Mrs. Antonia (Tetiana) Boyko passed away peacefully on Friday, April 14, 2017, with family at her side.
Antonia was born in Luka, Ukraine, on January 26, 1926. Shortly after WWII she met Roman. They married and had their first child Stephanie. Roman came to Canada to work while she remained in Germany until he was able to send for them.
She was a proud, wise, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She transcended many earlier tragedies in her life while living in Ukraine, making family first throughout her life in Canada. She guided and encouraged her children to embrace their Ukrainian heritage. She was always there for her own children and then for her grandchildren and their children. She was always giving of herself and never wanted anything in return.
Seamstress, embroiderer, mender, gardener, cook, fisherman, and ultimate right-hand person for any task at hand, her intentions were always pure, and she found a purpose for everything in life. Nothing was ever wasted. She lived in the moment but always had plans for the future.
Even though the home was of utmost importance, she was a spiritual person of deep faith and was a founding and long-standing member of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Holy Protection. There were other joys in her life and they included relationships she had formed through her work at the PA Clinic and her memberships in the Ukrainian Catholic Women's League and the Port Arthur Prosvita Society. It was important to her to be a good neighbour, having remained in the same family home for over 65 years. For those who met her, she left a lasting impression.
Antonia is survived by children Stephanie Frook, Michael (Laurie Curtis), Katherine (John Pimenow), Nina Scarr, and Christine (Robert Roulston); nine grandchildren: Jennifer, Tim, Sarah, Laura, Christopher, Carson, Ashley, Kathleen, David; and five great-grandchildren: Gabriel, Seth, Reagan, Sophie, and Tucker.
She was predeceased by her husband Roman in April, 1999.
Funeral services for the late Mrs. Antonia Boyko will be held on Friday, April 21, at 11:00 am in the EVEREST FUNERAL CHAPEL, 299 Waverley St. at Algoma, with Fr. Stepan Didur officiating. Visitation will take place on Thursday evening from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm in the Everest Funeral Chapel with Panachyda (Prayers) offered at 7:00 pm. Interment will follow in St. Andrew's Cemetery.
The family respectfully requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations in Antonia's memory may be made to a charity of your choice.