Four Generations of Devoted Service
In the Selkirk area and Interlake Since 1935
November 21, 1930 – July 6, 2018
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Michael Woychyshyn on July 6, 2018.
Mike will be lovingly missed and remembered by his wife Leona of 63 years of marriage. He leaves to mourn his children and spouses Marilyn (Bruce) Borodey, Lorraine (Joe) Mohan, Larry (Natalya) Woychyshyn, and Kathy (Carl) Sauerborn; 11 grandchildren, Ryan Borodey (Morgan), Jennifer Walker (Kurt), Shane Borodey, Dustin Mohan (Pam), Alanna Mohan, Sasha Woychyshyn, Daniel Woychyshyn, Dylan Woychyshyn, Jessica Smith (Renny), Chad Sauerborn, Kael Sauerborn; 7 great-grandchildren, Kristine, Seth, Tyra, Kayla, Chloe, Michael, and Weston. He is also survived by Marie Bregman (sister) from Winnipeg Beach as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Steve and Rose Woychyshyn and brother Joe Woychyshyn.
Mike was born on November 21, 1930 at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was raised on the farm in Rembrandt, Manitoba and had an incredible work ethic. In those days, manual labor was a must and that did not stop Mike from a successful crop. He instilled in his children hard work will always pay off. Mike loved Ukrainian music and the violin. He mastered the violin strictly from his own ear and played in a band for many years at weddings and other functions. This is where he met the love of his life Leona. Mike and Leona married on August 7, 1954 in St. Benedicts Church, Camp Morton, Manitoba. They lived in Winnipeg for 15 years where he worked at Motor Coach Industries. When the opportunity arose to move back to the country, he accepted a job at Seagrams, now Diageo where he worked for many years before retirement.
Mike mostly enjoyed his family and his many friends. He was very proud of all his children and grandchildren in all their own achievements and he had most joy watching his grandchildren Ukrainian Dance. His great friend John Petrowski was also very special to Mike as they enjoyed many rides together, they were like brothers. Mike also loved to travel to Las Vegas with Terry and Dorothy and John and Colleen. Many great times.
Mike led a very healthy full life up until age 86. The last year of his life was challenging and many thanks to Dr. R. C. Patel, Sherri Gwizdak, the nursing and Doctors at Gimli Community Health Centre and Selkirk Regional Health Centre. Many thanks to the home care workers, especially Peggy, Jocelyn, Gloria, and Angie. Mike looked forward to their daily visits as they cheered him up. Thanks to the ambulance attendants that worked on Mike that night. He will be greatly missed by all.
The pallbearers are the grandsons of Mike: Dustin Mohan, Ryan Borodey, Shane Borodey, Chad Sauerborn, Kael Sauerborn and Daniel Woychyshyn.
The funeral will be held at St. Michael’s Church, Gimli, Manitoba on July 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with viewing prior to. Lunch to follow in the basement of St. Michael’s Church. Interment after the lunch at the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Rembrandt, Manitoba.