Vernon Funeral Home


Gloria Margaret Szadiak

February 3, 1935October 6, 2020

Gloria Margaret (Tutkaluk) Szadiak

With tremendous solace, we are announcing that Gloria is now at peace, having passed away on October 6, 2020.

Gloria’s family, her sons Vince and Tim (Estrella) (Ola Zuri) and his children, Gloria’s beloved grandchildren, Emilio, Amani, Ife, Ora and Ona, are missing Mom and Grandma.

Gloria is also missed by her loving sisters Deanna Gareau, Marion Tutkaluk, Valerie (Gary) Axford, her sister-in-law Mary (Szadiak) Hamm, brothers-in-law Father Frank Szadiak and Rick Colgan. Gloria is also being missed by all of her nieces and nephews, the Gareau’s: Maggie, Mike, Michelle and Matt, the Colgan’s: David, Dean and Brent, and the Olynyk’s: Rodney, Charlene, Julie, David, Barry, Kathy and Robbie.

Gloria was predeceased by her father-in-law Vincent Szadiak (February 13, 1990), her mother-in-law Mary (Boyarchuk) Szadiak (May 9, 1994), her mother Ann (Yanick) Tutkaluk (October 22, 2000), her father Mike Tutkaluk (November 17, 2000), her brother-in-law Harvey Gareau (April 26, 2008), brother-in-law Charlie Olynyk (January 18, 2015), her sister Lois (Tutkaluk) Olynyk (March 22, 2016), sister-in-law Ann (Szadiak) Colgan (January 17, 2018), her beloved husband Victor Szadiak (April 16, 2018), and her brother-in-law Mike Szadiak (February 8, 2020). Gloria was born in Oakburn, Manitoba on February 3, 1935. She married Victor Szadiak on May 23, 1959. Together, they shared a life of making memories of all kinds, from southern Manitoba to The Pas and then Churchill and Fort Churchill in northern Manitoba, to Fort Smith, Northwest Territories and ultimately to Vernon, British Columbia with their well-deserved retirement after successful careers, mainly in civil service.

Gloria was a remarkable woman, a remarkable human being, who truly lived her life the way she wanted to live it. She loved all of it, every minute of it. Her life was a life of family, friends, faith, work, volunteering and service. Everyone who knew Gloria, and those who were fortunate to meet her, felt touched by her, enriched by her. Gloria was so engaging and she had such a positive presence. She is missed and will indeed always be missed.

Services for Gloria will take place at the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home Chapel, 4303 Pleasant Valley Road, Vernon, BC, on Friday, October 16, 2020, with viewing from 4 pm to 6 pm, to be followed by a prayer service, beginning at 6:30 pm. Please keep in mind that COVID protocols will be in place, with respect to the safety of all those who are interested in attending. If there are any questions with regards to the services for Gloria, please call the Vernon Funeral Home (250) 542-0155 and ask for the Funeral Director in charge. Thank you to everybody for your patience and understanding.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia, in memory of Gloria, or to a charity of one’s personal choice. Thank you for your kind thoughts and considerations.

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Gloria Margaret Szadiak

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Kathy Taylor (Olinyk)

October 19, 2020

My deepest condolences to Vince and Tim and family for your loss. Your mom was just the best person. She had the most engaging smile and laugh. I remember her love of her family and her faith were so very important to her.
My heart goes out to you.

I have a memory of how she would slip each of us kids a five dollar bill when she would visit us in Winnipeg. She was always generous of heart.

I’m glad you are at peace Aunti Gloria.
May perpetual light shine on you!
I hope you are singing and dancing in heaven with Uncle Vic, my mom and dad, and Baba and Guido.

Julie Robson

October 19, 2020

I am so sorry on your loss Vincent and Timmy. Your mom’s smile lit up every room and her laugh was contagious. She sure loved her boys and all her grandchildren. Aunty Gloria you will never be forgotten. You were so loved. Rest In Peace🙏

Charlene Robson

October 19, 2020

I am truly sorry for your loss Vincent and Timmy. What an amazing, wonderful, loving and funny mother you had. She was one of a kind. I will always treasure the times your dad and her visited us in Winnipeg and Dauphin. I don’t think I ever heard anyone say a bad word about her. Always had that smile and a kind word. Love you Auntie Gloria RIP

Michelle Gareau

October 14, 2020

I will truly miss you Auntie Gloria. I am blessed to have so many memories of time spent with you and Uncle Vic, and I will treasure them all.

Vince and Tim, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your mom was one of a kind, and was loved by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you both, and your family.

Love always,
Michelle Gareau

Estrella Squires

October 14, 2020

Heart felt condolences to the Szadiak family. Gloria was an exceptional human being. I feel blessed to have known her. ❤️

Randy Colgan

October 9, 2020

To Victor and Gloria's family. Our deepest sympathies go out to you. You're in our prayers.
Randy and Rio Colgan (Summerland) and the rest of the Colgan Clan.

Valerie & Gary Axford

October 9, 2020

God looked around his garden and he found an empty place. He then looked down upon the earth and saw your tired face. He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest. God's garden must be beautiful, he always takes the Best. He saw the road was getting rough and the hills are hard to climb, so he closed your weary eyelids and whispered Peace Be Thine.
It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn't go alone, for part of us went with you the day God called you home.

Valerie ( sister ) & Gary, Marion ( sister )


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