Obituaries — 07 February 2012
After a courageous and inspiring battle with cancer, Olga passed away with her family by her side at the age of 77.
Olga lived in Petry, a remote community of 10 people on a section of the Canadian National Railway by English River, until the age of 12. During the school year she would live with her Grandmother or Aunt and attended school in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Dawson Creek and Strugess.
In 1946 her father was transferred to Atikokan where they built a home and Olga attended high school.
She met her soul mate Dennis Hackman in Atikokan and they were married in October 1955. In 1962 they had their son David.
Olga and Dennis both worked at Steep Rock Iron mine until Dennis took a job in Dryden in 1963. They made Dryden their home expanding the family with two daughters.
After she stopped working for 10 years to raise her children she began her career in accounting, starting with JV Cortens and retiring with BDO Dunwoody. She used to joke that the company name would change but she kept the same desk for 20 years.
With retirement Olga and Dennis decided to purchases a home in Mesa, Arizona and enjoyed 10 wonderful winters there. Olga, along with her family spent many summers at their cottage on Windigoostigwan Lake which they built in 1957. In later years Olga and Dennis would travel extensively around the world exploring Europe, Australia, China, Russia and South America to name only a few.
Olga was very active until her diagnosis with brain cancer. In her younger years Olga was an avid curler and enjoyed cross country skiing and camping and in her later years took up golf. She excelled at all card games but particularly Bridge and played several times a week. During Mom’s retirement, we would often be asked how she was doing. We would laugh and say ask her bridge or golf partners because she was always on the go. No matter how active or busy mom was she always had time for her children and grandchildren and always had treats in her junkfood cupboard.
Olga loved and lived life to the fullest. She always had a smile on her face, a positive attitude and never said an ill word about anyone. Mom inspired countless people throughout her life and she will not easily be forgotten. Mom made friends easily and cherished her lifelong friendships.
We were a very close family and she has left a big void in our lives. However, Mom always taught us to look at the positive, not to worry about things you can’t change and be thankful for what you have.
Olga was predeceased by her husband Dennis in 2003.
Olga is survived by her children, David (Anita) Hackman, Sandra (Brad) Boyko and Karen Hackman, all of Dryden. Her grandchildren, Kimberly (Dave Rumley), Nicole, Michael, Ali, Geoff, Kelsey and Erin. Great grandchildren Dawson and Skyler, sister Judy (Joe) Gerolami of Thunder Bay and sister-in-law Donna (Leif) Sunde of Victoria, BC as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
There was no Visitation as cremation has taken place.
A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday January 24th, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Anglican Church with Father Richard Kennedy officiating.
Interment of ashes will be in the Dryden Cemetery in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Northern Cancer Research through the Dryden Community Funeral Home, 249 Grand Trunk Ave. Dryden, ON P8N 2X3.