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Valerie Carol Osinchuk

December 24, 1949 ~ July 2, 2022

Valerie Carol Osinchuk

Valerie, daughter of Peter and Evangeline Osinchuk, passed away peacefully on July 2, 2022, from cancer with her family by her side.


She was born December 24, 1949, in Mundare, Alberta and married Allister “Scotty” Gardiner in 1971, who predeceased her in 1993. Surviving her are her daughter Lesley Gardiner-Falle (Leonard); son Allister Gardiner; granddaughters YoHanna and Madison; sister Shay Sharon Brison (Darrel); brother Peter Allen Osinchuk (Patsy); nephew Sean Brison (Trisha); niece Lacey Collins (Trevor); grand-niece Danika; and grand nephews Dartanin, Jorestin and Brantley.


Val lived in Whitehorse, Yukon for 36 years and retired from the Yukon Government after working in Health and Social Services for 20 years. She lived her life to the fullest through simple pleasures; gardening, camping, and volunteering to organize all kinds of events that brought people together. Her greatest pleasure was spending time with her grandchildren and family.

We will miss our mom, sister, auntie, friend and Baba profoundly. We are so grateful for the time we had with her. She faced the challenges of her illness with grace, humour and determination. Through her example, we know what resilience and perseverance truly look like. We will always feel her presence in our hearts.

We send a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Kanachowski, Dr. Avrill, Dr. MacDonald and the teams at Homecare and Wind River Hospice House for supporting Val through her end-of-life journey in her way and on her terms.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Comments (10)
  • 1 August 2022
    Christina Mckay

    Miss you a bit every day Val O. All your pickleball friends miss the ‘Oh My’ lady.

  • 1 August 2022
    Jean Reid

    She will be truly missed by any that knew her. She always had a smile and more than willing to lend a helping hand . She also loved to match her cloths she was wearing which I would tease her about every now and then .

  • 1 August 2022
    Rex and Marion Ciwan

    We met Val in whitehorse on the Pickleball court. We loved her sense of humour and teased her about always having the best leggings-except for her Edmonton Oiler pair. When she found out we were from Alberta, she brought us some Mundare sausage when she returned on one of her trips. Giving us a feeling of home and truly making us feel welcome in the Yukon. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family. She will be missed.

  • 2 August 2022
    Gerry and Louise Richer

    Dear family , Val honoured so many people with her kindness and compassion . May you find comfort in your memories of her and in the knowledge that others are missing her too💜💜
    Much Love and Peace from Gerry and Louise

  • 3 August 2022
    Janet/Bob Hunter

    So Sorry to hear of the loss to your family! We were so glad to have Val join us in the Yukon for a visit in 2017 and again at the Dumont’s just a couple years later. We were all getting together for the Dumont/Hunter 50th Wedding Anniversaries at the Dumont farm in 2021 but Covid intervened. Sure would have been nice to have one more hug! RIP Butch and Janet

  • 4 August 2022
    Karen Duchscherer

    I will miss all the long phone calls we had. Val always had a cheerful attitude and always brought me up to date on the Osinchuk family.

  • 5 August 2022
    Muriel Hanson

    Lesley, Allister & family,
    I’m so sorry to read that your mom passed away. Was a long time friend from the early ‘70’s when we lived together.
    She was so proud of her kids and grandkids. She is now free of pain. My deepest sympathy to all of you, treasure the memories.

  • 7 August 2022
    Shay Sharon Brison (sister)

    Shay (Sharon) Brison (sister)
    I miss our laughs and stories and the many lengthy phone calls we had. I also miss the times we spent together and they will forever hold a special place in my heart for you. I know more than anything I’ll always find peace in remembering our times growing up together.
    Our healing will take time and I know my brother and I are being held by many.
    Love you Valerie

  • 8 August 2022
    Muriel Hanson

    Lesley, Allister & family,
    So sorry to hear that your mom passed away.
    She was a dear friend for many years. I will miss her phone calls & text messages.
    My deepest sympathy to all the family.

  • 1 November 2022
    Ruby Peterson

    I’m so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. We never met in person but discovered our ‘connection’ – we are Second Cousins. I’m sad we never had the chance to meet in person but we had an instant connection. She and I had so many hour long phone conversations – so many laughs. She was such a positive wonderful person.

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