Ella Showkewych of Toronto, ON  passed away peacefully on May 15 2020 with her daughter and son at her side. Mama (mother) to Orysia (Edward) and Roman, Baba (grandmother) to Andrew (Joanne) , Tiarella Tatanya and Everett (Lauren), Pre-Baba (great-grandmother) to Weston and Desmond.  She was predeceased by her loving husband John of 68 years. Borne in the Ukraine and of Austrian descent, Ella immigrated to Canada in 1948 with her Tante (Aunt) Helene and initially settled in Montreal.


Ella was extremely hardworking, fun loving, kind and friendly. She enjoyed singing, playing guitar, gardening, hosting dinner parties and dancing with her husband John at various Ukrainian venues and later in life added looking after her grandchildren, Taichi and walks in High Park. Her most favourite was swimming and basking in the sun with John and friends at Wasaga Beach, Florida and Aruba and "pypenky" (mushroom) picking with the gang. She was an extremely talented seamstress and an amazing strongly spirited woman!


The last years of Mama's life were a struggle and we are extremely thankful to her dedicated array of PSWs who cared for her at home. We are also thankful to the staff of St. Josephs Healthcare Center, Toronto.


We miss you Mama but you will always be in our heart and soul!


A private service will be held at St Volodomyr's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Joseph’s Healthcare Center, Toronto would be appreciated,  thank you.




May 20, 2020
St. Volodymyr Cemetry
11:00 AM

Graveside service and burial will be private. Thank you for your understanding


May 31, 2020
Harry Wenzel
Hallo Rysa, hallo Roman und Familie, hohe Anteilnahme auch von meiner Seite und herzliches Beileid. Das Beste was es gibt ist und bleibt und das für alle Zeit eine Mutter. Wie ich nun nachlesen konnte war Tante Ella meiner Mutter charakterlich sehr, sehr ähnlich. Und es erfüllt mich mit sehr viel Stolz, dass ich so eine super liebe und coole gitarrespielende Tante hatte.
May 22, 2020
Christine Romanenchuk
Rysa, Romi and family. Thinking of you in your time of sorrow. Your mother was a very gracious lady, may she rest in peace.
May 21, 2020
Christina Gula
Hi Orysia and Roman. We are very sorry to hear about your Mother. She was a very energetic and lovely person. She sewed many things for us in her closet and she was so fast. Christina and Alexandra Gula.
May 18, 2020
Harry Zirke
Liebe Rysa und Roman und eure Familien, soeben haben wir von Ellas Tod erfahren. Wir wünschen euch viel Kraft in dieser schweren Zeit. Wir denken immer wieder sehr gerne an unseren Besuch bei euch im Jahr 1988 und an den herzlichen Empfang und schöne Zeit bei Ella und bei euch. Wir sind in Gedanken bei euch. Ingrid + Harry Auch ein herzliches Beileid von meiner Mutter
May 18, 2020
Oleg Mueller
Dear Rysa, Roman and Family we learned from Luisa that your mother died a few days ago. We are sincerely sorry and we send you our heartfelt condolences. We hope that your family will give you strength and comfort to get over this awful loss. It is always difficult to understand that one`s beloved mother suddenly disappears from your life forever. But the many beautiful memories of her will remain in your heart and thus, she will always stay a part of your life. It is also so good to know that Luisa had the chance to get to know Elli because you generously welcomed her within your family for a year and treated her like one of your own children. We will never forget that and will always be very thankful for that especially as this was a very important step in Luisa`s life. From what Luisa told us, she liked Ella a lot. We wish you and your family that you stand together and support each other in those difficult times. We think of you and wish you the best. Love Oleg & Irene
May 17, 2020
Alexandra Janowsky-Cremona
Dear Orysia, Roman and family, We are sorry to hear of the passing of your mother and grandmother. We have fond memories of our parents spending time together at zabavas and picnicing at Veselka. With deepest sympathy. Vichnaya Pamyat.
May 17, 2020
Myron Okipniuk
Our sincerest condolences to your family. Vichnaya Pamyat
May 16, 2020
Mary (Grem) D’Anna
To the family of Ella Showkewych. So sorry for your loss. Memories of your mother-grandmother go back many years to the old neighbourhood on Rusholme Road. Her sewing talent was much appreciated along with her kindness and generosity. Vichnaya pamyat 🙏💐