Nick Chalaturnyk, 82, of Lancaster, Minnesota, died on January 19th
at Altru Health Systems in Grand Forks.
Nicholas Chalaturnyk was born to John and Maria Chalaturnyk on March
17, 1930, in Gardenton, Manitoba, Canada. He was the youngest in a
family of eleven. He attended school near Tolstoi, Manitoba. At 16
he began working for the Canadian Railroad. He later enlisted in the
Royal Canadian Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry as a
paratrooper. He worked various jobs including several years with
Torro in Minneapolis and Motor Coach Industries in Pembina until his
retirement in 1995.
Nick married Leona Masloski on June 20, 1977 in Canby, Minnesota.
They lived north of Lancaster until the time of his death.
Nick loved hunting, fishing, bird-watching, playing pull-tabs and
scratch-off lottery tickets. He was an avid card player and he
always had a swisher mixed for friends and family. His
great-grandchildren were treated to licorice, popcorn and candy bars
every time they visited.
Nick is survived by his wife, Leona; son Wayne Chalaturnyk (Judy),
Cold Lake, Alberta; daughters Sharon Prosser (Gerry), Carrington, ND,
Ginger LeDoux (John) Lancaster, Jean Lyberg (Arlen) Lancaster, Marie
Schmiedeberg (Rick), Warren, MN, Irene Burton, Lancaster, 15
grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Manuel, Mike, Bill,
Sam and John; sisters Pearl, Ann, Sophie, Lillian, Irene and one
Services will be held on Wednesday, January 23rd from 6-8 pm with
prayers at 7:00 p.m.in the Austin Funeral Home at Hallock. A
Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in Gardenton,