Mrs. Susie Smandych of Yorkton and formerly of the Calder District passed away on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at the Yorkion Regional Health Centre. She was 78 years of age. Susie was born on October 20, 1922 in the Calder district of Saskatchewan, a daughter of Harry and Dora (nee Shastko) Matcyk. She attended Liberal School and worked for local farmers around the district. On October 19, 1941 she was united in marriage to George Smandych. They moved to the family farm where they worked and lived and were blessed with two sons Eddie and Gordon. From 1972 until 1974 Susie was employed as a cook with Magnis Construction. When she retired she enjoyed all aspects of farming, especially cattle. Her hobbies included gardening, knitting and flowers, and she had a talent for drawing, especially flowers. After George died in 1987 Susie remained on the farm until she moved to Yorkton in 1996.
Susie was predeceased by her parents Harry in 1962, Dora in 1972, her husband George in 1987, a son Gordon in 1985 and a brother Steve in 1992; sisters-in-law Dora Smandych, Rose Horaska and Mary Rurak; brothers-in-law Mike Denaka, Mike Prysiazniuk, George Rurak, Tony Smandych and Fred Rurak. She leaves to cherish her memory and to celebrate her life her son Eddie of Yorkton; brothers and sisters Ann Denaka of Yorkton, Nettie and Mike Smandych of Yorkton, Mike and Victoria Matcyk of Yorkton, Mary Prysiazniuk of Saskatoon; brothers and sisters-in-law Helen Matcyk of Calder, Nick Smandych of Calder, Bill Horaska of Winnipeg, Mariane Smandych of Creston, Matt and Gene Smandych of Winnipeg, Ann Rurak of Calgary, Helen and Sozan Malinski of Canora, Bella and Tommy Robinson of Binscarth, as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon, August 25, 2001 from Baileys Funeral Home in Yorkton, with Mervin Dubnyk of the Yorkton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses officiating. The interment followed in the family plot of the Garden of St. Mark, Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Trent Adam, Jay Ryan, Pat Varga, Glen Zulyniak, Jim Kalichen and Frank Matcyk serving as Casket Bearers. Services were directed by Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.
Mr. Alexander Smith, beloved husband of Jennie Smith of Saltcoats, passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2001 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 86 years of age. Alexander Thomas Smith was born on March 13, 1915 in the Cut Arm district of Saskatchewan, near the town of Saltcoats; the second child in a family of eight born to Florence (nee Thompson) and John Smith. He received his education at the Cut Arm country school and upon completion of his schooling began to farm with his father. During the depression years he worked during the winters at logging camps in northern Ontario. With the onset of the Second World War, Alex and his brother Leslie enlisted into the Royal Canadian Army at Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. Alex trained as a gunner and served in the 2nd Heavy Anti-aircraft Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery, seeing duty in England, France, Germany and Holland. Following the war Alex returned home to the farm, where he took great pride in his horses and cattle. On November 2, 1963, he was united in marriage to Jennie Waterhouse at Yorkton. The couple settled to farming and raising their family of three children. Alex was a farmer at heart and devoted his life to pursuing good farming practices. Throughout his life he rarely ventured far from his land, cattle and horses. In declining health for the past few months, Alex still maintained a positive outlook and was in good spirits to the end.
He was predeceased by his mother in 1968, his father in 1969, sisters Jane Prince in 1977 and Flora Hanson in 1988, brothers Leslie and Murray, both in 1998; brothers-in-law, Mac Felker, Otto Prince, Harold Partridge, Gerry Boorman and Norman Hanson. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Jennie; two sons and a daughter, Harry (Shannon Woloschuk) of Saltcoats, Elaine (Perry) Janett of Bredenbury, and Kevin of Saltcoats; four grandchildren, Calvin and Riley Smith and Lee and Cole Janett; sisters, Evelyn Felker in Whitehorse, Yukon and Ada Boorman of Angus, ON; a brother John (Adele) Smith of Ft. Saskatchewan, AB; also sisters-in-law Mary Smith of Saltcoats and Lenore Smith of Prince Albert; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and his many other relatives and friends.
