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John Fehr

Jul 25, 1927 - Nov 14, 2023

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Canora, SK

John Fehr passed away peacefully on November 14th, 2023 at the age of 96 at the Canora Gateway Lodge. His battle with serious medical issues in recent weeks showed his courage in facing life challenges with a smile on his face. Despite the pain, John came out a hero and stayed strong until the very end. John was born on July 25th, 1927 to Isaak and Anna Fehr in Durango, Mexico, where he was the fourth of five children (Isaac,George, Helen and Ann) John left home at a very young age to make a lif...Read More

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Cheryl Wowchuk

Jul 27, 1954 - Jan 27, 2024

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Canora, SK

A complete obituary notice will be posted upon availability.Celebration of Life Memorial ServiceChapel of Leson's Funeral Home,Canora, SKJuly 2024DonationsHospice at Glengardahttp://www.closetohome.fund/or to thePlan International Canada Inc.https://plan-international.org/get-involved/To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Cheryl Wowchuk, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store. Memorial DonationThere are no gallery images.#recaptcha-container label {display: none}Upload a PhotoLabel: *Image: *Gallery:Obituary Photos Required Confirmation: Upload Gallery Image

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John Prietchuk

Sep 27, 1930 - Jan 31, 2024

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Canora, SK

John Prietchuk of Buchanan, SK, passed away at the Canora Gateway Lodge on January 31, 2024, at the age of 93 years. John was born on September 27, 1930, to Wasyl and Anna (nee Yakymishen) Prietchuk in the Rama District, SK. He attended Main Road School, a small country school near Rama, SK. As a young man, he went on to further his education and became a teacher.Retiring from a career in education, John returned to Saskatchewan and settled in Buchanan. He dedicated his time, volunteered countless hours, and contributed selflessly to several aspects within the community. A community minded man of many talents, John shared his skills in varied ways. He created and constructed a myriad of items wherever and whenever there was a need. He made signs, finished cupboards, crafted wooden toys for children to enjoy, and would take on any small task available. His designs and creative handiwork were displayed in various settings but something he was most proud of included creating sets and props for Buchanan’s well known drama club, Buchanan Black Box Players. John’s woodworking skills were second to none and he enjoyed gifting and donating his work to others. Annually, he was known to assemble and donate his handcrafted toys to The Salvation Army. He donated each year, on his birthday, according to his age - when he was 88, he donated 88 carefully constructed, handmade items, and would then get started on the next donation of 89 toys for his next birthday. Although he never sought recognition for his charity and volunteerism, John was recognized numerous times for his service and community spirit including being the recipient of a volunteer recognition award highlighting 10 Years of volunteer community service. John was an avid, well-read man with a very intellectual spirit. He will be remembered for his generosity, modest, humble nature and for the way he dedicated his time and energy to his community. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.John was predeceased by his parents, Wasyl and Anna; his stepfather, Steve Bodnarchuk; sisters: Patricia, Elizabeth, Mary, Pauline, Helen, Eunice, Effie, and Martha; and brothers, Henry and Mike.He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, extended family, and many friends.A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 9, 2024, from the Chapel of Leson’s Funeral Home, Canora, SK. Committal to follow in the Canora Cemetery, Canora, SK. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Buchanan Community Centre, in memory of John Prietchuk.To plant Memorial Trees in memory of John Prietchuk, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store. Memorial DonationThere are no gallery images.#recaptcha-container label {display: none}Upload a PhotoLabel: *Image: *Gallery:Obituary Photos Required Confirmation: Upload Gallery Image

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Aloisia Baldes

Jun 18, 1931 - Jan 26, 2024

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Canora, SK

Services to be held at a later date. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the N.I.C.E. Centre, Norquay, SK, as tokens of remembrance, in memory of Aloisia Baldes To plant Memorial Trees in memory of , please .

