Michael Wasurchak

It is with great sadness and sorrow, that we announce the passing of Michael Wasurchak, at the age of 92 years, on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre, Dauphin, Manitoba, with his family by his side.  Mike was a Husband, Father, Dido, Uncle and Friend to many.

Mike leaves to mourn his wife, Elizabeth (Betty) Wasurchak of Dauphin; daughter Barbara and husband Terry Rzesnoski of East St. Paul, MB, son Nick of Dauphin, and daughter Michele and husband Scott Way of Delta, B.C.;  five Grandchildren, Nicole Wasurchak of Dauphin, Kris Rzesnoski of Langley, B.C. , Rob Rzesnoski of East St. Paul, and Breigh and Emma Way of Delta.  On June 16th of this year, Mike would have been a Dido to Kris’ wife, Anastasia Pichugina.   He so much wanted to be at the wedding and had said previously “I wish I could live to see Kris and Anastasia get married,” but this was not to be, but we know that he will be with us on that Special Day.

Michael was born on January 27, 1920 to John and Ann Wasurchak at Woytkowa, Ukraine.  He was one of 5 brothers and 3 sisters who have predeceased him in the Ukraine.

Mike, as a young man, was in many European armies during World War II.  Many stories of his days were related to family and friends over the years.  In 1947, Mike immigrated to Canada, arriving from England to Montreal aboard the Brittania, and settling in Winnipeg where he met his soul mate, Betty Boyko, and together they started their lives together in 1949 as husband and wife.

Life was a struggle for Mike – having no family of his own in Canada, no English language, and just a suitcase, but Mike fit in well with Betty’s family and he was accepted as a son-in-law by Michael and Anastasia Boyko, and a brother-in-law to Betty’s brothers and sisters.  Many fond memories were formed over the years with his new family.

Mike worked hard all his life – a miner at Snow Lake, concrete work with Bill Stokotelny, a painter with Morris Shwetz and Mike Paskaruk, and then went on to own his own painting business, “Mike’s Painting”.  He was an “artiste” and a good one who took great pride in his work.  He had to be perfect in everything that he did.

Mike and Betty were blessed with 3 children, Barbara, Nick and Michele and as life went on, along came the Grandchildren – Nicole, Kris, Rob, Breigh and Emma – who were a great joy to them in their senior years.  These grandchildren were individually special and each one dearly treasured – they could say no wrong and do no wrong.  Dido was a special grandfather to each of them.

Mike lived a long life – all 92 years of it.  There were more happy times than sad times.  Mike enjoyed life – his family, his friends, his house, his yard, and his garden – and a gardener he was!

Mike was hospitalized for the last 2 weeks of his life, and took a turn on the Sunday before his passing.  He waited for all of his family to be together to say his farewell. We thank Dad for waiting for all of us to be with him.

Mike is survived by his family, numerous nieces and nephews from Betty’s side of the family and nieces and nephews in the Ukraine.

Special thanks to the Ron Koshowski family and to Alex and Agnes Dmitruk for being our “Guardian Angels” who have always been there to help when we were not here.

We as a family thank all who brought food, floral arrangements, mass intentions, and who were with us to honor the Life of Michael Wasurchak.

Thank you to Kris Rzesnoski for delivering the Eulogy, to Michele Way for being the Cross Bearer, to Toni Koshowski for her interview with Uncle Mike during Spring Break which created a beautiful Video for showing at the lunch, to the Pall Bearers – Kris & Rob Rzesnoski, Ron & Kurt Koshowski, Bill Dubnick and Alex Dmitruk. Thank you to Father Oleg Bodnarski for conducting the Mass and accommodating the family.  We thank Michele for her nursing skills, so that she could ensure that Dad did not suffer much pain, and passed on with great dignity which would have been his wish.

Thank you to Dr. G. Bretecher for all the years that he tended to Mike’s health needs and to Dr. M. Penrose for being with Mike towards the end of his life.  To the nurses and aides on 2nd Floor at the Dauphin General Hospital for the compassion and kind care that they provided.

Thank you to Sneath Strilchuk Funeral Home for the assistance they provided in carrying out the arrangements for Mike – thank you to Fabien Carriere, and thank you to Jerry Dutchyshen, for being with us.  Prayers were held on Thursday, April 26th, at 7:00 p.m., from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection, and the funeral liturgy was celebrated on Friday, April 27th, at 9:00 a.m., from the Church, with interment at the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.

