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Tubman Funeral Home/Valley Crematorium

210 Claude Street, Wolseley, SK

OBITUARY

Faye Ann Chykowski

March 20, 1946November 12, 2019
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Faye Chykowski (Bowkowy) of Regina, SK passed away peacefully in the Pasqua Hospital on Tuesday November 12, 2019 at the age of 73.

Mom was born on the family farm near Aberdeen, SK to Olga and Bill Bowkowy. Mom was predeceased by her loving husband Tony Chykowski; they had been married for 42 years until his untimely death on April 18, 2006. She had also survived the loss of her beloved son Warren Chykowski in 2012; sisters Justina Husulak, Jessie Kinar and Debbie Bowkowy; sisters-in-law Mary Korolewich and Adeline Chickoski.

Left to cherish her memory is her daughter Tamara Chykowski and her husband Greg Kulak, son-in-law Bernie McLane; and the sunshine of her life her granddaughter (My Little Pigeon), Dana. She is also survived by her siblings, Walter (Ada) Bowkowy, Albena (Jake) Kirchner, Hope (Niels) Tonder, Bob Bowkowy, and Ray (Carol) Bowkowy; brothers-in-law John Chickoski, Vic (Novella) Chickowski, and Peter (Mary) Chykowski: along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Faye was born March 20, 1946 growing up on the family farm, in 1961 she moved to Saskatoon. She married Tony in 1963 and they lived in Unity, Regina, and then settled in Saskatoon to raise their family. She worked at The Bay both in Saskatoon and Regina for over 30 years. In 2001, Faye and Tony moved to Regina to be close to their daughter Tamara and their one and only granddaughter, Dana. Faye loved cooking, baking, writing Easter Eggs, playing crib, gardening but most of all spending countless time with her granddaughter, Dana. Mom was the caretaker of our family, always willing to sacrifice for her family. No job too big, no hurt too small, she wiped away tears and replaced them with her unconditional love for us. Her presence here on earth will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.

Parastas Prayers will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Ukrainian Catholic Parish of the Dormition of the Mother of God, 120 – 105th Street in Saskatoon on Friday, November 22, 2019. The Divine Liturgy will take place at 10:00 a.m. with celebrant Father Andre Lalach in the Ukrainian Catholic Parish of the Dormition of the Mother of God on Saturday, November 23, 2019. A private family internment will take place following the funeral service at Laniwci Ascension Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Faye, may be made to Allan Blair Cancer Centre, if friends so desire.

“Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories.”

  • FAMILY

  • Tamara Chykowski, Daughter
  • Greg Kulak, Son-in-law
  • Dana Kulak, Granddaughter
  • Bernie McLane, Son-in-law
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Dana Kulak, Urn Bearer
  • Greg Kulak, Cross Bearer
  • Selene Tonder, Greeter
  • Sonia Perreault, Reading
  • Tamara Chykowski, Eulogy
  • Ray Bowkowy, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Neils Tonder, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Craig Tonder, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Curtis Chickoski, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ward Chickoski, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Bernie McLane, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Parastas Prayers Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Divine Liturgy Saturday, November 23, 2019
  • A Private Family Graveside Service Saturday, November 23, 2019

Memories

Faye Ann Chykowski

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Judee Strickland

November 21, 2019

I am so sorry that Faye has been taken from us so early. She was always so very welcoming and kind and over the years that I have known her came to think of her as a dear Aunty Baba. She so deeply loved her family and would have given up almost anything to be with them. She was an angel on earth and now she is an angel in heaven and with her boys. I am sure they are loving being together but we here left behind are sure going miss our dear Baba. Tamara, Greg and Dana please accept my heartfelt condolences and in the years to come please remember that you were all so deeply loved and carry that in your heart forever.

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Biography

Faye Chykowski
March 20, 1946- November 12, 2019

Faye Anne Chykowski was born March 20, 1946 to Olga and Bob Bowkowy. She was raised on a farm outside Aberdeen, SK. There were 9 in the family, mom was in the middle of the pack. What was so very special for mom was when she was born, she wasn’t alone, she had Hope, her twin sister. This was something that made mom, “mom”, as my mom really didn’t like being alone and really, she wasn’t. Hope was right on her coat tails, coming into this world minutes after mom, and hence the Bowkowy twins came to be, bonded at birth and throughout mom’s life. Mom would tell me the story of how close they were, in those early days after birth, to keep the twins warm my Grandma, would bundle them up, have them in a roaster, sitting on the oven door of the wood stove, because as you can image winter on a farm in 1946, with no heat would have been tough for baby twins.

