In Memory of



Obituary for Zenna Holowacz

Zenna Sophia Holowacz (nee Krenciglowa/Krutyholowa)

Passed away peacefully at Saints Peter and Paul Seniors Residence on January 4th, 2024 at the age of 90 years. She was born in Ternopil region, Ukraine on March 9th, 1933. Predeceased by her loving husband, Jaroslaw (Jerry). She will be lovingly remembered by her son, Ihor Borys (Gabrielle); daughter Tamara Anna (Irving) and her grandchildren, Adrian Mykola and Cordelia Rose. She will also be missed by many other relatives and friends.

From 1944 to 1949, Zenna lived as a refugee with her parents, Mykola and Anna Krenciglowa and her brother Eugene, in the German town of Mittenwald. She immigrated to Canada at the age of 15 . She first arrived in Marsden, Saskatchewan and eventually settled in Hamilton, Ontario. There she met her future husband, Jaroslaw, at a Ukrainian scout (Plast) event. While Jaroslaw completed university, she supported the family by running a hairdressing business. She and Jaroslaw later lived in Thornhill as well as in Ottawa, Ontario. She settled in Etobicoke after Jaroslaw’s passing in 1990.

Along with volunteering at the Ukrainian Social Services (Toronto), she devotedly supported and cared for many close as well as extended family members, both in Canada and in Ukraine. She will also be remembered for her love of gardening, an activity for which she had great expertise and passion. Special thanks to the staff of the Peter and Paul Senior’s Residence for their care and compassion while she was living there.

Visitation will be held at P.X. Dermody Funeral Home (796 Upper Gage Ave. between Mohawk and Fennell) on Thursday, January 11, 2024 from 6-8 p.m. with a Panachyda service at 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Friday, January 12, 2024 at 11 a.m. with reception (Tryzna) to follow at the funeral home. Interment to follow after the reception at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Burlington ON.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the BCU Foundation’s Ukraine Humanitarian Aid Fund would be greatly appreciated by the family