(May 24, 1965 – February 11, 2022)
If the Lord sets angels upon the earth, then Roxanna Nakonechny was among the finest. Sadly, she was called back unexpectedly in the early hours of February 11, 2022 when she died peacefully in her sleep.
Roxanna entered this world to a cascade of fireworks on May 24, 1965 in Sarnia, Ontario. Inspired by the chance to sing in the St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic Church choir, she pursued music studies at Western University, majoring in voice, and obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree. She then earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Windsor.
One of her true callings was revealed when hired to teach music at Catholic elementary schools in Woodstock, Ontario. Her passion for music was infectious among the thousands of students she taught.
Roxanna was also called to care for others. She brought happiness to an aging father and cared for her mother who had suffered a debilitating stroke. During this time, she also won a battle with lymphoma. Her joy was to bring joy to others and she extended this calling to her family, many friends and all who she met, in keeping with her strong Catholic faith.
Roxanna is survived by her sister Patricia Caldwell (Charles), brother Eugene Nakonechny, nephews Alexander and Nicholas Caldwell, and many aunts, uncles and cousins and many dear friends. She is predeceased by her parents Elko and Olga, infant brother Bohdan, infant nephew Patrick Caldwell, grandparents Nicholas and Annie Zemliak.
For those of us fortunate enough to be touched by Roxanna, our lives have forever been enriched.
A public visitation will be held Wednesday, February 16 from 4:00 – 8:30 pm. Panakhyda (Prayer Service) to follow at 7:00 pm at Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock. Funeral Divine Liturgy will be held Thursday, February 17, 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, Woodstock, followed by interment at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery in Sarnia at 3:00 pm. Following the internment refreshments will be served at St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Sarnia.
Covid-19 protocols must be followed. Those wishing to attending must RSVP through the funeral home website. TRAFFIC DELAYS MAY BE POSSIBLE ON THE WAY TO SARNIA.
If desired, memorial donations in memory of Roxanna can be made to Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. Personal condolences may be shared through www.smithleroy.com