Kobasiuk, Patricia

Female 1929 - 2017  (88 years)

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  • Name Kobasiuk, Patricia 
    Born 1929  Bittern lake Alberta Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died Sep 2017 
    • HUFFAM, Patricia With sorrow and deep gratitude for her life, the Huffam brothers, Christopher and Peter, announce the passing of our beloved Mother, Patricia Huffam. Pat was born in Bittern Lake, Alberta in 1929, to Alexander and Anastasia (Jessie) Kobasiuk (nee Figol), who emigrated to Canada from Zyvniach, Chortkiev in Ukraine. After her mother Jessie passed away when Pat was only 3 and her father left, her care was assumed by the Rudko family. Pat was raised and educated in Alberta, where she met her future husband, Ian Lindsay Huffam, while they both worked for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind in Edmonton, in 1959. They were married there in 1960, and Christopher was born. The family moved to Vegreville, Alberta, then to Quesnel, B.C. for Ian's employment, where Peter was born in 1964. After postings to Vernon and Prince George, the family settled in Victoria in 1973. Due to Ian's poor health, Pat was unable to take employment outside of the home after arriving in Victoria. She was dedicated to nursing her husband and caring for her two sons, and gave her boys a safe, comfortable home. Peter remembers his friends coming by to visit and remarking, "It's so nice to come to your house, it always smells like something great is cooking!" Pat found some time to get away from the house and give back to her adopted community as a volunteer, at both Glen Warren Lodge in the mid-70s and at the Nellie McClung branch of the Victoria Library, in it's former location at Cedar Hill Road and MacKenzie Avenue during the 80s. Once Ian moved into the Veteran's Pavilion at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Mom moved into a 55+ apartment building on her own, while Chris and Peter struck out on their own. Both the boys started careers in the Canadian Armed Forces, eventually married and started their respective families. Pat took great joy in her 5 Grandchildren; James, Alexander, Ian, Amanda and Samantha. Pat was very proud and happy for them all, and seized every opportunity to show friends the latest photos of her beloved grandkids. Pat eventually moved into the ANAVETS Apartments on Darwin Avenue, near the Saanich Police Station, which remained her home for 27 years. She and Ian enjoyed socializing with their neighbours in the building, especially at Christmas time and Easter, until Ian passed away in 1993. As time went on, more neighbours passed away or moved into Care facilities, and Pat's health, hearing and vision deteriorated. Finally, in 2015, Pat's Health Care Team determined that it was no longer safe for her to live alone. Always the pragmatic one, she enthusiastically agreed to move into a Care Home. In fact, her words at the time were, "This is great! Somebody else can do the damned dishes from now on!" Her ONE stipulation for going into a Care facility was simple; it HAD to be Glen Warren Lodge. Having volunteered there some 40 years earlier, Pat remembered the caring atmosphere and wonderful staff, as well as the beautifully designed building. THAT was what she wanted, and nothing else would do. What a great decision she made. Thanks to the attentive loving care of the superb staff at Glen Warren Lodge in Victoria, Pat's final years were comfortable, peaceful and joyful. She found great friends and companions there, and her family is deeply grateful for the excellent care she received during her time there. Pat was very active up until only a few days prior to her passing, and her final hours were mercifully calm and comfortable. Her sons and granddaughter Amanda were right at her side until the very end. Christopher and his wife Pat (James, Ian, Amanda), and Peter (Alexander and Samantha and his wife Leslie will cherish her memory always. As per Pat's very thorough arrangements of her own funerary particulars, Cremation has already taken place. A celebration of Pat's life, and interment next to her beloved husband Ian will take place in Victoria, B.C. at a later date. In lieu of flowers (which Pat dearly loved), donations in cash or in kind are requested to your local Food Bank, in memory of Pat Huffam. To offer a condolence please visit www.earthsoption.com
    Person ID I28791  Hougham
    Last Modified 1 Oct 2017 

    Father Living 
    Mother Figol, Anastasia
              d. 1932 
    Family ID F10314  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Huffam, Ian Lindsay
              b. 4 Jun 1921, Berwick Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 10 Jan 1993  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 1960 
    +1. Living
    +2. Living
    Family ID F8622  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart