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"WAV" 2005 Obituary


WAVERCHUCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-02 published
Passed away, on Friday, July 1, 2005 at Mount Sinai Hospital, after a short illness, at age 78. Wanda is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Walter; her children Walter Jr. and Halina, Donna and Kevin FULLER, Helena and Symon KOUKLEWSKY; brother John of Vancouver; granddaughters Christina, Andrea and Melodia and family and Friends in Canada, the U.S., Poland and Ukraine. Wanda was an active parishioner of St. Sophie's in Montreal, St. Andrew's in Florida and St. Demetrius in Toronto. Wanda was a long term C.N. employee and was instrumental in gaining equal pass privileges for all C.N. female employees across Canada. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Sunday, July 3, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Panahyda 7: 30 p.m. Sunday evening. Funeral and interment will take place in Montreal. For those who wish, donations may be made to St. Demetrius Orthodox Cathedral. Vichnaya Pamyat

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WAVERMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-10 published
By Lucy WAVERMAN, Tuesday, May 10, 2005, Page A20
Mother, artist, shopkeeper, woman of style. Born September 10, 1915, in Glasgow, Scotland. Died December 16, 2004, in Toronto, of ovarian cancer, aged 89.
My mother was a woman of style, charm, wit and dignity. She was an original... unique. My father used to say that a woman who was such a creative person and yet so organized could take on the world. And in her own way she did. But my mother grew up at a time when brains in women were not valued. She had a limited formal education but was a voracious reader and moviegoer. She loved nothing better than to dissect a movie and her insights were often unusual and unexpected. She loved the theatre and dance -- ballet, especially. And she was not content to just watch: my brother David and I were often moved to cover our eyes when Mum got up to do one of her exotic dances at a wedding. She was very good, in the style of Isadora Duncan, but somewhat of an embarrassment to her children. She exercised every day until a few days before she died and said it kept her body lithe.
She was born in Scotland, the eldest of three daughters in a well-to-do family. She found the Jewish life in Glasgow stultifying and longed to escape. Eventually she persuaded my father to come to Canada and she never looked back.
Throughout her life, she involved herself in projects and businesses that kept her imagination alive. She was a superb cook and she turned that talent into a career when she first came to Canada. She taught cooking at her own cooking school: The International School of Cooking. From there she opened her own store -- The Compleat Kitchen -- and she said those were the best years of her life, as chefs and foodies flocked through the door for advice, food gossip and that special little piece of equipment they knew she would carry.
Later, after she sold the store, she made television commercials and starred in an award-winning rock video. She turned to art, doing intricate and beautiful collages that she gave as gifts to people who pleased her. She was also one of the grandmothers in the television cooking show The Loving Spoonful.
Mother loved beauty and she could find it everywhere. She loved beautiful people -- especially beautiful men. That's why she married Dad, she said. Handsome, tall and smart: good genes to give to her children. Her husband Ben GENEEN passed away in June, 2004, at the age of 91.
She was not a typical mother. In fact, as a young woman, I used to wish that she stayed home and baked cakes and made T.V. dinners her cakes were often works of art and her meals were always extraordinary. It took maturity to understand the gifts she had to give. It is the privilege of having your parents live a long life in command of their faculties to see them in so many different roles and recognize and appreciate their infinite value in your life.
Mother was a straight talker. She told people what she deemed to be the truth although some did not want to hear. Many treasured her for just this quality.
She reserved her greatest love for her children and grandchildren. She adored her grandchildren. In her great-grandchildren she could already see the seeds of her artistic temperament. (Six weeks after her death, her great-granddaughter Anna Pearl was born.)
Mother gave our family the greatest gift as she lay dying. She chose not to have treatment but used the time to communicate her thoughts and feelings about all of us; both individually and as a family. She gave each of us love and understanding, leaving us a legacy of beauty, art, wit, straight talking and humour.
Globe food writer Lucy WAVERMAN is Pearl's daughter.

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WAVERMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-13 published
GAJDOS, Helen (née ROTH)
Peacefully in Montreal on Wednesday May 11, 2005. Beloved wife of the late Dr. Zoltan. Dear mother and mother-in-law of Dr. Eva KLEIN and Professor Leonard WAVERMAN, Dr. Tom and Cathy GAYDOS. Loving sister and sister-in-law of Emma and Ernest DUBY, the late Rose and the late Max LESTER, the late Lily and the late Jack GOLTZMAN, the late Leon and the late Edith ROTH, the late Lilka and the late Max NAPARSTEK, the late Pearl and the late Carol SCHENK. Sister-in-law of Emery and the late Yanka GAJDOS. Cherished grandmother of Laura, and Jordan KLEIN, Maya, and Dana GAYDOS. She will be lovingly remembered by her nieces, nephews, family and Friends. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Saint Mary's Hospital for their exceptional care, compassion and dedication. A special thank you to Karyn John for her devotion. Funeral service from Paperman and Sons, Montreal on Friday May 13 at 2: 30 p.m. Burial in Montreal. Shiva at Ruby Foos Hotel, 7655 Decairie Blvd., Montreal, daily from 2: 00 to 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Contributions in her memory may be made to Emunah Women in Montreal, 514-485-2539.

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