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On Thursday, September 29, 2022, our wife, mother, and Baba passed away into God's Heavenly Kingdom, praying to the Blessed Mother of God, at the age of 74. Much too soon.
Mom was predeceased by her first husband Donald Tesarski and infant daughter Elyse, father and mother Alex and Mary Kukura. She is survived by her husband Peter, son Cory (Tanya), granddaughter Talia, sister Sonia Domitruk, brother Garr (Helene) Kukura; the Kohut family, Walter, Stella, Elsie (Don) Wabick, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends.
Mom was born and grew up in Norquay, Saskatchewan, moving with her family to Winnipeg in 1960.
Mom was a faithful and dedicated member of St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church and the Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of St. Joseph's, belonging to and helping at many church functions. Mom's faith was very strong, and she believed that her faith is what supported her through all the difficult events throughout her life and right up until the end. She passed away with her rosary in one hand and a Holy Relic from the Holy Land in her other.
Mom's greatest pleasure was spending family time and holiday celebrations with her husband, kids, granddaughter, in-laws, George and Sylvia Gaba, and Sharon and Vince Salemi (Ethan and Liam), at Cory, Tanya, and Talia's cottage. Mom loved all the craziness, the laughter and stories, game nights, pontoon rides, the copious amounts of amazing food(s), and the evening bonfires, but she also took solace in the quiet times, (sunrises and sunsets) looking out at the lake and all of God's beauty.
The highlight of Mom's life was when her granddaughter Talia was born. Over the years their bond only grew stronger as they became each other's BFFs (Best Friends Forever). The adventures they shared together, shopping, going out for lunch and dinners, concerts and quiet times laying in bed together sharing their inner most secrets, have provided a lifetime of memories and smiles.
Mom wanted to thank her husband Peter and her kids for being by her side on this life changing journey, when we all received the horrible news of her advanced cancer diagnosis in February of this year.
Funeral service will be held at St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 250 Jefferson Ave., Winnipeg, MB on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Mom was grateful knowing that her close family and friends would do her the honour of carrying her to her final resting place: George Gaba, Richard Safiniuk, Dave Gulowaty, Gerald Bilyk, Chris Domitruk, and Ed Tycholis.
Our family cannot thank the doctors, nurses, health care aides and all staff from the 8th floor Palliative Care Ward at St. Boniface Hospital enough, for the loving care that they gave to Mom for the past month. Mom told us everyday that they were all her angels and truly special people.
In lieu of flowers, as flowers die too soon, Mom has graciously requested that donations be made to CancerCare Manitoba, Palliative Care at St. Boniface Hospital or Riverview Health Centre, or to Cancer Research, to help those that are fighting this horrible disease.

Rest in Peace Mom. We all love you and
will miss you to the moon and back.

Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 04, 2022

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • I am deeply saddened to hear of Valerie’s passing. I have wonderful memories of the many times we spent together. Valerie, I will keep you and your beautiful family in my thoughts and prayers. Judi Lucas - Posted by: Judi Lucas (Cousin) on: Dec 18, 2022

  • Peter, Cory, Tanya, Talia and family…We feel your heartache and share your grief on the passing of your dear wife, mother and baba. We ask God to remember you all during this difficult time and to grant Val eternal life in His Heavenly Home. May fond memories give you comfort, and may her memory be eternal. Вічна їй пам’ять! With God’s blessings, love & prayers, Sylvia Todaschuk, Rosemarie & John, Charlene & Andrij, Peter & Tatiana & Brian - Posted by: Sylvia Todaschuk, Rosemarie & John, Charlene & Andrij & Family (Friends) on: Oct 25, 2022

  • Peter and Family- we are so very sorry for your loss. May the love of family and friends who surround you bring you great comfort during this very difficult time. Sincerely, Penny & Bob - Posted by: Penny & Bob Malinowski (Friends) on: Oct 09, 2022

  • Our deepest sympathy to you Peter and the Kohut family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Brent and Eleanor Grabowski Family. & Sophie Stepaniuk (Family ) on: Oct 06, 2022

  • Peter, our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Arnold Bohonis (Neigbour) on: Oct 06, 2022

  • Sending my condolences to you uncle Peter, Cory and family. I may not have known aunty Val for the past few years but I do remember the years when I was young!! We had so many good times!! You are a very special lady and you will be dearly miss! Rest in peace Aunty Val. Until we meet again - Posted by: Susan Wah and Family (Aunty) on: Oct 04, 2022

  • Very sad to hear this news. We are truly heartbroken for the family. Sending condolences to you all. - Posted by: Christine Mandzie-Stoesz (Family ) on: Oct 04, 2022

  • I’m so very sad to hear of Valerie’s passing. My twins attended sadochok/preschool with Talia and that’s where I first met Valerie. She was always so kind and easy to talk to. I always enjoyed our conversations and would randomly run into her around town. Condolences to all the family for this great loss. May Valerie Rest In Peace, never to suffer anymore. Вічная Пам’ять ! Vichnaya pamyiat Eternal memory! - Posted by: Krystyna Duplak (Friend ) on: Oct 04, 2022

  • Peter and the Kohut family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers our with you all at this very difficult time. - Posted by: Scott and Shelley Brown (Past neighbor) on: Oct 04, 2022

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