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On May 14, 2013, Mildred Hutzal (nee Dydyk), formerly of Boyle and Athabasca, AB, passed away in Edmonton at the age of 90 years.
Mildred is survived by her loving family; son, Ron (Delores); grandchildren, Shane (Dr. April), Susanne (Jose) Hutzal, Rob (Tara); daughter, Janet (Dr. Rusty) Dmytruk; grandchildren, Mark (Olena), Paul (Jennifer), Erik (Alicia), Peter; son, Eddie (Iona); grandchildren, Joey (Angela), Janaia McQuaig, Carla (Erik) Schneider, Kareen (Kirk) Nelson; son, Jerry (Karen); grandson, Peter. Mildred was blessed with twenty-two great-grandchildren, also relatives in Ukraine. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph; parents, George and Maria Dydyk and great-granddaughter, Marina McQuaig.
Mildred was born in Opaka, Drohobych, Ukraine. She came to Canada with her mother in 1931 to join their father on a homestead near Boyle, AB, where she lived a life of overcoming hardship through hard work but leaving many beautiful memories. After high school she married Joseph I. Hutzal and spent the first few years near Victoria when Joe was with the Army. They then bought a farm near Boyle through the Veterans Land Act and raised four children. In 1957, they moved to Drayton Valley for work in the oil patch but still operated the farm. Joe and Mildred moved back to the farm in 1968 and purchased more land. Mildred then completed a hairdressing course and moved to Athabasca to set up her business. The sudden passing of her husband in 1980 was a huge loss but with the perseverance and work ethic she learned early in life, she continued her hairdressing business and managed the farm. Mildred was an active volunteer in parish functions at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, Athabasca and sang in the Church and Centennial choir, for many joyful and memorable years. She cherished her children and their families and treasured their visits to her home.
The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to the staff at Canterbury Manor, Dr. Gerald Zetter Care Centre and Grey Nuns Hospital for their compassionate care.
Divine Liturgy and Panakhyda Friday,
May 17 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 10825 – 97 Street, Edmonton. Reverend Don Bodnar celebrating with interment in St. Michael's Cemetery. In lieu of other tributes, donations may be made to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, Box 1195, Athabasca, AB T9S 2A9 or to the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation, 1502 College Plaza, 8215 – 112 Street, Edmonton, AB
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Published in The Edmonton Journal from May 16 to May 17, 2013