1938 ~ 2014


It is with heavy hearts,

that the family of Celia

Runka announce her death

on February 6th, 2014 in

Kelowna, BC.  She was

surrounded by daughters Shaundehl and Cayla

Runka and her sister Gladys. 

Born on December 31, 1938

in Grand Forks, BC to

Lucy and Joseph Zitko. 

Celia was raised in Beaverdell with her 4 siblings Rose (Roy) Byhre, Verona Hooson,

Gladys (Jim) Rowlett and

Danny (predeceased) Zitko.  She graduated from Royal Columbian Hospital nursing

program in 1960 and moved to Kelowna to work. 

She shared her daughters with Gary Runka and was

proud of grandson Marek (Cayla), the light of her life.

Celia dedicated 27 years to community home care nursing in the Rutland, Oyama and Mission/SE Kelowna areas. 

She was widely known and admired for her professional, compassionate and caring nature. Celia retired in 2001

to enjoy the sunny Okanagan and her garden. She will

be missed by her family and many friends and colleagues whom she taught by example to give selflessly

and to always care for those around you.

A Memorial service will be held Saturday,

March 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home,

2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. 

Donations in her memory can be made to the Kelowna S.P.C.A. www.spca.bc.ca/branches/kelowna/  or the

Arthritis Society of BC, www.arthritis.ca/BC, or the

Central Okanagan Hospice Association



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