1921 – 2012
It is with deep sadness that
the Gnyp family announces
the passing of our Mother, Grandmother and Great-
grandmother, Bessie Gnyp,
on Wednesday, October 24,
in Kelowna, BC.
Bessie was born on February 14, on the family farm near
Aaron Saskatchewan. Living
on a farm meant that Bessie developed an excellent work ethic from a very young age, and this tireless devotion to work and to help others,
continued her entire life.
Bessie left home at an early age and had several jobs in
Regina during WW2. She met William (Bill) Gnyp in Rhein Saskatchewan, and they were married in Ontario, on
October 31, 1945. Following their marriage, they moved
to Yorkton Saskatchewan, where they purchased a farm and raised 6 children. In 1974, Bessie and Bill moved to
Kelowna to begin their well deserved ‘retirement’. Bessie will be remembered fondly for her love and commitment to her family, her gardening, her preserves and her natural ability to organize and cater meals for a variety of Ukrainian events held at the Church Hall. Bessie was always thinking and
doing for others.
Bessie was predeceased by her sisters, Nellie Hartfield, Mary Roy; her brother John; her husband, Bill and her
son-in-law, Norm MacDonald.
Bessie is survived by her 6 children: Elmer (Jean); Judy;
Eleanor; Janice; Ben (Marie) and Della; 6 grandchildren (Brian, Neil, Daniel, Megan, Lucy and Will) as well as 3 great grandchildren (Natalie, Reid and Sienna). Bessie was a longtime resident in the Hollywood area of Rutland, and had many friends there.
The family would like to express their thanks and gratitude to all the caring staff at Three Links Manor. By request, there will be no funeral. Instead, a special celebration of Bessie’s life will take place at a later date.