Dorothy Jean Kusyk

26/08/1952 - 20/01/2021


Obituary For Dorothy Jean Kusyk

It is with heavy hearts we mournfully announce the passing of Dorothy Kusyk on January 20, 2021 at the QEII Hospital. She has eternally been reunited with her husband Nelvert Kusyk.

Dorothy was born in Berwyn, Alberta. She graduated from the Bonnie Doon High School in 1970 and then moved on to graduating from the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 1975 with her Bachelor of Education. Dorothy taught Home Economics from 1975 – 2009 at the Sexsmith Secondary High School. She helped with Grad, Student’s Union, Parent Council, and Parent Booster Club. Dorothy was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #60 and a member since 1978. She was also a volunteer with the Grande Prairie Hospital Auxiliary as President.

Dorothy was a strong, loving, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and will be lovingly remembered by her sons Trent (Kerri), Davin (Alexis), and Rance (Chelsea), her grandkids Derek (Sam), Alyssa, Kali, Serenity, Eliza, and Logan, and her great-grandson Jaxton. Also lovingly remembering her are her siblings Ruth, Bob, Edith, and Art (De’el).

She was predeceased by her husband Nelvert, her parents David and Dorothy Harvie, and her granddaughter Kaitlyn Kusyk.

The family would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to Dr. Brad Martin and the nursing staff at the QEII hospital on 3N and 5N for their care of our Mom.

Viewing will take place at Bear Creek Funeral Home on Monday, January 25, 2021 from 2pm-4pm, open to friends and family of Dorothy.

A Celebration of Life for Dorothy will take place on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 1:00pm. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance is by invitation only. A livestream of Dorothy’s service will be available on Bear Creek Funeral Home’s Youtube Channel, link found below.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

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  • 03/12/2021

    Deepest condolences to Dorothy's family. I went to Harry Balfour for grades 8 and 9; we'd bus out to Sexsmith for our options. I loved Mrs. Kusyk; she was one of my favorite teachers. She had the best laugh and was always smiling. Thank you for the memories, I'll never forget you.

  • 01/28/2021

    Dorothy was like a second Mom to me. I met her youngest son Rance when I was 7 years old and she welcomed me with open arms. Often there would be some sort of baking that Rance and I could grab after school before we ran downstairs to play SNES. As the years went on and we grew older Dorothy would continue to cook wonderful meals and bake the best desserts. She was truly a master of the culinary world. As early teens on a sleepover, Dorothy would catch Rance and I still playing games at 5AM and we would have to quickly head to sleep before Nelvert caught us. She saved us a few times! Ma was a great mother and chef, but she was also so very kind and wise. I have many, many great memories of her and the Kuysk family. I will miss her dearly. I'd like to lend my strength to Trent, Davin, and Rance in these difficult times. Sincerely, Sean

  • 01/27/2021

    I knew Dorothy as a colleague at the Sexsmith Secondary School and as a friend. When Miss. Harvie joined our staff in 1975, little did we know how much of a difference she would make in the lives of her students and fellow staff members. Dorothy was always helping others. She was an excellent teacher and a quality person who thought of others first. She was well loved and respected by students and parents alike as well as by all members of our staff. Dorothy certainly left her mark on the school and on the lives of people around her. Norine and I are praying that God will surround family and friends and with His love and support at this time and that every remembrance of Dorothy will be cherished forever.

  • 01/26/2021

    My thoughts and prayer are with the family and friends and she had many. Those of us who were fortunate to get to know Dorothy we were truly blessed to have had her friendship and will be missed.

  • 01/26/2021

    I was one of the rare people who not only got taught by Dorothy but also worked with her. I will always remember that she always had a smile on her face and her little giggle. She will truly be missed in this world.

  • 01/26/2021

    45 years later I still respectfully call her Mrs. Kusyk ❤️ She was so patient and kind, funny and cheerful...yet didn't put up with cr#p . She taught hundreds of students yet remembered all of our names. A wonderful teacher and amazing lady 💝

  • 01/25/2021

    She was a wonderful teacher. I still use the crepe recipe that was from her cooking class and it is one of my families favorite.

  • 01/24/2021

    Though we haven't had much contact with Jeannie(Dorothy)since we all grew up and went our separate ways in the world,we always think of Jeannie with the smile. She was the one that looked for (and found)the humor in life.She's remembered with love. Our condolences to the family. Nicol(Philis) and Fay Harvie

  • 01/24/2021

    I taught with Dorothy for a number or years and remember her devotion to her students and career, her patience and kindness to all. She was a devoted mother, a wonderful human being, and a true friend. Be at peace dear lady.

  • 01/23/2021

    My hugs and sympathy to Dorothy's Family. I was with the Heart and Stroke Foundation many years ago when she volunteered her time, hugs, caring, and love to those around her. She spoke of her loving Family often. She became part of our H&S Family and a Friend to so many. We welcomed her hug every time she stopped by. A beautiful person ! Please accept my sincere condolences and prayers. Millie Lorenz

  • 01/23/2021

    This lovely lady was a huge part of my life at the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Dorothy was an amazing volunteer, a kind and gentle women, a friend. I hold so many special memories of office time and HSF events that she was part of over 10 years: The Strasdin Orthodontics Ladies in Red Fashion Shows, The Campbell Chrysler Riverboat Poker Rallies, Storm Hockey Game Frisbee fundraiser's, she was always there to support us. Dorothy had a beautiful smile and such a fun whole hearted laugh. My heart goes out to her family and friends. She will be missed and will always hold a special place in my heart. Margaret Bell, Area Manager, Heart & Stroke Foundation

  • 01/22/2021

    Dorothy had a beautiful soul and will always leave a special place in my heart. My heart goes out to the Kusyk boys and their families. Love you all and take care of each other.

  • 01/22/2021

    Mrs. Kusyk was an amazing person/teacher. She's the reason I chose a career in education. My deepest condolences to her family. W. Robinson

  • 01/22/2021

    My condolences to Mrs Kusyk's loved ones. She was a terrific lady, one of my favourite teachers in high school.

  • 01/22/2021

    Fond memories of Mrs. Kusyk, was my home economics teacher for many years, learned a lot from her, and will always remember her big smile and joyful laugh. Rest In Peace. Jill

  • 01/22/2021

    Dorothy was one of the kindest people I ever worked with. It was always a pleasure to see her at the chuckwagon races with her close friends and our coworkers Linda and Maureen. Such a sad loss.

  • 01/22/2021

    Mrs Kusyk was one of the most caring teachers ,,, I was pretty much a hopeless student but she would never let me give up and did everything to help me succeed .... she was a gem and I'll always remember her kindness ... my condolences to her family and friends.

  • 01/22/2021

    My sympathy to all of Dorothy's family. I met her when Davin was in my class at St. Patrick Community School, and have enjoyed chatting with her at various meetings and casual encounters. May she rest in peace.

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