Mr. Ivan Uhryn of Yorkton, beloved husband of the late Mary Uhryn, passed away peacefully at the Anderson Lodge August 20, 2002 at the age of 92 years. He was born to Mike Uhryn Sr. and Ann (Markewich) on November 14th, 1909 in the Rhein District. Ivan was the third son of the family of nine children, was raised on the family farm and received his education at the Federhill School. On October 20, 1940 Ivan was united in marriage to Mary (nee Andrychuk) along with his brother Mike and wife Margaret at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton. Together both brothers and their wives formed as one family. The couples farmed in the Yorkton district until their retirement in 1980. Ivan was a man of many qualities. His gentle and kind manner was always present with his family and friends and he was always willing to help anyone in need. He enjoyed playing ball, playing various musical instruments (especially the violin) and took passion in his motorcycle as a young man. He loved fishing, hunting, mushroom and berry picking, playing cards and singing. His greatest hobbies were his love for his camera and watch repair. He was a faithful parishioner of St. Mary's Church and attended the church choir as well as a dedicated member of the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood of Canada.
Ivan was predeceased by his father Mike in 1978; his mother Ann in 1964; brother Emil in 1980; brother John 1992; wife Mary in 1992; sister Kay in 1998; and his sister Lena in 2000. In passing Ivan leaves to mourn his children: Adeline and her husband Orest Lukash of Saskatoon; Debra and her husband Larry Mazzei of Red Deer, AB; David and his wife Sharon of Yorkton; His grandchildren Kim and her husband Robert Twarynski of Calgary, AB; Keri and her husband Brent Dueck of Moose Jaw; Kelly Lukash of Saskatoon ; Robyn and Ian Mazzei of Red Deer, AB; Christina and Christopher Uhryn of Yorkton. His great grandchildren: Brayden and Carsen Twarnyski of Calgary, AB; and Conner and Chase Dueck of Moose Jaw; and especially his brother Mike and his wife Margaret. Their children, his neice Frances and her husband Gerry Ullman, their daughter Lindsay of Regina, and nephew Terry and his wife Ingrid Uhryn of Regina; Elsie (Fred) Denischuk of Yorkton; Lillian Malinsky of Kelowna, B.C.; Mary (Casper) Malinsky of Toronto and numerous nieces, nephews and in laws.
The parastas service was held on Thursday, August 22nd at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Yorkton. The holy rosary was led by members of the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood, St. Volodymyr Branch. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Friday, August 23rd at St. Mary's Church with Rev. Methodius Kushko, C.Ss.R. and Rev. Joseph Denischuk, C.Ss.R. as the concelebrants. The responses were led by Ed Pindus and members of St. Mary's Choir. The epistle readers were Christina Uhryn and Robyn Mazzei. Members of the UCBC participated in an honour guard with Mike Uhryn serving as cross bearer; President Glen Tymiak carrying the branch flag and John Solonenko and Peter Gulka serving as banner bearers. UCB honourary bearers were Nick Koshman, Metro Mosiondz, Wally Baluk, Harry Kardynal, Mike Katerinich, Zenon Musey, Fred Pawliw and Ed McLashen. Ushers were Ned Pisiak, John Solonenko and Joe Ratushniak. The inetrement followed in Yorkton City Cemetery with Terry Uhryn, Gerry Ullman, Marvin Klos, Kelly Lukash, Christopher Uhryn and Ernest Uhryn serving as casket bearers. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Eileen Mabel Vanin
Mrs. Eileen Mabel Vanin of Edmonton and formerly of Yorkton passed away on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 at the Capital Care Norwood Centre in Edmonton. She was 58 years of age.
Eileen was born on January 18, 1945 at Swan River, Manitoba. Eileen received her education at Benito and shortly after this moved to Weyburn and began working at the Weyburn Psychiatric Centre as a nurses aid. While working there Eileen was united in marriage to Harry Vanin on August 2, 1963 at the Pelly United Church, a man that she had met at Pelly, Sask. In 1968 Eileen and Harry moved to Yorkton where they both were employed at the Yorkton Mental Health Centre. After Harry died in 1988 Eileen lived and worked in Yorkton eventually retiring in 1995. She moved to Edmonton to live with her daughter and her family in 2003 After her health began to decline Eileen moved to the Capital Care Norwood Centre. Eileen loved her grandchildren and their visits and they all had a special bond with her. She also loved to read, play cards, crochet and do puzzles. Eileen enjoyed being in the outdoors and had a true love and appreciation for nature.
