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Saturday January 12, 2013

Jessie (Jay) Golets
October 10, 1924 - January 10, 2013 With sadness, Jessie's family announces her death in Toronto at the age of 88, one day after suffering a stroke. She slipped away peacefully and with dignity, surrounded by her family. Jay was born in the tiny hamlet of Humanets, Ukraine, the sixth child of John and Rose Koltok. The family, which eventually numbered seven girls and one son, emigrated to Canada in May 1928, settling briefly in Winnipeg, then Kirkland Lake where Jessie spent a memorable childhood. As a young teen, Jay joined big sisters Toni, Kay and Elaine in Toronto, where the vivacious, fun-loving girls lived together, worked and dabbled in real estate by pooling resources. Jay met her future husband, Nestor, at a Masonic Temple dance, the song ''Some Enchanted Evening'' in the background. Marriage followed in 1950, after Nes returned from roaming the seven seas with the Canadian Merchant Navy. Soon, Karen Lynne and Nestor Jeffrey (aka Chap) arrived and Jay and Nes set up house in Toronto's Annex, where Jessie lived for most of the next six decades. A nurturing and devoted mother and ''Baba'', Jay will be lovingly remembered for her warmth, generosity, sense of humour and indelible cuteness quotient, not to mention her home cooking. Jay was predeceased by Nes Sr. in 2005, brother John and sisters Anne, Kay, Elaine and Bea. Survived by daughter Karen and ''favourite grandsons'' Jordie and Matthew Pancer; son Chap and his wife Susan, ''precious girl'' granddaughter Sophie, and other ''favourite grandson'' Devin. Also survived by sisters Toni Mech and Chris Karbonic, and brothers-in-law Myron Mech and Peter Principe, as well as many nieces and nephews. We wish to thank the wonderful staff at Vermont Square for their dedicated care and friendship in Jessie's final years. A service and reception celebrating Jessie's life will take place Sunday, Jan. 13, at Mount Pleasant Cemetery Visitation Centre, 375 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto. Visitation from 12:00 noon, service at 1:00 pm followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer Society.

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