It is with saddened hearts, but also with abundant hope, that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved mother, Olga Burma, at the North Okanagan Hospice on December 27th, 2016. Today she is with her Lord and Saviour in Heaven where she will dwell forever, waiting in anticipation for us to join her there one day.
Olga will be lovingly remembered by her husband, William Burma; two daughters, LaVonne (Conrad) Kober of Vernon, B.C. and April (Brent) Dunbar of Montreal, Quebec; six grandchildren, Sean Kober and Jeff (Tye) Kober of Vernon, B.C., Vanessa Kober and her friend Patrick Egan of Vancouver, B.C., Silas Dunbar, Autumn Dunbar and Ezra Dunbar of Montreal, Quebec; one great-granddaughter, Vivienne Kober; one sister, Judy (LaVern) Fox of Summerland, B.C.; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vladimir and Frances Medynski and four brothers, Stanley, Bill, Walter and Archie Medynski.
Olga was born on January 17th, 1934 in Wembley, Alberta to Ukrainian immigrants, Vladimir and Frances Medynski. She spent her first few years living in the cold Canadian Prairies before her family moved to a small farm in Vernon, B.C. Olga attended Bearisto Elementary School and Fulton Senior High School. After graduation Olga went on to Business School where she sought an education to compliment her outstanding organizational and administrative talents. Olga worked at numerous employment venues including the Vernon Steam Laundry as a seamstress, Dairyland as an office administrative assistant and the Bank of Montreal as a customer service representative for 25 years, after which she retired. She was a gifted seamstress and created a meticulous wardrobe of suits and coats that she proudly wore to work.
On October 4th, 1952, Olga married the love of her life, William Burma. Together Bill and Olga made their life in Vernon, worked hard at their respective jobs, enjoyed their church community, and were privileged to vacation in Hawaii every winter for 23 years; a yearly trip that they eagerly looked forward to. Bill and Olga were blessed with 64 years of marriage which was a solid and loving example to many people.
Olga enjoyed life and many things gave her a sense of pride and joy. These included her grandchildren, her love of music, participating in church Christmas choirs, canning fruits and vegetables, and Sunday buffets which became a delightful habit that continued for many years. But the biggest source of joy for Olga was found in a lifetime of walking with Jesus and trusting Him in every aspect of her life.
A Celebration Of Olga’s Life will be held at Bethel Funeral Chapel on Saturday, January 7th, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Brent Dunbar officiating. A Reception will follow in the Bethel Tea Room. At the conclusion of the Reception, interment will take place in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Olga to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506-27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 1S4
We, Olga’s family, wish to extend our heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Pritchett for the wonderful care
and support that he provided Mom. In addition, we sincerely thank the entire staff and volunteer team at Hospice House, who not only gave professional medical attention to Olga, but also expressed empathy and offered a kind-hearted willingness to lend a listening ear.
Funeral arrangements have been made with BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5 • 250-542-1187