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Obit: Leona Evelyn (Petrich) Walker b.1912 Glencoe, MN.
Posted by: R. Isherwood (ID *****1755) Date: July 15, 2005 at 11:21:07
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WALKER, LEONA (ONA) EVELYN_ Ona's families sadly report her passing on May 3, 2005 at Battlefords District Care Centre in Battleford, Saskatchewan. Ona was born at Glencoe, Minnesota on January 16, 1912. She immigrated to Canada as a young child when her father and mother, Robert and Mathilda Petrich, took a homestead between the Quill Lakes north of Wynyard, Saskatchewan. Ona attended the one-room Grandy School in what was, then, the Grandy School District near Wynyard. She married her neighbours' son, the late Conrad (Con) Abram Walker, at Wynyard on September 30, 1934. Con Sr. passed away on June 12, 1995. Ona was one of nine brothers and sisters and the last to pass away. She was also predeceased in 1991 by her grandson, Paul Robert Mazurak Walker, late of North Battleford. Ona is survived by her son, Con Jr. of Oakville, Ontario, and his children and grandchildren, son Rob (Mary) of Mississauga, Ontario and their son Ryan, son Jeff (Suzanne) of Sudbury, Ontario and their children Karly and Ian, son David of Vancouver, B.C. and his son, David Tullio of Sudbury, Ontario and daughter Joanne Brown (Dwayne) of Hong Kong and their daughters Bailee and Dana. She is also survived by her son, Harvey (Jean) of Battleford, and his children and grandchildren, son Shawn (Rhonda Johnson) of High Prairie, Alberta, and his children Ami, Joshua and Adrian of Lethbridge, Alberta, son Guy (Jennifer) of Montreal, Quebec and their daughter, Sidney and daughter Heidi Lesko (Dwayne) of Lethbridge, Alberta and their daughter Breanna. Ona was the quintessential homemaker who followed her husband to Moose Jaw, Montreal, Estevan and Regina with intervening short stops back in Wynyard. She and Con finally settled in the Cathedral District of Regina in 1948 where Con Jr. and Harvey finished their primary and secondary education. Ona was a staunch supporter of Westminster United Church and then Rosemont United Church during her years in Regina. Upon her sons moving away from home, Ona volunteered in the sewing room at the Red Cross and, ultimately, was hired as the sewing room supervisor. It was use of her interpersonal and sewing skills which gave the greatest satisfaction to her. Ona and Con gave up their home in Regina in 1988 and thereafter shared a room in Pioneer Village in Regina until Con Sr. passed away. Shortly after Con's death, Ona moved to the Battlefords Regional Care Home (now Battlefords District Care Centre) in Battleford, where she lived until her passing. Funeral services will be held in Speers Funeral Chapel commencing at 11:00 am on Monday, May 9, 2005 with interment to follow in Regina's Riverside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Battlefords District Care Centre, Box 69, Battleford, Saskatchewan, S0M 0E0

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