Cyril Syroteuk Memories

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Terry and Sarah Rushing from Oshkosh, WI wrote on April 27, 2020:
Oh my, dear Lois and kids. I had not heard of Cyrilโ€™s passing. Your comfort is in Christ, but I pray for Godโ€™s salve on your soul as you mourn and grieve the loss of the love of your life. Thank you for both investing into my life by being an example from the farm in Erikson during the summer of 1988 to your studious labor at Northland to the faithfulness in Kenora and steadfastness in the midst of constant physical challenges in Alberta.

We love you and will pray that God becomes an even closer companion to you as Cyril continues to lead by blazing the trail to Glory ahead of his family.

God bless you richly, dear sister and Syroteuk family.
Tony Garren from Washington Court House, Ohio wrote on April 27, 2020:
Cyril was am amazing man and his impact for Christ will be felt for years to come. I am thankful for his godly example and unselfish life.
Steve Schroeder from Jakarta wrote on April 27, 2020:
Lois, T.J., Sherry, Brandy, Joline, and Holly,

The utter shock of losing your dad has hit us all. Surely it has hit you all the hardest. Our prayers are for your peace and for your comfort from the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:4). We pray that the Prince of Peace will be closer to you than ever before. We pray that as you have now faced this, our last enemy, that you will know he is a nuisance but his stinger was removed at the resurrection of our Savior. In your sorrow, be careful of the darkness. The valley of the shadow of death is a place you must go but must not stay, your husband and father would not have wanted you to stay there. True to Cyril's faith and hope look together toward his resurrection and yours.

For us, this is a time of really understanding our mortality and the absolute potential of God taking us any time. Every day is a gift and ever year a new opportunity. I see this now even more clearly.

I thank God that our time at Victory and your time at Northland coincided. The Schroeders loved the Syroteuks; we had similar hearts for God, for His word, and for serving His kingdom. T.J. and Steven and Justin spent much time together and we were always glad for that friendship. I only played hockey once with your dad. He let me know early on that he knew what he was doing and that I did not know what I was doing. But we fellowshipped so often and rejoiced in God's grace many times together.

Over the years, our church supported your dad and mom with joy. After 2006 our church went into a lull and never really picked up again. But the church was committed to supporting your family. I am thankful that we could support in prayer and love over the years and over the miles.

Look back together and read the book your dad left you. You will certainly enjoy those memories for years to come. We listened to your pastor this morning as he started the service reading a joke he found in Cyril's Bible. Cyril did love to laugh and loved to enjoy life. In spite of the hardships that came into his life, his heart never hardened, and we are all thankful.

We grieve deeply with you. Living in Jakarta makes it impossible to get back for a service. Please livestream it so we can watch. We love you, we loved Cyril, and look forward to seeing Him with the Lord.

