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July 3, 1926 - June 11, 2014
We are saddened to announce the passing of Peter Olineck of Saskatoon, formerly of Preeceville, on June 11 at the age of 87. Peter was born on a farm at Calder, near Yorkton, one of nine children born to John and Katherine (Bobyk) Olineck. At the age of 18, with his Grade XI certificate and 6 weeks of teacher training, he began his teaching career at Timberland School near Leoville. While teaching there, he met Lydia Hoffman and they married in 1950. Peter continued his lifelong passion for learning and teaching over a forty year career. Through summer school at the University of Saskatchewan, he gained both his Bachelor of Arts and Education degrees, while his career took him to 3 rural schools as well as Viscount, Lanigan and Blaine Lake. In addition to these teaching assignments, in 1968 Peter went to Ghana for a 6-week assignment sponsored by the Canadian Teachers Federation to upgrade local teachers. This was followed in 1969 by a similar assignment in the Bahamas. Lydia joined him for a brief stay, their "honeymoon 19 years later". He then served as Director of Education for the Sturgis, Humboldt Rural and Spiritwood School Divisions before hanging up his school bell. The trips to Ghana and Bahamas sparked their interest in travelling, with tours to Western Europe, USA, Cuba, India and Nepal. In 2000, to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, Peter and Lydia went on a Caribbean Cruise. Peter and Lydia proudly welcomed daughters Valerie in 1953, Beverly in 1959, Brenda in 1961 and son Kevin in 1964. Memorable summer family vacations were spent camping with a tent and small trailer throughout the USA and Canada. Upon retirement Peter and Lydia returned to Preeceville where Peter was an active volunteer for the church, museum, tourist booth, Meals on Wheels and Club 60. He served on the Town Council and on the Boards of the Mackenzie Society and the Preeceville Library and Housing Authority. Peter was also a Board member of Saskatchewan Seniors, Dance Saskatchewan, Yorkton Threshermans and Sask Lotteries. During his retirement years, Peter also had an opportunity to "play" as a farmer at the family farm in Calder that has been in the Olineck family for over 100 years. While at the farm, he would walk through the willows searching for just the right branches that he would turn into beautiful willow furniture. Another passion for Peter and Lydia was pattern and old-time dancing which they taught for a number of years. Their most recent teaching session was this spring at Luther Riverside Terrace in Saskatoon, which has been their home since June 2013. Peter was predeceased by his parents and brothers Jim and Bill. He leaves to mourn his wife of 63 years, Lydia, daughters Valerie (Dale Manton) of Candle Lake, Beverly (David Smith) of Regina, Brenda (Tony DiRezze) of Chilliwack, BC and son, Kevin (Melodie) of Brentwood Bay, BC as well as four grandsons, Lionel Turgeon, Parker Olineck, Liam Smith and Mark Smith. He is also survived by siblings Annie Olineck, Mary (Al) Lutzko, Nettie (Murray) Ireland, Irene (Paul) Prisciak, Alice Zubrecki and Arnold (Jeannette) Olineck as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held in Saskatoon on Monday, June 16 at the Masonic Temple (1021 Saskatchewan Crescent West) at 4 p.m. The funeral service will be held in Preeceville on Tuesday, June 17 at Trinity United Church at 2 p.m., with interment to follow in the Preeceville Cemetery. In lieu of floral tributes, donations in Peter's memory may be directed to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Saskatoon Funeral Home. Ph 306-244-5577

Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on June 14, 2014
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