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SIPKO, Olive

June 4, 1924 – Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan
March 3, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Olive Sipko of Calgary passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at the age of 94 years.

Olive was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, entertaining and special occasions with family & friends. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life!

St Thomas Wesley United Church played a significant role in her life. She attended weekly services and nurtured strong friendships developed over a seventy year period.

With life partner Bill, Olive was an enthusiastic participant in camping, fishing, and attending trailer club functions. Dancing was a major part of their social life with various Square, Round, and Pattern dance clubs in Saskatoon. Both enjoyed their trailer and motorhome trips across Canada and continental US. Other travel destinations included Hawaii, Mexico, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand.

Keeping her hands busy was an extremely important part of her life and included sewing, needlepoint, paper tole, beadwork, knitting, quilting and crocheting.

Olive participated in Saskatoon Craft Guild, Mari Misfits and volunteered with Caring Clowns as Allee-the-Clown.

Olive is survived by her sons, Gordon (Georgina) and Dale (Karen); grandchildren, Lindsey Gill (Blake), Chris Sipko, Jeffrey Sipko (Glannel Paek) and Nikki Haller (Clayton); great-grandchildren, Carson and Koen Gill, Tatum and Annika Haller; nieces, Adeline Rockett, Grace Popoff (Albert), Dr. Shirley Perry, Linda Matshes (Ron) and Brenda Hinther; nephews, Bob Short, George Short (Margaret), Maurice Cheveldayoff, Don Cheveldayoff (Merviana), Gary Yokubouskis (Paula), Kevin Sipko (Wendy) and David Sipko; sisters-in-law, Sharon Chotard and Dot Lockhart; and many other extended family members.

Olive was predeceased by her husband William Sipko; parents, William and Anastasia Strelioff; brothers, Fred Strelioff, Peter Strelive (Helen) and William Strelioff; and sisters, Mercedes Cheveldayoff (Alex) and Christine Short (Robert).

A Gathering will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside Service will be at Woodlawn Cemetery (1502 2nd Ave N, Saskatoon, SK) on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. Memorial service will be held following the graveside at the Saskatoon Funeral Home (338 4th Ave N, Saskatoon, SK) at 11:00 a.m. followed by a reception at the Edwards Family Center. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549,

The family would like to recognize and express our appreciation for the exceptional support provided by Dr. McKenna and the professional medical teams at the Foothills Medical Center.

In living memory of Olive Sipko, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Cheryl Ann Oberg

    Farewell Dear Olive and Allee-The-Clown!

    Sending big hugs to your family! Thank you for sharing your smiles and generous caring heart! It was always fun to see the caring clowns from Saskatoon at Clown Fun in Calgary. Thank you for your gift of magic . . . I will keep sharing the smiles and laughter while on rounds at the Alberta Children’s Hospital! Until we meet again!

    Therapeutic Clown
    Alberta Children’s Hospital


    I am not gone
    I remain here beside you
    Just in a different form
    Look for me in your heart
    And there you will find me
    in our love which forever lives on

    In those moments when you feel alone
    Look for me in your thoughts
    And there you will find me
    in sweet memories that burn strong

    Every time a tear
    Forms in your beautiful eyes
    Look up to the heavens
    And there you will see me
    Smiling down from God’s glorious skies

    ~By Injete Chesoni

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  2. Linda and Ron Matshes

    To the family of Olive Sipko, Ron and I wish to express our deepest sympathy and sincerest condolences on the passing of your dear mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. We are left with many fond memories of Aunt Olive and her delicious family meals with Uncle Bill at their home on Coy Avenue in Saskatoon. We greatly enjoyed a visit with her on her 92nd birthday in June 2016. To Gord and Dale and families, Aunt Olive will be greatly missed. Aunt Olive is now with Uncle Bill. May God Bless them both!

    Linda and Ron Matshes

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