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NOWACZYNSKI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-23 published
KRICORISSIAN- BEDROS, " Peter" Raphael
Peacefully in hospital, in Ottawa, on Monday, July 21, 2008, in his 95th year. Beloved husband of the late Seta. Dear father of Gregg (Donna) and Linda KRICORISSIAN (James PERRY.) Loving grandfather of Ryan and Julie KRICORISSIAN, Alex and Andrew PERRY. The family would like to express their gratitude to the Doctors and staff of the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus, B5 and the Geriatric Assessment Unit for their care and support. They would also like to thank the staff at Park Place Retirement Residence (Ottawa) for their care and attention. Special thanks to Doctor Mark NOWACZYNSKI, of Toronto, a dedicated advocate of homecare for the elderly. A memorial service will be held in Toronto at a later date. Condolences, donations or tributes may be made at www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com.

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NOWAK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-15 published
FALKO, Catherine (née Katarzyna NOWAK)
Her family announces with deep sadness the death of Catherine FALKO (née Katarzyna NOWAK) peacefully at home in her marriage bed, surrounded by her daughters, on Sunday, April 13, 2008 at the age of 86 years. Beloved and devoted wife of the late Aleksander FALKO of Sudbury. Cherished mother of Anne FALKO (Clive HOUSEMAN) of Toronto, and Elizabeth BAKER of Stittsville. Much loved grandmother of Jeffrey and Steven BAKER of Stittsville. A special thanks to the Sisters of Saint_Joseph for all of their care and guidance over the years. A private funeral service was held in Toronto. Interment in the family plot at Union Central Cemetery, Oxford Mills at a later date. If desired, donations may be made to the Saint_Joseph's Foundation of Sudbury, 1250 South Bay Road, Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 6L9 (www.sjvillasudbury.com) or to the Victorian Order of Nurses Canada Foundation, 110 Argyle Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 1B4. Online condolences may be sent through www.mem.com

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NOWAK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-07-16 published
BRUCE, George David
At home, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, July 12, 2008, in his 84th year. Beloved husband of Joy for 57 years. Loved and loving father of Heather and Roger and daughter-in-law Brenda. Dear uncle to Debbie and Mike NOWAK. At George's request, no services will follow. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or charity of your choice. Condolences - www.rskane.ca R.S. Kane 416-221-1159

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NOWAKOWSKA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-23 published
NOWAKOWSKI, Zofia (née ANSZPERGER)
Peacefully, with her children at her side, on January 21, 2008, at Copernicus Lodge, Toronto, in her 90th year. Born in Warszawa, Poland. Predeceased by her beloved husband Roman, her dearest brother Jurek ANSZPERGER and her beloved parents Zofia and Wiktor ANSZPERGER. Cherished mother of Irena and her husband Richard BOUGHNER, Wanda NOWAKOWSKA and her husband Christopher ADAMSON, and Mark NOWAKOWSKI and his wife Barbara. Much loved Babcia of André NOWAKOWSKI and Katherine GURNEY, Julia BOUGHNER and Nick JONES, Danielle NOWAKOWSKI and Alec CRAWFORD, Alex NOWAKOWSKI, Madeleine ADAMSON, and great-grandmother of Scarlett. Fondly remembered by family and Friends in Canada, Poland, England and United States. The family is grateful to the staff at Copernicus Lodge for their tender and compassionate care. Heartfelt thanks to the angels of Fourth Floor South and to Doctor KLODAS. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Copernicus Lodge. Friends will be received at the Ridley Funeral Home, 3080 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (between Islington and Kipling Aves., at 14th Street, 416-259-3705) on Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Teresa's Catholic Church (100 Tenth St) on Saturday at 11 a.m. Interment Assumption Catholic Cemetery. Messages of Condolence may be placed at www.RidleyFuneralHome.com.

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NOWAKOWSKA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-27 published
WRONSKI, Venta Janosik
February 21 at Kristus Darzs Latvian Home, 2 weeks short of her 96th birthday. Venta had lived a truly extraordinary life over almost a full century, being a first hand witness to the significant European events of the 20th century. Her sense of adventure, zest for life, and unfailing love and support, is missed very much by her daughter, Diana JANOSIK- WRONSKI, Diana's husband David DORWARD and her granddaugher Kira, as well as her niece Barbara NOWAKOWSKA. A celebration of her life will be held at Kristus Darzs Latvian Home, 11290 Pine Valley Dr., Woodbridge, Sat. March 8 (her 96th birthday), 2-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers a donation to Kristus Darzs Latvian Home or New Horizons Tower in Toronto would be appreciated. Messages of Condolence may be placed at www.RidleyFuneralHome.com.

