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Clare Zaichkowski

October 2, 1936 - November 9, 2017


We are saddened by the sudden loss of our dear Mom, Gramma and loving wife Clare (nee Miko) of Osoyoos, BC.  Born in Dana, Saskatchewan, Clare is survived by her husband, Leslie Muirhead; daughters Lori Zaichkowski and Katie Donnelly (Jill);  grandchildren Allison, Andrea and Michael.  She was pre-deceased by her son Ronnie and husband Peter Zaichkowski.

Clare was the youngest of 18 brothers and sisters; remembered by last remaining brother Don Miko (Jackie) and a large extensive family and many close friends.

Clare was born on the farm in Saskatchewan, married her sweetheart Peter and they were together for 50 memorable years.  They lived in Mount Currie, Klemtu, Ahousat, Port Alberni and Coquitlam and then retired to Osoyoos.  In the early days, Clare and family spent most of their time with their extended families, socializing, playing music and singing.  Clare had a beautiful voice and an ear for harmony.  She also endured some hard times with the loss of her son Ronnie, nephew Jerry, sister Debbie, and then Peter.  Her heart was heavy with the loss of each of her siblings because they were such a close family.  She spent time with her friends, as well as her daughters Lori and Katie (Jill) and her grandchildren.  In her most recent years, she met Les and they fell in love and were very happy together in Osoyoos.

Clare loved people as is easy to see through all the wonderful people she touched throughout her life – and everyone who touched her.  This was obvious through her work at the Royal Columbian Hospital for over 25 years, her involvement with the United Church in Osoyoos and her ability to connect with so many people.  She was sweet, loving, kind, compassionate and fun and will be missed by many.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Celebration of life to follow in the new year.

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Arrangements by Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Services of Oliver, B.C.  (




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Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Warren Scherk
Relation: I knew your mom for a very very long time I am going to miss her

My name is Warren Scherk. I knew your mom for many many years from the United Church I am very very sorry for the passing of our dare Clare. She is up with the Lord she went to soon. Going to miss her.

From: Alex & Diane Pidhaychuk
Relation: Nephew and niece

With heartfelt sympathy of our favorite and wonderful Aunt . She will truly be missed . May God Bless You all through this difficult time . May the memories that mean the most to you live forever in your heart. May the precious memories of your loved one be a comfort to you now, and may it help to know that many thoughts are with you in your sorrow .

From: Sheila Stiles
Relation: Friend

Your mom was a dear friend. We will all miss her

From: Larry Miko
Relation: Nephew

Sonja and I would like to send our deepest sympathy to Clara’s family at this very sad time. Or thoughts and prayers are with you. Clara and I practically grew up together in Saskatchewan and were more like brother and sister. We had many wonderful times together as kids with her, Bakes, Don and my sister Shirley. May she rest in peace. We love you Clara.

From: Joanne Jamieson
Relation: My friend's Mom

Dear Katie,
I am sincerely sorry for the loss of your Mom. From what I’ve heard, she was a wonderful woman admired by many.
There’s a special place in our hearts for our mothers, as there’s a special place in every mother’s heart for her children. I know you will always carry her memory.
My condolences to you, Jill, Michael and your family.

From: Don & Jackie Miko
Relation: Brother Don & Sister-in-Law Jackie

Dear Lori, Allison, Andrea, Kathy, Jill, Michael
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel at the loss of our DEAR CLARE.She played a big part in all our lives. Our condolences to all your family and LES as well. MAY SHE REST IN PEACE. SAFE IN THE ARMS OF JESUS,” “

From: Joyce Miko,
Relation: Sister in law

So sorry . Will be remembered with love .

From: Kailey Veenstra (maiden: miko)
Relation: Grand-daughter to Claire's Brother, Don Miko (Jackie)

Sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy to dear loved ones of auntie claire. It is our prayer that Comfort and Strength will cradle you in the midst of grief, and that Peace will be your companion in the difficult transition to life without her. Her presence and life lives on in our hearts and in our memories.

From: Shirley Riutley
Relation: aunt

So sorry to hear about the loss of Claire–my dear aunt but she was more like a sister to me. We pretty much grew up together. I will miss her alot.Thankfully we had a great visit this summer and I was able to celebrate her 80th BD. WE shared many memories–lots of laughs and tears. I’ll miss her alot.

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