Eileen leaves to cherish her memory and to celebrate her life her son Ron of Regina, SK., a daughter Lori and her husband Kevin Moldowan of Edmonton, AB.; three grandchildren: Travis, James and Tylor of Edmonton AB and her sisters: Ethel (Eugene) Kalanchey of Aaron, SK., Lila (Richard) Yagelnesky of Saskatoon, SK., Marian of Winnipeg, MB., Bonnie of Brandon, MB., and Shirley of B.C.
Eileen was predeceased by her parents and her husband Harry.
Funeral services were held on Monday morning, December 1, 2003 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home Yorkton, Sask., with Rev. Faye Greer of Westview United Church officiating. Special Music Selections were: 'Amazing Grace', 'Angels Among Us' (Alabama), 'I Believe' and 'Go Rest High On That Mountain' (Vince Gill). Reflections and remembrances of Eileen's life were given by her grandsons: Travis, James and Tylor. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Travis and James Moldowan, Bill Young, Ernie Moldowan, Jim Young and Dennis Vanin
Mr. Philip Vanin, beloved husband of Trudine Vanin of Yorkton passed away suddenly at his home on Thursday, May 24, 2001. He was 72 years of age. Philip Vanin was born on November 26, 1928 on the family farm in the Pelly district of Saskatchewan, a son of Annie (nee Legebokoff) and James Vanin. He was raised on the family farm and attended the Racing Lake School. As a young man Philip remained at home helping on the farm until venturing north to Churchill, Manitoba, where he found work as a grain handler at the grain terminals. As this was seasonal work, he returned home each winter. On November 2, 1963 he was united in marriage to Trudine Lister at St. Andrew's United Church in Yorkton. Following their marriage the couple lived at Pelly for a few years before moving to Yorkton, where they have since resided. After moving to Yorkton, Philip began employment at Morris Rod-Weeder. Following several years of employment, he took an early retirement, mostly due to health problems. As his health permitted, Philip worked for a couple of summers for local farmers in the area. He enjoyed operating the machinery and doing field work. A friendly but quiet individual, Philip kept mostly to himself, leading a quiet retirement. He enjoyed tinkering with small engines and working on his car. He liked being outdoors tending to his garden during the summer months. Philip's health had been in steady decline in recent years.
He was predeceased by his parents, by brothers Leo and Harry, a brother-in-law Fred Strelioff, and a nephew John Strelioff. He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife Trudine; two sons, Dennis Robert and his wife June of Moose Jaw and their children Nathan and Caleb; and Brian Douglas (Janice) of Langley BC; one sister, Vera Strelioff of Benito, Manitoba and a sister-in-law Eileen Vanin of Yorkton and their families.
The funeral service was held on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. Rev. Daryl Woods of St. Andrew's United Church officiated. The organist, Sharon Litvanyi, led members of the congregation in the singing of the hymns Amazing Grace and Church in the Wildwood. Cremation followed. Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Mary Vestby, resident of the Ituna Pioneer Lodge in Ituna, widow of Bennie Vestby, longtime Kelliher residents, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 7, 2002 at the Melville Hospital. She was 92 years of age. Mary 'Mickey' Vestby (nee Englot) was born on July 15, 1909 at Lemberg, Saskatchewan, a daughter of Anna (nee Yoratsky) and Felix Englot. She had to leave school at an early age to help on the farm. She spent her life in Kelliher and surrounding area. She married Dave Kreps who owned the hotel in Kelliher. She was widowed and some years late married Bennie Vestby and resided on his farm, where she took delight in caring for her stepchildren, gardening, and growing flowers. Later they retired to Kelliher. After Benny's death she moved into senior housing. When she became unable to live alone she went to St. Anne's Home in Ituna for five years, needing more care she went to the Ituna Pioneer Lodge on December 31, 2001.
