Today our hearts are broken. Sonia passed away peacefully in the hospital with her children by her side. Sonia is survived by her children – Melanie (Darrell) Wilvers & Ryan (Nissa) Rywak; 2 grandchildren – Kaden Sczesny & Kasia Sczesny; brother Roger (Irene) Burak; sister Roseanne (Brian) Macphee; and numerous nieces & nephews.
Sonia was sadly predeceased by her husband of 55 years Larry Rywak whom she lost 10 months ago; parents Peter & Josie Burak; brother Dan (Violet) Burak; brother-in-law John Rywak; sisters-in law Mildred Rywak, Margaret (Sam) Iwanika, Helen (Karl) Zilinski, Ann (Steve) Porfon, Albina Hula; nephews Randy Iwanika & Dennis Porfon; and niece Kristen Burak.
Sonia worked for 26 years as a secretary in the Education department at the University of Alberta before retiring with Larry over 18 years ago where they enjoyed their
retirement golfing both here & in Palm Springs.
Sonia loved her family more than anything. Her love for her men at Broadmoor Golf Course where she volunteered every Wednesday for more than 10 years was close
behind. She loved baking cookies for them every week and enjoyed all the love they gave her.
Sonia always made time for her friends and family and they all knew that she would
always be there for them. She loved volunteering and was always helping people
wherever she could. She just wanted everyone to be happy. That was very important to her. Please don’t be sad for her, she’s back in the arms of her first & only love Larry.
We want to extend a special thank you to all the staff in unit 51 at the Grey Nun’s Hospital for your incredible support for Sonia & her children during her short stay there, especially Dr. Cox & Dr. Hoffart, med student Cassandra, nurses Sales, Marjorie, Murray & Keri. You took such good care of her in her final days and were so kind and gentle to her.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, October 14th, 2023 at 1:00pm at St. Sophia Catholic Church, Baseline Rd, RR224, Sherwood Park, Alberta.