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On May 2, 2012, at the age of 99, Eva Dobryden (nee: Bodner, nee: Koszman) with her daughter Elaine at her side, peacefully gave up her last breath to go to her Lord. She was predeceased by her first husband, Mike Bodner (1970), and her second husband, Bill Dobryden (1991), siblings (and their spouses): Wasyl (1905 in the Ukraine); John; Alec (Olga), Mike (Kay); Mary (John) Hutt; Bill (Bertha) Cushman; Dorothy Sobchuk; sisters-in- law, Victoria Bodner and Mary (John) Herda; two miscarriages and several nieces, nephews & cousins. She is survived by her daughter, Elaine (Morley) Seis of Regina, granddaughters: Erin (Tyson) Brown, great granddaughter Ellie of Saskatoon; Danielle (Mike) Kontuk of Calgary; son, Lt. Col. Chris (Karen) Bodner of Winnipeg, step-grandson, James; step- daughter, Jenny (Lewis) Wiles of Regina, grandchildren: Bryce (Melissa), Jenna (Darren) of Regina, and Mitch (Joselyn) of Yellowknife; sister-in-law Ethel Koszman; brothers-in-law Steve Sobchuk & John Bodner of Mississauga; extra special niece, Aggie Herda (Bill Dickin), who was like a 2nd daughter, and many nieces, nephews and cousins, all of whom were very special to her. Eva was born on the family homestead west of Tribune on March 13, 1913. She moved to Regina in 1946 when she married Michael Bodner. She loved to garden, cook & bake, and kept boarders including many members of the Regina Pats to supplement her meager income. She loved to "garage sale", both to attend and hold, and took great delight in finding a "bargain", especially in antiques. She had a second marriage at age 68 to William Dobryden in (1981). Shortly thereafter, he contracted ALS and she looked after him until his death. Eva was a deeply religious person of the Ukrainian Catholic Faith, active in St. Basil's CWL for over 55 years. Thank you to all the "angels" who cared for her with compassion and kindness in her last days at Sunset Extendicare as arterial dementia ravaged her mind and speech, and her body deteriorated with advanced age. Thank you, too, to Dr. Lok for his excellent care of her there. Prayers will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM at Victoria Avenue Funeral Home, 2080 East Victoria Avenue. The Funeral Devine Liturgy will be held on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM at St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1747 Toronto Street. The family gratefully declines flowers. Those wishing to do so may make a donation to St. Basil's Memorial Fund in her honor.
Published in The Regina Leader-Post on May 4, 2012