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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: Kathy FIlewich-Carter
Relation: Friend

Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Although it has been years since I saw your Mom, I will always remember her gentleness and quiet strength. Sending my love.

From: Tim McEachern
Relation: friend

Sorry to hear about your Mom. Such an amazing job done of raising a big family by herself. She was one of the nicest, and friendliest people I have ever known, and always had such a beautiful smile. Rest in peace, Polly. You have earned it.

From: Ron Ewanchuk
Relation: Life time friend

Polly Bobocel Family
My sincere condolences in the loss of your dear Mother. Your Mother will be remembered as an icon in the Downing community. Your Mother always demonstrated the dearest of friendship, the best neighbor and always willing to be there at a moments notice. I will always cherish the support your Mother provided to my Mother while neighbors in Vilna. Her kinds deeds will always be remembered. May she gently rest in peace.

From: Kathy Repka
Relation: Classmate of Marcella’s

My sincere condolences at the passing of your mother. May you find comfort in knowing how fondly your mother is remembered by so many.

From: Irene Bobocel and family
Relation: Sister-in-law/Aunt

Our thoughts and prayers with you at this very sad and difficult time. May you find comfort in the memories that you cherish and hold in your hearts.

From: Marilee Sklerek
Relation: Friend

So sorry for your loss. Polly was a wonderful lady and always had the wisest advice for flowers and gardening. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of loss. Cherish your memories. God Bless…

From: Rose McCready (Piwowar)
Relation: School friend Ramona

Very sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Sincerest condolences to you Ramona and your sisters and families from myself and Adam and Mary as well. Regrets that we were unable to be with you in person.

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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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