KORECKI, Catherine Patricia - It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Catherine Patricia Korecki, nee Kitty Reilly on October 8, 2016.
Predeceased in 2013 by her beloved husband, Andre Michael Korecki.
Mom will be truly missed by all those who knew and loved her. Her children and grandchildren were a source of great joy to her. She is survived by her five children: Tonia (Dave) Kelly, Peter Korecki (Lisa Gautreau), Nick (Jackie) Korecki, Catherine Lawrence and fiancé (Doug Akins), Michael (Deborah) Korecki; Ten grandchildren: Lauren (Brent) Hallman, Andrew Kelly, John, Jordan and Hannah Korecki, Stephen, Alan and Jennifer Korecki, Sam and Emma Korecki; One great grandchild: Charles Hallman.
She is also survived by her loving brother James Reilly of Bradford, Yorkshire, England.
Mom was born in Bradford, Yorkshire and had a wonderful Yorkshire sense of humour. Mom and Dad immigrated to Canada in June of 1966 with five children ranging in age from 6 months to 13 years.
She embraced Canadian traditions while ensuring that Ukrainian and British culture were not forgotten, resulting in a full household and a very busy kitchen. Mom learned to cook Ukrainian food and her claim to fame were the best cabbage rolls ever. Our friends loved inviting her to their parties and would often ask her to bring a roaster full of cabbage rolls.
Mom had a lifelong love of adventure. She had great strength of character, a very positive attitude and was a storyteller extraordinaire. She had a strong sense of commitment to family and friends and brought something special to the hearts of everyone she met. Her warmth, generosity and smile will be sorely missed.
Over the past year, Mom was hospitalized several times and each time her health declined. Her loss of independence challenged her indomitable Yorkshire spirit but she would say, "I'm going to live as long as I can and die when I can't help it".
Special thanks to Dr. Doris Ullman and Nurse Rose.
A family inurnment will be held at Our Lady of the Assumption Mausoleum at Holy Cross Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday October 24th, at Stillwaters in Paris, Ontario.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Catherine's memory to the Lung Association or the Children of Chernobyl.
What's that bright star up in the night? It's just our Mom saying goodnight.