The following is a transcription of the Blahodarovka Doukhobor Cemetery located 4 miles south-west of Veregin, Saskatchewan. Rural Municipality of Sliding Hills No. 273. Land location: NE 19-29-1 West of Second. Latitude: 51°32.061. Longitude: 102°05.168. Transcribed by Jonathan J. Kalmakoff with Fred S. Petroff on May 21, 2005.
View of the cemetery from the north facing south. Note the dense brush.
Blahodarovka (Blagodarnoye) Cemetery was established in 1899 by the Doukhobors of Blagodarnoye village near Veregin. After the abandonment of the village in 1920, the cemetery continued to be used by local Doukhobors until the 1950’s. It is no longer in active use and is badly overgrown. It is privately owned.
The cemetery is approximately one acre in size and is enclosed by a wire fence. There is dense scrub and brush throughout. The cemetery contains approximately 100 interments in a single section comprised of nine rows facing east-west. Over half the graves (82) have no marker, however, many of the mounds are still clearly visible. I have used death certificates and oral tradition to identify eighteen of these. The remaining 64 or so unmarked graves are unidentified. With respect to graves with markers, the markers are typically plain, upright marble or slate headstones. Click here for an online cemetery map.
To access the cemetery, travel west from Veregin on Highway No. 5 for 1/2 a mile (.8 km). Then turn south on Secondary Route No. 637 for 3 1/2 miles (5.6 km). Turn west and continue on the gravel road for 1 1/4 miles (2.0 km). The cemetery is on the south side of the road allowance. This cemetery is on private property and permission to access should be obtained by the owners.
|Surname||Name||Birth Date||Death Date||Comments|
|Baulin||Philip||1852||Dec. 16, 1922||No Marker|
|Bawoolin||Sam S.||Jan. 1, 1931||Feb. 13, 1931||No Marker|
|Chutskoff||Mrs. Fred||Jun. 20, 1888||Oct. 22, 1925||No Marker|
|Hleboff||Fred A.||1865||May 21, 1943||No Marker|
|Holoboff||Peter W.||–||Apr. 13, 1935|
|Kazakoff||Ahafia D.||1858||Jul. 31, 1945||No Marker|
|Kazakoff||Alex N.||Dec. 1, 1910||Feb. 5, 1930||No Marker|
|Kazakoff||Anastasia||–||Mar. 13, 1905|
|Kazakoff||George J.||Apr. 15, 1882||Jan. 10, 1948|
|Kazakoff||Harry A.||Apr. 20, 1862||Apr. 4, 1931||No Marker|
|Kazakoff||Ivan I.||Oct. 1880||Apr. 13, 1935|
|Kazakoff||Nikifor M.||Feb. 9, 1888||Mar. 28, 1923|
|Kazakoff||Wasil E.||Mar. 1856||Jun. 4, 1934||No Marker|
|Kinakin||Fedosia M.||1843||Dec. 17, 1944|
|Kinakin||Wasil J.||Jun. 23, 1845||May 29, 1935|
|Perepelkin||Alexei||Apr. 25, 1925||Apr. 30, 1928|
|Perepelkin||Fred P.||1869||1948||No Marker|
|Perepelkin||Mary M.||May 20, 1866||Apr. 4, 1943||No Marker|
|Podmaroff||Annie M.||Jun. 28, 1869||Nov. 21, 1933|
|Podmoroff||Peter W.||Jun. 1, 1923||Sep. 24, 1924||No Marker|
|Remezoff||Martha||1883||1953||Wife of Egor|
|Remezoff||John E.||Mar. 15, 1907||May 10, 1945|
|Remezoff||Peter E.||Aug. 13, 1915||Jul. 17, 1923||No Marker|
|Remizoff||Wasyl S.||1888||Nov. 1919||No Marker|
|Strelaeff||Anastasia||Oct. 1891||Apr. 1, 1938||Died – age 42 years|
|Strelaeff||Tatiana P.||1852||Oct. 17, 1929||No Marker|
|Strelaeff||Wasyl W.||1888||Sep. 13, 1946||No Marker|
|Strelaeff||William P.||Oct. 17, 1920||Jan. 26, 1940|
|Strelaiff||Polly||1880||Jan. 12, 1943||Died – age 63 years|
|Strilaiff||Avdotia||Jul. 5, 1856||Aug. 8, 1932||Died – age 76 years|
|Strilaiff||Irene||Jul. 5, 1941||Feb. 3, 1944|
View of the cemetery sign from the grid road facing south
Various sources of data have been used in compiling this information including: marker transcriptions, death certificates and oral tradition. I have photos of the headstones and would be happy to share them. Special thanks to Jack Kazakoff for assisting in locating the cemetery and to Peter Remesoff and Kathy Deis for identifying additional interments. This is a work in progress. If readers have any comments, corrections or additions with respect to Blahodarovka Cemetery, please contact Jonathan J. Kalmakoff.