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Melissa Monette

Jun 26, 1984 - Nov 30, 2023

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Canora, SK

It is with profound sadness the family of the late Melissa Monette announce her unexpected passing in Canora, SK, on November 30, 2023, at the young age of 39. Melissa was born in Regina, SK, on June 26, 1984, to Rod and Geri (Rakochy) Petrychyn. The youngest of three siblings, she grew up and spent most of her life in Canora. Melissa attended and graduated from Canora Composite school. Following graduation, Melissa relocated and worked in various locations. Eventually in the summer of 2006, she...Read More

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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 was held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 9, 2024, from the Chapel of Leson’s Funeral Home, Canora, SK. Committal followed 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 DonationPhoto Album #recaptcha-container label {display: none}Upload a PhotoLabel: *Image: *Gallery:Obituary Photos Required Confirmation: Upload Gallery Image$(function () {$('#ugallery').unitegallery();});

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Joyce Kopelchuk

May 20, 1941 - Feb 18, 2024

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Canora, SK

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Joyce Kopelchuk, who peacefully entered eternal rest in heaven on February 18, 2024, following a courageous thirty-year battle with breast cancer. Her journey through life was marked by resilience and determination, qualities she exemplified in her valiant fight against cancer.Born on May 20, 1941, Joyce was the youngest child of Gus and Olga Altwasser, growing up amidst a number of Saskatchewan small towns where her father's work with Canadian Pacific Railway took the family. In her twenties, Joyce embarked on a career that led her to work for organizations such as the Leader-Post, Toronto Star, and Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation. She lived in Toronto and Montreal, but her heart always remained rooted in the Prairies, where she eventually returned.It was at cattle sale in Regina where

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Shirley Cox

Jan 21, 1943 - Feb 17, 2024

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Canora, SK

A complete obituary notice will be posted upon availability.Cremation had taken place. A memorial service will take place at a later date.Donations can be made to S.T.A.R.S. Air Ambulance.To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Shirley Cox, 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 was 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 followed 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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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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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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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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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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Dale Dean Lozinski

Jun 16, 1958 - Feb 23, 2024

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Canora, SK

With heavy hearts, the family of the late Dale Lozinski announce his sudden passing on February 23, 2024, at the age of 65 years. Dale Dean Lozinski, the youngest child of Adolph and Gloria Lozinski (Yaginiski) was born June 16, 1958, in the Norquay Hospital. Dale received his elementary education at Stenen School and continued Grades 9 – 12 at the Sturgis Composite High School. Anyone who knew Dale, knew how proud he was of his orange 1976 Plymouth Volare Road Runner and his Chevy Astro van which put on many miles around the Stenen countryside. Upon graduating in 1976, Dale worked as a carpenter for Logan Stevens Construction in Yorkton and then obtained a job as a surveyor and soil analyzer with the Department of Highways in Yorkton.In 1980, he met Arlene Semeschuk at Crystal Lake. Dale was in love, so in 1981, after 5 years with Highways and Transportation, he resigned and followed Arlene to Saskatoon. He enrolled in a one-year Cabinet Making and Millwork course at Kelsey Institute. After completing the course in 1982, he began working as a finishing Carpenter for Parkwood Homes.On July 2, 1983, Dale married Arlene in Preeceville, and their life together began. They lived in Yorkton and then in 1986 bought an acreage in Stenen. Dale became his own boss and formed his own successful company, Ardale Cabinets.He loved living in Stenen and enjoyed the many things living in a small town had to offer such as hunting, fishing, curling, golfing, and slow pitch. This is where Dale’s journey to make the best chicken wing hot sauce recipe began!In 1988, their first daughter, Britney, was born and their life as a family began. Dale bought their first camper and camping became a great summer vacation for the family. In 1992, their second daughter, Breanne, was born and life got a little sweeter. Dale loved being a dad and did everything and anything for his girls.1995 was a year to remember. Dale and Arlene welcomed their son, Colby, in March and by April had purchased an acreage in Canora complete with 3.5 acres of grass to cut. Dale began renovations and on July 1, they moved in.Summers were spent camping and fishing at Wellman, Clear Lake, Madge Lake, or Good Spirit Lake with numerous friends. Whether hurricane winds were in the forecast or heavy rain with ducks swimming through the campsite, Dale was always ready to camp. Dale wanted the kids to learn how to ski, so Duck Mountain it was. Then every winter after that was spent travelling to Alberta and B.C to find some fresh powder and anything bigger than the hills around Canora. In 2008, Dale started working at Deneschuk Homes, where he proudly worked for 16 years. He loved his job and anyone that knows him knows how dedicated and hardworking he was. From meticulously solving every problem to giving each one of his projects that perfect, seamless finish.Over the years, 7 grandchildren and two sons-in-law were added to the family dynamics. Along with the grandchildren came many more camping trips, fishing, quadding, skiing, boating, and more life was brought to the acreage to enjoy. He loved each one of their personalities and they kept him laughing. He was so patient and proud of his grandchildren.Dale and Arlene have enjoyed traveling together with friends and family to Hawaii, Mexico, Jamaica, or Cuba on their annual hot holiday. If you ever lost Dale on one of these trips, you knew you would find him in the Disco on the dance floor.Dale was content spending quality time together with his wife of 40 years, Arlene. They had the most fun together, supported each other, and just simply loved doing life together. You could often find them golfing, fishing, going for quad rides, or cutting the grass.Dale loved visiting with friends on the porch and simply relaxing and enjoying the company of his friends and family. He had the kindest heart and will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him. Dale was predeceased by his parents, Adolph and Gloria Lozinski; and father-in-law, John Semeschuk. Left to celebrate his memory are his wife, Arlene Lozinski; daughters, Britney (Randy) Ashton and their children, Rayne, Skyla, Anika, Jovi, and Ryker and Breanne (Landon) Beckie and their children, Emerson and Harper; son, Colby Lozinski; sister, Cynthia (Randy) Batty and brother, Lyndon Lozinski (Elaine Dobson); mother-in-law, Elsie Semeschuk; and his in-laws: Barry ( Cheryl) Semeschuk, Kennen (Cindy) Semeschuk, Arden (Alanna) Semeschuk, and Tracy Semeschuk (Paul Gomery); as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2024, from the Chapel of Leson’s Funeral Home, Canora, SK, with Barry Semeschuk officiating. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora Tourism Legacy Initiative c/o Town of Canora, as tokens of remembrance, in memory of Dale Lozinski. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Dale Lozinski, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store. 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