Dora Lastiwka was born on May 22, 1933, the second child of Bill and Mary (Chobotar) Marchuk of the Drobot district. Dora received her education at Chernowitz School. After her schooling, Dora remained on the family farm helping to look after her younger siblings. It was at this time that she met their neighbor boy, Bill Lastiwka.
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Bill and Dora were married on August 8, 1954 and lived on a farm 4 miles north of Theodore. They later moved to the next quarter and built a new house which they called their permanent home. They were members of St. John's Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Riverside) which Dora was dedicated to. She spent countless hours helping with cleaning and preparing meals for church functions and faithfully attended the many services that's she was able to.
Dora's health never was the best when she was a child, but she worked hard on the farm with her husband, doing chores, helping on the field, growing a huge garden and making abundant meals to feed her family during seeding, haying and harvest time. Even with her not being well, Dora managed to have three healthy children, which she tried her best to feed and nuture them. Mom was a very spiritual person. If things were going wrong, her comment would be "It will be better tomorrow, don't worry". She believed that God had given her the strength and will power to live a long life that she had.
Dora loved to bake and cook. Whenever family or neighbors came for a visit, they would never leave without a cup of coffee or tea and a huge lunch. Ukrainian Christmas Eve was a very special for mom. She would have all the traditional dishes for supper and have a lot of family over for the meal. She made sure her children would not break the tradition and meaning of Christmas. Ukrainian New Year's would be a very busy time for her, preparing a huge supper and inviting neighbors, friends and family for Dad's birthday and celebrating the New Year. She made the most beautiful Kolochi and beautifully decorated Korovai, which she made for many family members and friends. Easter was also a very special day for mom, when we went to Church and blessed paska. Mom always said Easter was a new beginning. She loved bingo, attended as many Theodore Buffs hockey games as she could, loved to play cards and liked fishing at the park. She volunteered her time with the Orthodox Ladies Aid, The Perogy Pinchers and Theodore Senior Citizen Club.
Dora remained on the family farm for a short while after her husband passed on, and then moved to their home in Theodore. She lived there until she needed more care, because of her broken shoulder, and moved into the Gladstone Senior's Residence. With her failing health Dora had to finally move in to the Theodore Health Centre where she received better care. Mom was a determined person who would never give up, thinking that she would beat anything that was ailing her.
Dora entered eternal rest on July 10, 2019 at the age of 86 years.
She leaves to celebrate and rejoice in her memory her three children: Shirley (Ray) Howe, Terry (Julie) Lastiwka and Dean Lastiwka; her grandchildren; Tanya Howe (Charles Shindle), Shae-Lynn Lastiwka, Maverick Schneider; her great grandchildren: Riley Halushka and Cassie Shindle. She also is survived by her sister Rosie Dariechuk and many nieces and nephews.
Dora was predeceased by her husband Bill, parents Bill & Mary Marchuk, sisters Olga (Harry), Katie (Matt) and Elsie (John) and her brother Martin Marchuk.