Metro Chersak Passed away on August 22, 2012 at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre after battling Diabetes and Congestive Heart Failure at the age of 85.
Metro was born November 7, 1926 at NE 22-29-18W of the RM of Mossey River (Rice Lake area). He was the third of four children born to John and Katherine (nee Chudyk), immigrants of Volkivci district, Borschchiv Galicia, Austria (Western Ukraine). He received his education at Don School.
On October 22, 1949, Metro married Olga Kolochuk and together they raised six children on their Volga farmstead. They moved to Dauphin in 1981 and Metro officially retired in 1987. In 2005 Olga was placed in the Dauphin Personal Care home. Metro remained in their home at 227 Centennial Drive until 2007 when he moved to Lorray Manor in Dauphin. On July 5, 2012 he was admitted to the Dauphin Regional Health Centre and remained there until his passing.
He is survived by his children: John and wife Jane Chersak of North Vancouver, BC, Ed and wife Ernestine Chersak of Dauphin, MB, Joan and husband Gary Kehler of Winnipeg, MB, Emily and husband Wayne Pascal of Winnipeg, MB, Bernice and husband Lorne Black Of Dauphin, MB, and Jerry Chersak and friend Joanne of Dauphin, MB. There are 13 grandchildren: Christie Chersak, Chelsea (Tyler) Hall, Chanel Chersak, Cameron Chersak and Chloe Chersak; Derek Chersak and Evan Chersak; Cheri Kehler and Lisa (Jordan) Batchelor; Ashley (Darek) Rozwadowski and Trevor Pascal; James (fiancée Kayla Senyk) Black and Daniel Black; and three great grandchildren: Darien, Camden and Mason. He is also survived by his sister Anne Bratko; sisters-in-law Mary Galay, Lena Krawec, Helen and husband Walter Bileski, Ann Kolochuk; brothers-in-law Mike Kolochuk, Walter and wife Donna Kolochuk, Bill and wife Sylvia Kolochuk. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
He was predeceased by his wife Olga (2009); brother William (1994); sister Mary Bileski (1991).
Metro grew up at the family farm at NE 31-29-17W in the Volga District of the RM of Mossey River. At age 16 he lost his father to pneumonia. At that time it was necessary for him to take over the family farm with his mother and brother. He continued farming upon his marriage raising cattle, some dairy and grain. In 1973 the family moved to SE 2-30-18W and continued farming until retirement. Even then he continued to keep up the farm duties taken over by his son Ed.
He enjoyed picking berries, mushrooms and saskatoons. His greatest passion was cutting wood. Metro never looked at a tree for its natural beauty. It was all about how much firewood it would make. He loved to grow an acre of potatoes. It seems that he could never have enough rows. Metro enjoyed watching NHL hockey on TV and listening to the radio.
His biggest enjoyment in life was his family. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. He appreciated the many family visits.
Throughout their marriage Metro was a devoted husband. After Olga’s passing, his own health deteriorated. He sold his house and moved to Lorray Manor. He made new friends, played cards and visited with family.
Prayers for Metro Chersak were offered on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin. Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the church on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Father Oleg Bodnarski officiating. Marvin Procyshyn served as Cantor. The Crossbearer was Chloe Chersak. The Epistle was read by Cheri Kehler and the Eulogy was delivered by Chanel Chersak. Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery. Active Pallbearers were all of Metro’s grandsons: Derek Chersak, Evan Chersak, James Black, Trevor Pascal, Cameron Chersak and Daniel Black.
If friends so desire, donations in memory of Metro may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.
God grant You Eternal Rest