Should friends so desire, donations can be made in memory of Mike, to the Dauphin General Hospital Foundation, the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection, or to a charity of one’s choice.

A special “Thank You” to our Family and Friends, who have been there for Mike Wasurchak and his family over the years.

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Arrangements were entrusted to Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services with funeral homes in Dauphin, Roblin and Ste. Rose du Lac.

Adele Baptiste

Adele Baptiste, age 80 years of Ebb & Flow First Nation, passed away on Monday, April 23, 2012 at the Ste. Rose General Hospital.

Adele was born on August 19, 1930 at Ochre River, Manitoba and lived her entire life on the Ebb & Flow First Nation.  She married Donald Baptiste and they raised their family along with numerous foster children, nieces and nephews.

Adele was predeceased by her parents Louis and Louisa Hunter, her husband Donald, her son Joseph, infant son Larry and infant daughter Marjorie, her daughters Mary Jane Ahmo and Deanna McIvor, her granddaughters Shelley Maud and Donna Baptiste, her grandson Konelley Houle aka Ka-Bill, her great grandchildren Matthew Malcolm and Jaylynn Kakewash and her sister Roseanna Meeches

Adele leaves to mourn her passing and cherish many fond memories; her children Marie Neault (Ralph), Charles Baptiste (Rita), Susan Houle (Denis), Leo Baptiste (Brenda), Elaine North (John), Isaac Baptiste (Donna) and Warren G. Baptiste all of Ebb & Flow, special children that she raised as her own Cory and Jim Baptiste and Ivan Davis, her sisters; Angela Hunter, Dora Smith and Mary Davis (Henry) her brother Larry Hunter (Hazel), her sister-in-law Lorraine Courchene of Winnipeg and Lucy Baptiste of Ebb & Flow along with numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild, nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.

Prayers and traditional wake began on Wednesday, April 25th at 5:00 PM in the Ebb & Flow First Nation Community Complex.  Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, April 26th at 2:00 PM from St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Ebb & Flow First Nation.  Fr. Leo Fernandes celebrated the mass with the interment following in the Ebb & Flow First Nation Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Louis Hunter, Brennan Baptiste, Ivan Baptiste, Lee Baptiste, Larry Hunter Jr, Kelly Hunter, Charlie Houle, and Denis Houle Jr.  All of Adele’s grandchildren, great grandchildren and her great great grandchild were to consider themselves as honorary pallbearers.

Arrangements were entrusted to Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services with funeral homes in Dauphin, Roblin and Ste. Rose du Lac.

Roland Wellington Abraham

Rollie passed away peacefully at the Dauphin Personal Care Home on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, just 10 days short of his 95th birthday.

He was born on April 28, 1917 in Portage La Prairie to Oliver and Birdie Abraham.

After working several jobs and serving in the Navy during World War II, he returned to the Abraham farm.  He continued farming and helping out on the farm until the age of 92.  Dave, Rollie’s nephew, continues to farm the 115 year old homestead.

Rollie enjoyed many years of curling, where he was draw master for many bonspiels.  At the age of 65, he took up golfing and continued that sport until the age of 91.  The Dauphin Royal Canadian Legion played a major role in Rollie’s life.  He would stop in every morning for a coffee and a few games of Rummy.  He volunteered many hours over his lifetime.  The Legion honoured Rollie with an Honorary Life Membership.

Rollie had a very big heart and was always ready to lend a helping hand.  His face lit up when children came to visit him.

He was Grandpa to Jesse, Jeff and Jerry Abraham and Great-Grandpa to Blake, Isabella, Audriana, Rush, Ember and Julianne.

He is survived by one brother Les and two sisters-in-law Verna (Claude) Abraham and Mary (Morley) Abraham, and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at the Personal Care Home and everyone for their support during this difficult time.

According to Rollie’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  A Graveside Service was held on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. from the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery, officiated by Alice Sander of the Royal Canadian Legion Dauphin Branch No. 20.

Should friends so desire, those wishing to remember Rollie may honor his memory by making donations to CancerCare Manitoba.

Arrangements were entrusted to Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services with funeral homes in Dauphin, Roblin and Ste. Rose du Lac.

Ethel Highfield

On April 18, 2012, at the age of 90, Ethel peacefully passed away at the Dr. Gendreau Personal Care Home in Ste. Rose, MB.

