It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved mother Natalie Soja on September 26, 2020. Mother to Marc (wife Kathy) and Daniel (wife Sarah), Grandmother (Babi) to Adam, Walter, Maks and George and sister to Wally and good friend and confidant to many. Natalie is predeceased by her husband Walter. Natalie was active in the Ukrainian community of Toronto and had a long career as a teacher in the Catholic district school board. Natalie’s love of teaching continued until the end of her life believing that all children deserve a solid foundation to start their lives regardless of where they start from. She will be missed by the many students and teaching colleagues she shared her journey with.
Our Mom’s caring and positive spirit will be forever held in our hearts. With a radiating smile and kind heart, Natalie was quick with a smile and exuded a welcoming glow. Natalie had a great life attributed to her simple and effective approaches of never letting life’s inevitable problems become overwhelming, recognizing and brushing off issues that really don’t matter and trying to see and celebrate the best in everyone, especially family members.
We will miss our Mom’s love of gardening and her beautiful assortments of flowers and vegetables that brought a smile to your face and instant calm. We will never again taste the incredible Borsch, cabbage rolls and Verenreky, that we took for granted these many years. Most of all we will miss our Mom’s unconditional love and support that she demonstrated to her friends and family throughout her life.
Due to the current COVID environment, a private visitation will be held at Turner and Porter on Thursday October 1, 2020 for immediate family only. A FaceBook Live session is tentatively scheduled for 9:30am ET to allow for friends and family to express their condolences and share memories with the family. Details will be posted shortly.
A funeral mass will follow at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral at 10:45am. Attendance is limited, so please contact email@example.com if you wish to attend in person. We ask for your understanding during this difficult time, as we may not be able to accommodate everyone in person at the church.
The family wishes memorial contributions be made to the Catholic Children’s Aid Foundation (Canada) https://www.hopeforchildren.ca/