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July 15, 1918 - June 24, 2012
Anne Lukowich died at home in Victoria, BC peacefully and surrounded by family. She was predeceased be her parents, John and Polly Hunchak originally of Hafford. She was the eldest girl in a family of seven children and was predeceased by her brothers Nick (Amelia) and Mervyn (Pat) and by her sisters Rose, Helen and Mary (David Faye). She is survived by her sister Elizabeth (Ray Kachur) of Saskatoon.
Anne married Frank Lukowich in 1937 and lived a farm life in the Speers area until they moved to Saskatoon in 1974. She was predeceased by Frank in 1981. Together they raised and are survived by five children, Stephenie (Clayton Natta) of Victoria, John (Helen) of Saskatoon, Kathleen (Larry Klaus) of Edmonton, Bernice (Peter Taitt) of Victoria and James (Ardis) of Regina. Anne moved to Victoria in 2000 where she lived and was cared for in the home of her daughter, Bernice, for the past two years.
Anne is survived by twelve grandchildren of whom she was immensely proud: Laura Natta of Los Angeles, Andrea Natta of San Francisco, Lloyd Lukowich (Anna) of Edmonton, Frank Lukowich (Angela) of Saskatoon, Lisa Radke (Martin) of Edmonton, Margaret Strueby (Brad) of Calgary, Daniel Klaus (Graeme) of New York, Elizabeth Taitt of Winnipeg, Christopher Taitt (Erica) of Halifax, Jocelyn Taitt of Victoria and Jesse and Brittany Lukowich of Regina. She was predeceased by her grandson Jeffrey Klaus in 1994.
She is survived by eight great-grandchildren who gave her great joy: Eleni, George, Barbara and Maria Lukowich, Michaila and Julia Lukowich and Hannah and Casey Strueby. She is also survived by one sister-in-law, Isabelle Lukowich (Nick) of Victoria, one brother-in-law, David Faye of Foam Lake and four Godchildren: Sandra Lukowich, Margaret Altrogge (Vern), Michelle Kyle ( Bill) and Morris Lukowich as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Anne had a life- long devotion to her faith and was an active member of the CWL for about 70 years. For 50 of those years, her active participation included the positions of Parish President and Area Representative. Always service-minded, she offered her leadership and fundraising skills to the church and community. In 1948, she organized the formation of the Ukrainian Catholic parish in Speers, and the subsequent building of the St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic church, which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. She organized the first girls 4-H Club in Speers in 1960 and was its leader for nine years. She also formed the Seniors Club in Speers. Moving to Saskatoon in 1974, she led the refinancing effort at St. Mary's Ukrainian church in Sutherland and provided the leadership to finish the interior of the church. She also formed the Seniors Club in Sutherland and was its leader for ten years. A faithful supporter of the Catholic charities, she was instrumental in adding the Ukraine to the roster of countries served by the Chalice Children's Society. Family was of prime importance to Anne and her commitment to service and the church was her way of inspiring future generations to embrace their faith.
Mass of Christian Burial, officiated by Father David Tumbeck, will be held at the Holy Family Cathedral at 123 Nelson Road in Saskatoon at 10:30 am, Friday July 20th, 2012. Mass will be followed by interment in the Woodlawn Cemetery. A reception at the Cathedral will follow, where all will be encouraged to share their memories of Anne. Arrangements by Park Funeral Chapel. Funeral Home.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on June 30, 2012