Nicholas (Nick) Woytas
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It is with a sense of peace we announce the passing of Nick Woytas on May 3, 2012 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was predeceased by his parents Max and Nellie Woytas, his wife Adella on March 19, 2004, and his siblings Steve, John, Mike, Bill and Marion. Nick is lovingly remembered by his daughter, Lillian (Jim) Lohneis of Saskatoon, and their three children, Jeffrey (Melfort, SK), Jordan (London, UK), and Jenelle (Regina, SK); son Lionel (Barb), and their daughter Grace of Jedburgh, SK; along with his brother- in-law Mike Hiduk of Jedburgh, SK; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Nick was born December 6, 1918 on the family farm east of Jedburgh and attended Forest Nook school until grade 8. He worked for farmers in the Jedburgh area and when no work could be found, he rode the rails eastward as far as Hamilton and ended up working in a lumber camp in Dryden, Ontario. At the outbreak of World War II, Nick joined the Royal Canadian Army, serving first as a gunner in different Canadian locations, and then with the Saskatoon Light Infantry, he served overseas in Britain, Belgium, Holland, France and Germany. He returned to Canada on October 4, 1945 and was discharged March 4, 1946. He purchased his own land south of Jedburgh and married Adella Hiduk on June 9, 1946. Together they farmed until retiring to Yorkton in October, 2002. Nick remained in his own home until March, 2010, then due to declining health, moved to Gladstone Seniors Residence in Yorkton. Nick enjoyed people, visiting, antiques, curling, a glass of wine, playing cards (a master at cribbage scoring a perfect "29" hand) and was always up for a political debate. He would tell many stories from his army days and his knowledge about all things was "well rounded". Family and friends will remember Nick as a man with an incredible memory, a smirky smile and an often witty sense of humour. Nick was always a farmer at heart, saying the farm was the best place to live as he claimed nobody actually bothered you there. Prayers will be at Bailey's Funeral Home, 45 - 5th Ave. N., Yorkton on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 155 Catherine St., Yorkton, on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., officiated by Father Methodius Kushko. Interment will follow in Yorkton Memorial Gardens. Arrangements entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton, 306-783-7552.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on May 8, 2012