and Vicky Rombough, Garth and Julie Rombough, and Lynn and Michael Evans. Marion was predeceased by her husband, Ernie, with whom she enjoyed 67 wonderful years of marriage.
Born on July 17, 1928, Marion grew up and went to school in Winnipeg, graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics in 1949. Marion met John Ernest (Ernie) Magee in her University days and on September 12, 1953, they were married in their hometown in Winnipeg. Marion and Ernie moved to Toronto in 1959 and enjoyed over 60 years there. Marion and Ernie loved traveling and visited many countries around the world on their annual trips. Her other love was their Haliburton cottage, where she and her family spent more than 55 summers. She was a Charter member of Donminster United, later to be Jubilee United. She was an active member of the University Canada West, her beloved Bridge Club and the Milne House Garden Club for nearly 30 years. Marion's special hobby was designing hasty notes and place cards with her pressed flowers. If you have been fortunate to receive one, you will treasure it as a keepsake from this fine lady who always showed a genuine interest in all her family and friends and their activities. Marion cared for them deeply and always thought the best of people. She was a special lady who loved life and was always there for others. She touched the lives of all she knew. She will be greatly missed by many. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Jubilee United Church (jublieeunited.ca) would be appreciated. Online condolences may be offered at www.kanejerrett-thornhill.ca.
RUSCICA, AUDREY MARGARET (nee FINCH) January 20, 1933 – August 14, 2022 Passed away at home in her 90th year. Sam, Audrey's beloved husband of over 60 years predeceased Audrey, or Aud, as he always called her, by four months. It's nice to think of them together again. Audrey is survived by, and will be deeply missed by, son, Chris (Tina); daughter, Lesley; grandson, Adam (Zeinab); and sisters-in-law, Joan (Art), Karen; and many nieces and nephews. Audrey was predeceased by her brothers, Donald (Robina) and Beverly. Audrey was born to the late Eardley and Anna (nee Davies) Finch on January 20, 1933, in Dorchester Township, Ontario, where she grew up on the family farm.
Audrey graduated from Branksome Hall in Toronto and then went on to obtain her diploma in Home Economics from the Macdonald Institute, Ontario Agricultural College, and was later awarded an Honorary Companion of the University of Guelph. Audrey always had a book on the go and carried one with her wherever she went. Audrey turned her love of books into a career when she returned to school at Seneca College to earn her Library Techniques diploma which she put to good use working very happily for the Toronto Public Library at several Toronto branches. Audrey had many hobbies and was an avid quilter and knitter as those who were lucky enough to receive a beautifully crafted quilt or a hand-knitted pair of socks can attest. Several beautiful samples of Audrey's quilts are hanging at home and the cottage, where many happy times were spent with family and friends. Audrey also enjoyed nothing more than a good British television show and was a Corrie fan for over 50 years. Audrey, loving wife to Sam, and devoted and caring mom to Chris and Lesley, as well as all of the family's beloved dogs over the years, will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Visitation will take place at the Pine Hills Cemetery and Funeral Centre, 625 Birchmount Road, Scarborough, ON, M1K 1R1 on Saturday, August 20, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. If desired, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Audrey to the Toronto Public Library Foundation https://tplfoundation.ca.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Sheila Elizabeth Anne O’Sullivan on July 4, 2022, at the age of 79. Sheila will be forever cherished and missed by her daughters Andrea Winarski (Ken) and Laura Pollnow (Matt), her sister Maureen Downie, her beloved grandchildren Liam, Aidan and Ava Fowler and Sean and Evelyn Pollnow, her nephews Matt and Ryan Downie (Heather), her great nephews, Owen and Sullivan and our Aunt Linda Dallman. Sheila is predeceased by her brother-in-law Bruce Downie.
Sheila was born in Niagara Falls on Jan 9, 1943 to Gertrude O’Sullivan (née Carlise) and John O’Sullivan. She graduated with Honours from Mimico High School in 1962, and was awarded a scholarship from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In 1966 she graduated from The University of Toronto with a BSc. She earned a Masters Of Education from The University of Toronto in 1987.
Sheila was a life long learner and passionate teacher. She earned her Honours Specialist in Home Economics, Science and Special Education and completed the Principal’s Qualification Program. She taught at Leaside Secondary School and then East York Collegiate, as Head of Science, until her retirement in 2003.
Sheila was an avid speed reader and competitive duplicate bridge player. She loved cryptic crosswords, jigsaw and Mensa puzzles. She was certified by the RCM in Grade 10 piano.
