Sophia Shewchuk, born March 12, 1925, passed away peacefully May 24, 2003 at the age of 78, predeceased by her husband John in 1996.
Sophia was born in Vegreville, AB marrying John and living on a farm near Ranfurly, AB, later moving back to Vegreville. They raised two sons, Wayne and Daniel, moving to Clearbrook, B.C. in 1972. John was a carpenter and Sophia worked at the M.S.A. Hospital until they moved to Chilliwack. Sophia then worked at the Maple Home completing the last five years of her working career at the Eden Rest Home.
Sophia enjoyed working with the elderly very much. After leaving the Eden Rest Home she continued helping people in need by doing volunteer work. Sophia worked as a volunteer at the Eden Rest Home, Grovenor House, the Chilliwack Stroke Club, Red Cross, Friendly Visitors, Community Services and Shopping for seniors up until the time of her untimely passing.
Sophia’s generosity, compassion and sincere desire to help people will live on in the hearts and memories of those who lives she touched. She will be fondly remembered for her unconditional love and support of her husband and family. We will all miss her!
Sophia is survived by her two sons, Wayne Robert and Daniel James, Sisters Annie, Elsie and Hilda, Brother Peter, grand children Tammy and Jason and numerous nieces and nephews.
There will be no funeral by her request and her ashes will be interned beside her loving husband John at the Royal Canadian Legion Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1023 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam, B.C., V3K 3N9, (604) 939-3343
Don’t grieve for me for now I’m free
I’m following the path God laid for me
I took his hand when I heard him call
I turned my back and left it all
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace at the close of the day
If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
And yes, these things I too will miss
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow
My life’s been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief
Lift up your heart and share with me
God wanted me now, he set me free