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Christine O'Dell

May 29, 1957 - Jan 21, 2024

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Canora, SK

Services will be held at a later date.A complete obituary notice will be posted upon availability.To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Christine O'Dell, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store. Memorial DonationThere are no gallery images.#recaptcha-container label {display: none}Upload a PhotoLabel: *Image: *Gallery:Obituary Photos Required Confirmation: Upload Gallery Image

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Bill Bodnarchuk

Oct 08, 1930 - Jan 15, 2024

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Canora, SK

It is with great sadness the family of the late Bill Bodnarchuk, beloved husband of Iris Bodnarchuk, announce his passing at the Canora Hospital on January 15, 2024, at the age of 93 years.Bill was born on October 8, 1930, to John and Katherine (nee Wolos) Bodnarchuk, on the family homestead north of Canora, SK. He was the second eldest of five boys. He attended Brenna school until grade 8. On October 22, 1956, Bill married Iris Wintoniak. Together, they made their home in Mikado and Arran, Saskatchewan and Durban and Pine River, Manitoba, as Bill worked as an elevator agent (grain buyer) for National and Cargill Grain. He retired from the elevator in 1988 and Bill and Iris moved to Canora in 1989 for their golden years. He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and the many cherished memories will be held close to the hearts of those who knew and loved him. Bill was predeceased by his parents, John and Katherine; and his brothers: Peter, Mike, Paul, and Ed. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Iris Bodnarchuk; four daughters: Grace (Keith) Hancharyk, Vi (Ken) Hack, Della Maude (Marty), and Fidelia (Ron) Gayleard; grandchildren: Brad, Brent (Laura), Bryce, Ryan (Joy), Colin, Jordan (Julie), Sarah, Emily, and Cameron; six great-grandchildren: Aiden, Paige, Sedra, Ember, Bransen, and Brooklyn; his sister-in-law, Florence Bodnarchuk; niece, Kim (Rex) Fiala; and nephew, Greg (Roanne) Bodnarchuk.Rest in peace, Dad.A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 27, 2024, from the Chapel of Leson’s Funeral Home, Canora, SK, with Pastor Greg Bright officiating. Interment will follow in the Canora Cemetery, Canora, SK. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the S.T.A.R.S. Foundation or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan, as tokens of remembrance, in memory of Bill Bodnarchuk.To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Bill Bodnarchuk, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store. Memorial DonationThere are no gallery images.#recaptcha-container label {display: none}Upload a PhotoLabel: *Image: *Gallery:Obituary Photos Required Confirmation: Upload Gallery Image

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Iris Sheptak

Jan 22, 1950 - Jan 13, 2024

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Canora, SK

Iris was born January 22, 1950, closing her chapter and beginning our new chapter on January 13, 2024, in the Canora Hospital. Beginning this new chapter there will be a celebration of life in the coming summer of 2024. Growing up and attending school in Norquay Saskatchewan. Baba worked at Silver Leaf in Canora where she met her husband Orest and married June 29, 1968. In the following years Iris and Orest ran a drywall company, travelled, and began their family. Home was many places as they relocated for work often. (As Iris would say “has screw gun, will travel”) Finally they settled down in the hamlet of Amsterdam. Iris started her full time career as Baba, and part time as a deli associate, you could always find her customers coming back for one last laugh before leaving the store. Her Co-op family adored her tell the day she retired. Something about her confident wit, and crazy remarks always had people laughing, because that’s what she loved to do! Or Crack a beer and converse. Through a serious conversation she would find something out of it just to make you smile. She was loved for that, and loved for many other reasons, her love for her garden, for birds, for being the Queen of)polka, and most importantly the way she loved her grandkids! With open arms she was always fully prepared with a snack off the bus or a hug to calm the tears. She was passionate about allowing kids to be kids, whether they wanted to run around in their underwear and rubber boots while its pouring outside, or feed each other mud pies. Baba would be there waiting with a warm towel and a hot chocolate. If she wasn’t already outside telling us where the best puddles were! She never forgot what it was like to be a kid. Her time on earth was full of challenges, but she always rolled through life with a smile. Iris loved all, and was loved by many. Her contagious laugh, beautiful smile, and warm hugs will forever be missed by Orest (husband) her daughter Tricia and granddaughters Chantal (Evan), Kayla (Alex) and Courtney (Josh). (Great grandkids Aidyn and Harlee-Ann). Son Kelly (Tracey) grandkids Victoria, Skylar (Dustin), Brooklyn (Tripp), Braydon (Victoria) and Jackie (Parker). (Great grandkids Hayley, Wyatt, and Faith). Son Cary (Audrey). Siblings Lorne (Betty Lou), Joyce (Ken), Ron (Rose), as well as all nieces, nephews, extended family, friends, and not to forget furbabies! Iris is predeceased by parents Mike and Lillian, brother in law Danny, sister in law Myrna, and granddaughter Jasmine. If wishing to donate the family asks for donations to go to Yorkton District Nursing Home - Skinner Unit in Yorkton Saskatchewan, or Eaglestone Lodge in Kamsack Saskatchewan. It brought Iris great joy volunteering and sitting with the residents whether that was pinching perogies or having a cup of tea with them. The family has chosen the Skinner Unit due to her husband being there and her love for her husband. The family would like to ask for you to take a moment and enjoy her favorite song: Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’ by Charlie Pride in memory of Iris.To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Iris Sheptak, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store. Memorial DonationThere are no gallery images.#recaptcha-container label {display: none}Upload a PhotoLabel: *Image: *Gallery:Obituary Photos Required Confirmation: Upload Gallery Image

