Verna Nazarchuk

Obituary of Verna May Nazarchuk

February 26, 1941 – Willingdon, Alberta

April 16, 2022 - Calgary, Alberta


Verna May Nazarchuk of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 16,2022 at the age of 81, after a short battle with cancer.  She was in her daughter’s home surrounded by her loved ones.


Verna was born in Willingdon, AB, on February 26, 1941 to Harry and Lee Ostashek. They moved to Edmonton in 1944.  On September 2, 1961 Verna married Harry Nazarchuk. They lived in Edmonton until they moved to Calgary in 1969. They still have the same home in Willow Park.


Verna was most proud of her marriage, her children, and her grandchildren. Her family was everything to her. She was a very devoted Wife, Mom and Nana. In the past 25 years as a Nana, she was always available to babysit, help with driving, have sleepovers at her house or take her granddaughters on special one-on-one outings. She made each one of them feel special and loved. She was an avid reader and loved trips to the library and Chapters. Verna could often be found curled up with a book on the swing in the backyard or caring for her flowers in the garden. She spent many hours playing online Scrabble and Solitaire or doing crosswords or jigsaw puzzles.


Besides her loving husband Harry, Verna is survived by her son Jeff Nazarchuk, daughter-in-law Colleen (née McCrank), and their daughter Lilly (15); daughter Karen Mcneill, son- in-law Doug Mcneill, and their daughters, Kirsten (25), Teagan (23), and Shayna (19). Verna is also survived by her older sister Clara Yarusiewich, younger brother Gary Ostashek, sister-in-law Sharon Ostashek (née Maxymow); nieces Luana Lakhani (née Yarusiewich), and Kerri Blush (née Ostashek) and nephews, Darryl Yarusiewich, and Jay Ostashek, as well as numerous cousins and friends. Verna was Predeceased by her parents, Harry and Lee Ostashek. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed here.


If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the  Canada-Ukraine Foundation


In living memory of Verna Nazarchuk, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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