Sheila will be remembered for her acute intelligence, her strength of character, her steadfast friendships, her pragmatic nature and her unwavering devotion to her grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Friday September 30 from 3:00 to 5:00pm at Cedar Brae Golf Club, 55 Mac Frost Way, Scarborough, ON.
In lieu of flowers, donations to MSH would be appreciated by the family.
Opzoomer; and mother-in-law to Mark Opzoomer. Chris was born in Markham, Ontario in 1932, daughter of the late John and Mary Robb. Chris had three sisters, Marilyn Pardon (predeceased) Joanne Willoughby-Ray (predeceased), Myrna Robb (Greg Ludlow); and many admiring nieces and nephews. Chris was a true leader, sportswoman, gracious hostess, curious about the world, and true friend to many. She loved life and lived it fully with many accomplishments.
From a young age, she was passionate about figure skating, competed provincially for the Granite Club and became an Ontario judge. Following graduation from Markham District High School as an Ontario scholar, she attended University of Guelph in the 4-year Home Economic course where she continued her affiliation as a member of the Alumni, and later joined the board of directors of University of Guelph. Chris met her husband, Donald, then in 3rd year law at Osgoode Hall ,in the spring of 1956 and were married the same year. Chris continued with her career in home economics field with Swift Canada as a 'Martha Logan' conducting cooking schools throughout Canada, one of her more celebrated being working with Madame Benoit where they performed to packed houses at the Montreal Forum.
Following the birth of their children, Chris moved to freelance Television and radio work in home economics as well as teaching. She was a devoted mother and actively engaged in community activities and became president of the local branch of the Canadian Cancer Society. Chris battled and was an early survivor of breast cancer. Her leadership skills were acknowledged in her many activities at the Toronto Granite Club, where she was invited to join the Board of Directors, eventually becoming President in 1994.
Chris and Don demonstrated true partnership in all their life activities. They enjoyed an active life including downhill skiing, golf, and travelling the globe for many adventures. They were founding members of the Hidden Valley ski club and later joined the Craigleith ski club in Collingwood. In the summer they escaped to their beloved cottage (Sanctuary) on Lake Rosseau where they were active participants at the Muskoka Lakes Golf and Country Club. Chris became ladies golf captain, won many trophies, and initiated the annual ladies golf camp still held to this day. On rainy golf camp days, she was famous for providing participants with 'some liquid sunshine' in their coffee—She was great fun!
Chris will be greatly missed but remembered lovingly by her husband and family and by countless others who knew and associated with Chris during her active 89 years of life. A private service has been held and a Celebration of Life will take place this summer. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of Collingwood General and Marine Hospital who tried valiantly to assist Chris after a fall in mid-May. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Temagami Community Foundation directed to The Robb Hindson Memorable Fund, or the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. Friends may visit Chris' online Book of Memories at http://www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com
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loving nieces and nephews in Alberta, British Columbia and London, Ontario. She was predeceased by her father, Edward Pierce, mother Mayme Buchanan, and her sisters, Jocelyn and Marion. She leaves behind many adoring friends at Amica Bayview Gardens, who will miss her spirit and joy for life. In her final days, Robyn was blessed to be surrounded by the love and support of all her daughters and grandchildren. Born in Estevan, Saskatchewan in 1922, Robyn graduated in 1944 from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Home Economics. Shortly thereafter, while working as a dietician at Vancouver General, Robyn met and married her handsome Harvey, who was struck by her dazzling looks and vivacity. They were married for 65 years. She and Harvey moved to Montreal, then subsequently to Sarnia, and back to Montreal (where her four children were born), finally settling in Toronto. Despite her move to the East, Robyn kept her prairie spirit and deep bond with the West. Wherever she went, Robyn worked hard to make a beautiful home for her family. She was a generous and active member of her community, serving on the board of Visiting Homemakers and volunteering at the Oriole York Mills United Church. She and Harvey enjoyed the theatre, symphony, and concerts in Toronto and loved their yearly outings to Shaw and Stratford. In their retirement years, their love for new experiences, sights and adventures kept Robyn and Harvey traveling together, and with lifelong friends, for many years. After Harvey passed away in 2011, Robyn, fiercely independent, continued to socially flourish in her wonderful surroundings at Amica. Robyn was a long-time member of the Donalda Club where she enjoyed golf, curling, dancing, and many social events. A consummate cook and hostess, she loved to entertain family and friends and she welcomed many family visitors from the West. Many Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter dinners were attended by the whole family at her home, where all enjoyed her delicious cuisine. Robyn was a force to be reckoned with, gifted with boundless energy and strength. She embodied style and elegance in her dress and in her home. She was an accomplished pianist, a skilled bridge player and a spirited conversationalist who stayed current with political, social, and world events. She loved to laugh and was always the life of the party. Robyn lived each of her 99 years to their fullest. A private memorial service will be held for the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.
