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HIPEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-11-04 published
KRAFCHIK, Terrie (Theresa)
Died at Saint Mary's Hospital on Monday, November 3, 2003, at 90 years of age. Beloved wife of the late Paul Peter KRAFCHIK (February 1989.) Mother of Gail and her husband Bob HASLER of Ottawa, and Jim and his wife Lillian KRAFCHIK of Toronto. Grandmother of Michael KRAFCHIK, David KRAFCHIK, both of Toronto, and Laurel Anne HASLER of Saint John's, Newfoundland. Sister of Dorothy WEILER of Kitchener, Marie KARN of Puslinch, Loretta McCASKILL of Barrie, and Helen HIPEL of Waterloo. Sister-in-law of Gladys HERGOTT of Kitchener. Predeceased by her brothers, Irvin, Elmer and Jerome HERGOTT. Terrie was an active member of Saint Mark's R.C. Parish where she was also a member of the Catholic Women's League. She taught bridge to the blind from 1973-1975, and was very involved in parish bridge marathons from 1954-2003. The KRAFCHIK family will receive Friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener (519-749-8467) Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., with parish prayers on Wednesday at 8: 30 p.m. Prayers will be offered at the Funeral Home on Thursday, November 6, 2003 at 10: 15 a.m., then followed by Terrie's Funeral Mass at Saint Mark's R.C. Parish, 55 Driftwood Drive, Kitchener, at 11 a.m. Fr. Bill TRUSZ officiating. Interment Woodland Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Saint Mark's R.C. Parish Mortgage Fund or to Saint Mary's Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Visit www.obit411.com/1135 for Theresa's memorial.

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HIPKIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-23 published
Elsie Maud MILES
By John HIPKIN Monday, June 23, 2003 - Page A16
Mother, grandmother, wife, friend and survivor. Born November 11, 1909, in Hackney, London. Died April 27, 2003, in Moncton, New Brunswick, of natural causes, aged 93.
My mother Elsie's birth in a gaunt Victorian hospital almost a century ago was shrouded in secrecy, so we shall probably never know how she came to be the child of maidservant Alice Maud HOLLOWAY and an anonymous father. Consistent with her unknown origins, she was shifted throughout her infancy and girlhood by a remote and faceless authority from one foster home to another, in one at least of which she was routinely subject to unspeakable abuse.
Such were her difficult beginnings, but as the hundred-plus family members and Friends who attended her funeral can testify, hers was a life of triumph over adversity and an inspiring example of how a person can actively fashion their own fate.
At the age of 14, Elsie became a trainee maid in a London gentleman's household, where she learned the domestic arts that she scrupulously and proudly practised throughout the rest of her life as a wife and mother.
My father Jack was a regular customer at a tobacconist's opposite Hammersmith police station, where my mother later worked as a sales assistant. He was a mounted police officer with a tall and manly figure, jet-black hair and a winning way with women. My mother fell for him and they had three children: myself, Naomi and Anthony. But Jack left my mother, and during the Second World War, she was unsupported, unemployed and homeless. These were the days before the welfare state as we currently know it, so we were often forced to sleep in the waiting rooms of London train stations, which invited the stern attentions of the magistracy, who insisted that we children be taken into care. And so we were: I went to Dr. BARNARDO's children's home and my brother and sister went into adoption.
In 1941, mother joined the Auxiliary Territorial Services women's army. During her service years she met, fell in love with and married Paul MILES, an army captain and son of a Sussex clergyman. She had three children with him: David, Pamela and Hugh.
I didn't keep in touch much with my mother after I went to university in the immediate postwar years, but by the early Seventies I had re-established contact. I learned that she and her husband had emigrated to Canada in 1956, where Paul had taken up a position with a refrigerator company. In the 30 or so years that followed, we restored our relationship, and I was also reunited with my sister, living with her own family in Nottingham.
A year and a half ago, I was also reunited with my brother, who is now a deacon at the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. And so it was that at mother's funeral, all six of her children and many of her grandchildren were present to bid her farewell.
Mother gladdened the hearts of all who knew her. She was filled with joy, despite a life that began with difficulty, and which had known disappointment and destitution. But she was finally fulfilled in motherhood, marriage and Friendship.
Death's claim is only a partial one. What remains in us and in our hearts is the living spirit of a woman who overcame adversity and took delight in her good fortune and her large and reconciled family.
So even in that most awesome encounter of all -- with death itself she has finally triumphed.
John HIPKIN is Elsie Miles's eldest child.

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