KITCHEN - Anne Kitchen of Yorkton entered eternal rest on June 6, 2019 at the age of 93.
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Anne was born on December 4, 1925 to Michelina (Wolkowski) and Filimon Kuchelema on the family homestead in the Dobrowody District near Rama. She was one of 7 brothers and 6 sisters.
Anne attended Dobrowody School for her elementary education as well as working for the neighboring families. At the age of 9 or 10, Anne babysat for families in the neighborhood while the wives helped the husbands in the fields. Upon completion of elementary school, Anne went to work at the Canora Union Hospital. While in Canora, she and some friends attended a dance where she met the love of her life, Bill Kitchen. On October 7th, 1944, Anne and Bill were married at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in the Dobrowody District, a church Anne had been member of. Together, they made their first home on Bill's father's farm in the Burgis district. Their marriage was blessed with six children.
Anne and Bill operated the family farm together, Bill on the field and tending to the animals while Anne was in the garden or kitchen. She was proud of her plentiful garden with enough to feed three provinces, and was a gracious hostess to many family dinners showing her skills in traditional Ukrainian meals and deserts. Anne and Bill moved to Canora in the October, 1999. Anne was a true member of her faith. Anne and Bill were active members of the Holy Ascension Ukrainian Orthodox Church near Burgis, doing everything from cutting grass, cleaning the church, and preparing the food in preparation for the many services they attended. The Ascension Day service, usually in early June, was particularly special to Anne. During the Christmas season, Anne and Bill, together other parish members enjoyed carolling in the neighborhood and around the kitchen table. As well, Anne was a member of the Ascension Church Ladies group. These ladies often spent time together making perogies as a fundraiser for their church, during this time they would catch up on the neighborhood news and share a laugh or two. Besides the Church, Anne and Bill enjoyed visiting and playing cards. They made many trips to Yorkton to play Bingo, then, when they moved to Canora, Anne could catch a ride with her friends to the Bingo hall. In quieter times, Anne would watch TV and crochet or knit. She looked forward to the visits from her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. After Bill's passing in 2004, with the help of family and friends, Anne remained in her residence until October, 2013, when she moved to Porch Light Care Home and then Gladstone Seniors Residence, both in Yorkton. She continued to partake in the activities of the homes. At Porch Light she was the channel changer and the puzzle maker. Due to failing health, Anne moved to the Nursing Home in January, 2019.
Anne is lovingly remembered by her daughters Iris Letourneau of Calgary, and Donna (Michael) Humeniuk of Regina, sons David of Winnipeg, Danny (Carol) of Yorkton, Robert of Calgary and Larry (Debbie) of Yorkton. Also left to cherish Baba's memory are her grandchildren Shelley (Matt) Letourneau-Aird, Kevin (Sara) Humeniuk, James (Kalyn) Humeniuk, Carey (Nicole) Kitchen, Brett Kitchen, Braden Kitchen and Brielle Kitchen, and great grandchildren, Zachery and Reese Humeniuk, and Haden and Amelia Humeniuk. Anne is also survived by her sister Mary Haney and sister-in-law Marge Kitchen, along with numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. Anne was predeceased by her husband Bill in 2004; her parents Filimon and Lena Kuchelema; her grandson Jason Letourneau; her daughter-in-law Lillian Kitchen; her son-in-law Dave Letourneau; her sisters - Pauline Cavic, Stella Yaworsky, Jean Juba and Ethel Statz; brothers - Mike, Bill, Frank, Anton, Walther, John and Joe; and a number of the in-laws of the Kitchen family.
Prayers were held on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. The Funeral Service was held on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canora with Rev. Father Petro Tsenov officiating. The responses were led by cantor, Adeline Zavislak and parish choir members. The cross bearer was Brielle Kitchen (Granddaughter). The interment followed in Holy Ascension Parish Cemetery, Burgis District with the (Grandchildren), Shelley Letourneau-Aird, Kevin Humeniuk, James Humeniuk, Carey Kitchen, Brett Kitchen and Braden Kitchen serving as the casket bearers. Condolences to the family can be posted at www.baileysfuneralhome.com or www.lesonsfuneralhome.ca
Memorials may be made to Holy Ascension Parish Cemetery Fund as gifts of remembrance.
Mrs. Anne Kitchen of Yorkton, formerly of Canora and the Burgis District, widow of Bill Kitchen, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the age of ninety-three years. Prayers will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 7:00p.m. at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre and the funeral service will take place on Thursday, June 13, 10:00a.m. from Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Canora.The interment will follow in the Holy Ascension Cemetery, Burgis. Memorials in memory of Anne may be made to the Holy Ascension Cemetery Fund as gifts of remembrance.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home & Leson's Funeral Home, Canora.