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KOZAKEWICH – Emily (nee Kerunsky)

September 20, 1944 – May 17, 2010

Emily Kozakewich of Calgary, passed away on Monday, May 17, 2010.

Emily Kozakewich was born in Foam Lake, SK, the daughter of John and Mary Kerunsky of Ituna, SK. She attended Runnymede School, obtained a certificate for Dental Assisting from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and was united in marriage to Dr. W. Kozakewich. They were blessed with a daughter Adrienne and a son Curtis. After her husband graduated from college, they settled in Yorkton for 19 years where they raised their children and she worked as a Dental Assistant and office manager in her husband’s office and enjoyed greeting and talking to people and especially children. She was an active member of the Catholic Women’s League and participated in many activities and loved spending quality time with her children, involving them in various childhood activities, as well as touring and camping throughout Canada and the U.S. In 1990 the family moved to Calgary where her husband joined a Dental Group practice. In Calgary, Emily enjoyed doing volunteer work in a nursing home, and was a member of St. Stephens Church and volunteered working part time at Holy Name Church as well. Emily will be remembered for the love she extended to her family and for the care and the listening ear she had for her children and grandchildren, for her ability to design and decorate her home, and for the compassion she had for the disadvantaged and less fortunate. She loved photography and for the past two decades, was enrolled in Jon Williams Art Studio where she painted four days a week; she loved it passionately, and enjoyed the fellowship it offered her. She was never satisfied with a painting until, to her sharp eye, it was flawless.

And so, as she has gone to a new life that has no weaknesses, and is in the presence of an ever caring, always loving God and surrounded by those whom she loved, we thank her for all she has done for us, all that she has given, and she will remain in our thankful hearts and in our prayers now and always, until we meet again.

She leaves to mourn her husband Bill Kozakewich, daughter Adrienne Patrician (Don) her grandchildren Brianna and Jordan Patrician, her mother Mary Kerunsky of Yorkton, sister Adella Zatwarnitski of Ituna, Violet Hnatiuk (Eugene) of Yorkton, John and Beverley Kerunsky of Saskatoon, Glen and Cindy Kerunsky of Calgary and many nieces and nephews.

Emily was predeceased by her son Curtis in 2009, brother-in-law John Zatwarnitski, nephew Allan Zatwarnitski, her father and her in-laws.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers St. Stephen Protomartyr Ukrainian Catholic Church (4903 – 45th Street S.W.) on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Stephen Protomartyr Ukrainian Catholic Church on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Peter Babej Celebrant. Graveside Service to follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Forward condolences through

In living memory of Emily Kozakewich, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Dear Bill, Adrienne, and family:
    My sincerest sympathies go out to you and your families. I had the privilege of being Emily’s friend and soul mate for many years when we both volunteered at Holy Name Parish as ushers, attended Catholic Women’s League (CWL) meetings, and served tea at our CWL bazaars, etc. Our best moments were shared over a lunch together on Saturdays and spending the rest of the afternoon shopping. Our StageWest membership was such a highlight for a group of us to enjoy live theatre together. Those were such fun times for us; and I am so thankful for that friendship and the memories made.
    I admired Emily so much for her relentless dedication to helping her children. I loved attending her art shows and sales; and when I look at her artwork that hangs in my home, she will always be remembered as my very special friend.
    Wishing you comfort in beautiful memories, strength in love, and peace of heart in the days ahead.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Jan McRae

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  2. Marlene & Tom Luchenski @ Lucky Lake,Sk :

    Dear Glen & Cindy —our sincere condolences in the loss of your dear sister, Emily. Sorry we missed seeing you after the funeral on Tuesday that we had attended—I did leave a message on the answering machine.–hope you got it. We left Stettler yesterday a.m. and were home early in afternoon. With our love Mum and Tom

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  3. Michael and Marilyn Krochak :

    To Bill Kozakewich:
    We are sorry to hear of your loss. We remember the good friendship and good times we had in the Yorkton days.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you as we pray that God will bring her into the home He has prepared for her. May your faith which assures us that she is in a much better place sustain you and fill you with peace.
    Vichnaya Pamyat.
    Fr. Michael and Marilyn Krochak

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  4. sherry kerunsky :

    To Aunty Emily:

    I will always treasure the special friendship we had and the laughs and smiles we shared during our visits and phone conversations. Your strength and will continues to be an inspiration to us all. Until we meet again…

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  5. Gerry Kozakewich :

    Bill …
    My heartfelt condolences to you. These have been two very hard, emotional years for you and the family, saying goodbye to Curtis, and now to Emily. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We thank God for the gift of Curtis and Emily, and the blessings they shared during their life on this earth. Be comforted, knowing they are with you, watching over you in spirit, and continue to bring blessings to your life.
    Gerry & Linda Kozakewich & Family (son of Harry & Lorraine of Ituna).

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