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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 – Page B20


February 1, 1930 - June 9, 2019

Rita was born in Kitchener, Ontario on February 1, 1930 as the third child in a family of six children (Frank, Celestin, Jerome, Gerald and Leona) to Eileen Agnes and Frank Joseph Weiler. She attended St.

Mary's High School before leaving school to work for the princely sum of $17 every two weeks. From these early days she saved her coppers, a trait which continued, revealing her humble roots.

On June 14, 1952, Rita was married to Lorne Brohman and together they celebrated 62 years of marriage. They raised three children, David (d. April 23, 2010), Carol Anne and Robert. Over time she became a loving mother-in-law to Ann Robitaille, and grandmotherin-law to Claudiu Filimon and Jess Turalinski, and a proud grandmother of Alison and Amy Brohman, and Caitlin and Thomas Gascon. Family and traditions were very important, so that family would be together and stay together.

Rita enjoyed a game of bridge with friends at the Cricket Club, Saint Margaret Church and at friends' homes in the afternoon. Every April Fool's day she would take great delight catching the family with her Robin bird humour. Most importantly, Rita took tremendous pride in her family and home.

Dinner was always an important occasion, and Rita made sure that every meal was well balanced, colourful and delicious.

Faith in God and the Catholic Church were evident throughout her life. When attending mass at Blessed Sacrament Church became too much, she would participate by watching the Archdiocese of Toronto Sunday Mass on television.

Thank you to the many caregivers who took care of Mum over the years, including Patsie, Sharon, Madeline, Rhoda, Joyce, Loreta and Natividad. Your love and dedication to her is very much appreciated by the family.

The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville) from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 13th. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, June 14th at 11:00 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church, 24 Cheritan Avenue (1 block south of Lawrence).

Interment Mount Hope Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, you may choose to make a donation to Covenant House. Condolences may be forwarded through


In her 108th year, on Saturday, June 8, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of the late Manny Ezrin. Devoted mother of Marty, Sondra, Joyce (Harvey Mandel) and the late Paul (Judy). Caring grandmother of Melissa (Adam Wachtel), Melanie (Ron Kohn), Mark (Mateja), Marnie Mandel (Leonard Bienenstock) and Daniel Mandel; and greatgrandmother of nine. Dear sister of Doris Rubin and the late Annie Brown, Murray Kline, Pearl Porter, and Sydney Klein. Special thanks to her caregiver, Carolyn.

Please see for service and shiva information.

Donations in Hilda's memory may be made to or the charity of your choice.


Holocaust Survivor - It is with great sadness that we announce her passing on Sunday, June 9, 2019 in her 86th year. Devoted and caring teacher for over 4 decades.

Devoted wife of over 50 years to the late Szyja (Sam) Herszkopf.

Devoted daughter of the late Sophie and Henry Mangel.

Dedicated mother and mother-inlaw of Linda and Robert Goldberger. Cherished Mother and mother-in-law of Jerry Herszkopf and Seamus Conroy.

Bubbe of Rachel Goldberger.

Devoted sister and sister-in-law of Dr. Roman and Lillian Mangel, Irene and the late Bernard Kott.

Miriam will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West, Toronto (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Interment in The Toronto Independent Benevolent Association section of Mt. Sinai Memorial Park. Shiva at 175 Wynford Drive, Toronto.

Memorial donations may be made to Diabetes Canada 416-363- 3373.


August 2, 1929 - June 7, 2019 Journalist, critic, writer. Joan was born in Trail, British Columbia to her father Merrifield, a well-known surgeon and her mother Orriel. Survived by her children Stephanie, Jennifer Marks, David, 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, and her brother Dr. Robert Baird.

Joan spent idyllic childhood summers on the family's property on the Columbia River among forests, mountains, beaches, and water. She graduated from Crofton House School in Vancouver in 1947 and from the University of British Columbia in 1951. In the same year, Joan, always interested in theatre completed her A.R.C.T. in speech and drama.

After a short period as a reporter for the Vancouver Sun, Joan moved to Toronto lured by the prospects of the newly created CBC Television.

In Toronto she wrote television news and interviewed on air.

In 1953 Joan moved to Winnipeg where she was a general reporter with the Winnipeg Tribune and a freelance reporter for western newspapers and for the CBC.

Joan married Michael HindSmith in 1953. In 1955 Joan moved to Ottawa where she wrote film scripts for Crawley Films. With the birth of Stephanie in 1958 she wrote freelance film scripts and formed a research company called DataFind. After moving to Port Credit and then Toronto, Jennifer and David were born.

In 1969, Joan moved to York Mills with her three children and wrote the book Three Voices: the Lives of Margaret Lawrence, Gabrielle Roy, and Frederick Philip Grove published in 1975.

Following the publication of Three Voices Joan continued to participate in the publishing industry as a writer and publicist.

In 1994, she retired from the University of Toronto Press and continued to live an active life in Toronto.

