Vivian Suchorab (nee Fisich/Ficych) of Calgary, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at the age of 93 years.
Vivian was born on April 27, 1914 (though records show May 10, 1914) on a farm near Wakaw, SK. There she met and married Peter Suchorab. Their first daughter, Melva Ruby (Hill) was born on March 1, 1938. In 1939, they moved to Toronto, ON to start a new life in the city. Their daughter Patricia Joyce was born April 1, 1941. Vivian was a homemaker and took pride in keeping her home and her Ukrainian heritage the centre of importance. This included sending her daughters to study the Ukrainian language and culture. Once the children had grown up , she got a “real” job at the Ministry of Health in Ontario and retired in 1979. In 1989, she moved to Calgary to live with Patricia. Vivian was an avid crossword and jigsaw puzzle solver and took great pride in showing off her completed jigsaw puzzles. At the age of 80 plus, Vivian ventured out to the Ukraine. Two trips in 1998 and 2000 resulted in finding many relatives. A great cook, she passed on many of her ethnic recipes that she recorded on video for her family to remember. Vivian had resided at the Beverley Centre Glenmore until her passing.
Vivian is survived by her daughter Patricia, her sisters Olga Wingerchuk, Catharine, Jean Bell and brother-in-law Bill Porter. She leaves behind her grandchildren Lauren, Jim (wife Rosemary) and Janice, and great-grandchildren, Matthew, Shelby, Dominic and Frances, and son-in-law, Victor Hill. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews: Judy, Joan, Debbie, Jackie, Tamara, David, Terry, Mike, Roger and all their families. She was predeceased by her parents Nickola and Mary (Sarchuk) Ficych, husband Peter, daughter Melva, sisters Sally, Anne Pylypchuk, Pauline Porter and brothers Bill and Morris. Vivian has specifically requested to acknowledge the love, caring and support her neighbours have extended to her and Patricia. The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the caring staff at the Beverly Centre Glenmore. Vivian will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Thursday, August 30, 2007 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Friday, August 31, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. Graveside Service will be held in York Cemetery in Toronto, ON. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Parkinson’s Society of Southern Alberta, 102-5636 Burbank Crescent S.E., Calgary, T2H 1Z6.
In living memory of Vivian Suchorab, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences