Peacefully, on Friday, July 22, 2011, Mary Stratuliak passed away at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre at the age of 77 years.
Mary was born in Weiden, MB to Nicholas and Michalena (Minnie) Burchuk.
In 1950, Mary was united in marriage to Anthony (Tony) Stratuliak of Ethelbert, MB. Together they farmed in the Ethelbert district.
Mary enjoyed cooking and gardening, playing baseball and curling. She was an active member of the community as a 4-H leader, sang in the Vitriwka Choir, was a member of the UCWL for 40 years, was treasurer of the Mink Creek Sisterhood, and for many years was a volunteer with the Ethelbert Echo and then became the editor of the Ethelbert Echo. Due to poor health she resigned being the editor and remained an Echo staff member until her passing.
Mary was predeceased by her parents, Nicholas and Michalena (Minnie) Burchuk, in-laws John and Katherine Stratuliak, infant sister Ann, great-grandchild Coby, niece Carol, nephew Dale, her brother Alex, sisters-in-law Anne Burchuk, Marion Burchuk, Victoria Burdeny and her husband Matt, Margaret Stratuliak and brother-in-law Fred Stratuliak.
Mary will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her husband of 60 years, Anthony (Tony) Stratuliak of Ethelbert, MB; two sons, William and wife Bernice Stratuliak of Dauphin, MB, Wayne Stratuliak of Ethelbert, MB; two daughters, Elsie and husband Jim Jorgensen of Duncan, BC, Sonia and husband Greg Daman-Willems of Calgary, AB; 5 grandchildren, Jody and wife Sheila Stratuliak, Michelle Stratuliak and her companion Ronnie, Jason and wife Marie Stratuliak, Krissy Stratuliak and her companion Clinton, Curtis Daman-Willems and his companion Kelly; 6 great-grandchildren, Mandy-Jo, Kayla, Cora, Tylee, Liam and Austin.
Also surviving are 3 sisters, Jean and husband Boris Prokopowich of Roblin, MB, Vicki and husband Lawrence Kostiuk of Beausejour, MB, Olga and husband John Kolochuk of St. Francois Xavier, MB; 4 brothers, Bill and wife Ursula Burchuk of Winnipeg, MB, Peter Burchuk of Stonewall, MB, Mike Burchuk of Winnipeg, MB, Wally and wife Jean Burchuk of Stonewall, MB; 4 brothers-in-law Mike Stratuliak of Ethelbert, MB, Nick and wife Olga Stratuliak of Ethelbert, MB, Edward and wife Helen Stratuliak of Ethelbert, MB, Steve and wife Helen Stratuliak of Ethelbert, MB; 2 sisters-in-law Adeline and husband Ron Husak of Ethelbert, MB and Ann Stratuliak. There are also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.
Prayers were offered on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin. Funeral service was held on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. from the Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ethelbert with the Rev. Fr. Yaroslav Strukhlyak officiating. Metro Lukie served as Cantor. Crossbearer was godchild Darryl Kostiuk. The Epistle was read by Jean Prokopowich and the eulogy was delivered by Sonia Daman-Willems. Interment followed in the Parish Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jody, Michelle, Jason and Krissy Stratuliak, Curtis Daman-Willems and Jim Jorgensen.
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Mary may be made to CancerCare Manitoba or to a charity of one’s choice.
The family would like to thank Dr. Penrose, Dr. Mathison and the second floor nurses and staff of the Dauphin Regional Health Centre for their care and compassion.