Published by Toronto Star on Mar. 12, 2022.
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CROSBIE, ELIZABETH ANN September 24, 1934 September 8, 2021 With great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Elizabeth Ann Crosbie (Betty Ann, nee Baldwin) at Mount Sinai Hospital on September 8, 2021, after a brief illness, just 2 weeks shy of her 87th birthday. A true trailblazer, Betty Ann completed a BSc at University of Toronto in Home Economics in 1957, going on to have an extended career in education and writing. Her career began with teaching Home Economics to high school students, going on to teaching History of Costume (at University of Toronto), completing her time there in 1977. She went on to teach Women's Studies (at Ryerson), Fashion History (at Sheridan College), Evolution of Fashion (at IAD), with the highlight being her four summers teaching 20th Century Fashion near Nice on the Cote d'Azur. As part of her hands-on interest in fashion and clothing, she authored a bi-weekly column for the Toronto Star called Made To Measure for 23 years. She never lost her sharp eye for a good (or not so good) piece of clothing, or a fashion faux-pas in any period movie or TV show. She was also an avid traveller, completing 69 trips, all very carefully documented. Her passion for travel superseded all else, with a particular soft spot for England (not the least West End shows), and the south of France. She passed this passion on to her children and grandchildren. But her fondest memories would have always included times spent at the cottage, which her father (Harry Baldwin) built himself on Mountain Lake, in Haliburton. She leaves behind her son, Ian Crosbie (Jolie Lin), and grandchildren, Megan, Nathalie, Marina, Julianne and Davis. She was tragically predeceased by her loving husband, Donald Archibald Crosbie, her son, Douglas Baldwin Crosbie and daughter-in-law, Christine Helena Crosbie (nee Schmidt). She will also be missed by her many nephews and nieces, cousins and friends. The family extends thanks to the team at Mount Sinai Hospital for their attentive care and assistance during Betty Ann's final days. The family plans to hold a joint celebration of life in spring 2022 subject to COVID restrictions. In Betty Ann's memory, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Published by the Toronto Star on September 24, 2021. Click here to view Elizabeth's official obituary.
After high-school, Bev received a bursary from the University of Toronto. She decided to enroll in the Home Economics program and graduated four years later. She then was granted a scholarship and earned a Master's degree.
After graduation, Bev married Cliff, a reunion that would last 55 years. She was a stay-at-home mom until the children were of school age, when she decided to become a teacher. She was hired to teach home economics at a high school in Hamilton. Although the first years were tough, she was inspired by the students she taught. Bev later moved to a school in Burlington, where she would become a department head, and evolve the home economics program into family studies. She went on to be a consultant for the Halton board of education.
After retirement, she and Cliff travelled, visited the grandchildren, and became Florida snowbirds, where they enjoyed winter warmth and an active social life.
In her later years, Bev was a resident of Castle Peak Retirement Home. Many thanks to the staff for their care, support, and kindness.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
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Published by Muskoka Region News on Feb. 15, 2022.
Norma passed away at Peterborough Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. She was born April 28, 1935 in Ohio, to Stafford and Alice Adams. Loving wife of the late Bill (Charlie) McAllister (2018). She is survived by her brother Donald (Evelyn) and was predeceased by her sister Dorothy (Bert). Norma is fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews Debbie (Rich), Kathy (Al), Carol (Rick) and Brian (Linda). Also remembered by her stepchildren Bill Jr. (Kathy), Kim (Doug) and David; step-grandchildren Aaron, Stephen, Bill Jr. Jr., Cameron and Nicole, and several step-great-grandchildren. Special thanks to Norma's dear friends and caregivers, Michelle and Butch Weir. Norma was a Family Studies teacher for more than 30 years, an avid golfer and an accomplished seamstress; she will be greatly missed by Norma's Golfing Angels, her sewing buddies, and her neighbours on Denne Lane. Friends and relatives are invited to call at THE HENDREN FUNERAL HOMES, LAKEFIELD CHAPEL, 66 Queen Street, Lakefield, on Sunday, December 12, 2021 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. (face masks required). A funeral service will be held at Bridgenorth United Church, 832 Charles Street, Bridgenorth, on Monday, December 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. (proof of vaccination required). If you are unable to attend, you may view the funeral service by visiting www.hendrenfuneralhome.com Interment Bridgenorth Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to Compassion Canada by contacting the funeral home at hendrenfuneralhome.com or by calling 705-652-3355.
