Passed on February 10, 2022

It is with absolute heartache we announce the passing of our beautiful Mom on February 10, 2022.

Mom was born in Kocurice, Slovakia on October 18, 1933.

Her parents Gabriel and Petrina Yankech immigrated to Canada with infant Yolana (Elaine) and Mom on her “Tato’s” shoulders. They stepped off of the Duchess of Richmond in Quebec, the fall of 1938. The family settled on land near Komarno, Manitoba. Growing up and schooling was not easy for Mom. Not being able to speak English, she had a very hard time. Even her given name Ludmila, was changed to Emily by the teachers.

She moved to Teulon, at the young age of 14 to live at the Hunter House and was given a job at the Hunter Memorial Hospital. She worked there for a few years, sharing her few dollars pay with those at home, always taking many candies and needed things to everyone.

Mom met a wonderful man, our Dad, through her aunt, who lived in the Good Hope District, close to the Lohmer’s. There, they planned their life together. They were married June 26, 1954 and lived in the Good Hope area, Stonewall, and again in the Good Hope District. Meeting and being married to our Dad, she often said, was the happiest time in her life.

Mom had several jobs as a young woman, the Dr. Evelyn Memorial Hospital in Stonewall, the Red and White Store and the restaurant at the “3 mile corner”.

Mom was devoted to her family. She was a stay at home wife and Mom, and did everything for us. All her life everything was please and thank-you. She appreciated the simple things in life. Losing our Dad so young was devasting for her, they did everything together.

She was the heart of our family and we have so many wonderful memories. She was a great cook, making everything delicious, giving us so many great holidays and birthdays. We never left her house empty handed.

She loved hockey games, whether they were her son’s or her grandsons’. Her grandsons were her treasure. She babysat both of them for awhile. When they both played hockey, she totally enjoyed going to games anywhere, and supported the team with her signature Lemon meringue pies.” She was so proud of her 3 goalies.” Our family drives in the van, were always so much fun. Her love of music, of all kinds brought a smile to her face. She could play the harmonica and even took guitar lessons. She loved the music of Ringo Starr, her love of all animals, brought many a stray cat to her house. She made pets out of them all. They knew where to go.

Mom was young at heart, and we all shared so much laughter at her youthful “just for fun” antics. Mom being the oldest of nine children, we are so glad her remaining sister and brothers have their own cherished memories of their sister.

Mom will be greatly missed and always lovingly remembered by her son Albert (Maureen) and her daughter Caroline (Wayne). Her grandson Brent (Meaghan), her grandson Cam and her great grandchildren Maisie and Brandon. Her sister Elaine and her brothers John (Jean), Joe (Lois), Richard (Marla), Victor and Ben. Many nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.

Mom was predeceased by her loving husband Les, her grandson Kevin, her sister Anna and brother Steven, her parents Gabriel and Petrina and special extended family members.

“Rest in Peace Milka ”

Mom, you are my sunshine, you always were and will always be “my only sunshine.”

A private family service was held on February 17, 2022.


Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to all of Emily’s family. May precious and cherished memories sustain you during this difficult time. Our family were neighbours with Emily, her parents and her siblings; Walter, Mary Ann and family were neighbours of Joseph and Lois and family. With sympathy, Rose and Gladys Bodnarus, and Dave and Eugenia Unrau.

Dave Unrau

Beautiful tribute to your mom. I remember a lot of laughter when we got together. Love to all.

Brian, Diane, Frazer, Sterling, Melody & Austin

So sorry for your loss. We had the pleasure of being Emily’s neighbour for 16 years. She would call to make sure the kids were coming by every Halloween. I enjoyed speaking to her multiple times when she was doing her crosswords and needed help with some words. She was a sweet and kind lady and will be missed by us for sure! Lyle, Jo-Anne, Dylan and Gavin Holod

Jo-Anne Holod

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