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Kolisnyk, Stephen

January 9, 1917 — July 1, 2012

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Stephen Kolisnyk on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at Kelowna General Hospital at the age of 95.


Steve was born on January 9, 1917 in Sclater, Manitoba to Jacob and Mary (nee Hlady) Kolisnyk.


Steve is survived by his wife of 72 years, Victoria, daughter Stella (Rowbotham), sons Victor (Lauretta) and Edward (Roseanne), 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. He was predeceased by his parents Jacob and Mary; sisters Annie (Pacholuk), Jessie (Harasymow), Nancy and Nellie; brothers Michael and John; and son-in-law Allan Rowbotham.


Steve grew up in Sclater, Manitoba on the family homestead. In 1939 he married Victoria Semeniuk and began farming in Renwer, Manitoba. Steve served briefly in the Canadian Army during World War II as a gunner in Halifax for Home Defence. Later, he and the family moved to B.C. where Steve would work as a labourer at various construction sites such as the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge and Mica Creek dam site. He also worked in Sandspit, B.C. and Pincher Creek, Alberta.


His passion was still farming so in 1964 Steve and family moved from Port Moody, B.C. to Sclater, Manitoba. He was one of the first farmers to introduce canola in the area. He later would work as an underground driller in Thompson and then started to ranch.


Steve and Victoria would eventually retire to Dauphin, Manitoba and in 1984 they moved back to B.C. to live in Westbank and in 2005 they moved to Kelowna.


Steve enjoyed hunting and could tell hunting stories for hours. He also enjoyed a good game of pool and cribbage. He loved family gatherings and to sit down to a good home cooked Ukrainian dinner.


Prayers will be offered on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, B.C. Funeral of Divine Liturgy will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ukrainian Catholic Church at 1091 Coronation Ave., Kelowna, B.C. with Father Andriy Werbowy officiating. Interment following at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers – James Kolisnyk, David Rowbotham, Jeffrey Kolisnyk, Christopher Kolisnyk, Bradley Rowbotham and Alexander Horner.  Reader –  Stephen Horner.


In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Steve may honour his memory by making donations to the B.C. Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1551 Sutherland Avenue 4, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 9M9 or online at www.heartandstroke.com.




Prayer Service
Friday, July 6, 2012 at 7:00 p.m

Divine Liturgy will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

Ukrainian Catholic Church

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Service Information

Service Details

The prayer service for Kolisnyk, Stephen is scheduled for Friday, July 6, 2012 at 7:00 p.m at located at 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.

The service for Kolisnyk, Stephen is scheduled for Divine Liturgy will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Ukrainian Catholic Church

1091 Coronation Ave Kelowna, BC


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  • Edith Peltz (Kolisnyk) says:

    We wish to extend our condolences and let you know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love: Ede, Mary and Zenia

  • Linda Cotton (Moshenko) says:

    I was so sorry to see that Steve passed away. My sympathy to all of you at this sad time. I have many great memories of visits with both Steve and Victoria at in-laws Anne & Joe’s each summer. We also visited them when they still lived at West Bank and they were so happy to show us their place. Steve was always such a happy man and had such great stories to tell. He will be missed by all. My thoughts are with you at this sad time. Linda

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