BALTMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-06-09 published
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BALTMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-12 published
Helen BALTMAN
By Sharon BALTMAN, Tuesday, July 12, 2005, Page A14
Mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend. Born April 15, 1919, in Toronto. Died June 8, of bone cancer, aged 86.
These words began their journey to the page long before my mother died. I wanted to read them to her, to let her know how much we adored her: I started calling my mother "Hellie" when I was 16. And I called my father Harry. I'm not sure how it came about. Hellie was already famous for her delectable chocolate-chip cookies known as "Mama B's," so she was used to being called "Mama B" by my Friends. In the 1960s, they were very liberal to allow me to call them by their proper names. I did it with love, they received it in good humour.
Her father, Zaida Moishe, was a very seriously religious man, whereas her mother, Bubby Nancy, was more modern and often outrageous. Just as Mom tried to keep the peace between them, she was also the one to calm the waters in our house. "Fung Nisht Un," was her motto. ("Don't start up," in Yiddish.) And to satisfy her father's belief in Jewish laws, she kept a kosher home, with two sets of dishes and two more for Passover.
But to make us kids happy, she also kept a fifth set: for non-kosher order-in Chinese food.
Hellie was my rock and my redeemer. I always got off the phone feeling better than before dialling her number.
In 1979, on short notice, she came to work as a receptionist in my office when my secretary was sick. To this day I have the cheque that she never cashed.
As hard as it was for her, coming from a traditional family where couples stayed together, Hellie was there for me through my divorce. "Eh, what do you need a husband for, anyway? That's why you got a career and a life of your own," she said. And indeed it was she who encouraged me to pursue that very education that ensured my independence.
Hellie urged me, at one point, to set up my psychotherapy practice in the basement of my house: "I see my podiatrist in his garage. Your cellar is way nicer," she said, "and I pay him a lot more than you'll make from Ontario Health Insurance Plan."
Helen hated being referred to as "she." Even on her sickest days, I could see her cringe when I spoke to her caregivers about "she." I guess that's why Helen so easily accepted being called "Hellie," anything but "she."
Hellie loved to shop for cheap velour sweat suits at the Biway. My sisters frowned, as Hellie and I shared the fun of our non-designer duds that we soon recycled as shmatas.
On a dime, Hellie would "put on her brassiere" to come tour the Art Gallery of Ontario, see a Sunday matinee play, or go to the symphony or the ballet. Or, she was content just to stay home and read a good book, or watch the Antiques Road Show. She loved to luxuriate in her beloved home on with her apricot carpet and walls, with the heat cranked up to 80 degrees and her music tuned to 96.3 Classical FM.
"I don't have to be anywhere for anyone," she'd repeat with glee about being on her own after almost 50 years of caring for five kids and a husband. "I can do just as I want when I want. It's heaven."
Hellie loved telling the story of one early spring when, as a toddler, I ran to her proclaiming: "Mommy, Mommy, the penunies are out!" and in my excitement, went crashing onto the pavement. When I bought my new home, she bugged me to transplant some of her pink and white peonies into my garden. Last fall, when I finally went over to dig some up, she made her way unsteadily onto the front porch with her walker, to watch.
This spring, shoots of "penunies" miraculously appeared, a living testament to Hellie's unflinching perseverance.
Sharon BALTMAN is Hellie's daughter.

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BALTMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-09 published
BALTMAN, Helen

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BALTOUMAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-21 published
BALTOUMAS, Litsa
Suddenly on October 19, 2005 at the age of 39. Cherished daughter of Peter and Toula. Beloved sister of George. Dear niece of Popi. Litsa will be sadly missed by all her family and Friends. Visitation will take place at the Heritage Funeral Centre, 50 Overlea Blvd., 416-423-1000, on Friday, October 21st, 2005 from 6 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, October 22nd, 2005 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church at 11: 30 a.m. Interment Pine Hills Cemetery.

