MATUSIAK, Lida. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother Lida Vera Matusiak, who died peacefully in her sleep at Irene Thomas Hospice, Delta, British Columbia on November 30, 2012. She was 87. Born in the village of Mikulas, Slovakia in Czechoslovakia, Lida came to Canada at the age of three. She married her beloved Marvin (Mun) Edward Matusiak in Toronto, Ontario in 1947, and raised three sons: Marvin, James, and Nicolas in Ottawa, Ontario.

Outgoing and energetic, she enjoyed working jobs in Pharmacy, Real Estate, and as a translator with CSIS. She retired with Mun in 1987 to enjoy the mild White Rock winters and cross-country commuting – via motor home – to their cottage near Ottawa for the summer. Lately she was content to enjoy her beautiful gardens created by eldest son Marvin. Lida is survived by her three sons, by her granddaughters Sara, Kari, Jamie, Kristine, and Jennifer, by her grandsons David, Christopher, Andrew, and Martin, and by her great-grandchildren Geneva and Hayden. She was predeceased by husband Mun, parents Lida and Gus Pristupa, by her brothers Gus and Miro, and her sisters-in-law Mary and Mary.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of the Peace Arch Hospital Acute Care for the Elderly unit, and at the Irene Thomas Hospice in Delta, for her brief time in their care. A memorial service in celebration of Lida Matusiak will be held at First United Church, 15385 Semiahmoo Ave. White Rock, BC on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lida’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

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