Grateful

Anita was one of the first people I met when I moved to Hamilton and I hardly knew anyone. She very kindly offered her time to meet with me and suggest people & agencies I might be interested in learning about. I loved learning about Stewart Memorial’s rich history. So much so, I visit this church periodically. Anita impressed me with her integrity, attentiveness & care to others, take charge manner and wisdom (& not all in that order). We kept in touch; right up to the month before she passed. I am so thrilled that she finally got to […]

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Sincere Sympathy

As a former work colleague for several years, I was saddened, indeed, to learn of Anita’s death. It was with admiration, that I read Jeff Mahoney’s tribute to Anita in the Hamilton Spectator. Anita deserved all the accolades cited. Not only were we professional colleagues at Hamilton Health Sciences, but we also worked together in leadership positions on the Provincial Nursing Administrators’ Interest Group for the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario. Anita took on several fundraising projects, both for her profession, and also for Ronald McDonald House, Zonta, and others. She was an excellent role model, and wonderful corporate citizen. […]

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“Blueberry Anita”

I met Anita 13 years ago when we served together on a Board and I was so privileged to stay in touch with her. For several years, we went blueberry picking together with my children, who affectionately called her “Blueberry Anita”. She knew all the right places to go and just when to get the best berries. I’ve been treated to spending time in her incredible garden, to tasting her delectable biscott. I have been so inspired by her yoga practice, her exquisite taste in fabrics and art and her selfless care of friends and family. Her wedding outfit was […]

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My Deepest Condolences

I never met Mama but feel your pain please accept my heart felt and deepest sympathy.I pray seasons, times and the rest of us left behind will heal in love and comfort one day at a time

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Memories Of A Friend

I met Anita on the first day I arrived at Zonta. She was a very dignified and friendly woman who immediately introduced herself and made me feel so welcome. Little did I know that she would eventually become a very close friend of mine. When Anita and Winston got married a few years back, I was pleased to do the flowers for her wedding. She wanted simple elegance and was meticulous about how she wanted the flowers to be arranged. She was especially fond of lilac and purple tones. She was a beautiful bride standing next to Winston. They made […]

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Anita My Friend and Confidant

I first met Anita when she became a student of mine at Ancaster Senior Achievement Center. While she knew already how to do the craft of Japanese Embroidery she joined my classes and quietly stitched away. With precision and calm she produced many many beautiful pictures. Anita was a great listener and she helped me through many moments by asking how things were going, and prompting me to stay the course and be positive. I never heard her say a bad word of anyone and although shy, she had a wonderful giggle. Our class was a family of its own, […]

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My deepest sympathy to Anitas family

During the many years I have known Anita (through Zonta) ,she was always there for me. While I was grieving she called and wrote to me many times. The last card I received, was the day she was taken ill and rushed to the hospital Here is an excerpt from her beautiful card…..” I am keeping you in my prayers. I know that each day you will get stronger and the loving memories will continue to fill your heart with joy…” That shows what a loving person she was. Rest in pease dear Anita. Alina Zilvytis

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I Wish We Met..

Dear Anita, after Ryan and Ini left your house on the first you met each other, they came straight to my house. When I heard the whole story, I praised and thanked God for everything. I was looking forward to meet you, since your home is so close to mine. A couple of weeks later , I got a call that you were in hospital with a stroke. My heart was broken (seems like I knew you). I cried and prayed, but in everything we allow God’s Will to be done. Your re-union with Ryan is certainly Divine from God. […]

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My Confidant and Mentor

Anita has blessed my life in ways that would take a lifetime to tell. Her kindness, loyalty, courage, and grace were always on full display. She was a humble and wise spirit who always saw the best in others. She always ended every phone call or interaction with me with, ‘thanks for being a good friend’ I was honored two years ago when she presented me with the Footprints of Faith Award… I will never forget the kind words she spoke to me… I will miss her terribly and I hope she knew that she too ‘was a good friend. […]

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Never Forgotten

My very first conversation with Anita was incredible and will never be forgotten. When I heard her say those earthshaking words,”That is my SON”. I was overwhelmed with emotion and besides myself! Ryan and I spent the day with Anita and Winston.It was such a beautiful and heartfelt visit. She even taught me to do intricate Japanese Banku Embroidery and shared her vast needlework collection. Mama V, thank you for your outpouring of love in such a short time…It felt like I had known you for years!We will do our very best to ensure your exquisite Dahlia garden thrives. Rest […]

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