Preamble: what was scheduled to be a joyous sharing of my staycation with the beloved nephew invasion is instead a memorial of an unexpected passing into heaven of my Baba (paternal grandmother), Vera Lewchuk.
Vera Lewchuk October 6, 1926 – July 15, 2019
Vera Lewchuk, born Vera Litovchik, passed away almost to the day 4 years after her beloved Nick. She lived in Canada her 93 years, the mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great grandmother of 9! A small independent businesswoman, she opened The Pendulum Beautique in 1970. Even so, she always took the time to show her love to us with homemade traditional foods. From hand crafted perogies to khvorost, I remember her always in the kitchen, prepping and cooking and then presenting piles of delicious platters. She loved family reunions and hosting Christmas in the home she and my Gedo built by hand in Windsor. Walking with her to their church down the street and around the corner, regardless of weather, and hearing her competitive spirit at euchre are memories I shan’t forget. She loved traveling to Florida in the winter and soaking up the sun.
She was the first to teach me to knit (with peach acrylic yarn) when I was less than 10 and the first to knit for me. I vaguely remember a hand knit jumper with a train on it, but know she knit several items for me as I grew from baby to toddler. In addition to a love of knitting (which didn’t take for me until many years later) she passed on her strong-will, confidence, and love of Jesus. Her knitting side loved the designs I created but she more keenly queried how the business itself was going. I know I will see her again one day and it won’t surprise me if she asks how my earthly business life was up there too. ‘til we met again, in loving memory, Vera Lewchuk.