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Amelia Shiska (nee Rendziak)

May 1, 1925 - March 31, 2019

 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Mother,

Amelia Shiska, at home with her family by her side one month shy of her 94th birthday.

 

She leaves to mourn her daughters, Katherine Galvin (Ralph) of Penticton, Lisa Penner (Mark) of Fort Frances and Angela Davidson (Brian) of Kenora.  She was Grandmother (Baba) to Tamara (Tim), Christina, Jordan, Neil (Isabelle), Kristen (Bryce), Eric (Emily), Ian and Ryan. She also leaves her Great-grandchildren Jacqueline, Olivia, Nicole (James), Matthew, Maddison, Riley and Ava and great-great grandchildren Alexander, Emily and Austin. She will also be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and friends.

 

She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years John, son John Jr., grandson Robert and siblings, Peter Rendziak, Ann Kotello, George Sawchuk, Bill Sawchuk and Paul Sawchuk.

 

Amelia was born on May 1, 1925 to Jan and Katherine Rendziak, her father passing away in an accident 6 months before her birth and her mother when Mom was only 14.  Her early years were spent in the Kenora's Northend and although she had many hardships, she had many good memories too.

 

She married John Shiska on March 3, 1942 and they made their home at various logging camps in Northwestern Ont, moving to Kenora in 1967.  She cherished the friendships she made in the camps especially at Camp Robinson. Mom loved to fish and hunt, pick wild berries and mushrooms. She loved to curl and told many stories of her winning days. She loved playing games and cribbage with her family.

 

Mom was a wonderful cook, providing traditional Ukrainian treats, pies and cakes, jams and jellies to her family.  A master gardener, she could grow anything, sharing her bounty with family, friends and neighbours.  She had already started to plan this year’s garden. She loved to sew, knit, crochet and do needlepoint.  We will all cherish her creations.  She also loved to tinker with things, taking things apart and fixing them if she could.  She was frugal, wasting nothing, but very generous to her family and would help anyone in need.

 

Most of all she was a wonderful Mother, friend and Grandmother.  She was always a shoulder to lean on, a voice of advice & reason, there for a hug & our biggest fan.  She was very much loved and an inspiration to us in her resourcefulness, resilience, sense of humour & independence.  She was so proud to be living in her own home and adamant that she could do things for herself, often found with a hammer, shovel or car keys in hand.

 

The family would like to thank the staff at LWDH, especially those on 3rd East.  Special thanks to Alexis Peplinski for her support and all those who helped to get Mom home as she wished.

 

As per Mom's wishes, cremation has taken place and no service will be held.  A private family internment will be held at a later date.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pinecrest Home for the Aged-Hospice or a charity of your choice.

 

                      She gave me love, as well as life: so whatever goodness

                      I bring to Earth began with the gift of my Mother's heart.