Leona Dawne Pedosuk
May 11, 1937 – September 5, 2020
Leona Dawne Pedosuk. 1937 - 2020 - It is with great sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of our mother, and grandmother, Leona Dawne Pedosuk, on September 5, 2020 at the age of 83.
Leona was born on May 11, 1937 in Nelson, B.C to Edna (Gordon) Christie & Donald Sutherland. She was predeceased by both parents, her husband Richard (Dick) Pedosuk, her sister Joy Fox and her brothers Doug and Teddy Sutherland. She is survived by her siblings; Donna (Bob) Stratton, Darlene Wiebe & David Gavrilik; her children; Stacey (Gary) Drescher of North Delta, B.C., John Pedosuk of Ellison, B.C., Raymond (Tawny) Sisterson of Williams Lake, B.C., Paul Sisterson of Williams Lake, B.C., Sarah (Cody McGill) Davis of Kelowna, B.C., and Mary (Nick) Confortin of North Vancouver, B.C and Lora Carina of Squamish, B.C. She will be sadly missed by her 10 grandchildren; Ryan, Derek, Rhys, Morgan, Jacob, Declan, Kayleigh, Aidan, Grace, and Kieron and her beloved Pomeranian Sheldon.
Leona was passionate about fostering children and was a founder and first president of the British Columbian Federation of Foster parent Association. In 1981 she became a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of her work with foster parents and her dedication to children in need.
At the age of 50, Leona went back to school to obtain her degree in Social Work. Leona and Dick then relocated from North Vancouver to Kelowna where Leona pursued her career as a Director of Social Work. Leona was on the board of many organizations over the years with the last being The Bridge. She moved into Missionwood Retirement Resort and became involved in the residents’ board and helped out wherever she could with staff and residents alike.
Leona loved to play cards and do puzzles with friends and family and loved nothing more than to skunk Dick at a good game of crib. An avid quilter for many years, Leona produced many beautiful quilts for her children, grandchildren and any friend who may have been having a baby or grandchild of their own. These will be cherished for a lifetime.
A Funeral Mass will be held for immediate family only (due to Covid-19) on September 19, 2020 at St. Charles Garnier Church. Please join us for the Funeral Mass via live streaming at 1pm by going to www.firstmemorialfuneralkelowna.com and clicking on Leona’s obituary for the live stream link.
Her ashes will be interned at a later date with her beloved husband, Dick, at the Lakeview Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Kelowna, and B.C.
In Lieu of flowers, the family would like donations made in Leona’s name to the Parkinson Society of British Columbia. https://www.parkinson.bc.ca/donate/memorial-gifts/
Arrangements entrusted with First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna, BC 250-762-2299
- Derek Tryon
- Rhys Davis
- Aiden Drescher
- Ryan Sisterson
- Declan Confortin
- Kieron Davis
- Parkinson Society of British Columbia.
St. Charles Garnier Church
Leona Dawne Pedosuk
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September 15, 2020
On behalf of The Bridge Youth & Family Services, I offer our deepest condolences to Leona's friends and family.
As a testament to her commitment to community and in particular to youth, children and families, Leona served as a Director on our Board of Directors for 12 years (2005 to 2017). She was made a lifetime, honorary member in June 2016.
Her colleagues at the Board table remember her as extraordinarily kind, wickedly funny, and as a trailblazer for foster parents in BC. We will remember her with such a fondness, and with such profound appreciation for the time she gave us. Our thoughts are with those left to grieve her passing.
September 11, 2020
I want to send my sincere condolences to the entire family. Leona meant so very much to so many, not that you all didn't know that already. She was truly a remarkable lady who was just an absolute force. Getting to know her at Missionwood was such a pleasure. From chats & laughs at the front desk to puppy sitting Caesar, I looked forward to every interaction that I had with her. I have truly missed her and her bright, infectious smile since coming over to Sandalwood and have made sure to touch base periodically just to say hi since then.
I know she is now at peace and though it is selfish of me, I am just so sad that she is no longer here. It feels as though the world is less without her.