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FIREMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-22 published
CHOCIEJ, Malgorzata (Margaret)
Margaret was born in Krakow, Poland in 1956. There she met her husband Jacek when they were both students. In 1990, together with their two children, they emigrated to Canada. Margaret obtained a law degree in Poland and applied this training to a related career with Singer Kwinter. Margaret passed away on May 20, 2003 at Princess Margaret Hospital. She leaves behind her loving children Greg and Zuzanna, mother Stanislawa ZWOLINSKA, sisters Anna SKALSKA and Wisia HUBERT, brothers-in-law Sidney FIREMAN and Tadek HUBERT, niece and nephew Anna and Tom HUBERT and dear friend David HEGGIE. She is predeceased by her husband Jacek who died in 1998. Margaret loved life. In her 47 years she did so much and there was so much she wanted to do and experience. Her favourite pastime was singing. She was an ardent reader and enjoyed debating. She was a supportive and loving mother. She brought smiles on rainy days and was never far away from a friend in need. Margaret will always be missed by the many people who loved her. Visitation will be at the Turner and Porter Funeral Home, 436 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, Thursday, May 22, 5-8 p.m. with Rosary at 6 p.m. Funeral Mass will be at St. Casimir's Church, 156 Roncesvalles Avenue, Friday, May 23 at 10 a.m. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Princess Margaret Foundation (416-946-6560) or Wellspring (416-961-1928) would be appreciated.

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FIRMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-09 published
Bishop served Ukrainian Catholics
Priest confronted the Vatican over mandatory retirement and ordination of married ministers
By Jordan HEATH- RAWLINGS Saturday, August 9, 2003 - Page F10
Toronto -- Isidore BORECKY, who served as Ukrainian Eparch for Toronto and Eastern Canada for more than half a century, died in his sleep on July 23 at Toronto Western Hospital after a long illness. He was 92.
His death came mere hours before Reverend Stephen CHMILAR was installed as Ukrainian Catholic bishop of Toronto and Eastern Canada, the post Father BORECKY fought long and hard to keep.
Born in Ostrivets, Ukraine, on October 1, 1911, Father BORECKY dedicated more than 60 years of his life to the priesthood, and spent his time fostering religious vocations, establishing lay organizations, churches and senior citizens homes for Ukrainian Catholics.
Father BORECKY, Canada's last bishop ordained by Pope Pius Twelfth, entered the priesthood in Munich in July of 1938. He then left Germany for Canada in November of the same year.
From 1938 to 1941, he worked in several churches in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. In 1941, he was appointed pastor at Saint John the Baptist Church in Brantford, Ontario, where he would work for seven years, serving his faithful as well as mission parishes in nearby Grimsby, Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland.
On March 3, 1948, Father BORECKY was named by Pope Pius Twelfth to the post of Apostolic Exarch of Eastern Canada. He was consecrated in St. Michael's Cathedral on May 27, and began to organize the new exarchate. During the next eight years, he would achieve his most memorable goal, as the exarchate was raised to the status of eparchy, or diocese, in 1956.
Some of Father BORECKY's most notable work came in Toronto during this period, when he oversaw the rise of many Catholic church institutions -- he encouraged parishioners to erect St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church -- and helped to integrate Eastern Rite Catholic schools into the framework of what would eventually become the Toronto Catholic District School Board.
On February 24, 1952, Father BORECKY celebrated a divine liturgy at St. Teresa's Church, and during the service he encouraged the faithful to begin the construction of their own church building.
A church property was purchased for $1,500 and on March 22, 1954, Father BORECKY blessed it. Parishioners donated their time and labour and on September 6, 1954, the parish hall was opened. The consecration of the church was celebrated on October 16, 1954, and Reverend Walter FIRMAN was appointed the first parish priest.
As leader of Canada's largest Ukrainian Catholic diocese, Father BORECKY was very approachable, said Reverend Taras DUSANOWSKYJ, who is currently pastor at St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Toronto.
"He was very much oriented towards his people," he said. "He was very welcoming, open and certainly ecumenical.
"He had a relationship with everyone. He knew all his clergy by name, he knew a lot of the parishioners. He was a very warm person."
He was also a man who stood devoutly for his eparchy's right to practise the Eastern Rites.
Serving as bishop at a time after the Vatican decreed in 1929 that no married men could be ordained into the priesthood, he would arrange for his priests who had wives or wished to marry to be transported to Yugoslavia or Ukraine, where they could be ordained in the traditional Eastern rites, which does not require celibacy.
Father DUSANOWSKYJ, who is one of 40 married priests out of about 75 in the eparchy, said the Vatican did not take well to his plans, but couldn't stop a man who was so strong-minded.
"Certainly there were times when he got his wrist slapped, or he would be called in so they could complain," he said. "But for the most part he simply ignored it because he knew that this was part of our tradition, and without married clergy our eparchy would have been in a tremendous shortage."
Father BORECKY kept the title of bishop until 1998, at the age of 86, 11 years past his required retirement age, when he relinquished it after five years of sparring with the Vatican over the naming of bishop Roman DANYLAK as apostolic administrator for the Toronto eparchy.
Father BORECKY confronted the Vatican over the rule, which states that bishops must retire at the age of 75. He contended that the rule did not apply to him, as he was leader of an Eastern Rite church.
One last accolade came in December of last year, when Ukrainian President Leonid KUCHMA gave him, along with Archbishop Vsevolod MAJDANSKI of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the United States, special commendation orders for service to Ukraine.
Father BORECKY's funeral was held on July 26 at the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Holy Dormition, his funeral mass led by Ukraine's Cardinal Lubomyr HUSAR, the Major Archbishop of Lviv and spiritual leader to more than five million Ukrainian Catholics worldwide. He has been buried in the family plot at Mount Peace Cemetery.

