Martha Danyluk passed away at the Canora Gateway Lodge on August 15, 2015, at the age of 95 years. Martha (Krukoff) Dany-luk was born on October 19, 1919 in the Doukhobor com-munity at Pass Creek, British Columbia. Her parents, Fedor and Marunia (Plotnikoff) Kruk-off, with their young children and their extended family, moved to Saskatchewan in the early 1920s to farm in the Doukhobor community west of Canora. She attended Strathcona School and continued high school studies by correspondence.
Martha loved life and was not afraid to take on difficult tasks. In her maiden years, she worked as a lumber camp cook, a maid, store clerk, hospital ward aid and received her certificate in hair styling from the La Belle Beauty School in Saskatoon. In 1946, she married Steve Danyluk who had just returned from army service.
They lived in Flin Flon, Manitoba for several years before returning to farm in the Good Spirit Lake area (Wysla district). Martha moved to Ca-nora’s Embassy Apartments in 1986 after Steve’s passing, where she lived for more than twenty years. At age 90 she lived with her family. Her last years were spent at the Canora Gate-way Lodge. Martha was a fun-loving, feisty gal all her life; she could yodel, grow giant gardens and give away veggies, sew anything from a velvet dress to a fur hat, home decorate with flamboyant flair and dress like a diva.
She was knowledgeable and knew a great deal of stories about the early Doukhobor days and enjoyed speaking her native Russian language. In her later years, she would often visit the sick in the Canora Hospital to pray with them. She ended most evenings with her Bible and a joke book. An inspiring mother, aunt and Baba, Martha was passionate about life and had a deep love for God. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. May Her Memory Be Eternal.
Martha was predeceased by her parents, Fedor and Marunia; her husband, Steve; sisters: Polly Strelioff and Mabel Stushnoff; brothers-in-law, Nick Strelioff and Alec Stushnoff and her sister-in-law, Sonia Krukoff. She is survived by her daugh-ters: Sandra Reimer, Pauline (Anton) Dziaduck, and Kathy (Va-sil) Szalasznyj; son, Danny (Carol) Danyluk; grandsons: Garry (Donna) Danyluk and children, Natalia and Nina, Dean (Trisha) Hrycyk and son, Caleb, Daniel (Maureen) Hrycyk and their sons, Tyler and Kameron, Matthew (Teri) Danyluk and their children: Haily, Waylon, Kalyna and Maverick, and Alexander Shalashniy; her granddaughters: Stephanie Danyluk (Colin Skrapek), Vic-toria Danyluk (Kyle Kitchen) and their son, Kingsley, Bernadette (Kyle Wylie) and Cassandra Danyluk, Celina Hrycyk and Anas-tasia Szalasznyj; two brothers, Fred (Marianne) Krukoff and Pe-ter Krukoff; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
The Prayer Service was held on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Leson’s Funer-al Home. Funeral Services commenced Thursday, August 20, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, Canora, with Rev. Fr. Michael Faryna officiating. In-terment followed in the Holy Sunday Ukrainian Orthodox Ceme-tery, Wysla, southwest of Canora. Those wishing to make ex-pressions of sympathy may make donations to the Canora Gateway Lodge Auxiliary, in memory of Martha Danyluk.
Family and friends unable to attend are invited to sign an on-line guest book for Martha at www.lesonsfuneralhome.ca. Arrangements were entrusted to LESON’S FUNERAL HOME, Canora.