The family of Clara Badiuk sadly announces her passing on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.
She was born Jan. 3, 1922 in Winnipeg, Man. to Joseph and Ahafia Luczyk.
Clara grew up in Winnipeg and graduated from St. John’s Technical High School. She then travelled to Fort Frances to work for her brother-in-law, William Ternowetsky, at the Emperor Hotel. During her employment in the kitchen, she met her husband and love of her life, Nicholas (Chief) Badiuk, who also was employed there.
Clara and Nick were married Feb. 21, 1941 at St. John’s Anglican Church. They were happily married for 62 years and raised three children in Fort Frances.
She was predeceased by Nick in 2003.
Clara was a member of St. Anna’s U.W.A.C. and St. George’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Fort Frances. She was very proud of her Ukrainian heritage and enjoyed singing in the choir. Music was very important, and she loved to sing and dance.
Clara’s lifelong dream was to become a nurse. In 1964, she fulfilled that dream and completed the course for RNA at the La Verendrye Hospital School of Nursing with exemplary marks. She was passionate about her nursing career, and was adored and admired by her patients and her colleagues.
In their retirement years, Clara and Nick enjoyed their beautiful cabin on Rainy Lake and resided in Mesa, Ariz. during the winter. They became involved in the Ukrainian Church in Phoenix and the clubhouse events at Mesa Regal Resort.
They remained lifelong friends with many other “snowbirds” in their resort complex.
Clara moved to Rainycrest in 2009 after suffering a stroke.
Clara was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Ahafia Luczyk; sisters, Anne Ewasyke and Mary Morris; and brother, Mike Luchik.
She is survived by her loving family, daughter, Lorraine Solmundson, granddaughters, Teri Paley (John), Nicole Solmundson (Dan), and JoAnne Solmundson (Gordon), and grandson, Darren Solmundson (Karen), all residing in Vancouver, B.C.; her son, Thomas (Randyne), granddaughter, Cynthia, and grandson, Timothy, residing in Saint John, N.B.; and her son, Patrick (Mary) and granddaughters, Jennifer and Lindsay, living in Rapid City, S.D.
She also is survived by four great-grandchildren, Sydney, Nicholas, Harlow, and Benjamin, also living in Vancouver, B.C.
Also surviving are her sisters, Doris Ternowetsky of Winnipeg Man. and Alice (Tom) Filgiano of Los Angeles, Calif.; brother, Alex (Sadie) Luczyk of Fort Frances, Ont.; brother- and sister-in-law, Metro and Mary Badiuk; sisters-in-law, Dixie Badiuk and Ollie Luchik; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 at 11 a.m. in Hallett Hall at Rainycrest, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., with Fr. Wayne McIntosh officiating.
A memoriam in Clara’s name has been established at the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, 110 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2B7.
Donations in Clara’s name also can be sent to St. George’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 704 McKenzie Ave., Fort Frances, Ont. or c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com
Clara loved her children and her grandchildren dearly, and was always ready to help out in any way possible.
The grandchildren were very fond of their grandmother and always will cherish their time together at the Bad Dukes cabin on Rainy Lake.