The funeral service was held on Monday, August 20, 2001 from the Saltcoats United Church in Saltcoats. Rev. Curtis Tufts officiated. Reflections and remembrances were given by Marilyn Mochoruk and Nicole Bundus. The organist, Ruth Datema led members of the church choir and the congregation in the singing of the hymns Rock of Ages and Abide With Me. The choir anthem was Beyond the Sunset. A Veteran's Burial Rite Service was conducted by members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Yorkton branch. The padre was Rev. Ed McManus, the Sergeant-at-arms was Mike Bidnock, the bugler was John Miller and the Color Party was Andy Juba, Nick Koshman, Fred Fenske and Art Alstad. An Honor Guard was formed by members of other branches as well as the Saltcoats branch. The interment took place in the Saltcoats Town cemetery with Glen Smith, Larry Hanson, Wayne Hanson, Gordie Smith, Leslie Smith and Sheldon Smith serving as the casketbearers. All those in attendance at the funeral were considered honorary bearers. Arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Mary Smuk, resident of the Anderson Lodge in Yorkton, widow of Joe Smuk, formerly of the Homefield district, passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, October 7, 2001 with her family by her side. She was 77 years of age. Mary Smuk was born on July 10, 1924 in the Homefield district of Saskatchewan; a daughter of Dmytro and Annie (nee Mohyla) Fedyk. Mary was raised on the family farm and attended the Nanton School. As a young woman she began working out on her own and for a time worked as a waitress before becoming employed at the Yorkton Hospital as a nurses aide. On October 3, 1948 she was united in marriage to Joe Smuk at St. Mary's Church in Yorkton. Following their marriage the couple began farming and raising their family in the Fenwood district before eventually acquiring land in the Homefield district. This union was blessed with nine children, including three sets of twins. Life on the farm in those years was difficult with no modern conveniences, but through hard work and determination Mary made a good life for Joe and her family. In 1980 the couple purchased a home in Yorkton. Mary helped Joe with the janitor job at the Royal Bank and also worked as an aide at the hospital before retiring. Following the death of Joe on November 1st 1997 Mary maintained her home until her own health began to fail. On July 4th 2000 she became a resident of the Anderson Lodge, where she resided until her passing. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her family, her love of life and family will serve as a lasting legacy. She always looked forward to one of the children dropping in for a visit. She cherished her grandchildren dearly and tried to instill in them positive values and to be responsible, caring individuals. Her first priority was her family, she always put herself ahead of others and saw to her own needs last. She possessed a deep and abiding faith in her Lord, a strength that was admired by her family. She also enjoyed the lighter moments of life, going for coffee, tending to a large garden and flowerbeds, canning and preserving fruits and vegetables, enjoying the wildlife around the farm and the many varieties of birds she enjoyed feeding. She enjoyed reading in spare moments. During the time she was in Yorkton Mary became a member of the Blue Army at St. Mary's Church and was active until her health declined.
Mary was predeceased by her husband Joe; her mother Annie in 1976, her father Dmytro in 1981, brothers Mike Fedyk in 1992 and Metro Fedyk in 2001 and by a great grandson Alexander Dmyterko in 1995. She leaves to mourn her passing her nine children, Marlene & Don McFadyen of Yorkton, Darlene and Ted Chepil of Foam Lake, Muriel and Victor Dmyterko of Yorkton, Mervin of Calgary, Ken and Joyce of Homefield, Garry of Saskatchewan, Terry of Yorkton, Theresa and Wes Heuchert of Steinbach, MB, and Darcy and Jacqueline of Melville; 22 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; a sister Angeline (John) Maduck of Yorkton; brothers John (Olga) Fedyk of Ituna, Joe (Anne) of Ituna, Fred (Martha) of Homefield, Steve (Betty) of Yorkton, Anton (Vicky) of Homefield and Lloyd (Marge) of Regina; also a sister-in-law Marjorie Fedyk of Detroit, Michigan; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and her many other relatives and friends. Prayer services were held on Wednesday evening, October 10, 2001 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home in Yorkton.
The requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Thursday, October 11, 2001 from St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton with Rev. Father Brian Bayda C.Ss.R. as celebrant. Members of St. Mary's Funeral Choir led in the singing of the responses. The crossbearer was Janine Heuchert and Tara Syrota read the epistle. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Ken, Garry and Darcy Smuk, Chris Chepil, Myles Dmyterko and Tadeusz Keltie/Dwayne Dmyterko serving as the casketbearers. At the reception following the funeral, granddaughter Janine Heuchert recited a poem of her own composition and Christa Chepil gave thanks on behalf of the family. Eternal Memory! Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Mary Sniher
SNIHER - Mrs. Mary Sniher, beloved wife of Peter passed away on February 28, 2006 in Saskatoon at the age of 92. Mary was born on September 8, 1913 in the Insinger district. She was raised on the farm and attended Fosty School. The second oldest child in a family of seven siblings born to John and Katrina Panchuk (Kowalchuk). On October 10, 1937 Mary was united in marriage to Peter Sniher at Model Farm Ukrainian Catholic Church. Mary and Peter moved to Windsor, Ontario and a year later, returned and farmed the Kowalchuk homestead for eight years in Insinger. They then moved to Mikado where they purchased a garage business. In 1950, they moved to Yorkton where they resided for 52 years, after Peter passed away, Mary lived in a Seniors Apartment, later moving to Saskatoon to be closer to her family. Mary was an active member of St. Mary's Church and a longtime member of the women's league Branch 1. Gardening was her passion and it was visible in both her bountiful vegetable and flower gardens. She enjoyed company, playing cards and bingo. A loving mom and grandmother, she loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren always looking forward to their visits. You never left her place feeling hungry. They spent a lot of time during the summer at the cottage at the lake. She never ever forgot a birthday.
She leaves to mourn her son Eugene (Shirley) of Calgary and their children Trent (Sandra), Todd (Kelly), Laurie (Darren), Leah (Matt); her daughter Phyllis (John) of Saskatoon and their children Kim, Cordell (Kristi); daughter-in-law Donna (Martin) of Saskatoon and her daughters Allison, Tara (Jeff) and ten great-grandchildren; two sister-in-laws: Mary Panchuk of Saskatoon and Mary Panchuk of Canora and numerous neices and nephews.
Mary was predeceased by her parents John and Katrina Panchuk, her husband Peter, son Lorne, grandson Gregory, brothers Steve, Sylvester and Walter (Kay); and sisters Pauline (Bill), Olga (Joe) and Eileen (Joe).
Prayers were held on Thursday, March 2nd from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home. The holy rosary led by members of UCWLC preceded the prayers. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Friday, March 3rd at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton with Very Rev. Bryan Bayda, C.Ss.R. as the Celebrant. Members of St. Mary's Funeral Choir led in the singing of the responses. The crossbearer was Allison Sniher and the epistle reader was Tara Bloski. Members of the UCWLC participated in an honour guard with Susan Pisiak carrying the branch prapor; Bella Gulka, Nettie Sakundiak and Mary Lazurko carrying the memorial wreath. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Trent Sniher, Todd Sniher, Brian Syrota, Norman Ostapowich, Barry Bulych and William Zatwarnitski serving as the casket bearers.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
Nicholas Sobkow of the Yorkton & District Nursing, formerly of the Calder district passed away suddenly, but peacefully at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre on Monday, November 19, 2001 following a life-long struggle with diabetes. He was 53 years of age. Nicholas Joseph Sobkow was born on November 22, 1947 in the Calder district, son of Michael and Frances (nee Dombroski). He was raised on the family farm and attended Torsk School. Nicholas continued to farm after completing school. In the winter of 1965 he worked in a logging camp at Snow Lake, Manitoba. In 1974 he was married to Barbara Koss. They were blessed with two sons, Jason and Daniel. Nicholas had a special love for children. He never missed the opportunity to hold a child or give a treat. His generosity was tremendous, he shared in every way he could with children, friends and neighbours. He served our Lord in a quiet humble manner. Nicholas enjoyed raising animals, farming, gardening, snowmobiling and hunting in his youth. He was musically inclined and enjoyed playing the accordion.
