ZOTOV, Victoria (Vicky) – nee Palvesky
Born March 16, 1919 in Blagoveshchensk, Russia, the youngest child of Andrew and Alexandra Palvesky. Vicky passed away peacefully with her family by her side in Renfrew on June 6, 2017. She was a long-time resident of Bonnechere Manor. Our heartfelt thanks go to all of the amazing staff and volunteers at The Manor who provided such excellent care to Vicky for more than a decade. Vicky was predeceased by her parents, her sister Luba, her brother Ralph, her husband Gene Zotov and her granddaughter Jennifer Leclerc. She is survived by her son, Andrew Zotoff (Vancouver) and daughter, Alexandra Vanderland (Kingston); granddaughter, Koby Lahaie (Ottawa); great- granddaughters, Kathleen Pelletier (Conor Lynch) (Toronto), Kayla Sullivan (Ottawa), Julie Proulx (Munster) and Darlene Collin (Matthew Collin) (Kemptville); and great- grandsons, Jamie Sullivan (Ottawa) and Matthew Sharpe (Port Colborne). She is survived as well by six adored great-great grandchildren. She immigrated to Canada when she was four years of age with her widowed mother, her sister and her brother. They settled on a farm in Panoka, Alberta. She then moved to Edmonton where she completed high school and enrolled in the Nursing Program at the University of Alberta.
Vicky moved with her family to Vancouver, BC which was where she met and married her beloved husband. When Gene graduated from UBC, they both left their families to begin a new life together in Arvida, Quebec. In 1946 they came to Deep River Ontario with their 2-year-old son Andy. They were “pioneers” as so many were who came to the town in those early years. There was always much to be done according to Vicky’s recollection. She was an active member of the Deep River Community Church – she was instrumental in the forming of a weekly group called Bible Beginners. To this day we receive generous accolades from the (then) young mothers whose only opportunity to do their weekly shopping was when they entrusted the care of their children to Vicky at the Community Church for a few hours. She was always seen walking the streets of Deep River, as she never learned to drive a motor vehicle. She trudged along Highway 17 for years, from spring till fall, pulling a wagon filled with her garden tools and the many vegetables harvested at her highway plots. When the garden plots were moved into town, she was delighted that she no longer had to walk so far every day. She tilled the soil in those plots for as many years as she was able. Her prolific flower garden that surrounded the family home was greatly admired by all. Vicky was an active member of the Deep River Horticultural Society, entering numerous of her prized vegetables and fruits in their annual contests. She was also a member of The Deep River Hospital Auxiliary for many years. She was an Elder at the Deep River Community Church. She was a puppeteer, entertaining children throughout the Ottawa Valley. She was a member of the Choral Society and she supported the arts and artistic groups for years. She wrote children’s stories, short stories (some of which were published), children’s plays and poetry which she loved almost as much as gardening. A truly accomplished woman. Her bubbly personality, her warmth and kindness, her endearing spirit, her love of nature and gardening, her love of community, people and family will always be remembered. Victoria was a woman before her time. We learned so very much from her and were fortunate beyond words to be part of her wonderful life.
A Memorial Service will be held in Deep River in August, 2017. The family will announce the date in the North Renfrew Times and hope that everyone whose lives she touched will come and celebrate her life with us. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Bonnechere Manor Foundation in Renfrew Ontario. Link: http://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/bonnechere-manor-foundation/