Mr. William Rohatensky of Calder, beloved husband of Marie entered eternal rest on Wednesday, February 6, 2002 at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina. He was 65 years of age. William Steven Rohatensky was born January 1, 1937 in Calder, Saskatchewan, a son of Dmetro and Mae (Sobkow) Rohatensky. He attended Torsk School, as well as Calder School. In his younger years, Bill worked in Winnipeg and Saskatoon before returning to Calder to farm. Bill was united in marriage to Marie Calanchie on July 13, 1958. In the 70's Bill quit farming and established a backhoe business, as well as offering plumbing and electrical services throughout the Calder, Wroxton, MacNutt and Yorkton areas. In the early 80's Bill and son Blair formed B.B. Electric. He served as Mayor of Calder for several terms, as well as Secretary/Treasurer for many different organizations including the School Board, Borad of Trade and St. Mary's Church. As well as on the Board of Directors for the Calder Credit Union . Bill was a parishioner of St. Mary's Church in Calder. In his younger years, he curled and played baseball for the Calder Comets. Bill's passions included fishing, hunting, gardening, and visiting and socializing with everyone. His wit and special sense of humour will be remembered by all who knew him. He lived each day to the fullest and faced life's challenges to the best of his ability. He was dear to the hearts of many and touched the lives of those around him, especially his family. He enriched our lives with his wisdom, patience, generosity and love.
Predeceased by his parents; son Blair and brother-in-law William Smandych; he leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife Marie; son Wayne (Cindy) of Calgary, daughter April of Calgary , son Greg (Jody) of Kelowna, BC and his grandchildren, the pride and joy of his life, Fawn, Zane, Mitchell, Ryan, Madison and Tyler. He also leaves to mourn for brothers, Mike (Julia) of Yorkton, Tony (Vi) of Calder, Jim (Sylvia) of Winnipeg and Peter (Iris) of Kelowna, BC; a sister Vicky Smandych of Estevan; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Prayer services were held on Friday, February 8th at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Saturday, February 9th at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Yorkton. The responses were led by Walter Balabuk and St. Mary's Funeral Choir. The epistle was read by Lana Bauer. Bernadette Woods served as the cross bearer. The casket bearers were Tom Rohatensky, Bob Rohatensky, Mervin Rohatensky, Dwayne Smandych, Brent Danylko and Drew Calanchie. The interment took place at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with granddaughter, Fawn Rohatensky serving as the urn bearer. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Julia Rokosh of Ituna, beloved wife of the late Walter Rokosh, entered eternal rest on Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at the age of 79 years. Julia was born on April 16, 1923 in the Hubbard district of Saskatchewan; a daughter born to John and Mary (nee Krijcar) Lozinski. She was raised in the Hubbard district on the family farm and received her education in this district. In 1943 she was united in marriage to Walter Rokosh at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church; then purchasing land south of Hubbard in the Tullymet district where they farmed and raised their family. In 1980 they moved to Melville to retire; moving to Ituna in 1986 where they made their residence. Walter passed away on June 27, 2002. Julia continued to live in her own home until the present time. During her life Julia was involved with the Catholic Women's League and the Ituna/Hubbard Social Clubs. She enjoyed gardening and cooking and had many baked goods at the farmer's market, flea markets and bake sales. Julia was a hard worker. She enjoyed bingo and crocheting and loved to socialize with family and friends. When she had a house full of people she was always cheerful and entertaining. Julia was blessed with a great sense of humour, a gift that has been passed on to her family.
She leaves to cherish his memory and to celebrate her life her children: Allan (Rosemary) of Ituna., Shirley Tataryn of Melville, Marlene Boutaud of Winfield B.C., Raymond (Gail) of Yorkton, Ron (Yvonne) of Hubbard, Pat (Norman) Lewko of Ituna, Richard (Michelle) of Hubbard, Lionel (Lillian) of Regina, Lawrence (Bonnie) of Canora, Timothy (Kim) of North Battleford, Thomas (Sharon) of Melville, Glenn of Lethbridge, Walter (Glenda) of Regina, Lloyd (Laurie) of Canora, a daughter-in-law Rose of Melville; 43 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and two brothers: Steve Lozinski of Melville, Joe (Anne) Lozinski of Toronto and a sister Rose Parfeniuk of Regina. Julia was predeceased by her parents; her husband Walter children: Jerome and Barbara; brothers: Mike, Peter and John and sisters: Annie Paul and Katie Boyko.
