In Celebration of

Ivanka "Joanna" Fuke

December 25, 1955 -  March 7, 2023

We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Ivanka on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at St. Michael’s Hospital. Beloved sister of Christine (Daniel) and John (Oksana) and “Teta” to the late Michelle (Rob), Stephen (Kyra), Timothy, Taissa, Meghan and Rachel. She will be missed by extended family and many close friends in Canada, the Unites States and Ukraine.

Ivanka had a successful career in marketing beginning in 1978 after graduating from Queen’s University. She worked in brand and product management for many years before going to work with creative agencies where her career culminated in senior executive roles in direct and relationship marketing.

An avid gardener, baker and hostess-extraordinaire, Ivanka took great pride in helping her family and friends. She was always available to provide sound, thoughtful advice and was ready with a hearty laugh and a helping hand, whether that be to paint, provide decorating advice or to organize bake sales and fundraisers.
She remained active in the Ukrainian community throughout her life. She was an active volunteer for many years with the Ukrainian Youth Association (Oshawa Branch) and more recently with the Vesnivka Choir, in which she sang for over 30 years.

In recent years, Ivanka spent as much time as possible at her cottage near Parry Sound. Her love of the lake brought her great peace and pleasure and it is there that she often hosted friends and family with her beloved cats Puffin and Pogo.

A heartfelt thank you to the staff of St. Michael’s Palliative Care team who helped make Ivanka’s final days peaceful and comfortable. She will be missed by all who knew her.

The family will receive friends at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel located at 2357 Bloor St. W. in Toronto. Visitation will take place on March 21 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm (Panahyda/Service at 7:30 pm). The funeral will be held on March 22 at 11:00 am at Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 4 Bellwoods Avenue, Toronto.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following organizations:
• Pancreatic Cancer Canada

• Friends of Ukraine Defence Forces Fund


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Sr. Christine (friend)

Entered March 10, 2023 from Toronto

She joined the Oranta Singers for a special recording project in 2017, where I was able to get to know her. Grateful for her enthusiasm and her sense of humor. She will be missed, surely. Will hold her in prayer, and will hold her family in prayer as they grieve. Vichna jij pamjat'!

Luba Kelebay (friend)

Entered March 10, 2023 from Toronto

Sincere condolences to Ivanka's family.
She was a wonderful, vibrant, confident, interesting person, passionate about a variety of causes, and was always ready to participate and help wherever she could.
May dear Ivanka rest in peace.
She will be missed.

Christine Kowalyk (Vesnivka Choir Member)

Entered March 10, 2023 from ETOBICOKE

Вічная Пам'ять. Ivanka will be so missed by all in Vesnivka. She was very generous with you baking tips and good advice. Such a good friend....

Roman Kaszczij & Caroline Smith (Friends)

Entered March 10, 2023 from Gatineau QC

We too enjoyed our times with Ivanka at the cottage. We would chat and reminisce about the good ole days in Oshawa. She always had great stories to tell and we had such laughs. She will be dearly missed.

Nadia Solomon 

Entered March 10, 2023 from Toronto

Dear all Fuke family
It seems that there is no greater grief than losing the closest person. With deep sadness, everyone received the news that your Ivanka - a wonderful person has passed away. Such wonderful people leave this world only physically, and the good that they did during their lives remains for people, and their memory lives on in hearts of descendants.
May the good, bright memory of Ivanka forever remain in the hearts of her relatives, colleagues and everyone who knew, loved and respected her. May the Almighty give you and your loved ones the strength to endure the pain of losing a loved one. No words will be able to reduce it, but we all sincerely share your grief, grieve with you and support you in your hour of sorrow. We believe that the All-Merciful Lord will accept her bright and sincere soul into the Kingdom of Heaven. Eternal bright memory of Ivanka .ВІЧНАЯ ПАМЯТь
My condolences to YOU ALL
Nadia Solomon


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