Surrounded by her daughters and the love of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Olha Hayowsky passed away peacefully on June 3, 2021.
She was predeceased by her husband, Wasyl in Feb 2021.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba Canada would be appreciated. The Funeral will take place Monday, June 7, 2021.
A longer obit will follow.
On Monday, June 7, 2021, the service was streamed at 10:30 am (via YouTube live stream from St Vladimir and Olga Cathedral) with Father Shved officiating. Interment to follow at All Saints Cemetery (via Facebook live stream @ Korban Funeral Chapel).
Surrounded by her daughters and the love of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, our beloved Mama and Baba passed away peacefully on June 3, 2021.
Olha was predeceased by her husband Wasyl of 74 years in February of 2021, her father Myhaylo Bagan, 2 brothers Bohdan and Artim, her mother Paraskevia, and sister Orysia Zyla. She is survived by her daughters Motria Koltek (Terry), Bohdonna Donald (Peter) and grandchildren Timon Koltek (Christiane), Chrisant Koltek (Stephanie), Maxim Koltek (Jennie Smirl), Christy Donald (Mackenzie Ritcher), Katrina Donald (Kevin Duncan), Nikki Donald (Kurt Scherle), nine great-grandchildren and family in Ukraine and USA.
Olha was born in Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine. She often shared with us fond memories of helping her parents in the family business. She loved to work, and whatever the job, she took pride in doing her best. She trained as a Heath care practitioner and especially loved her work in hospitals assisting physicians.
As the war was devastating their homeland, she was forced to flee to a displaced person’s camp in Austria with her husband, mother, and sister, leaving her brothers behind.
She immigrated to Canada with her husband Wasyl and daughter Motria, arriving at Pier 21, Halifax in 1948. They settled in Winnipeg, starting a new life in a foreign country with few possessions, as did many others after the horrors of the war. In 1949 Babcia Bagan arrived in Canada in time for the birth of their second daughter Bohdonna.
Olha was the epitome of the perfect Mama and Baba, totally devoted with unconditional love for her family. Whatever she had she shared with them. She could often be heard reminding us to love each other, be the best of friends, and always praying for our good health. Her actions were congruent with her beliefs, a rare quality with what we see happening in the world today.
Mama’s fierce Ukrainian national pride was expressed in her beautiful soprano voice that rang throughout our childhood homes with melodic Ukrainian folk songs as well as Opera. She loved singing in choirs and traveling to Rome with the Millenium Choir was a highlight. She embroidered, loved to waltz and tango, and encouraged her children in the arts, Ukrainian dance, ballet, piano, and violin. She insisted on university education for her daughters and was relentless in her caring and support.
Mama was a doer and a giver, not one to sit on the sidelines or expect someone else to take care of her. She was the ultimate caregiver. Whether it was at home, as a community volunteer, healthcare practitioner, talented seamstress, or hairdresser for twenty-five years, she had a warm, affectionate smile for everyone. She loved people and they in turn loved her.
Mama’s primary focus was her children, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. She was delighted, energized, and fulfilled with each family member’s accomplishments. She cared deeply for us, encouraged us, spoiled us all, and gently held us accountable. In return we passionately loved her. Gatherings for Sunday dinner, family celebrations, and Ukrainian holidays were an opportunity for Baba Olya to selflessly spend countless hours days ahead, preparing food for us to share. It was her pleasure.
In those final days, her thoughts were that we would be safe and that our lives would be as full of luck, love, and caring as hers. She also expressed her longing for her native Ukraine, the brothers she left behind, and childhood friends.
Mama was proud to be a Canadian always reminding us how fortunate we are to live in Canada.
A family funeral has been held. Pallbearers were her grandsons Chris Koltek, Maxim Koltek, granddaughter Christy Donald, sons-in-law Terry Koltek, Peter Donald, and godson Myroslaw Strembicki. Honorary pallbearers were grandson Timon Koltek and granddaughters Katrina Donald and Nikki Donald.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Heart and Stroke Manitoba or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
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