Janet Patricia (Major) Toner March 10, 1940 – November 2, 2021
Janet was predeceased by her parents, Nick and Kay Major, sister-in-law, Eileen Major, close cousins Nick, Mike, and Bill Kozie, and other extended-family members.
Janet is survived by her adoring husband of 59 years, Bill; her brother, Bernie, of Lynden, Washington; many cousins across Canada; and friends too numerous to count. Also surviving Janet are her much-loved and loving God-children: Angela Shura, Patricia (Roos) Bell, Nicci (Kozie) Johnston, Michelle (Kozie) Chassie, Michael Toner, Guillaume Carriere, and Brian Thomson.
Born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kenora, Janet lived and grew up in Kenora’s North End. Janet’s Ukrainian traditions and culture were very important to her. She attended Central School and went on to the Kenora Keewatin District High School. After High school, Janet worked at Eaton’s and then went on to be the accounts-keeper at the Lake of the Woods Clinic, After Janet and Bill married in 1962 Janet worked at the Kenora Catholic School Board office until 1971, leaving by choice to become co-builder, decorator, and “maintenance” person at Janet and Bill’s new home. There, Janet enjoyed gardening, knitting, sewing. baking, reading, and, to Janet’s great pleasure, entertaining and hosting many dinners for their many friends, for 50 years.
Amid her many hobbies and passions, Janet enjoyed music and excelled in singing. She was President of the G Clef Choir, sang with Margie, Beth, and Leslie in the “Singcerely” Quartet, and was a volunteer supporter of the Festival of the Arts for a number of years. Janet was an active parishioner at Notre Dame, and was known by many for her love of decorating at church (and at home) for Christmas.
Janet and Bill travelled widely throughout Canada and the United States, and upon Bill’s retirement, spent many happy winters with friends in La Feria, Texas. Although flying was by far not her favourite mode of transportation, together, they flew to Hawaii, Mexico, and the Bahamas. Janet was always very happy when the destination was reached and she was back on solid ground to enjoy new people, places, and things. Janet also loved dancing, and was already thinking about planning their celebration for their 60th anniversary and party, next summer.
Janet was a warm, loving, compassionate, and fun-filled person. Janet was with her husband, Bill, when she went to God after a very brief stay at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital. A good and prayerful person, Janet will be missed by all who knew her, for “to know her was to love her.”
Vashnya Pamyat, Janet
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at Notre Dame Church at 11 a.m .on Saturday, November 20,2021
Due to Covid restrictions, the capacity of the church is restricted, and attendance will, regrettably, be limited to those invited. For those wishing to recognize Janet in some way, a donation to a charity 0f their choice would be appreciated.