Elmer Dewitt Wood sadly left us with heavy hearts to be with the Lord, May 3, 2003 after a short stay at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre ICU Unit. Elmer was born June 8, 1919 in Cadillac SK to Dewitt and Ethel Wood. The family relocated to Penzance SK where Elmer took his schooling to Grade 8, as well as helping his dad in the Blacksmith Shop. In September, 1939 Elmer made the decision to join the Army in Regina, SK with No. 1 Ordnance Field Park RCOC, arriving in Great Britain with the First Contingent December, 1939, stationed in Aldershot England. There he received extensive training with the British forces. Later was stationed at Epsom, Surrey where he met the love of his life and lifelong companion Stella Hopkins, and they were married August 9, 1943. Elmer then transferred to Royal Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineers (RCEME). He took active part in the evacuation of Dunkirk, and served in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany while Stella and daughter Monette departed for Canada, arriving in Kenaston, SK in 1945. Six months later Elmer returned to Canada, reunited with Stella and Monette and they relocated to Melfort, SK where Elmer acquired a mechanics job with Melfort Motors, and their son Kenneth was born. In 1948, Elmer moved the family back to Great Britain where he was employed in London with Building and Civil Engineers until 1952. Itchy feet kicked in again and Elmer moved the family back to Canada settling in Davidson SK, where Elmer was employed at Sekulich's Garage as a mechanic, and their second daughter Virginia was born. In 1956, Elmer decided to own/operate his own business, so relocated to Girvin, SK where he mostly repaired farm machinery for 15 years. Over the years, in Girvin, Elmer was very involved with the Girvin United Church as an elder, as well a church repairs, held office as the Town Overseer. Both Elmer and Stella enjoyed many years as Square and Round Dance instructors, twice a month traveling to various communities Penzance, Holdfast, Liberty, Stalwart, Findlater, Tugaske and Lucky Lake, as well as Jamborees at Waskesiu and Kenosee Lakes. In 1971, Elmer sold the business and house and moved to Melfort for a short 2 years, where he was employed at the GM dealership. The search for a retirement community ended in 1973 with the move to Yorkton. Until his retirement, Elmer worked as service manager for the GM and Chrysler dealerships in Yorkton, as well as service manager at Pioneer Pontiac in Melville. He was also employed with the Corps of Commissionaires until the late 1990's, when his health no longer allowed him to work. Elmer had many hobbies and interests, he was a member of the Legion, loved gardening, constructing bird houses, planters, plant stands, spoon racks, a motorized model airplane (although he didn't have the heart to fly it in case it crashed), and many items too numerous to list. We were always proud of the fact that repairmen were never required, no matter what needed to be repaired or constructed dad had the ability. Elmer and Stella enjoyed many years of golfing, camping, biking, hiking, cruise ship vacations, and various driving vacations across Canada and the states. The grandchildren have many fond memories camping with Nana and Gramps, Nana would read stories when it was raining, and Gramps was kept busy constructing make-shift nets so the children could scoop for minnows and such off the docks.
Elmer leaves to cherish his memory wife Stella of 60 years, eldest daughter Monette (Bob) Palmer - Bladworth, SK; youngest daughter Virginia (Vinson) Johnson - Saskatoon, SK; two grandchildren Nathan and Sharman Johnson - Saskatoon, SK; one brother Lorne (Bernie) Wood, one sister Alice Thompson, sisters-in-law Betty Wood, Monica (Tony) Clements, Doreen Patrick, Dolly Hopkins, and many nieces and nephews in Canada and Great Britain. Elmer was predeceased by his parents Dewitt and Ethel Wood, his only son Kenneth, brothers Thomas and Edward Wood, sister-in-law Marjorie Wood, brothers-in-law Jim Thompson, Irvine Hopkins, Ralph Patrick, and one niece Lynn Thompson. We'll forever remember Elmer, dad, and gramps for his witty sense of humor, quick answers, and off the wall sayings. His family was very important to him, our happiness and well-being. He taught Nathan to play crib and they spent hours trying to out-do one another. Sharman and gramps spent endless hours playing crazy eights and the matching game. His grandchildren were the apples of his eyes. We are very fortunate for the length of time we had him, and the time he was able to spend with his grandchildren, but he wasn't able to fight the battle anymore.
