Anastasia Spelay

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Anastasia (Nettie) Spelay
Anastasia (Nettie) Spelay was born to Wasyl and Paraska (Hreniuk) Sawchuk in Tarnapol, SK. on January 22, 1920. She passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 in Saskatoon at Oliver Lodge. Nettie received her elementary education in Hazel Lake and Cranberry School. She took her high school education in Gronlid and then Nutana Collegiate in Saskatoon. Nettie took her teachers' training in Moose Jaw. Nettie taught school for 35 years in Saskatchewan various rural and urban centres. While teaching in Gorlitz, Nettie met Mike Spelay of the Yorkton area. They married on July 15, 1943 while Mike was on leave from the army. Soon after the war Nettie and Mike moved to Yellow Creek. Nettie taught high school and Mike worked for the CNR. Nettie was were very involved with the local community, serving in many executive capacities. She taught Ukrainian school, Ukrainian dancing, Sunday School, she sang in the choir. Nettie was a long time member of the Ukrainian Orthodox ladies organization in the various areas she lived in. Nettie had a love for nature. She took pride in her garden, and in particular her strawberry patch. She enjoyed the challenge of growing new varieties of plants. Nettie liked animals of all kinds, but one of her special joys was her pet cat. In her younger years Nettie liked sports particularly baseball and curling. After retirement bowling became a passion. Nettie and Mike had one daughter Patricia in 1966. They retired to Melfort in 1977. There they made many close friends and were involved in community activities. After Mike passed away in 1985, Nettie moved to Saskatoon. She became very involved with All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox congregation. She served on the boards of Mohyla Institute and Illarion Residence. She volunteered with the Ukrainian Museum of Canada. Nettie always treasured her time visiting with family and friends. She particularly enjoyed her grandchildren, Michelle and Mark. Nettie touched many lives and will be missed by all that knew her. Nettie is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Doug) Fergusson of Estevan; grandchildren, Michelle and Mark; sisters, Irene (Jem) St. Rose of Peterborough, ON, Anne Sawchuk of Saskatoon; and brother, Andrew Sawchuk of Loon Lake. She was predeceased by her husband, Mike; siblings, Alexander, Peter, William, Justine, Seneta, and Mary. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of All Saints, 2616 Louise Street, Saskatoon, SK with Very Rev. Fr. Roman Kocur officiating. Interment will take place in South Hill City Cemetery, Prince Albert, SK. Donations are graciously accepted to charities of your choice. To send online condolences to the family, visit www.parkfuneral.ca "Obituaries & Tributes". Arrangements entrusted to James Werezak, Park Funeral Chapel, 306.244.2103.

Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Jan. 18, 2013
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