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Sophie Winowich, my paternal grandmother, has a simple marker at her final resting place.

Sophie Winowich's headstone in the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church cemetery near Weekes, SK

Grave marker for Sophie Winowich. Photo source – personal collection.

In Loving Memory

Sophie Winowich

1911    1982

Mother & Grandmother

This photo is actually an excellent illustration of why genealogists need to do more research than simply rely on what they find on a headstone. Case in point:

  • Birth year of 1911 – I have yet to locate her birth record to confirm when she was born. Documents found in Canada give varying birth years ranging from 1911 to 1914. The record was not in the Ternopil State Archive when I visited Ukraine in 2011 and staff at the civil registry office in Husiatyn, Ternopil claimed they could not find the record.
  • Last name of Winowich – grandma re-married sometime after grandpa (Nick Winowich) died. Per her obituary1 , her last name was Chaboda and she was pre-deceased by her husband Mike Chaboda in 1981.

Grandma is buried in the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church cemetery located on the SW¼ of 09-42-06 W2 near Weekes, SK.

Google map showing the location of the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church and cemetery

Screenshot of Google maps showing the location of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church and cemetery (upper right) on the SW1/4 of 09-42-06 W2 relative to the village of Weekes, SK

The small church still stands but is now closed. The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon has a brief write-up on the history of this church.

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church near Weekes, SK

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church near Weekes, SK. Photo source – personal collection

Genealogy To-Do List:

  • Request the marriage registration of Sophie Winowich and Mike Chaboda from Saskatchewan Vital Statistics
  • Request the death registration of Sophie Winowich <– Updated July 7, 2017
  • Continue the hunt for grandma’s birth record

Sources and Notes:

1. “Sophie Winowich (Chaboda),” obituary, Hudson Bay (Saskatchewan) Post-Review, 31 March 1982, p. 15, col. 2-6.

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