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FIRTH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-11-26 published
Engelina Johanna (TRYSSENAAR) VELDHUYZEN
On Tuesday, November 4, 2003 at the Coleman Care Centre, Barrie, in her 93rd year.
Beloved wife of the late Benjamin, formerly of Corunna and Stayner. Loving mother of Hendrika VAN KOOTEN (Jerry) of Minesing, Benjamin (the late Elsie) of Evansville, Trudy MARSHALL (Bruce) of Bethany and Hendrik (Carol GOVER) of Pt. Claire. Dear sister of Laurens (Christina) of Listowel, Johanna BOS (John) of Elmira and the late Theodorus JACOBUS, Hendrika VAN DELFT and Pieter. Grandmother of Michele and Jerry VAN KOOTEN, Frederick, Allen, and Janet VELDHUYZEN, Krystina and Scott FIRTH. Great-grandmother of Angelina Nicole and Michael VAN KOOTEN. A Service to celebrate Engelina's life will be held on Saturday, November 29 at 1 p.m. in the Anten Mills Community Centre, 3985 Horseshoe Valley Road, Anten Mills. Arrangements and cremation entrusted to Peaceful Transition, Barrie.

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FIRTH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-14 published
Glenna (FIRTH) CICCONE
By Patrick CICCONE and Antonio CICCONE Wednesday, May 14, 2003 - Page A18
Mother, iconoclast, farm worker, sportswoman, world traveller. Born April 3, 1944, in Timmins, Ontario Died March 13, in Parry Sound, Ontario, of cancer, aged 58.
Glenna was a small-framed woman, yet she always appeared much taller than her actual size. Not endowed with conventional beauty, her darting blue eyes, sharp tanned features and thick, white, shoulder-length hair always made her stand out in a crowd.
Her father, William FIRTH, was the son of a stern United Church minister from New Brunswick. Her mother, Sarah JUDGE, born into a staunch French/Irish Catholic family from Buckingham, Quebec, was a steely, no-nonsense nurse. When the two married in Timmins, Ontario, none of their family members showed up.
Glenna had a mind of her own: At 3, in one of those obligatory pony portraits of the day, she sits warily on top of a cute black-and-white pony. From the girlish scowl on her chubby cheeks, you knew that she wanted no part of it.
After graduating from teachers' college, while colleagues fretted over careers and bungalows in the suburbs, she hitchhiked from Morocco to Oslo, occasionally teaching in various Montessori schools.
Glenna wasn't just unpredictable, she was outspoken. As a teacher in Timmins, she was posted to an open-concept school. While her colleagues complained privately, she would declare at every opportunity: "It stinks." Unrepentant, she resigned before certain dismissal.
But it was Glenna's childlike enthusiasm that really set her apart. As a newlywed, she and her husband Tony moved to a three-acre lot in Timmins. This was her paradise-by-the-lake. Still, even it could do with an adjustment. Thus, in the early 1970s, Glenna's vehicle of choice was a heavy duty 4x4 Dodge Extendacab.
"It'll help me with the rocks and trees," she concluded. She eventually transplanted more than 160 trees, many more than eight feet tall. And her massive retaining rock wall would have made any Italian mason proud.
This enthusiasm spilled over to skiing and swimming, her favourite sports. If she was swimming, she had to swim across the lake. If she was on the trail, nothing less than a combined 15 and 10 kilometre run would suffice, and if she was on the slopes, a stop at the chalet was a sacrilege.
As a mother, nothing changed. As soon as her son Patrick started walking, she strapped a pair of tiny skis to his feet. While others carted their children to the local pool for lessons, she urged him to swim across the lake with her.
Even in the face of serious sickness and economic misfortune, her enthusiasm never wavered. In 1992, she survived surgery and chemotherapy for breast cancer; in 1993, after devastating economic losses, she was forced to move with her family to rural Abruzzo, Italy. Relishing her new role, she relentlessly weeded and pruned the family olive grove and fruit garden, even if her zeal occasionally raised an eyebrow with her father-in-law.
In no other case was her enthusiasm more evident than with Nicki, the family's pet husky. Precisely at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. each day she fed (always in a very clean bowl) and walked Nicki. The 2 p.m. walk was usually a three-hour trek.
In 2003, on her annual visit to Parry Sound, she discovered that the cancer had metastasized to her liver. When told that she could not donate her organs, she immediately bequeathed her body to the anatomy department at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine.
Love her or hate her, the people who either knew Glenna or saw her with Nicki would agree that she was always true to herself and that she added brilliant colour to the tapestry of human existence.
Antonio is Glenna's husband, Patrick her son.

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FIRTH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-08 published
FIRTH, Zena
Died peacefully at her home on Friday, September 5, 2003, at the age of 86 years. Beloved wife of 66 years to Bill; loving Mother to Marion, (Sam TURCHIARO,) Mark and the late Robert (Bob) cherished Grandmother to Dean, Neal, Marcel, Sean, Amanda, Matthew and Mackenzie, and their mother Lynn, and Great-Grandmother to Ty and Tucker. Dear sister of Tina WRIGHT of England. Zena and Bill and their children emigrated to Canada from England in 1957. Zena pursued a career as a teacher, and was Principal of Bishop Strachan Junior School from 1970 to 1980. Her gentle humour and sensitivity brought out the best in everyone. She touched many lives. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (South of Eglinton Avenue East) from 5-8 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Rosary Church, 354 St. Clair Avenue West, on Tuesday at 1: 30 o'clock. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation, 555 University Ave., Toronto, M5G 1X8.

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