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LENIUK, John Fred

March 7, 1928 – Tiny, Saskatchewan
January 13, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with heavy hearts we announce that John Leniuk passed away peacefully in the Rockyview Hospital on January 13, 2019 at the age of 90. He will be reunited with his dear wife Ella who passed away in September 2015.

John was born in Tiny, SK. on March 7, 1928 and was one of twelve children. Softball was a favorite past time and John was a skilled pitcher taking part in many tournaments during high school. He became a teacher in rural Saskatchewan. and then decided to move to Hanna, AB. to teach, where he met his lovely wife Ella (Brunner). He continued to teach in many Calgary schools over his career. John loved music and played many instruments for most of his life. He enjoyed playing the accordion at his 90th birthday party last year. Reading and spending sunny days in the garden was a favorite past time.

Travels with Ella all over the world in his 50’s, 60’s and 70’s brought him great joy. John loved photography and has so many albums of all family memories and vacations. The grandkids love looking at those books. John and Ella volunteered at Mayfair for 20 years and belonged to St. Gerard’s Parish for over 50 years. Haysboro was home since 1966 and John has the best neighbors anyone could ask for. He always thanked the good Lord for guidance and all the blessings he has been given in life. John loved his family and always made them a priority. We will always be grateful.

John will be lovingly remembered by daughter Kathy and son Lenard (Monika); four grandchildren, Travis (Hetzy), Chantell (Tyrel), Mariell and Dustin (Amy). John had four great-grandchildren, Lukas, Brooklynn, Andrew, and Emmy. He is fondly remembered by his older sister Natalie Pysemny of Canora, SK. as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church (8944 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church (8944 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Parish Hall. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery.   Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 – 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 0G5 Telephone: (403) 255-6108,

The family would like to thank the Doctors and staff on units 93 and 47 at the Rockyview General Hospital for the excellent care he received.
In living memory of John Leniuk, 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.

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  1. Joan Kowalewski

    I visited John on the 4th Sunday of every month as a Pastoral Visitor from St. Gerard’s Church. John was a very spiritual man and I enjoyed discussion with him. I will miss these visits. I know he had a large and close family and I hope they keep their memories of him strong. My sympathies.

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  2. Uncle John was my Dads much younger brother but very much alike. Sweet gentle souls. I have so many memories of them both. My love and sympathy goes out to all the family. You will miss him dearly but he is with his love now and resting peacefully.

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  3. Jacqueline Joe Peters

    Uncle John was a wonderful, kind man with a sparkle in his eye even up until his last few weeks. He made a great impact on me and many people in his community and in his family. Joe and I are sending our love and condolences to Kathy, Lenard, and all of the family members who loved him so dearly.

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  4. Was sorry to hear this, he looked so good on his birthday. I grew up around the corner on Hillgrove Dr. and then lived across the street from John and Ella for a few years also. He always seemed to always have that smile. He was one the last left on the old street I grew up on.
    My sympathies to Kathy, Lenard and family.

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  5. Dear Kathy, Lenard and family.
    My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. I met Lenard in 2013 and he introduced met to his parents John and Ella. They accepted me as a new family member immediately. I spent many memorable times with them. My parents and my brother will never forget the lovely Christmas Eve we spent together. John always was kind and fun to listen. John’s stories from his life are more than history.

    On behalf of my family and I please accept our deepest condolences for your loss.
    Margo, Steve, Steve Jnr. and Monika

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  6. Gerard & Hedy Luijkx

    It is with great sadness that we lost such a great friend. John would be at peace now being with Jesus and his beloved Ella. He reminded me each time, after dropping him off at his home following Saturday night Mass and a great dinner, that he was not afraid to be alone as Jesus was with him always. He was so kind and patient with Hedy, each wearing their “aprons” with pride during dinner, always updating on family. Our sympathies to Kathy, Lenard and their families who John and Ella loved so deeply.

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  7. Anthony & Diane Sushetski

    Kathy, Lenard & Family
    Our Sincere and deepest condolence to the whole Family.
    Your Dad was such a wonderful individual in all ways and we are glad to have known him and your Family over the years.
    We will attend the church service on Saturday.

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