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JAROSLAWA NADIA PRODAN (published on June 15, 2010)



JAROSLAWA NADIA PRODAN (nee HEWSKA) April 12, 1922 - June 5, 2010 Peacefully, and surrounded by her family, Jaroslawa Nadia Prodan passed away on June 5, 2010 after a lengthy and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease at the age of 88. Remaining to forever cherish her memory is her loving husband of 66 years, Dmytro; her four children Irene, Christine (George), Orest, and Larisa (Taras); her four grandchildren Lara, Alia, Eva, and Zenya; her first cousin Maria; and nephew Lubomyr and niece Jaroslawa in Ukraine. She was predeceased by her parents Mychailo and Irena, and brother Zenon. Jaroslawa was born on April 12, 1922 in the city of Borshchiw, Ukraine. Following her high school graduation, she was employed as an instructor at the local technical college. On May 21, 1944, Jaroslawa married her fiancé Dmytro, and because of raging war they bravely decided to seek a safer life in Canada. Prior to arriving in Canada, Jaroslawa obtained employment with the International Refugee Organization. Once in Canada, she taught at a Ukrainian language school at the Ukrainian National Federation and worked at both Eaton's and Air Canada. Jaroslawa was incredibly dedicated and devoted to creating a happy life for her family in Canada. She was a very patient, loving, and beautiful mother who continually offered guidance and support whenever it was needed. She gave selflessly to her family, always seeking to make their lives easier in any manner she could. She took pride and delight in her grandchildren, and endlessly sought ways to make them smile. Jaroslawa took pride in her beautiful Ukrainian heritage, and instilled a love of the language, traditions, and culture in both her children and grandchildren. She volunteered at PLAST (a Ukrainian scouting organization), and she was a long-standing member of the Sts. Vladimir and Olga Cathedral. She spent many years supporting Oseredok, a Ukrainian cultural and educational centre, and she also ensured that she made regular annual donations to many Ukrainian institutions. Jaroslawa loved spending time at her cottage, and fondly tended to a plethora of gardens of both vegetables and flowers that she had a gift for growing and reviving. She will also be remembered for her talents at sewing and embroidery. She truly had a zest for people and for life--she and her husband Dmytro enjoyed 50 consecutive PLAST Malanka's, and she was always happiest when surrounded by her family and friends. Prayers were held at Korban Funeral Chapel at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 11. Divine Liturgy was held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 12 at Sts. Vladimir and Olga Cathedral, 115 McGregor St. with Rev. Taras Kowch officiating. Interment followed at All Saints Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations in Jaroslawa's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Society of Manitoba, 10-120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4G2 or a charity of your choice. VICHNAYA PAMYAT!


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