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DEHAAS 2008-06-08 published
Devoted to her beloved Ukrainian community and her faith
By Katherina DEHAAS, Sun., June 8, 2008
An empty chair marked the place where Helen WOLODCHENKO would have sat at a recent gathering to remember the lives lost during the Ukrainian genocide of 1932-33.
She died in her sleep that week, on May 19, and is sadly missed by London's Ukrainian community.
"We called her the matriarch. When we lost her, when we buried her, we lost a pillar of our church," said Vivian KOSCHMANN, a close family friend whom WOLODCHENKO called "third daughter."
Known for her involvement in the community and the church, WOLODCHENKO was also a legendary fundraiser.
"Her walls were adorned with medals and plaques from city hall, all tributes paid to her over the years by city hall and the Ukrainian community," said her daughter, Lena WOLODCHENKO.
She was the longest-serving president of the women's club at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church, a position she held for 17 years.
Helen WOLODCHENKO also served as the cook at the Ukrainian club at 247 Adelaide St. S. for many years.
"She did a lot for the community," said KOSCHMANN.
WOLODCHENKO was a survivor of the Ukrainian genocide of 1932, a famine imposed by Joseph Stalin's regime.
She came to Canada in 1949 and moved to London a year later when she heard about the city's small Ukrainian community.
"She was passionate about her homeland and she wanted all her traditions carried on here and she worked hard to do it," KOSCHMANN said.
WOLODCHENKO was even known to host church services in the basement of her Clarence Street home, until Holy Trinity was built.
"She was just passionate about her church and her native land," KOSCHMANN said.
"She'll be remembered for what she did. I don't think we'll ever forget her."
WOLODCHENKO is survived by a brother in the Ukraine and many cousins.
In Canada, she is survived by her three children, Lena WOLODCHENKO, Zena EDGAR and Bill WOLODCHENKO, two grand_sons, two great-grandchildren and countless Friends.

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DEHAAS 2008-06-12 published
Beloved poet, prof, playwright 'an artistic giant'
James REANEY, 1926-2008
By Katherina DEHAAS and Patrick MALONEY, Sun Media, Thurs., June 12, James REANEY, a national literary icon who stayed close to his Southwestern Ontario roots during a celebrated, 50-year career as a playwright, poet and professor, has died.
The longtime Londoner died last night in London following a long illness. He was 81.
"It was a peaceful end to a great life," his son, Free Press journalist James REANEY, said. "We know that he will be remembered and his contributions to Canadian culture will be valued."
Born on a Stratford-area farm in 1926, REANEY was an acclaimed poet, playwright, author, opera librettist and University of Western Ontario English professor.
He won three Governor-General's Awards for poetry and drama, and a 1974 Chalmers Award for best Canadian play.
"He was so great," said Nancy POOLE, a former Museum London director who met REANEY at University of Western Ontario.
"He was a gentleman, an intellectual, an artistic giant in the Canadian scene."
REANEY won his first Governor-General's Award in 1949 at age 23 for a collection of poetry, The Red Heart.
In 1960, he began teaching at University of Western Ontario and started publishing Alphabet, a semi-annual periodical devoted "to the iconography of the imagination."
In 1966, he founded the Listener's Workshop and began working with child and adult actors in choral ensemble works. REANEY, whose play Colours in the Dark premiered in Stratford in 1967, received the Order of Canada in 1975.
His best known dramatic work may be a trilogy of plays about the 1880 massacre of the Donnelly family in Lucan.
He was 10 when his stepfather told him the stirring story, stoking in REANEY an interest that would lead him to write the three plays that not only dramatized the legend, but arguably also brought it into focus historically.
The trilogy is among a handful of Canadian works listed among the 1,000 most significant plays of all time by the Oxford Dictionary of Plays.
He was also an amateur painter and pianist whose works were exhibited in London and Toronto.
REANEY enjoyed such respect that even small details of his life inspired artisans, says Martha HENRY, former Grand Theatre artistic director.
HENRY, who acted in two REANEY plays, recalled a tour last summer of his boyhood home.
"It was amazing," she said. "We went up into the attic where he used to write. He's an icon. A complete original."
REANEY is survived by his wife, son and daughter, two granddaughters and two siblings.

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DEHEDERVARY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-09 published
KEANE, Shirley Anne (SAVARD)
(August 20, 1942-July 9, 1983)
Mother If I could only speak to her And hold her loving hand No matter all the years apart I know she'd understand. Forever missed by your daughter Deborah Lee KEANE (DEHEDERVARY) of Box 616, Riverton, Manitoba.

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