BEAHUN, Victoria Barbara (nee Janeczko)
With profound sadness but with deep gratitude for a long life well lived, Victoria’s family announces her passing on August 15, 2018 in her 96th year in Kelowna, BC. Victoria was predeceased by her loving husband William of 59 years. Many will miss her but none so much as her children: Ronald, Sharon (Gordon Zosiuk) and Linda (Bev Banks); her beloved grandchildren: Jaimie, Eliza, Ryan (Shayna) and Paul (Laura); her much loved great grandchildren: Presley and Cruz Walton. Victoria was aunt to multiple generations of nieces, nephews and Godmother to five Godchildren. She always had a special place in her heart for her “flower girls,” Marion and Edna (Koltun).
Vickie was born November 30, 1921 in the family home on the Janeczko homestead in the grain farming community close to Cedoux, SK. She was a loving and supportive daughter to her parents Anthony and Rozalia (Tokarz) Janeczko, whose families were early pioneers in Southern Saskatchewan. Vickie was the second youngest and last living of eight sisters and brothers.
Vickie will be missed for her generous kindness, unselfish love and hardworking ways. She was a humble person who never sought recognition for herself but did all that she could for her family. To her, family was her greatest happiness and she was always concerned more about her family than of herself, a consummate mother hen. She was an ardent cheerleader for each and every one.
Vickie was the ultimate hostess and made sure that there was always more than enough food on the table so that no one would go home hungry. Vickie’s baking was her real passion. Her desserts were “award winning,” especially her cinnamon buns and lemon meringue pies.
Vickie will always be remembered for her love of music. Although she had no formal musical training, she effortlessly played the accordion, piano and violin “by ear.” Before married life, Vickie played accordion with the Prairie Ramblers Orchestra (based in Moose Jaw), a group of talented musicians who toured Saskatchewan.
After her marriage to Bill (June 1948 in Regina, Saskatchewan), she stayed at home to raise their family. Bill’s work took them to Winnipeg, Manitoba (1959). Many years later, they found themselves back in Regina (1997) and then, ultimately, in Kelowna, British Columbia (2001).
On retirement, Vickie and Bill became “Canadian snowbirds” spending their winters in Weslaco, Texas. They embraced the varied cultures, music and food that Southern Texas and the Mexican border towns of Progresso, Reynosa and Matamoros had to offer.
Even in her nineties, it was hard to keep up with Vickie’s swift mind, her excellent memory and her boundless energy! Her sense of style never faded. Despite the effects of aging, she always maintained an energy as well as courageous spirit. Her Prairie roots and determination always come to the fore.
Vickie was a woman sure in her faith. Her Christian values and her devotion to the Roman Catholic Church were an important part of her life. Her guardian angel has now walked with her on her final journey home. She surely has attained her eternal reward.
Victoria leaves her family a legacy of values: loyalty to family, perseverance, hard work, hospitality and achievement. The world is less without her in it and we are more for having had her in our lives. Although it is a time for sorrow and sadness, it is also a time for us to give thanks and be grateful that she was part of our lives for so many years.
We love you, Mom (Nana to her grandchildren, Torie to her great grandchildren and “Queen Victoria” to her friends.) Your guiding spirit will live on forever in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, a request for a Church Mass to be held in Victoria’s name or a donation to the SPCA would be most appreciated by her family.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 11:00 am at St. Charles Garnier Parish, 3645 Benvoulin Rd, Kelowna, BC.
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The service for BEAHUN, Victoria Barbara (nee Janeczko) is scheduled for Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 11:00 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.