Mary Derhak (nee Yarush)

It is with sadness we announce the passing of our mother and grandmother, Mary Derhak, on January 18, 2012, in the Dauphin Regional Health Centre, at 90 years of age.

Mary was born in Oak Brae, Manitoba on February 9, 1921, to Paul and Dora Yarush (nee Fediuk).  She received her education at Janowsky School in the Oak Brae district, and then worked on the family farm with her parents.  It was at this time that she met the love of her life, Michael Derhak.  They were married on October 7, 1939, in the church at Weiden.

Following their marriage, Mike and Mary farmed in the Sifton district until their retirement to Dauphin.

Mary and Mike loved the outdoors, enjoying many summers camping and fishing at Manipogo Beach, and later at their cottage.  Many beautiful memories were shared with their grandchildren who will never forget the idyllic summers with Baba and Gido at Manipogo.

Mary was a very generous, gentle and kind person.  She loved people, and was often known to slip a “Werther’s Original” into one’s hand during a greeting, whether it was a close friend, or sometimes a total stranger.  Entertaining friends and family was her specialty.  When you came over for a visit, a light lunch often turned into a sumptuous meal, and you never went home hungry.

Mary and Mike enjoyed travelling and she often spoke of the nine trips to Cuba, and the trip of her life to Ukraine in 1990.

Following her husband’s passing in July of 1992, Mary continued to reside in her home until this past fall, when she became a resident of the Personal Care Home due to failing health.

We say farewell to a loving and gentle soul, and whether it was Mom, Aunty Mary, or Baba, we will miss you deeply.

Mary leaves to cherish many fond memories, her loving family; son Royal and wife Rose of Brandon; granddaughter Jackie Derhak of Winnipeg; grandson Quentin and wife Kelsey of Brandon; one sister Nellie Mandley of Medicine Hat, Alberta; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

She was predeceased by her parents Paul and Dora Yarush; her husband of 52 years marriage, Michael, on July 26, 1992; and two sisters, Anne and Lena Smadello.

Prayers were offered on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin.  Funeral Liturgy was celebrated on Thursday, January 26, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin, with the Rev. Fr. Oleg Bodnarski celebrating.  Metro Lukie served as Cantor.  Terry Daniels served as Crossbearer.  Jackie Derhak delivered the eulogy.  Interment followed at the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.  Laying Mary to rest were pallbearers Carsten Pellman, Bob Derhak, Don Derhak, Roxanne Altenburg, Wayne Daniels, and Bruce Black.

Should friends so desire, the family requests that Mary be remembered by contributions to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.

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

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  1. Pat Dubek says:

    Royal and family– so sorry for your loss.

  2. Kim Turner says:

    so sorry for your loss Royal, Rose, Jackie and Quentin. She will be missed by all of you. Keep her memory in your hearts forever. She will be forever in your thoughs and hearts. Memories are the best. Thinking of you all at this hard time.

  3. Preston Kostura says:

    Royal & Rose and family,
    with deepest regrets we heard the news of your Mother (Baba) passing. Our thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow and wish you great memories to embrace your heavy hearts.

    With all our love, the Kostura family.

  4. Michael and Leona Solomon says:

    Royal, Rosie and family.

    Sincere condolences on the loss of your mother, Mary. She was a precious lady and I knew her from G.P. with my mom.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Vichnya Pamayat.

  5. Larry Korman & Wanda Gensisky says:

    Royal, Rose & Family
    Our deepest sympathy is extended to your family. Your mom was a dear sweet little lady who spoke of all of you with such pride. Thinking about you at this difficult time.

  6. Art,Rose Antoski& Family says:

    Royal,Rose& Family
    Our deepest sympathy,she was my dearest
    Aunt We will miss her dearly.
    Our thoughts are with you at this time
    Art,Rose Antoski & Family

  7. Anna, Donna, William, Michael & Vincent says:

    Royal, Rose & Family,
    Years pass by so quickly, we recall the family visits, though decades ago, in our memory it’s still so vivid of all the fun & good times we all shared on those visits. Great Aunt Mary’s bubbly nature still shine’s bright in our memory.
    Our love, hearts & thoughts are with you all.

  8. Randy Lulashnyk says:

    Royal and family, I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Neighbors are for ever.

  9. Valerie Smadello says:

    Royal,Rose&Family Iam so sorry to hear of Aunty Marys passing.Hold your memories close to heart&know she is always with you.xo

  10. Jason Smadello says:

    In sorry to here that baba has passed to the next life and will always hold in my heart all the fond memories of manipogo beach an all our family outings as kids. Those memories will be held closest to my heart as they were the best part of growing up. My heart goes out to my cousins and Anty rose n uncle royal for their loss as I too watch my father get closer to passing I feel the hurt in your heart of losing a loved one so dear to u. miss u and love u all.

  11. Barbara Algie(Mandley) says:

    Dear Royal and Rose and family,
    I just found this posting and am sad to hear of Aunty Mary’s passing. She was a lovely lady…I have many fond childhood memories of her at the farm and in town…sorry this is so late….cherish your memories of her, xo

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