January 11, 1966
October 31, 2023
Maria Medynsky, also known as Marika, passed away at the age of 58 on October 31, 2023, at Victoria Hospital Palliative Care in London, Ontario. Surrounded by her loving family, Maria was cherished for her beautiful smile and sparkling brown eyes. She is survived by her 85-year-old mother Josephine of London, her sister Olya of Kitchener, and her brothers Andrew (Kim) of London and Mike (Natalie) of Victoria, BC. Maria was also a beloved aunt to Tamara and Matthew, and had numerous cousins in London, Mississauga, the USA, Ukraine, and Poland. Maria’s father, Stefan Medynsky, predeceased her in 2008.
Maria faced numerous health challenges with bravery and strength in the past eight years. She conquered a brain tumor, breast cancer, and heart condition, but ultimately lost her battle to a complicated form of cancer. The family expresses gratitude to the doctors and nursing staff at Victoria Hospital Palliative Care for the compassionate care provided to Maria in her final moments.
For over two decades, Maria worked as an educational assistant at the Thames Valley School Board, leaving a lasting impact on countless students and teaching staff. She was deeply loved and would receive requests to return each year, with a special affection from the community at Saunders Secondary School. Maria’s dedication to her students was infinite, and she formed many deep and lasting friendships with her colleagues who shared her passion for education.
Outside of work, Maria enjoyed taking trips with her friends and family, going on wine tours, reading, and cooking. However, her true passion lied in hockey. Despite her brothers’ surprise, Maria became an ardent fan of the London Knights. She held season tickets for many years, and whether she attended games at Budweiser Gardens or watched from home, her enthusiasm for the sport was undeniable. Maria cherished the time spent with her loved ones, and her kindness, humor, and laughter left an indelible mark on all those fortunate enough to know her.
In memory of Maria, her family kindly requests donations to be made to Victoria Hospital Cancer Research or Ukrainian Refugees. They hope to honor her life by supporting these causes she held dear. Maria’s warmth and legacy will forever be remembered by her loving family and the many close friendships she cultivated throughout her life. Her spirit serves as an inspiration for us all to live as beautifully as she did.
Visitation, Panachyda (Prayers), and the Funeral Service will be held at O’Neil Funeral Home in London, with interment to follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Details regarding the arrangements will be provided on Thursday and can be accessed at http://www.oneilfuneralhome.ca.
Rest in peace, dear Marika. Your love and legacy will endure in our hearts.