SHIRLEY KORINEK (2021) obituary – Fonthill, ON

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SHIRLEY ALICE KORINEK (née Jeffery) Born: Township of Louth, Ontario: January 26, 1936 Died: Fonthill, Ontario, December 18, 2021 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother and grandmother Shirley Alice (Jeffery) Korinek. Devoted wife of the late Fred Korinek for 56 years; mother of Dr. Valerie Korinek (Simonne Horwitz) of Saskatoon and Kimberley Korinek, CPA (John Barrett) of Toronto. Beloved grandmother of Thomas and Daniel of Saskatoon; and Jack, Hilary, Jacob and Ken of Toronto. Beloved sister of Joyce Richardson (Reg Tufford) and aunt of Jeffery Richardson (Sandra) and Christy Van Dyk (Gary). Predeceased by her parents Alice and Harry Jeffery. Shirley grew up in Louth Township, now St. Catharines, in a loving family and has fond memories of family, community, musical and religious activities. She was a member of 4H, raising prized banty chickens, a talented piano student, involved in joy clubs, choirs, community skating, plays and dances. Some of his fondest memories are those of those years, of his friends, siblings, pets, teachers and parents. His family vacationed in York, Maine, and it was memorable annual trips. Mom was involved in her parents’ dairy, Jeffery’s Dairy, and well known on the different roads – Port Dalhousie, Vineland, Jordan. She enjoyed working with her parents in this capacity. Shirley graduated (Grade 13) from St. Catharines Collegiate Institute in 1954 and then attended Hamilton Teacher’s College. She drove a group of local students and regaled us with stories of those rides in her VW bug. Mom was a brilliant teacher, she taught elementary school in St. Catharines for a decade. Kindergarten was her favorite, and she was an admired teacher, still receiving cards from students, families and colleagues up to the age of seventy. In 1964, Shirley made a bold move when she met Fred Korinek, a businessman from Toronto, and in 1965 they married and she moved to the Kingsway neighborhood of Etobicoke. There she devoted all her talents to motherhood and housekeeping. She was devoted to Valerie and Kimberley, involved with the Kingsway Women’s Club, Kingsway Lambton United Church, and school trips to Branksome Hall, in addition to all the girls’ activities. Throughout those active family years in Toronto, Mum remained devoted to her widowed mother in Niagara, taking weekly trips in her Golden Camaro with her miniature poodle Pierre by her side. Together our family have had many happy years on the Kingsway and at the Wasaga Beach Cabin. In 1985 mom and dad returned to the area, first to a beautiful farm on the Niagara Escarpment in Vineland, and then in 1999 to their beloved home in Fonthill. In 2001, when her grandchildren started arriving, mom was overjoyed and immediately got into many knitted outfits, cooking, visiting, doing crafts, reading to them (along with trips at the Fonthill Public Library to stock up on books) and especially by following their exploits, activities and passions. We have literally hundreds of photos of her surrounded by grandchildren, reading, speaking, and fully engaged in their lives. Her passions for the Montreal Canadiens, family genealogy, the royal family, regional stories, ancestral recipes, singing songs around the piano and traveling to Florida were among the many things Mom shared with her grandchildren. . Mom also loved to travel to visit her grandchildren and daughters, she made frequent trips to Saskatoon, Toronto and Georgian Bay for memorable family visits. She returned from her last trip “to the West” in October 2021. Mom realized that the important things in life were family, love, time spent together, and making special memories. Her daughters spoke to mom every day, and were in Fonthill every week, trying to fill the huge void left by our dad’s passing in May 2021. She was, quite simply, the heart of our family. Unfortunately, the weather was no longer on Mom’s side. After battling three cancer diagnoses, the fourth fight turned out to be too hard even for someone as strong and courageous as our mother. She passed away with her beloved daughters by her side after a brief hospitalization. We are grateful that until these last days she was able to live in her home as she wished. Our family would like to thank the amazing nurses and staff at Welland Hospital for their loving care. A private visitation and funeral will be held at Pelham Funeral Home, Fonthill. Those wishing to view the service can do so via the live broadcast by visiting the PELHAM FUNERAL HOME Facebook page on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 from 11:00 a.m., please log in before 10:50 a.m. Interment will follow at Victoria Lawn Cemetery in Saint Catharines. In sympathy, donations can be made to Covenant House, Toronto, or Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (www.mfpacanada.com). Online condolences can be shared at www. salonfuneralepelham.ca

Published by The Globe and Mail December 24-28, 2021.

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