Obituary of Bonnie Alice Bernice Kulbida
It is with great sadness, we announce the passing of our beloved Mother, Grandmother and Best Friend Bonnie Alice Bernice Kulbida, (nee Babb) on April 22, 2023.
She is survived by her children, Colleen (Robert), Dean (Joan), Karen (Dennis);and her four grandchildren, Courtney-Paige (Keith), Zane, Connor and Hanna (Wilson). Bonnie was predeceased by her parents, Claude and Carrie Babb; her husband, Edward Kulbida; her special friend, John Tompalski; her sisters, VIrginia (Bruce) Boiven, Violet (Russell) Dunlop, and Velta (George) Kirk; and her brothers, Harold (Norma) Babb, Clarence (Francis) Babb, Zane (Jean) Babb and Burrell (Audrey) Babb.
Bonnie was born in Truax, Saskatchewan on July 25th, 1930, the youngest of eight children. She grew up in various parts of Saskatchewan; Truax, Meota, Moose Jaw and Grand Forks, B.C. She met her husband, Ed, at a local legion dance in Saskatoon and was soon married in 1950 where she settled to raise her family. Bonnie had many jobs throughout her career, one of the first being a Photo Retoucher and Colourist back in the day of black and white photography. After raising her kids to school age, Bonnie went on to work at Simpson Sears in the Midtown Plaza, until retiring in 1991.
She was quite close to all her siblings in her family and her husband's family as well, and often looked forward to the many family gatherings over the holidays, birthdays, weddings and anniversaries. She always kept her family and friends well fed with her perogies, cabbage rolls and many pies and preserves.
Bonnie was a keen bowler in her younger years, picking up a few trophies where she played some League Bowling at Hunter's KG Bowling, after being convinced to join by friend and neighbour, Ken Hunter. She was a very social person who loved music and dancing, and was always willing to sit down and play a good game of cards or do a puzzle. She was also an avid bingo player in later years and often won many prizes, and was occasionally kidded that she should turn professional.
Bonnie had met and made many friends in her lifetime, and they all had a big impact on her, as she had on them with her caring, generosity, and genuine friendly personality. She liked to travel, as many of her siblings and friends lived in various parts of Canada and the U.S. Bonnie really enjoyed her many trips to Las Vegas, and would do her best with the Slots and Keno. As well she enjoyed the many events, dinners and dances at the Shrine Club Room over the years and was very fond of spending time at Wakaw and Waskesiu Lake with family and friends.
The family would like to send out a huge thank you to all the nurse's and care team for the exceptional dedication and the compassion shown for Mom's care and for the family during her time at the Hospice at Glengarda. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice at Glengarda, 301 Hilliard Street East.
The journey of life takes you to many places along the way, as you endure many struggles and joys of celebration. As we move forward in life, and we reflect on the good times and special moments in our hearts, we will remember them with love in the days and years ahead. We love you Mom, and we will never forget your quiet strength and what you have done for your family.
A private family interment will be held at a later date, and a Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, June 11th, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at the Saskatoon Shrine Club Room, 1021 Saskatchewan Crescent West.
All those attending are requested to wear at least 1 item of something that is Pink in Honour of Bonnie and her favourite colour.