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.