Virginia Faye Antonichuk (nee Jensen), born on December 29, 1943 to parents, Ole and Iva (nee Brough) Jensen, passed away peacefully at the Canora Hospital on November 3, 2021 at the age of 77 years. Faye was the third of four children and was born and raised in Preeceville. In her youth, Faye played piano at the Evangel Tabernacle Church in Preeceville. After high school, Faye worked for a time at the Rexall Drug Store in Yorkton prior to meeting Willard Antonichuk. On July 17, 1965, Faye and Willard were married at the United Church in Preeceville and started their family. For a number of years, they lived in the same yard as Ole and Iva in Preeceville, and then were able to purchase the family home just south of Preeceville in the early 70’s where she lived until just two weeks prior to her passing when she was admitted to the Palliative Care Unit in Canora Hospital.
Faye dedicated her life to her children as she was an at home mom. She spent years transporting boys in the family station wagon to hockey practice and tournaments and rejoiced when her daughter declared that she was done with figure skating. Mom was an excellent seamstress and was a very sought-after seamstress for the annual figure skating carnival in Preeceville. Over the years, she would have sewn thousands of sequins onto dresses, and hundreds of costumes for skaters near and far. Mom enjoyed sewing clothes for herself and her children, Halloween costumes as well as a variety of dolls, including Cabbage Patch Kids. Mom also enjoyed knitting and crocheting and made many a sweater. It was in her later years that she began to craft elaborate crochet doll costumes with the most intricate of details. Even in her final weeks, she was determined to get the last projects completed.
Even though mom did not work outside of the home after getting married, she was very busy with the family businesses. In the winter, it was her job to stretch and brush hundreds of beaver pelts so they were ready to be taken to the fur buyer in Regina. In the spring and the fall, she cooked meals every day to feed the hunters at the outfitting camp, preferring to cook at home and drive the meals up to the hunting camp every day regardless of the weather conditions. When mom wasn’t busy with cooking or the furs, she was tending her vegetable and flower gardens. Every year, she would say that she was going to cut down on the number of flowers that she planted, but every year, it seemed to be the same result that the flower gardens and pots were abundant with blooms. It was only in her latter years when she began to have health issues that the flower gardens got smaller and the vegetable garden was retired.
Mom was thankful for all of her 77 years and said she couldn’t complain as she had been in great health until her first cancer diagnosis at the age of 69. She was strong willed and persevered through these health challenges having lived the last 5 years cancer free. It was this will and determination that allowed mom to remain living independently at her home through this past summer, but she was always appreciative when family would come by to help with the outdoor chores. Mom enjoyed her visits with the grandchildren when they would stop in and was abundantly proud of their accomplishments.
Faye is predeceased her husband Willard (2014), an infant brother (1936), her sister Shirley (Jensen) Romick (2003), her parents Ole Jensen (2000) and Iva (Brough) Jensen (2008), mother-in-law Flory (Wardle) Antonichuk (2008), father-in-law John Antonichuk (2011), along with niece Tammy Romick (1991) and nephew Glen Romick (1959), and brothers-in-law Wilfred Antonichuk (2003), Albert Antonichuk (2006) and Joe Romick (2018). Faye leaves to celebrate her life, her children Kevin (Christine) Antonichuk of Prince George, BC, Keith (Laurie) Antonichuk of Preeceville, SK, Mark (Marilyn) Antonichuk of Moose Jaw, SK, and Heather (Peter) Prestie of Preeceville, SK, grandchildren Matthew, Brianna, Jesse, Brittany, Tianna, Eric and Alex, brother Wayne (Gail) Jensen of Yorkton, SK, sisters-in-law Shirley Antonichuk of Port Alberni, BC, and Jane Antonichuk of Preeceville, SK as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the Palliative Care Suites in Canora and Preeceville or to STARS Air Ambulance as gifts of remembrance. Cards can be mailed to Faye's daughter, Heather Prestie, P.O. Box 462, Preeceville, SK, S0A 3B0.
As per Faye’s wishes a funeral service will not be held.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Preeceville Funeral Home, Ray Bailey, Funeral Director.
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