With great sadness we announce the loss of Anna Jadwiga Tokarz, of Orangeville Ontario, who passed away Sunday, September 4, 2022.
Anna was born December 24, 1938, in Howelow, Poland, to parents Antoni and Katarzyna Szewc. She came to Canada December 7, 1960.
Anna married Wojciech (Albert) Tony Klamka and they resided in Fort Frances, Ontario, where they had two children, Andre Frank Klamka and Kathleen Teresa Leslie (Klamka).
Anna learned to speak English with the help of her husband, neighbours and small Polish community. Anna was a hard worker and spent many years as a housekeeper at La Verendrye General Hospital. Later in life she enjoyed a job working in the kitchen at The Red Dog Inn and also spent time as a cleaning lady at Midtown Motel. She also volunteered in Fort Frances, raising money for the hospital by selling her fabulous perogies. Anna remarried to Wladyslaw (Walter) Tokarz and spent a short time with him before he sadly passed from cancer. She moved to Orangeville to be close to her granddaughter and spent her remaining years there.
Anna brought great beauty and joy to the world through her love of flowers. She was an avid gardener and would spend hours tending to her beloved flowers. Anna was proud to become a Canadian Citizen, and her heritage was also very important to her. She spent a lot of time in the kitchen making the most awesome perogies and cabbage rolls, or she would be baking breads and cakes or her famous pies.
Anna was predeceased by her parents Antoni Szewc and Katarzyna Szewc (Mazur); her brothers, sisters, Tony Klamka, and Walter Tokarz.
Anna leaves behind her son Andre (wife Doreen); daughter Kathleen; granddaughters Sara, Sherry and Ladawn; great-grandchildren Milan, Anex and Luna; as well as over 50 nieces, nephews, and cousins in Poland.
Anna will be mourned privately by her immediate family.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or The Canadian Cancer Society.
Where the flowers bloom forever, may she rest in peace.
A tree will be planted in memory of Anna in the Dods and McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville, Ontario. The 21st Annual Dedication Service will be held on Sunday, September 10, 2023, at 2:00 p.m.
Condolences may be offered to the family at www.dodsandmcnair.com.