Obituary

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With profound sadness we announce the very sudden and unexpected passing of our beloved wife and most loving mother Susie Michalkoff. She left us too soon in the late afternoon of January 13, 2022 at the age of 59.

Susie was born in Toronto, on March 29th 1962, to Peter and Anna Pich (nee Denega). She was the youngest of 3 daughters and grew up in a big loving family and the close knit Ukrainian community.

Susie was an active member of the Ukrainian Youth Association, attended Ukrainian School at Christie and sang in in the ladies choir Dibrova.

I met Susie in late 1991 at a party at some mutual friends. It didn’t take long to realize that I would never find anyone more loving and caring than Susie, and that she would be the best mother a family could have.

We were married in 1994 and a year later in 1995 our first son Danylo was born. Not long after Susie gave birth to our younger son Michael in 1997.

Susie, above all else made it her prime mission to take care of and nurture our family. And it continued this way up to her untimely passing.

Susie was the best cook, no, master chef. She never needed a recipe book and although her friends often asked her for the recipe, she would never have any written down; it was all in her head and would always translate into something delicious. Rarely a day went by that we wouldn’t have dinner together as a family, with the tastiest home cooked meal.

Susie always had a great knack for finding the best deal on whatever our household required. She took pride in ensuring our shelves were always stocked and no-one would go hungry or have tattered clothes.

Susie really enjoyed volunteer work in the community. She took a very active role volunteering in Josyf Cardinal Slypij Catholic School, and the Ukrainian Youth Association Etobicoke Branch. She was very generous and supportive in the organizations, gave a lot of time and effort, and never backed down from any challenges and work that needed to be done.

Over the last 10 years, Susie was plagued with an injured ankle that refused to heal, and endured five unsuccessful surgeries. She struggled with infections and pain. But she persevered and looked forward to “getting this over with” so she could walk again. But even this did not interfere with her drive to care for the family and keep us all on track.

Susie was very loved and will be sorely missed by her husband Mark, sons Danylo and Michael, sisters Lesia (Roman) and Nadia (Wasyl (d)). Her nephews and nieces Anastasia (Frank), Olyana (Tyler), Markian (Domenica) and Adrian (Bonnie), great nephews and nieces, great nephew Liam who she was especially fond of.

Susie touched all of us, we will never forget her warmth and caring, her bountiful hugs, her delicious cooking, her drive and perseverance and above all, her love for all of us.

May she rest in peace till we meet again.

 

The family would appreciate your donations in Susie’s memory to:

Ukrainian Youth Association, Etobicoke branch and to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Donations in Susie’s memory to Saint Nicholas Church can be made by cheque, credit card at the church website or by Interac email money transfer to donate@saintnicholas.ca . Please be sure to provide all contact information for correct addressing of donation receipts.

https://www.saintnicholas.ca

Donations to the Ukrainian Youth Association can be made by cheque or email money transfer to etobicoke@cym.org . Please be sure to provide all contact information for correct addressing of donation receipts.

https://www.cym.org/etobicoke

Visitation

Date
January 16, 2022
Location
Cardinal Funeral Home - Annette Chapel
Time
02:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Memo

Panakhyda at 7:00 p.m.

Service

Date
January 20, 2022
Location
St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church
Time
03:00 PM

