GULKA - The family of Olga Gulka, beloved wife of the late Bill Gulka, of St. Volodymyr Villa (St. Vlad's) in Saskatoon and formerly of Preeceville, sadly announce her passing on Saturday, May 8, 2021. Olga was born on Feb.5, 1930 in the Buchanan district to Nick and Ann (Dron) Antonio, the 4th of six children. They resided on a farm in the Olesha area. Olga attended Halycry school. On Nov.8, 1947, Olga married Bill Gulka at the Hryhoriw church. They farmed in the Chechow area and that is where their three children were born, Lorraine, Leonard and Lester. After 13 years of farming, they moved to Preeceville. Olga was a farmer’s wife who helped with all the hard work it entailed to keep the farm running smoothly, such as milking cows, planting garden, etc. After they moved to Preeceville, Olga worked at a Dairy Dip, at the turkey ranch, at the school as a janitor, and at the nursing home. It was while she was employed there, a fire broke out and she was credited with saving the lives of the residents because of her quick actions. For this heroic act, she was awarded the Medal of Bravery from the Governor General in Ottawa. Throughout her life, Olga’s interests were cooking, sewing, crocheting, and playing cards. Olga moved to Saskatoon Jan. 2014. Here she was able to be with her family which were the highlight of her life. She lived at St Volodymyr Villa and felt blessed to have a home there and where she made many new friends. She still did all her own cooking and cleaning. She even insisted on making all the traditional Easter meal for her family 6 weeks ago. She made many quilts in her lifetime and each family member has one or more of them. Lots of fabric was cut into tiny pieces just to sew back together again to make a beautiful pattern. Olga was predeceased by her husband, Bill; parents, Nick & Ann; grandson, Jerry Gulka; and son-in-law, Lawrence Slugoski; her brothers, Steve, Bill, and Mike; her sisters, Stella & Polly; sisters-in-law, Mary, Lena, Pauline, Anne & Stella; brother-in-law, Mike. Olga is survived by her daughter, Lorraine (Larry Diakow), son, Leonard (Pat) son, Lester (Yvonne). Grandchildren, Vaughn (Jamie) Slugoski, Rhonda Slugoski, Todd (Tenje Charles) Gulka, Shane (Deanna Bumford) Gulka, Taylor (Kyle) Wright, Mathew Gulka, Great Grandchildren, Brody (Kiana Barstow) Gulka, Riley Gulka, Payton Slugoski, Declan Slugoski, Sophie Wright, Emma Wright, William Wright, Great Great Grandchild, Cove Gulka and sister-in-law, Julie Necember.
The Prayer Service was held on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from St. Volodymyr Villa in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with Rev. Fr. Vladimir Mudri officiating. The Funeral Service was held on Friday, May 14, 2021 from the Chapel of Preeceville Funeral Home, Preeceville, Saskatchewan with the Very Rev. Fr. Joakim Rac of Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Church as Celebrant. The interment followed in the Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Parish Cemetery Preeceville, Saskatchewan with Vaughn Slugoski, Todd Gulka, Shane Gulka, Mathew Gulka, Taylor Wright, Deanna Bumford, Brody Gulka and Riley Gulka serving as casketbearers. Memorials in memory of Olga may be made to the Holy Transfiguration Parish Cemetery Fund or to the charity of one’s choice as gifts of remembrance. Condolences may be left for the family at www.preecevillefuneralhome.com. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Preeceville Funeral Home in cooperation with Park Funeral Home, Saskatoon.
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