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PODD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-16 published
PODD, Florence Ivy
After a long battle with cancer on Friday, April 15, 2005. Loving sister of Daisy. Dear aunt to several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at the "Scarborough Chapel" of McDougall and Brown, 2900 Kingston Road (east of St. Clair Ave. E.) on Sunday, April 17th from 3-6 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the funeral home Chapel on Monday at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Pine Hills Cemetery.

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PODEBRY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-03 published
GIBSON / PODEBRY
With rich memories of our lost love, Scott Andrew who was a son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend, in a tragic accident, September 4th, 2002, along with his friend and co-worker Jamie. Also sadly missed by all his loving family, fiancee Deanna and son Ryan. As time unfolds another year Fond memories keep you ever near Memories of times together And your joy so dear Will stay with us til when Our family chain will link again. Until then, we all love and miss you sunshine. Both families and your wonderful loyal Friends who also keep both of you very close and dear.

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PODEBRY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-03 published
PODEBRY, Jamie
In loving memory of a precious son, brother, brother-in-law and uncle, Jamie who was tragically taken from us, 3 years ago September 4, 2002. We thought of you with love today But that is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday And days before that too. We think of you in silence We often speak your name Now all we have are memories And your picture in a frame Your memory is our keepsake With which we'll never part God has you in His keeping We have you in our hearts Forever in our hearts and always in our minds, love Mom, Dad, Mike, Mark, Karen and their families.

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PODGER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-05 published
GUNN, Douglas " Doug" H.
With his family by his side at Woodstock General Hospital on Friday, December 2, 2005, Douglas "Doug" H. GUNN of Woodstock in his 86th year. Beloved husband of Marjorie J. GUNN (née PODGER) for nearly 60 years. Dear father of Nancy TUOVINEN and her husband Roy of Woodstock and Barb SCHRAM and her husband Russell of R.R.#6, Woodstock. Loved grandfather of David (Becky) and Adam. Dear brother of Harold GUNN and his wife Win of London, brother-in-law of Alice GUNN of Woodstock and Stanley PODGER of Scarborough and survived by his niece Cynthia (Jim) and by his nephew Bruce (Tammy) and Jim (Chris). Predeceased by his brother Ross and by his sister Winnifred PERRY. Doug was the oldest surviving member of Knox Presbyterian Church, Woodstock, served in the Canadian Armed Forces with the R.C.R. during World War 2, was a letter carrier with Canada Post for over 30 years and was involved for many years with the Woodstock Navy Vets. Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., (539-0004) on Monday, December 5, 2005 from 7-9 p.m. where the complete funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday at 3: 30 p.m. with Reverend John VAN VLIET officiating. Interment in the Presbyterian Cemetery. Contributions to the Presbyterian Cemetery or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. A legion service under the auspices of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #55, Woodstock will be held at the funeral home on Monday evening at 6: 30 p.m. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com

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PODGER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-02-15 published
O'BRIEN, Mary Grace (née PODGER)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Grace on February 13, 2005, in her 90th year. Grace is now in Heaven with her loving husband Bernard. Grace, dearest mother of Paul and his wife Janet (predeceased), Mary and her husband Murray SKITT and Bernard and his wife Margaret. Devoted grandmother of Johanna and Andrew SKITT, Andrew, Robert, Melanie and her husband Mark, Andrea and Gregory. Cherished great-grandmother of Keara and Erika. Admired sister of Rita ROTHWELL and her husband Sid (predeccased), Catherine (predeceased), Charles (predeceased) and his wife Mary and Robert (predeceased) and his wife Cecile PODGER. Grace will always be remembered for her zest of life, genuine kindness and joyous spirit. She will never be forgotten by her many family and Friends. Friends will be received at the Cardinal Funeral Home, Earle Elliott Chapel, 715 Dovercourt Road (Ossington Subway, Delaware Exit) on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2: 30-4:30 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday at 10: 00 a.m. in St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church (Bathurst Street, north of Bloor St.). Interment at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery to follow. In loving memory of Grace, donations to Covenant House would be appreciated by the family.

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PODKOMORSKA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-30 published
Krystyna SZNUK- SPARKS, Resistance Fighter (1922-2005)
A member of the Polish Home Army during the Warsaw uprising of 1944, she cared for the wounded and survived by her wits until sent to Ravensbruck and Buchenwald
By Buzz BOURDON, Special to the Globe and Mail, Tuesday, August 30, 2005, Page S11
Ottawa -- A loud pounding at the door meant only one thing for people living in occupied Poland during the Second World War: The Germans had come for you.
Krystyna SZNUK watched in horror as the door opened. The Warsaw uprising had erupted two weeks earlier, on August 1, 1944, and as a member of the Polish Home Army, she was on the run.
"Two Vlasov men walked in. They looked us over. No, they were not interested in males, they wanted a female. Jazdia was holding her child in her arms, so I was the obvious choice," she wrote 50 years later in an unpublished memoir. The soldiers, members of General Andrei Vlasov's so-called Russian Liberation Army, Soviet soldiers who had switched sides to fight with the Germans, ordered her to come with them. She knew they wanted her for sex. Just 22 at the time, she refused.
"They both had hand grenades and indicated that if I didn't go, they would throw [them] at us. They promptly began to remove the pins. There was no choice so I went, my mind racing with plans of escape," she said.
Fortunately, the soldiers started to argue about "who would go first." She bolted up a flight of stairs, knocked desperately on a door and was admitted to an apartment where someone whisked her across to a window. "[I went] through the open window where a helping hand was outstretched to me. A minute or so later we heard a pounding at the door and noises of a search."
After that, she took to disguising her looks by smearing coal ash on her face and hair. Later, she came upon more of Vlasov's men in an abandoned factory. "[They] were checking for jewellery. One of them noticed a diamond and blue-enamel ring on my finger, which I had inherited from my grandmother. He almost tore my finger off trying to get [it] so I took it off and gave it to him. Being dirty and smeared with ashes seemed to repulse them and I was left alone," she said.
During the uprising, during which almost 50,000 members of the Polish Home Army attacked the German garrison, she helped care for the wounded. When the Poles surrendered two months later, about 18,000 Polish fighters had been killed, along with 150,000 civilians.
The Nazis destroyed 90 per cent of the colourful and cosmopolitan capital she had known as a child. Her family was upper-middle class, with connections throughout Polish society. "[They] lived in very comfortable circumstances," said daughter Mariea SPARKS. "They lived in a large, comfortable apartment filled with art and employed a cook and a maid."
Major-General Stefan SZNUK was a pioneer Polish aviator who fought in the First World War for Imperial Russia and later, after the Russian revolution, with the counterrevolutionary White Russians. For his daughter Krystyna, who studied at the exclusive Plater-Zyberk School, life as a teenager during the 1930s centred on school and family.
Dr. Danuta PODKOMORSKA, now living in retirement in Winnipeg, first met her when they were both eight years old. "We went to prep school and then to high school together, where we sat at the same desk. My mother died when I was very young so her mother mothered me as well."
It was "carefree and naive," said Dr. PODKOMORSKA. "We were sheltered from the world through school and family." In May of 1939, young Krystyna graduated from high school. "I was bursting with life and joy. The world was open to me, first the holidays, then entrance exams to university, and maybe an occasional meeting with my boyfriend. Those were my plans."
It all came to an end on September 1, 1939, when Germany invaded Poland. Over the next six years, she and her mother, Stanislawa, survived a brutal and oppressive occupation in a "grey and sad" Warsaw. Food was short and fear was endemic. One day, two Gestapo agents barged into their apartment and interrogated her on the whereabouts of her father, who had escaped to Britain, where he became an aide to General Wladyslaw SIKORSKI, head of the Polish government-in-exile.
"Of course we did not know, and what little we suspected we would not divulge." Her mother was arrested the following day. Weeks later, her uncle was shot.
Desperate to get her mother out of jail, she borrowed money, which she gave to a lawyer to bribe the Gestapo. It worked, and her mother arrived home a few days later.
"I opened the door and my heart sank with pity, a feeling stronger than the joy of seeing mother free. I could not believe it was the same person. She was so thin, poor soul, and her hair had gone completely white. Four months of prison took its toll, but she was free, free, free and we were together."
She herself was not free for long. For the last eight months of the war, she was a slave labourer at the infamous Ravensbruck and Buchenwald death camps. Risking their lives, she and her Friends "deliberately sabotaged the shells they produced," said daughter Nina SPARKS. " She knew that if the Germans caught them, they'd be killed."
After the war, Krystyna SZNUK decided to emigrate to Canada, where her parents had already settled. They were reunited in Ottawa and in 1948 she married Roderick SPARKS, scion of a prominent local family.
Krystyna SZNUK- SPARKS was born on January 2, 1922, in Warsaw. She died of an aneurism on June 11 in Ottawa. She was 83. She leaves her daughters Nina, Mariea and Anna, and son Robert. She was predeceased by her husband, Roderick SPARKS.

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PODMORE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-07 published
FICKLING, Mary " Molly" (IRWIN)
At Kensington Village, London on Monday, December 6th, 2005, Mary "Molly" (IRWIN) FICKLING of London in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late Arthur "Art" FICKLING. Dear mother of Dave FICKLING and his wife Patricia and Fred FICKLING and his wife Sheila all of London. Dear sister of Muriel PODMORE of London. Predeceased by her sister Edith TUTHILL. Loving grandmother of Brad FICKLING and his wife Kimberly; Deborah BOEHLER and her husband Brad Scott FICKLING and Allison FICKLING all of London; and Doug FICKLING and his wife Sandra of Waterloo, also loved by her great-grandchildren Melissa, Tom, Bill BRADEN, Sheldon, Nicholas and Samantha. Aunt Molly will be lovingly remembered by her many nieces and nephews. "Molly" was a Charter and Life Member and Past Matron of Star of the Nile Chapter No. 308 Order of the Eastern Star Nilestown. Special thanks to the staff and volunteers at Kensington Village, Dr. William PAYNE and Chaplain Maureen DWYER for their care and kindness. Friends will be received by the family from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London where the funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Friday, December 9th, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Brian McKAY of Church of St. Andrew Memorial officiating. Interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, London. An Eastern Star service under the auspices of Star of the Nile Chapter No. 308 Nilestown will be held at the funeral home on Thursday evening at 7 o'clock. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Lung Association, 480 Egerton Street, London, Ontario N5W 3Z6 or to the charity of your choice. (Online condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca).

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PODOLINSKY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-24 published
JOHNSON, Harold
At his home, with his family at his side, on Tuesday, August 23, 2005, Harold JOHNSON, 73 years, of Petrolia. Loving husband to Ileen (née ATKINSON.) Loved father to Leonard JOHNSON and Vi SMITH of Sarnia, Larry JOHNSON of Petrolia, Brian and Cathy JOHNSON of Petrolia and Linda and Dave PODOLINSKY of Alvinston. Will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Leonard Jr. and Jennifer JOHNSON, Jeffrey and Jeremy JOHNSON and Bradley, Kevin, Rodney and Ashley PODOLINSKY. Dear brother to Gladys SAUNDERS of Sarnia, Doris SAUNDERS of Sarnia, Winnifred JOHNSON of Wyoming, Blanche MANSFIELD of Watford, Mildred and Bernie SMITH of Glencoe, Clayton and Dorothy JOHNSON of Petrolia, Dorothy PERKINS of Forest, Ollie and Shirley JOHNSON of Wyoming and the late Wilton JOHNSON (1987.) Visitors will be received on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia where the funeral service will be held on Friday, August 26, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. with Reverend Kelvin TOFFELMIRE of Wyoming United Church officiating. Interment in Wyoming Cemetery. Model Lodge #147, Independent Order of Odd Fellows will hold a memorial service on Thursday at 6: 45 p.m. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Bluewater Health Foundation (Palliative Care). Memories and condolences may be left on-line at www.needhamjay.com

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PODOLSKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-19 published
ZAHREBELNY, Olga Mabel
Peacefully, on Thursday, November 17, 2005, at Lakeridge Health - Port Perry, in her 87th year. Beloved wife of the late Walter. Loving mother of Lucille (Lesia) and her husband Gerald MORAN, and Donna and her husband James FRAM. Dear Baba of Michael. Sister of Gordon PODOLSKI, and the late Mary and Bertha. Friends may call at Oshawa Funeral Service "Thornton Chapel," 847 King St. West (905-721-1234), for visitation on Monday, November 21st from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Panachyda Monday at 7: 30 p.m. Divine Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held at St. George the Great Martyr Ukrainian Catholic Church on Tuesday, November 22nd at 10: 00 a.m. Interment St. Wolodymyr and St. Olha Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Parkinson Society would be appreciated.

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PODOLSKY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-21 published
SIMCOCK, Catherine " Kay"
In Fredericton, on Tuesday, July 19, 2005. Daughter of the late William and Agnes (DUFFY) SIMCOCK. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Col. William SIMCOCK and his wife Mary (CRAKER) SIMCOCK., brother-in- law Joseph BOWLEN and niece Sabina McGRATH.
She is survived by two sisters Mary (Joseph) BOWLEN of Fredericton, Agnes PODOLSKY and her husband Terry of Oakville, as well as nieces and nephews: Cathy BOWLEN, Kelly BOWLEN, Cathy BEACH, Eva TAILOR/TAYLOR, Bill PODOLSKY, Michael PODOLSKY, Tara PENCAK, Mark PODOLSKY, their families, and relatives in British Columbia, England, Italy, New Zealand and Australia.
Born in Fredericton she was an honours graduate in Economics and Politics from the University of New Brunswick.
Upon graduation she took up a position with the federal civil service in Ottawa and spent several years in economic analysis and research within agencies of the Department of Finance. In 1948 she was awarded a Beaverbrook Overseas scholarship and spent two years at the London School of Economics from which she received the degree of M.Sc. (Econ.) having specialized in international trade. This was followed by a short period of lecturing in Economics at the University of New Brunswick and Carleton University, Ottawa. She rejoined the Department of Finance and was appointed Secretary to the Federal Sales Tax Committee. With the completion of this work she transferred to the Treasury Board and over a period of years was the Board's program officer for a number of different federal departments and agencies. With the creation by the federal government of a regional development agency, she joined the Atlantic Development Board at its inception as senior economist, subsequently becoming Director of the Program Division. When the Board was followed in 1969 by the Atlantic Development Council she became secretary to the Council and served in that capacity for five years.
Subsequently she took an assignment with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, retiring as Director of the West European Division of the International Directorate. Following retirement Kay lived for a time in Oakville, studying, traveling and doing volunteer work. She returned to Fredericton some years ago.
The mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Dunstan's Catholic Church on Friday, July 22nd, 2005 at 12: 00 noon.

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PODS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-07-15 published
PODS, Patricia Faye Jean - Estate of
Notice To Creditors
In the Estate of Patricia Faye Jean PODS Late of Proton Station, Homemaker. Creditors and others having claims against the above estate are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned on or before the 15th day of August, 2005, after which date the estate's assets will be distributed having regard only to claims that have then been received.
CIBC Trust Corporation, Toronto, Ontario,
Estate Trustee, by Lerners LLP.
Solicitors, 80 Dufferin Avenue, P.O. Box 2335,
London, Ontario, N6A 4G4.
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PODS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-07-29 published
PODS, Patricia Faye Jean - Estate of
Notice To Creditors
In the Estate of Patricia Faye Jean PODS Late of Proton Station, Homemaker. Creditors and others having claims against the above estate are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned on or before the 15th day of August, 2005, after which date the estate's assets will be distributed having regard only to claims that have then been received.
CIBC Trust Corporation, Toronto, Ontario,
Estate Trustee, by Lerners LLP.
Solicitors, 80 Dufferin Avenue, P.O. Box 2335,
London, Ontario, N6A 4G4.
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PODSIADLY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-11 published
VANDENBERG, Frank
Peacefully, at St. Joseph's Hospital, on Wednesday, August 10, 2005, Frank VANDENBERG in his 79th year. Beloved husband of Rita VANDENBERG. Dear father of Grace THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Marilyn HUMPHREY (Ron,) Betty PODSIADLY (Jan), Anne VANDENBERG (Frank) and Marita VANDENBERG (Glenn). Loving grandfather of Adrienne, Jared, Laura, Sarah, Joe, Kasia, Ethan, Dylan, Emma, Madeline and Jacob. Brother of Leo of London, Christine of Saint Marys and Gerrit, Wil, Ane and Riet of Holland. Predeceased by his brother Chris. Visitors will be received on Friday from 2-4 and 6: 30-8:30 p.m. in the O'Neil Funeral Home, 350 William St. The Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Andrew the Apostle Church, (1 Fallon Lane at Huron). Interment St. Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Friday at 7 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Kensington Village Charitable Foundation, 2nd Floor Alzheimer's Unit, 1340 Huron Street, London, N5V 3R3.

