(nee Tupycia) of LaRonge, Sask., formerly o f Pelly, Sask., passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015 in Saskatoon Royal University Hospital at the age of 63. Lavina was born on August 11, 1951 in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, the only child of Pete and Ann Tupycia.
On September 21,2002 she married the love of her life, Vance Kluke (also formerly of Pelly). They made their home in Minitonas, Manitoba where she was able to get to know several o fVance’s family members in the area better and grew to love each and every one of them and was welcomed into their family despite her different religious upbringing. In fact, for a couple of years before her death she was attending Jehovah’s Witness bible studies, in addition to already regularly attending their yearly district convention but was not baptized. Lavina loved socializing with people of all ages, races and religions and raised her children to do the same. She loved playing board games (especially Scrabble) and card games, and it never mattered if she won or not. The house was filled with duck-themed items she collected. She loved to read and had a large collection ofbooks and was constantly seeking knowledge and an understanding of human nature. She loved taking photographs, also collecting postcards and spoons wherever she went with many albums, racks and envelopes full.
She was diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2008 and after chemo and a stem cell transplant of her own cells, went into remission from 2009-2013 (a remission length the doctors didn’t think possible). It returned in late 2013. When chemo became too damaging and other treatments didn’t help, she had the courage to agree to a bone marrow transplant (May 2014 in Ottawa), which later enabled her to go through radiation, and beat lymphoma a second time as of October 2014.
Her inner strength came from her families and Vance’s love and her faith in God. While still recovering from many treatment related side effects (including nerve pain, colitis and blood clots), she had a few falls and cracked her pelvis in several places. Then on December 26, 2014 she had multiple mild strokes(TIAs). The combination of these two events made her bedridden and hospitalized for the last 2-1/2 months of her life. Then pneumonia set in in late February and she could fight no longer.
Through this and many other tribulations in her life, she always strived to look and behave her best and to please her loved ones right up until she was no longer able to do so.
Lavina was predeceased by her father Pete Tupycia (1991), son Terry Hubelit (1999), grandson Daniel Hubelit (1990).
Left to mourn areher husband Vance Kluke and family, daughter Laurie Gallup (Morgan); mother Ann Tupycia, granddaughters Aleisha, Ashley and Adrienne Vanin, as well as many special cousins all desended from the original pioneer Tupycia as well as her friends.
A funeral service was held on March 9, 2015 from the chapel of Andrychuk Funeral Home in Kamsack. Interment followed at the Riverview Cemetery in Kamsack.