Cremation

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January 18, 2022
Victor Hetmanczuk
Dear Mark, Danylo and Michael: It was a shock to hear about the sudden death of your Wife and Mother Susie. She will be missed by all who were fortunate to know her. May you find peace and love in the memories you cherish. Вічная пам'ять !:
January 17, 2022
Mary & Roman Haruk
Our sincere and deepest condolences to the Michalkoff, Bonk and Grod families on the sudden passing of Susie. . Вiчная Пам'ять
January 17, 2022
Halyna Hilferink nee Stefaniuk
To the Michalkoff, Grod and Bonk families, please accept my heartfelt condolences on Susie's sudden passing. She will be greatly missed by all! May you find comfort in the loving memories you shared during this very difficult time. Vichnaya Pamiat
January 16, 2022
Olya, Roman, Michael, and Andrew Stasiw
Dear Mark, Danylo, Michael, and Family, Our deepest condolences for the loss of your dear Wife and Mama, Susie. We are very heartbroken, in shock, and loss for words since informed by Oseredok. Words cannot express how sad we are for all of you. Olya grew up with Susie through Ukrainian School at Christie, CYM, Tabir, and also sang in Dibrova with her for many years. Romans' parents and Susie's parents were very close friends for many years too. Roman hung around with Susie as young children. Roman informed his parents, and they are also extremely heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God give you all the strength to get through this difficult time. Susie was a person with a good heart, and will always be remembered. She will be greatly missed! Vichnaya Pamyat! May Susie Rest In Peace!
January 16, 2022
Olya Medynsky
Dear Mark, Danylo, Michael and extended family: My deepest condolences to you all on this huge loss! May you somehow get through this difficult time and cherish the wonderful memories I know you have. I have not seen Susie in a very long time, but have wonderful memories of her fun personality and huge heart. I met Susie at Dibrova choir in 1987 and we had lots of fun, including choir practice, concerts, organizing a Malanka at Christie, and most noteable, our bus trip to Washington to commemorate 1000 years of Christianity in Ukraine. Susie was a fervent shopper and could sniff out the best deals! One particular Buffalo shopping trip we made in her dad’s old car, we smuggled massive amounts of alcohol and clothing and screamed with relief when we crossed the border home. I believe Susie coined a new phrase for West Side Story’s song - We love to chop (shop) in Amereeca! And then there were the JCS CSAC days. Susie was a very active and passionate volunteer for many years. Вічная Пам’ять! Rest In Peace Susie- You will be missed by many!
January 16, 2022
Susie Halenda
My sincere condolences to Sparky, Danylo and Myhash and her extended family on the loss of Susie. Нехай з Богом спочиває. Вічная Пам’ять! 🙏
January 16, 2022
Hanna Shypka
I offer my thoughts, prayers and well-wishes during this dark time for the Michalkoff family, especially her husband Marko and two kids, Danilko and Mikhas'. Fond memories are what we have to remember of our dearly departed, a good heart has stopped beating, a good soul ascended to heaven. A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts, through us, they live on... When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. No one can prepare you for this loss; it comes like a swift wind, but take comfort in knowing that she is now resting in peace. Forever remembered, forever missed. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. Please accept my heartfelt and deepest condolences.
January 16, 2022
Adriana Buyniak Willson
Dear Michalkoff family, my deepest condolences for your immense loss. I fondly remember Susie and her infectious smile. We sang together in Dibrova - Susie was always happy - always smiling - always laughing. She will sorely be missed. Вічна її пам'ять!
January 15, 2022
Fr. Bohdan and Tanya Choly & family
Your wonderful wife and mama will be remembered in our prayers, as will your whole family. Вічна її пам'ять!
January 15, 2022
Roma Nazarewycz
Susie and I use to bump into each other while grocery shopping every so often enjoying conversation about health and family. Susie was warm, loving and kind, a beautiful soul. To Marko, Danylo, Mykhas, Nadia and Lesia and family I wish you peace, comfort, courage, and love at this time of sorrow.
January 15, 2022
Fuke Family
Sparky, Danylo and Michael - our deepest condolences on your sudden loss. Our prayers are with you, her sisters and her extended family.
January 15, 2022
Dennis Hrabowsky
I am very saddened to hear of Susie's passing. Sparky, and the boys, please accept my heartfelt condolences. I will always remember Susie's warmth and friendliness, starting years back when we worked on a couple event projects together, and right up until the last time I saw her. She was one of the good ones and will be missed. Вічна її пам'ять.
January 15, 2022
George Tymec
My sincere and deepest condolences to the Michalkoff, Bonk and Grod families on the sudden passing of Susie. May she rest in eternal peace.
January 15, 2022
Bobby Nazarowycz
Sparky, Danylo and Michael. Our thoughts and prayers to you and family. Sincerest condolences.
January 15, 2022
Nadia and Vlodko Brechun
