Friday, June 26th
Tompkins Funeral Chapel
A heart of gold stopped beating, leaving a legacy of love and caring with all who knew him and loved him. A dedicated family man and friend, always demonstrating great respect and caring for others.
Generous and hard-working, a man who touched many lives with his kind and loving spirit - always placing the needs of others before his own. He will be forever in our hearts and dearly missed.
Dennis Anton Zaporosky was born on September 27, 1947, in Rose Valley, Saskatchewan. He was the fourth son born to Michael and Lena Zaporosky. Raised on the family farm at Fosston, he went to school at both Fosston and Rose Valley.
After finishing school, Dennis headed to the big city where he worked at a variety of jobs before deciding that being an "Iron Worker" was what he enjoyed most. He became a proud member of Iron Workers' Union Local #771 and carried out his job with great pride and meticulous work.
1968 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: two sets of eyes locked on each other and destiny was sealed. Since a first date on April 5, 1968, Dennis and Mary Kay have been inseparable, starting on a journey filled with overwhelming love, respect and sharing. They married on April 22, 1972, living and working in Saskatoon. God blessed their love for each other with the birth of their son Kelly Dean in 1975 and daughter Jennifer Lee in 1976.
In 1978 they decided to help his parents farm and they moved to Wadena. After a few years farming Dennis took on the job as caretaker for Weneeda Park Lodge and over his 18 years there he cultivated special and long-lasting friendships with his co-workers. Due to ill health, he had to retire early and dearly missed his "girls at work".
Over the years, Dennis greatly enjoyed his time playing old-timer hockey, curling, working with Wadena Minor Sports, implementing Search and Rescue and volunteering with many activities - always ready to put his hand to a job that needed to be done, helping friends and community with his many skills and dedication to a "job well done". Hours well spent, filled with laughter amongst good friends.
Dennis will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Mary Kay; son Kelly (Stephanie), daughter Jennifer (Brad) and four beautiful grandchildren: Shelby, Skylar, Blake and Ryder; brother Eugene and many loving brothers- and sisters-in-law; as well as by numerous nephews and nieces.
In the early morning hours on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, Dennis passed away surrounded by his loving family showering him with love, kisses and gentle hugs. Finally - peace and tranquility.