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NOWAKOWSKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-23 published
NOWAKOWSKI, Zofia (née ANSZPERGER)
Peacefully, with her children at her side, on January 21, 2008, at Copernicus Lodge, Toronto, in her 90th year. Born in Warszawa, Poland. Predeceased by her beloved husband Roman, her dearest brother Jurek ANSZPERGER and her beloved parents Zofia and Wiktor ANSZPERGER. Cherished mother of Irena and her husband Richard BOUGHNER, Wanda NOWAKOWSKA and her husband Christopher ADAMSON, and Mark NOWAKOWSKI and his wife Barbara. Much loved Babcia of André NOWAKOWSKI and Katherine GURNEY, Julia BOUGHNER and Nick JONES, Danielle NOWAKOWSKI and Alec CRAWFORD, Alex NOWAKOWSKI, Madeleine ADAMSON, and great-grandmother of Scarlett. Fondly remembered by family and Friends in Canada, Poland, England and United States. The family is grateful to the staff at Copernicus Lodge for their tender and compassionate care. Heartfelt thanks to the angels of Fourth Floor South and to Doctor KLODAS. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Copernicus Lodge. Friends will be received at the Ridley Funeral Home, 3080 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (between Islington and Kipling Aves., at 14th Street, 416-259-3705) on Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Teresa's Catholic Church (100 Tenth St) on Saturday at 11 a.m. Interment Assumption Catholic Cemetery. Messages of Condolence may be placed at www.RidleyFuneralHome.com.