Left to cherish her memory are her 4 sons Ron (Joy) of Dauphin, MB, Gilbert (Corinne) of Sherwood Park, AB, Fred (Michelle) of Warmon, SK, Leslie (Theresa) of Steinbach, MB and 1 daughter Joyce (Sunny) Korman of Ste. Anne, MB.  Sixteen grandchildren:  Judy, Allan, Karen Highfield; David and Cheryl Highfield; Sharlynn, Bruce and Karla Korman; Jim Aune and Jeff Highfield; Mark, Brian, and Cindy Highfield, Bryan and Steven O’Rourke, and Jolie Johnson.  Fifteen Great Grandchildren:  Brodie, Keltie, Logan (Ron); Alysha, Alana (Gilbert); Jenique, Braeden, Hunter, Tiegan (Joyce); Tessa, Jarrett, Garrison, Katrina, Jesse (Fred); Brycen (Les).  Sisters Shirley Richardson of Strathmore AB, and Margaret Smith of Magnet, MB one brother Donald McKinnon of Ste. Rose, MB, and Sister-in-law Elsie McKinnon of Ste. Rose, MB.

Ethel was predeceased by husband Ronald in 1998 and grandson TJ in January, 2012.  Her parents John and Elza McKinnon (Cook), sisters Hazel Preston, Elza Mae Moffatt, Evelyn Turnbull, and Jean Fortin, brothers Clarence, Bert and Lloyd McKinnon.

Ethel was born March 6, 1922 at Magnet, MB, the 6th of 11 children of John & Elza McKinnon.  She attended the Magnet school and in 1940 married Ronald Highfield.  Together, they farmed in the area, where they raised their four sons and one daughter.  In 1973, they moved to Ste. Rose, when, due to ill health, Ronald could no longer farm.  After Ronald passed away in 1998, Ethel stayed in their home until 2008 when she moved into the Leisure Apts.  In December, 2010, she moved into the Dr. Gendreau Personal Care Home where she resided until her passing.

Ethel was involved in the Magnet Community Club for many years, a 4-H leader for 15 years and a member of the Legion Ladies Auxiliary.  Ethel was an avid gardener, yet her most precious moments of joy were when she could spend countless hours teaching her grandchildren to bake and quilt.  Each grandchild was lovingly taught the skill of quilting and much pride was shown with each final product.  There were many visits and phone calls to “Grandma” that were made to enquire about a special recipe or much needed baking advice.  She also enjoyed writing poetry, playing guitar and singing.  However, her most enjoyable and memorable times were those spent with family & friends.  Her proudest moments were when she became a grandmother and even more so when she was truly blessed to live long enough to be a great grandmother.  Family was everything to her.  She loved the big McKinnon family reunions and treasured her Scottish heritage.  She loved and was loved. Ethel was a friend to many and grateful to all who helped care for her in her later years.

“For all you gave and for the beautiful woman you were, thank you for being such a loving presence in our lives.”

A prayer service and time of visitation was held on Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm in the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services, Ste. Rose Chapel.  Funeral Service was held on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM in the Magnet Hall.  Rev. Karen Kuzek officiated with the interment following in the Magnet Cemetery.  Active Pallbearers were Allan Highfield, David Highfield, Jim Aune, Jeff Highfield, Bruce Korman, Mark Highfield and Brian Highfield.

All of Ethel’s friends should consider themselves Honorary Pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Arrangements were entrusted to Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services with funeral homes in Dauphin, Roblin and Ste. Rose du Lac.

Louise “Lee” Marie Little (nee Borley)

Funeral Service:  Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Nordheim Mennonite Church in Winnipegosis, MB.

Interment:  Winnipegosis Town Cemetery.

Donations:  Nordheim Mennonite Church, or to the Winnipegosis & District Health Centre, or to the Gideons of Canada.

Herta Geertsema

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Herta Geertsema (nee Schroeder) at sunrise on Tuesday, April 17, 2012.  Herta at the age of 84, entered into the presence of the Lord with her family by her side.

Herta was born on August 20, 1927 in Germany.  She came to Canada with her parents and her siblings, Chris, Bruno, Margaret and Etta in 1928 by ship to Nova Scotia.  They then travelled to Manitoba and settled in the Ochre River/Turtle River district.

Herta married Alex Geertsema on November 11, 1949 and were married for 62 years.  They were blessed with 3 daughter Lydia, Ruth and Kathy; and one son David.