Published by The Peterborough Examiner on Dec. 11, 2021.
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She studied household economics at the MacDonald Institute in Guelph and Household Science at the University of Toronto and subsequently worked as a dietician in Depression-struggling Toronto. In 1939, she married Bob and they raised their family of three boys in Guelph, the UK and Toronto. In 1968, they moved to Vancouver for 9 years before returning to Toronto in 1977. She quickly adapted to the challenges and opportunities following their move to the UK and later to Vancouver. She and Bob shared an interest in classical music, attending summer concerts by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with the family and singing in their church choirs. They also enjoyed traveling, including trips to Europe, Australia and Japan. Helen enjoyed sewing and was a very skilled seamstress. One Christmas she made formal leather gloves for Bob and the boys. Her faith and family were central throughout her life. She treasured family gatherings at the summer cottage on Lake Joseph as well as opportunities to host several of her grandchildren in their Toronto home. Her quiet cheerfulness and grace were hallmarks of her character. Helen is survived by her three sons: James (Martha); Peter (Julia Turner); and Douglas (Anne). She had seven grandchildren: Linda Dowling (Mark); Alex (Samantha); Matthew (Sandy Georgette Aquilera); Luke (Mika Kosaki Oldham); Timothy (Lurene Bates); and Andrew (Lorraine Kwan) and Dr. Robyn Oldham. She was also the beloved great-grandmother of Paris Dowling; Nicholas, Brooke, and Sydney Oldham; Kalina and Theresa Oldham; David Oldham; Eva Oldham; and Jacob and Hannah Oldham. Memorial donations would be gratefully accepted by The Scott Mission in Toronto and Doctors Without Borders. Helen was a longtime supporter of those organizations. Due to current restrictions, we must look forward to a memorial service at a future date with her friends and relatives. Condolences for the family may be offered at : www.EganFuneralHome.com
Published by Toronto Star on Jan. 29, 2022. View Helen's obituary here.
It is with great sadness that the family of Shirley N. Jones announce her peaceful passing on December 21, 2021, in her 82nd year. Shirley was born and grew up in the Beaches area of Toronto, the eldest of 3 sisters. She is survived by sisters Barbara Taylor (Anthony) and Mary Grant, nephew Douglas Shields, and nieces Karen Taylor Smith (Michael), Kimberley, and Cara Bostwick (Andrew). Shirley graduated from the University of Guelph in 1962, and also earned two Master's degrees in Education. She taught Family Studies in Sydenham, Oshawa, and Mississauga. She was a member of the Canadian Home Economics Association and a representative of Canada to the International Federation of Home Economists. Upon retiring in 1996, Shirley moved to Lake Valley Grove, near Forest, ON. She became very involved in a large number of activities in Forest and had many friends and acquaintances there. She was an avid traveller and an enthusiastic photographer. Shirley moved to Burlington in 2016, when symptoms of Alzheimer's disease made it unsafe for her to live on her own. We want to thank the staff members of LaSalle Park Retirement Residence, Chartwell Lakeshore Retirement Residence, and Creek Way Village for their caring support to Shirley throughout her journey with Alzheimer's. Memorial services for Shirley will be held at a later date. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society, the United Church of Canada Mission and Service Fund, Community Living Burlington, or to the charity of your choice would be welcome. Condolences, memories and photos may be left here.
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Anyone who wishes to remember Shirley may make a donation to the Canadian Home Economics Foundation. The CHEF mailing address is: PO Box 2582 Stn. Main, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4B3. The CHEFoundation is the sole remaining national connection for home economists in Canada. Support provided to it enables grants for a variety of programs and projects which
improve the quality of life for families and individuals in Canada. These funds help home economists to carry out home economics research, develop educational tools, conduct public service projects plus support for post-secondary education related to the home economics profession.
Please consider donations to the Foundation any time you wish to remember a home economist. To learn more about the Foundation visit the website at www.chef-fcef.ca
The Ontario Home Economics Association, a self-regulating body of professional Home Economists, promotes high professional standards among its members so that they may assist families and individuals to achieve and maintain a desirable quality of life.