SWITENKY, MICHAEL JOSEPH BERNARD
The family of Michael “Mike” mournfully announces the passing of a husband, father, grandfather “Didu” & wonderful friend. He was dearly loved & will be greatly missed. Mike was born in the Blaine Lake, SK district to Gregory & Anna (Hollick) Switenki on September 19, 1920. The family moved to the MacDowall-Red Deer Hill area when Mike was young, and bought the Kirkness farm. It was there that Mike began to farm with his father. Being the eldest son meant that he had a lot of responsibility & he ended up leaving school after Grade 8, however that didn’t dampen his quest to learn. Mike became an accomplished farmer, a hobby musician, a salesman & a carpenter. He wasn’t afraid to tackle any job. In 1948 he married Olga Kowalchuk & they settled near the homestead. They had 3 children & a very busy life, but still had time to be involved with the Church, farm organizations, & Knights of Columbus. Mike was a charter member of the MacDowall & District Lions Club. After retiring, Mike & Olga moved to Prince Albert, but Mike could still be found at the farm lending a hand. A short time later Mike’s memory began to fail. It was a challenging time for the whole family to adjust to Mike’s early stage of Alzheimer’s disease. Thankfully, the disease progressed slowly, & Mike enjoyed several more years with his family. Mike is survived by: his wife of over 60 years, Olga; his children Earl (fiancé Cindy), Terry (Dawne) & Verna (Don) Blocka; 12 grandchildren; his great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Peter (Elsie); 5 sisters-in-law; daughter-in-law Wendy; many special relatives & friends. He was pre-deceased by: his parents; his sisters Rose & Mary; his brothers Joe, Walter, Steve, John, Anthony & Paul; Olga’s parents Nick & Tillie Kowalchuk; brothers-in-law Mike Matwishyn, Jerry Zuk & Paul Kowalchuk; sisters-in-law Myra Switenky & Shirley Switenky; a niece, great nephew & numerous cousins. Mike spent his last couple of years at Mont St. Joseph Home in Prince Albert & the family would like to thank the wonderful staff for all the love & dignity shown to all of us. We would also like to thank Dr. Tumback for her care & advice, as well as Fr. Ivan Nahachewsky for his blessings, words of wisdom, & compassion. To celebrate Mike’s life a Prayer Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 13, 2009. The Funeral Divine Liturgy will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 14, 2009. Both services will be held at St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 770 - 14th St. West, Prince Albert, SK. Interment will be held at Descent of the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, MacDowall. A memorial dinner will follow @ 1:00 p.m. at the MacDowall Lions Hall. In lieu of other tributes, memorial donations may be made in Mike’s memory to any one of: the Alzheimer’s Society, Mont St. Joseph Home, or St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.grays.ca. Arrangements in care of Grays Funeral Chapel.
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