March 27, 1914 – March 8, 2017
Alice was born in Veregin, Saskatchewan with the Doukhobor name Podovinnikoff and raised by an older sister when orphaned at a young age. Wanting to “earn her keep,” she learned the skills necessary to run a household efficiently early in life. Alice had five siblings: Mary, Allan, Nellie, Vera, Luba and a half-sister Helen.
As a young adult Alice moved to the farm in Runnymede, Saskatchewan with her husband (Norman T.) Nicholas Chernoff. Although she worked hard – or maybe because of it – she always loved a good party and knew how to liven one up!
Alice bore three sons, Tom, Larry, and Fred Chernoff. At some point when the boys were in grade school, the family moved to the Parkhill area in Calgary where Alice worked as a butcher in the Burns Meats plant until her retirement. After losing her first husband, Alice moved to the Shaganappi community of Calgary and made a home with her second husband, Peter Holoboff, for many years until he, too, passed.
She will be remembered for her green thumb and her hospitality – cooking for everyone who was lucky to visit her. She is the best cook our family has known! We shared many delicious meals of perogies, blintze, tarts, soups and other garden veggies. Her yard was the envy of the neighbours as she gardened daily when weather permitted, harvesting vegetables for her famous Borscht. Alice housed many a family member when needed and helped others by cooking, cleaning and mending. She was kind, generous and a very hard worker.
She was an expert at crochet, always with her needles and yarn handy to pick up while chatting or watching television. It would be hard to find someone in her life that hasn’t been gifted with a blanket at some time or another. Alice never learned how to drive a car and walked or took the bus when no ride was to be had. She was a strong, healthy, and independent woman.
Our Beloved Great-Great-Grandmother passed peacefully on March 8, 2017 at Carewest Sarcee Lodge – just 19 days shy of her 103rd birthday – where she was known as a sweet person who was easy to care for. Alice leaves a legacy of many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind many friends. During her time at Royal Park Lodge (2007-2013), she was very appreciated by all the staff and fellow residents whom she helped when she could.
Alice is predeceased by her husbands, Nicholas Chernoff and Peter Holoboff; her two sons, Tom and Fred Chernoff; all her siblings and a very dear companion in her later years, Taffy Squires.
Alice will finally rest in Burnsland Cemetery with her first husband. She will be lovingly remembered by all those who knew her. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Alice Chernoff, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences