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Tonia E Chrapko

October 16, 1966 - May 8, 2013


With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Tonia E Chrapko on May 8, 2013.

Traveler, dancer, avid reader, educator and seamstress, Tonia loved life.  From a young age and without any help, she found adventure living in different countries around the world, not only teaching but also learning all along the way.  For those who knew her, Tonia’s joie de vivre was readily apparent. 

Tonia never shied away from hard positions, controversial projects or difficult conversations – for these, she drew on the endless energy that comes from being extremely principled and ethical.  Her defining characteristic was authenticity.

Our “Tonia-Bonya” cared deeply about leaving the world a better place, and she was extremely focused on young children as the starting point for all good, big ideas and improvements in the world.  Students from around the world remember her fondly for her passion and interest in their progress.

A celebration of Tonia’s life will be held on Saturday, May 18 at 2:00 p.m. at Two Hills Seniors’ Center (4903 – 47 Avenue, Two Hills) after which interment will follow.  Afterward, Tonia’s family will host a meal in her honour, featuring the wine and mead of their first-in-Alberta organic winery and meadery called Birds & Bees.  Tonia worked tirelessly in the family wine business, traversing not only Alberta but also taking the winery’s “Slow Food”/locavore/organic-food message around the world.

Tonia will forever be adored and greatly missed by her mother, Elizabeth; siblings, Evan (Irene), their children, Elissa and Annika, Shane (Susanne), their children, Chad, Cole and Victoria, and Xina; numerous Uncles, Aunties and cousins.  Tonia was predeceased by her father, Victor; and grandparents, John & Eva Chrapko and William & Tillie Achtemichuk.

For anyone seeking to make a difference while also honouring Tonia’s memory, in lieu of flowers she expressed a wish to allow people to donate to STARS Air Ambulance or any of a number of other causes close to her heart, c/o 5626 – 51 Street, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1.  To send condolences online, please visit www.gracegardensfuneralchapel.com. 


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From: Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel Staff

Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Lisa Casselman
Relation: Friend of sister

With deep sympathy in the loss of your wonderful sister, daughter and niece. My thoughts are with you all.

From: John Barrett
Relation: Friend

I’m deeply sorry to hear of her passing. I know she left the world a better place. It is with sadness and joy when I think of what we talked of and the little time I had to visit with her.

From: Hazel Anaka
Relation: acquaintance

I was shocked and saddened to read of Tonia’s death. My deepest condolences to Elizabeth and Xina. May time and the love shown by friends and family ease your sorrow.

From: sybil young
Relation: Friend of Xina

Xina, thinking of you and your family as you grieve the loss of Tonia. Sybil

From: Darlene Taylor (nee Logozar)
Relation: second cousin

I would like to extend condolences from Peter, myself and our daughter Georgie to Aunty Elizabeth, Even and his family, Shane and his family and to Xina. Tonia and all the Chrapko children played a big part in the lives of us, the Logozar children and even though I have not seen Tonia for a number of years I will miss her greatly. As children our parents gave us the greatest gift of showing us the way to be not only relatives but how to be great friends. Tonia was a great friend to many.

From: Louise & Laurent DeChamplain
Relation: Friend of the Family

Tonia what a pleasure it was to join you at your Red Deer Live-in. You will forever ride along with Julie and I in our hearts. Enjoy your new heavenly home, your suffering is over. Deepest and sincerest sympathies to all your family.

From: Marika Surkovska
Relation: friend

I am really sorry for your loss. Tonia was a wonderful person and I will never forget the time I spend with her and your beautiful family in Canada.

From: Chrystal Fayant
Relation: Friend of a Friend - RDLI

My heartfelt condolences to Family and Friends. I only knew you by the kind and loving stories that your Red Deer Live In Friends spoke of, what a beautiful blessing you are.

From: Mary O'Neill
Relation: Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital

My prayers and sympathy are with you. Tonia was a remarkable and creative woman. My her legacy live on.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
May 18, 2013
Beginning at 2:00pm

Two Hills Seniors'' Center
4903 - 47 Avenue
Two Hills, AB Canada

4903 - 47 Avenue
Two Hills, AB Canada

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