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HORNUNG, Viola Margaret

May 19, 1931 — October 3, 2013

Vi Hornung passed away after a short illness on October 3, 2013. She will be sadly missed by her family and numerous friends. She is survived by daughters Nancy Fox (Larry) and Deborah Hapke (Albert) of Vanguard, Sask; grandchildren: Angela Hapke (Brad Lively), Patrick Fox, Daniel Fox, Carlina Hapke, Chris Hapke & Kendra Hapke; brother Tom Shelstad; sister Pearl Solanik; and special friend Lorne Ferguson. Vi was born on May 19, 1931 in Swift Current Saskatchewan to Pearl & Otto Shelstad. She attended school in Swift Current and then began her teaching career in 1950 as a study supervisor at Leonard School west of Leinan, Sk. This experience ignited her love of teaching, so she went on to Normal School in Moose Jaw to obtain her teaching certificate. In 1952, she moved to Vanguard, Saskatchewan to teach at the Vanguard Elementary School. There she met the first love of her life, Roy Anderson. Vi & Roy were married on July 5, 1955 on her parents’ 25th Wedding anniversary day in Swift Current. She took some time from her teaching career to raise her daughters then resumed classroom duties in 1965. After Roy’s death she continued to teach until her superannuation in 1989. Following her retirement, she moved B.C., remarried July 3, 1991 to Jim Hornung and resided in Summerland, Christina Lake, and Kelowna. She remained in Kelowna after Jim’s death. Vi was passionate about her teaching career, teaching mostly primary grades, and taking on leadership roles such as Resource Room teacher and Vice-Principal. Living & teaching within a smaller community allowed her to watch “her kids” following their paths through life. Her focus was always on her students, and she became a strong promoter of individualized programming for rural students. Vi was well respected by all who knew her She was an active community member, even in retirement, who gave freely of her time, knowledge and skills to organizations such as Legion Ladies Auxiliary and various community clubs. Vi greatly loved her family and valued the role of Mom and Grandmother. Distance did not stop her from sharing in her children & grandchildren’s lives. Maintaining the friendships she made, both old and new, were important to her. Often defined as a “lady”; she met all of life’s challenges armed with a positive attitude, dignity, strength, and great sense of humour. Celebration of her life will be held at Springfield Funeral Home, Kelowna, B.C. on Oct 7, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Happy Hour Social to follow at ANAVETS Club, 250 Dougall Rd, Kelowna. Interment and life celebration will take place at a later date in Vanguard, Saskatchewan. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to BC Cancer Agency Centre for the Southern Interior, 399 Royal Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5L3. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”



Monday, October 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for HORNUNG, Viola Margaret is scheduled for Monday, October 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC

Phone: 250.860.7077

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  • Lorne & Denise Blar says:

    Dear Nancy & Debbie
    Our sympathy and hugs go out to both of you and your families on the death of your dear Mom. She was a treasured friend to our parents, a great school teacher and mentor to so many students and always well respected by everyone in Vanguard, SK. May all the warmest memories of your Mom help you during those times when you miss her the most. She will be remembered by so many.
    Lorne & Denise Blair (Froyman)
    Sherwood Park, AB

  • Ray and Val Kolla says:

    Dear Nancy, Deb and families,
    We were sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. What a wonderful celebration of her life.
    She was a close and dear friend of our parents and clearly left a very positive mark on many residents of Vanguard, students and her friends.
    Hers is a beautiful life honoured and a wonderful life celebrated.
    With our sympathies and love,
    Ray and Val

  • Frank, Leanne, and Sean Kolla says:

    Deb, Nancy and families,

    Sending you our deepest sympathy over the loss of your Mom. She will always hold a special place in our hearts. She and your Dad were very special to our Mom and Dad. The long-term friendship they shared has been passed on to the next generation…us. Your Mom was like a second Mom to me, probably because I spend so much time at your house over the years. She was a wonderful teacher. I have many fond memories of Grade Three with her as my teacher.

    Keep your memories close and she will continue to live on in your hearts.

  • Boots & Gail says:

    Dear Nancy, Debbie and Family,

    We were shocked and very saddened to hear of Vi’s passing.
    Living in their former home in Christina Lake, we thought of her often.
    What a wonderful obituary! It says it all. She was a very special “Lady”.
    Treasure your memories.

    Boots and Gail

  • Dan, Ellen, Kaitlin and Robby Voth says:

    We spent many special occasions (Easter and Thanksgiving and our family birthdays and such) with your mom (through our mom and dad, Harold and Joyce Voth). Always so gracious and friendly and kind, we will all miss her at our next gathering. Especially my mother-in-law Joyce, who considered Vi ‘like an older sister’ and spent many happy hours going on walks (to Tim Horton’s) and then helping your mom through her journey the last while. Our condolences, we will miss her too.

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