Jody Marie Onyschuk (née Colville) passed away peacefully on October 11, 2021, after a short but courageous battle with cancer. She leaves behind the loves of her life, Garry and their children Alyssa and Dawson. Also left to mourn are her sister Crystal (Brian Dewar) Colville, brother Jay (Jackie) Colville, parents-in-love Andy and Sharon Onyschuk, brother-in-love Ken (Juanita) Onyschuk, sister-in-love Jacquelyn Kulsa-Onyschuk, nephews Justin (Jenna), Dylan, Braden, Logan and niece Jayda, as well as numerous other family and friends.
Jody was raised a city girl but fell in love with a country boy. There was nothing she wouldn’t try and in the end nothing she didn’t excel at. Together, she and Garry built a beautiful life on the acreage. Everyone was welcome, and the parties, pig roasts and bonfires were legendary.
Jody was a generous friend, constantly sharing herself and her talents. She was always there with a kind word or a listening ear, and her friendships were long and deep. During the pandemic, Jody started keeping chickens and friends and family loved receiving eggs as gifts, along with the spoils of her garden.
More than anything, Jody was an exceptional mother. Her children were her world. She loved them equally but separately, recognizing their unique gifts. There is so much of her in them – in Alyssa’s love of animals, Dawson’s quiet strength and in them both, her kind and giving heart. Even during the challenges of Jody’s last weeks, her kids worried for and were checking on the rest of the family.
Jody was a light that illuminated the lives of everyone who knew her. While we mourn her loss, we know that her light will burn in our memories of her smile, her laugh and her strength forever.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital for their care, and for supporting our family. A memorial service may be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be considered to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation in support of the Stollery RAH NICU, located at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.
Serenity Funeral Service, Spruce Grove 780.962.2749