May 1, 1925 – February 12, 2018
Mike, age 92, peacefully passed away in Saskatoon on Monday, February 12 after recent health issues. Michael was born May 1st, 1925 in Wyslok, Sanok on the slopes of the Carpathian Mountains in a Ukrainian village in southern Poland. At 15, he was taken to Germany for five years of forced labour. Michael immigrated to Canada landing at Pier 21 in the fall of 1948 where he took a train to Strongfield, Saskatchewan to find work on a farm. He knew of a family from the village in the old country who had immigrated almost 20 years before and went to visit them near Fosston. There he found a nice Ukrainian girl, Anne Pisio, who he married in October of 1951. Like many immigrants, he worked for the Canadian National Railroad as a car man for 17 years. Wanting a better life, he attended barber school for six months in Regina during the day, while continuing to work the midnight shift on the railroad. In 1965, he secured a job as one of the two “Mikes” at the Canadian Forces Base barber shop near Moose Jaw. In 1997, after 35 years at CFB Moose Jaw he retired and moved to Saskatoon. Michael was involved in Ukrainian culture being a member of the Ukrainian Catholic Church and Prosvita Ukrainian Culture Society in Moose Jaw. After moving to Saskatoon he was a member of the Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church Seniors’ Club. He loved the choir as singing was a passion for him. Michael and Anne were able to travel to Ukraine and Poland a number of times as well as travelling across Canada. Michael enjoyed fishing, skiing, golf and bowling over the years. Michael was predeceased by his wife, Anne who passed away two days before their 65th wedding Anniversary. He is also predeceased by his parents, Pawlo and Maria, his three brothers and three sisters. He is survived by his daughter, Susan, son Terry (Patti), grandchildren Kelli (Dylan) and Colin, son Gene and grandchildren Meagan, Jeremy, and Marc-André. A Graveside Service will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens (by the bridge) on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Following this service, relatives and friends are welcome to attend a gathering at Windsor Chapel, 704 Windsor Street, Saskatoon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of John Schachtel – Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.