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November 1, 1924 - February 5, 2019


Polly Bobocel (nee Oneschuk) born in Shepenage, Alberta on November 1, 1924, passed away peacefully in St. Albert, Alberta on February 5, 2019 at the age of 94 years. Widowed at 36, much of Polly’s life was focused on single-handedly raising her seven daughters, and on operating a small farm near Vilna, Alberta. Her faith gave her strength. After the last daughter left home, she sold the farm in 1994, moved into the village and turned her energy to helping nurture her numerous grandchildren, while working part-time as a cook in the hospital kitchen. Polly was a tireless and cheerful worker; she loved playing bingo and gardening in her spare time, and she was remarkably lucky at the first and very skilled at the second. Her prowess in the kitchen was amazing, and her pastry was legendary. Only modesty prevented her from entering contests. In fact, her daughters still cherish many of her recipes, including her top secret, flaky pie crust. In her final years Polly’s most joyful moments were when a new great-grandchild was plopped onto her lap. To her delight that event occurred 11 times!

Those left to cherish many fond memories include her children, Margaret (Ernie), Shirley, Dianne (Bill), Marcella (Desmond), Linda, Irene (John) & Ramona (Colin); her 11 grandchildren, Lisa, Amanda, Christopher, Kyle, Jessica, Clare, Will, Emma, Kelly, Megan & Nate; 11 great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Bailey, Tristen, Caiden, Ava, Nicholas, Alexander, Thomas, Orla, Ronan & Lumen; Polly’s sisters, Anne & Rita; numerous nieces & nephews. Polly was predeceased by her husband, Roman (Nov 12, 1919 – Oct 25, 1961).

A funeral service will be held on Monday, February 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel, St. Paul, Alberta. Reverend Father Benny Ambrosie will be officiating, with interment in St. Paraskevia Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery, Downing, Alberta. If desired, donations may be made to Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation or St. Paraskevia Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Downing, c/o 5626 – 51 Street, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1. To send condolences online, please visit www.gracegardensfuneralchapel.com.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Citadel Care Centre in St. Albert for their help, their kindness and their support in caring for Polly during her final years.

Polly will live on in the memories and actions of the family that she loved and devoted herself to. We will be forever guided by her words, her gracious deeds and her quiet determination.

Vichnaya Pamyat ~ Memory Eternal

GRACE GARDENS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 5626 – 51 Street, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1 780-645-2677


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From: Lorraine Boggs
Relation: Family friend

We have many memories of your mom. She was a very strong lady amongst many strong ones of her generation. We send our condolences to the Bobocel family. Helen Basaraba, Lorraine and Betty

From: Phil and Patty LaPorte
Relation: Mother of our sister-in-law Dianne

Sincere condolences to your family Dianne. You are in our prayers.

From: Ken Dary & Manuela
Relation: friend & neighbor

With fond memories, our sincere condolences to Polly’s family

From: Jeannette, Bernard Chung and family
Relation: Niece

Marcella, Linda, Irene, Ramona, Dianne, Margaret, Shirley and families
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you prepare to farewell Auntie Polly.
We send you heartfelt condolences and know that you will find strength in cherished memories of your beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother.
May the coming days bring you peace and solace as you remember her life well lived and a mother dearly loved.
In sorrow.. our deepest sympathy
Love Jeannette and Bernard and family

From: Carol and Barry Romanko
Relation: Friend

Our heartfelt condolences. Hoping that your special memories help you through your sadness.

From: Richard Belsek

I would like to extend my condolences to Polly’s family on the news of her passing. As a neighbor on the farm Polly was always a gracious host when we visited and even babysat me on occasion. She will be missed. Richard

From: Don Wilk
Relation: Friends

To Polly’s family. We would like to send our heartfelt condolences in your time of sorrow. Polly was a family friend for many years on the farm. She was indeed a great cook during harvest which will never be forgotten. Ernie, Evelyn, Don and Jerry Wilk.

From: Rita Nyhus
Relation: Sister

For My Nieces and their families
I am so sorry . Words cannot convey how important your Mom was to us all. Her steadfast love for all around her showed like a beam of light.
I have always felt that she was a rock of strength and support and I loved her,
Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss and our loss.

From: Tania Winnick
Relation: co worker/friend parent

My condolences to you and your family at this difficult time Marg. My thoughts are with you especially today since I am unable to be there to share this day with you

From: tania winnick
Relation: coworker/friend of her daughter

My condolences to you and your family Marg on this difficult day. My thoughts are with you especially today as I am unable to be there with you

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
February 11, 2019
Beginning at 10:30am

Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel
5626 51st Street
St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1

5626 51st Street
St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1

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Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation    or

St. Paraskevia Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Downing,

c/o 5626 – 51 Street, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1.

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