PETRICH, Fanny Frances - It is with tremendous sorrow that I announce the passing of my beloved mother on Monday March 29, 2021 at Dom Lipa at the age 97.
Fanny Petrich was born in Rudnik, Slovenia where she experienced a very traumatic childhood and endured an extremely difficult life. Like many fellow Slovenians, she experienced war, civil war, and all its atrocities. Fanny had to abruptly leave her home and possessions, fleeing to Austria where she lived for 3 years in a refugee camp and worked in a nearby furniture factory operating a planer machine.
Immigrating to Canada on a contract in September 1948, Fanny worked for one year as a live-in domestic, fulfilling her obligations to the federal government. July 1949, she married my father Frank and worked in Food Services at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto until her early retirement.
Tragically she lost her husband in 1990 but through her great strength and strong character, she carried on.
Sadly, the last 12 years of her life, she continued to endure more hardship as she fought the illness that would eventually change her behaviour, rob her of her personality, memories, independence, and finally her life.
Fanny was a hard worker, a strict disciplinarian who had a kind, giving, and caring heart. She will be greatly missed by her devoted daughter Betty, her lifelong friends Anica and Lojze Dejak, her nieces Martha and Suzanne, and all who loved her.
She will now be reunited with her ever-loving husband Frank, her loyal sister-in-law Magda, her brothers Frank and Ivan Mehle and other relatives.
Many thanks to Mom’s former Cardiologist, Dr. Leonard Sternberg for his care, advice, and kindness over the years. Sincere gratitude to Dr. Barbara Pilarski, who provided 30 years of great medical care and support.
Thank you to everyone at Dom Lipa who were "a beacon of light in Fanny's darkness"! No words can express the compassion demonstrated by all of Fanny’s personal caregivers who went above and beyond their call of duty.
Funeral arrangements (respecting COVID restrictions) are entrusted with Ridley Funeral Home, Etobicoke.
If desired, donations may be made Dom Lipa.