BLAHUN, Dianne (nee Soprovich)
On Friday, October 5, 2012, Dianne Blahun, age 62, was killed in a tragic accident when the car she and her husband were in, was struck by a speeding vehicle driven by an impaired driver, ending her dream retirement after a mere eight years.
Dianne is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Bill; her mother, Daisy Soprovich of Willingdon; her brother's children; Bill's siblings, Mike and Elizabeth Blahun, Joe and Hope Blahun, Anne and Bob Wahlund and Al and Sylvia (Sam) Blahun; sister-in-law, Ann Blahun; brother-in-law, Mike Yakiwczuk; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Dianne was loved and respected and now survived, by dozens of Bill's nieces, nephews, great- nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews and their spouses. Dianne was predeceased by father, George Soprovich; brother, Dennis Soprovich; brother-in-law, John Blahun; sister-in-law, Olga (Blahun) Yakiwczuk; niece, Suzanne Slemko, and Bill's parents, William and Dora Blahun.
No job was too big or too small for Dianne, as long as she thought it needed doing. Her commitment and devotion to her projects, her jobs, her tasks and her hobbies was unparalleled. She was a believer in lifelong learning, taking many courses including weaving, photography, art, rustic furniture construction, and quilting. She completed the Massage Therapy Program at Grant MacEwen while working full-time. She also did volunteer work for Big Sisters and most recently, The Alberta Party (a provincial political party), as well as having worked extensively with breast cancer patients. Dianne was most recently preoccupied with art quilting, all the while belonging to three quilting guilds. She has taught quilting classes and has won several awards for her quilts.
Dianne worked in Human Resources for the Federal and Provincial governments for 33 years, advancing to a senior management position. She served as an advisor to the NAIT School of Business for a period of time, mentored U of A business students, and worked with the Student Placement Office. Dianne was very comfortable in doing training and presentations, allowing her to transfer the benefit of her skills, experience and knowledge to others.
Dianne's body has been cremated. As a result of the injuries suffered by Bill in the accident, a Celebration of Dianne's Life will be deferred until a future date. For those wishing to do so, donations in memory of Dianne may be made to either the Edmonton Humane Society, 13620 – 163 Street N.W., Edmonton, AB T5V 0B2 or to the Edmonton Food Bank, P. O. Box 62061, Edmonton, AB T5M 4B5.
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Published in The Edmonton Journal on Oct. 13, 2012