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Julia Mabel Saliken

March 12, 1930 - November 24, 2012


    Heaven Drafted a Good One!

Born to Sam & Dora Soukoroff in Pass Creek; predeceased by her father before birth then she lost her mother at the age of 9 months. Julia was raised by Uncle Fred and Aunt Anastasia Voykin in Southern Alberta. Thus she had 2 brothers, Sam & Alec Soukoroff and 5 cousins that she came to call brothers – Fred, Bill, John, Peter and Jim Voykin.

Julia first met Alex Saliken at a cousin’s birthday in 1948. They met again the following year; sparks flew and on September 30th, 1949, they were married in Lethbridge. They left the Crowsnest Pass for the Kootenays in 1952 with son Bill in tow. They eventually settled in Thrums in 1953. Daughters Lorna & Verna were born during the Thrums years. In 1966, the family moved to Nelson’s North Shore where they have lived since.

An extremely talented lady, Julia could knit, tat, crochet, embroider and sew clothing rather than buy it ready-made. Her Russian quilted blankets are more works of art than bed ware. There was also her gardening, and her green thumb became legendary. Plants simply responded to her touch and there are unconfirmed reports of her forcing blossoms from artificial plants.

A terrific cook & host, she could stretch a dinner for 5 into a full meal for 12 if the need arose. Generous to a tee, she made everyone who visited her home feel welcome. Julia, being raised in trying times and circumstances, embraced frugality and repurposing with vigor and relished being a stay-at-home mother. Above all else, she loved and valued her family.

She was predeceased by parents Sam & Dora Soukoroff, adopted parents Fred and Anastasia Voykin, brothers Sam and Alex Soukoroff, “brothers” Fred, Bill, Jim and John Voykin and nieces Katherine Moll, Elaine Zaitsoff and Sharon Voykin. Also by her parents-in-law, Tom and Mary Metelski, brother-in-law Fred Saliken, sister-in-law Polly Lebedoff and son-in-law Angelo Mastrobuono (2005).

Julia is survived by & assigned the task of carrying forward her excellent example to husband Alex Saliken, son Bill (Lori Brodie), daughters Lorna & Verna and grandchildren Francesca (Derek Wilkie), John, Maria (Mike Masztalar) & Ashley Mastrobuono. Also sister-in-law Mary Chernoff, adopted brother Pete (Zita) Voykin and step brother-in-law Stan (Rita) Metelski along with an extended family network of cousins, nieces and nephews that spans as far away as Georgia in the southern USA and New Zealand.

Saddened by the loss of Julia, family and friends are heartened by the fact that they got to share her qualities and attributes. Like a ship that has sailed beyond the horizon, she is still present, just beyond the constraints of direct sight.

“Save some chairs for the family

Have respect for the grieving

Julia was one of the best

So sorry to hear of her leaving”


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Wanda and Ken Woikin
Relation: relatives

Hugs to all of you…..a very special lady is at peace.

From: Evelyn and Ted Cartlidge
Relation: Friend

So sorry to hear of Julia’s passing . I think of her often. Enjoyed her when we took tours. Evelyn

From: Jack and Sharry Heighton
Relation: friend

So sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you and your family. ~Jack and Sharry Heighton,Salmo, B.C.

From: Sandra Seminoff
Relation: Neighbour

Mr. Salekin, Bill, Lorna, Verna,
I was saddened to read of your loss, my sympathies go out to you all.

From: Val & John Yowek
Relation: Friends of the family

Dear Bill , Lori and family
We send our love & prayers to you and your family. My you find comfort knowing that your mom is at peace and she is not suffering any longer.
Our thoughts are with you & your family.

From: Gloria and Tim Beecham
Relation: Mother of a friend.

We are so sorry about the loss of your Mom, Julia. You are all in our hearts at this very sad time.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
December 3, 2012
Beginning at 11:00am

Chapel of Thompson Funeral Ltd.
613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2

613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2


Date & Time:
December 3, 2012
Beginning at 9:30am

Chapel at Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.
613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2

613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2

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