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April 22, 2024 07:43

Ernest John Uhryn

“Now I lay down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

But if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take”

Our family is deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of our husband, father, Dido, brother, and uncle, Ernest John Uhryn on Apr. 20, 2022 at the age of 76. Ernie was born on Sept. 5, 1945 in Prince Albert, SK to Peter and Emily (Michayluk) Uhryn. He was raised on the Uhryn homestead in the Sniatyn district as the 3rd generation mixed farmer. He attended Sniatyn school from Grade 1 to 8 with many cousins and neighbors then attended Wakaw High School for a short time before deciding to help farm with his parents, Dido Ivan, and Baba Paraska. In his 20’s, Ernie took a few trade courses through the winter months which included electrical, plumbing, mechanics, and agriculture. Ernie met his wife, Arlene Oliszynski, in July 1971 at a wedding where he danced her feet off and received permission from her parents to drive her home that night, after that they were inseparable. They married on Oct. 14, 1972 at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Prince Albert. They lived together with his parents, Peter and Emily, on the farm for 11 years. Ernie became a father to three children during those years. The time came where Ernie and Arlene built their own house across the road from the homestead. He loved every aspect of the farm from raising cattle and hogs, to seeding, and his absolute favourite, the harvest season. Any spare time was spent camping, fishing, and skidooing with family and neighbors, visiting family across Canada, United States, polka fests, the Vegreville Pysanka Festival, and the Canadian National Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin. In 1994, a special trip to Ukraine was taken to attend a family wedding where he got to reconnect with family in the Toporivtsi and Dzvynyachka villages. Ukrainian traditions were very important to him and all holidays were celebrated with the joy of being together with family. Ernie always welcomed everyone into his house with handshakes, smiles, and a drink; a true Hospodar.

Every Saturday night, no matter where he was, he always listened to the Saturday Night Dance Party on CJWW. He was such a big fan that he decaled out Arlene’s bike with CJWW stickers from wheel to wheel. He loved to joke around with the grandkids, saying that Baba was making tsybulia (onions) or kapusta (sauerkraut) for supper. Dido always gave them treats and said “shhh, don’t tell Baba”.

He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Arlene, his children: Cynthia (Robert) Tessier, Jason (Oksana) Uhryn, and Jennifer Uhryn, his grandchildren: Kathlyn and Juliette Tessier, Evan and Emma Uhryn, his sister: Patricia (Jack) Flach, and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. Ernie was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Emily Uhryn, his parents-in-law, Anton and Sophie Oliszynski.

A public visitation was held at the Chapel of Kushneryk Funeral Service in Wakaw on Monday, Apr. 25, 2022 and a private family Service was held in the chapel of Kushneryk Funeral Service with Very Rev. Mitred Archpriest Taras Makowsky officiating on Tuesday, Apr. 26 followed by the Interment at the Sniatyn Cemetery. Donations in memory of Ernie may be directed to Ukrainian Patriot – or to a charity of personal choice. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Marc Blondeau of Kushneryk Funeral Service, Wakaw, SK, 306-233-4403.