidperyhora of Rossland BC, Margaret Pidperyhora of Yorkton, Rose Stolaryk of Oshawa ON, and Lillian Stolaryk of Oshawa; brothers-in-law Nestor (Rosaline) of Elfros, Russell of Weekes and Jacob of Wadena, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Helen was dearly loved and will be missed by all.
A service of comfort was held on Tuesday evening, August 7, 2001at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. The funeral service was held on Wednesday, August 8, 2001 from the Family Worship Centre in Yorkton with Pastor Kevin Bundus of Yorkton Faith Ministries officiating. A melody of praise choruses were sung by Jennifer Zayshley and by pianist Anthony Johnson. A solo What A Day That Will Be was sung by Patti Smith. Granddaughter Tamara Pidperyhora read Psalm 121, and son Len Pidperyhora gave the tribute. The interment took place beside her husband at the Yorkton City Cemetery with Allan Elaschuk, Bryan Elaschuk, Tamara Pidperyhora, Terry Shalley, Tim Kachaluba and Wayne Kachaluba serving as the casketbearers.
Death is swallowed up in victory.
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Stella Podollan, formerly of Yorkton and the Wroxton district passed away on June 26, 2003 at the Westside Care Centre, Westbank, BC. She was 80 years of age. Stella was born July 23, 1922 at Arran, Saskatchewan; a daughter of Nick and Annie (nee Kinaschuk) Tycholas. On November 25, 1945 Stella was united in marriage to Peter Podollan at Arran. The couple farmed in the Wroxton district until their retirement to Yorkton in 1981. She was a devoted and loving mother to Natalie, Edward, David, Adele and Vernie. From nurturing and raising her five children while tending to her household chores; to putting on a spread for thirty; canning, milking, gardening, sewing, baking, painting and many, many other tasks; Stella worked hard her entire life. Stella always cooked the favourite dishes for her kids and grandkids. She was too busy to really enjoy her own kids; but they meant the world to her and nothing made her prouder than her kids. Without the conveniences of modern times, Stella managed to face any challenge and always conquered it with a smile. With her grandkids, times were a little easier and she took advantage of them. She loved to bake for them, play cards and board games with them. God was her strength and with his guidance, Stella took hardships in stride and always appreciated good times, good health, good friends and her family. Stella loved to sing....loved to dance and most of all loved to laugh. Nothing made her happier than to have her family and sisters around her and laugh until she was slapping her knees. There are memories of her playing the harmonica and the spoons and she was so proud when she sang with the Church Choir on TV. In her later years, she took up bowling and bingo and always took great pride in nurturing her garden. Following Peter's death in 1999 Stella moved to Kelowna, BC to be closer to her family. She was a dear and kind woman, who always treated everyone well. Her life's work was well done and may she now rest in peace.
She leaves to cherish her memory three sons, Edward (Shirley) of Fort Chipewyan, AB, David of Vernon, BC and Vern (Debbie) of Fort McMurray, AB; two daughters, Natalie (Albert) Zelaney of Lavington, BC and Adele (Bob) Wright of Vernon, BC; six grandchildren, Brian Zelaney and Cheryl Hanna of Vernon, BC, Alexander Podollan of Fort McMurray, AB, Christine Podollan and Jason Podollan and Jordan Wright of Vernon, BC; three great grandchildren, Matthew & Jaden Hanna and Tyrone Podollan and a sister Mary Lazaruk of Edmonton, AB. Stella was predeceased by her parents; an infant daughter Vivian; husband Peter in 1999; sisters, Jenny Shweykowski and Elsie Shweykowski; and brothers, Mike and Bill Tycholas.
Prayer services were held on Sunday, June 29, 2003 at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Monday, June 30, 2003 at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton with Very Rev. Bryan Bayda, C.Ss.R. as the Celebrant. The responses were led by Susan Solonenko, Ed Pindus and parish choir members. The epistle reader was Vern Podollan and the cross bearer was John Solonenko. Honourary bearers were Peter & Rose Brigidear and Bert & Esther Horgas. The interment followed in the Garden of Crucifixion at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Ed Podollan, David Podollan, Vern Podollan, Alexander Podollan, Jason Podollan and Bob Wright serving as the casket bearers. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.