Oddny Violet Somogyi

January 4th, 2021

On January 4th, 2021, Heaven received a very special Angel. We sadly announce the unexpected passing of Louis’ beloved wife and mother of five children. Oddny is survived by her loving husband Louis Somogyi, children Cyndie (Al) Somogyi, Randy (Lisa) Somogyi, Holly (Rick) Connell, Pam (Ted) Hilland and Martin (Michelle) Somogyi, all of Kamloops, BC. Also left to cherish her memory are grandchildren Chris & Jeff Craig, Daniel & Matthew Somogyi, Stephanie Connell, Kyle, Nicholas, Curtis, Josh and Chaeann Somogyi, and Tyler & Kelsey Kashluba, great-grandchildren Lydia, Alexander & Gillian, Radleigh & Quinn and Mila & Octavia, her sisters Joan Kosmino and Carol Posnikoff, and grandchildren-in-law Roxanne Craig, Chantal Gougan and Jessica Somogyi. Oddny was predeceased by her mother and father Helen & Johannes Bjola, sister Shirley Turcotte, granddaughter Hayleigh, and grandson Michael.

Mom was born in Leslie, SK, on October 14th, 1935 to Helen and Joe Bjola. She was the oldest of four girls. Dad and her celebrated 66 years of marriage in April of 2020.

She was the glue that held the family together and has left a very big hole in our hearts. Mom loved to cook and feed people. You never left their house with an empty stomach. In her younger years she volunteered at Westsyde Secondary cafeteria. For seventeen years she formed special bonds with students that came in to help cook. Mom was a wonderful, talented cook and baker. She loved cooking shows and prepared many new dishes for us all.

Mom and Dad took many trips to Reno, NV, and later to The Silver Reef in Washington. They both enjoyed the Kamloops Casinos and the weekly senior’s bingo in Brock. Eight years ago, Oddny suffered a major heart attack, but with a pacemaker, she was able to live a pretty full life. She did suffer in silence, never asked for much but truly deserved lots.

Mom, I miss our daily chats with you.
Mom you are not in pain anymore, which is a blessing.
We love you and will never forget you.
Oddny will be greatly missed and remembered by all who knew her.

A memorial for Oddny will take place at a later date, when it is safe to do so. She will be interred at Hillside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Kamloops Hospice Association.


Martin, so sorry to read about your mom. I remember her from her many years of helping out at WSS and buying delicious homemade granola bars from her during lunch. Chris

My condolences to all of you. Oddny was such great help to me during the time I supplied the help for her at the cafeteria at Westsyde Secondary. Her kindness and empathy for the students on my Work Experience program was outstanding. Many of my students had their first successful job experience under Oddny's direction. God Bless.

Dear Randy and Lisa. We have just read about your Mom. Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time. God bless you both and all of your family. Lynn and Trevor

Dear Holly and Rick and family - very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you!

We are sadden to hear of Oddny's passing and have so many great memories of her to cherish and value when we were neighbours in Westsyde raising our families together. Oddny and I had lots to talk about over the fence. My five and her five were approximately the same age so our collective parenting challenges were timely and similar. Always great to have a good listener like Oddny, her eyes wide with energy and enthusiasm, truly engaged in our conversations. She got a lot more done than I did and had time left over for some volunteering. I could go on about so many things, our shared septic tank issues, our gardening escapades and one in particular that stands out. She gave me several handfuls of apricot pits one day and told me to just dig a hole and plant them. A tree would grow she insisted. I was sceptical. We had a big back yard to fill up so what did I have to lose. I planted them and within a few years I had more apricot trees than I could ever keep up with. I might just try planting a tree in her honour as a reminder of how important she was to me as a friend and neighbour during our time in Westsyde and I will not soon forget her. Rest In Peace dear one and I am sure the angels are getting some great meals up there if Oddny has anything to say about it.

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