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KATHERINE PONA (published on September 13, 2011)

KATHERINE PONA It is with sorrow that the family of Katherine Pona announces that on Saturday, September 10, 2011, our beloved mother, baba and great-baba passed away peacefully at Holy Family Home. Her devoted husband, Nick, was at her side. Katherine was born on June 1, 1925, in Vita, to Nazar and Fedora Bodnarchuk, shopkeepers and hoteliers. She was second youngest of 12 children, and the last survivor of this large and vibrant family. Katherine and Nick met at a dance in north Winnipeg, when this dashing stranger swept the 22-year-old off her feet. They married in 1949. What followed is a story of lifelong love and devotion. Katherine, a kind and gentle woman, became the bedrock of the family as a stay-at-home mom, before taking positions as a dietary aide at Misericordia Hospital and later in life as a legal receptionist at the Ogaranko law office on Main Street. When Nick caught the entrepreneurial bug, Katherine was his partner: They bought into the Royal Albert Arms Hotel and later the Oakburn Hotel, where Katherine kept the restaurant, drawing appreciative diners for her hand-rolled perogies, home-cut French fries and jars of pickled eggs. Over their 62 years together, they were inseparable, even as failing health forced her to take up residence at Holy Family Home. Katherine cherished her Ukrainian heritage and traditions, and especially her Catholic faith. She took joy in her growing family and was able to participate in all of our celebrations including the wedding this summer of her granddaughter and most recently a bedside pizza party with her great-grandchildren. Katherine will be lovingly remembered by Nick, her two children, Steve (Luba) and Dan (Christina), grandchildren Natalia (Richard), Adriana, Renata (Cristian), Larissa (Dwight), Alana (Chris) and Julian, and great-grand-children Chase, Carli, Reese, Elena and Laila. Prayers will be held on Wednesday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Korban Funeral Chapel, 907 Main Street, followed by the funeral service at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at Sts. Vladimir and Olga Cathedral, 114 McGregor St. The family is grateful to the staff of Holy Family Home for their love and care. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Vichnaya Pamyat

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