It is with great sadness that the family of Jeanette Cheremkora, wife of late Samuel "Sam" Cheremkora, of Sturgis, announce her passing on Saturday, April 8. She was 82 years of age.
A Memorial Service will take place on Monday, April 17 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church in Sturgis.
Interment will follow in the Sturgis Community Cemetery.
Those unable to attend may view a live-stream of the service by clicking on the link below.
Memorials in memory of Jeanette may be made to the Kidney Foundation or to Grace United Church UCW as gifts of remembrance.
Jeanette was born on October 19, 1940 to Joseph and Mary (Nee Lozinski) Firomski, on the family farm North East of Sturgis.
Jeanette was the third child born to Mary and Joe. After her mother fell ill and passed away in June in 1949. Jeanette’s sister Lila helped her father take care of the children. Baba was only 8 years old at the time. A few years later, Joe married Sophie Hryhorash and together they raised 6 children.
Jeanette attended Goodhue, Kopje and the Sturgis Composite High School throughout her education journey.
Baba started her life adventure working at the Sturgis Hotel. It was there that she met Sam Cheremkora in 1959 and they were married on July 27, 1962. Together they lived in Sturgis for a year before moving out to take over the farm the following year. During this time Jeanette worked at the Sturgis Auction Market. On the farm near Danbury they were blessed with two daughters, Connie and Gwen. Jeanette helped Sam with farming the various crops, caring for the farm animals which included cattle. Jeanette did it all, driving the tractor to cultivate or harrow the fields, hauling grain, bales or water, gardening, milking cows, you name it. She always loved being a hostess, making lunch and coffee for friends and family for many visits and card playing occasions. She also ran her own small business with partner Joyce Hydamaka, cleaning and painting houses for numerous years. Jeanette did all this till she semi-retired in 1994 when they moved back to town.
Jeanette enjoyed making noodles and perogies for her family as well as pinching with the church ladies. She also found pride in canning and making jam for her grandchildren, as well as crocheting, quilting, looking after her garden, playing solitaire, cutting grass, garden tilling for almost every garden in town and Facebook scrolling while keeping in touch with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren via facetime. Jeanette was a loved mother of 2, Baba of 10, great Baba of 7, and an extended Baba to many.
Leaving behind to celebrate her life is her daughter, Connie Cheremkora (Wayne Katcheech) of Kelliher SK; granddaughter, Celina (Stanley) Antonishyn; great-granddaughter Marley; grandson Terry Katcheech; great-granddaughters, Delilah and Adie; granddaughter, Samantha Delorme (Chris Carson); great-grandsons, Andrew and Carter; granddaughter, Teanna Katcheech; grandson, Jared Katcheech (Sherrie Albert); great-grandchildren, Huntley and Lily; granddaughter, Jennifer Katcheech; granddaughter, Precious Katcheech; daughter, Gwen (Trever) Reynolds of Preeceville SK; grandson, Alex (Aspen) Nagy; granddaughter, Paje Reynolds; grandson, Seth Reynolds; honorary son, Gene Burym; brother, Victor (Mildred) Firomski; half brother, Delmer (Marianne) Firomski; sister-in-law, Joan (Gerald) Gossen.
Jeanette is predeceased by her husband, Sam Cheremkora; honorary grandson, Lee Burym; parents, Joe and Mary Firomski; stepmother, Sophie Firomski; sister, Lila (William) Cherniawsky; brother, Marion (Caroline) Firomski and step-brother, Donald (Mavis) Hryhorash.