Obituary of Sheila Doreen Bulanda
Sheila Doreen Bulanda (nee Hardy) peacefully slipped away June 27, 2023 in her 94th year. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband Edward, of 64 years; daughters Joanne Keenan, in Fort Erie, and Carol Foxton, in St. Catharines; her son Ed (Rhea), in Collingwood, and her only grandson Kyle Foxton, in St. Catharines; whom she loved and adored. Sheila is predeceased by her parents Edith and John Hardy, brother John (Jack) hardy, and sister Rhonda Kulczyk. She is survived by her sister Ruth DeRose, St. Catharines, and many Nieces and nephews.
Sheila was born December 30th, 1929, and lived her life in St. Catharines. She enjoyed cottage life for many decades where she and friends would load up the van in pursuit of weekend yard sales. It was also where she would read novels by the dozen and enjoy visits with Kyle.
Sheila was a voracious reader with a substantial knowledge of the Niagara-Queenston history that was helpful when grade school projects were being done. She was also an accomplished knitter. There are dozens of friends, cousins and neighbours with kids and infants outfitted in her flawless sweaters. For many years, Sheila knit hundreds of colourful bears to serve as packing material, and then toys, for volunteers taking meds to third world islands. She also knit hundreds of preemie hats and mitts for St. Catharines Hospitals.
In the 1970’s, Sheila became a member of The Girl Guides of Canada as an inspirational leader and role model to young girls, which she continued into the 1980’s. She loved her Blue Jays and Maple Leafs, and in earlier days she often scored the World Series playoffs to make sure there were no mistakes! She will also be remembered for attending Eddie’s Optimist baseball games in the summer and his Holy Name Hockey games through the winter- and her vocal “coaching” from the sidelines! And then attended a new generation of games when Kyle played - exhibiting her same “coaching” skills.
Sheila will be remembered fondly and with love for the greatest role she played for many years when she became caregiver to families to bring comfort and security to working parents.
The Bulanda Family sends their thanks and appreciation to niece and cousin Sandra DeRose-Jarvis, the nurses, doctors and support staff of the Niagara health Centre, St. Catharines, Dialysis Ward, for their ongoing care and support over the years.
In keeping with the families wishes, funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the GEORGE DARTE FUNERAL CHAPEL, 585 Carlton St., St. Catharines, a service to be held at a later date.
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