A service of remembrance will be held in July.


On June 8, 2019, surrounded by her family, Catherine passed away with grace and love. She lived life long and well. Survived by her loving husband Dr. Paul Armas Korhonen and mother of three precious daughters: Julie Estelle (Jeffrey Nield), Janet Pauline (Michael Brookbank), Heidi Margaret (Michael McKnight). Adoring grandmother of David Russell Nield, Benjamin Paul Brookbank, Megan Elizabeth Brookbank and Brooke Catherine Worthington. Survived by her brother John (Sharyn Varty) and predeceased by her sister Margaret (Allan Beer).

Catherine grew up near Peterborough. Following studies at Toronto Western Hospital and U of T, she then taught Nursing Science at the Atkinson School of Nursing. While raising her girls, she embarked on a second career after years of volunteering including President of the Junior League of Hamilton-Burlington.

Catherine studied not-for-profit management that she later taught at Confederation College in Thunder Bay. She became a pioneer in this emerging area of community service. She served as Executive Director of the Hamilton and Region Arts Council, and Director of Development Royal Botanical Gardens and established her own management company.

Retirement to Meaford and the much-enjoyed waters of Georgian Bay and pastoral countryside followed years of diligent work.

A keen reader, a constant learner and lover of all things art, she lived her way with style, grace, wit, laughter and joy in family and friends, taking great comfort in the fellowship of church and faith.

A celebration of her life will take place at Meaford United Church on Friday June 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation from 12:30 p.m. prior to the service. As your expression of sympathy, donations to Meaford United Church (7 Boucher St. E., Meaford, N4L 1E2) or Chapman House (1725 10th St. E., Owen Sound, N4K 0G5) are appreciated by the family, and may be made directly or through Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St E., Meaford, N4L 1B9.


Passed away in hospital in Toronto, on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at age 85. Peter is survived by his beloved children, Neil (Deborah) and Caroline, both by his late wife Alison, and his dear grandchildren Alison, Sandro, Emma and Cameron, and by his sister Vera Barcza (of Columbus Travel Service) and many other family and friends.

He was a loving son to the late Dr.

Imre and Lili Rosta.

Born September 10, 1933 in Budapest, Hungary, Peter completed a degree in engineering before coming to Canada in 1956 as a refugee.

He completed his MASc at the University of Toronto in 1961. Peter had a long career as a nuclear engineer, beginning at GE in Peterborough and then moving to AECL in 1966 where he worked for 33 years and contributed to the development of the CANDU reactor. Peter had a contagious laugh, a kind deed for anyone in need and a love of animals.

He enjoyed music, collecting proverbs and similes, travelling, and dancing. Even as his memory failed in later years, music continued to bring him much joy.

Visitation will take place at Morley Bedford Funeral Services (416-4898733), 159 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, Thursday, June 13 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Interment will take place Saturday, June 15 at 11:00 a.m. at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, 375 Mount Pleasant Road (Section 54, near Bayview Ave).


Of Etobicoke, Ontario, lived into his hundredth year. He passed away after a short illness on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at the Mississauga Hospital Trillium Health Partners. Born in Brosow in a newly independent Poland, he was the last surviving child of the late Stanislaw and Marianna Julia Rybka.

Growing up in Warsaw, he started out in adult life as a make-up artist in the Polish Film Industry.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, he fought in the Siege of Warsaw in 1939, then, as a lance corporal in the Polish Home Army from 1940 to 1945, fought throughout the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. Liberated from a German prisoner of war camp and rejoining the Polish Forces in the West, he met Renata Palka. They married in Italy, were evacuated to England and eventually demobilized in 1949 after starting a family. They immigrated in 1953 to Toronto, Canada, becoming citizens of their newly adopted country. He worked initially for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the National Film Board but then set up a successful business producing wigs for individuals and the entertainment industry.

He was very active in the Toronto Polish community promoting veterans' organizations, scouting, the Knights of Columbus and parish life. He was rewarded by promotion to lieutenant (inactive) and received the Gold Cross of Merit from the Polish Government for his service to the community.

He was a loving and strong role model for his children, grandand great-grandchildren. He was preceded in his death by his wife, his brothers Mieczyslaw and Zygmunt, and his daughter-in-law Penelope (Penny). He is survived by his son, Witold (Witek); daughter, Christine Rybka-Miki (husband Paul Miki); grandchildren, Marek Rybka (wife Laura), Jan Rybka (wife Natalie), Sean Miki (wife Dee) and Anne Marie Miki; and great-grandchildren, Zofia Rybka, Kazimir Rybka, Davina Miki and Idzi Rybka; as well as many friends and relations in Canada, Poland, Great Britain, Sweden, and the United States of America.

Friends may call at the Turner & Porter, "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga, (Hwy 10 N. of Q.E.W) on Sunday, June 16, 2019 from, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 17, 2019 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church Mississauga. Interment at Park Lawn Cemetery. Online condolences available through

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