It is with broken hearts we announce the rather unexpected passing of our Mom, Baba and Great Baba, Helen Pidskalny. Mom passed away peacefully at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre on March 29, 2019 at the age of 91 with her family by her side.
Mom was born May 24, 1927, the oldest of 11 children born to Paul and Annie (Zachidniak) Bewsky in Mink Creek, Manitoba. Mom grew up in the Kerr District and attended Kerr School.
On June 3rd, 1944 Mom married John Pidskalny of the Doroshenko District and they enjoyed over 74 years of marriage together. They were blessed with six children (1 son and 5 daughters) and except for a few years that they lived in Winnipeg, they lived most of their life in the Ethelbert area. They loved travelling, visiting family in many Canadian cities and England, travelled thru Europe and to Weslaco, Texas.
Mom helped Dad in the fields whenever possible and also drove the school van for the school district of Content, as all taxpayers took turns driving the children by horses and van. Mom loved taking pictures, fishing, camping, picking mushrooms, playing cards, baking, her flower and rock garden, singing, sewing, crocheting, making crafts and was an excellent cook. Mom crocheted afghans for all her grandchildren. Mom was an active member of Team Pretty in Pink, our family team who raised money for breast cancer research, and was an active member of the Ukrainian Catholic Women's League in Ethelbert and later in Dauphin for many years. Mom and Dad sang with the Vitriwka Choir and volunteered at the Dauphin Ukrainian Festival.
Left to cherish Mom's memories are son Ron (Jacky); daughters Diane (Alex) Hrychuk, Dorothy Adair, Audrey (Buddy) Herman, Pat (Tim) Dutchyszen, Sandra (Wayne) Drewniak; 13 grandchildren, Tamara (Todd), Alison, (Doug), Ben (Tara), Nika (Laurence), AJ, Justin, Richard, Michelle, Chris, Megan (Mike), Mark (Nicole), Melanie (Ryan), Ashley; and eight great grandchildren Matthew, Charlotte, Alba, Everly, Bowen, Tyler, Blake and Andrew. Mom is also survived by her sisters Olga Frykas, Mary Pisiak; brothers Steve and Nick (Jill); sisters-in-law Diane Bewsky, Rose Marie Bewsky, Verna Bewsky and many nieces and nephews.
Mom was predeceased by her loving husband John of 74 years on January 9, 2019; her parents; in-laws; brothers Fred, Peter (Nettie), Walter, John, Mervin and Nestor; brothers-in-law John Frykas, Steve Pisiak; sister-in-law Jean Bewsky; brother-in-law Steve (Tillie) Pidskalny; granddaughter Carla Herman; nephew Steven Pidskalny.
In lieu of flowers, donation in Mom's memory can be made to Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church Cemetery Fund, Box 56 Ethelbert, MB R0L 0T0 or the Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Ethelbert c/o Ms. Marie Dohan, Ethelbert, MB R0L 0T0.
Mom and Dad are reunited and will celebrate their birthdays and anniversary for ever and ever.
Prayers were offered on Friday, April 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm from Sneath-Strilchuk Family Care Centre in Dauphin, MB.
Funeral Liturgy was held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm from Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ethelbert, MB with Rev Father Yaroslav Strukhlyak officiating. Interment followed in Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery in Ethelbert, MB. Pallbearers were Alison Pidskalny, Megan Ball, Michelle Herman, AJ Hrychuk, Chris Herman, Mark Dutchyszen, Melanie Nakonechny, Richard Adair, Ashley Drewniak.