Sheila Kuchma

Sheila Kuchma


May 23, 1931 – August 25, 2012


It is with great sadness

that we announce the

passing of Sheila Kuchma on

August 25, 2012 at Hospice House in Kelowna, BC. Sheila leaves to mourn her loving

husband of 59 years, Steve; daughter Hollie Lorentz of

Kelowna; son Steven (Carla)

of Saskatoon; grandsons: 

Jeff Lorentz of Kelowna,

Tyler Kuchma of Clairmont, AB and Cole Kuchma of Saskatoon and great granddaughter Kiera Kuchma of Clairmont, AB. She also leaves behind her brother Geoff (Betty) Smith of Fish Hoek, South Africa; her sister-in-law Joan Smith of Louth, Lincolnshire, England; brother-in-law Roland Darley of Spalding, Lincolnshire, England; sister-in-law Rose

Esplin of Maple Ridge, BC and numerous nieces and

nephews. Sheila was predeceased by her parents Harold and Edith Smith, brother Bernard Smith and sister

Audrey Darley. Sheila met Steve in England in 1952 and they were married on February 20, 1953. Steve’s Air Force career saw them relocate to Comox and Richmond,

BC and Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. 

While living in Portage la Prairie she worked at a local

jewellery store for many years.  In 1992, they decided to

retire in Kelowna, BC. Sheila’s favourite passions were

gardening, baking, going for walks, reading a favourite

novel and spending time with family and friends. She could quite often be found sitting on the park bench in front of the house visiting with anyone passing by. Her ready smile

and caring nature made her endearing to those who met her. Sheila will be missed for her thoughtfulness, kindness, generosity and most of all her positive outlook on life. The family would like to express it’s deepest gratitude to all the staff of the Cancer Centre of the Southern Interior, the

paramedics who attended her, Doctors and nurses on ward 4B at Kelowna General Hospital and the nursing staff and volunteers at the Central Okanagan Hospice House. 

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 30th

at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home,

2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. Flowers

gratefully declined. For those so wishing, memorial

donations for Sheila may be directed to the Cancer Centre for the Southern Interior, 399 Royal Avenue, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5L3 or the Central Okanagan Hospice Association,

Hospice House, 2035 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2Z6.


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