Tuula Opheim (Tydeman)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tuula Opheim on January 24, 2013. Tuula slipped peacefully into the arms of her Lord Jesus after a two and a half year struggle with cancer. She is survived by her daughter, Maigan Opheim; parents, David and Wilma Tydeman; sisters: Nerida Hygh (Steven), Zoe Tydeman; brother, Patrick Tydeman (Michelle), and a number of nieces and nephews.

In her early adult years, Tuula lived in Nanaimo, Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge where she worked in the hospitality industry. In later years, she worked for Black Press at Williams Lake, the lower mainland, Ashcroft, and lastly, Prince Rupert, returning home to Nanaimo in 2010.

Wherever Tuula lived and worked she made lifelong loving friends with co-workers, in her community and in her church. Her greatest joy was serving and giving to others and exercising her unique sense of humor.

Our family gives thanks to the Drs, nurses and Hospice volunteers of the Palliative Care Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for the wonderful, considerate care with which they attended Tuula during her stay there. Also for their kindness and encouragement to all family members and friends.

A special thank you to Cheryl Rae and Debbie Bianchin for the love and support they gave to Tuula and family.

A celebration of Tuula’s life will take place at Eagle Mountain Pentecostal Church on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 2 p.m. The church is located at the Howard Johnston Hotel on Comox Road, Nanaimo (beside the Greyhound Bus Depot).

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