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Justina Helen Hudec


September 26, 1925– Oct 13, 2012


Justina Helen Hudec died on Oct 13, 2012 at Mountain Lakes Senior Community in Nelson, BC at the age of 87 with family by her side.

Justine married John Hudec on July 10, 1948 in Fox Valley, SK. In 1955, Justine and John moved to Ymir, BC. with their two young children.   During Justine’s younger years she enjoyed sewing clothing for herself and her children.  She volunteered at teas, dances and was the treasurer for the Ymir Community.

Justine taught school in Saskatchewan and then substituted at Ymir and Salmo Elementary Schools in BC.  Justine changed career paths and then worked as a Home Support Worker for Interior Health up until her retirement.

Justine and John maintained a large garden of flowers and vegetables which she loved!  By fall the shelves in their basement were always full of jams, pickles, pears, peaches, tomatoes and various other preserves.  With the changing of seasons and the woodstove burning hot Justine took enjoyment from her hobbies of quilting, doing puzzles and reading.  Justine had a special interest in health, environmental and political issues.    Often when her family visited she would have an article or a joke cut from a paper or magazine waiting on her counter ready to share with them.  

Justine started jogging on the old Ymir Rd. with her three daughters in the 1970’s.  She continued to be a dedicated jogger who enjoyed participating in local runs with her children and  grandchildren.  Justine ran her last Bloomsday Run in Spokane WA. in 2000 with 13 members of family on route with her and a few more back at the hotel waiting with John for “Mommy” to return!   

In the last years of Justine’s life she played countless games of solitaire.  Justine and Jim recorded their last win on her birthday in September, 2012.  

Justine was predeceased by her parents Thomas and Mary Bakanec, husband John, and her daughter, Joyce Hudec, sister Josephine Hudec, and her brothers James, Tom, andLois Bakanec

Justine will be sadly missed by her family: John and Shirley Hudec, Salmo, BC (Celena and Shane, Keagan and Madison Cromarty and Raycene Hudec,), Jim and Bobbi Hudec, Salmo, BC ( Vicki, Jody, Kyle, Colton and Joscelyn Koehle,  Curtis Hudec and Wynn Madison, Robert Hudec and Casey Berk.  Janice and Alan Waterstreet Salmo, BC ( Kylee, Mike, Isaiah and Bodie May, Jacob Waterstreet, Kailee and Kade Pinchbeck and Kenzie Waterstreet) and Judy and Joe Huser Vancouver, BC ( Emily and Zachary Huser).

Siblings:  Ann Szuch (Moose Jaw, SK), Agnes Buye (Medicine Hat, AB), Emma Obritsch (Kerrobert SK) and her brotherLarry Bakanec ( Maple Creek, SK) and their families.

There will be no service at this time.  Justine has been cremated.

Donations in Justine’s memory can be made to the Salmo and Area Supportive Housing  Project.  Construction is expected to begin in May 2013.  Donations may be sent to Box 370,  Salmo, BC., V0G 1Z0  Family has chosen the kitchen to be the focus of donations made in Justine’s memory.

Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.

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