It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Ihor Zenon Ivanochko. “Little Ihor”, or “Ihor Z” as we fondly called him, was born in Potochishche, Ukraine on July 6th, 1925 to Antonia and Alexander Ivanochko. He is pre-deceased by his sister Nadia and niece Olivia. He is mourned by his sister Oksana, nieces Vicki and Iryna and nephew Marko. He leaves behind his wife of 62 years Yvonne (Prosymiak), his heart-broken daughters Daria (John), Tamara (Ron) and Sasha and grandchildren Danton (Victoria), Julian (Leora) and Ivanka.

When his daughters think of their Tato, they think of his charm, flirty-ness, philosophizing, sun-worshipping, spontaneous love song singing, gentlemanliness, incredible sweetness, and unconditional love. He was also tough as nails and resilient. However, on January 5th, he tested positive for COVID and was hospitalized with pneumonia on the 11th. He took his last breath at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in the wee hours of January 18, 2021.

We will be celebrating his life privately for the time being and will not have a public service at this time. In lieu of gifts, we ask you to consider making a donation to the Ivan Franko Homes, where both our parents have lived and have been tenderly cared for the past several years. You can contact them here:

Rest in peace Tato. We love you.

Due to the current pandemic restrictions and under direction from our regulator, the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, effective November 23, 2020 all funerals and visitations will be by invitation only to limit the number of people in attendance and prevent the spread of COVID-19. We encourage those that are unable to attend in person to express their sympathy by posting a message of condolence to our website, donating to a charity of your choice in memory of your loved one or by sending flowers to the funeral home.



Burial / Entombment / Cremation


March 16, 2021
Vicki (Mateyko) Thurlow
My name is Vicki (Mateyko) Thurlow & I live in Sudbury (Wahnapitae area) ON. My belated condolences on the loss of your beloved Ihor. I am sending this as I came across the obit & my father was born 1 day later, July 7, 1925 in Potochishche & wondered if the families knew each other. I suspect yes, given the size of the town. We have a family in this area with the last name Evanochko & wonder if they might be related to your family, as immigration officials often misspelled names. I know Oksana Kuryliw, as my father taught her Ukrainian dancing, & her brother Ihor was my high school history teacher. Many Ukrainian families in Sudbury came from Potochishche. My cousins actually visited the town a few years ago, something I would like to do, however I never did learn the language which would be a great disadvantage. Your father sounds like an amazing person who was very much loved by not only his family but all those he had contact with. My father passed away @56 yrs. of age. I still miss him terribly. The birth dates of these 2 beloved men & their origins compelled me to send this condolence, although belated. Thank you for listening. Vicki (Mateyko) Thurlow, 496 Fox Road, Wahnapitae, On P0M3C0.
February 01, 2021
Roman Zelyk
Dear Tamara, Daria and Family, So sorry to hear of your fathers passing. I was hopeful that everyone would pull through the outbreak at Ivan Franko and was very saddened to hear the news. I would see your father most times when I would visit my mother pre pandemic and would say hello. After 40 years I'm not sure he remembered me but to me he looked like he hadn't aged a bit. Please accept my sincerest condolences. Roman Zelyk
January 26, 2021
Diana Anderson
Dear Yvonne and family Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss. I will try and contact you soon, now that I know where to find you, Yvonne. Love and many happy memories.
January 24, 2021
Oksana Kuryliw
Dear Tamara and family Please accept our sympathy on the loss of your beloved dad. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Oksana and John
January 23, 2021
Marc Zwelling
Sympathies, Daria. An impressive person.
January 23, 2021
Carol Rawson
Dear Yvonne and Family, For the few years we worked together with the Social Committee in our condo building, I am grateful to have known you and through you to have known your family AND the Museum. With best wishes from your friends here at 15 La Rose. Carol Rawson
January 20, 2021
Ann Iwanchuk
Dear Daria, John and Family, I am so sorry to learn about the passing of your father. It is so difficult to lose a parent, and my heart goes out to you. May the hands of time heal your broken hearts and may the memories you hold dear, remain forever in your hearts. With heartfelt sympathy, Ann Iwanchuk