August 10, 1934 – June 20, 2019
Sonia Filuk passed away at Abbotsford General Hospital on Thursday, June 20th surrounded by family. She is reunited with her husband, Alex, and family who have gone before into the eternal rest of heaven. Sonia, (nee Kadun) was born on the family farm and the birth was registered at Minitonas, Manitoba. She was the first daughter born to Jacob and Nadia Kadun and raised during the Depression and the war years on a prairie farm. As the daughter of Ukrainian immigrants, she was expected to help on the farm and learn the skills of running a household. Her schooling was in the typical one room school house common on the prairies and she went on to attend high school in Minitonas. Though the winters were long and cold and there was always work to be done, mom talked about the fun social times, school, friendships and visits with family and friends. A special opportunity was attending St. Andrew’s Ukrainian College in Winnipeg for a summer during high school. Alex and Sonia were married in November 1950, in Swan River, Manitoba where they lived until moving to British Columbia. Alex and Sonia moved to the Fraser Valley in 1973. Sonia attended and volunteered at the Seven Oaks Alliance Church; taught ESL classes; and attended Christian Women’s functions. Dad and Mom moved into the Garden Park Towers in their retirement years where they enjoyed meeting new friends. Mom volunteered at “Helping Hands.” Sonia was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Alexander Filuk, in March 2018. She was also predeceased by her parents, her brothers Alex and Wes, and members of a large extended family. She is survived by her daughters, Elaine McVie, Pattie (Ulli) Onsorge, Grace (Bob) Dyck and Debbie (John) Aarts; her grandchildren, their spouses, and her great-grandchildren. Mom remembered birthdays and enjoyed attending the great-grandchildren’s activities. She appreciated the phone calls and visits from her grandchildren; Andrew (Courtney) McVie, Alison (Brad) Hummel, Dustin Hicks (Jean Mccallister), Charlie Hicks (Nick) James, Jordan (Angela) Dyck, Josh (Nikki) Dyck, Amanda (Travis) Dyck, Jacqueline (Richard) Boer, Jonathan (Mandy) Aarts, Jesse Aarts, Jacob (Nina) Aarts. Mom enjoyed getting to know and being part of the lives of her eighteen great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Marie Filuk, and many sisters-in law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews with whom she stayed in touch. The family would like to thank the staff at the Abbotsford General Hospital, Dr. Newton, and the residents of Garden Park Towers who supported mom in her final days. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 1 pm at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 2310 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hart Ministries, 106-90 Freeport Blvd. NE, Calgary, AB T3J 5J9 are appreciated.
Gone are the days we used to share
But in our hearts, you are always there.
The gates of memory will never close,
And we miss you more than anyone knows.
With fond remembrance and deep regret,
We who loved you, will never forget.
Online condolences to the family may be made at www.woodlawnfh-abbotsford.com. Woodlawn Funeral Home 604-853-2643.