BRONYSLAWA MELNYK

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BRONYSLAWA MELNYK January 7, 1912 - February 5, 2014 Died peacefully at the Ivan Franko Home at the age of 102. Bronyslawa was born in Ivanivka, Western Ukraine, January 7, 1912 at a time when her province, Halychyna, was part of the Austrian empire. She survived WW1, endured the Polish, Soviet and Nazi occupations and celebrated the brief periods of Ukrainian independence. After earning her high school "Matura" and completing college she worked at the Ukrainian Cooperative where she met her future husband, Bohdan. In 1944, with WW2 raging around them, she and her husband, and their two young sons escaped to the West, hoping to find a better life. After a year-long journey through Poland, Austria and Germany and four years in Displaced Persons camps they obtained passage to Canada and arrived in Montreal in 1949. Almost immediately, Bronyslawa became involved in Ukrainian Church and community activities and women's organizations. She passed on her strong values to her family and played a vital role in the lives of her grandchildren. Her enthusiasm for life, intellectual curiosity, motivation to always do her best, her moral strength, wit, humour and resilience will be her legacy. Bronyslawa was predeceased by her beloved husband, Bohdan (1910-1965) and her son, Roman who died in 2012. She is survived by Roman's widow Tania, her son, Andrew, with wife Chrystyna, grandchildren Marichka, Mark, (Kristine), Roman (Tammy), Melanie (John) and great-grandchildren, Anya, Will, Ava, Julia and Katya. Bronyslawa was a devout member of St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Montreal and St. Demetrius Church in Etobicoke; a fierce patriot, women's rights activist, and a lifelong member of SFUZO, the World Congress of Ukrainian Women's Organizations. Panachyda will be held at the NEWEDIUK FUNERAL HOME, KIPLING CHAPEL, 2058 Kipling Ave., (North of Rexdale Blvd.) Friday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. with the Divine Liturgy celebrated at St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church, 135 La Rose Ave., on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Interment at Notre-Dame-Des-Neiges Cemetery in Montreal. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted in support of demonstrators fighting for democracy at the Maidan in Kyiv. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the entire staff of the Ivan Franko Home in Etobicoke for their loving care and support of Bronyslawa in the last decade of her life. Online condolences at newediukfuneralhome.com

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Published in the Toronto Star on Feb. 7, 2014