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Mary and Nick - a Family History

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BC: ABOUT THE AUTHOR In her retirement, she is pursuing her interests in fitness, photography and videography. This is her 4th book publication and she has produced 6 Belize DVDs. | a five o'clock somewhere production 2011 | 2010 in Bahamas

FC: A Family History | "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." | Mary and Nick

1: When my mother passed away in 2007 and we were cleaning her home, all of her old photos fell into my keeping. They have sat in a box in my basement for almost 5 years. What to do with them? Thank goodness, about 25 years ago, I had sat down with mom and looked over most of the old photos and she had identified the who and the when as best she could and I had labelled many of the photos. With the making of this book, I have attempted to organize our family history through photos. This is essentially a photo story of Mary Odynski and Nick Philipchuk. Part One shows their lives before 1937. Photos of growing up and photos of family. Unfortunately, there are very few photos of Nick and his family. Part Two shows their marriage, their children, their grandchildren and their great-grandchildren from 1937 (when they married) to the present. | Finally, Part Three displays a few photos of extended family throughout the years - aunts, uncles, cousins. I have tried my best to label photos with dates and names but there are bound to be errors- apologies in advance! Also, the majority of these photos have come from my mom's collection and mine - so they are limited - apologies if anyone feels that they are left out! But, special thanks to brother Jerry and cousin Bill Myskiw for providing a few extra photos to round out the story. | There is really no beginning and no end to family. Family is an ever-changing dynamic. The "memories" throughout the book are mine and I hope that this book just serves to capture one moment in time of our family. I hope you enjoy it. Jill Philipchuk 2011

2: Nicholas Philipchuk was born January 30, 1909 in Andrew, Alberta. Mary Odynski was born October 26, 1916 in Mussadora, Alberta. Mary's family moved to Two Hills and that is where she met Nick. | Mary and Nick A Family History Part One

4: Pearl and family 1913 | Pearl Humen "Baba" 1899 - 1986 | MARY'S PARENTS

5: Pearl and friends in Lanuke - c. 1915 | Pearl c. 1930 | Wedding Photo Pearl's sister c. 1920 | I remember Baba coming to visit and she was the most amazing seamstress. I would just show her a picture of a dress that I would like and she would sew it up for me in just a few days.

6: Peter Odynski 1892- 1954 | Peter's brother Alec and his bride, Nancy. c. 1920

7: Peter and his sisters - Josie and Rose

8: Peter and Pearl marry in 1915 and raise a family | c. 1932

9: c. 1940 | c. 1950

10: Mary and her Gedo c. 1925

11: Mary (middle) with her sisters, Sophie and Kay | Baby Brother Bill

12: Sophie 1920-1989 | Bill 1922 - 1994 | with Baba (Pearl) | Kay 1918 - | MARY'S SISTERS AND BROTHER

13: Pearl and her daughters, Mary, Kay and Sophie c. 1935

14: Mary

15: TWO HILLS IN THE EARLY 30s | Two Hills Hotel | Main Street | The Odynski General Store

17: Nick's mother and father were born in Austria and married in 1883. They came to Canada in 1898. | This appears to be a wedding photo of the Philipchuk family 1917 The Bride is Pearl Philipchuk. To her left is her sister Helen Philipchuk. To her right is her new husband Mike Babiuk and then John Philipchuk (with hat on, her brother and the oldest of the Philipchuk children), At the back (with no hat and a mustache) is her father, Wasyl Philipchuk and standing to his left his her stepmother. Katrina - the mother of the Nick and his siblings (Katrina) died in 1913 and Wasyl re-married. The woman in the middle of the photo, just behind the groom, is another sister, Mary Philipchuk and also in the back room holding a baby is brother George Philipchuk. Others in the photo are unidentified. Some could be family members of the groom and other members of the Philipchuk family. And who are the children in the front row? Nick would have been 8 years old at the time - perhaps he is the boy in the front with the soldier hat? | WASYL PHILIPCHUK 1859 -1932

18: Mary and Nick A Family History Part Two | After marrying in 1937, Nick and Mary embraced farm life in Andrew, Alberta and then in Willingdon. In 1947 they decided to move "out west" and they moved to Youbou on Vancouver Island and then the family finally settled in Vancouver in 1955. Janet, Jerry and Jill were born and established their own families. Children and grandchildren were added to the family.

20: Mary and Nick were married in 1937 and their first home was a farm in Andrew, Alberta. | Pearl with Mary and Nick | Mary and Nick with friends Mike and Verna

21: Mary with Rin Tin Tin on the farm In Andrew. | 1940 Janet is born

22: JANET KATHLEEN born March 24, 1940

23: Shortly after Janet was born, in 1942, the family moved to Willingdon Alberta. This is a poster advertising the auction at the Philipchuk farm. Everything was for sale - 8 horses, 2 cows, 2 sows with 14 small ones 32 feeder hogs, 350 chickens, 6 turkeys and 4 geese. Machinery, fencing, barbed wire, heaters, and "tons of good hay", 400 bushels of Oats and Barley, 40 cords of Dry wood cut and split and 1 1929 ESSEX COUPE with 4 new tires. And... if you came to the sale there was a free lunch!

24: Family photos in Willingdon c. 1944 | Sophie, Pearl, Kay | Pearl, Bill | Bill, Mary, Nick Janet

25: Jerry is born in Willingdon in 1945 | Janet and Jerry


27: 1947-1955 The family lives in Youbou, on Vancouver Island in B.C. Nick works in the lumber mill and Mary works in the Bowling Alley.

28: Wish you were here! Tijuana 1952 with Kay and Nick

29: JILLIAN (JILL) MARCIA born 1953 in Duncan, B.C.

