PODGURNY, Katherine (Kay) Loretta

It is with great sadness and much love that we say goodbye to our beloved mother and grandmother Kay, who passed away in the early morning of Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital at the age of 103 years. She leaves to cherish her memory her sons Rodrick (Ludmila) and Bruce Mollison; daughters Gail Jenkins and Marlene Podgurny; as well as her sisters Aldona Harrish and Adelaide Wood; sister-in-law Marian Halwa; grandchildren Mitchell, Madison and Jessica; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kay was predeceased by her husband Edward Podgurny in 1968 and by her parents John and Anne Halwa, as well as seven of her siblings: Caroline Chimera, Stella Sereda, Frank Halwa, Henry Halwa, Adolph Halwa, Wanda Markstedt, and Louise Clark.

In her 103 years, Kay kept her family and her Catholic faith central to her life. She was so proud of her children and especially adored her grandchildren who she delighted in spoiling with her delicious meals, her baking, and the traditional dishes she prepared for Christmas and Easter. Everyone loved Kay’s cooking and baking and will especially remember her amazing cinnamon buns, cakes, and perogies.

Kay lived a full life with dignity, grace and humour. We will miss her more than words can say.

A Visitation will be held on Friday, November 20, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Serenity Funeral Service, 5311 91 Street. Divine Liturgy will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 7007 109 Street, with interment to follow at Rosehill Cemetery, 1605 141 Street. Due to Covid restrictions, attendance will be by invitation only. Those who wish to join by virtual attendance may do so by viewing the livestream at https://distantlink.com/SerenityES.html.

If friends so desire, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Basilian Father’s Summer Camp fund, where Kay cooked for nearly 30 years and took great pleasure in serving others through her faith and her food.

“Memory Eternal”

“Vichnaya Pamyat”


Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101



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Ev Dunnigan

Kay was an amazing woman who leaves a beautiful legacy in her children and the generations to follow. I’m so glad I got to experience Easter breakfast with her and family although I ruined her lovely curtains! May cherished memories comfort you all. Hugs!

Jan and Phyllis Kuchar

Marlene and Gail

Mom and I are so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing . It was so good we had a chance to see you and your mom at Rick’s service a few years ago. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Dave and Cheryl Andrews

So very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. We will pray for you and your family. May your memories keep her in your hearts always.

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