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Michael "Mike" TokarskiAugust 25, 1927 ~ September 26, 2017 (age 90)
Michael (Mike) Tokarski of Watson, SK passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday September 26, 2017 at the Quill Plains Centennial Lodge in Watson. SK. He was 90 years old. Mike was born on August 25, 1927 to George and Michalena (nee Babi) Tokarski in Oplitzko, Poland. In 1937, at the age of 10, he accompanied his mother to Canada to join his father who came two years earlier and was working in the Blaine Lake area. Mike’s father purchased land in the Wimmer district, near Watson, and moved his family there. Mike attended the Westasta Valley School for a short time before leaving to help his mother on the family farm when his father unexpectedly passed away in 1939. In early 1950, Mike met his future wife Olga Hleck and they were married at St. Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Watson, SK later that year. Mike also purchased property a few miles south of his homestead to start his own family farm. Here they raised their five children in which two followed in his farming footsteps. Mike loved life on the farm and operated a mixing farming operation for many years. In 1986, Mike and Olga moved off the farm to Watson. In his earlier years, he enjoyed golfing, playing softball, playing cards and curling. He was also an avid hockey fan. Loving the outdoors went hand in hand with his other interests of hunting and fishing. Mike was active with the National Farmer’s Union and the Canadian Wheat Board. His faith was very important to him and he was an active member of Wimmer’s Holy Ascension Ukrainian Orthodox Church. He enjoyed playing pool and cards at the New Horizons where he also served as president. Mike and Olga were also kept busy following their grandchildren in their various sporting and school activities. Mike will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of 67 years Olga Tokarski of Watson, three children, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren: Bernice Gerspacher (Alf) of Watson and family Chad (Kim) Gerspacher and children Harrison and Heidi of Kelowna, BC, and Tara (Jason) Romanchuk and children Eva and Lindy of Sturgis; Dan (Anna-Marie) Tokarski of Regina and family Jennifer (Scott) Skjeie and children Noah and Olivia, and Lindsay Tokarski (Clinton Templeton), all of Regina; Marci Tokarski (Barry Reid) of Edmonton, AB; Steve’s family, Deb Tokarski of Watson and family Steven Paul Tokarski of Drumheller, AB and Taya Tokarski of Watrous; and Mark’s family Darlene Tokarski of Watson and family Dustin Tokarski (Linea) of San Diego, CA and Sierra Tokarski of Watson; and by numerous nieces and nephews and members of the Hleck family. Mike was predeceased by his two sons Steven and Mark; his parents George and Michalena Tokarski and stepfather David Tokarchuk. The Prayer Service will be held on Monday October 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. and the Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday October 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. officiated by Rev. Fr. Michael Faryna. Both services will be held from Malinoski & Danyluik Funeral Home Hwy 5 East Humboldt. Interment will follow at Holy Ascension Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery, Wimmer District. Memorial Donations in Mike’s memory may be directed to Quill Plains Centennial Lodge of Watson.
Quill Plains Centennial Lodge
400 3rd Avenue NE, Watson SK S0K 4V0