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Raymond Stokalko

October 26, 1929 - January 22, 2021

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Donations can be made to the Mazankowski Alberta Heart institute or Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Service will be available via livestream at www.distantlink.com/cherishedmemories.html

Arrangements in care of Cherished Memories Funeral Services, Martensville, Sk.

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We are here to celebrate the Life of Raymond Stokalko , our Dear Husband, Dad, Grandfather {Gido}, Great Grandfather, Uncle, Cousin, Neighbor, Teacher and Mentor, to all that have come to know him and respect him!

He will be sadly missed by his wife Helen {nee Radzewon), wife of 66 years. His Children, Sons, Karpo (Gloria) Stokalko, Grandchildren: Krystal (Greg) and Family, Kathrine (Grant) and Family, and Daniel. Ivan (Liuba) Stokalko Grandson Bohdan. Mark Stokalko, Grandchildren, Trista, Natasha, Alexyn, Adam, and Bianca, Simon Stokalko, Daughter Oksana Panchuk (Marcel) Grandchildren Rybecca, Fayth, and Dallyn. Many nephews, nieces, cousins, and Godchildren.

Raymond joins in eternal peace, His Parents Mary, Phillip and Brother Henry. Great-Grandson Zachary, and Grandparents.

Raymond was the oldest son of Phillip and Mary (nee Woroch) Stokalko. Born on the family farm in Whitkow, SK. Midwife delivered by his Grandmother Taklia Stokalko (nee Prystupa). Dad was the oldest of two boys. His attained his elementary education at Zoria School, and high school at COCJ in North Battleford. His work experiences included, working at the NB News Optimist, on a surveying crew, as well as working on the family farm. In fall of 1947 he attended Teachers College known as Normal School in Saskatoon to attain his Teacher’s Certificate. A couple of weeks of practice teaching at Mayfair School in Saskatoon ended the school year. Fall of 1947 his first teaching position as teacher at Woodburry School in the Mildred Community, east of Shell Lake. During his early years of teaching in one room schools included the schools of Howard 1, Howard 2, Zoria, and Whitkow Hamlet 5118. In 1969 the Whitkow school was closed and Raymond and family purchased the teacherage they were living in, and moved to the Town of Mayfair where he taught till 1983. Taught grade 3 the first year, then took the grade 2 class which he taught until he retired.

In the summer of 1949 while attending classes at Cooperative School in Saskatoon, he was at the Saskatoon Exhibition and purchased a Ticket for a Dollar and ended up winning the Kinsmen Car award of a 1950 Ford Car. That was one of the first of many winning prizes he won throughout the years; always hoping to win the Big LOTTO 649.

Dad met Mom in summer of 1953 at the North Battleford Exhibition and this began the roller coaster of love. On May 22, 1954 Dad proposed and got Married on July 22, 1954. Children to follow, Karpo 1955, Ivan 1956, Mark 1961, Simon 1968, Oksana 1970 on Mom and Dad’s 16th anniversary. 5 Children, 12 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grand Children.

Dad was active in CYMK winning the ultimate trophy for oratory speaking, taught summer camp at Green Grove Camp at Wakaw Lake, taught summer Ukrainian language classes in Glaslyn 1961. He was the Cantor at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Whitkow. His life experiences included Family Time at Christmas, Anniversaries, Birthdays, and celebrating Religious Holidays. Outdoor activities included hunting, fishing, curling, tobogganing, picking mushrooms and berries, shopping for groceries (bargain is a bargain), auction sales, and harvesting with his wife. He also enjoyed visiting with family and friends, making perogies at the church perogy bees, and dancing especially old time dance parties on CJWW.

Dad was always a teacher, teaching was his passion all through his life. Always a giving soul to make sure you did not leave hungry, or had a place to stay. Even a simple gesture of making sure every child had a Christmas bag filled with a Jap Orange, nuts, hardrock candy and a cup of hot chocolate. Christmas was always a special time, by getting a spruce tree at Morin Creek and have it decorated with homemade decorations. Red Cross was always an important charity that Dad would support from his early days of making and supplying gift bags and now he would give donations and lottery purchases. His class won many school drama awards, competition in oral speaking and competitive school marching at field meets, ballgames and track and field

Raymond has touched many lives all his life. His memories will always be remembered by his Family, Friends and anyone that knew him!