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Joyce Bernard

Feb 07, 1933 - Jan 14, 2024

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Canora, SK

A memorial service will be held at a later date.Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Norquay Covenant Church or to the Norquay Health Centre, as tokens of remembrance, in memory of Joyce Bernard.To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Joyce Bernard, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store. Memorial DonationThere are no gallery images.#recaptcha-container label {display: none}Upload a PhotoLabel: *Image: *Gallery:Obituary Photos Required Confirmation: Upload Gallery Image

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Athena Hryhoriw

Aug 21, 1989 - Jan 11, 2024

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Canora, SK

Athena Hryhoriw, born on August 21, 1989, in Calgary, Alberta, left this world to explore the next on January 11, 2024 at the age of 34, leaving a void in the hearts of all who knew her. She was a celestial spirit, captivated by the stars, and her journey through life was as vibrant as the galaxies she gazed upon.

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Phyllis Holodniuk

Jan 26, 1944 - Jan 01, 2024

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Canora, SK

It is with great sadness that the family of the late Phyllis Holodniuk announce her passing on January 1, 2024, at the age of 79 years. Phyllis Holodniuk (nee Naclia) was born January 26, 1944, in Hyas, SK, to John and Annie (nee Rusnak) Naclia. She was the third of seven children and went to school in Swan Plain and Norquay. She married her husband, Mike, in 1962 and they had three children: Brian in 1963, Connie in 1964, and Darlene in 1965. Phyllis’s dream career was to be an airline stewardess and flight attendant. The only reason she wasn’t able to is because she wore glasses. She spent her working years in a number of jobs including a teller at CIBC, a school bus driver for the Sturgis school division, a labourer at a pig farm, custom combining in Oklahoma, the Parkland Greenhouse in Yorkton, Walmart, and Peavey Mart. Whenever her bus students graduated, she always made an effort to attend their graduations. She and Mike also farmed near Arabella for 51 years before moving to Veregin, and she was the chief grain hauler. In between, they travelled to Nashville, Texas, and Niagara Falls, Ontario and Vancouver Island, BC. Some of the highlights of those trips include tours to Loretta Lynn’s acreage and coffee shop, Graceland and Elvis Presley’s plane, the Grand Ole Opry, and the Ryman Auditorium. They also went to Craven one year and met Randy Travis. She loved country music and attending small concerts in Yorkton. She was also a member of the UCWLC Canora Branch and, along with Mike, a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canora. Phyllis loved gardening, planting flowers, and landscaping her yard with statues, fairy lights, and angel decorations. She had a passion for animals including German Shepherds and cats. All her 80 head of cows had names. For decades, she hosted Christmas Day supper for 30-40 family members, housing everyone in a tiny 1000 sq ft house and making sure there was more than enough food for everyone and that everyone got a piece of her famous Bachelor Cake. She was incredibly social and loved her children, grandchildren, and friends dearly. She also loved asking her sister, Marcella, to drive her to her doctor appointments in Regina so that she had an excuse to go to Costco. Shopping was her favourite hobby. She will be remembered for her generosity, her big heart, and her contagious laugh and smile.She was predeceased by her parents, John and Annie Naclia, her stepfather, Metro Melnychuk, her brothers, David, Donald, and Bernie, and her brothers-in-law, Ron Twerdoclib, Bernard Kindratsky, and Stanley Holodniuk. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Mike, her children, Brian Holodniuk (Carol), Connie Holodniuk Anaka (Brad), and Darlene Shymanski (Stanley), her ten grandchildren, Dallas (Caitlin), Tyler, Tyneille (Scott), Mandy, Tiffany, Mitchell, Briana, Taylor (Ian), Dana (Tyson), Morgan (Brayden), and seven great-grandchildren, Blaike, Beckham, Beckett, Bowie, Tinley, Sunni, and Oliver, her sister, Marcella (Gary) Tress, her brothers, Brian (Wendy) Naclia and Eugene (Sharon) Naclia, and her sisters-in-law, Florence Holodniuk, Minnie Twerdoclib, and Stella Kindratsky, Judy Naclia, and Darlene Naclia, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Vichnaya Pamyat—?????? ???’???—Eternal MemoryA Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 9, 2024, from the Chapel of Leson’s Funeral Home, Canora, SK. Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 10, 2024, from Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Canora, SK, with Rev. Fr. Ivan Simko officiating. Rite of Committal to follow in the Canora Cemetery, Canora, SK. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association, as tokens of remembrance, in memory of Phyllis Holodniuk.To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Phyllis Holodniuk, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store. Memorial DonationThere are no gallery images.#recaptcha-container label {display: none}Upload a PhotoLabel: *Image: *Gallery:Obituary Photos Required Confirmation: Upload Gallery Image