With great love to your family,

Steve Schroeder
Parish and Susie Chaudhary from Edmonton wrote on April 27, 2020:
It was a blessing meeting and knowing you. We know one day we would meet again. You were a very good example of a servant of God and a great helper to others.
Chris Hammond from Saskatoon wrote on April 27, 2020:
Dear Lois and family. We are sorry for you and the loss of Cyril. He and Lois have been such good friends and encouragers to us over the years. We will miss him very much, and mourn with you at this time. Please know that our prayers are with you and your pastor at this time, as he encourages you in person when others like us are not able to be there for you. Heaven will be a special reunion time indeed. I can just about hear his infectious laugh as I recall our times together. What a kind and special person! What a man of God and servant of the Lord!
John and Carol Clapp from Kansas City wrote on April 27, 2020:
Such fond memories of Lois and Cyril and their family while we knew them at Northland. The story of their conversion and commitment to serving the Lord is a lasting testimony. Cyril will be greatly missed.
Jenny Morrison from Calgary wrote on April 26, 2020:
I always knew Cyril was happy to see me. He carried a contented joy within him that seemed to bubble over in little giggles and grins and snickers! His kindness to me and his welcoming way have impacted me so greatly. He was such a gift in my life- a father figure and a good man and proof of what the gospel has the power to do. I love him and all of you, Syroteuk family.
Elizabeth Miller from Three Hills wrote on April 26, 2020:
We love you guys and will be missing Cyril greatly. Lois if you need anything please let Tim and/or I know.
Helena Hiebert-Congo and Neil Congo from Three Hills wrote on April 26, 2020:
God Bless you all.
Doug and Pam Chaney wrote on April 26, 2020:
Dear Lois and family,
We hardly know where to begin... so many fond memories of time spent together. Many times Cyril laughed with us, cried with us, prayed with us. I always remember his heart of giving of his time . I especially (Pam) so appreciated his friendship with my father. Now he and dad are enjoying eternity together๐Ÿ˜Š We thank the Lord that he brought us together for those years in Wi. We wish we could be with you know, but we know our faithful God is carrying you each step of the way at this time. Please know of our love and prayers for you at this time.
Love,
Doug and Pam Chaney
MaryAnn Friesen from Carstairs wrote on April 26, 2020:
I first met Cyril and Lois at my sister Betty's in Three Hills. While waiting for the roast beef to cook, Lois and I were listening to crazy jokes and laughing...and I believe its happening now. I will miss both so much. Lois I can't begin to think what your pain is like...must visit soon! Big hugs.

Mary in carstairs.
Colin, Deb, Emilee Peterson from Three Hills wrote on April 26, 2020:
We are so heartbroken to hear that our friend Cyril is gone. We have shed many tears already, and the mind numbing ache is going to linger. We know that Cyril is in the perfect place, "the very presence of God" and this brings amazing comfort! I will never forget my first memory of Cyril, when we nervously attended EBC and he welcomed us like we had always been friends! Cyril and I worked together on many occasions. We both loved bouncing our crazy ideas off each other! Many conversations started out with "I wonder if a guy could". It was always so nice to be able to ask Cyril his advice on such a wide variety of topics. Cyril became like a dad to me, and I will always cherish that. He always had time to talk to people, I learned a lot by just watching him. He had a great sense of humor, and we laughed so many times together! He had a love for the ministry. He loved to serve in so many ways. We often talked about the church and spiritual things, he got me thinking, and challenged me in different areas. Cyril loved his family and was always bragging on them. I loved all of Cyril's stories even though some them I was sure were "uncle Cy stories"! We are truly going to miss Cyril! Thank you for making an impact on our lives! You were an amazing friend! We so look forward to meeting you again...
Iris Tanis wrote on April 26, 2020:
I have known him since September 2019.

When we first came to church, he was one of the first to welcome my Dad and Mom and us kids with a big smile and a handshake.

I will think of him every time I sing the chorus of โ€œDwelling in Beulah Landโ€ and him singing out; โ€œ Praise God!โ€ He was always joyful, and I will miss him.

Mrs. Syroteuk and family, I am praying for you for peace and contentment in God through this time.
Bridget Carbiener from Denver wrote on April 26, 2020:
Lois and family,

My heart breaks for you, yet rejoices knowing he is with Christ. There are so many fond memories from Northland! Cyril will be missed for sure, but his influence for Christ will live on into eternity. May you find comfort and peace during this time!
Tyler Lacock from Watertown wrote on April 26, 2020:
Mr. Cyril, from the first day I meet him, treated me as a close friend. He would take time to talk with me and see how I was doing. If there was a project or anything that required help, he was willing to help in any way he could. He had a servant's heart that focused on others needs before his own. He provided my family with a house until my parents were able to buy one, helped us move 3 times, and would willingly offer anything he had to meet a specific need. I remember whenever there was a church project or activity, Mr. Cyril was one of the first ones there to help. If someone needed a place to stay for a while, the Syroteuk's home was always open and very hospitable. Mr. Cyril was always ready to give advice, whether it was about a Bible passage or how to survive college. He was always ready with quick witted humor, jokes, or a humorous story, and loved hearing jokes or funny stories. He was a living testimony of one whose heart was completely surrendered to Christ, and longed to be with His savior one day. One verse that comes to my mind when I think of Mr. Cyril is Romans 12:11 "Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord". He was always diligently serving the Lord, running the race, and setting an example that others could follow. Mr. Cyril had a tremendous impact on my life, and it is my prayer that one day I could become a man like him. He was a very close friend who will be greatly missed. Mrs. Lois and family, my heart greatly grieves with you over this sudden loss. I am praying for you that you will rest in God's grace, comfort, love, and promises. It is because of God's promise of salvation, that one day we will get to see Mr. Cyril again. We, along with Mr. Cyril, will be able to praise God forever.
Logan & Christi Seibert wrote on April 26, 2020:
We did not get to know Cyril so much on this earth, but we greatly look forward to getting to know him more in glory. The several times we did talk with him when he visited Lighthouse were encouraging. It was clear this was a man who had a heart for the Lord.

