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MALINSKY, Lillian (née Uhryn)

August 31, 1923 — September 23, 2023

With sadness, the family of the late Lillian Malinsky announces her peaceful passing at age 100 on September 23, 2023, at Cottonwoods Care Home in Kelowna, BC. Her family was with her at her side. We’re happy that Mom lived a long, happy, and healthy life, always surrounded by loving family and her many friends.

Mom was born and raised on the family farm, 5 miles NW of Rhein, SK and attended the nearby Feather Hill School. She married our Dad, Sozon Malinsky in 1944 and farmed together at their first homestead 1 mile NW of Veregin, SK. They sold their farm in 1948 and established a new General Store in the old BMO building in Rhein. After living a few years at the back of the store, and with sons Mark and Julian approaching school age, their Veregin farm home was relocated to Rhein, to the corner by the School and Sports Grounds. This is where daughter Zoria and son Wally came to be. In 1958, a cabin was built on Sunnyside Beach at Good Spirit Lake, where the family enjoyed many years of recreation time.

In 1967, Mom, Zoria, & Wally moved to Mom’s sister Mary’s home in Markham, Ont where she worked in a diner for 6 months. From there, Mom purchased and moved to the Arran Hotel in Saskatchewan where they lived and operated the Hotel with Julien Kowalyshen, her partner for the next 7yrs. In 1974, Mom and Wally moved to Yorkton, SK to live until she retired in 1992 and relocated to Kelowna to be closer to family. She lived at various places in Kelowna, including the Orchard Haven condos next to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and most recently at Cottonwoods for the last 2yrs.

Her love for her family & friends was eternal. Mom enjoyed dancing until the age of 95, and never passed an opportunity to go to a dance, including weekly commutes with Dad to Yorkton to Square Dance during their younger years.

Mom had a creative talent for nurturing beautiful flowers and vegetable gardens, she wrote pysanky (traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs), baked and decorated many a wedding cake, and gave great haircuts to her family and friends. She frequently travelled to see her children over many years, including to: Whitehorse, Fort Nelson, Vancouver, Canmore, Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon, Yuma, and Mexico. She made pyrohy, holubtsi, and borscht for us, and she helped with the grandchildren and with our gardens. In 1994, she travelled to Ukraine with a lady friend to meet a relative and visit the country where her parents were born.

Lillian was predeceased by her parents, Michael & Anna Uhryn, brothers: Jack, Mike, Ivan, and Miller; sisters: Katie Rohatynsky, Mary Malinsky, Lena Skaliwsky, Elsie Denischuk; and son-in-law, Don Nahnybida.

She is survived by her family: her son, Mark (Lynn) of Kelowna; granddaughter, Dee (Edward) Porter, and great-grandchildren, Otey and Mayes of Port Moody, BC; her grandson Dan (Kjersti) and great-grandchildren Mila and Finley of Kelowna; her son, Julian (Gail) of Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico; her daughter Zoria Nahnybida of Vernon, BC; granddaughter Gina (Tim) Parker of Vernon, and great-grandson Mitch Dixon of Ft. Saint John, BC; her granddaughter Angie (Erin) Dodd, and great-grandchildren Tyler, Miranda, Jacob, Kassie, Brianna, and Dallas of Chilliwack, BC; her son Waldemar (Laurie) of Kamloops, BC; and granddaughter Jessica (Nick) Fields, and great-grandchildren Alexis & Natalie of Dawson Creek, BC. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome in support of Sts. Peter and Paul Refugee Fund of Kelowna by e-transfer to: office@stspeterandpaulkelowna.com Password: Church

A Funeral Service will be held on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2023, at 10:00 AM, at STS PETER AND PAUL UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH, 1935 Barlee Rd, Kelowna, BC. Lunch will follow at the Orthodox hall next door. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service, a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter. LIVESTREAM LINK: click here for livestream

Lillian will be laid to rest at Yorkton Cemetery, Yorkton, SK, on Thursday, October 5, 2023, at 10 AM with Father Michael presiding.

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The service for MALINSKY, Lillian (née Uhryn) is scheduled for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2023, at 10:00 AM. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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1935 Barlee Rd, Kelowna, BC


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  • Nestor & Debra Ohryn says:

    Our Deepest Condolences to Mark, Julian, Zoroastrian & Walder

  • Nestor says:

    Our Sincere Condolences to Mark Julian Zoroastrian & Waldemer! Lillian ,Your Mother was a Wonderful Sincere Loving Aunt! Nestor & I had a Wonderful visit with her a few years ago when we visited with her in Kelowna! May God Grant Her Eternal Rest 💜🙏🏻

  • Nestor & Phil says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all the family. Your mom was one of a kind. She will be sadly missed.

  • Debbie Mazzei says:

    Condolences to all the family. Aunty Lillian was a joy and her smile and laughter was contagious. She was the happiest in the presence of her children and family. Rest in peace Aunty.

  • Sharon Benoit says:

    Sending condolences to al of her family. She had many years surrounded by a loving and caring family. Rest in Peace. Another angel in Heaven.

  • Renate (Renee) Boucher says:

    Dear Mark, Lynn and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Lillian’s passing. I met Lillian years ago when I sold her Lakeshore home. We had so many great times together including when we came to your home to pick fruits and enjoy your hospitality. I retired last year and now live in the Kootenays but I watched the live stream service on Saturday and it brought back great memories. Please accept my sincere condolences. Renee Boucher

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