Victoria Christine Zavisha

07/09/1951 - 29/03/2020

Obituary for Victoria Christine Zavisha

Vicki was born on September 7th, 1951 in Fairview, Alberta to Peter and Catherine (Kay) Zavisha. She was raised in Hines Creek and later moved to Grande Prairie where she spent her adult life. Vicki passed away peacefully at the Grande Prairie QEII Hospital on March 29, 2020.

Having 4 brothers and 4 sisters, there was never a dull moment and Vicki was always in the middle of it. There were always lots of family gatherings; weddings, grads and campouts and Vicki would never want to miss any of them, not even a second. It was always important to have Auntie Vicki meet the new babies; she loved those new babies and boy did they ever love her too! Remembering people, what they were up to and calling on their birthdays was one of her favorite things to do. She never forgot anyone and certainly had a way of making everyone feel special.

Craving independence, Vicki moved to Grande Prairie and found a job at the Prairie Mall. She worked there as a custodian for over 20 years. Anytime her family or friends visited the mall, they would search the mall until they found her and would always be greeted with a huge smile and laugh. Then wait for her break and meet her at The Malt Shoppe for a better visit and more laughs.

Volunteering was something that Vicki enjoyed doing, particularly at the hospital daycare and the Festival of Trees. A devout Christian, Vicki spent many years teaching Sunday school and helping out at bible camp with the Oasis Church. Later she followed her friends to the Victory Church on the Rock where she enjoyed song, worship and fellowship.

She will be dearly missed by her mom Kay Zavisha, her siblings Richard Zavisha (Heather), Grace Zavisha, Anna Basnett (Rick), Steve Zavisha (Kathy), Charlie Zavisha, Alvin Zavisha (Sharon), Elsie Morin (Larry) and Lauri Wagner (Cliff), along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She is now reunited with her dad Peter, her niece Madison and her nephews Ryan and Kelsey.

The family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Martin and his receptionist Sheila for 23 years of exceptional and compassionate care. Special thanks to the homecare staff at The Gardens for making it her home and to the nurses and staff at 5N who recognized just how extraordinary Vicki was.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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

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We sincerely send our condolences to our Dear friends, the Zavisha Family. We're truly sorry for your loss and Vicki will always be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Take care of each other..
- NormanValerie
Vicki was neighbor and then when I moved to GP, I was so glad to see face and smile regularly as I worked at barber shop in mall. Her smile was genuine and was always a hard worker, like her whole family. My condolences to ever one of you, Richard, Grace, Steve, Anna, Charlie, Alvin, Elsie and Laurie and also Mim Kay. From the Godberson's the neighbors to The East.
- Teresa Epp
Vicki brought much joy to children and staff as a volunteer at the QEII Hospital Day Care. She was dedicated to her commitment and did her best to be cheerful in all circumstances. My sincere sympathies to the family. - Sylvia Advent
- Sylvia Advent
We are so sorry for your loss Elsie and Larry and all of your family and Vicki's friend. May all the good memories help you through this time of sorrow and grief. Louise and Bill Pelech
- Louise Pelech
My deepest sympathy to the family on your loss. I remember searching the mall for Vicki's smile, and it seemed like a contest between my Mom and I as to who would find her first. We always enjoyed our visits and talking to Vicki continued to be a joy my mom has shared with me over the years. -Rhonda Malik
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