May 2, 1915 – July 24, 2019

Mrs. Irene Cherneski peacefully entered eternal rest on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at the age of 104 years.
Irene Marie Cherneski (Mihalicz) was born on May 2, 1915 to John and Margaret (Gerencser) Mihalicz in the Arbury District between Punnichy and Cupar, SK.
She attended Arbury Elementary School and went on to become a noted dressmaker and seamstress in the Fenwood, SK area. She was very gifted and could look at a picture of a dress, blouse or skirt and sew it. She crocheted beautiful doilies and tablecloths, along with quilting, knitting and embroidery. While living in Fenwood, she also played on the Fenwood ladies hockey team.
Irene married Peter Cherneski of Goodeve, SK in 1942 and became a farmer’s wife. They raised three children Virginia, Jerry and Verna.
She enjoyed gardening, sewing, reading and spending time with her children.
After Peter’s passing in 1977, she moved to Yorkton and became an active member of St. Gerard’s Roman Catholic Church and the Catholic Woman’s League.
In her 104 years, she lived her life with a positive attitude, always embracing the new ideas and inventions of the time.
Irene was predeceased by her parents, John and Margaret Mihalicz; her husband, Peter; her brothers, John (Mary) Mihalicz; Joe (Polly) Mihalicz; sisters, Helen (Peter) Frishko; Wilma (Elben) Pankoski; son-in-law, Albert Kaczur; and grandson, Terrance Kaczur (in infancy).
Irene is survived by her brother, Irwin (Alexandra) Mihalicz; daughters, Virginia Kaczur; Verna (Fred) Taylor; son, Jerry (Janice Holmes) Cherneski; five grandchildren, Trenton Kaczur, Thea (Nick) Semple, Carlee Cherneski, Akele Taylor, Chad (Maureen) Cherneski; three great-grandchildren, Jayden Taylor, Keon Hunt, Liv Taylor Carter; cousins, Eugene (Lois) Mihalicz, Al (Joan Schwartz) Gerenscer and many nieces and nephews.
Prayers were held on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at St. Gerard’s Roman Catholic Church, Yorkton with
Mary Bybliw leading the prayers. The reader was Fred Taylor and pianist was Chris Fisher. Words of remembrance were shared by daughter Virginia.
The Funeral Mass was held on Monday, July 29, 2019 at St. Gerard’s Roman Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Louis Kim Nguyen as the Celebrant. The cross bearer was Jerry Cherneski. The pianist, Diana Hornung led members of the parish choir in the singing of the hymns. The readers were Thea Semple and Carlee Cherneski and the Gift Bearers were Lynn Lemire and Laurinda Pankoski.
The honorary bearers were Trenton Kaczur, Akele Taylor, Maureen Cherneski and Jayden Taylor.
The interment followed in St. Henry’s Parish Cemetery, Melville with Thea Semple, Nick Semple, Chad Cherneski, Carlee Cherneski, George Lemire and Blair Cherneski serving as the casket bearers. Memorials may be made to St. Gerard’s Church, Yorkton or St. Peter & Paul Church, Fenwood as gifts of remembrance. Condolences to the family can be posted at
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bailey’s Funeral and Cremation Care Yorkton.