Lana Thomas Monday, March 14, 1960 - Monday, July 24, 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Lana Thomas on Monday July 24, 2017 at the age of 57.
Beloved mother, sister, aunt, friend, and colleague, Lane leaves a huge hole in all of our hearts.
Lana was preceded in death by her beloved husband James, her father and mother, John and Sophie Kotelko, her brother Eugene and his wife Cheryl.
The 3 most important aspects of Lana’s life were: family, faith and work.
After the passing of her beloved husband, Lana devoted her life to raising her 3 children, Everett, Jonathan and Victoria, whom she loved unconditionally.
It was her deep, unshakeable faith that carried her through the many difficult challenges that life dealt her.
She was a driving force in the Orthodox Church of Annunciation where she spent countless hours as a board member, choir member, fundraiser, teacher, and support to all.
For 31 years Lana devoted her life to education. She started her career as a resource teacher, spending the last 20 years as the Director of Special Education for the Orcutt Union School District.
Lana is survived by her three children, her brother Mike and his wife Sheryl, her brother Orest and his wife Patty, many nieces and nephews along with her dear friends Jean and Mary and their families.
Services will be held on Saturday July 29 at 11:00 am at the Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Santa Maria. She will be buried beside her husband in Cudworth, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Everret, Jonathan,and Victoria,
My heart goes out to you. Your mom was a kind soul with a heart of gold. She was always there to help out, and did so with such grace and spirit. She will truly be missed by many.
With much love and admiration,
Ramona and Corey Guzman

Dear Everett, Jonathan and Victoria how deeply saddened I am to know of your mom's passing. I am thinking of you all knowing how deep this loss is for you all. Your mother was a dear friend and colleague who touched my life in so many ways. We worked and played together for many years, always picking up right where we left off each time we reunited. She holds a special place in my heart and I know that is true for Marie (my roommate) who came to know her well, too. We will miss her and the light of her spirit. Please take good care. Her legacy lives on in you. Blessings to you with our love, Vonnie & Marie

Our condolences to Everett, Jonathan, Victoria, Michael and Orest (and families) on the passing of your mother and sister Lana. We believe her love and memories of her will surround you all now and give you strength in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. Mary Anne and Barry Shore

Lana will truly be missed!  Her advice to me over the years was a godsend. Working for her for the past 19+ years taught me how important it was to just be there for kids and the impact you can have in their lives. 

I celebrate Lana as one of the most loving beings I have known.  She has been my friend, my colleague and my inspiration.  She modeled for me what it is to life a life of faith, kindness, service and steadfastness.  Her devotionon to Jonathan, Everett and Victoria modeled for me true parenting.  Lana was a tireless advocate for children and their families. She always planned to return  to her beloved Canada now it seems she is returning soonner than she expected.  We often laughed about opening a coffee shop/bookshop that sat on both sides of the border.

She is loved. In living her life she made a difference. She improved the educational experience of children treated children, families and teachers with positive personal regard.

I feel blessed that she called me a friend.  My life is richer, and I am a better person, a better mother, a better teacher for knowing her. 
Thank you Lana-