Trudolyubovoye Cemetery – Runnymede District, Saskatchewan

The following is a transcription of the Trudolyubovoye Doukhobor Cemetery located 2 1/2 miles north-west of Runnymede, Saskatchewan. Rural Municipality of Cote No. 271. Land location: SW 10-29-31 West of First. Latitude: 51°29.837. Longitude: 101°46.373. Transcribed September 24, 2005 by Jonathan J. Kalmakoff with Fred S. Petroff & Fred J. Strelieff. 

View of the cemetery from the highway facing west. It is located on the rise of land on the

opposite side of the fence.

Historical Background

Trudolyubovoye Cemetery was established in 1899 by the Doukhobors of Trudolyubovoye village near Runnymede. It remained in use until 1902, whereafter the Trudolyubovoye Doukhobors interred their dead in the nearby Tambovka Cemetery. The cemetery is privately owned and is partially maintained.  


The cemetery is one tenth of an acre in size and is enclosed by a wire fence on the east and south sides. The cemetery contains approximately 9 interments in several rows facing east-west. The graves are unmarked and leveled. I have used oral tradition to identify 3 of these. The remaining unmarked graves are unidentified.

Driving Directions

To access the cemetery site from Kamsack, travel east on Highway No. 5 for 3 3/4 miles (6 km). Turn south on Highway No. 5 and continue for 4 3/4 miles (7.6 km). To access the cemetery site from Runnymede, travel west on Highway No. 5 for 2 3/4 miles (4.4 km). The cemetery is on the west side of the road allowance, on a rise of land in the south-east corner of the quarter-section. This cemetery site 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 Trudolyubovoye Cemetery. According to tradition, the following people are known to have been buried there:

Surname Name Birth Date Death Date Comments
Barisoff George 1886 1900 No Marker
Barisoff Pete 1880 1901 No Marker
Barisoff Polly 1862 1902 No Marker

In addition, the following families resided in Trudolyubovoye village and may have members buried in Trudolyubovoye Cemetery: Abrosimoff, Barisoff, Bartsoff, Baturin, Chursinoff, Chutskoff, Glagoloff, Kalmakoff, Kazakoff, Kurenoff, Lazaroff, Makaeff, Podmaroff, Ponomaroff, Planidin, Sherstobitoff, Strelieff.

View of the cemetery from east facing west. The rock pile (foreground) is a useful landmark.


Special thanks to Tom Chutskoff and Murray Chutskoff for assisting in locating the cemetery and identifying the interments. This is a work in progress. If readers have any comments, corrections or additions with respect to Trudolyubovoye Cemetery, please contact Jonathan J. Kalmakoff.