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ANNA DREPKO

Date of Passing: Sep 08, 2018

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ANNA DREPKO 1925 - 2018 Peacefully, on September 8, 2018 after a lengthy debilitating illness, Anna entered into God's Kingdom. Anna was born in Novosilka, Ternopil, Western Ukraine to parents, Antin and Kateryna. At the age of 17, she was taken from her home and family by the German army, to work forced labour on a farm in Germany. She was liberated by the American army when the Second World War ended and spent time in a DP camp in Germany. From there she immigrated to Paisley, Scotland, where she lived in a hostel with other young Ukrainian women, all of whom worked in a thread factory. When Anna married her husband Hryhorij, they settled in Oldham, England, where their daughter Maria was born. In 1952, Anna and her family crossed the Atlantic Ocean and settled in Winnipeg, where their son, Myron was born. Beginning a new life in Canada posed many challenges, but Anna and Hryhorij worked tirelessly to provide a good life for their young family. Anna was very proud of her rich Ukrainian heritage, culture and language. She spent any spare moment embroidering traditional Ukrainian designs. Some of her vyshyvky are at the University of Alberta at the Kule Folklore Centre. She also ensured that her children attended Ukrainian School (Ridna Shkola), Ukrainian dancing, CYM (Ukrainian Youth Organization) and the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Anna was a member of the Ukrainian Canadian Institute Prosvita, the League of Ukrainian Canadian Women, and Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Cathedral. In later years, she became a member of the Senior's Club of Prosvita, where she loved to sing, dance and socialize. She also sang in the Dumka Choir. She always yearned to return to Ukraine. In 1985, she was able to fulfill her dream. She reunited with her family in Ukraine for the first time after being apart for 50 years. Anna was predeceased by her husband Hryhorij. She leaves to mourn her daughter Maria Stolarskyj, son Myron (Tania), grandchildren, Laryssa, Teresa (Tim), Oleh, Kathryn (Jay) and Alexa (Shane), great-grandchildren, Luke, Sofia and Mia. Anna loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were her pride and joy. The family thanks Dr. Terry and Dr. Andrea Babick for their wonderful care. Thank you to St. Joseph's Residence for the exceptionally kind and compassionate care of our mom for the past 10 years. Funeral Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 13, 2018, at St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 250 Jefferson Ave., followed by interment at All Saints Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Oleh Stolarskyj, Myron Pawlowsky, Shane Yanke, Tim Stokes, Jay Comeault and Andrew Leskiw. VICHNAYA PAMYAT. KORBAN FUNERAL CHAPEL 204-956-2193 www.korbanchapel.com

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 11, 2018

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • We are very sorry for your loss. It is hard to say goodbye to a mother and grandmother. We have heard some stories of how wonderful and caring she was and how important family was to her. May fond memories bring you comfort and peace. Love and prayers. - Posted by: Garry & Kim Yanke (Alexa's in-laws (Shane's parents)) on: Sep 11, 2018

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