As a young girl, mom attended a one room school, being a farm kid was hard but mom did as she was asked, helped where she could but also explored the possibilities of, “if only”. It was a different time, back then and many young people left the farm, at young ages to head for “the big city” and yes, Saskatoon was the big city. So together, the twins packed up and headed the odd 25miles to Saskatoon, to start their adventure, the year was 1961. It actually didn’t take long for my mom to meet the love of her life, my dad, Tony. They dated briefly, but knew that marriage would be for them. Mom and Dad where married on October 12, 1963, they had two children, Warren my older brother and me. Life for them had their ups and downs but, it was a life with no regrets and their love had been unequivocally strong which remained so until the day of mom’s passing.

There are so many things about my mom I could share but as I have learned of late, I have no need. During those foggy days after her passing it was all of you that recited your memories of her, who she was and what she meant to all of us. She was joyful, a caregiver, she had a love of cooking scrumptious food she shared with everyone, she loved to bake, play crib, and was always willing to help, no job too big or small, she loved gardening, visiting and spending time making sure the needs of others were fulfilled. How wonderful this was to hear as I was grieving her passing. Like a blanket surrounding me and providing warmth on a cold winter’s night, thank you all.

My mom had experienced some great losses in what I feel was a short period of time, as I still am grieving them myself. She lost both my father and Warren, too soon and too suddenly. Yes, her grief was large but her life was not over. She had a shining star, her granddaughter, or as she would call her, “My Little Pigeon”. Together, those two shared a lifetime of love and laughter that will be apart of Dana forever, my mother’s legacy will live on.

Now, I will not lie, I did turn to social media on that Saturday when we were told my mom wouldn’t make it. I took my birthday picture from September and placed it on Instagram, asking for prayers. Because of that and of all of you, the prayers were heard, God and mom gave us a day, Sunday and what a day it would be. My mom was there with us, telling us “ALL WILL BE GOOD”, don’t you worry, and it’s going to be ok. What was happening was a bit sooner than what we thought but there is nothing to be sad about. Dana, there are not too many grandmother’s that had what we shared, 19 years of joy, don’t be sad. I know that you will do just fine, you will be an awesome teacher, you will have a beautiful life, you will be loved and will have a family to be as proud of as I am of mine. Never worry because I will be with you every step of the way, I will not be far, I will be right where I belong, forever in your heart as you are in mine. My mom turns to Greg, you are a good man, I will put you on the spot, chuckling because she knew she shouldn’t but she did. She asked him to promise to take care of her two best girls and he did. She thanked Bernie for being so good to her. That Sunday we all slept well, even mom. Monday, was my time with mom, she no longer could talk, she was on her final journey from her physical presence here to heaven above. Together as a mother and daughter we filled this day and what was to pass, one thing I need to say. A mother’s love is like no other, it is unconditional. I was able to see our life as such, as a mother/daughter relationship that had its moments all wrapped up and intertwined, but one to treasure and this is the gift my mother gave to me. She will live on not only in me but in all those she has touched.

I was present every step mom took. That night I prayed with her, talked to her, listened to music and sat with her, somehow through the Grace of God I found a Prayer that I would read to her.

A Prayer For Mama

My dear sweet heavenly father I come to you today,
with hope and faith I ask send an angel Mama's way.
I know her time is near and soon you'll take her home,
to stroll along the streets of gold where other angels roam.
It's hard to watch her suffer and slowly fade away,
help us all to understand give us strength I pray.
She means so much to all of us forgive me for my fears,
life will never be the same without her presence here.
My mother is my angel she taught me how to love,
and told me about you Lord and heaven up above.
When she crosses over and steps into the light,
tell her that I love her and when the time is right.
Meet me at the pearly gates where every thing's brand new,
we'll walk across God's meadowlands where skies are always blue.
Somewhere beyond the sunset every now and then,
I pray she watches over me until we meet again.

Written by Kathy J Parenteau

As I mentioned early my mother never liked being alone, she came into this world not alone and she did not leave this world alone. I was with her and I am blessed and a better daughter because of it. Thank You mom for my gift, your unconditional love and for all the time you gave to me. With this I know the three of us will be ok, we are not alone as we carry you with us every step of our way. “ I am because you were”.