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Irene Kurhan

May 26, 1950September 21, 2021
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Irena (“Irene”) Kurhan (nee Szagala) May 26, 1950 – September 21, 2021 Irene passed away peacefully at home on September 21, 2021, surrounded by family and loved ones at the age of 71 after a courageous 2-year battle with cancer. Irene never stopped fighting, as she was determined to stay strong and demonstrate what inner strength and bravery truly look like for those she loved.

Those who knew and loved Irene will remember her as a kind and gentle woman with the warmest of hearts and a smile that could light up any room. Throughout her life, Irene’s constant selflessness, kindness, patience, understanding, and integrity were an inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Irene will be greatly missed and remembered forever with love by her husband of 50 years Bohdan; by children Stephanie (Rob), Mike (Denise) and Mark (Erica); by grandchildren Jesse, Nathan, Travis; by brothers Walter (Irene), Roman (Patricia); and by her mother Anna Szagala.

Irene’s most treasured moments consisted of time spent with those she loved: her husband, her beloved family, and her countless friends. With her cherished husband Bohdan, they established roots in Oshawa where they raised their 3 children and were active volunteers within the local Ukrainian community. When away from home, quality time was often spent at their trailer in Madoc where they enjoyed the community and a tranquil view of the lake. Irene was a constant source of inspiration to her 3 children, instilling strong morals, values, and a sense of community/culture throughout their lives. Irene absolutely adored her three grandchildren who couldn’t wait to spend time with their beloved “Baba”. She was always willing to provide support and lend a helping hand.

Irene is leaving behind a lifetime of love, laughter, and memories. Her joy of life has left each of us better off for having known her and serves as inspiration to us all to live each day to the fullest.

Visitation and Funeral Details: All individuals must register to attend the visitation and funeral service. Please click on the links below. We will also be providing a live stream video of the funeral service. Visitation will be on Sunday September 26, 2021, from 3:00pm - 7:30pm at Oshawa Funeral Home, 847 King St W, Oshawa.

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A funeral service is scheduled for 12:00pm on Monday September 27, 2021, at St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 597 Albert St, Oshawa. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations kindly be made to St. George’s Ukrainian Church, Oshawa.

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Darlene Stecko

November 1, 2021

Dear Bohdan & family,

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your dear wife Irene. May your fond memories of her bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Sincerely, Marian & Darlene Stecko

Christine Siciliano (Stecko)

November 1, 2021

Dear Bohdan & family,

We are so very sorry to hear of Irenes passing. Our deepest condolences to you and your entire family. It was lovely to have had you join us at our wedding a couple of years ago, and wish we could’ve been there to mourn this great loss. My entire family is saddened to hear this tragic news.

Here is a lovely memory I found from our wedding.

Take care,

Christine, Cosimo, & baby Antonio Siciliano

(Formerly Stecko)

Peter and Anita Artyszuk

October 28, 2021

We have lost another truly kind soul. Irene had a generous heart for everyone and every occasion. Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to you Bob and your family. May her memory be eternal. Vichnaya Pamyat.

Tania Huk

September 29, 2021

I will always remember Irene's gentle and kind nature, her sense of humour and her love for family and friends.

I am truly saddened to learn of her passing and extend my heartfelt sympathy to Bohdan, their children and grandchildren.

May her memory be eternal.

With love,
Tania Huk

Ukrainian Catholic Womens' League Canada Branch 2 Mary Strynatka

September 26, 2021

Ukrainian Catholic Womens' League Canada, St. George the Great Martyr Parish, Branch 2 extend our deepest condolences to Bohdan, Michael, Stephanie, Mark, mother Anna, brothers Walter and Roman and the entire Kurhan and Szagala families.
Irene was a very active prolific member of Branch 2 for over 40 years. She was always graciously helping with Fist Communions, Praznyks, St. Nicholas concerts and many many other church and hall functions. Tuesdays she would help make perohy. At eleven o'clock a.m. the ladies would call out, "Irene did you call your mother? It's time for her pills."
Irene was a kind, gentle, devoted woman. Her first priority was her family followed by her love of God and her church. Your legacy will live on. Thank you God
for allowing our sister Irene to share our lives.
May God's peace be with you dear friend. Your sisters will pray for you.

ВЧИАЯ ПАМЯТЬ

Mary Strynatka
President

Tony and Sandra Loreto and Family Loreto

September 26, 2021

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Bob, Michael, Stephanie, Mark and the entire family for your loss. Irene was a very special woman, and her warmth and presence will be missed immensely by many. She was truly a lovable, gentle, warm and kind person with an amazing sense of humor. May you find comfort in the memories that are yours to cherish always and strength in the companionship of those who share your loss and peace in the promise that life is everlasting. Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, stilled missed and very dear.

At this time of sorrow may GOD of eternal love bring you comfort in your sadness and courage during this difficult time with the knowledge of everlasting life

May Gods peace be with you and we will pray to God for her soul to rest in peace.

Antonella Diachenko

September 26, 2021

I am heartbroken to hear about Irene’s passing! So many memories of her sweet, kind gentle personality. Irene’s was a beautiful soul who always made everyone feel special. Our deepest condolences to you all, we are so sorry for your loss and pain🙏🏻🥲

Chantel Marie

September 25, 2021

My deepest condolences to your family. Irene will be deeply missed. I'm glad I had the pleasure of knowing all of you, and taking care of her. She was such a beautiful soul ❤️

Linda Gary

September 25, 2021

Sending our sincere sympathy to Bob & family.
Irene was a wonderful neighbour and we are thankful for the pleasure of knowing such a kind and devoted woman.
RIP Irene!

Irene Jackson

September 24, 2021

My sincerest condolences to all the Kurhan family. Rest well in the arms of Our Lord Irene. You have left behind a legacy that will not be forgotten.

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