SPELCHEN - Anne Spelchen of Canora Gateway Lodge, formerly of the Whitesand district, beloved wife of the late Mike F. Spelchen entered eternal rest on June 2, 2019 at the age of 97 years.
Anne was born on December 17th, 1921 on the family farm in the Whitesand District, daughter of Mike and Pauline (nee: Popowich) Shlahetka. She received her education in the Homestead School.
Anne fell in love with their neighbour's oldest son, Mike, and they were united in marriage on May 4th, 1944 at St. Mary's Church in Yorkton, SK. Anne was a wonderful, loving and caring partner to Mike through all the valleys and high spots along the winding road of life. Their union was blessed with three daughters: Adeline, Gloria and Irene. Mike and Anne lived their life the only way they knew how - through their girls on their land. They were content to live the 'simple life' by enjoying and respecting what God had given them. They took great pride in everything they did as they worked side-by-side each and everyday for just over 50 years. Together they raised various types of livestock and poultry. Anne was well-known for her fresh eggs. Anne enjoyed gardening and was admired for her gorgeous flowers and the abundance of vegetables she would grow and share every year.
Anne created a welcoming home that always had an open door. She was beyond famous for her hospitality that promised a hot meal and her famous baking. Time spent at the farm was marked by good conversation, love, laughter, and contentment. From day one, Anne had always played a strong, yet quiet, matriarchal role in the family. Never once a complaint or a fight and always generous beyond measure, she was always at peace. Anne was most proud of her role as a mother and wife and she loved her family dearly. In January of 2017, Anne took residency at the Canora Gateway Lodge where she lived with her siblings - Steve, Paul and Doris. Anne was a favourite among the staff and was often found working in her room on her word puzzles.
Anne was predeceased by her loving husband Mike F. Spelchen; her parents Mike and Pauline; her brothers Bill, Peter and Fred Shlahetka and her sister Doris Mundt. She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory her daughters and their families: Adeline (Bill) McPhee of Yorkton, SK, Leanne & Doug, Carter and Emma Matsalla, Jody McPhee; Gloria (Warren) Vaudreuil of Canora, SK, Shelley, Shane Stuart, Jeremy Vaudreuil & Joelle Remezoff, Jarret Vaudreuil & Amber, Chaz German, Jeffery & Krystal, Rocky-Bear and Sunny-Rae Vaudreuil; Irene (Morlie) Nehring of Springside, SK, Jana & Stephen, Bexley and Mila Martinuk, Dustin & Shauna Nehring, and Chad Nehring; her brothers Steve and Paul Shlahetka of Canora, SK; a nephew Lorne Mundt of Yorkton, SK; as well as many other relatives and good friends.
Prayers were held on Thursday, June 6th, 2019 at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton and the Funeral Liturgy was held on Friday, June 7th, 2019 at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in the Whitesand District with Very Rev. Father Bohdan Lukie, C.Ss.R. as the Celebrant. The responses were led by Lorne Stechyshyn and members of St. Mary's Choir. The cross bearer was Peter Spelchen and the epistle reader was Jody McPhee. The honourary pallbearers were Carter & Emma Matsalla, Rocky-Bear & Sunny-Rae Vaudreuil, Bexley & Mila Martinuk, Leanne Matsalla, Jody McPhee, Jeremy Vaudreuil, Jerret Vaudreuil, Jeffery Vaudreuil, Jana Martinuk, Dustin Nehring and Chad Nehring. The interment followed in the parish cemetery with Dean Spelchen, Emil Biblow, Brian Berrns, Dale Spelchen, David Popowich and Stan Byblow serving as the casket bearers. Following the memorial reception, Tributes were shared by Jana Martinuk and Leanne Matsalla.
Memorial donations may be made in memory of Anne to St. Mary's Church, Whitesand. Condolences to the family can be posted at www.baileysfuneralhome.com
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