Elona “Lena” Picklyk (nee Jaremchuk), age 98, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at Hillcrest Place in Brandon, Manitoba with her oldest and youngest sons by her side. Lena was born to Stephan and Mary (Cohan) Jaremchuk in Endeavour, Saskatchewan on August 28, 1922. Lena and her four sisters grew up largely without their father who unfortunately passed away in his 30s. She attended Mannanah School in the Stenen District until she was 13 years old. In her mid-teens Lena began working as a kitchen aide at various nearby farms during harvest.
When Lena was 18 years old she met Philip Picklyk, a farmer from Danbury, Saskatchewan. They married on April 6, 1941 and settled on a farm near Danbury. Lena and Philip raised a family of four boys and four girls. Her life as a farmwife and mother was very full: cooking, washing clothes, sewing, gardening, and tending to the physical and emotional needs of her family.
In her late teens Lena made a decision to follow Christ. She was faithful to the Lord throughout her entire life and her children, extended family, and friends saw evidence of her devotion to God. Lena’s faith consisted of four pillars: the Bible, the Lord’s Prayer, the fear and reverence of God, and private prayers. While living in Swan River she attended the Living Word Tabernacle. On the farm, the Living Word radio broadcast and many other broadcasts were the Sunday Church.
As a young girl Lena enjoyed drawing, geography, collecting poems, singing, and praying. Later on in life she began to memorize Bible verses. She would often go for walks around the farm, sometimes accompanied by her dog, Tim. Lena also liked to send cards, letters, and write out scripture verses on little pieces of paper that she’d display or tuck into books and Bibles. Her kitchen table and living room area had pictures of cute cats, dogs, birds and other baby animals. Her favourite pictures of the family were also propped up on the kitchen table and Lena enjoyed showing them off to whomever came to visit.
Due to health considerations, Philip and Lena retired from the farm in 1984 and moved to Swan River, Manitoba. In 2003 Lena relocated to Hobbs Manor in Brandon and eventually to Hillcrest Place in the spring of 2016.
Lena was pre-deceased by her husband Philip in 1986 and her four sisters Evangeline (Stanley) Strykowski, Sophie (Steve) Bymak, Doreen (Nick) Babowski and Annie (Peter) Dankowich. Left to cherish her memory are her children Nathanael (Thaisa) Picklyk, Andrew (Evelyn) Picklyk, Marcy (Walter) Labocki, David (Jeannette) Picklyk, Hazel (Hugh) Norstrom, MaeBelle (Dave) Clark, Georgina (Dwayne) Trelenberg, and Charles Picklyk as well as 23 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
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