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Suvarnarao (Rao) Chokka

February 16, 1939 ~ November 11, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Suvarnarao Chokka Obituary

With heavy hearts, we share the news of Rao Chokka's passing on November 11, 2023. He was a loving husband, a wonderful dad, and an incredible thathagi (grandpa). Rao, born on February 16, 1939, in Nuzvid, India, touched the lives of many with his warmth, kindness, and dedicated spirit.

Rao was the devoted husband of Victoria and the proud father of Pratap, Rose, and Sonny. His role as a thathagi brought immense joy, and he leaves behind cherished memories for his grandchildren, Stefani, Harrison, Elliot, Elijah, and Aaron. Rao's nurturing spirit extended beyond his immediate family, encompassing a wide circle of cousins, nephews, and nieces who fondly remember his guidance and warmth. The bonds Rao forged with his extended family stand as a testament to the love that radiated from his generous heart.  In his daily life, Rao found solace in the quiet moments of reading, his commitment to spiritual daily devotions, and his love for Jesus. These practices reflected his deep connection to faith and added a profound richness to his character. The warmth that filled his home at 98 Metcalf Avenue was a testament to the love, laughter, and enduring memories created within its walls. 

In addition to his deep faith and love for literature, Rao's circle of friends and extended family were drawn to his quick wit, infectious humor, and profound wisdom. Whether gathered around the dinner table or sharing stories during festive occasions, Rao's lively spirit and insightful perspectives created an atmosphere of joy and camaraderie. His ability to infuse laughter into even the simplest moments left an indelible mark on the hearts of those fortunate enough to share in his company. In the tapestry of his life, the threads of friendship and family wove seamlessly with his devotion to faith, creating a legacy of warmth, laughter, and cherished connections that will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.

Rao Chokka's career began modestly as an educator in India, working alongside his wife Victoria, who served as a nurse. With remarkable courage, Rao later moved to Manville, Alberta, and soon after established roots in Vegreville, Alberta, taking on a new role as a lab technician.

Driven by a profound desire to be closer to his children, who were attending boarding school, Rao made a significant move with his family to Red Deer, Alberta, in 1980. The pursuit of knowledge and personal growth was a constant theme in Rao's life, leading him to return to school. There, he successfully transitioned into a new career as a psychiatric nurse, contributing his skills and compassion at both the Michener Center and Alberta Hospital. 

Rao dedicated decades to his profession, tirelessly working until his well-deserved retirement in 2001. In the subsequent years, he and his wife Victoria embraced a new chapter of life, filled with travel and cherished family moments. Their adventures were marked by visits to children, creating enduring memories and strengthening familial bonds.

As we reflect on Rao's professional journey, we are reminded of his unwavering commitment to growth, service, and family. May his legacy inspire us to approach our own paths with resilience and an open heart. As we bid farewell to Rao, let's remember the joy he brought into our lives and the legacy of compassion and care he leaves behind. May his soul rest in eternal peace, and may the love he shared continue to inspire us all.



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Funeral Service
November 17, 2023

11:00 AM
Red Deer SDA Church
McKenzie Road
Penhold, Alberta T0M 1R0


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