Obituary of Margaret "Kay" Serwachak
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Margaret “Kay” Serwachak was born on July 11, 1933, to parents, David and Frances Penman. A sister to brothers, Dave and Roger. Kay grew up on a farm south of Czar, riding her horse to Horsehaven School. In 1944, they moved into Czar, where her parents bought the general store.
Kay attended Czar School, later graduating from Hughenden High School in 1952. Her time was spent working part-time at the store and continued working there after graduation.
On August 17, 1955, Kay married Walter “Chuck” Serwachak. To this union, four children completed their family, Laura (1956), Leanne (1959), Brett (1962) and Alana (1964). Life was very busy, with Kay working at the store and chuck operating Chucks Transport and raising a family. Later their family grew with the addition of two son in laws and grandchildren, which kept life interesting.
After the store burned down in 1971, Lawrason’s build a grocery store, where mom worked as manager for Roy and Marvin. Later, the store was sold, and mom went to work at Czar Implements for Bill, Dave and Marie Lane. She continued working for Dave and Marie in their new store across town, until she retired in 1993.
Kay loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, attending many of their sports events, Christmas concerts, 4-H events and spoiling them in general! And of course, “they could do no wrong”. “Grandma made the best pumpkin pie and homemade jelly ever.” Auntie Leanne is now the “queen of pumpkin pie makers”. Kay also enjoyed helping her daughter Laura at the Tea House. Mom also enjoyed crocheting, crossword, jigsaw puzzles and suduko.
Mom loved watching show jumping and was thrilled to attend Spruce Meadows with Dave and Shirley. As most of us know, Mom was an avid Blue Jays fan. She knew all about players, trades, managers etc. We were amazed at her knowledge of the game. So needless to say, we all became Blue Jays fans. It was a highlight to watch a game with her and we got a kick out of her armchair coaching! She even kept a record book that she made recording each game, until her health started to decline.
Mom was a wonderful mother and although she suffered the heartbreaking loss of many family members, she remained a strong and loving support to the rest of her family. As her health declined, she entered Long Term Care where she made many friends with patients and staff alike.
Mom passed away peacefully on January 27, 2023 at the age of 89 years.
She is lovingly remembered by her daughters, Leanne and Laura (Blaine); grandchildren, Stacey (Julianna), Amber (Kevin), Cole (Tiffany), Caileigh (Erik), Walker (Rae-Ann); great grandchildren, Dylon, Gabriella, Koen, Tori, Brody, Keegan and Summer.
Kay was predeceased by her husband, Chuck; son, Brett; daughter, Alana; son in law, Randy; great-great granddaughter, Ellie Kay; parents, David and Frances Penman; parents in law, Joe and Helen Serwachak; brothers, Dave and Roger; brother in law, Ted Grocock; sister in laws, Shirley, Donna, Shirley Ann Berndt; and nephew, Duane Penman.
A Funeral for Kay will take place on Friday, February 10, 2023 at the Czar Cultural & Recreation Centre in Czar, Alberta at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Paul McCormick officiating.