Our condolences to Lois, the family, and all the saints at Three Hills. We are thankful that we do not mourn as those without hope. We are praying for you all.
TJ Lacock from Watertown wrote on April 26, 2020:
I did not get to know Mr Cyril that long, but for the time that I did, he made a tremendous impact on my life and my ministry. Every time I saw him, he was smiling. He was so full of the joy of the Lord that it was always present on his face. He was a blessing to be around. Every interaction I had with him left me feeling blessed. His love for God and others showed in every part of his life. At church, he always made sure he said hello to everyone with a hardy hand shake and loud, "How ya doin'?" He showed Christ in his warm friendly smile and contagious laughter. It was a true privilege and joy to get to know him, even if it was a short time. He set an example for the kind of man that I want to be: kind, gentle, generous, and loving. He really was a faithful saint and friend. 'Til the trumpet sounds,
With love and prayers,
TJ Lacock
Peter and Doris Martens from High Level wrote on April 26, 2020:
So sorry for you loss, Lois. You will be in our thoughts and prayers are with you. I would love to give you a hug in person. May God be close and precious to you as you walk through the valley with Him๐Ÿ˜ข
Mitchell Wierenga from Yellowknife wrote on April 26, 2020:
Always welcoming and cheerful, Cyril was a great encouragement during my time in Three Hills.

He will be missed on this side of the river.
Shannon Grant from Charleston wrote on April 26, 2020:
Dear Syroteuk Family,

I only got to meet and spend time with Mr. Cyril for a short time when I came to the camp for a missions trip with Fayette Bible Church and my grandparents Frank and Barb McCollim. I know you were dear friends to my grandparents and family and Cyril will be greatly missed. We rejoice that he is whole and with His Lord whom he served with his life. I canโ€™t wait to see him one day and remember our time making a rat trap with a bucket of water, cardboard, and peanut butter. We ended up catching Theodora, the little chipmunk we had seen the day before instead. I was about 12 at the time, and though Mr. Cyril didnโ€™t really know me, he and your family made an impact. Prayers for you during this time.