Prayer services and Rosary were held on Friday evening, January 24, 2003 from St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church Ituna, SK. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday afternoon, January 25, 2003 from St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church with Reverend Father J. Pat Murphy as Celebrant. The organist was Paulette Van Den Helm leading the choir and congregation in the Hymns: ' Be Not Afraid', 'I Will Sweep Away Your Transgressions, 'How Great Thou Art' 'Sing Of The One Who Walks Beside Us' and ' Song Of Farewell'. The readings were by Shirley Tataryn and Lloyd Rokosh with Allan Rokosh praying the Intercessions. The Cross Bearer was Leonard Rokosh with Ashley and Jessica Slywka serving as Altar Servers. Reflections of Julia's life were given by Marlene Boutaud and Shirley Tataryn. Nellie Winniski, Rose Braden, Lucy Stoyko and Julia's 43 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren were Honourary Bearers. The interment followed in the Ituna Roman Catholic Cemetery with Ronald, Lloyd, Glenn, Lawrence, Walter, Raymond, Allan, Thomas, Lionel, Richard and Tim Rokosh serving as Casket Bearers. Services directed by Bailey's Funeral Home Ituna.
Mr. Walter Rokosh of Ituna beloved husband of Julia; formerly of the Hubbard district and Melville entered eternal rest suddenly on Monday, May 27, 2002 at St. Peter's Hospital Melville. He was 85 years of age. Walter was born on September 8, 1916 in the Hubbard District of Saskatchewan; a son of Polish Pioneers Valentine and Anastasia (nee Jaremicki) Rokosh, who arrived in Canada first in the Lemberg district and then four years later Hubbard. Walter worked and lived on the family farm and attended Stray School. Following this he began employment for farmers in the Nokomis district. In 1943 Walter was united in marriage to Julia Lozinski at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church; they then purchased their own land in the south of Hubbard in the Tullymet district where they farmed until retiring in 1980 when they moved to Melville. In 1986 they moved to Ituna and made this their residence. As well as farming, Walter also drove school bus, worked on the road patrol and would help his neighbours at many different jobs. He was a 'Jack of All Trades'. Walter enjoyed life and all that it had to offer. He loved his family and was an excellent father and enjoyed the gatherings of his family and friends. Walter loved nature and especially the early mornings. As well, he had a deep respect for animals. His buildings and home were built by his own hand and he helped build the St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church. He enjoyed a good game of pool, cribbage and cards puttering around and building bird houses.
He leaves to cherish his memory and to celebrate his life his loving wife Julia. Children: Allan ( Rosemary ) of Ituna., Shirley Tataryn of Melville, Marlene ( Denis ) Boutaud of Winfield B.C., Raymond ( Gail ) of Yorkton, Ron ( Yvonne ) of Hubbard, Pat ( Norman ) Lewko of Ituna, Richard ( Michelle ) of Hubbard, Lionel ( Lillian ) of Regina, Lawrence ( Bonnie ) of Canora, Timothy ( Kim ) of North Battleford, Thomas ( Sharon ) of Melville, Glenn of Lethbridge, Walter ( Glenda ) of Regina, Lloyd ( Laurie ) of Canora, a daughter - in - law Rose of Melville; 43 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and two sisters: Polly Hass of Ituna and Sophie ( Jack ) Jankoski of Saskatoon. Walter was predeceased by his parents; children:Jerome and Barbara; brothers: Thomas, Mike, Frank, Anton and Barney and sisters: Mary and Katey.
Prayer services were held on Friday evening May 31, 2002 from St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church, Ituna, Saskatchewan. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday morning, June 1, 2002 from St. Stanislaus R.C Church with Reverend Father John Prince as Celebrant. The placing of the Pall was by daughters: Marlene Boutaud, Shirley Tataryn and Pat Lewko. The cross bearer was Michael Rokosh with Shane Slywka and Leonard Rokosh serving as altar servers. The organist was Paulette Van Der Helm with Sharon Yurkiw as guitarist. The soloist was Alisa Tataryn singing ' In The Garden ', ' Amazing Grace ', ' How Great Thou Art ' and ' In Daddy's Hands '. The Parish Choir led the service as sang ' May Flights of Angels Lead You '. Marlene Boutaud read the history of Walter. Gift bearers were Kyle Materi and Kyle Rokosh with Ed Braden and Ed Krushen along with Walter's 43 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren serving as Honourary Bearers. The interment followed in the Ituna Roman Catholic Cemetery with Walter's sons: Ron, Lloyd, Glen, Lawrence,Wallie, Raymond, Allan, Tom, Lionel, Richard and Tim serving as casket bearers. Services directed by Bailey's Funeral Home Ituna and Yorkton.
