In the early morning of Thursday April 23, 2015, Lydia Zingel (nee Dyck) passed away after a very short courageous fight with cancer. Witty and calm to the end, she was loved and supported by family and friends, spending her final days at Cascade Hospice. Lydia was born in Blumengart, Ukraine in 1930, survived the war and immigrated to Canada. She resumed her schooling and became an RN specializing in psychiatry, practicing across Canada and in the US. She married Richard Zingel in 1970, and they went north to the Arctic to work, and during these years and in their retirement they enjoyed travelling many times to over 80 countries. She excelled in the arts, including painting, pottery and crafting, with opera or classic music playing while she worked. They retired to Ryder Lake in 1988, enjoying the gardens and wildlife, moving to town when Richard’s health declined in 2012.
Lydia is survived by her brother, Frank Dyck, immediate and extended family in Canada, the Ukraine and Germany and many friends throughout the world. Predeceased by her brother, Peter F. Dyck, in 1992, sister Margaret in 1986 and other family members during World War II. A special thanks to Dr. Hirst and Dr. Bull, and the staff at Cascade Hospice for their immeasurable comfort, support and dignity provided to Lydia and her family. A Memorial Service will be held for Lydia on Saturday May 9 at 10:30 AM, 2015 at Henderson’s Funeral Home, 45901 Victoria Ave., Chilliwack, BC. If friends so desire, please make a donation to the Cascade Hospice or Ruth & Naomi’s Mission. Henderson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements, 604-792-1344