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BALTUS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-11-16 published
ECKHARDT, Doris Irene (née ROBBINS)
Doris was welcomed to her heavenly home on Sunday, November 13th, 2005, in Kitchener, Ontario. She was born in Glenelg Township, Grey County on October 19th, 1923. Dear mother of Douglas (Judy), Kenneth (Lois,) both of Elora, Peter (Pat,) Carol (Colin) KIDDLE, both of Kitchener, and Robert (Jocelyne) of Welland. Grandmother of Laura (Jeff) HUFFMAN, Heather ECKHARDT, Rob ECKHARDT, Kendra (Jeff) BALTUS, Connie (Paul) FLORICA, Kevin (Tracy) ECKHARDT, Dwayne (Justine) ECKHARDT, Paul ECKHARDT, Jackie (Rob) DITTMER, Tony KIDDLE, Krista ECKHARDT and Matthew ECKHARDT. Loving great-grandmother of twelve. Doris is survived by her brother Mitch (Eve) ROBBINS, of Hanover and her sister, Lucy QUARRIER of Markdale. Predeceased by her husband, John Andress ECKHARDT, her parents, Sarah Ann (BRYANS) and Peter ROBBINS, her brothers, Mel, Norm, Ross, Peter, and Don, her sisters, Evelyn and Vera, and her granddaughter Leslie Anne ECKHARDT. Doris lived most of her life in the Durham area and worked at St. Raphael's Nursing Home and the Durham Memorial Hospital for many years. Doris' family will receive relatives and Friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St. Kitchener (749-8467), Wednesday from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9: 00 p.m. and Thursday, from 12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m. The Funeral service for Doris will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday November 17th, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. Private family interment in Maplewood Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Trinity Village Care Centre, Kitchener or Mission Services of London would be appreciated by the family. Visit www.obit411.com/1825 for Doris' memorial.

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BALTZAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-07 published
BALTZAN, Dr. Marcel Alter, O.C., S.O.M., B.Sc., M.D.C.M., F.R.C.P.C., M.A.C.P., D.Sc.
October 31, 1929-January 1, 2005 Died peacefully in his sleep after a valiant battle with heart disease. He is survived by his loving wife, Nahid AHMAD, his children, Marc Jr. (Lisa,) Frances, Elizabeth, Zeba Ahmad (Jawed AKHTAR,) his grandchildren, Faraaz, Sakeena, Alexandre, Isabel and Margo, his brother, Richard (Nancy,) his cousin, Ronald (Arda,) his sister-in-law, Joan BALTZAN and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, David and Rose BALTZAN and brother Donald. Marc attended Victoria School & Nutana Collegiate. He then obtained his medical education at McGill University, graduating in 1953. He further trained at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. He returned to Saskatoon in 1959 to set up a private practice with his father and later his brothers, Donald and Richard. Dr. Marc will always be remembered for setting up the first kidney dialysis unit at St. Paul's Hospital through a generous donation from the BALTZAN family and pioneering kidney transplantation in Canada at Royal University Hospital. Even with a busy clinical practice Dr. Marc was able to assume leadership roles as president of the Canadian Medical Association, Saskatchewan Medical Association, Saskatoon and District Medical Association and Chairman, Department of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. Until his death he remained passionately devoted to his patients and profession. He was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 1995. Other honors include, Saskatchewan Order of Merit (1999), Master of the American College of Physicians (1999), Innovative Canadian Physician in the last 35 years, Medical Post (2000). In the spring of 2004 he received an honorary D.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan. Marc took great pride in his many family business ventures including ownership of a great Saskatoon landmark, the Bessborough Hotel (1973-1989). Marc was involved in the community and was a leading figure in the creation of the Downtown Partnership. Marc's poignant and entertaining comments in numerous publications, radio and television will be missed. He actively participated in debate with political leaders on economic and healthcare issues. Dr. Marc BALTZAN will be remembered as an outstanding clinican-scientist, medical economist, educator and family man. The family would like to thank all those who have shown such love and concern over the past months, especially the physicians and nursing staff at Royal University Hospital, Critical Care Unit and Ward 6000. A Memorial Reception was held January 5th, 2005, 7pm at the Bessborough Hotel for all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul's Hospital Foundation (1702 - 20th St. W. Saskatoon Saskatchewan. S7M 0Z9) and Royal University Hospital Foundation (103 Hospital Dr. Saskatoon Sk. S7N 0W8). Email condolences may be sent to mail@saskatoonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Saskatoon Funeral Home. 244-5577

