Mary Semkuley

May 6, 1912October 31, 2012

SEMKULEY, Mary (nee Kuryluk)

Mrs. Mary Semkuley of Calgary, AB passed away peacefully at the home of her son Walter Semkuley, on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Mary was born in Tsapivtsi (now called Podillya),Ternopil Province, Ukraine on May 6, 1912. She was very proud to have reached the age of 100 years and treasured the certificate and photo she received from the Queen of England to commemorate this milestone. She was predeceased by her older siblings Olena, Hanka, Fracena; her first son Myros; grandson Denay and husband William. Mary is survived by her son Dr. Myron (Elaine) Semkuley; their children Aaron (Stacy Schikowsky), Bella (Rob Sider), and her daughter Amanda of Calgary; Celena and her children, Kodi, Austin, Jaeden, Brielle and Taein of Calgary; Mylaine (Napoleon) Tsaprailis; her son Walter and his wife Nadiya (nee Mishchiy) and children Karina (Dave Parsons) and their children Lexi and Mia; Andrea (Mark Ciaschini) of Calgary; Zoryana Mishchiy of London, England and Vitaly Mishchiy of Toronto as well as distant cousins in Alberta and Ukraine. Mary moved to Canada from Ukraine in 1929 at the age of 17. She married William Semkuley on January 31, 1934. Together they had 3 sons; Myros, Myron and Walter. Mary was a long-time member of the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians and the Workers Benevolent Association. Special thanks to Maria Ruda, mother of Nadiya Semkuley, for her devotion and care given to Mary. There will be a prayer service at St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 404 Meredith Road N.E., Calgary on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Graveside Services to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to Medical Mercy Canada Society, 804, 10 Shawnee Hill S.W., Calgary, AB T2Y 0K5. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website

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  • Prayer Service Monday, November 5, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 6, 2012

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November 6, 2012

So sorry for your loss. Love Chad Polski & Brookes Charlong

Tom & Michelle Bentt

November 5, 2012

Elaine, Myron & Family -- our profound condolences on Mary's passing. We remember her from the Seniors' Picnics at Kamenyar. Baba Martyn spoke of her with deep respect & fondness too.

Elizabeth & Jack Elias

November 5, 2012

To the Myron and Elaine Semkuley family - We noticed the obituary for your mother / grandmother / great grandmother in the Calgary Herald and we send our sympathy. Although we did not know her, we remember our daughter Jennifer going to their house for lunch with Mylaine. Jennifer tasted her first homemade perogies there and loved them. She loved going to Grandma Semkuley's house. Wishing you all God's peace.

Walley, Lori & Rick Filewich

November 5, 2012

We offer our condolences and love during your time of loss.

Mo Johnston

November 4, 2012

Bella so sorry for your Loss.My prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Love Mo

Lyle McGratton

November 3, 2012

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

November 3, 2012

Sorry for the loss of your mom and baba.
~Debbie Skrabek

Linda Grover

November 3, 2012

We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts and thoughts go out to the Semkuley family. We are thinking of you at this time. Much love, the Grover family.

November 3, 2012

Our heartfelt sympathy to Myron & Walter for the loss of your Mother.
Marsh and Joyce Lazarenko (Edmonton)

Walter Ozimko

November 3, 2012

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.