Yaroslaw (Jerry) Iwanusiw

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Yaroslaw Iwanusiw was born July 24, 1905 in the village of Lopinka, Ukraine, to Father Mykola and Maria (Shyh) Iwanusiw. He was the third of five children. He completed his schooling as well as one year of theology in Peremyshl and then earned a degree in forestry engineering at the University of Vienna.

In 1931, he married Iwanna Oksana Smolynsky and began work in Stanislaviv. Following the outbreak of the war in 1939, the family moved several times within Europe, meeting up with American soldiers in Bavaria on Easter Sunday, 1945. They stayed in Pfarkirchen and Karsfeld and then Camp "Orlyk" Berchtesgaden. Their family then was four children: Motria, Oleh, Orysia, and Bohodara.

The family immigrated to Canada in 1948 to work out a sugar beet contract in the Lethbridge area. With the contract fulfilled, the family moved to Lethbridge and then, in 1950, to Edmonton where Jerry worked as a carpenter until obtaining employment with the Government of Alberta in the Surveys Branch of the Department of Highways.

Jerry served his articled with Milij (Emil) Lukomskyj, ALS and C.W. (Wally) Youngs, ALS and, upon satisfactory completion of the required examinations, was registered as an Alberta Land Surveyor on June 25, 1956. He continued his career with the government until compulsory retirement at age 65 in 1970. In that period, his survey work was primarily in the Peace River region of rights-of-ways for highways and local roads.

Following retirement from government, Jerry chose to continue in the surveying and mapping field in the capacity of a technologist, working for Canadian Engineering & Surveys Inc. until 1987, and then for Challenger Surveys and Services Ltd. until 1995. He was an active member of Plast, Ukrainian Youth Association (similar to the Boy Scouts). For his years of dedicated service he was cited with both the silver and gold awards of the highest merit. In addition to Plast he also supported and volunteered in many Ukrainian community organizations and causes at the local, provincial, and national level.

In his 90th year of life, Yaroslaw and Iwanna moved to St. Michael's Lodge and then a nursing home. Here he completed life's journey on Sunday, April 26, 1998 at 3:15 p.m. on a sunny afternoon.

Compiled By C.W. Youngs with assistance from Motria, Oleh, Orysia, and Bohodara