Mary was also predeceased by brothers Joe, Sid and Dorian Englot and by sisters Clara Woytas, Tena Reeme, and Emma Lubenow. She is survived by her son Arlie (Eleanor) Kreps and their family, Danniel Kreps (David Chesebrough) and son Liam, Darren (Cindy) Kreps and children Joshua & Lauren, Michelle Kreps (Adam Sutton) and twins Nathon and Taylor. Stepchildren Jerry & Dagmer and their families from her first marriage. Stepchildren Clifford, Dorothy, Gladys and the late Ray, many grandchildren and great grandchildren of whom she was very fond. She is also survived by sisters Kathleen Vignal, Angelien MacKenzie, Helen Dombowsky, Caroline DeKelver, Stefania Mounsey, Joyce (Steve) Ursulan, many nieces and nephews and cousins who were very good to her in her old age.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, February 11, 2002 from St. Vladimir's Church in Kelliher with Rev. Father J.R. Prince of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Parish officiating. The Lay reader was Bernard Sciog, and Chris Sciog was the altar-server. A tribute to Mary in the form of two poems, one written by Eleanor Kemp, the other selected by Arlie Kemp were read by Art Landry. The organist, Christina Aamodt led members of the parish choir and the congregation in the singing of the hymns 'And I Will Follow', 'Be Not Afraid', 'How Great Thou Art', 'May Flights of Angels' and 'Day is Done'. The interment followed in the Kelliher Memorial Gardens with Rod, Gene, Derek, Brian, Ryan and Kirby Vestby serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Vincent Vitkauskas of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home and formerly of the Calder District passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2001 at the age of ninety-eight years, two months and three days. Vincent was born on November 8, 1902 in Lithuania. He was a son of Mikas and Petronele (nee Orinaite) Vitkauskas. In 1928 Vincent came to Canada and began working for various farmers in the Langenburg district. He was very proud of the land he purchased in Langenburg. He farmed this land until 1960 when he rented out the land and moved into Calder. At this time he began working for the Canadian National Railway beginning in 1962 and retiring in 1968. During his life, Vincent met and married Marie Victoria Pelletier in June 1954 at Binscarth, Manitoba. They were blessed with five chidren. Due to failing health Vincent moved to Yorkton and later made his home at the Yorkton and District Nursing Home. Vincent was a very humble, gentle and generous man. He loved to visit with family and friends and never failed to offer a "small lunch". He made sure that you had fresh vegetables from the garden that he tended with love and pride. He was always ready for a game of crib, at which he was very good. Bingo was another one of his pastimes as was reading and keeping up with things in his homeland through letters and newspapers.
Vincent leaves to cherish his memory and to celebrate his life his sons Joseph G. of Saskatoon, William J. and his wife Nancy of Saskatoon, Bruce H. and his wife Ida of Calgary; daughters Verna V. Peepeetch and her husband Terry of Yorkton, Mardell C. Warden and her husband Richard of Yorkton; also his grandchildren: Melissa, Tammy, Rachelle, Jennifer, Joe, Justin, Christopher, Steven, William, Angela, Miranda, Jason, Shannon, and Derrick; and two great-grandchildren, Daniel and Jalessa. Vincent was predeceased by his parents, two brothers and a sister in Lithuania.
Prayer services were held on Sunday evening, January 14, 2001 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home with Mrs. Nettie White serving as Lay Presider. Lorraine Lysak was the organist leading in the hymns The Lord's My Shepherd, Jesus Remember Me and Peace Is Flowing Like A River. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday morning, January 15, 2001 from St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church Yorkton, Sask. with Reverend Father Eugene Schaffer as Celebrant assisted by Deacon Urban Kiernan. Sharon McArthur was the organist leading the Parish Choir and congregation in the hymns This Day God Gives Me, Psalm 23 The Lord's My Shepherd, Prayer Of St. Francis, Be Not Afraid, Song Of The Angels, and Amazing Grace. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Jerry Flamont, Darcy Martineau, Jason St. Pierre, Joe, Chris and Justin Vitkauskas serving as Casket Bearers.
Mrs. Frieda Wagner, resident of the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2001. She was 88 years of age. Frieda Emelia Wagner was born on July 4, 1913 in the MacNutt district of Saskatchewan; a daughter of Jacob and Maria Peppler. She attended school at MacNutt and was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in MacNutt. On November 25, 1937 she was united in marriage to Richard Wagner at Yorkton. They had four children, two boys and twin girls. Mom was the traditional farmer's wife of the forties and fifties. She baked bread, made butter, milked cows and raised four children while her husband toiled in the fields. She enjoyed growing plants and flowers and was fond of her vegetable garden. She was a good cook and enjoyed preparing meals on festive occasions for her children and grandchildren. She sewed, knitted and crocheted and was a faithful member of her church. In 1961 the family moved into MacNutt and for many years Mom and Dad were the janitors of MacNutt School. Mom looked after the home front during Dad's depression of the eighties. Mom suffered a debilitating stroke in 1991 which affected her right side and her speech. Now it was Dad's turn to look after Mom which he did until 1999. It was then that she entered the Nursing Home. Since Dad's passing on September 10th 2001, Mom's health continued to decline. She passed away as the day was dawning on Sunday morning, December 9th.