Sending our sincere condolences to the Michakloff, Grod and Bonk families on the loss of Susie. Ми вам всiм дуже спiвчуваємo. Вiчна Ïï Пам'ять.
January 15, 2022
Christina & Chris Botticella
Sparky, Danylo and Myhash, our hearts go out to you during this difficult time. Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. Susie was always so kind, generous and had a wonderful sense of humour. We hope you can find comfort in the memory and celebration of her life. She will be deeply missed. - Христя and Chris Botticella
January 15, 2022
Bohdan Wynnyckyj and Myra Nahirnyj
Dear Sparky, Danylo and Michael. Our deepest condolences. May Susie rest in peace, and my God ease your pain and guide you through these very difficult times.
January 14, 2022
Frank and Marisa De Luca
Dear Mark, Danylo & Michael, We are deeply sorry for the loss of your beloved Susie, beloved wife and mother. She was such a kind and loving person with a smile that would light up the room. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
January 14, 2022
Helen Yurcan & family
Our deepest condolences. She was a kind and generous person with a big heart. She was an amazing cook and always fun to be around. Loved her. Miss her. God Bless her. Вічная Память
January 14, 2022
Joanna Rutkowska
My sincerest condolences to the Michalkoff family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Susie always welcomed me to her home and always prepared the most delicious meals. The last time I saw her, she was jamming to in the air tonight by Phil Collins. Every time I listen to that song, I will think of her. May you rest in peace.
January 14, 2022
Ulana & Taras Pidzamecky and Family
Дорога родино! We are shocked and deeply saddened by Susie's passing! A wonderful, dear, and long-time friend, loving wife and mother, dedicated to her organization and hromada, the most generous, helpful, and supportive human being! Susie was a delight to work with during our CSAC days at Cardinal Slipyj School, and a joy to be around, always! Her humour and optimism, her warmth, her love of family and Ukraine, will be indelibly marked in our hearts! Deepest condolences to you, Marko, Danylo and Mykhas, and to all Susie's loved ones and friends! Нехай Вас Господь оберігає! Вічна і світла пам`ять та Царство Небесне, дорога подруго!
January 14, 2022
Adrian and Chris Kardash
It is with deepest sorrow to hear of the sudden passing of Susie. Please accept our deepest condolences. Our hearts go out to your family at this time of grief. May she rest in eternal peace.
January 14, 2022
Daria and Orest Twerdochlib
Please accept our deepest heart felt condolences on Susie's sudden passing. May God welcome her with open arms and provide you all the strength to get through this difficult time.Вічна її пам'ять.🙏
January 14, 2022
Lesia Woloshyn
Oour friendship started in the 80s, singing in Dibrova at 85 Christie Street. Susie had a kind heart, beautiful smile and loved to have fun. Who remembers who long thin ponytail with her short hair? A rebel! I will remember her fondly. The last time we saw eachother was at Christie, where it all began for us. My deepest condolences to her boys, Sparky, Lesia, Roman, Nadia .. She always wanted to be a mom and was blessed with beautiful boys. Her dream came true!! May she rest in eternal peace . Vichnaya pamiat
January 14, 2022
Myron & Jane Bonk
Dear Sparky, Danylo & Myhash, It is with the deepest sympathies we extend our condolences and love to you for the loss of Susie. Generous and kind, welcoming and fun loving, Susie gave of herself, before ever speaking of her own pain and challenges. We will miss the times that might have been and remember the fun we all had together in years gone by. We are here for you 3 always and wish you peace in your memories. Love Myron, Jane & Family xoxo
January 14, 2022
Catherine O
The news of Susie’s passing was numbing. So many memories from our singing days in Dibrova to Buffalo shopping weekends with the girls (Lesia and Jill), camping in a van at Wasaga, and training for Wardair in England, all surfaced last night. There was so much genuine laughter. I will cherish these good times. I can still see how excited Susie was when the family moved from Canon to La Rose. She was so proud of the rainbows in her room as well as her perfume collection. Each time I see a rainbow, I will definitely think of Susie. Dear Sparky, boys, the Michalkoff, Pich, Grod and Bonk families. May all your fun and loving times shared with your wife, Mother, Sister(-in-law), Aunt, Grand Aunt, always shine through and cloak you in warm and loving memories. She was always proud to be a part of your lives. She was definitely a kind and determined soul. Gone way too soon. Катруся O. and Jeff P. Rest In Peace and in the Lord Сузана. Вічная памят. Toosh.
January 14, 2022
Petro Cyhynka
My deepest condolences to the Michalkoff family
January 14, 2022
Yarko and Marie Matkiwsky
Sparky, sorry for your shocking news, I hope you and the boys can navigate this difficult time in a reasonable way, our thoughts are with you. Our deepest sympathies. I’ll give you a call in a few days and see how we can help. May she Rest In Peace and stay in your hearts. Vichna ii pamiat.
January 14, 2022
Anne Hrywnak via Yarko Matkiwsky
Sparky, Deepest sympathies to you and your family, let The good Lord grant her rest in piece Vichnaja ii pamiat.