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The family of Olga Duff (Michalshen) of Yorkton, beloved wife of the late Charlie Duff, sadly announce her passing on May 27, 2022 at the age of 93. Olga was born on December 9, 1928 on the family farm in the Willowbrook District to Mike and Pauli... Read More
The family of Olga Duff (Michalshen) of Yorkton, beloved wife of the late Charlie Duff, sadly announce her passing on May 27, 2022 at the age of 93. Olga was born on December 9, 1928 on the family farm in the Willowbrook District to Mike and Pauline (Fulawka) Michalshen, she was the sixth child of seven. She attended Silver Willow School up to grade 10, then left school to go work on the family farm.
Mom was united in marriage on October 19, 1949 to Charlie Duff at St Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic church in Yorkton. Mom and dad loved to attend square dances with their friends in Silver Willow as well as at the Willowbrook Hall.
Shortly after they were married they moved to Beaverdale to take over the grocery store and post office for Charlie’s parents, were they ran the business for 14 years. While running the business they were blessed with four children, Alvin was the first born, born on July 11, 1951 followed by Murray on July 10, 1954, then came Evelyn on November 18, 1957 then Bobby on October 26, 1961.
In 1964 Olga and Charlie moved their family from Beaverdale, they purchased some land in the Collacott Subdivision (Seradaville) located off Highway 52 West of Yorkton. Two years later came along their fifth child, Brenda was born on February 22, 1966. Mom always planted a hug garden to feed the whole family, plus loved to can the fruits of her labor. She leaves behind and will be missed by many neighbors that she had made there.
While raising five children mom she had a number of jobs. She worked for a nearby chicken farm candling eggs, cleaned homes for a number of people, did home care as well both mom and dad did commercial cleaning for a number of business in Yorkton then later she joined Charlie at the Composite Junior High School as a caretaker for 16 years.
Mom always loved to have family and friends around this gave her an excuse to cook or bake. Mom is known for her scuffles, date cake and chocolate cake and chocolate muffins, she said her secret ingredient for her chocolate cake and muffins was the sour cream (yes Wally sour cream.) She was always there to lend a hand to her children, her greatest love was spending time with her grandchildren, which she babysat most of them and loved every minute of it.
In early 2000 mom decided it was time to move into town, she moved onto Jubilee Crescent, where she made a number of new and old friends. Mom especially enjoyed her trips out for coffee with either friends or family to McDonalds and Tim Hortons.
Mom cherished going to church every Sunday, she was a long time member of the CWL for St Gerard’s Church as well she volunteered her time and helped out make pierogis for the church.
In 2019 Olga became a resident of the St. Henry Nursing Home, in Melville where she lived there for a short time before being moved to Country Meadows Nursing Home in Yorkton. Where she enjoyed the company of your brother Ed. The two of them would play Bingo together and enjoyed a dance or two together during the gatherings at the nursing home. In 2020 Mom lost Brother Ed just as the pandemic of COVID hit.
March, 2021 the family then decided to bring mom home to live with a family member where she was able to spend her remaining years surrounded by family and friends which she cherished so dearly. Moms remaining year she loved to pass the time watching and listening to the Walton’s, Don Messer’s Jubilee, Sing Along Susie Q and John Denver on the black box (laptop) while enjoying her favorite snacks of Hawkins Cheeezies, Old Dutch Sour Cream n Onion chips along with a good old fashion OHenry chocolate bar.
Olga was predeceased by her parents Mike and Pauline, brothers Joseph, Walter, Ed and Stanley, sisters Kay, Nellie, brother in-laws Julius, Steve, sister in-laws, Marie, Olga, Kay. She was also predeceased by her beloved husband Charlie and son Murray.
She is survived by her children; sons Alvin (Susan) Duff, Bobby (Barb) Duff, daughters Evelyn (Len) Loster and Brenda (Wally Wozney) (Tim) Airth. To the grandchildren and great grandchildren mom will also be known as Granny or GG she will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren; Jennifer ( Matthew) Duff Atkins, Megan (Pete) Magee, Shane (Jodie) Loster, Stacey (Corey) Sawkins, Ryan Duff, Robbie Duff, Ashley(Matthew) Wozniak, Chet Airth (Robin Zelko), along with her great grandchildren; Alex Duff Atkins, Camryn Magee, Brooke Magee, Michael Loster, Arionna Loster, Isaiah Loster, Caleb Loster, Victoria Loster, Chloe Loster , Letti Wozniak as well as Wally Wozney’s children Kyle and Kailey Wozney. Olga has two surviving sister-in-law's Helen McLashen and Kay Michalshen, she will be dearly missed by numerous nieces, nephews and friends and neighbors.
The Prayer Vigil was held on Friday, June 3, 2022 and the Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, June 4, 2022 both from St. Gerard’s Roman Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Louis Kim Nguyen as Celebrant. The readers were Megan Magee and Stacey Sawkins. The cross bearer was Isiah Loster. Members of the CWL attended as an honor guard. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Bob Duff, Alvin Duff, Michael Loster, Ryan Duff, Shane Loster and Chet Airth serving as casket bearers.
Memorials in memory of Olga may be made to Jim Pattison Children's Hospital (345 3 Ave S #1, Saskatoon, SK S7K 1M6), STARS (Nutrien Hangar, 2475 Airport Dr, Saskatoon, SK S7L 7L1) or Ronald MacDonald House (1011 University Dr, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0K4) as gifts of remembrance.
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