It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Oksana Veryha, a loving mother, grandmother, spouse and dear friend to many. She left this world February 13th, 2022 after a long and happy life at age 91 in the bedside presence of her three adoring children: Andrew, Peter and Olena. In recent years Oksana was predeceased by her mother Arestea, her husband Wasyl, and daughter Luba.
She was born to Wasyl and Arestea Albota on July 21, 1930 in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. An idyllic childhood was shattered by war and a forced departure from her beloved homeland. When her father passed away in Germany in 1946, Oksana and her mother travelled to England in search of work and a new beginning. While In England Oksana met her future husband, Wasyl Veryha, and they both emigrated to Canada with Oksana’s mother to build a happy life together. Married in Toronto in 1952, Oksana and Wasyl had four children in whom they instilled a love of learning, reading and Ukrainian culture.
Oksana always considered her children as more important than career or material possessions. Even though the early years in Canada were difficult, outings to visit family friends, concerts, outdoor parks, fairs and the zoo were always on the schedule. She particularly enjoyed reading and art, supporting her Ukrainian heritage, following current events and the taste of fine chocolate. Oksana was a devoted and generous mother to Andrew (Irene), Luba (deceased), Peter and Olena (Charles) and grandmother to her five grandchildren – Matthew, Alexander, Larissa, Julian and Daniel. In her final years at the Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre, she was known as a happy and involved resident who always maintained a positive outlook.
The family would like to thank the caring staff of the Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre in Etobicoke for their ongoing help and support. In lieu of flowers, donations in Oksana Veryha’s memory can be made to Canada-Ukraine Foundation which sponsors humanitarian assistance projects in Ukraine. https://www.cufoundation.ca .
Visitation for close friends and family will take place at Cardinal Funeral Homes located at 92 Annette Street (at Keele St.) in Toronto from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday February 16th. The funeral service will take place Thursday morning at 10 a.m. at All Saints of Ukraine Chapel located in Volodymyr Cultural Centre (1280 Dundas St. West, Oakville). Interment to follow at St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Cemetery which is adjacent to the Cultural Centre. Due to existing Covid19 rules, visitation is subject to capacity limits with specific time booking required in advance through Cardinal Funeral Homes.
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February 16, 2022
Cardinal Funeral Home - Annette Chapel
05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Panakhyda at 7:00 p.m.
February 17, 2022
All Saints of Ukraine
February 17, 2022
St. Volodymyr Cemetery