The family of Caroline Firomski, beloved wife of the late Marion Firomski, sadly announce her passing on Tuesday September 10, 2019. She was seventy-five years of age.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church Sturgis with Father M. Pajak officiating. The interment will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Sturgis.
Memorial donations may be made towards St. Patrick's Parish Cemetery or Langenburg Care Home as gifts of remembrance.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Preeceville Funeral Home.
Molly Anne Caroline Firomski (Cheremkora), better known as Caroline, was born September 1, 1944, the youngest of 9, to Paul and Annie (nee Fincaryk) Cheremkora in the family home in New Westminster, B.C. In 1948 the Family moved back to the Family Farm 12 miles North East of Sturgis. While growing up on the family farm, she attended East Ajax School until it closed in 1959, she then attended Sturgis Composite High School to June of 1960 completing grade 9. During her years on the farm she helped out with whatever needed to be done; gardening, cooking, butchering. As a young adult she moved back to New Westminster. She started working at 16, her first job was babysitting for her brother and his wife then for a teacher. Later she worked as a Cook and a Nurse’s Aide in the evening at Parkview Rest Home. Then she went to the Melrose Private Hospital as a Nurse’s Aide. Once when visiting home Caroline reconnected with Marion Firomski whom she had known since she was young and they were later married on October 18, 1963. They made their home north of Whitebeech where they ran a mixed farm and raised 6 children. During her 49 years on the farm she balanced working in the barnyard, running all the different farm equipment while working at the Swan River Hospital as a Nurse’s Aide and then later at the Personal Care Home for several years. Caroline was an integral part of the family, operating a pony ring for 9 years going to various sports days, church picnics, rodeos, country festivals, all for the enjoyment of other children to be able to touch and ride ponies.
She also sold Tri-Chem, worked for Fred Kostur at the Gas Station/Convenience store in Whitebeech for a few years, a spare bus driver for several years, then becoming a Tupperware Dealer and a Tupperware Manager for several years. In retirement and spare time she made and sold Perogies and Cabbage rolls.
She volunteered on several committees in Whitebeech, Arran, Benito and surrounding areas. Her more passionate committees were the Benito figure skating committee as all her children were involved in figure skating. This involved sewing costumes and decorating for carnivals and fundraising. With the Whitebeech Community Committee she participated in numerous ski-doo derbies, dances, perogie bees, bake sales, as well for the building and the operation of the Whitebeech outdoor rink. Caroline was always willing to help neighbors whenever needed at weddings, anniversaries, and numerous other activities. Caroline enjoyed sewing, cake decorating, woodworking, knitting, crocheting, gardening, canning, and livestock birthing
Caroline was proud of all her children and grandchildren. She always enjoyed them coming to visit and appreciated the help with the garden, picking berries, mushrooms and several other things that gave her the opportunity to show them life on the farm. She enjoyed showing the grandchildren how to rescue Gido from snakes, to fillet a fish, make perogies, beetniks, baking, the right way to set a table, how to iron, and make coffee with the old fashion perk. No one ever went hungry, even if it took a pail of ice cream and plates of “baba cookies” to fill the grandchildren up. You could find her at the children’s and grandchildren’s events from school activities, Ukrainian dancing, dance concerts, baseball, hockey, football, soccer games, figure skating carnivals, and air cadet events. She would be there even if she had other things to do. You would see Caroline showing off the latest pictures and telling the newest stories of each of her grandchildren. She always looked forward to the birthdays and anniversaries of family and friends. Most of all she enjoyed watching all her family play together on the farm.
In 2010, they purchased their retirement home in Churchbridge where Caroline resided till June 2018 when her health was in need of specialized care, she spent her final year at the Langenburg Centennial Special Care Home. She passed peacefully on September 10, 2019 with her loving family by her side.
Predeceased by; Husband Marion Firomski. Parents Paul and Annie Cheremkora, Sons Ronald and Norman (Connie) Firomski, Brothers and Sisters Mike Cheremkora, Sam Cheremkora, Mary and (Alex) Trotzuk, Julie (Hugh)Sutherland, Peter Cheremkora, Willie (Elsie) Cheremkora, Adam (Olga) Cheremkora, Micheal Cheremkora.
Caroline leaves to celebrate her life; Four children, Donald (Terrina) Firomski, Kathleen (Bob) Thompson, Jay (Marg) Firomski and Bonnie (Gerratt) Munson. Grandchildren, Curtis (Erin) Firomski, Corissa (Adam) Milne, Rebecca and Annie Firomski, Ryley (Ashley) Thompson, Dylaney, Cally Thompson, Nicholas, Wyatt, Walker, Bailey Munson, Miranda Firomski . Great grandchildren Chaz, Zoey Milne, Elizabeth Murphy, Samantha, Wyatt, Wylie Thompson; Sister Joan (Gerald) Gossen, brother in-laws and sister in-laws; Kay Cheremkora, Lila (William) Cherniawsky, Jeannette Cheremkora; Victor (Mildred) Firomski, Delmar (Marianne) Firomski and Donald Hryhorash; and numerous nieces and nephews.
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