November 26, 1922 ~ October 11, 2014
Helen Romanchuk, 91, of Creston BC, formerly of Calgary AB, passed away on October 11, 2014, in Creston BC.
Helen was born in Verigin, SK on November 26, 1922 and moved with her family to Forest Lawn in Calgary where she began grade school speaking only Russian. She fondly remembered the school children teaching her English.
Helen Streliaf married John Romanchuk on her 21st birthday, Nov 26, 1943 in Calgary, AB where they lived until 1982 when they retired to Creston. They were married 46 years until John’s death in Creston in 1989.
Helen was working as a riveter in a steel company when she married John. They had four children and Helen enjoyed being a homemaker and mother for an active family. When the children were finally in school she worked as a clerk in a variety store, a postmistress and retired from her favourite job working for Blaine McLean pharmacy in Calgary as their ostomy specialist.
She enjoyed many hobbies and interests, was an avid gardener, but her favourites which she began when she retired were cross stitch and china painting. She was a life member of the United Church and dedicated most of her spare time to the UCW’s at St. Matthews Church, Calgary and Trinity United Church, Creston.
Helen is preceded in death by her parents Dora and Serge Streliaf; sisters Vera and Mary; brothers William and Peter; husband John; and her son Ken.
Helen is survived by her brother Edward Streliaf, Canmore; her children Gord Romanchuk, Chilliwack, Don Romanchuk, Salt Spring Island, her daughter Kate Madeloso, Wolfville NS; and granddaughters Korayne Romanchuk, Dartmouth NS, Ryan Koelwyn, Toronto ON and Trina Romanchuk Brandon, Toronto ON.
There was a Celebration of Life at Trinity United Church, Creston on Wednesday, October 15 at 2 pm.
The family of Helen Romanchuk wishes to thank the staff of Crest View Village, the nurses and doctors of Creston Valley Hospital, her dear friend June Moseanko and the members of Trinity United Church.
Memorial donations may be given to Trinity United Church Creston Box 87, Creston, BC, V0B 1G0.