Margaret Purcka

Margaret Purcka

Sunday, February 15th, 1948 - Friday, May 1st, 2020
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PURCKA - Margaret Josephine Purcka was born on February 15, 1948 in Lestock, SK to Steve and Margaret (nee Mate) Gyore. Marge, the second youngest of six girls was raised on the family farm in the Eskdale district attending Eskdale School and later Lestock Highschool. She attended Catechism and received the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation at St. Elizabeth's Church where the family were devoted members. Margaret completed her CNA course and began her nursing career with the Grey Nuns in Regina. She was united in marriage to Eugene Purcka on November 29, 1969. After their marriage they lived in Alberta between 1969 - 1975. From there the couple farmed in the Kelliher district while Margaret worked as a nurse in St. Joseph's Hospital in Lestock from January 1977 - October 1989. Marge, an intelligent and intuitive woman, possessed a strength of character which never failed no matter what the circumstances. She was thorough and made no concessions when carrying out her projects; especially when it came to reading, gardening and cooking. At times she may have seemed proud and haughty, but it was only a front to protect her vulnerable side. She always had genuine concern and love for her family. Friends and family admired her noble spirit and were sensitive to her fragility. Many are those who would follow her example.
Marge is predeceased by her parents, Steven and Margaret Gyore; sisters, Regina Gyore and Julia Kuhar; father and mother-in-law, John and Sophie Purcka; brother-in-laws, Joe Kuhar, Peter Koroluk and Anton Antonishen. Marge is remembered by her husband of fifty years, Eugene Purcka; her two daughters and their families: Cindy Purcka (Roy Benko) and their son Brandon; Hilary (Jason) Topolnisky and their children Michayla Kirsch and Abbigale Kirsch; sisters, Betty (Andy) Tarr, Ann Antonishen and Loretta Koroluk as well as many nieces and nephews. Due to current restrictions, a graveside service and interment was held on Tuesday, May 5th 2020 for immediate family at the Kelliher Memorial Gardens with Rev. Fr. Albert Schmitz officiating. Memorials in Margaret's memory may be made to the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. Condolences can be left at
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  • Visitation

    Monday, May 4th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Monday, May 4th, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Bailey's Funeral Home, Ituna
    103 Main St. N.
    ITUNA, SK S0A 1N0
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    Current public health guidelines and physical distancing practices will be followed.
  • Service

    Kelliher Memorial Gardens
    South of HWY 15 at Kelliher
    Garnock Road
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    Father Albert Schmitz
  • Interment

    Kelliher Memorial Gardens
    South of HWY 15 at Kelliher
    Garnock Road
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Audrey Haumschilld , Greg Blind and family

Posted at 10:23pm
Hugs and Prayers are with you all. So sorry . RIP Margaret.
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Posted at 06:48pm
Our prayers and deepest sympathy to Eugene and family. Cousin Betty (Anton) and husband John Perko. May she rest in peace!

Hilary Topolnisky

Posted at 02:31pm
Dad, Cindy and I would like to thank all that sent flowers, cards and kind words of sympathy at this time of moms passing. The first steps of healing have begun, her absence will be heavy in our hearts but we know she is now resting peacefully. Thank you Bailey’s for everything you have done.


Vicki Maydonick

Posted at 04:24pm
My deepest sympathy is extended to Eugene, Cindy and Hilary and families. I just heard today about your loss. Marge was a wonderful lady and I have many memories of her. Loss is always hard but keep your memories and love of Marge in your heart. 🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️

Debbie Tarr-Sentes

Posted at 12:45pm
Uncle Eugene, Cindy and Hilary,
Daniel and I were deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Auntie Margaret was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, and auntie. There was never a time over all the years when Aunt Margaret and I visited that she was not kind, funny, patient and always interested to hear about what was going in my life. She was a lady of deep values and integrity. I will forever hold a special place in my heart for her. I saw this poem years ago and knowing how much Margaret loved to garden, I thought it was fitting at this time.
My Mother Kept A Garden
My Mother kept a garden.
A garden of the heart;
She planted all the good things,
That gave my life it's start.

She turned me to the sunshine,
And encouraged me to dream:
Fostering and nurturing
The seeds of self-esteem.

And when the winds and rains came,
She protected me enough;
But not too much, she knew I'd need
To stand up strong and tough.

Her constant good example,
Always taught me right from wrong;
Markers for my pathway
To last my whole life long.

I am my Mother's garden,
I am her legacy.
And I hope today she feels the love,
Reflected back from me. (anonymous)

Love Debbie and Daniel

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