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KOHAJDA 2008-03-19 published
KOHAJDA, Victoria "Vicki" Gizzella (née SZILVASI)
Passed away on Sunday March 16, 2008 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Chatham campus with her daughters by her side. Vicki was born in Saskatchewan 76 years ago to her parents George and Elizabeth SZILVASI. Predeceased by her husband George KOHAJDA (1992,) she is survived by her three daughters Kathy KOHAJDA and Gary SWANCE of Huntsville, Nancy KOHAJDA of Chatham and Karolyn KOHAJDA of London. She is also survived by her sisters Elsie of Blenheim, Dorothy of London and Irene of London. She is predeceased by her sister Betty and by brothers George and Bill. Vicki was passionate about growing fruits and vegetables. Together, she and her husband George owned and operated Pine Crest Farms on Talbot Trail for over 50 years. The KOHAJDA family would like to invite Friends to attend visitation at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home, 60 Stanley Street, Blenheim on Wednesday March 19, 2008 from 2: 00-4:30 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. A Funeral Service honouring Vicki's life will be held from the Funeral Home on Thursday March 20, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. Officiating will be Rev. Fr. Greg MULLIGAN of Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Pardoville Cemetery. Friends wishing to make a memorial donation in honour of Vicki, are asked to consider the Canadian Cancer Society, Blenheim Relay for Life. Donations may be arranged by contacting the Blenheim Community Funeral Home, 519-676-9200. Online condolences and donations may be left at

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KOHN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-20 published
WEAFER, William David " Bud"
Died on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at Woods Park Care Centre in Barrie. Born January 31, 1932 in Brandon, Manitoba. Much loved husband of Lindsay MORGAN. Dear father of Chuck (Brenda,) Rick (Carolyn,) and Rob (Jay) WEAFER, Laura (Don) MALO, and Maureen BÖSTROM. Loved and loving stepfather to Marsha SOTOMAYOR and Murray KOHN; Sarah BALINT, David and Charles MORGAN. "Grampa" to Kevin and Sarah; Aaron and Anne; Bradley and Ashley; Julia, Jesse and Brittany; David and Michelle; Bradley and Kimberley Maia and Graeme; Chloé, Anaïs and Magalie; Saskia and Alexander. Great-grandfather of Mackenzie, Coeli, Lauren and Alexis. Bud was passionate in his love for his family, and found great joy in the beauty of his garden. A graduate of Lakehead University and the University Associates internship program of La Jolla, Bud was involved for many years in the field of community development and adult education (Rural Learning Association, Weafer Morgan Associates, and the City of Thunder Bay). He was most recently employed as a consultant on industrial safety with Industrial Accident Prevention Association. Funeral service to be held on Monday March 24 at 2: 00 p.m. at Saint Thomas' Anglican Church, Shanty Bay. Reception to follow in the Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Thomas' Church, 65 Church Street, R.R.#3 Shanty Bay, Ontario L0L 2L0, where Bud was a past warden, or to the Alzheimer Society of Greater Simcoe County, 12 Fairview Rd., Box 1414 Barrie, Ontario L4M 5R4. Condolences may be forwarded through

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KOHN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-30 published
BEHAR, Mathilda
Mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, best friend. Born April 14, 1923, in Istanbul, Turkey. Died January 6 in Richmond Hill, Ontario, of a heart attack, aged 84.
By Melanie Kazman KOHN, Page L8
Mathilda, or Gram as she was affectionately known by all, was a petite woman. But it was astounding what a large heart she had. She gave completely of herself through her teachings, support and love.
Mathilda was a woman of the world, exuding knowledge and intellect. She was exceptionally well read, was fluent in eight languages and could instantly calculate mathematical equations in her head. She was educated in a French convent in Istanbul, and won numerous awards in school, before moving to Palestine in her teens. She was even accepted to the Sorbonne in Paris, with the eventual goal of studying medicine, but she didn't attend. In 1940, she married Albert BEHAR; they had three children, Yosi, Lina and Ada.
Mathilda remained in Jerusalem through the War of Independence in 1948 and the Six-Day War in 1967. In 1968, she picked up her entire life and travelled halfway across the world to be with her children. In Toronto, she worked as an accountant, a French tutor and a dressmaker. She was a talented woman who did what she had to do to support her family.
Mathilda took a significant interest in her family tree and traced her roots back to Spain in the 1400s. She would tell stories of her ancestors, who were Spanish consuls sent to France, Turkey, Denmark and other countries. A proud member of the Sedaka family, and a first cousin to Neil Sedaka, Gram had a wonderful singing voice.
Mathilda was always there to help family and Friends and shared her many talents with them: She worked at her children's businesses and hand-sewed wedding dresses and bridesmaid gowns. Until recently she knitted clothing for those in need, making hats, scarves and blankets for homeless people, cancer patients and babies in intensive care.
Mathilda was always conscious of others' feelings, and instilled in her children and grandchildren a sense of respect, etiquette and politeness. She had an amazing ability to see the best in people. She perfected the phrase "my sweetheart," said with strong meaning. In spite of her physical weakness by the end, she continued to give with all she had.
Mathilda was ecstatic to have participated in all seven of her grandchildren's weddings, and was blessed to become a great-grandmother nine times.
A lady with class, she loved whole-heartedly and enjoyed the little but important things in life. Certain songs, such as Wind Beneath My Wings, brought her to tears. In her unassuming, soft-spoken and insightful manner, she was a pillar of strength.
Melanie Kazman KOHN is Mathilda's granddaughter.

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