MARTHA KAZAKOFF

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Mom & Baba Martha Kazakoff on March 5, 2015. Martha was born on October 28, 1926 to Alec and Martha Derhousoff in Verigin, Saskatchewan. She was the fifth child of eight children. Her brothers and sisters were Helen, Alec, Tina, Fred, Martha & John. Her father passed away when Martha was only four years old. Her mom remarried Samuel Katasonoff and two more brothers Sam & Joe were born to complete the family. Martha completed grade eight in Verigin, Saskatchewan and helped with all duties on the farm. Even milking cows before going to school. She learned to cook, sew, crochet and knit from her mother. One year she knitted Indian sweaters for everyone. Her last passionate hobby was needlepoint & petite point, the artwork adorns most of her families walls including The Borscht Bowl today. Martha was an avid bowler. One year her team won the East/West Kootenay Championship & won a trip to Reno with spouses. Martha was a strict vegetarian all her life and she was passionate about growing her own garden & canning & freezing her own vegetables. She took great pride filling jars with fruits and vegetables. Martha loved her yard and spent many hours grooming the garden and beautiful flower beds. Martha loved to feed everyone. One of her favorite pastimes was to invite friends and family for lunch at The Borscht Bowl. Martha was an enormous help to her daughter Marie when she had her restaurant Partner’s Pizza and continued when Beki started The Borscht Bowl. When Alec retired they purchased a motorhome and had numerous trips in B.C., Alberta & Washington. They had several trips abroad to Cuba & Hawaii and many trips to Mexico where her daughter lived & had a restaurant. Martha is survived by daughter Lillian & son–in-law Paul Fofonoff, daughter Marie Gregory, granddaughter Beki & husband Neil Gillespie, grandson Jessie Gregory & granddaughter Shelly Fofonoff & all her nieces & nephews. Family was very important to Martha she cared so much about all her children, grandchildren and all her nieces and nephews and all her extended family. Martha will be be greatly missed by all her family & friends. We will keep our precious memories close. May God accept her into His heavenly kingdom. A service officiated by Jerry Seminoff for Martha was held on March 9, 2015 at the chapel of the Grand Forks Funeral Home & Cremation Centre Ltd. A delicious luncheon was served later by the ladies at the USCC Centre. Thank you to all who attended, the singers & the cooks. Special thanks to Jerry, Everett & Deborah for their guidance and professional services. Donations in Martha’s memory may be made to the Iskra Publications at USCC Centre or a charity of your choice.