Cecelia passed away peacefully on August 4, 2018 at Yorkton Regional Health Centre with her sister at her side. She has joined her husband Alex as well as seven sisters and six brothers. Cecelia was the twelfth child of fifteen children born to the late Helen (Screpnick) and Dan Kirstuik. She is survived by her sister Betty Karpiuk of Thunder Bay, ON as well as two sisters-in-law, Anna Kirstuik and Wilma Kirstuik of Yorkton, and many nieces and nephews.
As a child she attended War End School and always dreamed of becoming a nurse. That dream was not to be – she was needed on the farm.
In the winter of 1948 she went to Fort William, Ontario – now Thunder Bay – and worked as a nurse’s aide in the Sanatorium. She returned to the farm in the spring in order to help with spring planting.
The following winter saw her off to Edmonton, Alberta again working in the Sanatorium. In 1951 she was accepted on the staff at Theodore Union Hospital where she worked on and off until 1962 again as a nurse’s aide. All these times of hospital employment gave her interesting and fulfilling experiences.
In the meantime, she met a handsome young farmer and husband to be Alex Denesyk. In 1962 she became a farmer’s wife. Farming was a challenge with a lot of muscle involved, but in the end proved very fruitful.
For years Cecelia entered canning and needlework in the Yorkton Exhibition, winning many ribbons of red, blue and white. Being talented in needlework she received prizes at the provincial level as well.
She stitched many articles as fundraisers for bazaars and other fundraisers as well as for gifts. Cecelia was a perennial blood donour, giving some 17 gifts of life.
For many years she was a member of the Ukrainian Women’s Association, Theodore Branch, as well as a member of the Saskatchewan Women’s Institute, the Saskatchewan Embroiders Guild and the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation.
After Alex’s passing, she continued to live on the farm until being admitted to the hospital at the end of June.
She was happy living the quiet life, remaining active in the community, attending local functions and keeping her yard looking better than some parks.
She was a generous donour to many charities as well as the local Ukrainian Church.
Cecelia loved her many nieces and nephews and seldom forgot their birthdays or a call to wish them Merry Christmas.
Rest in peace, dear Cecelia. We will miss you dearly.
Eternal Rest. Vichnaya Pamyat вічная пам'ять
In lieu of flowers, Cecelia requested donations to the Theodore Buffalos Hockey Club or the Theodore Recreation Centre.
Viewing for Cecelia Denesyk will be offered on August 17, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Christie's Funeral Home.
A Funeral Service will be held for Cecelia on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at 10:00 am from the Chapel at Christie's Funeral Home in Yorkton.
Interment will follow in the Yorkton Memorial Gardens.
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Cecelia may be made to Theodore Buffalos Hockey Club, or to the Theodore Recreation Board.