Mrs. Margaret Rollack of Yorkton passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Saturday, August 10, 2002 at her home. She was 88 years of age. Margaret Rollack was born on November 21, 1913 in Hamton, Saskatchewan, the daughter of Jacob and Maria (nee Bewyck) Klewchuk. She was educated at Olesko School and later obtained a certificate of journeyman status in Beauty Culture. In 1962 Margaret was united in marriage to Joseph Rollack. The couple resided for a period of time in Canora where Margaret operated a Hair Salon before moving to Yorkton.
Predeceased by her parents, her husband in 1989, two brothers John and Bill; five sisters Rose Hrynyk, Polly Marchuk, Ann Oystreck, Nellie Balacko and Molly Barabash; she is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held on Wednesday, August 14th at Yorkton City Cemetery with Rev. Faye Greer of Westview United Church officiating. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Arley Ruf, resident of Yorkton, passed away peacefuly with her family at her side on Saturday, May 25, 2002 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre after a lengthy illness. She was 69 years of age. Arley Harriet Jean Ruf was born on November 2, 1932 at Yorkton, a daughter of Asta (nee Rosentrater) and Joseph Wolfe. Arley grew up on the family farm at York Lake. On July 4, 1951 she was united in marriage to Paul Ruf at Zion Lutheran Church in Yorkton. Arley loved to cook, bake, and organize family gatherings. She enjoyed knitting for family and friends. She always opened her home to anyone who wanted to visit, especially the pastors and vicors from the church. She treasured the time spent with her children and grandchildren whom she phoned every day.
Predeceased by her husband Paul on March 13, 2002, her parents, Joseph and Asta, and her brother Sydney Wolfe, she leaves to cherish her memory and celebrate her life three daughters, Shelley (Glen) Nodge, Wendy (Ron) Boychuk, Penny (Miles) Pearce; six grandchildren, David Nodge, Ryan, Bryan, Erin Boychuk, and Jennifer and Jo-Ann Pearce, all of Yorkton; a sister Sylvia Turner of Victoria BC; a brother Brenton (Shirley-Ann) Wolfe of Regina, as well as brothers & sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, good friends and neighbors.
A service of comfort was held on Tuesday evening, may 28, 2002 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home in Yorkton. The funeral service was held on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 from Zion Lutheran Church. Rev. Daniel Moeller officiated. The organist, Verna Liebrecht, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns 'Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me', 'Immortal, Invisible, God only Wise', and 'I Know That My Redeemer Lives'. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Ryan and Bryan Boychuk, David Nodge, Logan Wolfe, Darrell Mirva and Ken Wolfe serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
Nadean Ruf, resident of the Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2001. She was 56 years of age. Nadean Faith Ruf was born on November 29, 1944, at Yorkton, Saskatchewan, a daughter of August and Ann (nee Wilhelm) Liebrecht. She was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Rhein. Nadean attended the Wallace and Rhein schools, as well as attending school in Yorkton for a year. As a young woman Nadean worked at home and for farm families in the district. On October 13, 1962 she was united in marriage to Ralph Ruf at Rhein. The couple resided in Yorkton where Nadean raised her family of three daughters. Nadean also provided child care services for local families for many years while caring for her own children. Nadean loved the outdoors. Going for drives in the country, watching birds, and picking berries were favorite pastimes. However, her biggest enjoyment came every summer when she would go camping with her daughters and fishing with friends. She also spent many a late night playing cards with friends and even kept her parents up a night or two trying to beat them at canasta. Nadean suffered from a degenerative and chronic condition known as myotonic dystrophy for many years. Over time her mobility became more and more limited and she came to require constant care. For the past three and a half years, Nadean had been a resident of the Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats. She very quickly made many friends and she greatly enjoyed the care and companionship of the residents and the many fine staff members. She was as active as possible in the affairs of the Home. She served on committees, helped fellow residents with games and reading and enjoyed making crafts and going on outings. She also enjoyed the rural setting and appreciated the flowers and birds there. Nadean's greatest love of all was for her family; they meant everything to her.
