Sadly the family of Laura Hoolaeff of Ootischenia wishes to announce her passing at Talarico Place Care Centre on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, blessed with 95 years of life.
Laura was born in the village of Verigin, Saskatchewan on November 16, 1915 to parents Nastia and John Trofimenkoff. She completed grade 7, but had to leave school to help standing sheaths on the family farm. In 1937, the family of the parents, three daughters and one son moved to Grand Forks.
In 1939, Laura met and married William Arkeep Hoolaeff and the young couple made their home in Pass Creek, where they raised two daughters and one son. Laura was a devoted lifelong member of the USCC and spent much of her time attending prayer services and psalm singing, which she participated in until her old age. Through her devotion to the Doukhobour faith, Laura initiated the Children’s Sunday Meetings in Pass Creek, where she taught the children for many years. Laura was an avid homemaker and grew a vegetable garden until she was 92 years old.
In 1987, after her husband William passed away, Laura moved to Ootischenia to be nearer her younger daughter Luba. As Laura had her own car and a driver’s licence she was the chauffer for her dear friends Nellie Voykin and Vera Kinakin and when Vera passed away, Florence Nevokshonoff joined the “Golden Girls” in their treks to meetings, funerals and social events. Laura drove until the age of 90, when her failing vision made her surrender her prized driver’s licence.
Laura was predeceased by her husband William, son-in-law Bill Koochin, sister Annie Swetlikoff and husband Larry, sister Polly Chursinoff and brother Peter and his wife Doris and their daughter and her husband Sophie and Sam Dutoff.
Left to mourn her loss are daughters Nona Koochin of Grand Forks and Luba (Larry) Stoochnoff of Ootischenia; son Louis (Nila) of Victoria; six grandsons; two granddaughters; seven great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at the Brilliant Cultural Centre on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 followed by interment at the Pass Creek Cemetery.
“MAY GOD ACCEPT HER INTO HIS
The family would like to thank Dr. Merritt and all the staff at Talarico Place Care Centre for the kindness and caring given to their mother and grandmother. They would also like to thank all the friends and relatives for their
love and support.