The following is a transcription of Petrofka Doukhobor Cemetery located 12 miles south of Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan. Rural Municipality of Blaine Lake No. 434. Land location: NE 25-42-7 West of Third. Latitude: 52°39.006. Longitude: 106°52.093. Transcribed by Jonathan J. Kalmakoff on July 27, 2006.
View of the cemetery from the east facing west.
Petrofka (aka Petrovka) Cemetery was established in 1899 by the Doukhobors of Petrovka village near Blaine Lake. After the abandonment of the village in 1929, the cemetery continued to be used by Doukhobors living in the Petrofka School District No. 23 (1901-1954) and is still in active use today. It is privately owned and is maintained by a cemetery committee. The cemetery is in very good condition.
The cemetery is one and a half acres in size and is enclosed by a wire fence on three sides. There is an open gate on the west side. The cemetery contains approximately 100 interments in a single section comprised of 10 rows facing east-west. Over half the graves (approximately 60) have no marker, however, many of the mounds are still clearly visible. These remain unidentified. With respect to graves with markers, the markers are typically plain slate, marble or concrete upright headstones or flat markers set flush to the ground. Click here for an online cemetery map.
To access the cemetery, travel south from the Town of Blaine Lake on Highway No. 12 for 11 miles (17.7 km). Follow the highway for another 1/4 mile (.4 km) as it bends to the southeast. Then turn south on the grid road and continue for 3/4 miles (1.2 km). The cemetery is on the west 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|
|Baioff||Fred G.||1918||1959||Son of Gabriel & Malasha|
|Baioff||Gabriel D.||1891||1947||Son of Dmitro & Lusha|
|Borix||Annie||1901||2000||Wife of Nicholis|
|Horkoff||Helen||May 4, 1904||Mar. 18, 1983||Wife of Max|
|Horkoff||Max||Jun. 25, 1896||Apr. 21, 1985|
|Olenovich||Tillie S.||1913||2002||Wife of Joseph – Nee Postnikoff|
|Padowski||Pearl||1872||Sep. 17, 1939||Wife of Peter|
|Padowski||Peter||May 15, 1875||Mar. 2, 1956|
|Perehudoff||John P.||Jun. 1896||May 1966|
|Postnikoff||Anastasia||1898||1953||Wife of George|
|Postnikoff||Dorothy||1919||1944||Wife of John|
|Postnikoff||Edward G.||1913||1988||Son of George & Anastasia|
|Postnikoff||Fannie||1907||Jul. 1963||Wife of Nick – nee Gulioff|
|Postnikoff||John S.||1873||Sep. 8, 1961||No Marker|
|Postnikoff||Marion||1919||–||Wife of Edward – Vacant|
|Postnikoff||Mavrunia||1871||1941||Wife of Nicoli – Nee Popoff|
|Postnikoff||Peter N.||1924||2001||Son of Nick & Fannie|
|Postnikoff||Wasunia||1879||Jun. 6, 1942||Wife of Simon – Nee Salikin|
|Reban||Masha||1867||1945||Wife of Alex|
|Reban||Mildred (Millie)||1907||1995||Wife of Paul – Nee Postnikoff|
|Reban-Cheveldayoff||Pauline||Mar. 15, 1913||Nov. 27, 2005|
|Strelioff||Marion G.||1922||Nov. 22, 2002||Law, RCAF|
View of the cemetery from the southeast facing northwest.
Banya (bathouse) on the Petrofka cemetery grounds.
Various sources of data have been used in compiling this information including marker transcriptions. I have photos of the headstones and would be happy to share them. This is a work in progress. If readers have any comments, corrections or additions with respect to Petrofka Cemetery, please contact Jonathan J. Kalmakoff.