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BALTZER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-23 published
RISSLING, Ned
Peacefully at the London Health Sciences Centre, Westminster Campus, London, Ontario with his family by his side, on Thursday, December 22, 2005, Ned RISSLING of London and formerly of Sudbury in his 90th year. Mr. RISSLING moved to Sudbury in 1942 to seek employment. He worked several jobs including Inco and Palm dairies until he found his niche in the furniture business. He worked and managed several businesses until he owned and operated his own furniture store. He enjoyed watching "the ponies" at Sudbury Downs and owned a few horses. Ned served in the Canadian Air Force from 1943 to 1946. He loved to travel and enjoyed many countries of the world. Mr. RISSLING moved to London 27 years ago. A lover of music, Ned enjoyed playing the piano, accordion and the organ. Ned would relish and delight in the joy of his large family and especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren who called him "Poppa Bear". Born in Francis, Saskatchewan to German immigrant parents, the Late Franz RISSLING and Caroline RINK. Beloved husband for 64 years of Doreen (LLOYD) RISSLING. Loving father of Elaine and Craig CASWELL of Sudbury, Sharon and David RUBY of Strathroy, Linda BALTZER of London, James and Linda of Strathroy, Shirley of Strathroy, Beverley and Doug JONES of Whitby, Dale and Jackie of London, Terry of Saint Thomas and Douglas of London. Proud grandfather of 20 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Eva McLEAN and Reggie HOSKINS of Regina, Saskatchewan. and brother-in-law of Carolyn and Leo ROUSSY and Audrey LIMOGES of Sudbury. Predeceased by 10 brothers and sisters. Friends may call at the McFarlane and Roberts Funeral Home, (2240 Wharncliffe Rd. S., Lambeth (519) 652-2020) on Friday, December 23, 2005 from noon to 1: 30 p.m. where the Funeral Service will follow at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Woodland Cemetery. Please sign The Family Book of Condolence at www.obituariestoday.com

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BALUKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-20 published
POULET, Luba Laura (Formerly BALUKE, LUBA)
(Longtime member and advocate of Alcoholics Anonymous). Passed away at West Park Healthcare, on Friday, August 19, 2005, at the age of 63. Loving wife of John. Much loved mother of Jacquie BALUKE, and grandmother of Jessica. Dear sister of Sonia. She will be sadly missed by her extended family and Friends. Friends may call at Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and for one hour prior to the Funeral Service in the Chapel on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 3 p.m. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society.

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BALZER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-10-21 published
KENNY, Michael Patrick " Mike"
Former Vice-President of N.R. Murphy Ltd., Cambridge. In Durham on Wednesday, October 19th, 2005. Mike KENNY, of R.R.#1, Durham, in his 80th year. Loving husband of June (née HULL.) Dearly loved father of Linda BALZER, of Wingham, Patricia (David) NEATH, of Guelph, and Deborah (Richard) DEVINE, of Aylmer. Mr. KENNY will be forever missed by grandchildren Jason (Healy), Jonathan (Carol), Nicholas (Alexa), Katie, Meghan, Martha and Drew. Fondly missed by great-grandchildren Camden and Hudson. Survived by his sister Beatrice ANTOINETTE, of Fergus, and predeceased by sister Margaret FRIZZEL. The family will receive Friends at the Fawcett McEachern Funeral Home, Durham, on Friday evening after 7: 00. Funeral and Committal Services will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel at 1: 00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22nd, 2005. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.
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BALZER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-29 published
O'DONNELL, Norman Eddie " Sue"
Mr. Norman Eddie (Sue) O'DONNELL, 77, of Mitchell passed away at the Stratford General Hospital on Tuesday, June 28, 2005. Beloved husband of Ruth (BALZER) O'DONNELL. Dear father of Jamie O'DONNELL and wife Darlene and Jeff O'DONNELL and wife Patty, all of Mitchell; loving grandfather of Amy, Jason, Renee and Alex O'DONNELL; dear brother of Peg WALKOM and husband Eb of Mitchell and Carol WALKOM of Aylmer; dear brother-in-law of Verna O'DONNELL and Vanda O'DONNELL, both of Mitchell, Lenore and Ken TOMPKINS of Stratford, Wilma and Bill MEYERHOFFER of Puslinch Lake, Bill and Isabel BLANCHARD of Saint Thomas, Kathleen and Rae STRATHDEE of Point Clarke, Ken BALZER of Wingham, Don SOPER of Stratford and Mary BALZER of Forest. Dear son-in-law Catherine BALZER of Mitchell. Also surviving are a number of nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Martin and Christine (SMITH) O'DONNELL, daughter Joanne O'DONNELL (1974,) grand_son Nikki O'DONNELL (1989,) brothers Lewis O'DONNELL and Bruce O'DONNELL, sisters Kay NORMAN and Sheila DEWING, brothers-in-law Cliff NORMAN, Bob DEWING, James WALKOM, Glen BALZER and sister-in-law Marion SOPER.
Norman had driven a school bus in the Mitchell area for 32 years and was a former member of the Mitchell Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 128, Mitchell. Friends will be received at the Lockhart Funeral Home, 109 Montreal Street, Mitchell on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Camillia LAROUCHE officiating. Interment in Knox Presbyterian Cemetery, Mitchell. Memorial donations to the Ritz Lutheran Villa or Stratford General Hospital Palliative Care would be appreciated. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 128, Mitchell will meet at the funeral home on Wednesday at 8: 30 p.m.. Online condolences at www.lockhartfuneralhome.com.

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