STACHERUK - The Stacheruk family is saddened to announce the passing of their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Lena Stacheruk, who passed away at Foam Lake Jubilee Home on November 1, 2017 at the age of 90. Lena was born on April 12, 1927 in Foam Lake where she grew up on the family farm. On October 7, 1948 Lena married Nick Stacheruk and settled on the Stacheruk farm for the next 26 years. It was here that they would begin their family, with two sons, Danny and Rick. In November 1974 Nick and Lena moved to Foam Lake where she began working at Foam Lake Jubilee Home until her retirement in 1992. After her and Nick's retirement, they spent their time travelling and visiting with family and friends. In 2002 Lena was predecease by her loving husband Nick after 53 years of marriage. She would remain in Foam Lake until 2008 when she moved to Yorkton to be closer to her family. Lena made one more move, returning to Foam Lake to take up residence at Foam Lake Jubilee Home until her passing. Lena was a long standing member of the Royal Canadian Legion and Auxiliary Sheho Branch #365. Lena took pride in everything she did, she enjoyed gardening and crocheting; which she was very talented at and her tablecloths were coveted by her family. She enjoyed helping others and was involved with the Community Hall Perogy Ladies. Lena loved the holidays and family get-togethers; any chance to spend time with her family and friends was important to her. Their house in Foam Lake would eventually need to be renovated to allow for the extra room to host these ever growing family suppers. She would spend hours cooking and preparing for her company, her perogies will be forever missed. In her later years, Lena would spend many afternoons with her many friends over coffee and a good game of cards, which she truly adored. Lena leaves to cherish her memory, her sons, Dan Stacheruk of Yorkton; Rick (Ronaele) Stacheruk of Yorkton; grandchildren Derek (Erin) Stacheruk of Yorkton, Lana (Pat) Dodds of Saskatoon, Juliesa Stacheruk of Regina and Jaylen Stacheruk of Saskatoon; great-grandchildren Madison, Jordyn and Dray Stacheruk of Yorkton. Lena also leaves to recall her memory, her sisters, Alice Nodge (Albert), Doris Schebel (Joe), brother John Ostapowich (Olga), sister-in-laws, Esther Ostapovich, Emily Ostapowich, Adele (Ernie) Reimer, Kristine Kerr, Rose Harrison and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Lena was predeceased by her beloved husband, Nick Stacheruk, her parents Gaficia and Alex Ostapowich, sisters Mary Wyhony (Bill), Annie Berezowski (Nick), Katie Anaka (Mike), brothers Steve Ostapowich, Wasyl Ostapowich, Metro Ostapowich, Nick Ostapovich and daughter-in-law Liz Stacheruk. She lived a full life, complete with laughter and sorrow. As we gather today, although we will miss her physical presence in our lives, let's not just grieve, but also celebrate her life as it was fully lived. As we talk and visit, let us share our memories, as her Spirit continues to live in all of us. The Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Rev. Fr. Rodion Luciuk of St. Mark's Orthodox Church officiating. The responses were led by Bob Rohr. Lana Dodds and Juliesa Stacheruk shared reflections of their Baba's life. The interment followed in the Foam Lake Town Cemetery with Derek Stacheruk, Jaylen Stacheruk, Pat Dodds, Mervin Ostapovich, Donald Ostapowich, Dennis Premak serving as the casket bearers. Memorials in memory of Lena may be made to Foam Lake Jubilee Home as gifts of remembrance. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.baileysfuneralhome.com.
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