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Olga KRAWCHUK

KRAWCHUK, Olga
February 28, 1924 – March 9, 2024

Olga celebrated her 100th birthday in her own home on February 28, 2024. Following her milestone birthday, Olga’s health declined. It was at Saskatoon City Hospital God gently wrapped his arms around Olga and called her to his Heavenly Kingdom. Olga passed away on March 9, 2024, leaving all who knew her beautiful memories to cherish.

Olga was amazing in so many ways, and although our hearts are broken and saddened beyond words to have lost her, we feel richly blessed to have been part of her life for so many years.

We find comfort in knowing she is at peace in God’s family and reunited with her late husband (John 2017), her parents John (Anne Harach) Parchoma, brothers Bill (Tillie) Parchoma, Ted (Mary) Parchoma, Paul (Stella) Parchoma, infant brother Michael Parchoma, and sisters Mary (Alex) Hunchak, Nettie (John) Olesko, and Lena (Mike) Olesko, and her late husband John’s brothers, and sisters, as well as many dear friends.

Olga was born in Krydor, Saskatchewan on February 28, 1924 and raised on the family farm in the Krydor district. She was able to contribute to helping with chores on the family farm, while at the same time attending Uhrynow School for her elementary education.

It was evident Olga’s strong work ethic, determination and discipline was developed at a very young age. She loved school, and was supported and encouraged by her parents and siblings to continue her education in pursuit of becoming a teacher. Upon completion of High School in Krydor, Saskatchewan, Olga enrolled in Teacher’s College in Saskatoon, however, only for a short time. Due to the teacher shortage, Olga was quickly assigned teaching positions to Langley School, Tillison School, and Alticane School.

During her teaching vocation, she met and married John Krawchuk in 1947. They relocated to Saskatoon where her priorities changed from teaching to raising a family. She embraced motherhood and loved the new role of being a stay-at-home mom to her three children; Evan, Donald, and Christine. It was a seamless transition for Olga from managing a classroom to caring for her family. She was a wonderful mother, proud of her children and an exceptional role model ensuring the family home was always filled with comfort and love.

Her passion and love for teaching resumed after her children were older and attending school. She was employed by the Saskatoon Catholic School Division at St. Dominic, St. Gerard, and St. Goretti Schools. While teaching, she quickly gained the reputation from fellow colleagues and students of being a very dedicated, organized and creative teacher having a great sense of humour, beautiful smile and a warm heart. She was a beacon of encouragement. She inspired, motivated, and earned the respect of many students and colleagues alike.

Olga was very sociable, with a genuine love of people. Upon retirement from teaching, a natural segway to a new chapter included volunteerism. Her admiration and respect for seniors attracted her to the St. George’s Senior Citizen’s Club, where she and her husband, John, became active members. Olga’s magnetic personality, charm, and a desire to help in the Senior Citizen’s Club naturally evolved into a leadership role as the president of the club for 12 years. As well as being President, she served on many boards and committees within the club.

Olga was very proud of her Ukrainian heritage, culture, and ancestry, and often spoke about it with great pride. She was an active member of St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, as well as a lifelong member with the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League. She was always available to provide help with any activities, events, and or functions that required a volunteer, conveyor or coordinator.

Olga was blessed with an infinite amount of energy and talent. She was never known to be idle, always busy. Olga was able to multi-task and prioritize to allow time for personal interests and hobbies as needlepoint, painting, crafts, flower arrangements, baking, reading, and playing card games with friends and family members. As well, she had a keen and ongoing interest in keeping informed about current events. Part of her daily routine, unique for her age, was reading the newspaper and listening to the local and national news.

It was known to family and friends Olga’s greatest passion and hobby was her love and talent in gardening and growing flowers, which she openly shared with others. Olga stated, “every flower that I plant has a story and a history.” The season of Spring, the start of new life and beginnings was an exciting time for Olga. It marked the start of preparation for the garden and flower beds, and it is so meaningful that we celebrate Olga’s new beginning with God on the first day of Spring. Olga was truly amazing … with a heart of gold. She felt privileged and was delighted to be able to entertain family and friends in her own home, until her passing. Everyone enjoyed her positive outlook on life. Olga is survived by her sons Evan (Germaine) Krawchuk, Donald (Janice) Krawchuk, and daughter and caregiver Christine (Fred) Wesolowski. Six grandchildren; Michael (Suzanne) Krawchuk, Jordan (Mandy) Krawchuk, Stephanie Krawchuk, Karla (Kevin) Parchoma, Olesia (Paul) Richards, and Lindsey Wesolowski, as well as nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Divine Liturgy will be held on the first day of Spring at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of St. George, 214 Avenue M South with celebrant Father Ivan Nahachewsky. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery to follow. “Vichnaya Pamyat” -Eternal Memory.

Sincere and profound thanks to the nursing staff at Saskatoon City Hospital Emergency Department who went far beyond the call of duty caring for Olga with respect, dignity, and compassion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Olga’s memory to a charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences can be left at http://www.parkfuneral.ca. Park Funeral Home, Wally Markewich in care of arrangements. 306-244-2103

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