March 5, 1938 – Eatonia, Saskatchwan
March 23, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta
Sonia Odarka McFalls, beloved wife of Jim McFalls, of Calgary, AB, passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the age of 81 years.
Sonia grew up on her parent’s farm near Eatonia and received her public school education there. She was proud of her Ukranian heritage and at a young age attended classes to become fluent in the language – the mother tongue of her parents. She remained fluent throughout her adult life, serving a short term as an interpreter in Calgary courtroom duty. Following her formal schooling in Eatonia and a few years employment in Kindersley, SK, Sonia moved to Calgary and enrolled in Calgary Business College. Sonia met her future husband, Jim in Calgary and they were married in 1968. Throughout their marriage, Sonia was a staunch supporter of Jim in his career as well as pursuing her own working career which included nine rewarding years in the telecommunication department at Union Oil Company of Canada. Sonia’s retirement included accompanying her mother, Anna, to bingo games where new lasting friendships were formed, and of course spending time caring for her beloved cat, Tuppence. Sonia was a quiet, courageous lady with a ready smile. She lived life with determination and purpose. Sonia excelled and took pride in home planning and upkeep, she loved and supported her family and friends and was greatly loved in return. Her passing has left a void in the lives of many. She will be dearly missed.
Sonia is survived by her loving husband of fifty years, Jim; her sister, Helen Harasymchuk; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and extended family.
Sonia was predeceased by her parents, John Harasymchuk, and Anna (Louis) Luchenko; brother, Peter; and sisters, Mary (Henry) Lorriman and Nettie Bandy.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North Calgary, AB) on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Graveside Services will be held at Hanna Cemetery (Hanna, AB,) on Friday March 29, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. Reception to follow at Hanna Alliance Church (520 2 Ave W, Hanna, AB).
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Agapé Hospice, 1302 – 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1B8 Telephone: (403) 282-6588, or to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre 1331 29 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: (403) 521- 3723 https://www.albertacancer.ca/tom-baker-cancer-centre. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Sonia McFalls, 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: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences