Sister Adrianne Katherine Charanduk, SSMI
1927 — 2018

Sister Adrianne, a Sister Servant of Mary Immaculate, died at Bethany Home, in Winnipeg, MB, on Sunday, February 11, 2018, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, in her 91st year and 69th year in Religious Life.


Her life

Katherine was born on July 4, 1927, in Ituna, SK (Churchill District). Her parents, Anthony and Mary (Spilchuk) had immigrated to Canada from Ukraine with their parents and siblings in 1908 from the village of Yamnytcia, Ivano-Frankivsk. She was named after her sister Katherine, who had died in infancy.

The Charanduks were blessed with eight daughters and eight sons. In the pioneer days, before health care was available many families experienced the sorrow of seeing their children die before they did. Their daughter, Katherine, died in infancy, and their daughter, Stella, died at the age of 18. Their son, Tony, joined the Canadian army during World War II, and was killed while in training for overseas battle.

Yet the grief they experienced was interwoven with many blessings and joys: weddings, baptisms, anniversaries. A special blessing was having two Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate in the family to pray for them and share in their joys and trials.


Katherine was born in the year her older sister, Dora (Sister Neonilia), entered the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate. Her parents’ deep faith was passed on to their children, who attended catechism classes taught by the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate in Ituna. They were firm believers in the Ukrainian Catholic Church. The family was also involved in the life of the community, helping to build a hall and promoting their Ukrainian culture, a treasure they brought with them from Ukraine and shared with their children.

Katherine attended the local Churchill School, sacrificing some of her schooling to help the family. In the mid-1940s Katherine joined other family members and cousins, who had come to Toronto to find work. She resided with her eldest married sister Anne. She was hired to work at T. Eaton’s Store in the mail order department, where she, no doubt, packed parcels for families in Ituna!


Having experienced Christ’s call, on May 01, 1949, Katherine entered the Sisters Servants’ Novitiate, which was Ancaster, ON. She took the religious name Adrianne. Sister Adrianne made her first profession of vows January 07, 1952 and final profession, August 15, 1958.

The Sisters Servants remain grateful to the faithful pioneers of the Ituna district, who had given six daughters (six first cousins) to serve the Lord in their Congregation. The witness and life of dedicated Christian families and the ministry of the Eastern Rite Redemptorist pastors bore abundant fruit!

In her 68 years as a Sister Servant, Sister Adrianne wholeheartedly served her religious community, church and people in local missions in Alberta (Willingdon, Mundare, Calgary), Saskatchewan (Yorkton, Saskatoon, Ituna), Manitoba (Winnipeg, in both Immaculate Heart and Bethany Homes), Ontario (Ancaster, Toronto, Ottawa) and Quebec (Montreal) and international missions in Philadelphia, PA, USA, Rome, Italy, Munich, Germany, Mackwiller and Lourdes, France.


Most often, she served in the kitchens, or did other domestic work in various SSMI mission homes (Philadelphia, Yorkton, Saskatoon, Rome, Toronto, Ituna, Mundare, Calgary, Montreal, Winnipeg) and institutions, (Sacred Heart Academy in Yorkton, SK; Mount Mary Immaculate Academy and later Retreat Centre, in Ancaster, Mary Immaculate Hospital in Mundare), but also in more unique locales, such as the Bishop’s residence in Munich, a mission in Mackwiller that served as a retreat centre or children’s camp, and at two seminaries, San Giosafat Seminary, in Rome, and Holy Spirit Seminary in Ottawa.

She will be well remembered for the several years she spent as hostess in our Generalate in Rome, receiving many important guests at this hub of our Community.

In Lourdes, along with this domestic work, she offered hospitality to pilgrims, touring them to the Shrine, praying and visiting with them. In many of these missions, she was also responsible for the care of chapels and churches, decorating them for major feasts, caring for altar linens and providing hosts for Holy Communion.


Her dedicated domestic service in Holy Spirit Seminary, Ottawa, for over twelve years, her motherly presence, practical instruction and advice and compassion are gratefully remembered by those who now serve in our Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy and Eparchies as Bishops and priests.

It is obvious from the above-listed mission work that Sister Adrianne was gifted in many ways. She truly took a common-sense approach to life. But to have persevered, adapted quickly and kept “learning on the job” witnesses to her deep spirituality. She did things well, whatever was called for, because she was serving the Lord, first and foremost. She grew in the love of the Lord and His Mother by her fidelity to her prayer life, participation in Divine Liturgies and other church services. Her mission in Rome and Lourdes were precious opportunities for her to grow in her understanding of the Universal Church and the powerful intercession of the Mother of God. She was deeply grateful to the SSMI community for all the opportunities given her and the care and support in her later years, where her ministry was one of offering her sufferings and prayers, especially for those whom she had served in her missions, notably in the seminaries.

