Victoria (Vikki) Gogol
December 1, 1939 ~ November 13, 2015
The world has lost a beautiful woman and a kind soul with the passing of Victoria (Vikki) Gogol on November 13, 2015.
Known for her integrity and desire to put others first, Vikki was a caring and patient woman who always had good things to say. She had a great sense of humor and always tried to lighten up any situation, especially her time at the dialysis unit of the Creston Valley Hospital.
Vikki was born December 1, 1939 to Walter and Josephine Chopty in Invermay, Saskatchewan. She received a grade 8 education but that did not limit her in any way. She went back to school in Tisdale and become a nurse’s aid, a job she did at the Canora General Hospital and at the Vancouver General Hospital. The family moved to Vancouver, BC and she was a great stay at home mom. As her children grew older she re-entered the work force delivering optical frames. She was such a great employee and her work did not go unnoticed. A kind man from Montreal hired her to work at Superlite Optical where in no time she worked her way to Western Canada Manager.
She was excited to become a grandmother and when long weekend visits were not enough, she gave up everything to move to Creston to follow her family. While working at 7/11 she went back to school to be a long term care aid and worked at Swan Valley Lodge until her mandatory retirement.
Vikki enjoyed many passions in her life including gardening and she enjoyed sharing the finer points of her lifetime of gardening with her family. She loved to do needlework and sewing and knitting. She was the happiest when she could be outdoors, whether it was fishing, gardening with the stereo on high or just watching her family playing in the park.
First and foremost, Vikki was a dedicated and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her son Jeffrey Gogol (Vicki); daughter Janice Wood (Robert); her grandchildren Anthony Wood (Angela) and Jaclyn Chambers (John); and her great-grandchildren Cassidy Wood, Karissa Wood, Alyx Wood, and Konnor Reutgen as well as her brother Mike (Alice), and her sister Margaret (Earl). She is also leaving behind many special nieces and nephews and many treasured friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Josephine; her brothers Russell and Lorne (Jeanette) and Norbert Gogol, father of Jeff and Janice.
Vikki will be remembered as a great lady who only saw the world with a smile on her face.
A Celebration of Life was held at G.F. Oliver Funeral Chapel, (225 15th Ave N Creston) on November 19, 2015 at 11 am, followed by a fellowship at the Lutheran Fellowship Hall, (315 15th Ave N Creston).
A memorial will be held in the spring of 2016 for all who want to say goodbye but could not come at this time. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital – Creston Dialysis Unit.