Anne Kuinka of Sudbury, died Jan. 3, less than a year after her husband of 60 years.
Kuinka grew up in Timmins but spent most of her adult life in this city. She died in Vancouver. She was visiting friends over the Christmas holidays when she became ill and was taken to hospital.
Her husband Mike, died Feb. 18, 2002, a few weeks after the Kuinkas celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Feb. 2. The party was attended by more than 200 people.
The couple were well known in Sudbury and Timmins. Both of Ukrainian heritage, they had a passion for traditional dances and customs. Mike danced with the famous New York City-based Don Cossack Chorus, which featured Russian dancing and singing.
At one time, the Kuinkas had a dance studio in Sudbury, and they danced professionally in places such as Vancouver, Montreal, and Lake Placid, N.Y.
In the 1950s, the couple opened the first electrolysis clinic in Sudbury.
Although they did not have any children of their own, the Kuinkas were very close to their nieces and nephews. They travelled to Cuba often, where they had a foster child, and they enjoyed working in the garden of their New Sudbury home.
Anne played mandola with the Jubilee Folk Ensemble, and both she and her husband were active with the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians, Branch 40.
Anne Kuinka is survived by her brother and sister, as well as many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Jubilee Centre, 195 Applegrove St., at 11 am.