Olga  Dobrowolsky

Olga Dobrowolsky (Derkach)

Thursday, December 30th, 1937 - Saturday, September 28th, 2019
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Olga was born on December 30, 1937 to John & Rose Derkach on the family farm near Ituna, SK. She was the fourth of six children. She had a love for horses; riding, working with and tending to them. Olga acquired her Grade 12 at Ituna (1956) and moved to Saskatoon where she worked briefly. She was a good bowler in her youth; even winning a black & white TV.
Olga met her future husband, Walter Dobrowolsky, at her parents’ 25th wedding anniversary. Walter and Olga married at Ituna on July 28/57. They began their married life on the Dobrowolsky homestead near Gronlid, SK. The new bride and her TV were an attraction in the area; a great way to meet the neighbours.
They were blessed with 4 children; three daughters, Lorrie (1959), Julie (1962) & Gina (1972), and one son, Kelly (1967). Olga was a loving mother to all her children. She had a special bond with her special daughter, Gina.
Olga loved life on the farm. She was a true partner with her husband, Walter, in running the family farm and their happy household. They would joke that the only vacation they could take was as far away as they could travel between the morning and evening milkings.
Sadly, Olga was widowed in August, 1980. She continued to reside on the farm; selling off the livestock and renting out the land. She eventually moved to an apartment in Melfort but returned ‘home’ often to her beloved house on the farm. Her happy place was on the riding mower keeping the yard trimmed.
Olga also worked for many years as the Librarian at the Wapiti Regional Library at the Gronlid School. She was loving, kind and strong. Her wants and needs were simple. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and her TV soap opera.
The Lord welcomed Olga home on September 28, 2019 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon. Olga is survived by her four children; Lorrie (Bob) Gorenko of Rocky Mtn House, AB, Julie (Les) Beres of Saskatoon, SK, Kelly (Shelley) Dobrowolsky of Saskatoon, SK and Gina Dobrowolsky of Melfort; five grandchildren, Brock, Adam & Nicole Beres and Owen & Makenna Dobrowolsky.
Also left to mourn are sisters; Steffie Slywka of Ituna, Tess (Joe) Achtemichuk of Portage la Prairie, MB, Helen (Lionel) Beer of Hubbard, SK and sister-in-law Sonia Derkach of Yorkton, SK as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
Olga was predeceased by her husband, Walter Dobrowolsky, her parents, John and Rose Derkach, her infant brother, Stephen Derkach, brother Bill Derkach and brother-in-law, Nick Slywka.
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Service Details

  • Prayer Service

    Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 | 7:00pm
    Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 7:00pm
    Fedusiak Funeral Chapel
    306 Saskatchewan Drive West
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  • Service

    Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 10:00am
    Ukrainian Orthodox Church of All Saints of Melfort
    807 Main Steeet
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    Father Patrick Powalinsky
  • Interment

    Mount Pleasant Cemetery
  • Reception

    Ukrainian Orthodox Church of All Saints of Melfort
    807 Main Steeet
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Marilyn Kindrat

Posted at 07:28pm
Dear Lorrie, Julie, Kelly and Gina, sincere condolences to all of you on the loss of your mom. May you take comfort in knowing that she is now reunited with your dad whom she so dearly loved and missed!

Greg Antonichuk

Posted at 11:00am
Dear Lorrie, Julie, Kelly and Gina. We send our sincere and deepest condolences with the passing of
your Mother. Olga was a wonderful woman and will be sadly missed but fondly remembered. Her and your Dad were great family and friends to our Mom & Dad. I know that now they will all be reunited and rejoicing in Gods glory together.
May God bless you all during this difficult time and always.
Love Greg & LaRae

Angie Mareski Smith

Posted at 10:02am
Lorrie, Julie, Kelly and Gina,
My sincerest sympathy to you and your families. She was a lovely, kind lady. Sending my love

Shelley Derkach Renkas

Posted at 03:06am
Sending my deepest sympathies to Lorrie and Bob,Julie and Les, Kelly and Shelley and families! I am so sorry I am unable to attend to give you all a hug. I have so many wonderful memories of being at your farm. Always had a great time there. Will miss auntie Olga dearly and so glad we had a great visit in June.. Take care of each other..💕

Shelley Renkas Posted at 04:36am

Im sorry I missed Gina in my above post.. Sending my sweet cousin a big big hug💕

Bonnie Jansen

Posted at 11:31pm
I would like to send my most sincere condolences to Lori, Julie, Kelly and Gina and the rest of your families. I grew up with all of you and your Mom was a very special lady and a big part of my growing up years. Believe it or not, I can still remember your phone number on the farm (863.4169). That was over 40 years ago! I remember your Mom just always being so welcoming and warm and kind and funny whenever I would have come over to spend time with my best friend. She loved the farm life and I think we even got kittens from your place one time. Even after I moved away from home and would come back for a visit, I was so happy to run into your Mom at the post office or maybe in Melfort because she was just a really nice lady who truly cared about how I was doing. I am sad for your loss and I wish I could be there at the funeral to hug each one of you and share even more memories with you. I hope Gina still remembers me. Please give her a special hug from Bonnie.

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