It is with deep sorrow that the family of Nellie Dereworiz announces that she entered eternal rest on December 29, 2018 at the Kamsack and District Nursing Home. She was 86 years of age.
Prayers were held on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 from St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Funeral Liturgy was held on Thursday, January 3, 2019 also from St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Interment followed at the Riverview Cemetery.
Nellie Dereworiz (nee Napody) was born on May 15, 1932 in the Watson Creek District near Arran, SK and was the youngest of four children. Nellie attended Watson Creek School, which was a daily walk of 4 miles, and managed to complete grades 1 to 6. The family later moved to St Phillips where she attended St Bascillian School and ended her education at Grade 8 so she could help her parents on the farm. It was in St Phillips where Nellie at age 18 met the love of her life Steve. Nellie and Steve were united in marriage on November 4, 1950 in Kamsack and settled on the farm in St Phillips. In 1953 they were blessed with their son Ron and then in 1962 with their daughter Betty.
While on the farm Nellie worked tirelessly alongside her husband. During harvest she even did some “stooking” in the hot summer months. Nellie was a mother and a housewife, and she also raised turkeys, chickens, and ducks, tended to the pigs, milked the cows and grew a huge garden. Nellie was also a seamstress, and managed to find some time to sew a dress for her and school clothes for her children.
After 36 years of farming, in 1986 Steve and Nellie moved to Kamsack. Nellie couldn’t sit idle and decided to take on some part time work, so she got a job cooking at the Woodlander and later worked at Midtown Interiors. She also continued to plant a big garden and enjoyed her flowers. Steve and Nellie enjoyed three short years in town together until the sudden passing of Steve in 1989. Nellie was a devoted parishioner at St Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church and was an active member of the UCWLC. She helped to cook for banquets and weddings, cleaned the church and especially enjoyed the company of all her family, church family and friends. She was also a member of the Horticulture Society for a short time.
Nellie kept active up until 2012 when the effects of Parkinson’s disease began to take over her health and she had to sell her house and downsize to a smaller home. As the disease progressed and Nellie couldn’t take care of herself anymore she moved to the Eaglestone Lodge for a short stay and then the Nursing Home for 6 weeks until her passing.
She leaves to cherish her memory her son Ron Dereworiz of Kamsack; and daughter Betty Pollock of Regina; her grandson Dean Dereworiz of Dauphin, Manitoba and her great-grandsons Cody and Dustin as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Nellie was predeceased by her husband Steve in 1989; parents Mike in 1964 and Mary in 1961; her sister Anne Beck in 1993, her brothers John Napody in 1999 and Tony Napody in 2011.
May her memory remain with us forever!
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