Obituary

BUNDZA-IWANYTZKYJ, Natalie Nadia – Passed away at Toronto Grace Hospital on November 24th, 2023, in her 88th year.  Left to mourn her passing are sister Linda Bundza; nieces and nephews: Andrea, Michael, and Stefano; grand nieces and nephews: Matthew, Nicholas, Andrew and Katie; and family members in Ukraine.  Natalie was predeceased by her beloved husband Vasyl Iwanytzkyj, her sister Vera Olynyk, brother-in-law Henry (Andy) Olynyk, and niece Joanne. Born and raised in Toronto, Natalie was a patriotic Canadian with a lifelong commitment to the Ukrainian community.  Throughout her career at Bloor Travel, she was instrumental in leading dozens of performing arts tours and organizing many cultural exchanges from Ukraine to North and South America. Over the years, Natalie held many leadership positions within the Ukrainian community including: President of the Ukrainian National Youth Federation; President of the Ukrainian Women’s Organization of Canada; Board Member - UNF Foundation; and Honourary Board Member of the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada.  Natalie never missed a Ukrainian National Federation convention, attending as a delegate, and making lifelong connections across Canada.  She was present at the inception of the Ukrainian World Congress in 1967, remaining committed to its activities until her passing.  A trend setter and feminist before there was even a term for it, Natalie was the first female director of the Ukrainian Credit Union, a position she held for eighteen years. Natalie was a staunch nationalist, and had no trouble exerting her political views, even confronting communist officials during the Cold War.  Her unique experiences in the Soviet Union were documented in a Toronto Star article in July 2015, after declassified CSIS files were presented to her.  Natalie also took great pride in the work she and her late husband completed in erecting statues of Ukraine’s national bard Taras Shevchenko in over 25 sites in Ukraine. Although she had a gregarious presence and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the many friends she made around the world, Natalie was a private person at heart, and demonstrated that her strong bond to her immediate family was always her first priority.  Vichnaya Pamyat Natalka! Funeral will be held at the Cardinal Funeral Home Chapel (92 Annette Street) on Friday December 1, 2023.  Visitation from 10am to 11am, followed by Panachyda at 11am.  Burial to follow at York Cemetery (160 Beecroft Road).

For those wishing to view Natalie's Funeral Service via live stream, the link is listed below.

https://youtube.com/live/lNY7D19mBdw?feature=share

Visitation

Date
December 01, 2023
Location
Cardinal Funeral Homes, 92 Annette Street
Time
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Service

Date
December 01, 2023
Location
Cardinal Funeral Homes, 92 Annette Street Chapel
Time
11:00 AM

Burial

Date
December 01, 2023
Location
York Cemetery
Time
01:00 PM
Memo

Burial Time is an Estimate

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January 19, 2024
Kathy (Myxa) Boyd
I am so sorry...I just recently found out about Natalie's passing.My thoughts and prayers are with the family.Vichnaya Pam'yat,Natalka and Rest in Peace, my friend.You were a joy to be with and will be missed.Thank you for leaving me with many fond memories from years gone by.
November 30, 2023
Abby Avery
My deepest condolences to the family. It has been a difficult year with so many losses. Natalie was such a force in the world. I remember her with great fondness.
November 28, 2023
Vera Olenchuk
I knew Natalie from our younger MYHO days on Edwin Ave. An active member of OYK and UNF, she was the outspoken voice of all things Ukrainian during her lifetime. Вічная Пам'ять Vera Olenchuk
November 28, 2023
Oksana Kuryliw
I knew Natalie from an early age in so many walks of life. UNYF, Bloor Travel, lots of parties, passionate discussions. A force. She will be missed. Vichnaya Pamyat. Sincerest sympathy to the family.
November 28, 2023
Robert Didulka
Natalie was one of Canadas finest and most passionate woman involved in anti communist Russian affairs. She will be greatly missed. Long live the memory of Natalie. You were truly a shining example of a Canadian Ukrainian.
November 27, 2023
Olya & Bohdan Leschuk
Natalia was a great lady and respected by many, including ourselves. May she rest in peace. Vichnaya Pamyat.