Fran Uhryn

Fran Marie Uhryn

Thursday, July 2nd, 1942 - Sunday, August 23rd, 2020
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It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our sister, aunt, cousin and friend, Fran Uhryn on August 23, 2020.

Fran was born on July 2, 1942 in Rhein, SK., the second eldest child of John and Katie (Dereniwski) Uhryn. She attended Fedorhill and Kitzman Schools. She obtained her grade nine by correspondence and was a grade twelve graduate from Sacred Heart Academy in 1960. Following graduation, Fran pursued her passion for nursing and obtained her RN in 1963 from the Regina Grey Nun’s School of Nursing. She received her RPN diploma from the Sask. Hospital in North Battleford in 1964 and her diploma in PHN (Public Health Nurse) from the University of Saskatchewan in 1965. She was employed as a PHN in Melville. Her need for adventure and travel led her to the Canadian Armed Forces in 1970 as a Lieutenant in Nursing. This enabled her to travel to various parts of the world. She enjoyed her adventure and world travels. She sailed on the Nile, rode camels in Israel and Cairo. She also curled in a bonspiel in Lahr, Germany. In 1974 Fran obtained an Honorable Discharge. Upon discharge she became employed in Esterhazy as a PHN. Her interest in higher education resulted in a BScN in 1974 and a Masters in Human Administration in 1992. She was employed in management positions as a PHN in Manitoba and Alberta. Some of Fran’s hobbies were curling, skiing, golfing and reading.

Due to Fran’s failing health, early retirement was not an option. She had a strong work ethic, with a positive, non-judgemental and supportive attitude. She also possessed a deep faith in God and was devoted to the Ukrainian Catholic Church. She was a parish council member in Medicine Hat and Saskatoon, as well as serving as a UCWLC member in Canora. She served on various executive and numerous committees in all human endeavors.

Fran was predeceased by an infant brother Ed in 1946, her father in 1992, her mother in 2002 and her brother in law Walter Bellay in 2013. She is survived by sisters; Theresa (Walter) Denischuk and Pat Bellay, brothers; John (Heather), Ben (Teresa), Wes (Donna) and Pete (Sue), as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Fran thanks those who influenced her life positively. She also thanks her family for your help and support.
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  • Prayers

    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 | 7:00pm
    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 7:00pm
    St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church
    155 Catherine St.
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  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, August 27th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Thursday, August 27th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church
    155 Catherine St.
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  • Interment

    Yorkton City Cemetery
    King St. East
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Peter & Sharon Uhryn

Posted at 06:31pm
Our deepest sympathy to everyone of Fran's family. Today I came across this poem which says it all:
A person may go to Heaven- without health, without wealth; without fame, without a good name, without learning, without earning, without culture, without beauty, without friends and without ten thousand other things..but a person can NEVER go to Heaven without Christ.

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Posted at 11:00am
With love and hugs, we love you Love Aimee, Stewart, Brooklynn, Mason, Keegan & Drew
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Arlene Geisler

Posted at 10:24pm
Auntie Fran was a strong minded individual with high standards, high expectations, and a caring heart. She spoke her mind and was fearlessly independent, except with spiders – but we wont go there!

As I was growing up, Auntie Fran was a strong female role model that inspired me with her education and career. She initially got her degree in nursing quite young and worked as a RN. This was a job that gave her both joy and independence as she moved from working as a nurse and later into management positions. But she didn’t stop there. In 1992 at age 50, she furthered her education and got her Masters. This was an incredible achievement that she was extremely proud of. One of the greatest gifts that she gave to me was that education was equivalent to independence. Her hard work and dedication encouraged me to strive to do better in my own career; I would not be the person I am today without her.

Auntie Fran had a love of travel. She has visited many countries including Rome, Peru, and many more. One of the things she loved most about travelling was all the diverse people she met on her adventures. She used to share her travels and what she learned on them with me when I would visit her and, in doing so, instilled a love of travel in myself. I will forever treasure those visits.

Auntie Fran also had a strong love for her close family and friends. She was someone you could confide in and could receive advice from. Auntie Fran enjoyed discussing life and was not afraid to give her honest opinion on any topic. We shared many lengthy phone calls and visits trying to solve world problems over a glass of red wine.

I’m so sorry I can’t be there with everyone tonight, but I really wanted to say a few words about Auntie Fran. I love you. You will always hold a very special place in my heart.

Elsie Hayes

Posted at 12:54pm
Fran was not only a cousin but a friend. She had a great love for her family and we shared many fun stories of family gatherings .She loved to cook and bake and her homemade dill bread was outstanding. .I will miss her kindness and her listening ear and of coarse the baloney and onion sandwiches for lunch. I know she is no longer in pain and is probably WALKING all over heaven now. my condolences to the family.

Carolee Zorn

Posted at 09:28pm
It has been a delight for me to get to know Fran over the past year and a half as her caregiver and friend. I miss her presence in Aspen Bluffs Villa already. She cared for everyone who lives and has lived there and worked hard to make Aspen a great place to live. . She will be missed.

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