Olga Taraschuk (nee Kowal), 85, passed to join her beloved partner, the late Borden/Bohdan Taraschuk on April 15th, 2021 in Toronto. Loving daughter of the late Dimitri and Anne Kowal, cherished cousin of Sandra Shah (Pravin) and Sharon Pallin (Bill), aunt to Priya Shah (Franco) and Nayan, admired cousin of Dr. Luba Komar and brother Marco, loving Godmother to Karen, and adoring aunt to Karen’s two sisters Paula and Christina. Although born in Toronto, Canada she was a true Ukrainian patriot who cherished her Ukrainian heritage. Fondly known as the “pysanky lady” for her exquisite Easter eggs, Olga enjoyed travelling, art, pysanky-writing, opera and Ukrainian folk art and music. Olga retired from her 40year career in the Federal Public Service in 1990.

Heartfelt thanks to family and dear friends for their love and support for Olga. Thank you to the team at Copernicus Lodge, for their diligent and thoughtful care over the last two years.

Forever in our hearts and memories.

Вічная Пам'ять!





April 23, 2021
Our deepest condolences! Chocha Ollie was a wonderful great aunt-figure to us, dear friend of our late Baba Lesia. We will cherish our many memories of her over the years, from our lively chats at gatherings, to her inspiring pysanka skills, to sharing her love of opera and Ukrainian culture with us. Memory eternal, and as she would proudly say, "СлаваУкраїні! Glory to Ukraine!" With love, Kalyna, Lara & Ivanna
April 22, 2021
Christina Maria Yarmol
Dear Sandy, Pravin, Priya, Franco, Nayan, Luba, Marco, Sharon, Bill & Families, As long as I can remember, our darling Chocha Ollie was an active part of our lives. We really enjoyed hosting her at family celebrations and visits to our cottage. I will always remember her wonderful sense of humour, generous spirit, jovial laughter, clever quips, Ukrainian cultural savvy, conversations about politics, pysanka-making skills, classy outfits, love of travel and hearing the numerous stories about growing up with her childhood friend Elsie Yarmol my mother. I will miss her calling 416-222-4409 to tell her about a new adventure. I am sure my parents and Uncle Borden are welcoming her with open arms but we will miss her presence. Вічная Пам'ять! Christina ---who Chocha Ollie knew as Tina.
April 21, 2021
Karen Yarmol-Franko & Ivan Franko
Dear Sandy, Pravin, Priya, Franco, Nayan, Luba, Marco, Sharon, Bill & Families, Chocho Ollie was such an integral part of our family – our holidays and celebrations will forever change without her. She was the ever-present Godmother who was a wonderful role model instilling in us her love of travel, music and all things Ukrainian. We loved her dearly. She will be forever in our memories and hearts. Вічная Пам'ять!❤ Thank you to St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church for the beautiful funeral service. Karen & Ivan
April 21, 2021
Deanna Duff (nee Lytwyn)
Dearest Sandy and family, Chocha Ollie was, and always be considered part of my family. We share in this time of grief, but also share in the love and memories of Chocha Ollie. I have the fondest memories of Chocha Ollie, Uncle Bordan and my Baba and Dido always being the life of the party -- joking, laughing and having a great time. I smile as I think of them all reuniting right now in Heaven. With love and remembrance -- Vichnaya Pamiat
April 20, 2021
Sonia Kondrat
Please accept our sincerest condolences for your loss. Mrs. Olga Taraschuk was always known to me as Chocha Ollie because of my friendship with Paula Lytwyn. I know how dear she was to Paula's entire family. I remember her as a happy and loving woman who cherished having her family around her. May she now rest in peace and without pain, in the company of her husband and other family that preceded her. Vichnaya Pamiat
April 20, 2021
Paula Lytwyn
Dearest Sandy and Pravin and Family, As you know, Chocha Ollie was and will always be close and dear to my heart. As you commented in the eulogy, she was always in my life and I will remember her always for her kindness and generosity. She definitely had a creative streak - from her love of music, to her pysanky, to making us gorgeous Barbie doll clothes which must have taken her hours. She loved life and all of its "sparkles". She will always be remembered with fondness - our dearest Chocha Ollie. May she rest now peacefully. My deepest condolences, Paula