Mary VERETONIK

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VERETONIK, Mary
September 27, 1919 - November 24, 2012
Mom entered Heaven's glory as the result of a massive stroke, where she was welcomed by Jesus and those who predeceased her: her husband of just over 70 years, Steve, her parents Alex and Pearl Wlasenko, her only siblings Paul Wlasenko and Ann Holoboff, brother-in-law Sam Holoboff, several nephews and a grandson Blaine Joyes. Her passing occurred at Royal University Hospital with her daughter Irene by her side. Mom came to Canada in 1928 from the Ukraine with her mother, brother and sister to join her father. She married our dad in 1936 at the age of 16. They farmed in the Lizard Lake district before retiring to Saskatoon. Surviving Mom are her 5 children: Paul (Marguerite) Veretonik, Irene Joyes, Ruby (Bill) Kanz, Doris (Gordon) Carpenter, Will (Marina) Veretonik; 8 grandchildren: Douglas (Lisa) Veretonik, Sandra (Todd) Pluhator, Rick Joyes, Trevor (Twila) Joyes, April (Mark) Vann, Shauna Kanz, Bryon (Wendy) Carpenter, Charmaine Carpenter; 10 great-grandchildren: Jordan and Jessica Veretonik, Sydney and Ryley Joyes, Krista Vann, Brock, Bree and Gracey Carpenter, Darian and Tyson Pluhator; sister-in-law Dora Wlasenko and 2 nieces. While raising the family on the farm, she had a huge garden, pickling, canning and freezing for the months ahead. She carded wool, dyed it, and knitted warm woollen socks and mitts for those cold winter chores. She sewed most of everyone's clothes, and made matching dresses for all three girls each year for the Christmas concert. We all learned work ethics at an early age, and later appreciated our parents' strong belief in a good education. Mom loved many things. She loved visiting, cooking and extending good Ukrainian-style hospitality to all who came. She loved birthdays, candles and fancy birthday cakes. For her recent 93rd birthday, all her children and their spouses were present, along with grandchildren and great grandchildren for the necessary picture- taking. For the last sixteen months Mom resided at The Bentley. She was a woman of strong faith, read her Bible daily and spent much time in prayer. She appreciated the opportunity for daily devotions, weekly Bible study and the Sunday service. She especially loved the jigsaw puzzle area and chatting with other residents. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff for the loving attention she received there. A private family burial will take place on Saturday, December 1, 2012 in Woodlawn cemetery. A Celebration of Mom's Life will be held at 2:00 pm at Westgate Alliance Church, 3315 Centennial Drive, Saskatoon. Mom loved flowers and wearing bright floral prints. In her honour, we encourage you to wear colours. Flowers graciously declined. An opportunity will be provided for donations to her favourite charity - Samaritan's purse. Arrangements have been entrusted to MARTENS WARMAN FUNERAL HOME, Warman, Sk. (934-4888).

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402 Central Street West
Warman, SK S0K 4S0
(306) 934-4888
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Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Nov. 28, 2012
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