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NOWELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-28 published
Maggy REEVES, 85: Couturier
Austrian-born designer clothed Canada's rich and famous
By Iris NOWELL, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S12
Toronto -- As a child, fashion designer Maggy REEVES became acquainted with immense wealth and one of its conspicuous spinoffs - beautifully dressed women. It changed her life so that years later she would attain the pinnacle of fashion excellence in Canada.
Born into uncertain times in Austria in 1924, she was christened Margarethe WEISZ. As a nine-year-old growing up in Austria she sensed only faint stirrings of the unrest around her. In 1937, she gained an abrupt understanding when her Jewish father, Robert WEISZ, fled the Nazis and escaped abroad, leaving behind his Catholic wife and daughters Margarethe and Trude.
During the Second World War, the threesome moved to the countryside where they were spared the worst of the conflict. In 1947, Margarethe married Willibald NAGENZAUM, a bookkeeper she had known from her school days. The marriage lasted only two years and she, with son Frederick, left Vienna to join her father in the Dominican Republic. There, she discovered he had bigamously married a niece of Rafael TRUJILLO, the country's infamous dictator. Margarethe and her son moved in with her father and his wife and, in doing so, rubbed shoulders with the elite of society. The women, she discovered, were stunningly dressed.
"I was so jealous," she said years later. "I showed off by making the wildest clothes." This achieved the desired effect: "People looked at me."
By 1949, however, she had grown unhappy living with her father's new wife and ran off and married James COURTNEY, a well-to-do Texan. This proved to be a mistake. After two tumultuous years in Dallas, they divorced and she moved to New York where she became an apprentice pattern maker.
In 1953, she moved to Montreal where she broadened her experience as a junior designer. Two years later, she settled in Toronto. There she got a foothold in couture by custom designing high-fashion clothes. By then known as Maggy, she set up a business in her home on Bayview Avenue in Toronto's Moore Park neighbourhood and hired three women as seamstresses. In her window she hung a sign: "L'elegance - Paris, Toronto, Haute Couture."
"Maggy organized little fashion shows in the living room," said her friend Edith BILEK, a fellow Austrian who served clients tea and sandwiches. "That's how Maggy began."
The business developed quickly but lacked capital to expand. A client named Reva JOSEPH, whose husband was a prosperous car dealer, offered the necessary backing. The new business was named Maggy Reeves, which is derived from their first names - Maggy and Reva. In 1957, the Maggy Reeves salon opened on Cumberland Street in Toronto. Over time, Maggy adopted it as her own name.
The business flourished and in 1962 she married Otto SOMLAI, a Hungarian who had fled the 1956 revolution. At first, he worked in a furniture factory but later quit to work alongside his wife.
By that time her salon enjoyed a staff of European-trained women who painstakingly produced the handwork that was the Maggy Reeves imprimatur -- beading, quilting, hand painting and embroidery. Working with fine silk chiffon, for example, a design might comprise six or eight hem lengths, each hand-rolled and stitched so fine the stitches were scarcely visible. Such filmy chiffon and tiny stitches allowed a dress to "float" as the wearer walked. It was a distinct mark of couture.
Ms. REEVES's workers spent hundreds of hours on handwork she could never afford to charge. Prices of her ball gowns averaged $2,000 to $3,000, which in Paris or New York would be 10 times higher. Her costliest design was $10,000.
Interestingly, the customer was not always right. If Ms. REEVES felt an outfit would not be flattering, she refused to make it and instead devised a glamorous alternative. She steered women away from tight-fitting clothes they thought were sexy. "If you wear something too tight that shows your bumps," she once told a reporter, "you will look like a snake that has swallowed eggs."
In October of 1964, an afternoon tea and fashion show at the Park Plaza Hotel put her salon on the map. Organized by her friend and public-relations whiz, the late Catherine SMYTH, the event was intended to expose Toronto women to haute couture suits, coats and ball gowns that were the equal of Paris, Rome and New York.
"Everybody went ga-ga," recalls Anne CASEY, a client who modelled in the show. "People wanted to buy the clothes right off your back."
Clientele grew quickly and Ms. REEVES often had difficulty obtaining high-quality fabrics in Canada. Twice a year, she travelled to textile mills in France, Italy and Austria in search of the best materials. Frequently, she went to New York for the luxurious ribbons, piping, vintage beads and Swarovski crystal buttons that gave her designs their characteristic touch.
In 1977, a star-studded charity fashion show in Los Angeles earned recognition in the U.S. The show, in support of the Loretta Young Auxiliary of Saint Anne's Maternity Hospital and Home for Unwed Mothers, was organized by Toronto broadcast journalist Edie FRANKEL. The clothes were modelled by the wives of actors and the event attracted celebrities and young starlets.
However, it also produced a big problem.
"Maggy took one look at the models and said, 'I told you, no breasts!' Ms. FRANKEL recalled. All along, Ms. REEVES had been concerned that naturally busty women and breast-implanted women would not fit her fashions. Fortunately, she had brought along a sewing machine, and her assistant Franca RANIERE immediately made alterations.
Ms. REEVES continued as a leader in Canadian haut couture for some years after that but demand diminished in the 1990s as fashion changed to ultra casual wear. Nonetheless, with one part-time worker she continued to make couture in her Toronto apartment for a few loyal clients.
Maggy REEVES was born Margarethe Katharina WEISZ in Vienna, Austria, on October 11, 1924. She died April 9, 2008, in Toronto of heart failure. She was 85. She is survived by her sister, Trude, and her son Fred Courtney. She was predeceased by her husband, Otto, in 1991.

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NOWICKI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-14 published
NOWICKI, Vera
Peacefully at University Hospital on June 11th, 2008, Mrs. Vera NOWICKI of London in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Nickolay NOWICKI. Loving mother of Victor and his wife Laura NOWICKI. Survived by sister-in-law Klava and niece Vera in Ukraine. She will be sadly missed by good Friends Ron and Leoni DITCHFIELD of London. Born October 12, 1922 in Ukraine, Vera came to Canada in 1951 with her husband and son and immediately developed long lasting Friendships in the London and Toronto Ukrainian Communities. Vera devoted 33 year to the biscuit department of McCormick's before retiring in her mid sixties. She will be remembered for her kindness and generosity and her efforts as president of the Ukrainian Orthodox Woman's Association. Special thanks and appreciation to the wonderful caregivers of Marion Villa at Mr. Hope and University Hospital Stroke Centre. Visitation in the Lloyd R. Needham Funeral Chapel, (520 Dundas St, London) on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 with Panachida at 7: 00 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 17th, 2008, at 10: 00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church (151 King Edward Ave, London). Interment to follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. In memory of Vera, contributions to Mt. Hope, University Hospital Stroke Centre or the Children of Chernobyl would be greatly appreciated.

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