She valued her opportunities for personal renewal in Arnprior, ON, and in Madison, CT. She was pleased to be able to participate in the Centenary celebrations of the Congregation in Ukraine in 1992.


Throughout her life Sister Adrianne’s duties were demanding of her energy, but though she suffered from various health issues, she always recovered well, and was able to resume her duties with her characteristic energy and warmth of personality. She even survived a mishap of surgery in her last decade, and was able to resume full mobility, somewhat miraculously, for several years afterwards. Having just returned to Winnipeg, she succumbed to her frailty, and went home to meet her Lord.

Sister Adrianne loved her family dearly, and would visit whenever she was able. We can be certain that she prayed for all family members, especially the younger generation. She had a unique opportunity to celebrate with her sister, Sister Neonilia’s 100th birthday, and some months later, was able to pray at her sister’s bedside, as she passed away.

Sister Adrianne was predeceased by her parents, and her siblings Anne, Dora (Sr. Neonilia, SSMI), Sophie, Olga, John, Tony, Bill, Harry, Stella, Catherine, Alex, Mary, Nestor, Isadore and Bennie.

She leaves to celebrate her life sisters-in-law Clare (Isadore) and Eva (Harry), and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and family members in Ukraine, as well as her Religious family of Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate.

Her funeral


Funeral prayers began on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Bethany Home, in Winnipeg, with a rosary with family and Sisters. At 5:00 pm, His Grace Metropolitan Lawrence Huculak, Archeparch of Winnipeg, celebrated Panakhyda, concelebrated by Rev. Andrew Wach, former rector of Holy Spirit Seminary, where Sister Adrianne served for many years. Rev. Wach offered words of heartfelt tribute for her services at Holy Spirit Seminary, where he had been rector for three years. Sister Christina Syrotynsky, Provincial Superior, gave the eulogy.

On Friday, February 16, 2018, before the requiem Divine Liturgy, at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, a rosary was led by Doreen Prokopchuk, SSMI Associate. At 10:00 am, the requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Metropolitan Huculak; concelebrants included Fathers Larry Kondra, CSsR, Provincial; John Sianchuk, CSsR; Matthew Drury, OSBM, Emilian Nychak, OSBM, Michael Krochak, Michael Kwiatkowski, Ed Kwiatkowski and Andrew Wach. Members of Sister Adrianne’s family honoured her by their participation. Niece Sharon Kinasz carried the processional cross. Pall bearers were nieces and nephews (and spouses) Yvonne and Barry Bohach, Daryl Charanduk, Marion and Ray Cherkewich, Kathy and Glen Yanko and Andy and Connie Charanduk. Great-niece Adrianne Salter read the Epistle. The cantor was Lesia Sianchuk, CEO of Lubov SSMI Foundation.

In his homily, Metropolitan Lawrence likened Sister Adrianne to both Martha and Mary, of Luke’s Gospel. Like Martha, she was ever the hostess, with the focus, energy and skill to make sure all her guests felt welcome and comfortable. Like Mary, she was prayerful, sitting at the feet of Jesus, letting Him fill her heart, so that she also, as Mary did at the Resurrection, could share the Good News, as she, for instance, encouraged the seminarians in their discipleship.

Interment at Holy Family Cemetery was followed by a funeral luncheon at St. Nicholas parish hall, with desserts provided by the SSMI Associates and the UCWLC.

At the luncheon, Sister Christina again spoke on the life of Sister Adrianne, also touching upon the last moments of her life, spent with her Sisters at Bethany Home.

Daryl Charanduk spoke on behalf of the family, of how special Sister Adrianne was, how her love for each of them was evident, large as the family was, and how deeply she will be missed by all the generations she left behind. He also thanked the Sisters of Bethany Home for the warm welcome extended to Sister Adrianne’s family; it certainly eased the pain of their loss.

Sister Darlene Pelechaty, Superior of Bethany Home, expressed thanks to all who came to bid farewell to Sister Adrianne, to Metropolitan Lawrence and concelebrants for their deeply appreciated services, and to all who participated or contributed in any way to Sister Adrianne’s final journey to be with her beloved Lord.

In her memory, charitable donations may be made to SSMI Lubov Foundation – Holy Family Home Building Expansion.