Herta grew up in the Turtle River and Ochre River district.  She was a hard working jack of all trades woman. She loved her gardening and tending to her flower beds.  She had many health issues, starting at the age of 14.  She spent time in Ste. Rose, Dauphin, Brandon, Winnipeg and Toronto hospitals.  She always said “It could be worse” for the 52 years she struggled with her diabetes.

In 1991, Herta and Alex moved into Ste. Rose, but continued to farm as best as they could.

The essence of a mother will always be with us.  She taught us many things, how to drive, to be on time, to be the best you can be and don’t complain.  She prayed for our safety and our happiness everyday.  She was the best mother ever.

Grandma just had a way about her; it was her love and kindness that drew people to her.  The other night Alex said “She was good to me, and was a wonderful wife and I will miss her.

Herta was predeceased by  her parents Harm and Hemkea Schroeder, her brothers Bruno, Chris and Herman Schroeder, her sisters Margareta Wirch and Etta Amman, her sisters-in-law Greta Schnittjer and Freda Schroeder, her brothers-in-law Fritz Amman, Edward Wirch and Adolph Geertsema and her son-in-law Donald Robertson.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Alex, her daughters Lydia Geertsema, Ruth Robertson, Kathy and husband Wayne Worrall, her son David and wife Bonny Geertsema, her grandchildren Brent Robertson and wife Val, Dale Worrall, Shannon and husband Clinton Desjardins, Shalane and Trevor Geertsema, her great grandchildren Cassidy and Dana Robertson, Alexa and Brooklyn Desjardins, her sister Erma and husband Leonard Devries and sister-in-law Ruth Vust  as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service for Herta was held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 2:00 PM from the Grace Baptist Church, RM of Ochre River.  Pastor Allen Unger officiated with the interment following in the Turtle River Cemetery.  Active pallbearers were Brent Robertson, Dale Worrall, Clint Desjardins, Trevor Geertsema, Marvin Matters and Dale Thacker.

Should friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in memory of Herta to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

The family of Herta Geertsema would like to thank the ambulance attendants, doctors and staff at the Ste. Rose General  Hospital, all of Herta’s homecare workers for all of their compassion and care, Pastor Allen Unger for the service, the Women’s Ministry Fellowship for the lunch, Diane Marshall for the special musical selection, Sharon Brink for the music, Fred Amman for the reading, Cassidy and Dana Robertson for the Words of Remembrance, Ryan and Paul Raffray of Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services, Ste. Rose Chapel, all of the emails, cards, flowers, food and the phone calls sent to our homes.  Your kindness during this difficult time will always be remembered.

Arrangements were entrusted to Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services with funeral homes in Dauphin, Roblin and Ste. Rose du Lac.

Frank Stashko

Memorial Service:  Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin.

Interment:  Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.

Donations:  Charity of one’s choice.

David John Boyd

It is with extreme sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our son and brother David John Boyd – beloved son of Pat Boyd and the late Dave Boyd, brother of Brenda Boyd Tycholes, Sherry Beyak (Kevin) and Danny Boyd, on April 12, 2012.

David was born on February 17, 1969.  He was a bright eyed and busy little boy who bonded immediately with his sister Brenda and the two of them spent many hours together on our farm exploring all the interesting aspects of farm life from helping feed the little pigs, colts and calves to checking out the many acres of bush and Vermillion River that runs through the yard.

Many friends and neighbor kids joined them over the years and when Sherry was born 5 years later she joined in their wanderings – quite often running trying to keep up with them while mom and dad were in the fields.  They loved to torment her when they could get away with it because she slowed them down a little.  Six years later they were joined by Danny the youngest and all of them spent time in the 4-H program with David frequently having to rescue the rest of them and help them lead their calves like he did.

David was always interested in anything mechanical and had a natural ability to take motors apart and put them back together.  When he was 5 he could glue a big model semi together, by himself, without even knowing how to read the instructions – just looked at the picture and put it together.

David spent many years while growing up working around anything mechanical and making sure everything was well greased; and oiled.  As he got older he took the mechanics course in school and graduated with a 95% average from grade 12.  He then apprenticed at G & S Service and worked there until 1994 when his father – big Dave – was killed.  David came home to farm but was much more interested in mechanics so the decision was made to rent out the land and for him to go to what he loved doing best and had such a natural ability to do – fixing everything.  David really made his Grandpa Neill (who also was a natural mechanic) proud when we went to help Grandpa replace the transmission in Gramp’s truck – but the new one didn’t quite fit so David calmly tore the new one apart, fixed what was not right, put it back together and it fit and worked just fine.  David could be counted on to help out with advice and muscle power when Sherry and Danny got old enough to start driving and needed good vehicles to drive and he would find them ones that would last.

David loved competing – in anything with wheels – demolition derbys, ski-doo races, mud bogging with his well known dark blue Chevy 4X4 truck, he loved jumping his dirt bike over the piles in the gravel pit, racing with the bright yellow quad bought with 4-H money from his and Sherry’s steers.  He was quite often called upon to rescue all of us when our vehicles broke down like when mom blew the motor in the truck while going through the park hauling a load of draft horses to a fair.  He was always ready to lend a helping hand and be sure to tell us what we had done wrong too!!!

When he went back into the workforce after farming for a while he worked at Reit-Syd John Deere and Parkview Dodge and in 2003 he settled in at Miller Farm Equipment where he spent the rest of his time working on the combines, tractors and sprayers – he enjoyed a challenge and was quite happy telling us about sitting in the middle of a farmer’s field with his laptop talking to Texas where the machines had been made to find out about the latest updates to the computerized components.  David had finished apprenticing to be a licensed heavy duty mechanic and was very proud of that.  He loved not only mechanics but was a phenomenal computer whiz.

Ill health had slowed him down some and he missed all that energy that he once had and found that it was hard to be working away up in the air on those giant sized machines or crawling under others.  David will be so sadly missed by his surviving family members.

David is survived by his mother Pat Boyd, sister Brenda Boyd Tycholes and nieces Shelby and Emerson Tycholes, Sherry Beyak (Kevin) and nephews Tyson and Bryce Beyak, brother Danny Boyd, Uncle Ron and Aunt Judy Neill, Aunt Kathy Neill, Uncle Ken Boyd, Aunt Beverly and Uncle Orest Bereza, Grandpa Lee Neill, as well as numerous cousins.

David was predeceased by his father Dave Boyd, grandparents Jack and Margaret Boyd, grandmother Effie Neill, brother-in-law Randy Tycholes, great-uncle George and great-aunt Janet (Boyd) Spencer and their family.

Memorial service was held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Dauphin First United Church with the Reverend Larry McPhail officiating.  Sandra Dowhan served as organist, accompanying the First United Church Choir.  Brenda Boyd Tycholes delivered the eulogy.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.

Should friends so desire, those wishing to remember David may honour his memory by making donations to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements were entrusted to Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services with funeral homes in Dauphin, Roblin and Ste. Rose du Lac.

Anthony (Tony) Pawlitsky

It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of Tony Pawlitsky on April 13, 2012 at the Dauphin Regional Hospital at the age of 80.  Surrounded by loved ones, he passed away peacefully after a short stay in the hospital.

Tony was born on January 12, 1932 in Sclater, Manitoba to Stanley and Nellie (nee Reszitnyk) Pawlitsky.  He worked in many places including Winnipeg, Gods Lake, and Revelstoke before returning to the family farm to help his father.  Soon after this, he met his love, Celia Soloway and they were married February 16, 1957.  They continued to farm and their family grew.  Linda, Brian, Michael, Janice and Sandy were a constant joy.

As a farmer, Tony was proud of his John Deere tractors.  Even his riding lawn mower was John Deere.  When he retired and moved to Dauphin, he still kept farming, but now for pleasure and a paycheque.  Working for Gary Sydor gave him a chance to work with big and new John Deere equipment with air conditioning and stereos.  He could only dream about this on his own farm.

In his retirement, Tony became an enthusiastic ice fisher, thanks to his nephew Bob, who got him started.  He spent many hours out there on the ice and would come home each time to proudly show his catch to Celia.

Tony and Celia enjoyed their retirement by taking trips to Nashville, Branson, Churchill, as well as many short casino trips that were their mini-vacations.  Being an avid country music fan, Tony’s favorite trips were to Minot, North Dakota to the Country Music Festival there.  He had a huge collection of George Jones tunes and even got to see him perform a few times!

Tony is survived by his wife of 55 years Celia (nee Soloway), his children and their spouses – Linda and Richard, Brian and Debbie, Michael and Val, Janice and Dave, Sandy and Rodney; grandchildren Mandy, Chelsey, Lindsey, Steve, Tyler and Leah; sisters Rose Bartko, Jean Bilyk, Mary Bean, Nadia Dudar and brother Marcel and wife Lee.  As well, sisters-in-law Mary Pawlitsky, Vi Pawlitski, Doreen and husband, Albert Paziuk, and Linda Soloway as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

He was predeceased by his parents Stanley and Nellie, brothers Leon and Mike and sisters Lena Tycholis, Anne Urbanoski and Florence Potter.

