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Obituary - Sylvia Tokarek

Sylvia Tokarek

1940 - 2020

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Tokarek(2020)

Beloved mother and grandmother, Sylvia Zonia Tokarek passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Medicine Hat at the age of 80 years. To the very end she was generous, selfless, and devoted to her children and grandchildren. Sylvia was born on April 20, 1940 in Radway, Alberta. She always had a passion to help others and decided to pursue a career in nursing. Sylvia received her associates degree in nursing from the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton and worked there until she started a family. During that time, she was driven to continue her education and received her B.Sc Nursing degree from the U of A. She raised four children as a single mother and returned to work as a nurse at the U of A Hospital. Sylvia would do everything in her power to provide for her children and would make any sacrifice for them. At work, everyone wanted to work with Sylvia as she not only tried to help every patient, but was a teacher and role model for new nurses. Sylvia is survived by her children: Carl, David, Paul and Karynne; grandchildren, Alex, Anna, Mila, Mason, Madison, Jackson, and Lexie as well as her loving partner, Don Ruckman. She is smiling down, telling us not to worry about her with her parents, Paul and Stella Holubisky and her brother, Ron. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so starting one prior to the celebration of Sylvia’s life which will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. with Murray Jaster officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Sylvia’s name may be made directly to AJ’s Loan Cupboard, Bay 4 - 602A Clay Avenue S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 3K2.

The Celebration of Sylvia's life will be live streamed through Cook Southland's website. Those who cannot attend but wish to be a part of the service may choose to visit the Cook Southland Website on the day of the service at the scheduled service time. Click on the Live Video Stream View Broadcast Button located in the center of the homepage just above the Families poem. A new screen will open and the service will start streaming at 10:00 a.m. (M.S.T.)


  1. Pauline:
    Jul 31, 2020 at 09:36 AM

    So sorry for your loss. My sincerest condolences to the family; may her memory be eternal!🙏

  2. Kathryn Ruckman:
    Jul 31, 2020 at 09:51 AM

    I’m so sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Sylvia. She was a loving and fun member of our family for the 22 years that she was with my father, Don. My kids referred to them as Papa and Baba. I hope the family has comfort knowing that she suffers no more and that she was much loved.

  3. Joe Sulyma, Debbie Giesbrecht:
    Jul 31, 2020 at 04:07 PM

    I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your mom please except our condolences and may our prayers of comfort you

  4. Elaine Pallister:
    Jul 31, 2020 at 07:35 PM

    You'll always remember how it felt to laugh with your Mom and be loved by her. We hope those memories will bring comfort in time.
    With deepest sympathy
    Auntie Elaine, Jennifer & Michelle

  5. W and G Jones:
    Jul 31, 2020 at 09:27 PM

    We were very sorry to learn of Sylvia's death. She was a great mother and a good neighbour. We are thinking of you and send our deepest sympathy.
    Gaye and Walter Jones and Family..

  6. Eugene & Pat Kolotyluk:
    Aug 02, 2020 at 04:09 PM

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of you dear Mother, and partner. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of sorrow. May precious memories help you face each new tomorrow.
    Our Condolences
    Eugene, Pat & family

  7. Amber Phaneuf:
    Aug 04, 2020 at 01:56 PM

    I am so sorry to hear about Sylvia. She was such a special friend and I will cherish our memories forever. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Sending prayers and hugs.
    Amber Phaneuf

  8. Kristie Wallace and Family:
    Aug 04, 2020 at 09:28 PM

    I am sorry for the loss of your mom and grandma. I wish you comfort and warm memories. I have been lucky to share memories with your beautiful family and so glad I remember Ms Tokarek and smile. I am sure she squirmed at us many times but we kept her on her toes and she kept us on ours.

    Sending love to all of you from Kristie, Kevin, Lyla and Ellie

  9. Liz Smits:
    Aug 05, 2020 at 06:24 PM

    My sincere condolences to all of you. I enjoyed working with her and we had many UNC/CUA travels together.

    Aug 10, 2020 at 07:58 PM

    My deepest sympathy to my good friend Don Ruckman on the sudden passing of his long time partner, Sylvia. I was just recently talking to her and she was in good spirits ... so sad Don for this untimely event...I know she will be sorely missed be you. May she rest in peace.

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