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March 21, 1921 – November 6, 2012
Anne Derkach (nee Harasymchuk) passed away peacefully on November 6, 2012 in Saskatoon, SK at the age of 91 years. She was predeceased by her husband John; son Vincent; granddaughter Jessica; brothers Steve and Mike; stepbrothers Stan and Kazmure; brothers-in-law Jerry and Harvey; son-in-law Gord; niece Bonnie. Left to celebrate her life are her children Shirley (James), Jane, and Gerry (Shawna); grandchildren Melissa (Marty) and their children Leah and Sonya, Stacey (Tim), Joshua (Rachelle) and their children Declan and Avi, Tyler (Kim), Cory (Rachel) and their son Travis; sister Mary; sister-in-law Shirley; step-brother Ted (Ivy); brothers-in-law Mike (Mary); Bill (Dee), and Louis; sisters-in-law Kay, Betty, Anne; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, including her cat Leo.
Anne was born on the farm in Sandy Lake, MB on March 21, 1921. She met John on her family's farm, and they were married in June 1946, once he returned from serving overseas in WWII. She and John lived in various places throughout Saskatchewan, including Regina, Watson, Pelly, Preeceville, Uranium City, and Saskatoon. Anne was very fond of her time in Uranium City and continued to stay in touch with friends met while living there. Anne, who started sewing at age 10, was a proficient seamstress, knitter, and quilter – friends and family (including her many feline friends over the years) were always delighted to receive the gift of her beautiful quilts and rugs. We also enjoyed her delicious baking, Ukrainian cooking and bountiful vegetable harvests. She continued to garden this past summer, at the age of 91. Anne was a strong woman who loved time with friends and was very proud of her family. Since 1990, she was an active member of the St. George's Senior Citizens Club – attending bowling, bingo, craft shows, and suppers – where she made sure to bring her famous headcheese for all to enjoy.
The family is extremely thankful for Gail and Donna, the caring and helpful palliative care nurses who enabled Anne to stay in her own home for as long as possible, which was her greatest desire. Thank you also to Dorothy Gerbrandt for her special care.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Chapel of Saskatoon Funeral Home on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. with a time of visitation for family and friends during the hour before the service. Interment will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Those wishing to attend are invited to meet at the entrance gates off 33rd Street East. Condolences may be sent to email@example.com Arrangements have been entrusted to SASKATOON FUNERAL HOME (244-5577)
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8, 2012