It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved Alice “Lesia” Kushny. Born on Nov. 15, 1933 to Dmytro & Stephania Chruszcz (Nedozytko) in Winnipeg, Alice died peacefully on Dec. 13, 2020. Lesia is survived by her husband of 64 years, Eugene, the love of her life, whom she met on a blind date in Trinity Bellwoods Park. They shared a love like no other. Alice was a devoted and loving mother to Alicia Wiedemann (John), Donna Simpson (John), James (Helen), a proud and nurturing Baba to Yvonne (Sam), John Kalvin (Keely), Jonah, Joshua, Edith, Hazel, an adoring PraBaba to Winter Rose, Forest, Sammy and Ella.   Alice grew up with her parents on a farm in Grimsby, Ontario. After the birth of her sister, Olya, whom she was very close to, the family moved to Toronto where Alice attended Bloor Collegiate. Alice was on the basketball team and the cheerleading squad. After graduating, Alice worked in Lake Louise with her best friend Connie, where they met Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum on set. Alice then worked at the Spadina Avenue Medical Labs followed by Bell Canada, where she eventually took on a managerial role in Computer Communications, played on their softball team and made many lifelong friends.   Alice loved to travel and had her dream two-month long honeymoon cruise throughout Europe. She visited family in Australia, Ukraine, the US and Canada and also toured Kuala Lumpur, Alaska and the Caribbean.   Throughout her life, Lesia has given of herself, unselfishly and without hesitation, to her family, friends and community. Family, those near and far, meant everything to Alice and she would do anything and everything for them. Alice was very involved with Swansea P.S., Humberside C.I., St. Josaphat’s Church, Ukrainian National Federation and Kalyna choir. Alice was an accomplished artist, who loved gardening, camping in Cape Cod and desserts. Alice’s laughter and smile would fill and brighten a room. She always remembered everyone’s birthdays or days of celebration and would phone, sing and/or write a note to those she loved.  

Lesia will forever be in our hearts and we know that she is an angel among the angels.

“Love you Lesia”




Due to Covid 19, all services are private. Thank you for your understanding.




January 20, 2021
Anne Burak
Dear Alicia, Donna and James: I just found out today about the loss of your mother. God Bless her soul. I always remember how beautiful she was ...both inside and out and how giving and thoughtful she was. May the memories you have of your mom help you heal. Remember she is always around you. With love and always thinking of all of you. Anne Burak
December 30, 2020
Christine Cunningham (Kalyn)
My heartfelt condolences to all of you. Chocha Alice was a most beautiful woman. I will always remember her classic looks, incredible smile and genuine heart. As children we loved coming over to your house as your mother always made us feel so welcomed. She was giving, thoughtful and very kind to others, a special Angel. Keeping all of you in our prayers during this difficult time.
December 21, 2020
Adrienne Mitchell
Dear Mr.Kushny, Alicia, Donna and James and family, I am so sorry for the passing of your dear mother. Growing up as a young teenager and befriending Alicia, I remember many fond times at sleepovers with Mrs.Kushny always being a wonderful host and full of laughter and great stories. She had a zest for life and always had a smile and sparkle in her eyes. What a terrible loss. Her vibrant energy and warmth will always be remembered. Sending positive and healing wishes and thoughts to you. Much love.
December 21, 2020
Greg and Cathy Medwid
Extending our most heartfelt sympathy to your family.
December 19, 2020
Rosanna & Mike Zoltek
Uncle Gene, Alicia, Donna, James and families, On behalf of my husband, Mike and myself, I would like to convey our sincere condolences for your loss. Our dear Chocha Alice was always such a kind, loving, special lady. I have so many wonderful memories of all the fun Gerrie/Kushny times and celebrations our families spent together over the years. May her memory live on in your hearts always and bring you comfort at this difficult time. With love and prayers, Rosanna & Mike Zoltek
December 19, 2020
Janice Michnowicz
Uncle Gene, Alicia, Donna, James and families - our hearts go out to you at this sad time. We have such special memories of all your visits to Winnipeg and all the fun! Auntie Alice was one very special lady! All our Love, Marlene, Janice, Karen, Kim and families xo
December 18, 2020
joe lesniak
Please accept our sincere condolences to you Donna, your dad, sister and brother as well to all the extended Kushny family. Fond memories of your mom as she was always upbeat and a genuine person. Love Joe, Helen, Michael, Claire & Jillian Lesniak
December 17, 2020
Natalia Kitt (Rogowski)
My condolences to Eugene and family and Olga and family, as well as the cousins. I have fond memories when we were all children playing and visiting with our parents on the farm her parents had in Grimsby right across from Tomkiws . All of our immigrant parents worked so hard during those early years so that we “kids”could grow and have an easier life. It is wonderful to read about the full life that Alice lived. Vichnaya Pamyat. Sincerely, Natalia KItt (Rogowski), Estero Florida, US
December 17, 2020
Peter and Nadia Stasyna
Deepest condolences on the loss of this very lovely lady, her smile and the way she zoned in on you with her twinkling eyes. So glad we had the privilege of knowing her. Vichnaya Pamyat!
December 17, 2020
Rose & Jerry Schur
Our Deepest Condolence To YOU & The FAMILY May SHE Rest in PEACE & Sing With the ANGLES
December 17, 2020
Mary Mochernuk
Deepest Condolences from the Mochernuk Family. May God Bless your Mom and your Family. Heaven is singing with the arrival of your Mom, songs of Love and Heavenly Joy. Sympathies on the passing of your Mom. Mary, Kathy and Robert
December 17, 2020
Lee Dash-Simpson, Michael Simpson, Samuel Simpson, Veronika Simpson
Dear Donna, John, Jonah & Joshua, and family members. We were so shocked and saddened to hear of Alice’s passing this past Sunday. Our memories of her, are a bright smile, and twinkling eyes. She was always interested in our lives when we met her, at an event at your home, or sometimes encountering her in BloorWest Village, usually at John’s office. She was always curious about anyone in your ‘orbit’. Our memories will be of her ‘Joie de Vivre’, her boundless energy, and her care & concern, as well as her prayers for us....especially during our most challenging times. Yes, your sad loss is Heaven’s gain. Certainly singing with all the Angel’s now and we are certain, looking down from Heaven, with so much pride for her Children, their partners, Grandchildren, and Great Grandchildren. We are so blessed to have known her, even for the short time we could spend in her presence. Blessings to all of your family at this painful time of loss....Alicia, James and their family, thinking of you too. We are also sending our Love to Eugene, and hoping that you can find peace, and hope that one day, all of your family, will be together again in the presence of God. Lord love Alice, and welcome her home. Our heartfelt condolences from Simpson’s North
December 16, 2020
Mary (Swerbywus) and Jerry Kulyk
Mrs. Kushney was a Garnet, Grey and White Mom if you ever met one!!!! From my days as a Humberside music teacher, I couldn't have met a more supportive family. Of the school, of the the Arts, of any events........hardworking, dedicated..........and loving Mom to her kids! Our sincerest condolences to her family...............May She Rest In Peace!