Predeceased by his father, Michael in 1974 and brother-in-law Ken Strutynski in 1983; he leaves to cherish his memory his two sons Daniel and Jason; his mother Frances, brother Michael (Gladys); sisters Jean (Peter) Diduck, Marge (Lloyd) Debray, Liz (Ted) Volk and Martha Strutynski, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Prayer Services were held on Wednesday, November 21st at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Thursday, November 22nd at St. Mary's Church 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 Mary Sobkow and the crossbearer was Kevin Diduck. Serving as honorary bearers were Donavon Volk, John Debray, Robert Debray, Lloyd Debray and Gregory Debray. The interment followed in the Garden of Crucifixion at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Daniel Sobkow, Dean Volk, Jason Sobkow, Michael Sobkow, Ian Strutynski and Keith Strutynski serving as the casket bearers. Following a memorial reception held at St. Mary's Cultural Centre a musical tribute on the accordion was given by Orville Drobet. Numerous other tributes were conveyed by family members, mother, Frances Sobkow and niece, Lora Sobkow, sisters, Martha Strutynski, Jean Diduck, and Marge Debrey as well as Pastor Steven Ruten. ETERNAL MEMORY! Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
SOLONENKO - Steve Solonenko beloved husband of the Late Anne Solonenko of Yorkton, formerly of the Stornoway district. Following a lengthy battle with cancer, Steve passed away with his loving family at his side on December 28, 2005 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was eighty-four years of age. Steve was born on February 13, 1921 and was raised on the family farm in the Stornoway / Stone Creek district, the eldest son of the late Mike and Mary (nee Mysko) Solonenko.
Steve attended school at Stornoway until him and his brother John had to help their Dad in the farm business. On July 20, 1947, Steve was united in marriage to Anne Pidhorodetsky. The couple farmed in the Stornoway area, working together to accomplish a successful farming business. They were blessed to have four children, a son, Dennis and three daughters, Phyllis, Judy and Adeline. Steve was totally involved in the farming business and did serve on the Stornoway Co-op board of directors. Steve was involved in mixed farming in his early years but later went into grain farming with the help from his son. Steve enjoyed spending many hours on the field but he also enjoyed a good party with family and friends. He loved to dance especially the Kolomaka and the Chuban and playing the Ukrainian harp. Steve enjoyed travelling to Europe visiting his relatives in Ukraine, and visiting his daughters across Canada from Nfld. to B.C to the Yukon. He also loved to attend several farm tours in the USA. Steve and Anne moved to Yorkton in 1992 but still remained very active in the farming business. His dream was to help his son on the farm until his grandsons were old enough to take over. After Anne's death in 1999 and Steve's decline in health, he was forced to retire at the age of eighty.
On July 2, 2002 Steve decided it was time to move to a personal care home, Aspen Bluffs Villa where he resided until his short stay at the hospital on December 18, 2005. Predeceased by his parents, Mike (1969) and Mary (1990), his wife Anne (1999) his brother John (2003), his brother-in-law's Bill Stupak (1992) and Walter Shwaga (1989). He leaves to mourn his passing and to celebrate his life, son, Dennis (Sylvia) Solonenko and grandchildren Cortney (Crystal) Solonenko, Stornoway, Coralie (Jason) Nott, Roblin, Man. Devin and friend Sarah, Stornoway. Daughters, Phyllis and friend Harvey, Yorkton, and grandchildren Steven and friend Deanna, Rankin Inlet, NWT, Trina and fiancé Ryan Brooks Alta, Jennifer and friend Brennan, Yorkton and Kelly, Brandon, MB., Judy Remenda and grandchildren Morgan and Melissa, Vancouver, BC., Adeline (Larry) Nickel and grandchildren Scott and Brock, Lethbridge, Alta. Brother, Matt (Carolyn) Solonenko and sisters Olga Stupak and Emily (Peter) Pryszlak of Yorkton, Sister-in-law Suzan Solonenko of Yorkton plus numerous nieces, nephews and friends. A Service of Comfort for family and friends was held on Sunday, January 1, 2006. Funeral Services were held on Monday, January 2, 2006 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Thom Carnahan of the United Church of Canada officiating. Granddaughter, Jennifer Fitzpatrick read the poem 'No Sad Tears For Me'. Tributes and words of remembrance were given by son, Dennis Solonenko and daughter, Adeline Nickel. The organist, Karen Roulston led the congregation in the singing of the hymns 'Just A Closer Walk With Thee' and 'How Great Thou Art'. Soloist, Sandy Solonenko sang 'Amazing Grace'. Interment followed in the family plot in the Garden of Crucifixion in the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Cortney Solonenko, Jeff Shwaga, Devin Solonenko, Richard Solonenko, Larry Solonenko and Larry Nickel serving as the casketbearers.
Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Walter Soloninko of Yorkton, formerly of the Calder district, husband of the late Rose Soloninko passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 30, 2002 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 72 years of age. Walter Soloninko was born on March 10, 1930 at Wroxton, Saskatchewan, a son of William and Anna (nee Smolak) Soloninko. He was raised in the Wroxton district and attended Wroxton School. Following his education he ventured to Windsor, Ontario where he was employed at the Chrysler Auto Plant. Subsequently he joined Prairie Pipe and Ipsco in Regina, working as a Locomotive Engineer for 5 years and Yard Foreman for 5 years. He then farmed for a short period before accepting a job with Algoma Central Railway on the Great Lakes working there for 10 years. On December 6, 1980 Walter was united in marriage to Rose Balabuck at St. Andrew's United Church in Yorkton. The couple farmed north of Calder. Following Rose's death in 1992 Walter remained on the farm a couple of years before retiring to Yorkton. Walter will be remembered as an outdoors person who loved hunting, trapping and fishing.
Predeceased by his wife Rose in 1992, his father William in 2002 and a brother-in-law Bill Kindiak; he is survived by his brother Joe (Mary) of Wroxton; sisters, Mary Kindiak of Veregin, Olga (Steve) Minchuk of Chilliwack BC, Betty (Clint) Harper, Victoria (Don) Steele of Regina; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral service was held on Thursday, December 5, 2002 at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Sheila Lavender of St. Andrew's United Church officiating. Taped solo selections, 'Amazing Grace' and 'How Great Thou Art' were heard. The interment followed in the Garden of Gethsemane at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Don Soloninko, Darcy Soloninko, Don Steel, Richard Steele, Delbert Kindiak and Corey Schmidt serving as the casket bearers. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Bernice Louise Somerville of Kelliher; beloved wife of the late Thomas Laurence Somerville, passed away on Thursday, March 20, 2003 at the Fort Qu'Appelle Hospital. She was 69 years of age. Bernice was born on May 2, 1933 on the family farm south of Kelliher; a daughter of George and Mabel (nee Lubenow) Godlien. She attended Garnick School while helping with the farm livestock (cattle and horses) as well as house chores. After she completed her grade ten she chose to move into Kelliher and board and became employed at the Kelliher Creamery where she tested and separated cream. She became employed at the Sunnyland Hatchery after the creamery had burned down; which replaced the old building and there she remained until her retirement when the plant had moved to Wynyard. Although, they still asked her to work part time to train the new recruits; which she did but, wasn't too happy about the modern technology, when she had worked hard all those years: handling eggs, injecting and sexing chickens and running like crazy! She figured they had it too easy. Bernice chose to marry Thomas Laurence Somerville on October 18, 1957. They remained in Kelliher where she worked and he was employed at various jobs such as: the pool hall, John Deere Shop, locker plant etc. as well as Sask-Tel. In 1960 they had a daughter Deborah (Debbie) Mae; 1963 a son Raymond Laurence; and years later in 1972 another daughter Janice Leanne. She had all of her children active in sports in school and participated in volunteer work surrounding that. As a young adult and a mother she enjoyed playing ball, curling, fishing, hunting, camping out at the lake, knitting sweaters and such, collecting articles from garage sales (you know what people say; some peoples junk is another person’s treasure). She was avid at collecting coins and antiques. She thoroughly enjoyed gardening, keeping her flowers blooming and bird watching as well. She always was out in the yard fussing. Bernice really enjoyed old time music, as well as playing the guitar, accordion and organ by ear!
Bernice leaves to cherish her memory her children: Deborah and her husband Elmer Feszczyn and their children: Jeffrey, Mark and Shane of Kelliher, Raymond and his wife Karen and their daughter Kristen of Saskatoon and Janice and her special friend Andy Chernier of Kelliher. Her mother Mabel of the Ituna Pioneer Lodge; a brother Lloyd of Abbotsford; sisters: Marilyn Nazar of Wynyard, Loreen (Donald) Budd of Mission B.C. as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband Thomas, father George; brother Ronald, sister Evelyn, brother - in - law Alex Nazar and sister: Gladys Haynes and her husband Jimmy.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon, March 25, 2003 from St. Paul United Church Kelliher with Reverend Don Milne Officiating. Lenore Rein was the organist. The special music selections for the service were: 'Too Young To Die Young', 'I'll Fly Away' and 'I Believe'. The interment followed in the Kelliher Memorial Gardens with Bernice's children: Debbie, Ray and Janice serving as urn bearers. Cremation and funeral arrangements by Bailey's Funeral Home Ituna and Yorkton