Petrofka Cemetery – Blaine Lake District, Saskatchewan

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.

Historical Background

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.

Driving Directions

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
Baioff Malasha 1892 1977 Nee Zbitneff
Borix Annie 1901 2000 Wife of Nicholis
Borix Nicholis 1893 1952
Fedosoff Paraskovia 1870 1948  
Horkoff Helen May 4, 1904 Mar. 18, 1983 Wife of Max
Horkoff Max Jun. 25, 1896 Apr. 21, 1985
Lotoshinski Konrad 1909 1960
Lotoshinski Olga 1913 1996
Olenovich Joseph J. 1909 1977
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 Feodor I. 1909 1989  
Postnikoff George N. 1894 1947
Postnikoff Gregory 1928 2006
Postnikoff John E. 1883 1945  
Postnikoff John S. 1873 Sep. 8, 1961 No Marker
Postnikoff Marion 1919 Wife of Edward – Vacant
Postnikoff Mary 1913 1978
Postnikoff Mavrunia 1871 1941 Wife of Nicoli – Nee Popoff
Postnikoff Nick 1902 1946  
Postnikoff Nicoli W. 1857 1940  
Postnikoff Peter N. 1924 2001 Son of Nick & Fannie
Postnikoff Simon 1901 1980
Postnikoff Simon N. 1878 1961  
Postnikoff Wasunia 1879 Jun. 6, 1942 Wife of Simon – Nee Salikin
Reban Alex 1865 1956
Reban Masha 1867 1945 Wife of Alex
Reban Mildred (Millie) 1907 1995 Wife of Paul – Nee Postnikoff
Reban Paul 1901 1977
Reban-Cheveldayoff Pauline Mar. 15, 1913 Nov. 27, 2005  
Strelioff Marion G. 1922 Nov. 22, 2002 Law, RCAF
Woznick Mike 1913 2002

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.