Krepakevich, Doris

KREPAKEVICH- Mrs. Doris Krepakevich, formerly of Yorkton, beloved wife of the late Dan Krepakevich, entered eternal rest on November 11, 2017 at Extendicare in Moose Jaw. Doris Mary Krepakevich was born on March 15, 1934 to Theodore and Beatrice Kohlen (nee Livingston). She lived her early years on their farm at Marean Lake, SK. In 1941 the family moved to Fort Erie, ON where she started school and her parents worked in an aircraft factory. After 4 years there, the family returned to their farm where Doris completed her education. As a girl, Doris spent her free time in the evenings reading, drawing and singing with her family while her dad played the harmonica and her mom taught the kids how to dance. She worked as a study supervisor at the country school there for a year, then spent 2 years working at Waters' General Store in Archerwill. In 1955 she married Arthur Letestu and they moved to Sturgis where Art ran the auto body shop. They lived there for 12 years and were blessed with four daughters while there: Charlene, Deanna, Carol, Gloria. Doris was a busy stay-at-home Mom who spent many hours gardening, cooking and sewing clothes for her girls, as well as custom sewing for others. In 1967 the family moved to Dubuc where they bought the hotel. They lived there for 8 years and they were blessed with another daughter, Marnie. It was there that Doris started doing oil paintings. Next, the family moved to Yorkton, SK. Always busy with her family, she still made time to sew many graduation gowns, bridesmaid's gowns, wedding gowns and other custom clothing for friends. She also continued with her favourite pastime of oil painting. She also worked part time at the Casual Shop Ladies Wear store, Carlton Cards and Tan-Jay Ladies Wear. Over the years Doris belonged to the CWL and the Ladies Auxiliary and held various short term offices in those organizations. Her favourite sport was curling which she enjoyed with friends for many years and she also loved to dance. In 1979 Art died of cancer and Doris remained living in Yorkton with her daughters. In 1981 she met a widower named Dan Krepakevich and they were married in 1982. She had only Marnie remaining at home with her by this time and the two of them moved to Dan's farm to live with him and his youngest son Kevin who was just 14, where together they raised Kevin and Marnie. After 10 years on the farm near Hamton, they built a new home in Yorkton and moved there in 1992. Around this time they also started going on fishing and camping trips with friends, they did this for many years and sometimes Doris took a canvas and her paints along to capture the scenery of beautiful northern Saskatchewan. They were always busy, enjoyed many good times with friends, playing horseshoes, having barbecues and celebrating birthdays. She continued with her sewing and she and Dan also began helping as caterers for St. Gerard's church hall. She became the seamstress for the caterer's uniforms, sewing 84 purple vests as well as table skirts for the hall. Another favourite pastime of hers was her garden and yard, where she spent many happy hours tending her beautiful flowers and trees. Doris and Dan each had 5 children and as they all grew and got married and had families of their own it made for some lovely big family gatherings over the years. Her favourite times were Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving and also summer barbecues, when all their children and grandchildren would come for supper and a visit, when the house was full and noisy with the sounds of a large happy family. Her family meant the world to her. Doris was predeceased by her parents, by her first husband Arthur in 1979, second husband Dan in 2012 and a brother Jerome. Doris is survived by and will be forever lovingly remembered by her daughters Charlene, Deanna, Carol (Darren), Gloria (Allan), Marnie (Jason); her stepchildren Lenard (Sandy), Alan (Jackie), Denise (Larry), Joanne, Kevin (Donna); also her precious grandchildren who were the lights of her life: Jade (Michael) Elson, Shaun (Dakota) Michael, Kelly Michael (Carolina Rodriguez Garcia), Carla (Steven) Noël, Joshua (Natalia) Edlin, Kane Dawson, Jasmine (Josh) Bachman, Jesse Williamson, Shane Williamson, Bailee Krupski, Austin Krupski, Chelsey (Cole) Engel, Dustin Krepakevich, Breana Lukowski, Connor Eremko and great-grandchildren Cash Elson, Oaklen Michael, Bronsen and Makayla Noël, Beau and Cadence Edlin, Jonah Bachman and Jetta, Rita, Tyler, Fred Krepakevich. Doris is also survived by brothers and sisters Darlene, Allen, Edna (Denis), Ted (Josie), David (Christine) and a sister-in-law Esther, many nieces and nephews and extended family. The Funeral Mass was held on Friday, November 17, 2017 at St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church in Yorkton with Rev. Fr. Louis Kim Nuygen and Rev. Fr. Rene Mangahas as the Concelebrants. The cross bearer was Carla Noël. Diana Hornung accompanied St. Gerard's Choir in the singing of the hymns and Adelle Sherring singing "On Eagle's Wings". The readers were Bailee Krupski and Carol Dawson. Serving as gift bearers were Charlene Michael, Deanna O'Neil, Carol Dawson, Gloria Bakke and Marnie Krupski. The eulogy was shared by Jade Elson. The interment followed in the Garden of Gethsemane at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Shaun Michael, Kelly Michael, Dustin Krepakevich, Joshua Edlin, Kane Dawson, Jesse Williamson, Shane Williamson and Austin Krupski serving as the casket bearers. Memorials in memory of Doris may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society as gifts of remembrance. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.baileysfuneralhome.com.

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