Sincerely,
Shannon Larson Grant
Tim and Sandy Hewitt from Ypsilanti wrote on April 26, 2020:
April 23, 2020
Dear Sweet Lois and family,
What a shock! We read of Cyrilโ€™s unexpected passing yesterday; but, it wasnโ€™t until today that I could even put words together to express our thoughts to you. Today, I realize that, as I am sure is true with you all, there are both thoughts of sadness and very sweet memories. You both have touched so many lives together, as a team in ministry, in family relationships, and in friendshipsโ€ฆ.always a team. Sadly, half of that team is missing. I canโ€™t imagine the grief you must feel as that reality settles in. We pray for you in that light, for Godโ€™s exceptional peace, comfort and wisdom.
Although our time together you all was for only 10 weeks out of a summer in Kenora, 11 years ago, we have soooo many special memories of that time. There were fun ministry moments, fun social family moments, fun activity moments. Most sweet to us though, was the friendship God allowed us to develop with the two of you. We felt a bond that seemed automatic, a bond of faith and of pure enjoyment of spending time with you both, sharing our life stories and journeys, sharing laughter and sometimes tears.
Although our paths havenโ€™t crossed since your visit in Indiana 9 years ago, weโ€™ve enjoyed watching your family grow and change through pictures and posts youโ€™ve shared on Facebook. Weโ€™ve prayed for your sweet granddaughter in BC who had so many physical struggles, for Cyrilโ€™s eyesight and many other things as things were brought to our attention.
Our time with you and Cyril was short, compared to a lifetime. Yet, we shall remember him for the rest of our lifetimes, his character, his faith, his servantโ€™s spirit, his humor, his love for Louis Lโ€™Amour books, his work ethic, and his love for Godโ€™s people, especially kids. And, Tim will always his excitement finding out that he (Cyril) was a โ€œreal cowboyโ€ and will envision him when he was younger, riding his horse around their family ranch in Saskatchewan!
Lois and kids, our hearts ache for your personal loss, the loss of his presence. And, what a โ€œpresenceโ€ he had!
Love and hugs to you all,
Tim & Sandy (Hewitt)
John & Agnes Wiebe from La Crete, AB wrote on April 25, 2020:
Dear Lois and Family
We grieve with you in the loss of Cyril, a wonderful, caring, compassionate, and godly man! We have some very precious memories of our times together after our sister Betty introduced us to you! And even though we all know that he is in a much better place now, the pain and sorrow of losing him must be heartbreaking for you as a family, and we will uphold you in our prayers that God's comforting love and care will enfold each one of you in a very real way ๐Ÿ™‚ For the Lord heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds
Psalm 147:3. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, Psalm 34:18
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me, Psalm 23:4.
We love you and pray for strength in these difficult days, the Lord is gracious and full of compassion, and His tender mercies are over all His works!
Mel and Julie Lacock from Simpsonville, SC. USA wrote on April 25, 2020:
Dear Lois and Family,

We are praying for all of you and praying God's comfort and Grace for you. He has promised He will never leave us nor forsake us. TO: the children. you all have wonderful parents. We met them last Summer (2019) while visiting in Canada for Tyler's homeschool graduation. They invited us to their home after the event for Banana Splits and fellowship. I was impressed with their friendship. They treated us as if they had known us for years and years. They are very kind, loving, giving and treated us with much graciousness. Your dad is leaving a great testimony of God's Grace and how one man sold out to God can impact many people for Eternity.
Jennifer Borchardt from Englewood wrote on April 25, 2020:
Itโ€™s funny because when I think of Cyril, he represents a different part of my life than the one that Iโ€™m living in. One that maybe my husband and my children wonโ€™t understand or know because they werenโ€™t there. But a personโ€™s childhood stays in their memory forever, and that is what my memories represent. Itโ€™s like-for a time-God put together two families, that were similar and yet different, but families that would build friendships that would last a lifetime. Your family will hold a precious place in my heart for as long as I live, and Cyril plays a huge role in that. His strength, his character, his smile, his kindness, his laugh and so much else about him will live on with me and others that had the blessing of knowing him and all of you.
Jerry and Cheryl Hairgrove from Greenville, SC wrote on April 25, 2020:
Dear Syroteuk family,

