Passed on March 21, 2019
July 21, 1960 – March 21, 2019 After a short and courageous battle with cancer, with his family at his side, and heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Michael William Leochko on the early morning of March 21, 2019, at the age of 58, at the Health Science Centre Winnipeg. Left to mourn his passing his loving family, wife Karen, sons, Jasper (Skylar) & Zak; mom Theresa, sister Sherry & Tom Pedlow, brother Billy & Bev Leochko, children Devin & Samantha; mother- in- law Mary Bernice Swedlo, Sharron & Paul, Janice & Barrett, Jenn & Pete, Sandy & Billy, Kalon and Alysha, Connor & Carlea, Jim, Joyce, Jack and Wendy, Blake and Janelle, Johl & Keelan; aunties, Annette, Cecile, Yvonne, Agnes, and Rita( Tata); numerous cousins and lifelong friends. Michael was predeceased by his Dad Walter (Slim) Leochko, infant brother (baby), Nephew Kyle, father- in- law Pete Swedlo, and many aunties and uncles, cousins & friends. In 1991 Michael married Karen and took over the family farm. Michael also worked at the Department of Highways since 1983. From shoveling asphalt, to filling holes, snow plowing and eventually became the sub-forman. Along the way made he many friends and many stories to be told. In Michael’s spare time he enjoyed snowmobiling, playing a good poker game, fishing, camping, a hunting guide and an overall avid hunter. The best achievement for Michael were his two sons Jasper and Zak. They were the highlight of his life, from going to baseball, hockey and curling games, feeding the buffalo or just a tour around to look for deer or elk, which he didn’t have far to go. Having the two of them achieve awards for their deer horns, so early in life is quite the accomplishment because who knows when the next time will be. Michael was a hard worker and always ready to lend a helping hand wherever needed, even in the kitchen. Michael and his Mom made perogies and were successful, even making the cabbage ones (and good at that). His forever all- time favourite, and will be missed, his head cheese, he was particular and done to a “T”. From going to King Buck for coffee, or just having a visit with friends, Michael was well- liked, a smile on his face (or that grin look). He will be sadly missed by many, forever in our hearts. A celebration of Michael’s life will take place Friday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m. in Poplarfield Community Hall, with Shirley Williams officiating. Burial will take place at the Poplarield Community Cemetery. Pallbearers: Kalon Jonasson, Jenn Humeny, Tony Welsh, Gary Kochan, Lawrence Staska and Wayne Pokrant. Honorary Pallbearers: Paul Humeny, Donny Wallach and Larry Leschynschyn. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, you could make a donation to Terry Fox Foundation. We would like to thank the staff at Arborg & District Health along with Dr. Donnelly, plus at the Health Science Centre. Also thank you all who helped while Michael was sick and during the hospital stay. Words can’t express the gratitude!!! Never be forgotten.
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