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"KUP" 2007 Obituary


KUPER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-05 published
GRIECO, Shelley
Wife, mother, buby, sister, crossword puzzle maven. Born April 17, 1934, in Toronto. Died May 3 in Toronto of heart and diabetes complications, aged 73.
By Terrye KUPER, Page L8
We were born in the 1930s, first Beverley, then Shelley, then me, all within a little over three years. Our mother, Libbye, was a strong and healthy, progressive-minded woman and she raised us single-handedly to think for ourselves.
She referred to us as her three pearls, but in reality we were three peas in a pod. The formidable SWADRON sisters, known for our tenacity and even our chutzpah.
Growing up, it didn't take long to realize that Shelley was the smartest, most talented and prettiest of our mob. She was popular with everyone who came in contact with her, and could wrap anyone around her little finger as she smiled and batted her big brown eyes. I learned that to get our mom's okay, Bev and I had to be on Shelley's good side.
When Shelley decided to marry out of our Jewish faith in the 1950s, it was a rare and daring move. The rest of her life she kept a keen ear open for any cultural slur directed at her or her family. She never tolerated discrimination and would nip it in the bud.
Shelley had a big heart and shared it with many, but her two jewels, Ginnie and Frank, got the biggest share. She plied her love generously upon her children. When they found their partners, Bill and Marilyn, she learned to love them, too. But she had her heart set on a bigger booty - her six grandchildren. She was buby to them, and bragged about their achievements, and was by their bedsides when they were ill. Shelley was always there for her family.
I often marvelled at how she painstakingly sequined Ginnie's skating dresses. And she spent many hours at her stove making pasta, meat dishes and other goodies - not for her, because she wasn't even allowed to eat some of these delicacies, but for her children and grandchildren. Sometimes she even made gnocchi for my grandchildren, but they had to pay with a kiss and a thank you, if not in person then over the phone.
It is our custom to hand out coins to children during Hanukkah, and Shelley made it her pleasure to fulfill this practice. Every year at Hanukkah she purchased beautiful sets of coins from the Canadian mint for all the grandchildren in the family. Even in the last several years, as Shelley's health deteriorated, her love for her family never did.
How do you judge a person's life? Not everyone is a notation in history. To me, Shelley's life may be judged by her family and Friends and by our feeling of loss. Our lives were enriched by knowing her.
Terrye KUPER is Shelley's younger sister.

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KUPFERSCHMIDT o@ca.on.grey_county.hanover.the_post 2007-11-09 published
Barbara BURK/BURKE, of Hanover, passed away at Hanover and District Hospital on Saturday, November 3, 2007. She was 69.
Born in Toronto, daughter of the late Walter and Florence (nee MAYNARD) CHALMERS. Barbara was a bookkeeper/ secretary at Hanover Motors until retiring. Barb was a proud member of the Hanover Police Service Board, serving three terms over 13 years. She was also a member of the Hanover Public Library Board from 1985 to Survived by her daughter Michelle (Shawn) HAGGERTY of Fergus, son Wayne BURK/BURKE (Susan MARTELLOTTI) of London, grandchildren Megan (Shawn) SIMPSON, Leslie BURK/BURKE, Dana BURK/BURKE, Theron HAGGERTY and Marissa HAGGERTY, great-grandchild Alex SIMPSON and step-granddaughter Shauni HAGGERTY. Also survived by her sisters Donna (Doug) SCHAUS of Hanover, Carol Anne (Dennis) KUPFERSCHMIDT of Mildmay, brother William (Elaine) CHALMERS of Neustadt, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Joe (Mabel) BURK/BURKE of Point Clark, and sister-in-law Susie Marie DONALDSON of Hanover. Predeceased by her husband Ronald BURK/BURKE and brothers Kenneth, Robert and Ronald.
Visitation was held at Mighton Funeral Home, Hanover on Monday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at 1 p.m. at Hanover Missionary Church. Rev. Peter GIBBINS officiated. Interment in Hanover Cemetery.
Pall bearers were Ben KUPFERSCHMIDT, Kevin CHALMERS, Mark SCHAUS, Alvin GREIN, Bob WHITE/WHYTE and Tracy DAVID.
Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Children's Health Foundation, Hanover Hospital Foundation or Hanover Library were appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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KUPFERSCHMIDT o@ca.on.grey_county.hanover.the_post 2007-11-30 published
Esther KUPFERSCHMIDT, of Mildmay, passed away at Brucelea Haven on Wednesday, November 21, 2007 in her 80th year. Esther (SCHNEIDER,) beloved wife of the late Francis KUPFERSCHMIDT.
Dear sister of Sister Germaine SCHNEIDER of Waterdown, Luella FORTNEY of Deemerton and Clayton SCHNEIDER of Mildmay.
Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brothers Oscar, Peter, Gilbert and Stanley, and her sister, Hilda GRIEN.
Visitation was at the Greg Roberts Funeral Home, Mildmay on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. with a vigil service at 8: 45 pm.
Funeral Mass was conducted by Fr. W.T. SEHL in Sacred Heart Church, Mildmay on Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 11 a.m. Interment Sacred Heart Cemetery, Mildmay.
Donations were made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or a charity of your choice.

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