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Olga Saviskoff

March 16, 1936 - October 9, 2021


Olga was the first of two children born to Roman and Anne Zalewski.  Her brother John followed three years later.  Olga grew up on Trevor Street back in the day when the road ended at the creek.  In the winter, she and her friends would sled down Carbonate Street on their toboggans, spend summers at Gyro and Lakeside Parks and help at home with growing vegetables, canning, and learning the traditional Doukhobor cooking from her mother.  As a young girl, she picked up the skills of sewing and using knitting and crochet needles.  She graduated from Nelson High School in 1954 and worked at a few local businesses one of which was Peebles Motors.


She met Alec Saviskoff through mutual friends at a wedding and they were soon engaged and married in 1955.  They left Nelson for Kitimat and started a family, followed by moves to Cranbrook, Mission City, Abbotsford and back to Nelson in 1967.  They had always intended to get back to their hometown and quickly got back into the community scene with family and friends.


Mom loved to do all sorts of handy work like sewing, knitting and gardening.  She truly had a green thumb and always had a house full of plants.  Her other hobbies included bowling, golf and collecting all sorts of items.  For over 25 years, she was an Avon representative and with her lifelong connection to the city, she had a huge customer list and seemed to know half the town.  At one time or another, we all were enlisted to help her with deliveries.  As a mother, raising 4 kids, she was excited to go back to work for the first time on the Canada census in 1970, even if it was only for a couple of weeks.  She and Alec spent many years wintering in the Palm Springs area, lazing by the pool, socializing and picking through endless flea markets.

Olga was predeceased by her parents, husband Alec (2013), daughter Molly Ann (2020) and grand-daughter Kourtney (2017).  She is survived by her brother John Zalewski (Marlene), her children: Peter, Shirley (Ramin) and Alan, grandchildren Nick (Christina), Angela (Devan), Tosh, Tula, Kaden, Jordyn and many nieces and nephews.


Although she struggled with mobility issues for some years, her mind remained sharp as ever.  She could still manage her affairs and engage in lively conversation.  After a short stay in the hospital, she passed peacefully and in comfort with her family at her side.  Mom’s last 2 months were spent in assisted living at Mountain Lakes.  She enjoyed her time there immensely and the family wishes to thank all the staff for making it such a great home for her.  Also, we would like to thank  the doctors and nursing staff at KLGH for making mom’s final days comfortable and providing excellent care to her.


Cremation and interment at Nelson Memorial Park Cemetery followed by a celebration of life. Date to be announced.


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Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Shirley Tennant
Relation: Neighbours and friends from a long time ago.

A beautiful tribute for a wonderful and gentle soul. It brings back many good memories as I grew up in the same neighbourhood and together we used to sleigh ride down the hill which is now Elm Street. The family home on the edge of the creek now seems magical. May you also find comfort in the memories you share. Please accept my deepest sympathy. May she rest in peace.

From: Karen Ringrose
Relation: friend

I loved spending time with your Mom. She was always so welcoming. For a girl who left her family back in Ontario when I came out West she was a great friend to spend time with. She talked me into being an Avon rep. too.

From: Arlene Otterbein McMillin
Relation: neighbours to my parents on Chatham St

Olga oh Olga
After seeing the family home was for sale I knew it was time to contact Olga again. We had a great talk about the old neighbourhood. My parents, Lore and Karl, moved to Nelson shortly after Olga and Al returned to the area. They were great neighbours…friendly and willing to lend a hand especially once my dad Karl passed. I am so glad to have talked with her when she had moved into assisted living….and made plans to visit again…and so it goes…blessings to her family as they adjust to this time of transition…with kind regards, Arlene

From: Sheila Sherkat and Mark Beaven
Relation: Sister in law's mother

We have many fond memories of Olga. From the first time we met her in the late eighties to her daughter’s Sasha’s wedding in Nelson, to visits at her and Alan’s home. One memory that stands out for our family was during a summer visit to the family home. Olga had picked blueberries and made her special blueberry tarts. She welcomed us with her warmth, wit and humor and we spent the afternoon in her garden. She will be missed and we are saddened by her loss. Please accept our heart felt condolences, Sheila, Mark, Roshan and Cove Beaven

Service Schedule

  Graveside Service

Date & Time:
October 23, 2021
Beginning at 1:00pm

Nelson Memorial Park Cemetery

Cremation and interment at Nelson Memorial Park Cemetery.

A celebration of life will be planned at a later date.

Memorial Gifts

The family has not designated a preferred charity at this time.

Thank You Notice

Mom’s last 2 months were spent in assisted living at Mountain Lakes.  She enjoyed her time there immensely and the family wishes to thank all the staff for making it such a great home for her.  Also, we would like to thank  the doctors and nursing staff at KLGH for making mom’s final days comfortable and providing excellent care to her.

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