Funeral services were held on Friday afternoon, May 9, 2003 from St. Andrews United Church Yorkton, with Sheila Lavender officiating. Shani Apland was the organist leading the Choir and Congregation in the Hymns: "I The Lord Of Sea And Sky" and "O'Master, Let Me Walk With Thee". The Solo "Spirit Of Gentleness" was sung by Cherie Bown. The scripture readings and reflections of Elmer's life were given by his grandchildren, Nathan and Sharman Johnson. The ushers were Jim Appel and Doug Jaques. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion General Alexander Ross Branch # 77 performed the Legion Burial Rite. The Padre was Rev. Irving Fraser. Mike Bidnock was the Sergeant-at-arms with Nick Koshman, Peter Wyatt, Fred Fenske, John Zaretski serving as the colour guard with John Miller as Bugler. The Piper was Robert McFadyen playing selections: "Morgag Of Dunvegan", "MacPhersons Lament", "The Mist Covered Mountains", "Mart Ghlinne Comhann", "Flowers Of The Forest" and "Amazing Grace". The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Alvin McFadyen, Nick Fostey, Howard Howe, Lorne Fenske, Myron Trafananko and Bill Wood serving as Casket Bearers. Services directed by Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Mary Woroschuk of Yorkton & District Nursing Home, formerly of Calder, widow of Maftey Woroschuk entered eternal rest on Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at the age of 96 years. Mary was born on November 15, 1905 at Stornoway, Saskatchewan, a daughter of George and Annie (nee Zuravell) Schab. She began her childhood in the Stornoway district until 1916 when she moved with her family to the Calder district. On October 25, 1920 Mary was united in marriage to Maftey Woroschuk. The couple farmed in the Calder district and raised their two sons. In 1959 they retired and moved to the village of Calder. In 1977 after her husband's death Mary moved to Yorkton where she resided in private homes. In February, 1994 failing health caused Mary to become a patient of Yorkton & District Nursing Home where she remained until her passing. Besides helping with farming, Mary enjoyed gardening and caring for her flowers.
Predeceased by her parents, her husband Maftey in 1975 and son Nick in 1995, Mary leaves to cherish her memory, her son Steven (Pauline) of Yorkton; 7 grandchildren, Darlene Sass, Wayne, Gerald, Kenneth, Eugene, Mervin and Dennis Woroschuk; 16 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; a brother John (Mary) Schab of Winnipeg and a sister Katie Boyd of Hudson Bay.
Prayer services were held on Thursday, February 21st from the Family Centre at Yorkton Memorial Gardens. Funeral services were held on Friday, February 22 from the Family Centre with Rev. Father Rodion Luciuk of St. Mark's Orthodox Church officiating. The cantor was Brother Innocent. The crossbearer was Trista Sass. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Kenneth Woroschuk, Darlene Sass, Sandy Babiak, Gerald Woroschuk, Walter Beck and Andy Woroschuk serving as the casket bearers. MEMORY ETERNAL! Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Michael Wowk, husband of the late Rose Wowk, late of Saskatoon, formerly of Yorkton and Churchbridge, Saskatchewan passed away at the Sherbrooke Community Centre in Saskatoon on August 31, 2002 at the age of 88 years. Michael John Wowk was born in the village of Pberesze, county of Stanislawiw, Ukraine on September 22, 1913. He immigrated to Canada in 1914. He attended elementary school at Krasne Rural School, high school at Sheho, Saskatchewan and teacher's college at the Saskatoon Normal School. Michael taught school in the rural schools of Sunny Brae, Runnymede, File Hills and Parkerview, Saskatchewan over a period of eighteen years. He then obtained training to qualify as a Public Administrator for the Municipalities of Surprise Valley at Minton, Saskatchewan and Churchbridge, Saskatchewan and the Town of Churchbridge. Michael also served as Mayor of Churchbridge of the Town of Churchbridge. He was also a successful real estate developer, promoter, and sales agent. Michael was very committed to his family, friends and community. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and a loyal friend. He enjoyed gardening and golf was his passion. He used his entrepreneurial spirit to initiate many community projects.