Predeceased by her parents, her husband Richard, daughter Joan Mysko, her step-mother Mary, sisters Elizabeth (Dan) Becker, Ann (Steve) Klco, Margaret (Fred) Calvert, Lydia (Dave) Hilderman, Emma Jorgensen, and step-brother Alex Bier. She is survived by her sons, Merv (Bev) of Winnipeg; Murray (Ferne) Wagner of Yorkton; daughter Jean (Grant) Pope of Gilbert Plains MB; and son-in-law Ernie Mysko of Watrous; eight grandchildren; Jon (Anita) Wagner of Morinville AB, Suzanne (Roger) Parker of Winnipeg, Carmen Wagner of London, England, Alison Wagner of Saskatoon, Brendan Wagner of Yorkton, Richard Pope of Calgary; Chris Pope of Winnipeg, and Ryan (Pam) Mysko of Grande Prairie AB, 4 great grandchildren, Taylor and Dallas Wagner and Jordan and Tia Parker. Also step-sisters Mary Paull of Prince Albert and Elza Liebrecht of Yorkton, brothers-in-law Herb (Ruth) Wagner of Bellingham, Washington and Edwin of Yorkton, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 from the Christ Lutheran Church in MacNutt with Rev. Richard Mensch officiating. The organist, Mrs. Ronnie Mensch led the congregation in the singing of the hymns 'I Know that My Redeemer Lives', 'O Come, O Come, Emmanuel' and 'I'm But A Stranger Here'. The interment followed in the Christ Lutheran Church Cemetery with Brendan Wagner, Roger Parker, Ernie Mysko, Grant Pope, Larry Becker and Leonard Wagner serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Richard Heinrich Wagner, formerly of MacNutt, beloved husband of Frieda Wagner, passed away at the Yorkton and District Nursing Home on Monday, September 10, 2001 at the age of 90. Richard, the oldest child of Adam and Caroline Wagner, was born on the family farm on July 26, 1911. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at Christ Lutheran Church in MacNutt. He attended the Clova School, attaining a grade seven level, quitting to assist his family with the farming operation. On November 25, 1937 he was united in marriage to Frieda Peppler by Rev. Val Hergesheimer at Yorkton. This union produced two boys and twin girls. He continued farming into his seventies, and for many years, Richard and Frieda were the janitors at the school in MacNutt. He was involved with the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, was a local school board member, a director of the Credit Union, and an elder at Christ Lutheran Church. On the passing of his parents, he devoted many hours as caretaker of the cemetery. He enjoyed sports and followed the Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was interested in the news, newspapers, and following the exploits of the House of Commons. He enjoyed playing the role of an early Santa Claus, sending or delivering gifts of money before Christmas so his children and grandchildren could buy what they wanted. He had to be busy, trimming the hedges, painting the house, cutting acres of grass, shovelling the snow. He enjoyed pie with his ice cream. He faithfully looked after Frieda following her stroke in 1991, until she entered the Nursing Home in 1999.
He was predeceased by his parents, Adam and Caroline; a daughter Joan Mysko in 1982; sister Hilda (and husband Carl Kilborn); brothers Oscar, John, Gordon, Leonard (and wife Lorina), Ferdinand and Glen. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife of nearly 64 years, Frieda; his sons, Merv (Bev) of Winnipeg and Murray (Ferne) of Yorkton; a daughter Jean (Grant) Pope of Gilbert Plains MB, and son-in-law Ernie Mysko of Watrous; eight grandchildren, Jon (Anita) Wagner of Morinville AB, Suzanne (Roger) Parker of Winnipeg, Carmen and Alison Wagner of Saskatoon, Brendan Wagner of Yorkton, Richard Pope and his friend Veronica of Calgary, Chris Pope of Winnipeg, and Ryan (Pam) Mysko of Grande Prairie AB; three great-grandchildren, Taylor and Dallas Wagner and Jordan Parker; brothers Herb (Ruth) of Bellingham, Washington, and Edwin of Yorkton; sisters-in-law, Elza Liebrecht of Yorkton and Mary Paull of Prince Albert, as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The funeral service was held on Friday, September 14, 2001 from Christ Lutheran Church in MacNutt. Rev. Richard Mensch officiated. The organist, Ronnie Mensch led the congregation in the singing of the hymns Jesus, Still Lead On, Abide With Me and Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me. The interment followed in the Christ Lutheran Parish Cemetery with Jon Wagner, Brendan Wagner, Richard Pope, Chris Pope, Roger Parker and Ryan Mysko serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Clara Walters was born on September 4, 1921 on the Little Bone reserve, south of Yorkton, Saskatchewan; a daughter of John and Theresa (nee Akapew) Peepeetch. Clara received her education at Lebret before returning to help at home. As a young woman she began working out on her own. Clara held many occupations in her life and she considered herself a jack of all trades. She was united in marriage to Bill Walters in Ontario. The couple returned to Saskatchewan and worked on a farm near Clavet for a number of years. Bill passed away in the 1960's and following that time Clara traveled a lot, staying with family and friends. She always kept herself busy and was never one to sit idle. Clara took great pride in her culture and enjoyed the traditional ways. She was always willing to keep up with current events and to better herself. Reading was a favorite pastime. Clara passed away following a brief illness on Friday, August 23, 2002. She was 80 years of age.
Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her parents, sisters Mary Jane Peepeetch and Lillian Pelletier, a brother Michael Peepeetch, and by grandchildren Frances, Neil and Ryan Peepeetch. She is survived by four sons, Franklin of Los Angeles, Spencer of Winnipeg, and Cameron and Lloyd in Saskatchewan; daughter Christina Peepeetch of Yorkton, Joyce Sasbrink-Harkema of Saskatoon, Delores Peepeetch of Regina and Corrine Peepeetch in Ontario, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, a sister Velma Redwood of Cowessess, and a special cousin, Sidney and his wife Sharon Peepeetch and family, as well as her many other relatives and friends.
A wake was held at The Friendship Centre on Wednesday, August 28, 2002 at 4:00 p.m. with prayers to follow at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Services were held from St. Gerard's Church, Yorkton at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2002. Interment to follow in the Little Bone Cemetery on the Little Bone Reserve.
On Sunday March 24, 2002 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre Steve Warcomika entered eternal rest peacefully with his family at his side at the age of 70 years. Steven was born May 10, 1931 in the York Lake District of Saskatchewan. He was a son born to John Warcomika and Margaret Lucki. Steve lived and worked on the farm by York Lake attending the York Lake School for one year. He moved to Yorkton in 1945 and continued his education at Simpson School and completed it at St. Joseph's College. On November 8, 1949 Steve was united in marriage to Elsie Paley at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church Yorkton. This union was blessed with three children and five grandchildren. He began employment with Black Woods Beverages and the Coca Cola Company. Following this he was employed with Western Grocers for twelve years before operating a leather and suede cleaning business until his retirement. During his life Steve loved to garden, play golf; he bowled for numerous years and loved to fish and visit with family, friends and neighbours. His love of his grandchildren always kept him busy.
Steve leaves to mourn his passing and to celebrate his life his loving wife Elsie of 42 years. One son Steven and his wife Charlotte and their son Alexander of Yorkton. Two daughters Barb and her husband Randy Pidherny and their children Kaitlyn and Michael of Preeceville, Heather and her husband Michael Flavel of Regina and their children Christopher and Terri. Also one sister Ann ( Joe) Krystyniak of Saskatoon along with numerous nieces nephews brothers and sisters in law and friends. Steve was predeceased by his father in December 24, 1963, his mother April 1983 and uncles, aunts and cousins.
Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Wednesday afternoon, March 27, 2002 from St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church Yorkton with Father Bryan Bayda C.Ss.R.. as Celebrant. The responses to the Liturgy were sung by the St. Mary's Funeral Choir. Rod Reed was the Cross Bearer with Michael Flavel reading the Epistle. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Harry Paley, John Pasishnik, Peter Yachina, Terry Halushka, Mike Stefanyshyn and Robert Mehling serving as Casket Bearers. Services directed by Bailey's Funeral Home Yorkton.
Ellen (nee Tooley) passed away peacefully at the Anderson Lodge in Yorkton on Tuesday, June 11, 2002 at the age of 99 years.
She will be sadly missed by her husband A.G. (Bert) Warminger of Anderson Lodge; daughter Donna Withers; two granddaughters and their husbands, Leanne and Don Macdonald and Susanne and Ross Baird; and one great grandson Craig Macdonald, all currently residing in Ontario. Ellen was predeceased by her son-in-law, John Withers.
At Ellen's request there will be no funeral service. The interment will take place at a later date. Funeral and cremation arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.