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Elizabeth METROPOLIT

Elizabeth (Betty) Metropolit
(Tomashewski) (Zaleschuk)
Betty Metropolit passed away June 18, 2014 at Strathmore Hospital at the age of 100 years and 5 months. She had been living at Wheatland Lodge in Strathmore, Alberta where she moved 10 months ago after her home near Carseland was destroyed in the 2013 flood. Born January 14, 1914 in Brooksby, SK, she was the daughter of Frank Tomashewski and Antonina (Hoshowski) who came to Canada from Blazchynka, Ukraine. Betty was one of 12 children. She spent her childhood in the Belgrave/Melfort area, starting school without knowing a word of English. She left school after grade 8, as the high school was too far from home for her to attend. She started to work as a helper for farm families and for several grocery stores in small towns around the area. One weekend when she went home she attended the Orthodox Church across the road. That is where she met Steve Zaleschuk whom she married in 1931. They lived for over a year with Steve's parents in Star City, SK, and then with his brother in Humboldt. In 1933 they moved with their little son, Bill, to a rented farm near Meacham, and farmed there for 9 years during the difficult "dirty thirties". Sons, Michael, Morris (died at 9 months) and Myroslaw (Maurice/Moe) were born on that farm. In 1944 the family moved into the village of Meacham, where Victor and Larry were born. In order to help to raise the family of 5 sons Betty worked selling insurance and driver's licences, collecting electric bill payments, and boarding school teachers and others. She and her husband still found time for church, family and cultural functions. Betty was a member of the Ukrainian Ladies Society, the Homemakers Club and of the Ladies Legion in Colonsay. Both Betty and Steve sang in the church choir. In 1962 Steve passed away, so Betty sold the house in Meacham, bought one in Saskatoon, and moved there with her 2 youngest sons. She worked for over 16 years at the New Community Credit Union in Saskatoon and was an active member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church throughout that time. In 1979 Betty married John Metropolit. They moved to BC where they resided in Cumberland, Courtenay and Surrey. After John passed away Betty moved to the Carseland, AB area. Betty was known for her unequaled perogies, chicken soup, homemade bread, and her angel food cakes were the raves of church bake sales. She spoke her mind, and shared many wonderful stories of "the old days". Betty valued family above all else and held on to her role as the family matriarch until the end. Betty will be remembered as generous and forgiving, and for finding room in her heart for all her family and friends. Betty is survived by 5 sons, William (Sue), Michael (Rhonda), Myroslaw (Louise), Victor (Wendy) and Larry (Debbie); 13 grandchildren (Susan, Larissa, Tim, Evan, Laura, Tanya, Robert, Patty, Steve, Christian, Shane, Heather and Zane); 14 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Edith Thomas; daughters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews. Betty is predeceased by her infant son, Morris; husband, Steve Zaleschuk; second husband, John Metropolit; 7 sisters; 4 brothers; granddaughter, Sheri, and grandson, Jake; daughter-in-law, Maureen. The Prayer Service will be held on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Park Funeral Chapel, 311 Third Avenue North, Saskatoon. The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Dormition of St. Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Meacham, SK officiated by Very Rev. Roman Kocur. Interment will follow in the Meacham Orthodox Cemetery. To send online condolences, visit www.parkfuneral.ca "Obituaries & Tributes". Arrangements entrusted to James Werezak, Park Funeral Chapel, 306.244.2103.

Funeral Home

Park Funeral Chapel - Saskatoon
311 Third Avenue North Saskatoon, SK S7K 2H9
(306) 244-2103

Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on June 23, 2014
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