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Tuesday January 8, 2013

Rasma Regina Kubis (nee Geske) R.N. BSc., of Toronto, died peacefully Friday, January 4, 2013.
Rasma was born on August 10, 1928, in Valmiera, Latvia. During WW2, her family fled Russian occupation. They settled temporarily in a Displaced Persons Camp in Augsberg, Germany. There, many close friendships were formed that Rasma cherished through to the end of her life. In 1949 the Geske family immigrated to Canada, settling in Hamilton Ontario. In the 1950's Rasma pursued nursing training at the Hamilton General Hospital where she eventually worked as a nurse. In 1960 she married fellow countryman Eduard Peter Kubis. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1968. She went on to enjoy an extremely rewarding career in nursing that spanned decades. She was Head of the operating room at Humber Memorial Hospital and in the 70's she became a faculty member at Centennial College, where she taught nursing for over 20 years. Rasma continued her passion for care giving after she retired. Through the Victoria Order of Nurses she specialized in individual care that resulted in the exclusive care of an adored patient for many years.
If nothing else, Rasma was a formidable individual. Her strong will and focus enabled her to overcome the many obstacles that faced immigrants starting a new life in a new country. She wanted a career, a family, and to be a pillar within the Latvian community, which was to be forever the lifeblood of her identity.
In 1978, Rasma and her family moved to Point-O-Woods Road in Mississauga, where she would spend the next 34 years of her life entertaining family and friends - either within the oversized family room or outside beside the pool. She was especially proud of her home and garden, and it was to become a focal point of her life, generating countless memories of celebrations big and small.
Rasma is survived by her daughter Anda Kubis, son-in-law Dean Martin, of Toronto, and her brother Ludis Geske of Hamilton, and sisters-in-law Marie Geske and Yvette Geske. She is also survived by her most beloved and only grandson, Benet. She was predeceased by her brothers Gunnars Geske, and John Geske.
A service and reception will be held on Friday, January 11, 2013 at York Cemetery, 160 Beecroft Ave, starting at 1pm (visitation at 12 noon).
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Dorothy Ley Hospice in Toronto.
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