Mme Nadia Wynnycky (née Hrymak)
1931 - 2021
La famille accueillera parents et amis au :
3254 BELLECHASSE, MONTREAL
Le jeudi 8 avril 2021 de 15h à 20h
Les funérailles auront lieu :
Église Catholic Ukrainian church
6175 10e avenue
Le vendredi 9 avril 2021 à 10h
Having attained the age of 90, Nadia passed away in Montreal on April 3rd.
Born in Oleshychi (in today’s Poland), daughter of Stepan Hrymak, a regional leader in the co-operative movement, and Olga Myleshchak, the family fled westward in 1941 before the advancing Communist Red Army. After prolonged stays in Yaroslav and later Austria, they made their way to a Displaced Persons camp. Nadia and her mother were granted permission to immigrate to Canada after being sponsored by family that farmed near Yorkton, Saskatchewan, the father Stepan having perished near Munich due to a wartime medical mishap.
Having reached Montreal, Nadia and her mother were given advice that a prairie farm is not the right place for a teenage girl and her mother, so they remained in Montreal. Nadia worked at the Fry Cadbury chocolate plant and in the fur trading division of the Hudson Bay Company before completing her university studies and marrying Osyp K. Wynnycky in 1963. Nadia then raised son Roman and daughter Olena and attained a Master of Arts degree from the Université de Montréal. Having also obtained a Teaching Certificate, after her children were old enough for school, she worked for years as a substitute teacher for the Montreal Catholic School Commission.
Nadia was a patriot and always worked for the Ukrainian community. Having joined the Plast youth organization while in the DP camp in Germany, she continued as a counsellor with youth in Montreal and ran several camps. She taught at Ukrainian Saturday schools, was a member of the Organization of Ukrainian Women of Canada and, over the years, of several different Ukrainian Catholic parishes.
Nadia enjoyed many things including traditional Ukrainian embroidery, painting ceramics, mushroom and berry picking, music, art, gardening, singing and, of course, laughing. She also liked to travel once in a while. In 1986, during a cross-Canada trip to the Vancouver Expo, she stopped off in Saskatchewan to finally see the aforementioned farm. Perhaps most of all, she enjoyed her stays at the Ukrainian village at Vale Perkins in the Townships including swimming in Lake Memphremagog, which she did even after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage on her 80th birthday. Even though her last decade was marked by reduced mobility and an increasing dementia, she was able to enjoy many pleasant moments as a result of the devoted care of Olena, with whom she lived most of that time.
Nadia leaves in mourning son Roman, daughter Olena, members of her extended family and friends dispersed across North America and Europe. Although ever changing Covid restrictions will apply, a public Visitation is planned from 3PM on Thursday at the Alfred Dallaire Memoria funeral home on Bellechase at St. Michel