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WELICHKA, Olga (Ollie)

December 24, 1928 – Ituna, Saskatchewan
April 7, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of their mother and grandmother, Olga (Ollie) Welichka of Calgary, AB on Monday, April 7, 2014 at the age of 85 years.

Olga was born on December 24, 1928 on the family homestead several miles north of Ituna, Saskatchewan, to Ukrainian immigrants Andrew and Eva Yakimowski. She grew up in Saskatchewan attending school in Lunnville and Sacred Heart Academy in Yorkton. After completing school, Olga moved to Winnipeg, where she met and married Bill Welichka on May 17, 1953. They later moved to Calgary, where they raised their family. Olga retired in 1994 after working almost twenty years with Canada Manpower Employment Centre.

Olga will be lovingly remembered by her children, Cheryl, Rick (Pat), Cal, Dale (Lee) Martin, Cathy, and Karen (Ron) Anderson. Olga was a devoted grandmother to David (Tricia), Jessica (Tom), Cory, Kayla, Ryan, Jennifer, and Ashley. She is also survived by her sisters, Anne Bryksa and Rose Jones; brother Peter (Darlene) Yakimowski; and numerous nieces and nephews. Olga was predeceased by her husband Bill in 1995; her parents Andrew and Eva; sisters, Martha Woytas and Adelle Metcalfe; and brothers, Mike, John, Eugene, and Paul Yakimowski.

Olga will be deeply missed by her family.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Eastside Memorial Chapel (5388 Memorial Drive N.E.) on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Eastside Memorial Chapel (5388 Memorial Drive N.E.) on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, 2888 Shaganappi Trail N.W., Calgary, AB T3B 6A8, Telephone: (403) 955-8818.

In living memory of Olga Welichka, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside Memorial Chapel, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E., Calgary, AB Telephone: 403-248-8585.

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  1. Ron Eric Anderson :

    Ollie, we are all missing you so much. Your warmth, smile, and humor will forever be a void now. You were like a second Mother to me and having you in my life changed me for the better. You mentored me and guided me through tough times and made me a better man today. Things will not be the same but knowing that you have passed numerous, loving skills to your daughter makes me relieved she is my wife.
    Goodbye Ollie, rest in peace, and join Bill in Heaven. All my love Ron Anderson

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  2. Jean Andryiszyn :

    To the Welichka Family: Thinking of you and remembering what a lovely woman Ollie was. She was always smiling and ready to tell a joke. She will be missed by many people.

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  3. Rhonda Mikulak :

    Hi Rick and Pat:
    Rick I am sorry to read about the passing of your mom. After all these years I still remember her fondly. I have lost both my parents years ago now and time does not always heal but remembering the good times and the special occassions does help. Hope you are doing well. Once again my deepest condolences!! Contact me anytime at
    Take Care
    Rhonda Mikulak

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  4. Adrienne Hirscher :

    Hugs to everyone she is an angel in heaven and will be greatly missed xoxoxox

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  5. April Saunders :

    I am truly sorry to hear about the passing of your mom.

    While dating Cal, I found Ollie to be a truly caring and compasioniate woman.

    She taught me how to make Perogies and Cabbage Rolls the Ukarainian way and to this day I still make them. I shall always remember her for this.

    Please know that this comes with my sincere condolences for you all at this time.

    Sincerely, April Saunders

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  6. I was deeply saddened by the news of your mother passing. My heart felt condolences to your family.

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