Vera Soroka


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Vera Soroka at the age of 96 due to natural causes. Immigrating from Ukraine at a young age, she enjoyed most of her life working on the farm in the prairies of Alberta, later moving a short distance into Boyle (1975) with her husband Terenty. The last twelve years were spent in Edmonton close to family, but her heart never left the home quarter where her family will carry on her spirit.

Vera was born in Horochow Ukraine, and was immensely proud of her Ukrainian heritage. Her perogies, cabbage rolls, and dill pickles were the talk of friends and family that had the honor of tasting her home cooking. Many a fall season were also spent in the company of said family and friends communally preparing this food, with plenty of coffee and Baileys to keep morale up!

Her memory will be forever carried in the hearts of her 3 children, Lenard (Debbie), Douglas (Carol), and Debra (Clinton), her 5 grandchildren, Jaclyn (Dallas), Kristen (Kevin), Mark (Diana), Taleana (Ben), and Tarlin, her 5 great grandchildren Claire, Greyson, Ryker, Kaydence, and Kinsley. Vera is survived by her sister-in-law Lil (Cec) and brother-in-law Jeff (Marion). Vera was predeceased by her husband Terenty, sister Anne, brother Nick and his wife Kay, brother Paul, son-in-law Clinton, and grandson Kristopher.

Vera was an adventurous woman and loved to travel at every opportunity. She enjoyed many vacations with her family and friends which included Caribbean and Alaskan cruises, as well as road trips across North America to North Dakota, California, Nevada, Florida (Disneyland), and many others. One of her most cherished trips was a visit back home to Ukraine. In addition to her fine cooking and love of travel, we can’t leave out that she was also a heck of a cribbage player. It’d cost you a penny a point when she won, & two pennies a point when she skunked you.

We’d like to thank all the friends and relatives that came to visit her over the last few months. These visits were precious to Vera. We are forever grateful for Debra’s tender care of Vera over the last year, providing a warm and comforting home until her passing. Finally, we thank her home caregivers, palliative care nurses, and doctors.

In lieu of flowers, our family requests donations to “Stars Air Ambulance” or the “Heart and Stroke Foundation” in Vera’s honour.

A celebration of life will be held January 24, 2024 from 11-3 p.m at the Sandman Hotel (901 Pembina Rd., Sherwood Park, AB, T8H 0Y7). Burial will take place at a later date. Cremation has taken place in accordance with Vera’s wishes.

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