Sylvia Niniowski (nee Wyllychuk) of Roblin died peacefully on November 27, 2017. She was 96 years old. Sylvia was born on December 2, 1920 in the Calder district of Saskatchewan to Samuel and Eftima (Goyuk) Wyllychuk. Sylvia grew up on the family farm with four older siblings during the era of the roaring twenties and the hungry thirties. Sylvia received her elementary education in a country school, taking grades nine and ten by correspondence, then completing grades eleven and twelve in Towns of Calder and Togo respectively. Due to economic hardships, it wasn't until 1941 that Sylvia was able to attend Normal School in Regina where she graduated as a teacher. After obtaining her teaching certificate she taught in several country schools with attendance exceeding thirty pupils and grades one to ten in a single classroom. On January 4 of 1946 Sylvia was united in marriage to Metro Niniowski. They were blessed with three children, daughters Deborah and Rachel and son Gerald. When Debby reached school age Sylvia returned to teaching in the classroom until she retired in 1980. In addition to her teaching career Sylvia enjoyed gardening, baking, sewing, quilting and especially knitting. Harvesting and preserving wild berries became a family tradition. In addition, she found time and energy to help others. Sylvia was associated with the Calder Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses since she was two years old. Since her dedication by baptism in 1939 Sylvia was an active member of the Calder and Roblin Congregations. Sylvia was predeceased by her husband Metro in 2003, her father Samuel in 1943, her mother Eftima in 1974, her brother William in 1968, her brother Daniel in 1997, her sister Dora in 1997, her brother Matthew in 1998 and sister Domcia in infancy. Sylvia leaves to cherish her memory, her children Deborah (Malcolm) Tessmer of Weekes; Rachel (Russell) Maximiuk of Prince Albert and Gerald (Phyllis) Ninowski of Regina. She also leaves to recall her memory, her grandchildren Natasha Syme (Rick Fortier) of Barrie, ON; Jessica Tessmer of Saskatoon, SK; Dr. Jerilyn Ninowski (David Weber) of Calgary, AB; Jenna (Michael) Peters of Regina, SK; Desirée (Jonathan) Bowes of Toronto, ON; Sara Maximiuk of Saskatoon, SK and great-grandchildren Ivan White, Alexei and Maryse Fortier, Kaden and Rylee Weber, Zoe and Grady Peters, Matthew and Katherine Bowes. Her cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends will also miss her. The Funeral Service was held on Monday, December 4, 2017 at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with John Anderson of the Roblin Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses officiating. The interment followed in the Garden of Devotion at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Russell Maximiuk, Malcolm Tessmer, Terry Wyllychuk, Michael Shore, Raymond Lacusta and Gerald Bayn serving as the casket bearers. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.baileysfuneralhome.com.
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