Dorothy Lynn Weeda

Dorothy was born Dora Wujda on February 7, 1933 in Fosston, Saskatchewan and raised on the family farm there. Her mother passed away when she was only seven and her sister Pearl substantially raised her and ensured she got her education.

Soon after graduating high school in Yorkton, Dorothy took a clerk job at the Manitoba Telephone Company in Dauphin. When that office closed nine years later, she moved to the milder environs of Victoria, BC. She took a job as a typist/clerk at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt and a few years later stepped up to a similar position at Federal Government Public Works and Procurement where she remained for 27 years until her retirement in 2002. By all accounts, Dorothy was a popular, valued co-worker who contributed to a happy, productive workplace.

While Dorothy greatly enjoyed her career, her first real love was travel. Almost every year for the five decades from 1966 until 2015, she headed off on a tour to enjoy and learn about the natural and cultural history and way of life somewhere new. Travel was her university. She toured through most of Europe, went behind the iron curtain to Russia and visited family in Ukraine, visited the Holy Land and Greece, and enjoyed exploring Mexico and all but a few Canadian provinces and US states. One of Dorothy’s best legacies are the amazing detailed written journals and photo albums she kept, sharing the stories and highlights of many of her adventures. These wonderful windows into her love of life and learning show that she was smart, adaptable and good-humoured; essential qualities for successful, low-stress travel.

When she wasn’t exploring the world, at home Dorothy enjoyed planting and tending the flower beds around her apartment complex, sewing her own clothes, and shopping for cool blouses, shoes and jewelry. She also loved cooking and baking, and she accumulated a spectacular collection of unique cookie tins the family will cherish.

Dorothy passed away peacefully in her care home in Victoria. She was predeceased by her parents Harry Wuyda (Wujda) and Anna Wuyda (Wujda, nee Chorney), brother Paul Wuyda, sister Mary Bozek, and sister Pearl Wuyda. She is survived by three nieces and a nephew: Pearl’s daughter Glenda Hanna (Werner Groeschel), and Mary’s children; Allan Bozek (Nancy Bozek), Caroline Bozek, and Joanne Bozek (David Armstrong). She also leaves behind one grandnephew; Glenda’s son Pearce Hanna, and four grandnieces; Allan’s daughters Candace, Danielle, Adrienne and Yvonne.

Rest in Peace, Dorothy.

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