In Memory of

Angeline

Victoria

Polegi

(Churko)

Obituary for Angeline Victoria Polegi (Churko)

Angeline grew up in the love and mayhem of a large farm family in Plain View, Sask. Born in 1929, she understood the value of faith, family and hard work, and these values, ingrained in her very character, carried her through the Great Depression, World War II, and her years as a teacher, wife and mother.

She was the ninth child born to Mikolaj (Mike) and Marija (Mary Klypak) Churko, and she adored her 10 brothers and sisters. With such a large family, and her nearby nieces and nephews, playmates were plentiful. She frequently babysat for her older siblings and loved their children dearly. These early experiences probably account for her career choice. She loved helping young ones learn, explore, create and challenge. As she raised her own three children, cuddled and counselled her eight grandchildren, and cherished her 13 great-grandchildren, her passion for young people never waned.

She received her elementary education in Plain View School, then high school at St. Henry’s in Melville and at Sacred Heart Academy in Yorkton. She attended Normal School in Saskatoon and upgraded her teaching certificate at the University of Saskatchewan. Education, and especially reading, were so important to her and she passed that passion on to her children and grandchildren.

Her teaching career took her to many rural communities, and eventually to Rocky Dell, where she met a hockey-playing, horseback-riding farmer from Jedburgh who was confident she was the one for him. She says it took some convincing that giving up teaching would be worth the farm life ahead, but once she gave her heart to Edward Emil Polegi, history wrote itself. They raised three children, John, Brenda, and Allan, on the farm, along with livestock, poultry and grain. Later they ran the local hotel and pub in Jedburgh and retired into the village in 1979.

Ange’s creativity poured into her passions – painting, sketching, sewing, quilting, knitting, crafting and gardening. She enjoyed hours lost in her latest creative endeavour. Her superpower was making people feel special and she easily engaged friends and strangers in conversation. She welcomed all into her home and was especially delighted when her grandchildren were close.

She is survived by her sister Antoinette (Toni), her children John (Mary), Brenda and Allan (Juanita), her grandchildren Christina (Daniel), Michael (Sandra), Stephanie, Regan (Travis), Nathan (Renee), Justine (Ryan), Murray and Kaitlyn (Mark), and her great grandchildren Kristen, Sarah, Athena, William, Donovan, Celeste, August, Edward, Ryden, Eli, Vayda, Bexley and Jackson, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is so proud of each of you and loves you to the Pearly Gates and back.

The Prayer Vigil was held on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 from St. Gerard’s Roman Catholic Church, led by Mary Bybliw. Justine Magnus, Kaitlyn McMurphy and Athena Wallace read letters to grandma. The reader was Kaitlyn McMurphy and the accompanist was Chris Fisher. The Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, June 23, 2022 from St. Gerard’s Roman Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Louis Kim Nguyen as Celebrant. The eulogy was given by Christina Wallace. The cross bearer was Kaitlyn McMurphy. Accompanist Chris Fisher led the St. Gerard’s choir in the hymns. Regan Morris played a piano solo. The readers were Regan Morris and Justine Magnus. General Intercessions were given by Christina Wallace. Kristen and Sarah Polegi presented the Gifts of Offering. CWL Members attended the Funeral Mass and formed an Honor Guard. The honorary bearers were all of Angeline’s grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. The interment followed in Garden of Crucifixion, Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Murray Polegi serving as urn bearer and Michael Polegi serving as picture bearer. 

Memorial donations in memory of Angeline may be made to St. Gerard's Church (125 Third Ave. N, Yorkton, SK., S3N 1C4) or to the Yorkton Regional Health Centre c/o the Health Foundation (41 Betts Ave., Yorkton, SK. S3N 1M1) as gifts of remembrance.