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KUCHMA, Sheila

May 23, 1931 — August 25, 2012

May 23, 1931 – August 25, 2012


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sheila Kuchma on August 25, 2012 at Hospice House in Kelowna, BC.  Sheila leaves to mourn her loving husband of 59 years, Steve; daughter Hollie Lorentz of Kelowna; son Steven (Carla) of Saskatoon; grandsons:  Jeff Lorentz of Kelowna, Tyler Kuchma of Clairmont, AB and Cole Kuchma of Saskatoon and great granddaughter Kiera Kuchma of Clairmont, AB.  She also leaves behind her brother Geoff (Betty) Smith of Fish Hoek, South Africa; her sister-in-law Joan Smith of Louth, Lincolnshire, England; brother-in-law Roland Darley of Spalding, Lincolnshire, England; sister-in-law Rose Esplin of Maple Ridge, BC and numerous nieces and nephews.  Sheila was predeceased by her parents Harold and Edith Smith, brother Bernard Smith and sister Audrey Darley.  Sheila met Steve in England in 1952 and they were married on February 20, 1953.  Steve’s Air Force career saw them relocate to Comox and Richmond, BC and Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.  While living in Portage la Prairie she worked at a local jewellery store for many years.  In 1992, they decided to retire in Kelowna, BC.  Sheila’s favourite passions were gardening, baking, going for walks, reading a favourite novel and spending time with family and friends.  She could quite often be found sitting on the park bench in front of the house visiting with anyone passing by.  Her ready smile and caring nature made her endearing to those who met her.  Sheila will be missed for her thoughtfulness, kindness, generosity and most of all her positive outlook on life.  The family would like to express it’s deepest gratitude to all the staff of the Cancer Centre of the Southern Interior, the paramedics who attended her, Doctors and nurses on ward 4B at Kelowna General Hospital and the nursing staff and volunteers at the Central Okanagan Hospice House.  A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 30th at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  Flowers gratefully declined.  For those so wishing, memorial donations for Sheila may be directed to the Cancer Centre for the Southern Interior, 399 Royal Avenue, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5L3 or the Central Okanagan Hospice Association – Hospice House, 2035 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2Z6.

Thursday, August 30th at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for KUCHMA, Sheila is scheduled for Thursday, August 30th at 1:00 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


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  • Hazel says:

    My condolences to Steve and the family. I only knew Sheila for the few years I lived at Shasta, meeting her as I offered to help her with the park flower garden. I learned alot about gardening from her and thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent pulling weeds and dead heading flowers. Always a smile and pleasant conversation. She will be truly missed by all who knew her

  • Susan (Howard) Cooper says:

    I was very sorry to see the announcement in the paper. We have lost a wonderful lady! She was always so kind and willing to help anyone. I enjoyed listening to her talk with her lovely accent. Mom teared up when I told her of Sheila’s passing. We think of you all often and you come up in conversations still.Thinking of you all on this sad occasion. Susan

  • Jack&Mary McWhirter says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you Steve and your family.

  • Murray,Lynn and Miranda Laycock says:

    All our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We will miss your cheerful smile and humour.
    Love Ya.
    The Laycock’s

  • Pam Basha says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss Steve, working with Sheila in Portage at Gables Jewelery brings back lots of special memories. Condolances to you and your family. luv pam and bert

  • Collin Ashton says:

    Sorry to hear about Auntie Sheila Uncle Steve. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
    Collin Ashton

  • Richard Pabsdorf ( Canadian Tire ) says:

    Steve and Hollie ,I’m sorry for your loss

  • dennis says:

    sheila sorry to see you go so soon. you made my day with your smile, and laughter. god does have the best 1 up there with him. truly will miss you lady love dennis

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