Annette Boyko of Edmonton, Alberta, passed away suddenly on September 29, 2022. She was 85 years old.
Annette was born in Fisher Branch, Manitoba, on November 28, 1936, to parents Steve and Dora Obelnicki. She grew up on her parents’ homestead with her older brother, two older sisters and younger brother. Upon completing school in Fisher Branch, she moved to Toronto, Ontario, where she worked in medical administration at the Toronto General Hospital until she met the man who would later be her future husband, Emil Boyko, of Edmonton. She moved to Edmonton shortly afterward to marry Emil, and worked briefly at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.
Emil and Annette raised two sons and worked many years helping run Birchland Berry Farm west of Edmonton on Winterburn Road. After Emil’s untimely death in 1985, Annette continued to live on the farm for a few years, and later moved into her west Edmonton home with her two sons, where she lived until her passing.
Annette was very active in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Anthony community, being one of the original founding family members. She worked tirelessly coordinating and promoting bake sales, work bees, and managing the church archives. Annette was a long-time member of the St. Anna’s Chapter of the Ukrainian Women’s Association of Canada.
She was a dedicated homemaker and later very engaged in her grandchildren’s lives, helping with child care, hosting and attending many family dinners, right up until the weekend before she passed away.
While Annette was committed to her church community and family in Edmonton, she had an opportunity to travel to Spain, Portugal, Turkey and China later in life. She enjoyed these trips immensely.
She was keen to stay in touch with friends and family over the phone, even well into her later years when she was coping with health challenges. She always said that making a phone call at Christmas time was more meaningful to her than sending cards.
Annette will be remembered as an independent, practical, pious and hard-working woman, always ready for life’s next challenge. She loved tending to her flowers, garden, raspberries, cooking and canning many delightful recipes. She also loved seeing her grandchildren perform Ukrainian dance, play sports and music.
Annette is survived by her two sons, Darryl (Nancy) and Wayne (Charlene), her older sister, Jean Charko, her younger brother, Peter (Louise) Obelnicki, her four grandchildren, Samuel, Hannah, Aidan and Dylan, and many blessed cousins, nieces and nephews.
Annette was predeceased by her parents, Steve and Dora Obelnicki, infant brother, John, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Fred and Lena Boyko, her husband, Emil Boyko, her older sister, Mary Uzwenko, and her older brother, Johnnie Obelnicki.
Annette’s life will be celebrated through services at her parish. Prayers on Friday, October 7, 2022, at 7 p.m. and Funeral Rite on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 6103 172 Street, Edmonton. Interment will follow at St. Michael’s Cemetery, 13819 82 Street, Edmonton.
Although Annette loved flowers, her family requests that you please consider contributing to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Anthony.
Serenity Funeral Service – South
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