Predeceased by a son-in-law Scott Saylor, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her three daughters, Tammy Saylor of Yorkton, Tracey (William) Stauch of Churchbridge, and Sandra Ruf of Yorkton; her special grandchildren, Shelby Saylor, and Stephen and Alyssa Stauch; her mother and father, August and Ann Liebrecht of the Rhein district; two sisters, Fern (Bruno) Martin of Barrhead Alberta, and Faye (Dick) DeRyk of Yorkton; a brother Darbey (fiance Robin) of Yorkton; special friends Alex, Joy and Margaret, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and many other relatives and friends. She was an inspiration to all who knew and loved her.
Prayer services were held on Sunday evening, June 10, 2001 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home in Yorkton. Rev. Curtis Tufts officiated. The funeral service was held on Monday, June 11, 2001 from St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Yorkton. Pastor Fred Schneider officiated. The organist, Lorne Neal, led the congregation in the singing of the hymns Just As I Am and Amazing Grace. Soloist Ray Yost sang In the Garden. Letters to the children and a telegram were read by Tracy Bender. The interment followed in the Yorkton City cemetery with William Stauch, Dick DeRyk, Al Palagian, Alex Oystrick, Rhonda Ward and Murray Kozak serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.
Paul Edwin Ruf was born in Stornoway, Saskatchewan on December 12, 1927, to George and Katie (nee Boehm) Ruf. Paul left the family farm in 1946, after many different job ventures he started working at the Department of Highways until his retirement in September of 1984. On July 4, 1951 he was united in marriage to Arley Wolfe at Zion Lutheran Church in Yorkton. Paul enjoyed the outdoors and sharing it with his grandsons, hunting and fishing. He loved his garden, especially his lilies. He generously donated his carpentry skills to anyone who asked. Paul took great pride in his house and yard, especially with his Christmas lights and decorations. He treasured his time spent with his grandchildren. Paul passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Wednesday, March 13, 2002 at the Yorkton Regional Health Center after a courageous battle with cancer.
Predeceased by his parents, George and Katie and his brother, Lawrence. He leaves to cherish his memory and celebrate his life, his loving wife of fifty years, Arley of Yorkton, three daughters, Shelley (Glen) Nodge, Wendy (Ron) Boychuk and Penny (Miles) Pearce; six grandchildren, Ryan, Bryan and Erin Boychuk, David Nodge, Jennifer and Jo-Ann Pearce, all of Yorkton; brothers, Albert of Palm Desert, California, Gerhardt (Natalie) and George (Donna) of Winnipeg; sisters, Pauline (Jack) Martins of White Rock, BC, Leah Mac Donald of Moose Jaw, Violet (Gordon) Cook and Helen (Doug) Vancott of Winnipeg as well as brothers and sisters - in -law, nieces, nephews, relatives, good friends and neighbours.
A service of comfort was held on Friday, March 15, 2002 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home with Pastor Daniel Moeller officiating. Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 16, 2002 from Zion Lutheran Church in Yorkton with Pastor Daniel Moeller officiating. The organist Verna Liebrecht led the congregation in the singing of the hymns "Lord Take My Hand And Lead Me", "I Know That Me Redeemer Lives" and "The Lord's My Shepherd". Interment followed in the Wolfe family plot in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Alvin Gross, Albert Nodge, Logan Wolfe, Irwin Wiesinger, Garry Kaschl, Darrell Mirva and Myron Yaschyshyn. Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Glenn Rusnak, of Theodore, Saskatchewan; beloved son of Brian and Yvonne Rusnak, passed away on Sunday evening, March 25, 2001 at the Regina General Hospital. He was 23 years, 5 months and 17 days of age. Glenn Garry Rusnak was born on October 8, 1977 at Yorkton, Saskatchewan; a son of Brian and Yvonne (nee Allary) Rusnak. Glenn was raised on the family farm in the Theodore district and received his education at the Theodore School. Glenn was a friendly, sociable individual, well respected by his classmates and school staff, so much so that he was the valedictorian for the class of '95. After he completed high school Glenn remained helping at home for the summer. In fall he began employment with Sunrise Agro. Although his health and well being was always a concern, Glenn greatly enjoyed the challenges and opportunities that came from working for a small company. In October of 1997 Glenn was placed on the waiting list for a lung transplant and on June 10th, 1999 that call came. Within a few short hours Glenn and Brian were on their way to Winnipeg for the operation. The operation was a success and Glenn was able to return home in September. In October he began employment with the Eastern Assiniboine Training Centre in Yorkton as a youth worker. He very much enjoyed being amongst the young people and earnestly tried to make a difference in their lives. This past October Glenn moved into Theodore to reside with 'Baba' Jean Rusnak and had been residing there until his passing. Since January of this year his health had been in steady decline.
