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SWENARCHUK – Michael Andrew

November 11, 1912 – February 26, 2011

Sadly we announce the passing of Michael Swenarchuk, beloved husband of Janet Swenarchuk, on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the age of 98 years.

Michael was born November 11, 1912 in Ethelbert, MB to Andrew and Katherine Swenarchuk. He was an educator in the thirties, later changing to commerce. Michael served as a Municipal Administrator and finally as a member and the chairman of the Saskatchewan Provincial Local Government Board. He was also involved in federal politics and was a Liberal federal candidate twice. He always enjoyed politics. Retiring to Kelowna, he devoted his energies to his Ukrainian Orthodox church, serving as cantor and choir director for twenty-seven years. He became a leader in Ukrainian organizations and in helping the victims of Stalin in the Ukraine. His hobbies included music, history and baseball. Michael and Janet were world travellers to Europe, many times to Asia and Australia. Their interests were wide, varied and global.

Besides his devoted wife of seventy-two years, Michael is also survived by his daughter Bonnie Zwack, son Dr. Lauren Swenarchuk, sister Olive King (Al), and brother Robert Swenarchuk (Chris). Leaving to cherish “Dido’s” memory are four grandchildren, Michael (Alyson) Zwack, Andrea (Michael Vermette), Kathryn (Brian Allison), and Larissa Swenarchuk; and his great-grandchildren, Annalise and Nicholas Zwack, Robert, Jonathan and Meskele Allison, and Lindsey and Julia Vermette, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by daughter Michelle Swenarchuk and son-in-law Robert Zwack as well as his brothers Walter and Myles and step-brother Ernest.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Friday, March 4, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. A Requiem Service will be held at St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church (402 Meredith Road N.E.) on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. Graveside Services to follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. You may forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 402 Meredith Road N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 5A6, Telephone: 403-264-3437 or directly to the charity of the donor’s choice. The family extends its gratitude to Alice and Marty Dewis for their constant support, to Margaret “Dimples” Thorson, to the great staff at the Lodge at Valley Ridge (Elizabeth and Dorian) and the caring staff on Units 32 and 71 at the Foothills Medical Centre.

In living memory of Michael Swenarchuk, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Janet, I will miss seeing Michael around The Lodge at Valley Ridge – it was obvious to everyone how much Michael adored you and longed to be with you always…. Your relationship with Michael is a beautiful reminder of what marriage is. You are in my thoughts.

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  2. Rosalie Starzomski :

    Dear Bonnie and family,

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the death of such an amazing man. His life was so full and well lived — incredible adventures, family connections and community activities. He serves as an inspiration to us all! I hope all your wonderful memories will help sustain you in the days ahead.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers,


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  3. Margot Ingle :

    Dear Janet,
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your beloved Michael. Mum and Marty spoke very highly of Michael. He lived a very full, rewarding and inspirational life. He will be missed.
    My thoughts are with you.
    Margot Ingle
    Curve Lake, Ontario

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  4. Arnie and Pat Brockman :

    To all members of the Michael Swenarchuk family,
    We extend sincere condolences at the loss of a remarkable individual whose legacy touched so many. His engaging and sincere manner left an indelible mark – one for all to emulate. May God’s grace prevail in the days ahead.
    Fondly, Arnie and Pat

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  5. Mike and Ollie Proch :

    March 7, 2011 – Janet and Family. Our sincerest sympathy and may God comfort you. Mike and Ollie Proch Kelowna

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  6. Johanne(Evanishen)Kasha :

    Mrs. Janet Swenarchuk and Family,

    My deepest sympathy to you all in the loss of Michael. May you be comforted by special memories of your time together. I will always remember your and Michael’s kindnesses, especially the cookies baked for my children, when we visited my parents (John and Natalie Evanishen) in Kelowna.

    My thoughts are with you at this sad time,
    Johanne (Evanishen) Kasha

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  7. Kathie Zalasky :

    Please pass my parents’ condolences on to Janet. Bill and Justine Fedeyko are in St. Albert and have corresponded with Michael and Janet since they left Kelowna. We only just heard today of Michael’s passing. Our sympathies to your family

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