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In loving memory of Evelyn Vallbacka who passed away peacefully at Health Sciences North in Sudbury on Friday, August 3, 2018 at the age of 71 years. Beloved wife of Harry Vallbacka of Sudbury. Loving mother of Brent Vallbacka (Lisa) and Paul Vallbacka (Barbara Ann), both of Sudbury. Cherished grandmother of Brady, Brianna, Ashley and Kyle. Dear sister of Gene Podwinski (Josiane) of Kelowna BC, Gary Podwinski (Carol) of Calgary AB, and Dennis Podwinski of Airdrie AB. Beloved daughter of Clare Podwinski of Surrey BC and the late Bert Podwinski. She will also be missed by her brother-in-law David Vallbacka (late wife Mary Jane) of Oakville and her sister-in-law Tina Lachowicz (Rick) of White Rock BC. Loving aunt to many nieces and nephews and will also be remembered by many friends and acquaintances. Dear friend of 60 years to Margaret Smith of Vancouver. Evelyn was born in Toronto on March 23, 1947. She grew up in Vancouver and returned to Toronto where she met and married her husband Harry. They moved to Sudbury together where they started their long life together. For several years, she worked as a cake decorator at A&P and Your Independent Grocer. During her spare time, she enjoyed volunteering at Health Sciences North and The Cancer Care Centre. Evelyn was a member of the Sudbury Quilt and Stitchery Guild and St. Mark’s United Church. She will be remembered as a very loving and caring individual who was extremely passionate about helping others. Her greatest joy in life was being surrounded by her family, especially her grandchildren who meant the world to her. A memorial service to celebrate her life will take place at St. Mark’s United Church on Walford Road in Sudbury on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends may gather at the church beginning at 10 a.m. Donations to St. Mark’s United Church or the Northern Cancer Foundation, in Evelyn’s memory, would be greatly appreciated. Cremation arrangements in care of Simple Wishes of the North. (705) 470-7070

Condolence Messages

  1. wanda Janovich

    06 August 2018 4 months ago

    Our sincerest condolences to Harry and her sons Brent and Paul and all the family members near and far.
    Beautiful lady inside and out…you will be truly missed by all
    Love Wanda and Geza from Surrey B,C.

  2. Celia Wiley

    06 August 2018 4 months ago

    Prayers of comfort for Harry and her sons and daughters in law and her grandchildren. Evelyn you will be missed in the subdivision.
    The Wiley family

  3. Robin Fournier

    07 August 2018 4 months ago

    Thoughts and prayers to your family Brent and Paul.

  4. Marlene Knapp

    07 August 2018 4 months ago

    My heart goes out to the family….
    Evelyn touched so many lives. Hold memories close and smile.

  5. Madeleine Beaulieu-whitford

    07 August 2018 4 months ago

    My condolences to all her family and friends. Never had the opportunity to meet Mrs Vallbacka but her daughter in law Barbara always spoke wonderful words. May she rest in peace.

  6. Henny and Ron Piche

    07 August 2018 4 months ago

    Thinking of all of you in this difficult time. We will always remember the kind neighbour who fought so gracefully in her battle with cancer. You are a special lady Evelyn.

  7. Donna Griffith

    08 August 2018 4 months ago

    Sorry to hear of your loss of wife, mother and grandmother. She was a wonderful lady.

  8. Sandy Zimmerman

    08 August 2018 4 months ago

    I never had the privilege of meeting this wonderful lady – my heart goes out to Brent (Lisa), Kyle and Ashley and all the family as they share this time of grief and loss. Special prayers are offered to each of you – friends and family… Rest in Eternal Peace, Evelyn!!!

  9. Melody Baril

    12 August 2018 4 months ago

    Evelyn was such an incredible woman. I barely knew her, but since we were family through marriage (Barbara Ann – Paul’s wife – is my sister) she took it upon herself to make my wedding cake, create blankets when my 3 children were born, even invite all 5 of us to her home some years for Christmas dinners. What I do know is that Brady and Brianna adored her! While there will forever be a void now that Evelyn has left us, those of us who were touched by her can fill the void with our own kindness and generosity.

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