Ulka Prakash (Vijaya Mukund Dandekar) KHARE
1943 - 2021
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Ulka passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 2, 2021. She leaves behind many dear family members and friends including her devoted husband of over 51 years, Prakash Hari Khare; her daughter, Sharmila in Ottawa; and her son, Shree and her daughter in law Makiko Ashida in England. Her dear sisters in India, Meera, Sanjivini and Rani, will deeply feel the loss of their eldest sister. Kanchan Anusha and Dholu Aakash, who flourished under her grandmotherly love and attention, will miss their Aji tremendously. She also leaves behind many extended family members in India and the United States as well as a large circle of friends in Waterloo. Ulka's life was an adventure. She trained as an architect at a time when very few women chose this career. Early in her career, she spent time in Hawaii, training Peace Corps Volunteers in the Marathi language. As a young bride she left her homeland and started a new life in Canada that was full of adventures as she navigated Montreal, Quebec before settling in Waterloo, Ontario. Everyone will remember Ulka for her community service and her unfailing generosity. She was recognized many times for her volunteer work, including as a founding member of Focus for Ethnic Women, a Waterloo based non-profit organization, established to provide opportunities for personal growth and socio-economic advancement for immigrant women and she supported initiatives such as Club 55, a support group for South Asian seniors. She made menstrual hygiene kits with Days of Girls, and through the Waterloo Quilting Guild, she donated many quilts to the Children's Oncology Unit at Grand River Hospital. She was a very active volunteer in local Hindi and Marathi theatre productions, raising money for local charities. During the pandemic, she sewed hundreds of masks which were distributed throughout the Waterloo region and in indigenous communities and she took care of her granddaughter for the first three months of the lockdown. As a homemaker, she worked hard to make sure the family home was welcoming to all, inviting everyone to come and stay, share meals and laughter. Although she was far from relatives in India, she created a beautiful circle of family friends in Waterloo. If she could help you in any way, she would. If she had anything to share that you needed, no questions were asked. Hers was a life of service to others. The family would like to thank all those who were involved in her care during her final months, not an easy task during pandemic times. We are most grateful to Dr. Louise Vitou for her care and compassion and all the staff in the dialysis unit. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a live-streamed Celebration of Life for Ulka will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021, at 1:00 p.m., officiated by Lay Chaplain Susan Patterson from Grand River Unitarian Church. Family and friends are invited to view the livestream and recording of the service at www.erbgood.com In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations in Ulka's honour to the Grand River Hospital Foundation. Condolences for the family and donations may be arranged by contacting the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.


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Published in Waterloo Region Record on May 3, 2021.
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livestream of the service at www.erbgood.com
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May 21, 2021
Dear Prakash, Sharmila and Shree, Ulka was an inspiration to many people and a great friend and neighbour to our family when we all lived in Beechwood. I will miss her greatly and am so sorry for your loss. Sujata Yelaja.
Sujata Yelaja
Friend
May 21, 2021
Dear Prakash, Sharmila and Shree, Ulka was an inspiration to many people and a great friend and neighbour to our family when we all lived in Beechwood. I will miss her greatly and am so sorry for your loss. Sujata Yelaja.
Sujata Yelaja
Friend
May 10, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Deepika and Ashok Kapur
Friend
May 7, 2021
To Prakash and Family We would like to offer our sincerest condolences on your loss of Ulka. She seems to have had full and interesting life with a very generous nature. We are sure she has left many great memories that will get you through these difficult times .
Marcia and Michael Pascoe
Acquaintance
May 7, 2021
We will miss you Ulkataai.
We will miss your smile, your helping hand and your generosity.
No one can fill the void.
Pradnya and Saidas
Friend
May 7, 2021
Our dearest Ulkatai’s wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts.
Our deepest and most sincere condolences to our dearest Doctor Khare and entire family.
Rajiv & Rohini Pradhan
Rajiv & Rohini Pradhan
Friend
May 6, 2021
Dear Prakash,
My heartfelt condolences on the passing of Ulka. Although we have lost touch over the last few years I remember well the good times Bill and I had with you and Ulka.
Time goes on but memories remain.
Joan Holland
Friend
Joan Holland
May 5, 2021

Ulka (Viju) my classmate batch of Architecture 1963, she was noble, humble always respectful. Sorry we all will miss her. Our deepest sympathies during your time of loss, our thoughts/prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Viju will be remembered all the time in our heart. May God guide her soul attain right path (Sadgathi) to rest her soul in peace.
Surve & Family
Classmate
May 5, 2021
DOC, Shree & Family...So sorry for your loss. May the good Lord give you the strength to get through a trying time.

The 'Maue' Family
Danny Maue
Friend
May 5, 2021
Dear Prakash and family,
My heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Ulka. She accomplished so much for so many, with warmth and kindness. A great member of the community.
Mary Thompson
Friend
May 4, 2021
My sister, Dianne Haller worked for Dr. Khare for years. She spoke so highly of Dr. & Mrs. Khare. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Mary Massel (Keays)
Friend
May 4, 2021
Prakash, Sharmila & Shree, so sorry for your loss. Ulka could put a smile on your face whenever meeting with her. She became like family to me all the years I worked for Prakash as a medical secretary.
When we lose someone we love, we must learn not to live without them, but to live with the love they left behind.
Dianne Haller (Massel)
Friend
May 3, 2021
Ulka has been a friend to many in Kitchener -Waterloo. Her friendship extended to young and old alike and she was always willing to help anyone regardless of where they came from. My personal tribute to Ulka is how she treated me when I went to Club 55 lunch meetings. She would always find me a chair and would serve and bring my food to my seat. We can always go to her for any help. We have lost a sincere and kind-hearted person. Our sympathies to Prakash and the family.

Ariarani Ariaratnam
Ariarani Ariaratnam
Friend
May 3, 2021
There are many good and valuable comments about our friend Ulka Khare, but to keep it brief we would say that we have lost a great friend and supporter. She will find peace knowing that she lived a magnificent life. Shobhana and Shreesh
Shobhana and Shreesh Ranjit
Friend
May 3, 2021
So very sorry for your loss. Ulka Auntie was one of the first people I met when I moved to Waterloo, and also welcomed my mother who arrived first on her own. There were no limits to her kindness and generosity. She will be missed. Hugs, Neeta Logsetty & family
Neeta Logsetty
Friend
May 3, 2021
Dear Prakash Uncle, Sharmila, Shree, Makiko, Kanchan, Dholu and family - please accept are deepest condolences at this time. Of course you have been an extension of our family and this is such a beautiful tribute to Ulka Aunty.

Love always

Ashwin
Ashwin
Family
May 3, 2021
She was like a mother to all of us at Goldan Triangle Marathi Mandal, Waterloo, Canada. Parmeshwar thanchya atmyas shanti devo.
Dilip Shinde
Friend
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