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Violet Toffan

Sep 02, 1940 - Dec 17, 2023

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Canora, SK

With great sorrow, the family of the late Violet Toffan announces her sudden passing at the Canora Gateway Lodge on December 17, 2023, at the age of 83 years.Violet was born on September 2, 1940, to parents William and Dolly (Ewaniuk) Lyhkun, the youngest child of five, and was raised on a farm near Amsterdam, Saskatchewan. She received her education at Dunay School and Canora High School. She spoke fondly of her school years, with many of her schoolmates remaining lifelong friends. As a young woman, Violet worked at the local dentist’s office.Violet married Lawrence Toffan in 1959 and together they started a mixed farming operation of grain, hay and cattle, as well as a construction business, building homes. Violet and Lawrence were blessed with two sons – Kevin and Colin. Violet could always be found in the stands, cheering her sons on at their baseball games, while Lawrence coached. Throughout the boys’ upbringing, Violet maintained a spotless home, kept the books, grew a large garden, and milked cows and raised chickens, while working side-by-side with Lawrence on the farm. She was somehow always able to put a full and delicious meal on the table at the drop of a hat for unexpected visitors. Violet was a proud Baba and spent much time with her grandsons during their younger years. She loved taking them to her favourite spots on the farm to pick mushrooms and saskatoon berries. Despite their busy life, Violet and Lawrence were able to take time away for trips to Nashville, Memphis, Hawaii and British Columbia. Violet and Lawrence retired from farming in 2003 and moved to Canora. In town, Violet “slowed down” by planting their two lots with numerous flower beds, fruit trees and a large, well-tended vegetable garden. When Lawrence passed away in 2011, she endeavoured to carry on in her usual stoic manner. She became an avid reader, especially in the winter months, when she could not spend her time outdoors. She was also a talented seamstress and baker. Violet cherished time spent with family and friends. When family came to visit, she would make everyone’s favourite foods and then would send them off with a large care package. She enjoyed when friends stopped in and would delight in serving her hand-crafted sweets with tea.Besides being known for her work ethic and organizational skills, Violet was also an incredibly kind, compassionate and generous woman who always made time to help anyone in need. She could always be counted upon to provide meals for those who were ill or who were experiencing sadness through loss of a loved one. She ensured that she called friends and family on their birthdays and at Christmas time and spent many hours catching up with those who lived farther away.Violet was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence; her parents; and three brothers, Eugene, John, and Ormy. She is survived by her sons, Kevin (Valda) and Colin (Sunita); sister, Victoria; grandsons, Kyle (Allison), Brodie (Danielle), and Zachary (Autumn); and her great-grandchildren; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and a host of dear friends. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 4, 2024, from the Chapel of Leson’s Funeral Home, Canora, SK, with Shawna Leson as certified celebrant officiating. Interment to follow in the Canora Cemetery, Canora, SK. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan, in memory of Violet Toffan.To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Violet Toffan, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store. Memorial DonationThere are no gallery images.#recaptcha-container label {display: none}Upload a PhotoLabel: *Image: *Gallery:Obituary Photos Required Confirmation: Upload Gallery Image

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