Prayers were offered on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin.  Memorial service was held on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Dauphin First United Church with the Reverend Larry McPhail officiating.  Sandra Dowhan served as organist, accompanying the First United Church Choir.  The eulogy was delivered by Tony’s nieces, Heather Choptain and Florence Semeniuk.  Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.  All of Tony’s grandchildren were considered Honorary Urnbearers.

Should friends so desire, donations can be made in memory of Tony to the Dauphin Hospital Palliative Care Unit or the Dauphin Hospital Chemo Unit.

Arrangements were entrusted to Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services with funeral homes in Dauphin, Roblin and Ste. Rose du Lac.

Anna Kotyluk (nee Nakonechny)

Anna Kotyluk, age 98 years of Dauphin and formerly of Pulp River, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre.

Anna was born on November 21, 1913 in Pulp River to Wasyl and Anatasia (nee Petrash) Nakonechny.  She received her education at Asquith School.  Her schooling was limited, however, as she was expected to look after her younger siblings at home while her parents farmed and provided for their family.

In 1940, Anna married Paul Kotyluk in Pulp River and together they farmed and raised their family.  On their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1990, Paul and Anna renewed their wedding vows.

For Anna, providing for her family was a priority.  She was an avid gardener, and took advantage of reaping the rewards of her labours every fall.  She loved cooking and was an exceptional hostess, always making sure no one ever left her house hungry.  As a pastime, she enjoyed doing embroidery, and every one of her children and grandchildren received homemade quilts as keepsakes.

The grandchildren loved to spend time with Baba and GeeGee on the farm whenever they could.  In later years, the great-grandchildren enjoyed looking after “Big Baba”, as she was known to them.

In 2001, Paul and Anna retired from farming and moved into the town of Dauphin.

Anna was a devoted member of the Pulp River Holy Ascension Ukrainian Catholic Church Sisterhood for over 40 years.

Anna didn’t travel much, but when she could, she was able to go to Golden, BC, Whitehorse, Yukon and to Winnipeg to spend time with her family there.

In her later years, Anna moved in with her daughter and son-in-law, as she was unable to reside in her own home any longer.  Although Alzheimer’s had left her unable to remember people’s names, she could sing from memory many of the Ukrainian songs she had known throughout her lifetime.  Her beautiful voice was a pleasure to listen to, time and time again.

Anna was predeceased by her parents, Wasyl and Anastasia; her husband, Paul; children, Sonia, Eddy, and Leonard; 6 brothers, Steve, Harry, John, Mike, Nick, and Fred; 3 sisters, Mary, Jessie, and Helen.

She leaves to cherish many fond memories, her children, Ernest Kotyluk and wife Donna of Dauphin, Johanna and husband Gordon Choptain of Dauphin, Philip Kotyluk and wife Lynne of Dauphin, Margaret Kotyluk of Dauphin, and Doreen and husband Dave Higginson of Golden, BC; daughter-in-law, Joyce Kotyluk of Selkirk; grandchildren, Evan, Darren, Ernie (Louise), Earl, Sarah (Dan), Jenn, Kevin (Erica), and John; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Tristyne, Daniel, Dylan, Sophie, Leah, Logan, Dane, and Gordie; sisters, Betty Maksymiw and Jean Hykway; sisters-in-law, Mary Didur, Olga Pawluk, Stella Kotyluk, Rose Kotyluk, and Mae Kotyluk; brother-in-law, Bill (Pauline) Palamar.  There are numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Prayers were offered on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin.  Funeral Liturgy was held on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. from Sts. Vladimir & Olga Ukrainian Catholic Church in Pine River, celebrated by the Reverend Father Yaroslav Strukhlyak.  Metro Lukie served as Cantor.  The Crossbearer was Sarah Newman.  The eulogy was delivered by Ernie Kotyluk.  Interment followed in the Pulp River Cemetery.  Laying Anna to rest were Pallbearers Jenn Keilty, Earl Kotyluk, Ernie Kotyluk, Darren Kotyluk, Kevin Kotyluk and John Higginson.

Those wishing to remember Anna may honor her memory by making donations to the Pulp River Cemetery.

Arrangements were entrusted to Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services with funeral homes in Dauphin, Roblin and Ste. Rose du Lac.