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I had started to write another post when it occurred to me that perhaps I should first at least briefly identify who it is I am researching for this blog. While my family will know these people, any potential new cousins (I did say this would be cousin bait!  🙂 ) will not know them. So, meet my grandparents …

My paternal grandparents …

My dad’s parents are Nick and Sophie Winowich. These are the names that I knew growing up but, as I have learned, their names in the ‘old country’ were Nykola Winowicz (Винович in Ukrainian) and Serafina Procak (Просак in Ukrainian). Subsequent posts will explain how it is the names have changed and what variants I have come across.

Nick and Sophie Winowich (Weekes, Saskatchewan) - 25th wedding anniversay (1959)

My maternal grandparents, Nick and Sophie (née Procak/Protsack) Winowich as they celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in 1959. Presumably, this was on their farm near Weekes, Saskatchewan.

The photo to the left isn’t the greatest but is the only decent one that I have.1

There is another photo in the Weekes Through the Years history book here. Here is a brief family history from that same book.

Grandpa Winowich arrived in Canada at the age of 25 on the ship Canada at the port of Quebec (City) on May 14, 1913.2  The passenger manifest shows that he had sailed from the port of Trieste, Austria (which is now in Italy) on April 20, 1913 stopping in Tatras, Greece on April 25th and Lisboa, Portugal on May 1st. What a journey!

Though he arrived in 1913, many years would pass before he would meet grandma in Canada. I have more research to do to discover just what grandpa was up to in those intervening years.

Grandma Winowich was a child  when she arrived in Canada with her mother and siblings. They arrived on the Melita at the port of Quebec on August 10, 1923 and were going to join her dad, John Procak in Arran, Saskatchewan. You can view her individual passenger record on pages 2106 and 2107 here.3 According to the record, she was eight years old when she arrived. However, I have yet to find definitive proof of her age as every document provides different information.

Nick and Sophie were married at Donwell, Saskatchewan on November 28, 1934.4  Interestingly enough, there are more name differences on that document, namely Nieck Winowich and Sophia Protsack. Given their notable age difference and the fact that they settled in different places in Saskatchewan, I’ve yet to determine how they came to meet. Perhaps that will come to light when I research what grandpa was doing between the time he came to Canada and when he married grandma.

Nick and Sophie went on to raise two daughters and four sons on their homestead near Weekes, Saskatchewan and have:

  • Seven grandsons and ten granddaughters,
  • Twelve great-grandsons and thirteen great-granddaughters, and
  • One great-great-granddaughter

My maternal grandparents …

Lorette Blanche (née Chartier) and Fabien Sebastien Perreault - circua 1959

My maternal grandparents – Fabien Sebastien Perreault and Lorette Blanche (née Chartier). The photo was taken on their farm near St. Lazare, MB in late 1958 or early 1959.

My mom’s parents are Fabien and Lorette Perreault. Though I never knew grandpa (he died when I was an infant), grandma Perreault was probably the grandparent that I knew the best as she was the one we saw the most – at least in my memory.

Both grandma and grandpa Perreault are French Canadian with roots in Quebec. That said, both of their families have been in western Canada since the early 1900s. The Perreaults settled near Ste. Marthe, Saskatchewan and the Chartiers settled near St. Lazare, Manitoba.

Grandma Perreault was born Lorette Blanche Chartier 5 on October 18, 1919 6 in St. Lazare, Manitoba to Joseph Henri Chartier and Marie Ange Léatitia Tremblay.7   Grandpa Perreault was born Fabien Sebastien Perreault 8 on January 20, 1919 9 in Ste. Marthe, Saskatchewan to Joseph Edmond Perreault and Marie Marguerite Gagnon.10

Lorette and Fabien were married October 14, 1941 in St. Lazare, Manitoba 11 and had a farm near St. Lazare. They were predeceased by a young daughter, and raised another daughter and six sons on their farm. They have:

  • Three grandsons and ten granddaughters,
  • Six great-grandsons and four great-granddaughters.

Sources:

1. The image was photocopied from my personal copy of Dunwell School: History 1933-1950  under section 29 of the Canadian Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42) found at: http://laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-42/page-9.html#h-26 on 27 September 2016.

2. “Passenger Lists, 1865-1922,” database with digital images, Library and Archives Canada (http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/immigration/immigration-records/passenger-lists/passenger-lists-1865-1922/Pages/introduction.aspx : Accessed 24 September 2016), Passenger manifest of Canada, arrived at the port of Quebec on 14 May 1913, p. 49 (image 50), line 24, Nykola Winowicz; Department of Employment and Immigration. I originally requested the record and received a photocopy from the Archive (formerly the National Archives of Canada) in May, 1990. The photocopy was taken from microfilm T-4795.

3. “Ocean Arrivals, Form 30A, 1919-1924,” database with digital images, Library and Archives Canada (http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/mass-digitized-archives/ocean-arrivals/Pages/item.aspx?EntryName=Priestley%2c+Hannah+-+Purcell%2c+Bertha&PageId=4072652: Accessed 27 September 2016), Individual form 30A for Serafina Procak, arrived at the Port of Quebec on 10 August 1923, pp. 2106-2107. I originally requested the record and received a photocopy from the Archive (formerly the National Archives of Canada) in May, 2000

4. Personal collection; privately held by Chris Bukoski, [address for private use], 2016. Marriage Certificate of Nieck Winowich and Sophia Protsack. Photocopy of original certificate held by Edith Kowall.

5. My bad – I have not documented the source of information for grandma’s full name in my records so can only presume that someone in the family provided me with her middle name.

6. Personal experience.

7. R.M. of Ellice Centennial Book Committee, Ellice (Published in 1983 by Friesen Printers, a division of D. W. Friesen and Sons Ltd. Altona, MB), pp. 186, 188, and 439.

8. Ibid, p. 439.

9. As told to me by grandpa’s sister, Nöella Huberdeau.

10. R.M. of Ellice Centennial Book Committee, Ellice (Published in 1983 by Friesen Printers, a division of D. W. Friesen and Sons Ltd. Altona, MB), pp. 186, 188, and 439.

11. Excerpt of funeral mass given by Rev. Father Paul Tinguely, in image, 2001, privately held by Chris Bukoski, [address for private use], 2016. Funeral mass for Lorette Perreault who died 22 August 2001. Rene Perreault has the original excerpt provided by the parish church in St. Lazare, MB.

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