I always thought that canoodle sounded a bit ridiculous, too, but I have always put it in my basket of "northeastern US" vocabulary, not meaning to be derogatory at all but just seeming to be adaptations from the language of European immigrants. Google speculates that canoodle might come from Scandinavia or Germany.
Origin unknown; compare Swedish knulla (“to fuck”), Norwegian Bokmål knulle (“to fuck”), German knuddeln (“to cuddle”)
Obviously, the meaning has been softened over the years, probably due to Puritanism.
I know that Soviet war veterans are getting thin on the ground for obvious biological reasons, but they certainly included Ukrainians as well as Russians, and citizens of other Soviet republics - who have also celebrated the 9th of March. fFr All wars are horrid, but this is a particularly ludicrous one, up there with Freedonia.