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GULENCHYN, Susan (Sue) Linda

June 26, 1952 — January 4, 2019

Passed away peacefully with family and friends by her side on January 4, 2019 at Central Okanagan Hospice House at the age of 66.  Sue was born June 26, 1952 in Toronto, Ontario. She is survived by her sons Thomas and Colin, daughter-in-law Sara, grandson Tristan, her brother Ron Basarab of Winnipeg MB, and her sister Karen Mellor (Don) of Kelowna BC. She is also survived by her mother-in-law Mary Gulenchyn of Vernon BC, her brother-in-law Rick Gulenchyn (Sandra), her brother-in-law Randy Gulenchyn (Nicole), her sister-in-law Linda Shea (Gord) and many nieces and nephews.  She is predeceased by her husband Ken Gulenchyn, father William Basarab and mother Marcelline Basarab.  She was raised in Toronto and later moved to Winnipeg where she met her loving husband Ken. They were married on March 3, 1973 and moved to Kelowna in 1975.

Sue loved life and couldn’t wait for the next adventure.  Her caring nature and persistence in putting others before herself only made her more loved by family and friends alike; their lives were enriched immeasurably by her compassion, integrity and strength of character.  She will be sadly missed; however, she goes now to join her husband—two finer human beings never existed.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna BC.

Donations in Sue’s memory may be made to Central Okanagan Hospice House or BC Cancer – Kelowna.

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Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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Donations in Sue's memory may be made to Central Okanagan Hospice House, 2035 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2Z6; or BC Cancer - Kelowna. Link: www.bccancer.bc.ca


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The service for GULENCHYN, Susan (Sue) Linda is scheduled for Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC

Phone: 250-860-7077

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  • Lorraine Wright says:

    Our deepest condolences to the family and friends
    A true Gem of a person will be missed dearly! You are forever in our hearts 💕

  • Susan Gulenchyn says:

    Bernie and I are sending our sympathies to the family at this time of sadness. Susan was an awesome woman who made everyone feel right at home when you were around her. Her laughter was so contagious and she always had a smile for everyone. She missed Ken dearly, and now will be with him, she won’t be lonely anymore. Love you Sue, Know that you will always be in my heart……………..Susan

  • Carol Fosolan says:

    I wish my mom and I could have attended today but I watched with all our love the wonderful celebration.❤️From auntie Helen in chilliwack and cousin carol in white rock. Colin and tommy you certainly were blessed with the best parents and will always have the best memories . All our love to you both and Tristan

  • Patricia Dandeneau says:

    My Tribute to Sue

    Sue has been my friend for over 50 years. I met her when my good friend Ken started dating Sue in their teens. They eventually married and thats when our couple friendship unfolded. I have had the pleasure to be a close friend and shared many adventures and raised our children together. In my 50 years of knowing Sue, I learned the definition of a true friend; thoughtful, authentic, kind, loving and adventurous.
    When she asked how you were doing, she was truly listening with her ears and her heart with compassion and was a great sounding board. She was transparent, you knew how she felt about current events about her views and her goals. She was steadfast and confident in her vision for a honest and happy life for her family and friend’s. She always welcomed you into her home and always had a meal prepared for company.
    We explored many adventures together including cycling the San Juan Islands, touring the Oregon Coast and many BC road trips.
    As we turned to our 30’s, Sue yearned for a family and she received the gifts of two lovely sons Colin and Thomas, who called me Auntie. I was also blessed with twins, who called Sue, Auntie. We raised our children together and shared motherly concerns and wishes for our children.
    As our families grew, Sue and Ken found property up at Idabel Lake, their enthusiasm was so infectious we also bought a recreational property on the lake. I have so many fond memories of our times together up at the Lake including canoeing, pot luck suppers, kayaking, hiking, cross country skiing and swimming.
    Sue was always up for new adventures and we shared many multi-day cycling tours, back packing and backcountry skiing camping tours with our families.
    We backpacked into Mount Robson, Lake O’Hara, Manning Park and Cathedral Lakes. She mentioned once that she wondered why we spent all this effort packing into these areas when we could easily get to the top by helicopter. So, thats what we did on our next adventure; we hired a helicopter to take us up to Mount Assiniboine where we had a short pack into the campsite and explored the top of the mountain before making our decent with back packs.
    Our shared memories are special and I will remember them fondly.

    I will miss her dearly.

    Love you
    Pat Dandeneau

  • mitchell berard says:

    Colin and Tom I just learned of your mother’s passing and so am deeply saddened for your loss and incredible saddened that I checked out of life with your family. I adored your family your dad was the brother in life I never had and your mom was truly the kindest and most loving abd intelligent women in a lifetime yet both of you know that to be true. I shared so much love and have so many memories with the Gulenchyn family . Remember the incredible past and boys build an incredible moment each day on honour of the two people that lived their passion and dreams

    Love you guys Mitch

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