This is a story of a gentle and admirable man - our father Peter Kostuik. He was born February 17,1932 in the RM of Silver Creek. Peter was a devoted son, dedicated and loving husband, considerate brother and brother-in-law, kind-hearted and generous grandfather, as well as a dear cousin, uncle, and thoughtful friend.
He was the oldest child and only son born to his parents. His Mother, Orina (Irene Boychuk) immigrated to Canada in 1928 from the Selo Ciletz, Ukraine in 1928, and his Father Mike Kostuik was from the Lakedale District in the RM of Silver Creek.
Peter married the love of his life, Nydia (Wonitoway) on October 14, 1952. This was where the love story of his life began. Peter and Nydia were a dynamic duo and inseparable. Together they enjoyed the blessings of a happy and contented life raising his two daughters Petra Kostuik (James Durston) Lesia Kostuik Falloon (Scott Falloon) and grandchildren Kally-Anna (Mitchell Clinton), Colton Paradis, Shalyn Falloon (Daniel Sullivan), and Brayden Falloon.
Peter also leaves behind his two sisters. He cherished them beyond measure and enjoyed their company right up until his last days. He will be missed by his sister, Anne (late Mike Penonzek and late nephew Mervin and family) and Helen (Walter Choptuik and niece Marianne). He also treasured his extended family including his wife’s five siblings (Eugenia, Olive, Muriel, Leonard and Zane) as well as many nieces and nephews.
Farming to the Kostuik family was a noble occupation rich in Ukrainian culture. Peter’s family farm, at the beginning, was a small mixed farm with simple mechanical technology and horsepower. This was later replaced by mechanical green power starting with a John Deere Model D that Peter used when he was only 9 or 10 years old. In 1945 his Father purchased a section of land South of Angusville in the Seeburn District. This is where Peter continued to build his legacy and love for the land.
He was an incredible person who will be remembered in his 89 years as a benevolent member of the Knights of Columbus and an active member in the Catholic Church. He was a president of the Angusville Church for 29 years (1985-2014), and an active member of the 50 Plus Club in Angusville in addition to the Angusville Heritage Hall Committee (a restoration project that took 4 years of dedicated volunteers). Many projects in the community were accomplished together with a core team in his community and good friends.
Peter had a passion for cars, trucks, and other farm machinery. It wasn’t unusual to see them polished up and in pristine condition. He was a proud man when it came to not only his family and friends; but community, buildings, vehicles, and machinery.
His favorite pastimes were enjoying taking his wife and children traveling to local fairs, campgrounds, and other cities. Later he enjoyed trips to Hawaii and Olfrey bus tours - venturing to various places in the USA. When they weren’t on the field, Peter and Nydia enjoyed travelling with their children and grandchildren as often as they could. Other trips included Three Buoys Houseboats, Watrous and Moose Jaw Spas, and Casino Bus Tours. Together Peter and Nydia lived a very busy and rewarding life. They always made time to play and travel and enjoyed their well-earned holidays.
When Peter’s mobility health declined, he moved to Birtle Transitional in the Birtle Health Center. Here he treasured the time spent with his wife Nydia every day. Peter loved to play cards with the residents and partake in the many recreational activities. He enjoyed and was thankful for the care he received from the thoughtful staff in the various departments who had direct care roles and whose compassion was evident during his stay.
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