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Sophie Koptie

October 7, 1927 ~ June 16, 2018 (age 90)

Sophie Koptie of Yorkton passed away on June 16, 2018 at the age of 90 years. 

Prayers for Sophie Koptie will be offered on Wednesday, June 20 at 7:00 pm from the chapel at Christie's Funeral Home in Yorkton.

A Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated by Rev. Fr. Raymond Lukie, CSsR for Sophie on Thursday, June 21 at 10:00 am from St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Yorkton.

Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Sophie may be made to the Health Foundation for lab equipment.  

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KOPTIE – Mrs. Sophie Koptie, 90, of Yorkton, Saskatchewan, passed away from medical complications on June 16, 2018 at the Yorkton Regional Hospital.

Sophie was born to Catherine and Michael Teslak on October 7, 1927 and was one of fourteen siblings.  She married Thomas Koptie and was blessed with two children, Margaret and Norman.  Sophie lived in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan for a majority of her life, living initially on a farm.  Later, she owned the Saltcoats Beauty Salon and Barbershop alongside Tom.  She continued as a hairdresser for forty two years.  Her children also lived in Saltcoats and she was very involved in raising her five granddaughter’s, Shelly, Lana, Stephanie, Ashlee and Kathleen.  She was active in the community, enjoyed her bingo evenings and loved visiting with her friends. 

She later moved to Yorkton where she met many other close friends while living at Fairview Arms.  She volunteered her time at the nursing home helping residents play Bingo and styling hair for those who requested her services.   


She was strong and resolute in her religious beliefs and faith in the Catholic Church.  She gave others what she had or worked to ensure they received what they needed.  Family was priority and she loved spending time with all of her relatives.  She loved to garden and took the time to preserve, can or freeze what she so lovingly grew.  She was always baking or cooking and took pride in sharing Ukrainian traditional foods and created her own “baba’s soup” along the way.  She taught herself to crochet and provided many people with her beautiful table and dresser cloths. 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Koptie; parents, Catherine and Michael Teslak; siblings Mary, Alex, Matt, Steve, Andy, Bill, Paul, Joseph, Anne and Nancy.

She leaves to mourn her passing and to celebrate her life, her daughter, Margaret and her husband Don Bruner; Her son, Norman and his wife, Debbie Koptie; Her sisters Rose Kowch, Ruby Hebert, Kay Blahut; Granddaughters Shelly (and Chip) Kinney, Lana Bruner, Stephanie (and Bryan) Lockhart, Ashlee Koptie, Kathleen Koptie, Great grandchildren Edward and Sarah Kinney; Numerous nieces and nephews, who she held dear to her heart.

Pallbearers include family members Dave Dubnyk, Jim Blahut, Jack Blahut, Charlie Teslak, Stephanie Lockhart, Lana Bruner, Shelly Kinney. Crossbearers include granddaughters Ashlee and Kathleen Koptie.

Memorials may be given to the Yorkton Health Foundation, designated to their current priority of digitizing lab services for the Yorkton Hospital. 

Sophie’s family wish to extend their sincere thanks to the Yorkton Hospital many ICU and hospital nursing staff and physicians who cared for her in the short time she was ill.   

Prayers and visitation will be 7:00 PM Wednesday June 20 at Christie Funeral Home and Crematorium.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Thursday June 21 at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church with Father Raymond Lukie officiating.   Interment will be at the Saltcoats Cemetery. 

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