The following is an overview of the Spasovka Doukhobor Cemetery located 7 1/2 miles north of Veregin, Saskatchewan. Rural Municipality of Sliding Hills No. 273. Land location: NE 25-30-1 West of Second. Latitude: 51°37.857. Longitude: 102°01.019. Transcribed by Jonathan J. Kalmakoff with Fred S. Petroff on May 1, 2005.
View of the cemetery from the north facing south. It is marked by a bluff of trees.
Spasovka Cemetery was established in 1899 by the Doukhobors of Spasovka village near Veregin. After the abandonment of the village in 1919, the cemetery continued to be used by local Doukhobors until 1948. Thereafter, it ceased to be be in active operation. Over the years, it has become badly overgrown. The cemetery is privately owned.
The cemetery is approximately a half acre in size. There is dense scrub and brush throughout. The cemetery contains approximately 75 interments in several rows facing east-west. The graves are unmarked and leveled. Today, all that remains is a bluff of trees in the middle of a cultivated field.
To access the cemetery, travel north from the junction of Highway No. 5 and the Village of Veregin Exit on gravel Secondary Route No. 637 for 3 1/2 miles (5.6 km). Then turn east and continue on the gravel road for 2 3/4 miles (4.4 km). The cemetery is on the south side of the road, approximately 1/2 a mile (.8 km) from the road allowance. This cemetery is on private property and permission to access should be obtained by the owners.
There is no burial register, cemetery plot map, death certificates, grave markers or other records for Spasovka Cemetery. According to tradition, the following people are known to have been buried there:
|Surname||Name||Birth Date||Death Date||Comments|
|Chernenkoff||Avdotia I.||1871||Nov. 1, 1948||No Marker|
In addition, the following families resided in Spasovka village and may have members buried in Spasovka Cemetery: Babakaeff, Bawolin, Chernenkoff, Chernoff, Chutskoff, Davidoff, Horkoff, Kabatoff, Kholodinin, Maloff, Novokshonoff, Podovinnikoff, Rebalkin, Semenoff, Shkuratoff, Strelieff, Tarasoff.
View of Spasovka village commemorative marker located 1/2 mile north-east of the cemetery.
Detailed view of Spasovka village commemorative plaque.
Special thanks to George Strelieff for assisting in locating the cemetery. This is a work in progress. If readers have any comments, corrections or additions with respect to Spasovka Cemetery, please contact Jonathan J. Kalmakoff.