It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Edna Laraine Ermolenko on March 31,
2021 in the Battlefords Union Hospital after a brief illness. Edan was born on October 25, 1938
to Abe and Lena (nee Vinnick) Ermolenko. They lived in the Louvain School District. Edna
recalls that whenever her dad was too busy during seeding or harvest to drive her to school, she
as a little girl, had to walk several miles to catch a ride with the Solanik kids who commuted to
school with a horse and cart. When the family moved, she completed her education at Elwell
She worked on the farm for many years where she grew a large garden, raised chickens,
ducks, and turkeys and hauled grain and bales at harvest time.
Later when she moved to Saskatoon, she was employed at several long-term care homes. At
these facilities she immensely enjoyed the work, all her co-workers plus the residents with
whom she interacted every day. She always received great recommendations from her
employers. She also was employed by the Maple Leaf Pork Plant and SaskTel in North
Edna enjoyed travelling and visiting with friends. Some of her travels took her to Cuba and the
birthplace of her father in Russia.
She loved dogs and had several faithful companions through the years including her spoiled
white Shiatzu “Billy”.
She was a fantastic cook and baker. You could never leave her house until you were thoroughly
Edna was predeceased by her parents Abe and Lena Ermolenko; her grandparents James and
Alexandra Ermolenko and Samuel and Sophie Vinnick; many uncles and aunts.
At the time of her death, she was survived by her brother Elmer of Biggar and many cousins
Thank you to the kind people at Gerein Funeral Home for helping with arrangements.
Her interment will take place at a later date in the Arelee Mennonite Cemetery.