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REBENCHUK, THEODOR AND ROSILIA

by Ted and Connie

Theodor and Rosilia (nee Zatylny) immigrated from the Western Ukraine in 1907. Initially they settled in Sifton, Manitoba, where in 1908 their first son, William, was born. In the same year (1908) they moved to Erickson where they purchased a farm two and a half miles west of Erickson (S.W. 1-18-19W). There they had three more children - Michael, Anne and Nicholas. Theodor farmed in this area from 1908 to 1940 when an unfortunate farm accident took his right leg. At this time, and for the following ten years (until 1950), he became a shoemaker in and about the Erickson District. By 1950 they were ready to retire so they moved to British Columbia where Theodor passed away in November of 1951. At this time Rosilia and Bill (the eldest son) returned to reside in the town of Erickson. Rosilia's demise was in 1974. Bill remains in Erickson in the house that he and his parents resided in as at the date of writing - March 1983.

Children of Theodor and Rosilia:

Bill (William) is single and currently resides in the town of Erickson and is retired.

Mike (Michael) married Anne Semeniuk and deceased June 10, 1976. They have four children - Allan, Verna, Evangeline and Theodore. (refer to Michael and Anne Rebenchuk)

Anne married Stan Chastko. They farmed in the Shoal Lake area from 1937 to 1981. They are now retired and reside in Brandon. They have two sons - Robert and Bernard.

Nicholas married Mary Sahetsky. Nick is currently working in Winnipeg General Post Office and resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They have three daughters ­ Patricia (Kozicki), Marilyn (Grodecki) and Adele

The Theodore Rebenchuk Family. Back Row, Left to Right: Bill, Anne, Mike. Sealed: Theodor, Rosilia. Front: Nick.

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(Morris).

Of the four children born to Theodor and Rosilia Rebenchuk, Bill and Mike remained in Erickson.

Bill resided with his parents until their respective deaths. During this time, Bill helped with the daily functions of running the farm and after moving to the town of Erickson, worked seasonally at Clear Lake until his retirement.

REBENCHUK, MICHAEL AND ANNE

by Ted and Connie

The Mike Rebenchuk Family - 1955. Back Row, Standing: Verna, Allan, Evangeline. Seated: Mike, Thedor, and Anne.

Mike married Anne Semeniuk of Sandy Lake, Manitoba October 9, 1939, at the Holy Ghost Church, Sandy Lake. They farmed west of Erickson until 1947, when they purchased a farm southeast of Erickson (NE 21-17-18W). This quarter section they farmed until Mike's death in 1976. Mike and Anne were both very active in the Sacred Heart Church programs. Mike served on the board of the Church from its foundation until his death. Anne was also active with the Women's Com­ mittee of the Church until her move to Winnipeg in 1979.

Mike was also the caretaker of the Erickson Skating Rink from 1959 to 1965 and took pride in this. Many a game ended at 11:00 P.M. and Mike cleaned and flooded the rink well after this in order for it to be ready for the next game, the following day.

From approximately 1965 to 1971 Mike drove, "ac­ cident free", the school bus for surrounding Erickson and Rolling River Reserve students. Besides farming, Mike worked at Johnson Cabins at Clear Lake. They had four children.

AI/an married Florence Sklar in 1964. They have one son, Ryan Allan, born December 13, 1978. Allan is currently employed with Air Canada and they reside in