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Karin Smith

Karin Smith

Sunday, May 5th, 1940 - Thursday, November 28th, 2019
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It is with great sadness and disbelief that we announce the passing of Karin Smith. She tried to stay strong through her months’ long struggle with lung cancer, however could no longer hold on. Karin passed away peacefully at home with her daughter, Sabine and son-in-law Steven, by her side in the early hours of Thursday, November 28th. Over the past few weeks, her family and friends showed tremendous support, love and generosity which we are sure she felt. Over the years, Karin has been well known in the Toronto German community and Roncesvalles area as the co-owner of the well-loved, The Old Country Shop. Karin took great pride in running the shop that her father had originally established, with her beloved sister, Helga. Karin also was incredibly grateful for her marriage of nearly 50 years to her sweetheart, Leonard, who passed 11 years ago. Together they had established a life that they loved, were grateful for and proud of. Karin will be missed for her honesty, integrity, helpfulness, tenacity and generosity. Her strength, “made in Germany”, as she would say, is admired by many. She was a wonderful mother who always tried to give and do what was best for her Sabine, and the bond that they both share is unbreakable. Dear Karin, you will be missed more than you could ever know. You have touched many lives and you will live in all of our memories forever.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, December 1st, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Sunday, December 1st, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Ward Funeral Home, "Weston Chapel"
    Address
    2035 Weston Road
    TORONTO, ON M9N 1X7
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  • Second Visitation

    Sunday, December 1st, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Sunday, December 1st, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Ward Funeral Home Weston Chapel
    Address
    2035 Weston Road
    WESTON, ON
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  • Interment

    Location
    Cremation
    Address
    TORONTO, ON

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Deepti Limaye

Posted at 08:50pm
Dear Helga and Sabine and family,

We are so sorry to hear about Karin's passing. We have many fond memories of her from our trips to the Old Country Shop over the last four years, where she would give us recommendations on the best chocolates and newest arrivals, and always ask about our lives and activities. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

Much love,

Deepti Limaye and Martin Chandler
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Heidi Bilas

Posted at 12:14pm
Dear Sabine and Helga, and all family members of Karin,
We are very sorry for your loss. We share in your sadness.

Sabine, the loss of a Mother is like no other. You were her rock during life, and especially so during these past several hard weeks. Please remember that her strength and love for you will help you to see beyond the sorrow of today, with time.
You cared for her lovingly, beautifully, to the very end.
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Your beloved Mother and Sister was a very special person, and will always be remembered warmly, and with great fondness by so many people whose lives she touched, and certainly by all of us. It was always so very special to visit your gem of a store, The Old Country Shop, which is so much of the fabric and uniqueness of many generations in the Roncesvalles & High Park communities. The great joy was in seeing all of you, and bringing home special treasures that were both sentimental and lovely. Every visit brought rich memories of the past into the present....to be shared with the next generation. We have many precious memories...

May you all be blessed with comfort, and loving support.
Bilas Family (Heidi, Michael, Arianne)


Our deepest condolences to all of you,
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