Obituary of Sophie Husulak
Sophie Husulak (Rusnak), daughter of Wasyl and Domka (Markowski) Rusnak was born April 1st, 1920 in the Insinger District. Sophie was the 6th of 11 children. She always referred to herself as “the April Fool,” and always loved to celebrate her special day enjoying phone calls, cards, food, birthday cakes and parties to celebrate. In the Rusnak Family History Book she described herself as “not too tall, not too small, no education, just consider myself as happy and lucky.” Sophie passed away peacefully on Friday July 29, 2022 at the Theodore Health Center. She lived an amazing life of 102 years leaving behind a wonderful legacy to her family; her 11 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and to everyone who knew her. Sophie attended Lysenko School in Insinger, SK. She enjoyed activities with her friends like sports, singing, and dancing. She frequently spoke about the 2 most important school rules: never speak a word of Ukrainian at school, and never pick up your pencil with your left hand (this was a challenge as she was left-handed). In 1936, Sophie met Steve Husulak at her cousin’s home where she was babysitting. They were married October 14, 1940, and had a traditional 3-day wedding. After the marriage ceremony, Sophie went back to her parents’ home and Steve to his parents’ home where they each had a separate celebration supper. After supper, Steve picked up Sophie and they went to Steve’s parents’ home where the celebration together began. The next day, the celebration continued with a granary dance! The couple lived with Steve’s parents until 1944 when they bought a quarter of land in Insinger and moved to their own place with their 1 year old daughter, Joyce. The family grew to include Delores, Bev and Larry and the family legacy began. The children had an absolutely wonderful childhood growing up on the farm. Sophie and Steve loved to entertain in their home. It was like a “drop-in center,” with lots of food, drink, laughter, singing and card playing until all hours of the night. Their motto: “the more the merrier.” Sophie was predeceased by her parents, Wasyl and Domka Rusnak, her husband Steve in 1997; her brothers Nick (Ruth), Bill (Faye); John, Mike and sisters Mary (Bill Koshman), Kay (Steve Hnatiuk), Ann (Nick Kopan), Margaret (Dave Davidson), Iris (Bill Rusnak), Olga; and grandson Jerrett Koropchuk (2005). Memories forever cherished by your loving family: Joyce (Tony) Zahaik and their 2 children - Corry (Les) Staff; Todd Zahaik, Ava and Eric. Delores (Amil) Minken and their 2 children - Jackie (Brooks) Washenfelder, Carter (Halle), Halle and Macy; Krista (Devon) Hanson, Grace and Dryden. Bev (Ron) Koropchuk and their 3 children - Jerrett (deceased), Jamie (Chris) Zulyniak, Ethan, Jaren and Layla; Kendra (Aaron) Hanson, Caysen and Braxton. Larry (Cherise) Husulak and their 4 children - Rochelle (Derek) Berrns, Hayden, Landon, Cora; Sharla (Rick) Welch, Shaylee (Sam) Marks, Kelsey Valuck; Tyler (Jaimie) Husulak, Adam, Hannah, Nathan; Brandi Jo (Rob) Cross; Kaynen, Kelton, Kami. Sisters-in-law: Sophie Kreptul, Doris Rusnak, Olga Rusnak. The Funeral Service was held on Thursday, August 4, 2022 from Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Insinger, Saskatchewan, officiated by Rev. Fr. Michael Faryna. The cantor was Jason Kopan and the cross bearer was Eric Zahaik. The interment followed in the Parish Cemetery with Todd Zahaik, Tyler Husulak, Carter Washenfelder, Ethan Zulyniak, Kelsey Valuck and Hayden Berrns serving as casket bearers. “Heaven gained an Angel and Queen of our family. You were the most caring, patient, funny, resourceful, graceful woman and we all looked up to you. Rest easy Mom, Grandma, Baba, sister-in-law and friend. We are sure your lipstick and rouge are perfect and we love you forever!” Memorial donations may be made to Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church c/o Box 1 Insinger, SK S0A 4C0. Service Details. Online Memory & Photo Sharing Event Ongoing Online Event About this event In Loving Memory Of Sophie Husulak April 1, 1920 - July 29, 2022 Look inside to read what others have shared Family and friends are coming together online to create a special keepsake. Every memory left on the online obituary will be automatically included in this book. View Tribute Book
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