February 12, 1929 – February 4, 2023
With family at her side, it is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of our beloved Mother and Grandmother on Saturday, February 4th, 2023 at Pinecrest Home for the Aged.
Connie was born in Kenora, ON to Catherine and Adam Romaniuk.
She leaves to mourn her passing are her daughters Charon Oshanski (Andy) of St. Albert, AB and Angela Bucharest (Jim) of Kenora, ON. Grandchildren Tiffany Scribilo-Long (Jason), Phillip Scribilo (Alanna), Drewe Oshanski, Dylan Heath, Keegan Oshanski and Nate Long.
Connie was predeceased by her parents Catherine and Adam Romaniuk, her sister Zonie Kinkennon, her 1st husband Edward Bucharest and her 2nd husband Harry Oshanski.
Connie spent her younger years working at her family business on Railway St. Romaniuk’s Meat & Groceries. Later called Vet’s Confectionary. She had many memorable stories to tell. She later attended Hairdressing School in Winnipeg, MB and found employment at her uncle Gene’s Barber and Hairdressing Shop in Kenora.
Connie was gifted with many talents, knitting, cross-stitch, gardening, leather work and had exceptional culinary skills. She was always preparing Ukrainian cuisine, pickling/preserving, baking ritual breads and preparing foods from many other ethnic groups. Mom passed all her secrets onto her family.
Among her many talents, Connie enjoyed the wilderness and spending the summers at the cottage on Lake of the Woods. Connie also spent a great deal of her time picking wild mushrooms and blueberries. Fishing and hunting was also one of her passions over the years, catching many prize sized fish and shooting big game. She loved music, dancing and travelling to many places, but Florida is where she spent a great deal of time.
Connie was part of the Ukrainian Community and enjoyed attending the Ukrainian Orthodox Church with her cousin, Orys Romaniuk.
Connie will be remembered by her infectious smile and laugh, her big heart, her humility and her tough work ethics.
For those who knew Connie, knew she had a good sense of humour and loved to play tricks. She had many entertaining stories to tell everyone (Babee stories). Connie loved to entertain and spend time with family and friends.
The family would like to thank the Nurses, all the staff, Mike Limerick (NP), Dr. Shannon Wiebe at Pinecrest Home for the Aged for their care and compassion during Connie’s stay.
Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 25th, 2023 at 1:00 pm at Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre with Pastor Daren Gallivan officiating. A luncheon will follow. A graveside service will be held at a later date.
At Connie’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to It’s A Dog’s Life Kenora (adogslife.cc/donate-new/), and the Kenora Cat Shelter (www.thekenoracatshelter.com/).
If we could visit Heaven
On this our saddest day.
Maybe for a moment
Our pain would go away.
We would put our arms around you
And whisper words so true.
That living life without you
Is the hardest thing we do.
As time goes by slowly,
And days turn into years.
They hold a million memories,
And a thousand silent tears.
We cannot bring back the days
When we were all together,
But loving thoughts and memories
Will live with us forever.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.brownfuneralhomekenora.com for the Oshanski family.