Josephine Kathrine Mackow
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Josephine Kathrine Mackow, aged 85 years of Moose Jaw, SK on Monday, March 15th, 2021 at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital. Josephine was born to Anton and Katie Smuk on April 22nd, 1935. She was the youngest of eleven children, all whom have predeceased her: Mary, Betty, Pauline, Ella, Minnie, Helen, Stella, Peter, Johnny and Joey. Josephine leaves to mourn: her husband of 68 years, Harry; children: Terry (Janice), Vern (Bonnie), Lorrie Harris (Doug), and Ken (Michelle; grandchildren: Kara, Ryan, Kelli (Craig), Kurtis (Steph), Jared (Lori), Kyle (Julie), Jesse and Colton Harris, Briana (Ethan), and Carter (Mckenzie); and was Bubba to 18 great-grandchildren.
Josephine was brought up in the Ukrainian Catholic faith that she kept near and dear to her heart until her passing. She met Harry, the love of her life, following her sister’s wedding and they were married after a brief courtship. She was swept away to the Mackow family farm located three miles west of the present homestead. They lived there with her in-laws (can you imagine) and this is where Terry and Vern were born. They moved on from the “tight” living arrangements to their own house east of the old 19 Highway. Conditions improved immensely for Josephine with the luxury of power, telephone and main road for the school bus. The family grew with the addition of Lorrie and Ken. Josephine and Harry built a new house at this site, a house she was very proud to call her home. A large garden kept her busy and supplied the family with canned goods for winter and many delicious meals, Borscht, cabbage rolls, and perogies, to name a few. She worked side by side with Harry helping with the farm work.
They both enjoyed camping and fishing with extended family, going on bus trips and the casino. She always told us that she only played the penny and nickel machines. Josephine and Harry retired and stayed on the farm until 2010 when they bought a condo in Moose Jaw, where they have lived until present.
Josephine was diagnosed with colon cancer in December 2020 and fought a silent battle that she was adamant she could do on her own.
A Private Family Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in Moose Jaw, SK. Interment will take place at Thunder Creek St Peters and Paul Cemetery with Father Vasyl Tymishak officiating. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Josephine’s name may be made to STARS Air Ambulance, 2640 Airport Road, Regina, SK S4W 1A3. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Gary McDowell, Funeral Director 306-693-4550