It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Olga Dawkins (nee Bodnar) on July 9, 2019 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, with loving family by her side.
Born to Joseph and Dominia Bodnar in Springfield, Man., she was the fifth oldest of 11 children.
At the age of 11, her family moved to Alberton, Ont., where she grew up helping on the family farm.
Olga graduated from the La Verendrye Hospital School of Nursing in 1962 with her RNA diploma and worked for many years in both La Verendrye and Emo Hospitals.
She took great pride in her home and her beautiful flower beds.
Her cooking was exceptional, including sauerkraut perogies and homemade pizza.
She enjoyed fishing, crocheting, entertaining family and friends and never missed an episode of “The Young and The Restless.”
She is survived by her partner of 30 years, Leon Swire; daughter, Donna Dutka, husband, Dale, and granddaughter, Abbygail; daughter, Deanna White, husband, Collin, and granddaughter, Sydney; stepson, Greg Swire, partner Stacey Labelle, grandson, Josh, and granddaughters, Robyn, Hailey, Taylor; stepson, Grant Swire, partner, Heather Bridgeman, grandson Dylan, and granddaughter Dallas; stepson Gary, Swire, wife, Kim, grandson, Walker, and granddaughter, Garileigh; and great-grandchildren, Caleb, Mia, Emmett and Emma, and her furbaby, Phoebe.
Left to mourn her passing are her sisters, Ann Cain, and husband, Raymond; Evelyn Myers, and husband, Frank; Eleanor Johanson, husband, John (Steve); brothers, Edward, Marvin, Norman, and his wife, Lecea; sisters-in-law, Lillian Bodnar, Doreen Bodnar, Edith Bodnar, Cheryl Bodnar, Kathy Brigham and husband, Ed, and Ruth-Ann Agostino and husband, Tony; brother-in-law, Rod Swire, and wife, Penny; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Olga was predeceased by her parents; brothers, Michael, William, John and Paul; sister-in-law, Helen Bodnar; in-laws, Lorraine and Gus Swire, and first husband, Dwaine Dawkins.
As per Olga's wishes there will be no service.
Cremation has taken place and a private interment service for family will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Olga can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.
"Just remember in the winter,
far beneath the bitter snows,
Lies the seed,
That with the sun's love
In the spring
Becomes the rose"
We Love You Mum