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Michael "Mike" YaciukMarch 5, 1928 ~ February 11, 2017 (age 88)
In Loving Memory of
Michael “Mike” Yaciuk
1928 – 2017
Michael “Mike” Yaciuk, beloved husband of Mildred Yaciuk of Yorkton, Saskatchewan and formerly of Roblin, Manitoba, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at The Yorkton & District Nursing Home at the age of 88 years.
Mike was born March 5, 1928 to Paul and Wasylena (nee Tanasichuk) Yaciuk on the family farm in the R.M. of Hillsburg, Manitoba (Shortdale District). Mike was the second youngest of the family.
Mike attended Gilbert School until Grade 7, when he started working full-time on the family farm. In 1948, Mike took over the family farm.
In the fall of 1953, Mike met Mildred Wavryk of the Timber District, northeast of Roblin. On October 1, 1954, Mike and Mildred were united in marriage. Mildred’s son Michael joined the family that fall and a daughter Eileen was born in April of 1956.
Farming was very poor in October of 1956, so Mike ventured out to New Westminster, B.C., where he eventually found work at the Foundry on November 1st. Approximately two weeks later, his family joined him. The move was short lived, as in May of 1957 Mike made the decision to return home to Manitoba and farm. In 1969, Mike purchased his brother Andrew’s 1/4 section of land.
In the many years that followed, Mike and his family attended numerous dances, weddings, Christmas concerts, bingos, whist drives and ball tournaments. He also enjoyed going to auction sales, sucker fishing, ice fishing and picnic lunches along with fishing at Upper Dam.
Mike and Mildred continued to farm until the spring of 1981, when Mike began to have heart problems. By the end of April 1981, the farm and land had been sold and they purchased a house in Roblin. He later tried again to be a farmhand. However, due to his ongoing heart problems, he was forced to take early retirement in 1988. In 1990, they moved to Grandview, and then in 1992 they moved to Yorkton, Saskatchewan for their final retirement.
In April of 1992, Mike and Mildred, along with their daughter Eileen and her family travelled to Welland, Ontario. On June 30, 1994, the family travelled to Vancouver and Victoria, to visit his son Michael and family, and other family members.
Mike would love reminiscing of old times, catching up on new ones, and always enjoying a good laugh. Those were the times he cherished greatly and always remembered.
In the many years to follow, Mike and Mildred would meet several new friends over coffee at Tim Horton’s or Robin’s Donuts. Despite having heart problems, being a diabetic and slowly going blind, he never gave up. Unfortunately, in 2011, Mike broke his hip. The recovery was long and hard, homecare assistance was needed and he eventually ended up in a wheelchair. In March of 2014, he was placed at the Kamsack Care Home for two months, and was later transferred to the Yorkton & District Nursing Home, where he spent the remainder of his days, until his passing.
Mike was predeceased by his parents, Paul and Wasylena (nee Tanasichuk) Yaciuk, his brothers; Bill, Walter, Alex, Andrew and Harry Yaciuk, his sisters; Anne Yakabowski, Mary Dobranski, Nellie Yarush, Helen Lutka and Olga Yercha.
Mike is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mildred (nee Wavryk) Yaciuk of Yorkton, his son Michael (Bea) Yaciuk of Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia and his daughter Eileen (Larry) Kostiuk of Yorkton. Mike will also be missed by his four grandchildren; Kim (Chris) Perry, David Yaciuk, Jennifer Kostiuk, and Michelle (Matthew) Andrew, three great grandchildren; Benjamin Perry, Colton and Kayla Andrew and his sister Rose (Ray) Hludun.
The Funeral Service was held on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Nairn-Chyz Funeral Home in Roblin. Father Brent Kuzyk officiated, assisted by the Sacristan, Russell Nykolaishyn and the Ukrainian Orthodox Choir. The Cross Bearer was Russell Yurkiw.
Mike was carried to his final resting place in the Roblin District Cemetery by the casket bearers; Bob Perchaluk, Rick Dobranski, Don Schmollinger, Arnold Dube, Matthew Andrew and Wes Smigelsky.
Following the Interment Service, a memorial reception was held at the Roblin 50 and Over Club, catered by Sylvia Ziprick and Lucy Stadnyk.
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