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KODDO, Galina (nee Kuprijanov)

October 20, 1916 – April 10, 2012

Galina Koddo of Calgary passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at the age of 95 years.

Galina was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She married Rostislav Koddo on April 10, 1947 in Blomberg, Germany and immigrated to Edson, AB in December 1947. Galina graduated from art school in Tallinn, Estonia in 1940 and continued on in Tartu, Estonia until 1941 specializing in portraiture. She loved painting still life scenery, mountains and flowers. Galina was a member of the Alberta Society of Artists from 1949 – 1963. She exhibited her artwork in Europe, Canada and the United States. Galina instructed painting classes in Alberta for a number of years. She loved to cook, garden, paint, draw, and make handicrafts throughout her life. She was a lively woman up until her late eighties, sawing trees in the backyard and working around the house.

Galina is survived by a daughter and son-in-law Galina and Reinhard Oberberger; son Alex Koddo; two granddaughters, Jonquil Koddo and Jacinthe Koddo and extended family in the United States and Europe. She was predeceased by her husband Ross Koddo.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at the Russian Greek Orthodox Church of All Saints (905 – 8th Avenue N.E.) on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Divine Liturgy will be held at the Russian Greek Orthodox Church of All Saints (905 – 8th Avenue N.E.) on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Funeral Services will follow at 12:00 p.m. Graveside Services will be held at Queen’s Park. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Galina Koddo, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Patricia Lovsin :

    My condolences to the family of Galena Koddo.
    I have a watercolor painting (still life)painted many years ago in Edson, Alberta. The Koddos lived in the rear of Frank and Eva Lovsin’s home on 5th Ave. many years ago. When Eva Lovsin died, her house contents were given to her children, Frank, Anne, Joseph and Dan. There was a draw actually and we came into the possession of this painting which hung in the dining room of Eva Lovsin’s home. Frank Lovsin won the draw for that painting but he then gave it to my husband. The painting now hangs near the dining table in the kitchen. Many times guests who come to my home, remark about the painting; it is simple but so beautifully painted. The subject is a bowl of fruit with a vase holding some simple flowers.
    Yesterday I received a call from my brother in law, Dan, who lives in Calgary along side the Bear’s Paw golf course. He had read the obituary of Mrs. Koddo and he wanted me to know the story of the painting and a little of the Koddo couple who rented from the Lovsins. It was a place with a large kitchen and a bedroom. There was a shared bathroom with the Lovsin family. I have encouraged Dan to attend the funeral tomorrow to talk to family. I have photocopied the obit. and now I will attach it to the back of the picture frame so that others will not wonder about the history of the work.
    It sounds like Mrs. Koddo was an extremely talented and intelligent woman. How fortunate I have a piece of her legacy.
    Unfortunately my husband, Joseph, passed away in Nov. ’11. He would have been fascinate to learn more about this wonderful artist.
    Pat. Lovsin, Lindsay, Ontario

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  2. Genevieve Ashwell :

    Dear Galina and Reinhard, Alex, granddaughters Jonquil and Jacinthe,

    My sincere sympathy in the loss of your Mom and grandma. May your memories of her marvelous personality, and her legacy of art bring you much joy. I am proud to have a flower painting in my kitchen which she painted in 1997.

    It was a very special gift she gave my family when she and daughter Galina came to our mother’s birthday in 1994.

    May you rejoice in her great gifts to humanity.

    Gen Ashwell

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