EDI blessed us with her presence on April 27, 1952 in Prince Albert, near her childhood home of Wakaw, Saskatchewan. After a 3 ½ year battle with cancer (multiple myeloma), she left all those who loved her for her ‘special place’ at the tender age of 63 years on September 3, 2015. Born EDITH GAIL ZUK, she was always simply known as EDI. She married MIKE on October 14, 1972 (Thanksgiving weekend) in Kelowna.
She was the daughter of Morris Zuk & Olga Zuk (nee Bilyk) – both deceased, sister to Morris Jr. (deceased) & Marian Zuk (Saskatoon), Kenn Zuk (Trail), Wayne & Carole Zuk and Rob & Brenda Zuk (all of Saskatoon). She was also Aunt Edi to Tracey Lenz (John), Tim, Cristi and Brodie Zuk (Lindsay), and Hallie & Meghan Zuk. She was sister-in-law to Wayne & Lou Watkins (Brentwood Bay), Chris & Kathy Watkins (Port Alberni), and Dawn & Red Lawrence (Duncan) – all B.C., and a wonderful aunt to their children.
Her Education degree began at the U. of S. in 1970 and was completed years later at U. Vic. She completed her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction ‘with distinction’ in 2003 at Gonzaga. She taught 20–30 students to a high standard every year in the Kamloops and Penticton school districts. Teaching was her passion and her calling. Reading and music were her specialties. She instilled a love of learning in her students and taught them to be, and do, their best at all times.
Edi loved her career, her home, garden & patio, and her ‘little blue Miata’. She loved her family & friends and loved to share good food & wine with them. She loved to travel – Arizona, Australia, Japan, Mexico (many times), Montreal (Rotary World Congress), San Francisco (honeymoon), Holland, Belgium, & England and on cruises to Central America/Columbia and to Quebec/Maritimes/Boston. She also loved her MIKE for which he is eternally grateful.
She was incredibly giving to all. She was a master teacher who was inspirational to her students and colleagues. She was extremely friendly, strong willed, kind, gifted, hardworking, compassionate, energetic, witty and positive. She was a wonderful, special and amazing woman and a beautiful, dedicated, loving wife to Mike for almost 43 wonderful years. She will be greatly missed by all those whose lives she touched.
We told each other countless times…”I will love you forever, and a day!” Rest in Peace, my Love!
Edi last wishes included no flowers! In lieu, please donate blood to the Red Cross and/or register as an organ donor.
A ‘Celebration of Life’ will be held on Oct. 11, 2015 at the Penticton, B.C. Trade & Convention Center between 1 – 4 PM. Please bring your stories and memories to share with others. Condolences may be directed to the family through providencefuneralhomes.com