Predeceased by his wife Rose(nee Krywulak); son, Wayne; daughter-in-law Sherry Wowk and brothers, Bill, Stanley and Walter; Michael leaves to cherish his memory his children Terrance (Paula) of Saskatoon; Eunice (Leon) Ternan of Luseland, Saskatchewan and daughter-in-law Linda Wowk of Saskatoon; eight grandchildren, Joan (Darren) Dreyer of Langley, BC, Trevor Wowk of Langley, BC, Jason Wowk of Calgary, AB, Steven Ternan and Heather Ternan of Montreal, Quebec, David (Twyla) Wowk of Broadviw, SK, Christopher Wowk of Saskatoon, Karyn Wowk of Whitby/Ajax, ON; five great grand-children, Carly, Carlton, Riley, Owen and Hannah; brother Morris (Doris) Wowk of Red Deer, AB; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Prayer services were held on Wednesday, September 4th at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home with Rev. Fr. Oleh Kashuba, C.Ss.R. officiating. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Thursday, September 5th at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton with Rev. Fr. Methodius Kushko, C.Ss.R. as the Celebrant. The responses were led by members of St. Mary's Funeral Choir. The cross bearer was David Wowk and the epistle reader was Trevor Wowk. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Trevor Wowk, Jason Wowk, Steven Ternan, Heather Ternan, Karyn Wowk and Joan Dreyer serving as the casket bearers. Following the reception at St. Mary's Cultural Centre a tribute was given by daughter, Eunice Ternan. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mr. Gregory Wozniak, resident of the Ituna & District Pioneer Lodge passed away after a short hospitalization at St. Peter's Hospital in Melville on Tuesday, March 12, 2002. he was 92 years of age. Gregory Wozniak was born on May 7, 1909 at Machnowek, Sokal, Ukraine; a son of Dmytro & Maria (nee Shurgo) Wozniak. He was raised in Ukraine and worked for a number of years as a farm labourer. On May 17, 1947 he was united in marriage to Anna Sawchyn at Graz-land, Ukraine. The couple emigrated from Ukraine to Canada, arriving at Hubbard, Saskatchewan on September 12, 1949. Gregory worked for various farmers in the Ituna district. In 1958 the family moved into Ituna, where they had since resided. Gregory helped at Sacred Heart Church and did caretaking at the cemetery. He also worked at the Ituna Turkey Ranch. Following the death of Anna on September 8, 1988 Gregory continued to maintain his independence and care for himself in his own home. His hobbies included gardening and visiting with friends and neighbours. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. On May 8, 2001 he became a resident of the Ituna and District Pioneer Lodge, where he had resided until the time of his passing.
Gregory is survived by his son Morris Wozniak and his wife Pat of the Yorkton district, and grandchildren Shelly, Michael, Matthew and Patrick; daughter Slawka and her husband Alex Kitzul of Nipawin, and granddaughter Carol and her husband George Tsougrianis of Regina. He was also predeceased and is survived by his family in the Ukraine.
Prayer services were held on Friday, March 15, 2002 from Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ituna. The Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Saturday, March 16, 2002 from Sacred Heart Church with Very Rev. Methodius Kushko C.Ss.R. as celebrant. The cantor, Ostap Piasta led in the responses. Granddaughter Carol Tsougrianis read the Epistle and grandson Michael Wozniak was the crossbearer. Vladimir Halipchak was the sacristan. The interment followed in the Parish Cemetery with John Leciuk, Walter Kozey, Bill Leontowich, Jack Leontowich, Walter Schabel and Ladmer Moskal serving as the casketbearers. Bailey's Funeral Home had care of the arrangements.
Mrs. Jennie Jorgina Wright passed away peacefully March 15, 2002 at the Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats, Sask. at the age of 90 years, 10 months and 17 days. Jennie was born near Fairview, Montana, USA, on April 29, 1911 to Nels and Johana Chelte. This was her home, along with her two sisters, Sevrina and Gladys also one brother Oscar until the death of their parents. In 1919, Jennie and her sister Sevrina were taken in by their Aunt Justine and Uncle Oscar Larson at Tribune, Sask. She began her education in Montana and completed her elementary schooling at the Greendale School south of Tribune, Sask. After completing her education, her work took her as far north as Prince Albert and finally in 1933 to the Ross Patton farm south of Saltcoats. While working at Patton's, she met David Young Jr. who lived a mile south on an adjoining farm. Her working career ended when they got married on June 26, 1934. For a short time Jennie and David farmed at Bredenbury, Sask. before moving north to Pelly, Sask. in 1937. They continued farming there until 1943, when due to David's failing health they moved back to the home farm at Bredenbury. Jennie and David had three daughters and two sons. David passed away in August 1944. In December 1946, Jennie was united in marriage to Roy "Everett" Wright. They had one son Roy Allen. Everett passed away in May 1969. Jennie remained on the family farm until the fall of 1980 when she moved into the Sunset Lodge at Bredenbury. After a period of ill health she became a resident of the Lakeside Manor Care Home, Saltcoats in January 2000. Jennie chose to serve God when she was 16 years old. Her faith was a source of strength and joy all her life. She very capably handled her responsibilities as they came and was a help and encouragement to all who knew her. She loved having company and heartily welcomed everyone.
