Moving to Greener Pastures

Grechko Bencharsky, my great-great-grandfather was born in 1879 in the Ukraine.  He married Christina Delaney who was also born in the Ukraine. In 1906 they moved to Canada with my great grandfather who was born in 1903, Joseph Bencharsky. In 1926, a young girl named Olga Kryskiw immigrated to Canada and stayed with a family here.  She married Joseph on February 2, 1929.  (Tracey Carpenter, Grechko Bencharsky's great-great-grandaughter)

Greener Pastures (video 3.3 MB 1:10)

The couple lived on the Bencharsky homestead with Joe's parents.  They worked hard to create a good life for themselves and their children.  Their first son John was born in December 1929.  Over the next six years Joe and Olga had three more children, Gloria, Myron and Florence.  We are forever grateful for our parents who immigrated to Canada from the Ukraine.  Our families have worked hard to maintain our culture and stay connected to our Ukranian identity.  (Florence Svitich, Grechko Bencharsky's grandaughter)