Nickolai "Nick" Gawryletz (1934 - 2017)

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June 8th, 1934 - November 14th, 2017
Nickolai (Nick) Gawryletz, age 83 of Cochrane, Alberta was called by our Lord Jesus
Christ to his eternal home on November 14th, 2017. He was born June 8th, 1934 to
Nickolai and Mary (Kotyk) Gawryletz at Wandering River, Alberta. Nick is predeceased by
his parents, three infant siblings, his sisters Lillian Karpetz and Olga Fedorchuk, his first
wife Ivy (nee Noonan), grandson Lamont Murphy, several nieces and nephews, in-laws
and cousins. He is survived by his wife Ellen (nee Brell), son Michael (Melodi), daughter
Krysta (Loren Dyck), Karissa (Keith Murphy), and grandsons Christopher, Hunter & Parker
Gawryletz, Joshua (Leslie) Blondahl, Jordan (Mekayla) Dyck, his sister Sadie Oshanyk,
brother Elmer, and many nieces and nephews. Also by many friends across Canada, the
USA and the Philippines. After completing his schooling in Lac la Biche, Nick served as
a Forest Ranger at Sundre, AB, where he learned of the Bible's clear offer of forgiveness
through faith in the Lord Jesus, and very quickly accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour.
He studied at Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, AB, and after graduation, served for
7 years with Overseas Missionary Fellowship on the island of Mindoro, Philippines.
Needing to return to Canada due to his wife's health needs, he gave pastoral leadership
to two small churches in BC. In 1989, Nick was invited to join the administration of
International Student Ministries Canada, initially being Regional Director, then Personnel
Director until his retirement in 1995. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Monday,
November 27th at 2:00pm at the Cochrane Alliance Church. In lieu of flowers, if friends so
desire, please consider making a donation directly to one of the following organizations:
OMF Canada (, ISMC (, Blue Bronna Wilderness Camp
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Published in The Cochrane Eagle on Nov. 23, 2017