Obituary of Denise Marie Esopenko
DENISE MARIE ESOPENKO
November 12, 1930 to March 12, 2022
Mrs. Denise Esopenko of Prince Albert, Sask., and formerly of Strong Pine District passed away peacefully in the Herb Bassett Nursing Home on March 12, 2022 at 6:50 a.m. and at age 91 she fell asleep in Jesus, soon to be awakened at the trumpet of Jesus’ Second Coming.
She was born on November 12, 1930 on the family farm approximately nine miles from Kenaston, Sask. She grew up there and met and married Frank Schmidt with whom she had three children: Linda, Darlene and Edward. She continued her journey alone with her children and moved to Prince Albert. She found employment at the Metropolitan Store while her children were placed in care of St. Patrick’s Orphanage for 4 years. In a few years time she met William Esopenko and moved with him to the farm in Strong Pine along with her children. Their union blessed them with another daughter, Sharon. She spent many busy years on the mixed farm raising her family, working alongside William. She worked hard in her garden and provided many great meals to those who came through her door. Denise and William married “officially” January 27, 1980 with their family witnessing the happy occasion. The years passed by and when they finally decided to retire they moved into Prince Albert where they resided for about 18 years. Denise then moved into the nursing home, with William following shortly thereafter, where she received excellent loving care until her passing.
Denise had such a generous and loving heart. She provided many meals as the family grew and she loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren dearly. She loved having company visit her at the nursing home and those that were able to gladly did so. Denise was a faithful member of Prince Albert Seventh Day Adventist church since 1980.
Denise was predeceased by her husband: William in June 2020; her parents: Prosper and Martha Bruynooghe; her brothers: Gilbert (Hannah), and Daniel (Irene); and her sister: Simonne (Eugene) Gartner and nephew Brent Gartner; her parents-in-law: Michael and Maria Esopenko; her brothers-in-law: Leon (Mary) Esopenko, Nicolas (Susan) Esopenko, George Esopenko, Vic Phaneuf, Bill Eimers, Dave Kosowan and Dwight Leonard; her sisters-in-law Anne (Mike) Snider, Kay (Bud) Bohach and Aksania (Pete) Peterson.
Denise is survived by her daughter Linda Barden, Grandson Trevor (Crystal) Barden, and their children: Angela, Anthony, Ashton, Cody, Skylar, Charleigh and Abigail; Granddaughter Nicole (Rob) Brandoline and their children: Nathan, Zachary and Julia; daughter Jenna Rose Morgan, Grandson Christopher (Krystal) Meeds and their children: Taylor and Nathan; Granddaughter Christina (Brad) McGowan and their children: Houston and Zoey; son Edward (Karen) Esopenko, Grandson Erron (Amanda) Esopenko and their children Aurora and Grayson; Grandson Ryan (Laurie Johnson) Esopenko and their son Jordan; daughter Sharon (Bryan) Otte, Granddaughter Chantel (Bryden) Casemore and their children Aubryn and Eliana; Grandson Jared (Sammy Potvin) Otte; and Grandson Landon (Esther) Otte; and sisters-in-law: Maria Kosowan Leonard, Stephanie Phaneuf and Jayne Eimers.
She is also survived by many nieces & nephews some of who include: Elaine Fylyma, Kelly Bruynooghe, Phillip (Terri) Bruynooghe, God-Daughter Dianne Morgan (Jim Beach), Ken Gartner (Linda Boyce), Gloria Leite (Dave), Daryl Gartner (Anna), Bernadette Sanheim (Ken), Gerry Gartner (Cathy), and Sherry Sabourin (Leon).
Funeral service will be held on Friday, March 25, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1112-3rd Street East, Prince Albert. The service will be live-streamed on the Prince Albert Seventh Day Adventist sites via YouTube and Facebook for those unable to attend in person.
Private family interment will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to www.adra.ca - Ukrainian Relief Fund. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is meeting Ukrainian refugees with food and shelter in the bordering countries as they leave Ukraine.
Special thanks to each and every one of the staff involved in Denise’s care over the past eight years. Thank you to Merla Pugh for your dedication and contribution to mom’s happy times at the HBH.
Denise will be sincerely missed by her family and friends.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.grays.ca. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Gray’s Funeral Chapel, (306) 922-4729.