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Obituary for Annie Novakowski (Sass)

NOVAKOWSKI - The family of Annie Novakowski of Regina, formerly of Yorkton, widow of Laddie Novakowski sadly announce her passing on February 11, 2022. She was 93 years of age.

Annie touched may lives, and shall be lovingly remembered by daughter Dianne (Russell) Pillipow.  Grandson, Kelvin, Grand-daughter Lisa (Richard) Wagner, Great-grandchildren, Matthew (Helen), Kayden (Kaylee) and Emmie (Austin).  Grandson, Kyle (Wanda) and Great-grandaughter, Paislee.  Annie's sisters, Eleanor Benko, Mary Lazurko (Doug), Rose Benko, Olga Dubiel, Jeanette Karapita, Angie Zwirski and Brother Bill (Phyllis).  Sister-In-Law, Joan Sass, Karen Sass, Mary Sass, and may nieces, nephews, and friends.
Annie was born on April 22, 1928 in the Hubbard District, the daughter of Metro and Margaret Sass.  A member of a large family of 15, Annie learned early the value of hard work on the farm.  Annie married Laddie in 1948, and were blessed with a daughter Dianne in 1952.  Laddie and Annie settled in the Willowbrook area, farming the Novakowski homestead.  Annie was passionate about gardening, quilting, embroidering, and crocheting spending countess hours crafting, canning and feeding everyone who dropped by as there was always room for more.  A talented cook and baker, Christmases especially were full of joy, as the little house was full of family, laughs and good times.   

Annie was active with the Beaverdale Women's League, volunteering her time as Secretary and then President for many years.  In 1986, Laddie and Annie purchased their retirement home in Yorkton, renovated and fully retired in 1988.  After Laddie passed away, Annie obtained her drivers license at 65, and she was very proud of this accomplishment.  Annie remained in her home in Yorkton until 2018, when she moved to Regina to be closer to family and made a new home in Selo Gardens, an independent living facility.
Annie was predeceased by her husband, Laddie in 1991, her parents Metro and Margaret, sister Sophie, brothers Walter, Peter, Mike, Nicky, Steve, and Frank.  Brother in-laws Steve Benko, Nick Benko, Raymond Dubiel, John Lazurko, Lorne Karapita and Fred Zwirsky.  Sisters-in-law, Rose Sass, and Liz Sass.

The Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Rev. Fr. Leonid Malkov, C.Ss.R. of St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church officiating. The responses were led by cantor, Lorne Stechyshyn and members of the funeral choir. The cross bearer was Marian Lopinski and the epistle reader was Karen Kuzyk.  The interment followed in the Garden of St. Luke at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Raymond Sass, Delmar Zwirsky, Allan Pacholko, Darrell Sass, Wayne Karapita and Randy Lazurko serving as the casket bearers.

Memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation as gifts of remembrance. Condolences to the family can be posted at

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