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PODSTAWKA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-01-02 published
PODSTAWKA, Beverly (née HAGGER)
Peacefully at home in Blind River with her loving family on December 31, 2004. Beloved wife of 53 years to Mike. Predeceased by her parents Joseph and Dora HAGGER, her brother Kenneth and sister Diane. Cherished by her children Paul (Helena) of Blind River, Janice JOHNSON (Richard) of Truro, Nova Scotia, Susan HANNA (Chad) of Aurora, Nancy EDWARDS (John) of Whitby, and David (Tiffanie) of Sudbury. Bev had a loving and special relationship with each of her grandchildren: Jeff (Jane,) Bill and Matthew JOHNSON, Craig and Lauren HANNA, Laura and Michael PODSTAWKA, Nicholas and Jack PODSTAWKA, and Leah Rose EDWARDS. Bev will be sadly missed by her nieces and nephews and fondly remembered by her dear Friends. Bev was a valued member of her community and will be remembered by her contributions to the Catholic Women's League, Girl Guides of Canada, the Horticultural Society and the Hospital Auxiliary. Active in the Catholic Women's League for over 25 years, she served in many capacities including a term as President. Her 12 years in Guiding were completed with a term as District Commissioner, however her greatest joy came from her involvement with her Brownies. She will be forever missed within the community by the many lives she touched with her unique kindness and caring ways. Visitation at the Menard Funeral Home, Blind River on Sunday, January 2 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. James the Greater Parish on Monday, January 3 at 10 a.m. As expressions of sympathy, donations to St. James the Greater Parish or the Blind River District Health Centre would be greatly appreciated.

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PODSTAWKA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-06-21 published
PODSTAWKA, Michael
Passed away peacefully, with his family at his side, on Sunday, June 19, 2005 at Markham Stouffville Hospital in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of the late Beverly (née HAGGER) of Blind River. Loving father to Paul (Helena) of Blind River, Janice JOHNSON (Richard) of Truro, Nova Scotia, Susan HANNA (Chad) of Aurora, Nancy EDWARDS (John) of Whitby and David (Tiffanie) of Val Caron. Proud grandfather of Jeff (Jane,) Bill and Matthew JOHNSON, Craig and Lauren HANNA, Laura and Michael PODSTAWKA, Nicholas and Jack PODSTAWKA and Leah EDWARDS. Predeceased by his parents Mary and John PODSTAWKA of Toronto and brother Walter of Buffalo, New York. Survived by his sisters Anne STACEY of Collingwood and Bernice PIETZAK of Buffalo, New York. Mike will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews and fondly remembered by his Friends, especially his coffee group. As a veteran of World War 2, Mike proudly served his country with the R.H.L.I. Regiment from 1942-1946. He was well known for being one of the co-founders of Hagger's Men's Wear, Blind River in 1956. Friends and family will be received at the Menard Funeral Home, Blind River, on Wednesday, June 22 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. James the Greater Parish on Thursday, June 23 at 10 a.m. As expressions of sympathy, donations to St. James the Greater Parish or the Blind River District Health Centre would be greatly appreciated.

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