Jennie was predeceased by her parents, Nels and Johana Chelte; her first husband David; her second husband Everett; her son Roy; her sisters Sevrina and Gladys; her brother Oscar. She was also predeceased by her step-parents Oscar and Justine and her second step-mother Mary Larson; step-brothers, Philip, Allen, Bennett, George, Elmer, and Ralph; one son-in-law Victor Lubemsky. She leaves to mourn her passing, three daughters Ruth (Lloyd) Scott of Bredenbury, Audrey Lubemsky of Leduc, Alberta, Jeanette (Arne) Andersen of Torrington, Alberta, and two sons Marshall (Fay) Young of Bredenbury, Sask., Oscar (Joan) Young of Sidney, B.C., daughter-in-law Joanne Wright of Naicam, Sask., twenty-one grandchildren; thirty great grandchildren, sisters-in-law Myrtle McCredie and Amy Nelson; step-brothers Norman (Rose Marie) Larson, Everett (Marie) Larson and one step-sister Lila Larson; step sisters-in-law Esther Larson; Irma Larson and Lily Larson; numerous nieces and nephews, also many good friends.
The Funeral Service was held on Thursday, March 21, 2002 from the Bredenbury Community Hall. Merlin Affleck, Mary Roper and Russel Jacobs officiated. The organist, Anne Malcolm led in the singing of the hymns Precious Thought and Tomorrow's Path. Special music, Jesus, the very thought of Thee was sung by Charlene Upham, Daren Young, Dallas Young and David Young. The interment followed in the Sunnyside cemetery with Allan Andersen, Vern Lubemsky, Sean Young, Daren Young, Kevin Scott and Clinton Wright serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Martha Yaremko of Yorkton passed away with her family at her side on Sunday, September 23, 2001 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 66 years of age. Martha was born on July 6, 1935 to Metro and Dora (Zadorozniak) Woloschuk. She was raised on the family farm and attended Yorkton Lake School. On August 7, 1955 Martha was united in marriage to Alex Yaremko. They were blessed with five children and farmed as a family until Alex's passing in 1980. Martha remained on the farm tending to her lawn and flowers and working part time at Enfin Pottery and later Irene Hill. She enjoyed living in Yorkton after moving there in 1996. Her favourite past times were spending time iwth family and coffeeing with friends, doing crossword puzzles, watching game shows and cheering on Tiger Woods. She also loved to travel and made many trips to be with family and spend time with Shirley at her favourite place, Mexico. Martha enjoyed watching her grandchildren in their various activities. Hockey, although she spent most of her time hiding her eyes from the rigors of the game, became one of her favourite winter past times while her grandsons were playing. Whether it be in Saltcoats or Newfoundland, she was there to cheer them on! Her grandchildren were the love of her life and the light in her eyes.
Mom leaves to cherish her memory, her children and grandchildren, Dave, Maggie and Jennifer of Rankin Inlet, Nunuvit; Jim and Carol of Saskatoon; Glenn, Darlene, Chad, Dylan and Scott of Saskatoon; Lauri, Brad, Shawn, Karlyn and Rebecca of Saltcoats; and Rick and Nicole of Arcola; a brother Walter (Margaret) Woloschuk of Yorkton and a sister Pauline Cochrane of Yorkton. Mom was predeceased by her husband Alex in 1980; her dad in 1984; her mom in 1998 and two brothers, Steve in 1994 and Louis in 1999.
