Sonya Lorraine Markin


On Thursday, June 28, 2018, Sonya passed away at the age of 68 years, surrounded by her family.

Sonya will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by Dale, her cherished husband of 49 years, their son, Trevor and their daughter, Lisa. Sonya is also survived by her four siblings; brothers, Broddy Olson and Greg Olson, sisters, Cherryle (Ed) Musteca and Joyce (Larry) Michalchuk.

She was predeceased by her parents, Ray and Frances Olson.

Also left to mourn her loss are brother-in-law, Gary (Karel) Markin and nephew, Dr. Craig Markin.

In keeping with Sonya’s wishes, there will be no funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Sonya’s honour may be made to the Edmonton Humane Society, 13620 – 163 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5V 0B2,


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Loreli Madiuk

Dear Dale, Lisa and Trevor, I am so deeply saddened by Sonya’s passing. She truly was one of those special people. She had a light inside her that shone so brightly that you just wanted to be around her. She was incredibly genuine, smart, extremely kind-hearted. I have so many wonderful memories of times with my dear cousin. I remember growing up being the youngest of the cousins on my Dad’s side, always proud to spend time with my ”cool older cousins” that I looked up to. I have fond memories of Ukrainian Christmases out at Thorsby, me, Sonya and Dale, Joyce and Larry, always down in the basement sharing stories and laughs over a cold one. So many great memories over the years with such a special person. I’m especially thankful for having shared so many family gatherings with her the last few years. Those memories I will hold in my heart forever. She taught me a lot about living. She never complained through all of her health struggles, always found the bright side in everything, and truly had a heart of gold. My heart hurts for you all. The whole family is so grateful to you, Dale, for being Sonya’s biggest supporter your entire lifetime together. I always believed that what Sonya and Dale had is what true love is all about. I am forever grateful for having Sonya, beloved cousin and inspirational woman in my life. If I can live the rest of my days with half of the courage, grace and dignity that she did, it will be a life well-lived. My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

Amber, Kevin, Cayley, Sienne, Halle Krynowsky

Its so sad to hear this news. We are all so sorry for your loss.

I fondly recall that when I was attending school in Edmonton, Sonya would often phone me or drop in at my apartment just to say “hello”. Later on, when I was working downtown we would connect during the lunch hour. I always looked forward to her visits and to share a laugh.

Sending hugs to you all. May she rest in peace.

Shelley Kjelgren

Dear Dale, Trevor & Lisa, I am more sorry than I can say. Sonya was a light in the world. We will love and miss her always.

Otto Lehner

We are so sorry to hear about everyone’s loss. Sonya was such a warm and understanding woman. Thinking of you Dale, Otto & Carolynn Lehner

Tom Miles

My sincere condolences Dale and family
I will very much miss her friendly hugs and sense of humor

Alice & Roy Bond

Our deepest sympathies. Sonya was a joy to be around, always quick to smile. She will be missed.
Alice & Roy

Clay and Brenda Wickstrom

Dear Dale, Trevor and Lisa,
So sorry to hear about Sonya’s passing. Our hearts are with you. She was a very gentle person – so kind and considerate – who seemed to soak life in by the bucket. She will forever be in our hearts.
Clay and Brenda

Joyce & Larry Michalchuk

So sad to lose such a vibrant & nice sister. We will all miss Sonya so much. From the very first day she met you Dale, you were the love of her life. I’ll especially miss her kindness, smile and easy going personality. Was always fun to be around her. We’ll all just have to try and get through this sad time in our lives. Luv you sister.

Dari Collins

We are all thankfull she was at Megan’s wedding last month. Got to spend some precious time with her. Know that we love you are you are all in our hearts.

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