Predeceased by his sister Tascha, Glenn leaves to cherish his memory his parents Brian and Yvonne of Theodore, sister Shiona (Brad) Buckshaw of Regina and brother Dallas (Carla) Rusnak of Theodore (and future nephew/niece); grandparents Alex and Bertha Allary of Dubuc, Baba Jean Rusnak of Theodore and Gido Matt Rusnak (Helen) of Yorkton, well as numerous aunts, uncles and his many other relatives and friends.
The prayer vigil was held on Wednesday evening, March 28th from Bailey's Funeral Chapel. The funeral service was held on Thursday afternoon, March 29, 2001 from the Theodore Recreation Centre. Rev. Mary Jane Allan of St. Paul's United Church officiated. The pianist, Carla Madsen, led members of the Church Choir and the congregation in the singing of the hymns Precious Lord, Take My Hand and Those Hearts That We Have Treasured. The choir sang Make Me A Channel of Your Peace and Go Now in Peace. Glenn's own eulogy was given by Judy and Phil DeVos. Soloist Christa Maas sang Proud To Be Metis. Son-in-law and daughter-in-law Brad and Carla read Glenn's acknowledgement and thank you to the many people that were a part of his life. Honorary bearers were Tinaya Kunz, Ron Maas, Wendy Breit, Shara Allary, Sonya Dehann, Lawrence Hepting, Ernie Thiessen, Sid Mantay and Myles Pelletier. The interment followed in the Theodore Cemetery with Fred Allary, Rick Thompson, Kent Bilokreli, Jeff Sharp, Darren Dressler and Sean Hargreaves serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. John Rusnak, beloved husband of Olga Rusnak of Yorkton passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of Friday, August 3, 2001. He was 78 years and 16 days of age. John was born on July 18, 1923 on the family farm in the Insinger district of Saskatchewan; a son of Wasyl and Domka (nee Markowski) Rusnak. He was raised on the family farm and received his education at Lesanko School. At age 15 John quit school to help on the farm. In August of 1939 he headed to Perdue by freight train where he got his first job stooking and threshing for a farmer. He then worked for his brother Nick for three years. In 1942 John returned home where he continued to work on the family farm. On September 5, 1948 John was united in marriage to Olga Lessak. They continued mixed farming until 1967, at which time they were offered a caretakers job looking after apartment buildings in Yorkton. John and Olga moved to Yorkton in the fall of that year but continued to operate the farm until 1993. John enjoyed working with wood and repairing things. His favourite saying was, "If someone invented it, I should be able to fix it". John was a member of Sts Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church at Insinger while on the farm and Holy Transfiguration Church while in Yorkton. He had also served as a choir member in both churches. John had been receiving kidney dialysis treatments for the past three years. Even so he never complained, in fact whenever someone inquired of his health his quick response was, "can't complain".
He was predeceased by his daughter Gail in 1969, his father Wasyl in 1965, his mother Domka in 1978, sisters Olga in 1941, Anne Kopan in 1986, and Kay Hnatuik in 1994 and by a brother Bill in 1989. John leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 53 years, Olga; son Irv and his wife Gwen of Saskatoon; daughter Colette and her husband Glenn Ebert of Preeceville; grandchildren, Chelsea and Jason Rusnak and Colton and Alexandra Ebert; two brothers, Nick and Ruth of Saskatoon, Mike and Doris of Yorkton; four sisters, Mary Koshman of Edmonton, Sophie Husulak of Theodore, Margaret and Dave Davidson of Saskatoon, Iris and Bill Rusnak of Winnipeg; a sister-in-law Faye Rusnak of Saskatoon, numerous nieces, nephews and his many other relatives and friends.
The prayer services were held on Sunday evening, August 5, 2001 from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Yorkton. The funeral service was held on Monday morning, August 6, 2001 from Holy Transfiguration Church with Rev. Father Richard Ehrmantraut officiating. The cantor, Mike Sitko was assisted by members of the parish Choir in the singing of the responses. The crossbearer was Ernie Lessak, the bannerbearers were Tony Zahaik and Ray Gulash. The interment followed in the Garden of Crucifixion at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Dave Rusnak, Daryl Lessak, Conrad Hnatiuk, Barry Rusnak, Larry Husulak and Randy Hnatiuk serving as the casketbearers.
Eternal Memory! Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.