It is with deep sadness we are announcing the passing of our Mom, Mary Federowich, on Monday, April 30, 2018, at the Dauphin Regional Health Center at the age of 90, just 14 days short of her 91st birthday. It was just a week earlier that she was able to fly to Kingston to visit her sister-in-law, Sister Mary-Benilda, and how quickly things changed when she was taken away from us by the Lord.
Mom, the second oldest of three children, was born on May 14, 1927 in the R.M. of Dauphin to Harry and Catherine Malanchuk (nee Shymko). She was predeceased by her older infant brother, Michael, and her younger brother William.
Mary attended Trembola school till Grade 8. She stayed at home to help on the farm until she met the love of her life. She married David Federowich in 1945 and together they led a busy life working on the farm, doing daily chores, baking and bringing meals to the field, as well as working hard on the fields with Dad picking stones, stooking, driving the tractor, hauling hay and so on as things go on the farm.
Mom is survived by her only daughter, Eileen, (Hilliard Sawchuk), grandson Jason Sawchuk, (Michelle), grandson Jeffrey Sawchuk (Keri), great grandchildren Carter Sawchuk, Brooklynn Sawchuk, Brenna Sawchuk and Caden Sawchuk, extended family Cassie and Chase McCallum. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Sister Mary-Benilda, Kay Baran and Ivy Malanchuk as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was pre-deceased by her husband David, parents Harry and Catherine Malanchuk, brother Bill Malanchuk, sisters and brothers in-law, Verna and John Orobko, Victoria and John Prestayko, Lillian and Jim Farr, Shirley and Ed Ross, and Jerry and Vicky Fedorowich.
In 1970, Dad and Mom retired from farming and moved to Dauphin. Dad continued working for CNR and Mom got employment at the Dauphin Regional Health Center in Housekeeping. This was quite a change but she enjoyed working with her co-workers. Living in Dauphin was also a big change in her life, but gardening, looking after her shrubs, trees and flowers, became her pride and joy. Her yard was like a park. She also enjoyed visits from family, friends and neighbors and was always quick to treat them with food and refreshments, a kind and compassionate person.
In their post retirement time, they found time to travel to places such as California, Florida, Hawaii, and cruising along the B.C. western coast with brother Bill and sister-in-law Ivy. Travel by motorhome and camping was a favorite, visiting such places like Clear Lake, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Edmonton, Sylvan Lake, Kelowna, Vernon, Osoyoos, Flin Flon, Prince Albert and other places.
Mom was a devote church goer attending church at Zoria, then at Valley River and then Mom and Dad became members of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin.
After Dad’s passing in 2011, Mom sold her house and moved to Happy Haven in 2014. This was another major adjustment in her life not having her own park to look after. However she soon made new friends and enjoyed her life with friends, visiting, playing cards and other activities. Being a very independent person, she continued to do her own cooking, shopping, housekeeping, attending church every Sunday with her sister-in-law Ivy, who always picked her up. Going out for breakfast after Mass with Ivy was a great pleasure which had become a routine. She also belonged to the Apostleship of Prayer.
Special thanks go out to Dr. Ungarian, Dr. Fjeldsted and staff at 200 Palliative Care for their dedicated and compassionate care for Mom and family. Also thank you to Father Oleg Bodnarski for all his spiritual support in a time of need and to Sneath Strilchuk Funeral Services staff for their professional service which was so comforting.
Mom will be deeply missed by her family and friends especially all her friends at Happy Haven.
Vichnaya Pamyat - Everlasting Memories.
Rosary & Prayers were offered on Monday, May 7, 2018 from Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin, MB.
Funeral Liturgy was held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 10:30 am from Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin, MB with Very Rev Father Oleg Bodnarski officiating. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin, MB. Pallbearers were Jason Sawchuk, Jeff Sawchuk, Carter Sawchuk, Terry Sawchuk, Ken Prestayko, Stan Ganczar.
Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection
801 Jackson St., Dauphin MB R7N 2N3