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Nykyfor Kyfa Zmurchyk and
Docia Slemko Zmurchyk

Our Treasured Heritage
A History of Coalhurst and District
Pages 608-609

Kyfa Zmurchyk was born on July 5, 1897 in Belleluya, Sniatyn, Poland. He joined the Polish Army in 1917, and fought in Italy until the end of the war.

In 1921 he married Docia Slemko, who was also born in Belleluya in 1903. Kyfa immigrated to Canada, arriving in Quebec City on September 21, 1923, destined for Coalhurst, to join his brothers Mike and Andrew, who had been in Canada since 1908. On arrival in Coalhurst he obtained employment at the coal mine. His wife Docia followed him arriving in Quebec City on July 8, 1927 bringing their daughter who was four years old. In 1928 a son, William was born to Kyfa and Docia.

After a short illness, Docia passed away in Coalhurst April 1929. Their son, William passed away in Coalhurst at the age of approximately 2 years.

Kyfa was killed in the mine explosion in Coalhurst December 9, 1935.

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