Emelia Margaret Willisko

June 17, 1935

July 6, 2023

Emelia Margaret WILLISKO (née Fedorak) passed away peacefully on July 6, 2023, at the age of 88. Surrounded by loved ones, she took her final breath on earth, embarking on her spiritual journey. Emelia grew up on a farm near Edwand, Alberta, and throughout her life, she resided in various locations across Alberta before finally settling in Edmonton in 1967. She spent her recent years at Shepherds Care Kensington, where she formed new friendships and delighted in indulging in steak and shrimp on road trips.

Emelia was preceded in death by her beloved husband Vince in 2022, as well as her father Nick in 1979 and her mother Anastasia in 1992. She was also preceded in death by all her siblings, including brothers George and Norris, and sisters Kathy and Iris. Emelia is survived by her son Terry (Kate), her daughter Melody (Michael), her grandchildren Ryan (Gabby), Meghan (Cory), Mackenzie (Jonathan), Kelsey (Chris), and her great-grandchildren Stella, Jack, and Lyon.

Renowned for her caring and loving nature, Emelia was renowned for organizing countless memorable Halisky family reunions, where numerous relatives gathered to honor their Ukrainian heritage and relish in a feast of Ukrainian delicacies. Emelia was truly one of a kind, finding solace and joy in outdoor activities such as big game hunting, fishing, and foraging for wild berries and mushrooms. Her delectable beet leaf cabbage rolls and wild strawberry/blueberry perogies were unparalleled. An unforgettable tale recounts the time she and her husband braved the -40 Celsius cold under an army tent for ice fishing, with Emelia triumphantly catching the most and biggest fish.

Emelia adored fishing for Salmon on the Bulkley River in Moricetown, BC, where she and her husband would spend numerous summers. It was during these fishing trips that Emelia developed lifelong friendships with individuals like Angie, Joe, Lorena, and others. Alongside her passion for the great outdoors, Emelia possessed a remarkable talent for knitting, crochet, and petit point, creating cherished pieces for her loved ones. Each handmade treasure was a testament to the love she poured into every stitch.

Emelia’s unique qualities and unwavering love impacted the lives of all who crossed her path. Her presence will be deeply missed, but her memory will forever live on in our hearts. As per her wishes, Emelia has been cremated, and there will not be a formal funeral. Instead, a memorial gathering will take place on Thursday, July 20, 2023, with further details to follow. May Emelia find eternal rest, knowing that her work on this earth is complete.

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