Prayer services were held on Tuesday, September 25th at the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Wednesday, September 26th at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church with Very Rev. Dmytro Dnistrian, C.Ss.R. as the Celebrant. St. Mary's Funeral Choir led in the singing of the responses. The epistle reader was Darlene Yaremko and the cross bearer was Nick Woloschuk. Everyone who shared in Martha's life were considered honourary bearers. The interment followed in the Garden of Crucifixion, Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Garry Fehr, Rodney Kowula, John Woloschuk, Cornelius Woloschuk, Peter Kreklevich and Bed deBalinhard serving as the casket bearers. Funeral arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Adella Young, wife of the late Gordon of Yorkton, entered eternal rest at Regina, Sask. on March 1, 2002. She was 67 years of age. An angel was born on September 8, 1934 to Michael and Pauline (nee Parchuk) Dobko. Adella Isabelle Edith Young was born on a farm in the York Lake district, south of Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Adella grew up on the farm, which she always loved, and attended York Lake School. She married Gordon Young on July 31, 1970 at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton. While raising her four sons, Adella worked at the Co-op Hatchery in Yorkton and later as a waitress. Adella loved life and lived it to the fullest. She spoke highly of her family and friends and was proud of all of them. She enjoyed meeting people and visiting with her many relatives and friends. Adella always had a date every Monday and Thursday night, a date with her Alcoholics Anonymous friends. The support and safety she felt from the many friends she made was always very important to her. Her greatest love was always for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She touched so many people's lives. Adella was a unique woman with a heart of gold, who lived by the saying "Forgive and Forget". She was a true peacekeeper, devoting her life to being there for others. She was a very religious woman. Every Saturday evening, she walked to church regardless of the weather. She truly believed that when God called her, He would take good care of her. On March 1, 2002 Adella passed away peacefully at the Regina General Hospital, after a short endure of heart attacks. Our beloved angel was called home. God whispered "Come to me Adella, be My angel" as He took her through the gates of heaven.
She was predeceased by her parents Michael in 1969 and Pauline in 1973; three siblings in infancy; one sister, Kay Demianiuk in 1988; two brothers, Nick in 1993 and Mikey in 1994; and her nephew Ed Demianiuk in 2001. Adella leaves to cherish her memory, her four sons, Lorne (Dinah) of Melville, Carl of Medicine Hat, AB, James (Stacey) of Yorkton and Kelly of Regina; her ten grandchidren, Tammy (Jamie), Matt (Natasha), Wendy, Sally, Michael, Samantha, Dawson, Kristen, Ashley and Callin; three great-grandchildren, Serenity, Paige and Kenden; four sisters, Mary (Jim) Sodowich, Pauline Hrapchuk, Tennie (Ernie) Dutchak, all of Ontario and Annie (Mike) Sawkey of Yorkton; one brother, John (Olga) Dobko of Yorkton, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, her supportive extended family from AA and friends.
Prayer services were held on Tuesday evening, March 5, 2002. Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Wednesday morning March 6, 2002 from St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church Yorkton with Reverend Father Bryan Bayda C.Ss.R. as Celebrant. The Liturgy responses were sung by members of St. Mary's Funeral Choir. The Cross Bearer was Matthew Dobko with Tammy and Wendy Dobko reading the Epistle. The Honourary Bearers wre Adella's supportive family from AA along with many friends. The Reflections and remembrances of Adella's life were given by Tammy and Sally Dobko. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with David Young, Dennis Young, Bill Moldowan, Kevin Moldowan, Barry Krepakevich and Henry Schindel serving as casket bearers.
Eternal Memory. Services directed by Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.
Mr. Sam Yurchuk, beloved husband of Mary Yurchuk of Calder passed away following a brief illness on Friday, March 30, 2001 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 81 years of age. Samuel Yurchuk was born March 4, 1920 on the family farm in the Wroxton district; one of four children born to Guy and Alice (nee Rupchan) Yurchuk. Following his schooling he attended Teacher's College in Moose Jaw where he received his certificate and taught in various locations in Saskatchewan for twenty-five years. On April 3, 1961 Sam was united in marriage to Mary Gnyp. They would have celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this year. In 1970 the couple retired to Calder and Sam began farming full time. He deeply loved the life that farming provided. He enjoyed the changing seasons and will be remembered as a hard working individual. In l999 he retired from farming. Sam worked with the Calder and Roblin Congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses to share his hope with all he met for everlasting life on earth under God's Kingdom arrangement. He always found time to visit with family and friends.
He was predeceased by his father Guy in l960; his mother Alice in l969; brothers Fred in l978 and John in 1991, and nephew Randy in 1988. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife Mary of Calder; a sister Mary Johnson of Prince Albert; his nephews and nieces, Ken Johnson and family of Hornpaine, Ontario; Marg Chornenkoff and family of Victoria, BC; Norman Johnson of Prince Albert and Karen Leonard and family of Yorkton; and numerous cousins.
The Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, April 3, 2001 from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home in Yorkton. Mr. Mel Keeble of the Yorkton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses officiated. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Harry Popenia, Richard Busch, Serge Leonard, Mervin Dubnyk, Gerald Bayn and David Horaska serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.