Olga Vansil

01/04/1932 - 17/09/2020

Obituary for Olga Vansil

In Memory of Olga Vansil

Please Join our Family in Celebrating Mom & Grandma Olga by raising a Whisky or a Coffee.

In thinking about Mom and talking with friends. It made me realize she was way ahead of her time; you could say she was a pioneer of independent women. She became a successful businesswoman in the early 60’s by owning and running her own business.

Mom purchased the “shop” which became Charm Beauty Salon and had hired a stylist to operate it prior to her having her license. She lived with her parents and younger sister in Edmonton while taking her training at Marvel Beauty School, it turned out her instructor was her younger sister Kay. Once she completed her schooling, she returned to Spirit and began working and running the shop for over 35 years. It was a bustle of life where so many came to get their hair done along with sharing laughter, tears, and endless stories, it was an open door. She was willing to listen, to share some insight and had a way to give you a different perspective of looking at things. The coffee was always hot and something stronger if you needed it, the stories were welcomed, never a dull moment and you were always accepted for you. She was a part of and impacted so many people’s lives.

Mom and her shop could tell stories that would “curl” hair without rollers or a curling iron.

She was strong minded, usually not taking the easy route, loved her family and friends. She was proud, had great intuition, hardworking and didn’t let the grass grow under her feet. She had a zest for life and approached it forwardly and boldly the majority of the time. She had a great sense of humor and was one to look for fun and enjoyed life.

She will be remembered for the amazing meals she made for all the company for Christmas Dinner’s and Hangover Soup.

In her later years she was always packing her cell phone so she could share the pictures of the loves of her life, her granddaughters, husband’s and great grandchildren. Morgan, Jesse, Fynleigh & Marlowe Penner and Jamie, Brian, Jordyn, Ryan & Eli Tempel.

Her early years, she was born to Fred & Vera Skoworodko at Blueberry Mountain on April 1, 1932. The 2nd youngest of 6 children, Anita, John, Mike, Steve & Kay were her siblings. She started working at a young age at her parents’ store at Blueberry Mountain and when old enough ventured into Spirt River and worked for several years at Ternoway’s Store. She married, Ted Vansil in 1951, who passed away in 1975.

She was an amazing woman who taught me about life in so many ways and loved me unconditionally. I am so grateful for the fabulous relationship connection we shared, always.

I love you Mom and may you know you are a very special, worthy and deserving person. I appreciate who you were and all that you did for me and everyone else.

We are planning a Celebration of Life for spring of 2021.
lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Olga can be made to the Alzheimer Society, #306 10430 61 Avenue NW, Edmonton AB T6H 2J3

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

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My mom, Harriet Herrick with Grace Mortensen and Ella May Sawers had their hair done at Olga's shop in Spirit River every Friday for years. A friendship bloomed. Lots of laughs were had. Adventures st curling bonspiels. Sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Pam
- Pam Rupert
Our condolences to you Phyllis & family. Olga was definitely a trailblazer! Lots of memories & laughs from our curling days in Spirit River. Fond memories of her Beaverlodge days. Verla & Don Bonnett & family.
- Verla Bonnett
Sorry for your loss
- Anniekonashuk

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