Mrs. Doris Mendek

March 23, 1922 - December 28, 2016 

Mrs. Doris Mendek

March 23, 1922 - December 28, 2016 

Obituary for Mrs. Doris Mendek

March 23, 1922 – December 28, 2016

It all began Wednesday, March 23, 1922 on our farm in Preeceville Saskatchewan, a small farming community about 300 kilometers east of Saskatoon. I was born into the Blotsky family of four, including my parents. My first years were not exceptional. I went to school and did chores. When I was five, my father died and two years later, my older brother Tom died. It was then I had to leave school out of family necessity. Shortly after my 20th year, I went to visit my older sister, Mary, in Toronto. I stayed longer than expected and met a man named Fred, and in 1942 we took our vows and the road of life together began for Fred and Doris Mendek.

Within a few years, we, and our new pride and joy, Jerry, left to join my mother and family in Preeceville. Eventually, we moved east again and stopped in a place called Fort William. Fred found work with the railway, I worked various jobs and eventually was hired by the city and worked at Grandview Lodge, retiring in 1983. Fred passed away in June 1995. I continued to volunteer for various organizations: both Prosvita societies (East and Westfort), the Ukrainian Women’s Association and St. Volodymyr’s Church where I helped make delicious Ukrainian style perogies. I also bowled until age 91. Reluctantly, I moved out of my home in 2015 to Hogarth Riverview, a place of better care . Gradually my memory and health began to fail me, and on December 28, 2016 I began my final journey, leaving behind Jerry, Maureen, Sarah, Jamie and numerous cousins nephews and nieces. I am going to meet my Saviour; and see again my parents, Fred, brothers Tom and Pete, sisters Mary, Stella, Helen, and Pauline.

Through 94 years: some of them magic, some of them tragic, but she had a good life on the way. It is a far, far, better rest to which she goes than she has ever known.

A private family service was held and interment followed in Stanley Hill Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Westfort Chapel, 420 West Gore Street. Instead of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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