SENKOW - Sophie Senkow, beloved wife of the late George Senkow passed away peacefully at The Yorkton District Nursing Home on August 26, 2019 at the age of 98 years, with her family by her side.
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Sophie was born March 14, 1921 to Wasyl and Jennie (Hladiuk) Spezowka at Good Spirit Lake. She was the fourth of six in her family. On August 3, 1941 Sophie was united in marriage to George Senkow at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton. They were blessed with three daughters, Rose- Marie, Iris, and Diane.
Sophie and George farmed north of SPRINGSIDE and also ran a Country Convenience Store with an Esso Gas Bar. Sophie's passion was gardening (a trait acquired from her parents) and she always planted a large garden that yielded more produce than the family could ever use. But her greatest passion was baking homemade bread. Her Christmas Kolach and Easter Paska were extra-ordinaire. Pyrogies, cabbage rolls, beet rolls, beetniks, pumpkin pies and chiffon cakes were enjoyed by all. In 1975 Sophie and George sold the farm and moved to Yorkton. Her many passions continued. Upon official retirement Sophie and George enjoyed life by going out for coffee with friends. Sophie took ill in February 2010. After spending eight months at Jowsey House in Yorkton, Sophie moved to St. Paul Lutheran Care Home in Melville in November 2010, where George was also a resident. August 3, 2012 Sophie and George celebrated their 71st Wedding Anniversary at St. Paul Lutheran Home in Melville. This would be their last Anniversary, as George passed away January 5, 2013. In November, 2013 Sophie relocated and became a resident of Wallace House and later Orkney House at the Yorkton District Nursing Home.
Sophie was predeceased by her husband George, January 5, 2013; her daughter Rose- Marie Massett September 1, 2016; her father Wasyl and mother Jennie; sister Mary (Bill) Pasishnik; four brothers John (Dora) Spezowka; Harry Spezowka; Mike (Adeline) Spezowka; George (Alice) Spezowka and her son-in-law Lorne Spelay.
Sophie leaves to cherish her memory and celebrate her long life, her two daughters, Iris Spelay of Kelowna, Diane (Ken) Sharp of Springside; her two grandsons, Gordon (Ellen) Spelay of Port Moody B.C. and Cameron (Cindy-Anne) Spelay of Midway B.C. and two great granddaughters Sarah (Brett) and their children Beatrix and Burton; Heather (Spencer) and their children Cohen and Duncan of Fort St. John B.C.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
The Funeral Liturgy was held on Friday, August 30, 2019 at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton with Rev. Father Yevhen Zadorozhnyi, C.Ss.R. as the Celebrant. The responses were led by Lorne Stechyshyn and members of St. Mary's Choir. The cross bearer was Tamara Morgotch. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Murray Spezowka, Martin Spezowka, Chris Senkow, Terry Hull, Norman Sharp and Levi Hull serving as the casket bearers. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Sophie to the St. Mary's Church as gifts of remembrance. Condolences to the family can be posted at www.baileysfuneralhome.com