Madeline Yaremko passed away peacefully at the Yorkton & District Nursing Home (Orkney House) on Sunday May 20, 2012 at the age of 84 years. Madeline was born on the family farm in the Whitesand District, the daughter of Nick and Pearl (nee Stephanyshyn) Spilchen. She received her education at the Whitesand School and she lived and worked helping her parents on the farm. Madeline met Henry Yaremko in 1946 and she and Henry were united in Holy Matrimony on October 19, 1947. They shared 61 years together as husband and wife until Henry’s passing in 2008. Madeline enjoyed watching hockey, baseball and many other sports. Those who knew Madeline know how she always cheered, “Go Toronto Go!” She was a die-hard Toronto Maple Leafs fan. She also enjoyed watching “Days of Our Lives” and “The Price Is Right”. She was always willing to play cards with family and friends. Madeline was an active member in a bowling league and a horseshoe league. She was an avid gardener and took pride in her well kept vegetable and flower gardens. Madeline enjoyed travelling and took many trips with her family to Deadwood, Las Vegas, Minnesota and also to a Toronto hockey game. When Madeline’s health began to fail after a stroke on March 17, 2007 it was evident that she needed to have additional assistance with her own care and she became a resident of Orkney House of the Yorkton & District Nursing Home. Madeline enjoyed her time there and was a beloved member of the house by the staff and other residents. She enjoyed the activities, especially bingos and the annual nursing home fair where she was awarded “Best Dressed” for dressing in her favourite sports gear. Madeline is predeceased by her parents, Nick and Pearl (nee Stephanyshyn) Spilchen; her beloved husband of 61 years, Henry; her brothers, Steve, Peter and twin-brother Michael; step-brothers, Metro, Fred, John and Bill; step-sisters, Mary Chorneyko, Pauline Kowalyk, Annie Multon and Katie Skwarchuk; sons-in-law, John Solomon and Mike Siwicki; and grand-daughters, Kerrilyn and Christine Siwicki. Madeline leaves to celebrate her life her daughter, Iris Solomon and children Randy (Lorie), Michael, Kenny (Cheryl), David (Marianne); her daughter, Rose Siwicki and children Debbra (Gary), Cory (Marci); her son, Bill (Iris) and children Jason, Tracy (Patrick); her son, George (Shirley) and children Sheila (James), Troy (Crystal), Chrystal (Mike), Brent, Kevin (Joelle), Kelly; her daughter, Sharon (Dwayne) Solnes and children Amanda (Rob), Kerri-Lyn, Eric; her son, Dennis; her daughter, Linda (Lorne) Tegelberg; her daughter, Violet (Clarence) Woychesko and children Brad, Ashley (Kyle); her daughter, Donna (Daryl) Holod; her 17 great-grandchildren; three brothers, George, Henry (Shirley) and Paul Spilchen; sister-in-law, Pauline Spilchen and by many extended family and friends. As our family mourns the passing of our Mother & Baba, we celebrate our Dad and Gedo’s birthday in heaven today. They are both together again and may they have the best birthday party ever, “Die Bozhe”. Prayer services were held on Thursday May 24, 2012 from St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Yorkton with Reverend Father Peter Pidskalny C.Ss.R. officiating. Requiem Divine Liturgy was held Friday May 25, 2012 from St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Yorkton with Reverend Father Peter Pidskalny C.Ss.R. serving as the Celebrant. The Cantor, Mr. Ed Pindus led members of the St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church Choir in the singing of the responses with Mr. Jason Kopan Reading the Epistle Lesson. Mr. Walter Prystai served in the Altar as the Palamar. Madeline’s grand-daughters, Sheila, Amanda, Debbie, Tracy and Crystal served as the Crossbearers along with her grand-daughters, Ashley and Kerri-Lynn serving as the Bannerbearers. The members of the staff of Orkney House of the Yorkton & District Nursing Home were named as the Honourary Pallbearers. The interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Madeline’s grandsons, Jason Yaremko, Bradley Woychesko, Eric Solnes, Troy Yaremko, Cory Siwicki, Kenny Solomon, Kevin Yaremko, Brent Yaremko and Kelly Yaremko serving as the Pallbearers. Charitable gifts of remembrance may be made in memory of Madeline Yaremko to the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program (a national charitable program that helps financially disadvantaged kids participate in organized sport and recreation) in care of any Canadian Tire store. Messages of condolences to the family of The Late Madeline Yaremko may be sent in care of the funeral director to jasonko...@kopans.ca. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kopan’s Funeral Service, Highway #9 North, Yorkton. www.kopans.ca 306-783-0099.