April 10, 1945 – September 13, 2018
Edna May Oryshchuk passed away at home on September 13, 2018 after a two year battle with cancer. Edna was predeceased by her husband James Oryshchuk, son Blake Oryshchuk, sisters Mary Veitch and Ila Rice, and brother-in-law’s John Oryshchuk, Mike Shymkiw and Bob Watson.
Edna is survived by her daughter Deanna (Jonathan) Brady, grandchildren Scott, Kelty, Jackson and Brydee-Lea Brady, sisters Alice (Bob) Sigurdson, Helen Watson, Frances (Rick) Oulette, Jenny (Clarence) Richard, brother Donald Rice, sister- in-law Katherine Symnkiw, Joyce Oryshchuk, and brother-in- law Mike Oryshchuk as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Edna will be remembered for being a loyal friend, a strong community supporter and a committed volunteer. She was an active member on the Hospital Auxiliary, serving as President for over 20 years. During that time, she was a part of the “OR” Enhancement Project and was instrumental in organizing the Candy Stripers Program at St. John’s Hospital. Edna expanded her Auxiliary work by sitting on both Regional and Provincial boards. Most recently she become a strong advocate of the new Aquatic Center in Vanderhoof and worked tirelessly to raise funds for this project.
She loved gardening, visiting with friends, family and puttering around the house. Edna was proud of her own children – Blake and Deanna and loved when they could all be together. However, “Baba” was intensely proud of her grandchildren. She loved taking road trips to see them perform in Christmas concerts, livestock shows, start school or go on vacation with them.
A special thank you to Dr. Davy Dhillon for your outstanding compassion, care and friendship. To Yvonne Thalheimer and Yvette Appleton – your care, compassion and steadfast support allowed Edna the ability to stay in the home she loved.
A Celebration of Life will be held on October 27th @ 1 pm at the Northside Mennonite Church Gymnasium.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vanderhoof Hospital Auxiliary.