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KERELIUK, Amelia “Emily” Stefini

January 1, 1970 — January 1, 1970

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Emily Kereliuk (née Cheliak), on Sunday morning, May 3, 2020.

Born on November 24, 1927 in Trail, BC, to parents Michael and Lilly Cheliak, she was soon taken to Cudworth, SK, where she attended school and graduated High School.

During the Second World War, the family relocated to Toronto, ON, where young Emily worked in a factory making parts for aircraft radios and bombs! She also, near this time, was a member of a leather clad motorcycle club (and had the pictures to prove it)! In 1951, she met and married Matt Kereliuk, and soon after had a family of two boys (Miles and David). A series of moves took her and the family to Winnipeg, Dauphin, and Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Each move meant a new job, mostly in sales. In Portage, she and Matt eventually purchased a service station/store/motel which they operated for several years. The family joke was that she made more money selling sandwiches than her husband made selling gas! In 1980, she and Matt moved to Peachland, BC (to be closer to her boys), where they resided for 33 years. In 2013, they moved to Mountain View Village in Kelowna, her final home.

During her life-time, she was an active member of the Boy Scouts of Canada (Dauphin) and The Ukrainian Women’s Association (Portage). She also loved her Toronto Blue Jays, watching curling on TV, was an avid reader, loved to play cards, and was known to enjoy a night out at the casino!

Emily was the last of her family, being predeceased by sisters Ann and Isabell, and brother Emil. Left behind to remember are Matt, her husband of 69 years, son Miles (Linda Mymko) and their children: Sheena, Adam, Jarret and Erin, and son David (Marie Mertler) and their children: Taras, Tanya, Daven, Krista and Riley. Especially dear to Emily were her great grandchildren Hunter, Angelina, Hudson, Nova, Bentley, Charlotte, Helena, Owen, Holden, and Olivia. Emily was also very close to her many Nieces and Nephews.

A celebration of Emily’s life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Southern Interior Cancer Centre, www.bccancer.bc.ca. A special thank you to staff at the cancer centre, and Kelowna hospital, for their kindness, compassion and professionalism. Emily had great praise for you all. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos, or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences.”

A celebration of Emily’s life will be announced for a later date.

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  • Ase Floris says:

    Kereliuck family
    Deepest condolences to your family from ours She was a sweet lady and will be sorely missed. I Know She was very special to Bryan. He spoke of her often
    Love and hugs from Simon and Ase Floris and family

  • Linda Mymko says:

    We, as family and extended family can all share in the joy that Emily has brought to our lives. She left us with wonderful memories, countless laughs and stories and as we navigate w/o her, we will cherish each one that is special to us.

  • Lynne Cheliak says:

    Sending our warmest thoughts and condolences at this time. I’m so happy we were able to see the whole gang and visit with Matt and Emily to share memories and laugh!

  • cathi ross says:

    Don and I send our most sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to Uncle Matt and sons Miles and David at this very difficult time, losing your precious wife and mother. Aunt Emily was an amazing woman, deeply loved by all who had the privilege of knowing her.. She will be dearly missed and always loved.

  • Candice Marceniuk says:

    The loss of Aunty Emily will be deeply felt by Wayne and myself, Colton and Garrett. Our memories of the love and laughter we shared with her will remain close to our hearts forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Uncle Matt, Miles, David and your families.

  • Harvey & Ollie Yule says:

    We are sending our sincere condolences, prayers and thoughts to Matt & family.
    Harvey & Ollie

    It was a pleasure chatting with Emily whenever we

  • Leisa & Rick says:

    So sorry to hear that a very special lady has left us! Your wife and mother made everyone feel right at home! My thoughts are with you Matt, Miles and Dave!

  • Cecile Johnson & Family says:

    Sincerest condolences to you all. Prayers & thoughts to Uncle Matt and family.

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