Eileen Aberta Wilson
December 11, 1916 - November 11, 2015
Our beloved Mother and Grandmother passed away on November 11, 201 at Biggar & District Health Care Centre, Biggar, Sask.
Left to cherish her memory are son, Barrie (Marilyn, dec.) and daughters, Glennys (Dave), and Margery (Steve, dec.); 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Mom's heart was broken when her lifelong partner, friend and husband, Gordon Wilson, passed away October 7, 2015. Mom was also predeceased by their eldest daughter, Marlyn (Clarence Conrad, dec.).
We will treasure forever our precious memories. Their ashes will be laid to rest in Moosomin Memorial Gardens in May. More information will follow at a later date.
Thank you Dr. McKee, Grondin Funeral Services and all staff members in every department at the Lodge for their professional care, their friendship and many kindnesses shown to our parents, Gordon and Eileen Wilson, and and all of us, their families.
Nettie Novitski Zidkovich
August10, 1911 - November 5, 2015
Natalia Novitski Zidkovich, fondly known to all of us as Baba, was born on August 10, 1911 to Karp (Charlie) and Stephanina Novitski in Hutovo, Belarus.
When she was five years old, WWI broke out in Europe and the Government notified people in her village that the army would be marching through Hutovo. Mom, along with her mother and grandparents, were evacuated to Siberia. Her father was in the United States and it would be six years before she would see him again.
As a teenager, mother accepted Jesus as her personal Savior through the witness of her father, who had become a believer during his time in the U.S. Mom grew up five houses from our Dad’s home. Dad had become a believer at age 18 through Karp’s witness. They both attended Young Peoples and Choir together. They married, Mom, at age 20 and Dad, 23, on February 12, 1933. Their first two babies died as infants. Their third child, Vera, was born in 1937.
In the late 1930s, the CPR posted notices throughout Europe, encouraging able-bodied families to apply to settle on the Canadian prairies. Mom and Dad took the opportunity to move to Canada, motivated by rumors of war breaking out in Europe and encouraged by a neighbor in their village. They left by ship with two-year-old Vera and Mom, four months along with Paul. Nine days later, World War II broke out. In August 1939, they arrived in Montreal, Canada and took the train to Biggar, Sask. Their first home was in the Queen Mary District near Lizard Lake where they began farming. Several years later they moved to the Buckway farm east of Cando. Later they moved to Gagenville District, north of Biggar in 1946. Dad and Mom continued to farm until 1984 at which time they moved into Biggar.
Mom’s gift of compassion and generosity was demonstrated in practical ways. She was always mindful of not just the needs of her own family but of those in the local church and in her community and met them with gifts of delicious meals. To her extended family in Russia, she regularly sent parcels of clothing and dried food.
On the farm, her days were filled with raising children, milking cows, making meals, working in the fields, stooking, among many other things. She always kept a huge garden and in her later years, it was her garden in Biggar that gave her joy.
Mom’s later years brought the harvest of blessing, with each wedding and with each new grand and great-grandchild. Along with Dad, she, with great pleasure, extended hospitality to visiting church workers and pastors. Through the deep losses in her life, she relied on her faith in her Lord which she expressed by singing hymns. She maintained a firm attachment to the farm, asking for an update on farming activities with the passing of every season.
Even in her advanced years, the Lord blessed her with a keen mind, a sharp wit, a discerning spirit and a gracious presence.
Nettie was predeceased by her husband, Michael, her sons, John (Kalene) and Alexander (Cheryl) and her daughter, Anna Ficych (Samuel).
She is survived by her children, Vera (David – deceased), Paul (Ione), Mary (Warren), Wesley (Marlyn) and David (Romina); 19 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of The Life and Legacy of Nettie Zidkovich was held on November 10, 2015 with Pastor Terry Wicks officiating. Obituary was by Paul Zidkovich; Eulogy by the grandchildren; Pallbearers were grandsons. Special Music and hymns provided by Joe Repetski; Video Clip, Until Then, by Andrew Novitski. Interment was held at Biggar Cemetery, Biggar, Sask. Reception followed in church basement.
May 16, 1927 - November 7, 2015
Our mother passed away peacefully November 7, 2015 in Biggar, Sask. at the age of 88.
She was born in Biggar to parents, William and Sophie Lanigan, the oldest of ten children. She married John Malazdrewich on a cold December day in 1946 but their union was one of warmth and respect lasting 62 years and raising eight children. She was a devout wife and mother. She loved and nurtured each one of us with her strong faith.
She was predeceased by her husband, John Sr. in 2009; daughter, Noreen in 1991; her parents, William and Sophie in 1972; also two sisters and six brothers.
She is survived by seven children, Beverly (Don), Terry (Shelly), Gerald (Wanda), Mark (Brenda), John, Jackie (Joel), Nicole (Murray), 17 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, one sister, Annette (Mel); and many extended family.
With a large young family, Mom kept very busy gardening, cooking, canning, knitting and sewing for us. Her faith in God showed through the many ministries she held with CWL and Catholic School Board. Many large family gatherings were held at her kitchen table. She accepted life as it unfolded and expressed gratitude through all her trials. She lived her life with acceptance, gratitude and trusting in the Lord.
Funeral prayers were on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 7 p.m. and Mass of the Resurrection on Thursday, November 12 at 10:30 a.m. , both held from St. Gabriel Roman Catholic Church, Biggar, Sask. Celebrants were Father John Malazdrewich OMI and Father Michel Bedard. Readers, Stasha Seitz, Michelle Bell, Kate Yaschuk; Offertory Gifts, Nicole Yaschuk, Jackie de Bussac, Eli Yaschuk, Anna de Bussac; Ushers, Chuck Hallberg and Fred Baum; Honour Guard was C.W.L. Honourary Bearers were all those who shared in Josephine's life; Active Bearers were Terry Malazdrewich, Gerald Malazdrewich, Mark Malazdrewcih, Scott Campbell, Mark Campbell, Zenin Malazdrewich. Interment followed in Biggar Cemetery, Biggar, Sask.
Tributes may be directed to Biggar & District Health Centre Activity Fund, Box 130, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0
Grondin Funeral Services, Biggar entrusted with arrangements, "Our family serving your family since 1963".