Wish we could give each of you a hug and stand beside you during this time. We have such happy memories of Cyril and Lois. Thankful for those. We grieve, but not without hope! One day we will all be together again worshipping! Until then, please know we are praying for you
Nehemiah 8:10... and be not grieved, for the joy of the Lord is my strength
Dennis Buchholz from Shallotte wrote on April 25, 2020:
Though our paths didn't cross too often, Cyril had a way of making one feel like he was your best buddy. Was blessed to spend some time at the camp in Canada. His love of the Lord and desire to serve Him in any way was a real testimony to all who came in touch with him.
A very simple yet powerful testimony that I and all who knew him can daily apply to our lives. Serving God isn't complicated! We make it that way. Cyril certainly had that figured out. He was and still is one of Gods best carpenters and fisherman! Job well done!
Mary and Greg Costen from Altona, Manitoba wrote on April 25, 2020:
Greg and I were neighbors to Lois and Cyril for three years, when they lived on a farm near Erickson, Mb. I remember with extreme clarity the day that Cyril shared with us that he had gone into the barn by himself and surrendered his life to God. I can still see the glow on Cyril's face and hear the quiver in his voice as he shared his story of getting right with God. We had no idea at that time how Cyril's act of surrender would affect so many people in the years that followed. It was such a privilege for us to witness Lois and Cyril's new found relationship with Jesus blossom while we were their neighbors. Greg has wonderful memories of hunting with Cyril and we both remember how welcome we always felt in their home. I have no doubt that Cyril is with our Savior right now in heaven, but he will be missed greatly by anyone who knew him here on earth. We send our love to you, Lois, and all of the family.
Anna Yeo from Three Hills wrote on April 25, 2020:
Though we have only known Cyril for about 3-4 years, since we started worshiping at Emmanuel Baptist Church, I have been deeply impacted by Cyril's kindness and love towards our family and of his deep love for the Lord. He is constantly joyfully serving the Lord, whether it is as simply as standing at the doorway welcoming guests and worshipers on Sunday morning, faithfully teaching Sunday School to adults, or standing at the back of the sanctuary helping in other ways. He would often give 'high fives' to our little girls when they came in the door of the church. He always took time to speak with you and cared about how we were doing. We truly miss Cyril as our beloved friend and brother-in-Christ. We know our church family will not be the same without him. It has been a blessing to meet and know Cyril in our earthly journey and we look forward to a reunion with him on Heaven's glorious side.
Kevin Harcourt from Outlook, Saskatchewan wrote on April 25, 2020:
A great Brother in Law, a great friend and awesome part of our Family.
Richard and Anita Lovegrove from Rudyard wrote on April 25, 2020:
We met Cyril and Lois years ago when we had them in our home for a mission conference at our church. It was such a special time getting to know them we stayed up and talked until after 2:00 am. We have had them in our home again years later and then we went to Kanora and helped at a church camp. We have always cherished our time with them. Cyril was the kind of guy you just loved right from the get go. We are so sorry. We have not seen Lois and Cyril in years. It never seemed to work out for us to get up there. We love you and will have to have that visit on the other side Cyril. Love you Lois. Hope to see you soon.
John Cordell from Three Hills wrote on April 25, 2020:
I will just say, I knew Cyril for 7-8 years. He was my friend.
A lot more could be said.
John
Alvin & Jismyl Lam from Singapore wrote on April 25, 2020:
Grateful to the Lord for allowing our paths to cross in a rural area called Dunbar, WI. Sharing the same aim of preparing to serve our great Lord. You and your wife along with your children were a delight to watch - the laughter, the authenticity, the sharing. In time, our paths parted from there, and by His grace, we served the same Lord where we've been stationed. "You in your small corner, and I in mine," as the children song goes. One day, we'll meet again - when we see Christ our Lord. Thank you for the blessing of fellowship, encouragement, prayers together. โ€œFor the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.โ€ (Titus 2:11โ€“14) ~~ See you later.
Judi Coats from Littleton wrote on April 24, 2020:
So many memories: Northland events, game days on New Years, helping us cut a hole in our farm house, celebrating his 40th and dressing up with nylons over our faces, helping you move (a few times ๐Ÿค—), sharing many memories with all the kids, Please know of our love, tears, prayers, and hugs from afar. Love, Dave and Judi
Barbara Corey from Greenville SC wrote on April 24, 2020:
My heart is grieving with you and rejoicing with our amazing friend, Cyril. Tim and Barry Gerdt were โ€œwanna beโ€ cowboys and when they met a real one in Cyril their hearts were knit together. Though Cyril was much younger Tim wanted to be like him! Your faithful lives and love for Jesus impacted all of us. If there is any way I want to be there for his celebration service. I love all of you. Praying often