VICTORIA KINASH (Nee NEUFELD)
Victoria Kinash (nee Neufeld) was born February 17, 1918 and passed away in her sleep at home June 28, 2019. Victoria was predeceased by her husband, John (1988) and will be dearly missed by her sons Bill (Shelley) and Peter (Elrose) and by four grandchildren Gregory, Lindsey, Andrea, and Summer and by many nieces and nephews.
Victoria was born in Sofievka, Ekaterinoslav, Russia and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1924. After stops in Ontario and Dundurn the family settled in Evesham, on a family farm still farmed by her nephews and their sons. Victoria, also known as Vickie or Vic, attended the University of Saskatchewan for two years and the Saskatoon Normal School where she obtained her teaching certificate. Victoria had a long teaching career around Saskatchewan and briefly in British Columbia. Victoria interrupted that career when she met John, a local farmer, while teaching at a rural Saskatoon school. John was the 'love of her life.' They married in 1951 and lived on John's farm where they grew grain, and raised cattle, pigs, chickens, and turkeys and two children. Victoria later resumed her teaching career in Saskatoon schools and made trips around the world with her sister, Catherine. Victoria had a keen interest in modern art and attended art classes including a retreat at Emma Lake. Her portfolio of art is extensive.
Victoria moved from the farm to a home in west Saskatoon, with her dog Sis, after John died. In 2000 she moved to the Renaissance condominium, where Cath moved shortly after. The 'two sisters' became a fixture in downtown Saskatoon where they visited with everyone. They could often be seen walking along the river bank, at the Midtown Plaza A&W, and were regulars at Aroma restaurant in the former Radisson Hotel. Victoria hosted many Kinash and Neufeld gatherings over the years at her home and was an active volunteer in church and community, while sponsoring a number of newcomers to Canada.
Last year, Victoria celebrated her 100th birthday with many friends and family attending; including Greg with whom she became close toward the end of her life.
Victoria will be missed by many and remembered for her engaging personality, warm smile, and loving hospitality. The family truly cherishes the loving care provided by her personal caregivers and Saskatoon Home Care over the last few years.
The family is planning a private burial later this year. Cremation arrangements are in the care of Mourning Glory Funeral and Cremation Services (306) 978-5200.