30: In 1955 the family moved to Vancouver. They lived in a house on Walden Street in the east side of Vancouver. For several years, Nick and Mary owned and worked at a laundromat in North Vancouver. After it was sold, Nick worked in construction and as a bartender. Mary worked for White Spot. | Baba Pearl comes to visit

31: JILL in the 50s | I remember Baba coming to visit and she would tell me my fortune by holding a saucepan of cold water over my head and pouring hot wax into the saucepan. She would then read the wax shapes and tell me my future. I was fascinated!

32: Before I went to school, Mom and Dad owned and worked at a laundromat in North Vancouver. I remember driving over the bridge everyday and staying in the back of the laundromat all day while my mom and dad worked. There was a restaurant next door and the "chip lady" would treat me to fish and chips for lunch. | in front of the laundromat | in front of Walden street house

33: Mary and Nick celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary - 1962

34: JANET 1960 to the Present | I remember Janet's first car - a Nash Metropolitan. She used to take me out and buy me "Millie the Model" comic books and milkshakes at the White Spot. Sometimes, if I was lucky, she would take me to drive-in horror movies!

35: 1963 - Janet marries Robert Goseltine.

36: ALEXANDRA STACEY born 1965 | 4 generations

37: NICOLE ALBERTA born 1967

39: I remember when the girls were little and Janet and Bob were divorced. Bob would take Alex and Nikki on Sundays. Janet and I would meet at Mom's and eat Mom's fresh baked sourdough scones with homemade raspberry jam while we played scrabble. I rarely won - Janet was definitely the"queen of the scrabble board"!

40: Alex married Andrew in 1996 and started a family in Prince George. | Janet, Jerry, Marcus, Karen, Jill Alex, Mary


42: PETER NICHOLAS born 2000

43: with Grandma Janet | with Great Grandma Mary

44: Jerry graduates from UBC - 1966 - Bachelor of Commerce | JERRY 1960 to present | Jerry had a morning paper route when I was very young - and I remember him coming home after delivering the papers with his pockets full of cherries from the neighbour's trees. Yum!

45: He marries Karen in 1972 and raises a family.

46: MARCUS born 1974

47: JASON born 1976 | with Baba Pearl

48: Brothers

50: 50 years old!

51: Jason and Dawn marry in 2008

52: Jackson - born 2007 and Connor - born 2009 | Kessler born 2010

54: Grade 1 Report Card | High School Grad 1970 | Master of Education1987 | Jill 1960 to Present

55: Learning to ride at 55 years old!

56: Jill met Ray in 1992 and created a family with him and his son, Kyle | Kyle's high school graduation 2007

57: in Belize | at Big Bar | Whistler

58: Nick passed away in 1984 at the age of 75

59: Dad loved his garden. There were the huge dahlias in the front yard, but the backyard was his kingdom - all sorts of vegetables and the best raspberries in the world!

60: 1987 Jill, Jerry, Karen, Janet Nikki, Mary, Alex Marcus, Jason

61: 1996 - Mary's 80th birthday | 2000 - Mary's 84th birthday | 2005 - Mary-s 89th birthday with Janet and Jill | MARY on her own 1984- 2007

62: She became a world traveller- and learned to swim at the age of 70! | 1986 - Australia with Janet | many cruises with friends | on the Great Wall in China

63: 2006 Mary's 90th birthday | Mary passed away in 2007 at the age of 90 | Mom loved being with family. Her idea of a good time was to cook copious amounts of food - including perohe, holubsi and, my favourite, natchinka. She would watch us eat ourselves silly and there was always enough food left over to feed us for another week!

64: Mary and Nick A Family History Part Three | As with many families, for no particular reason, we stayed in contact more with one side of the family. In our case, it was the Odynski side. | Jerry, Karen, Jason, Ron, Colin, Karen | Cousin Bill and his family

66: Kay and Nick Myskiw married in1939 | Nick, Mary, Kay, Nick (Myskiw), Sophie, ? | 60th anniversary

67: Sophie and Alec Arychuk married in 1949 | Bill and Eileen married in 1945

68: Cousin Bill,Janet, Jerry c. 1948 | Jerry, Cousin Bill c. 1949 | Baba Pearl with Cousin Bill,Janet and Jerry c. 1948 | Cousin Bill, Kay, Mary c. 1950

69: Bill Myskiw marries Joy in 1975 | Jarin, Colin, Tammy, Ryan, Sean Kevin,

70: Wish you were here! Bill and Family in Jordan

71: When I was just a pre-teen and our family would visit Alberta, Karen would take me under her wing and we would hang out with her friends - swimming at Big Fish Lake or drinking coke at the local diner. I thought I was so "cool" hanging out with the older girls! | Karen marries Ron Nekolaichuk in 1972 | their son, Colin

72: Rodney and Dawna married in 1971 | Marcus, Karen, Nick (Myskiw), Sophie Kay, Baba Mary c. 1980 | I remember, in the 50s and 60s, almost every summer our family would pile into our car and drive to Alberta to visit the relatives. We would spend most of our time in Two Hills, Bonnyville and later in Edmonton. There would also be visits to the Philipchuk side of the family. I remember an awesome trip to a pig farm one time but I don't remember which auntie or uncle or cousin it was. However, as we have grown older, the visits have been few and far between. With the passing of mom and dad, we have almost lost track of the "Alberta side" of the family. But the memories remain and our family continues - changing, growing and adapting.

73: 2011 - Where are they now? Jill and Ray retired from education in 2010 and spend their time divided between Vancouver, Belize, their cabin in the Cariboo and on tropical holidays. Jerry keeps talking about retiring, maybe soon! He and Karen live in South Surrey and enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren. Janet lives quietly in Richmond near Nikki and stays in contact with her grandchildren who live in Prince George.

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  • A photo story of Mary Odynski and Nick Philipchuk 1900 - present
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