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ANDROKOVICH, Nellie

September 3, 1922 – Bunow, Poland
May 19, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Nellie Androkovich of Calgary, AB, passed away on May 19, 2018 at the age of 95 years. Nellie Androkovich was born in Bonow, Poland, to Samuel and Katherine Elchyshyn; ethnic Ukrainians. The Bonow area has a complicated history. When her parents were born, Bonow was in the Austria Hungarian Empire, Nellie was born in Poland, while Bonow is now in the Ukraine.

Nellie was the fourth child of Samuel and Katherine. Her father immigrated to Lethbridge in 1927 to find work and a place to live for the family, while she, her mother, and four siblings – Anne, Betty, Bill, and Mike – immigrated to Lethbridge the next year. They traveled from Europe to Montreal on the Express of Australia, and then to Lethbridge by train. Her brother Lloyd and beloved sister Gloria were born in Lethbridge. She was always a second mother to Gloria.

Times were tough for the family during the Great Depression, and economic circumstances prevented her from attending school past grade 8, even though she always did extremely well. Education was very important to her, and she was proud of the fact that her three children – Donna, Sharon, and Robert – graduated from university. Prior to her marriage, she worked as a housekeeper, as a nanny, and as a clerk in a traditional corner store where the Ukrainian speaking Chinese owner treated her like his daughter. But her favorite position was in the groceteria in the Lethbridge Eaton’s store. She had many customers who would ask explicitly for her when they needed help.

She loved baseball, and the Blue Jays were her team. Until recently, she lived at the Aspen Lodge assisted living complex in Calgary. She and her friends would celebrate wins the morning after the Blue Jays played, and commiserate over losses. When she worked at Eaton’s, she was a member of the Eaton’s lady’s softball team. Her teammates had a nickname for her: the kid with the celery clutch.

At the time of her passing, she was the matriarch of the family. She is survived by her children; many nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and grand nephews; and Lorraine (Lloyd’s widow) who was a wonderful sister-in-law.

Nellie was predeceased by her parents; her sisters Anne, Betty, and Gloria; and her brothers Bill, Mike, and Lloyd.

The family have abided by their mother’s clearly stated wish that her funeral service be private. Her children are grateful for the excellent care that she received from the physicians, nurses, and staff at the Peter Lougheed Centre, the South Health Campus, Carewest Glenmore Park, and the Chinook Care Centre. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Nellie Androkovich, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Dear Nellie,
    I never had the opportunity to meet you, but I can tell how loved, and loving you were, by the way your children speak of you. And all that you have endured and survived to give them a better life here. I know they are so proud to call you their mother.

    Sharon, Donna, and Robert – I am sorry for your loss, but I can see so much of your mother shining through each of you. One example is the fact that you all love to watch baseball games during family trips. I know she is proud of the people you have become, and will surely be watching over each of you with a smile on her face.

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    G. Duong

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