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Kowalenko LidiaKOWALENKO, Lidia  -  Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at age 89 years surrounded by her family.

Beloved wife of the late Wasyl and predeceased by her brother Sergio, her sisters Wiera and Ewa and survived by her brother Walter.

Loving mother of Alex (Mabel) and Andy (Catharine).

Cherished Baba of Natalia (Luis Alejandro), Cristina (Steven), Alexander, Juliana and Alyssa. Proud great-grandmother of Luis Felipe, Nicolas and Sienna. 

She will be sadly missed by her entire extended family and all those who knew her. 

Lidia and her family survived World War II leaving Komory, Ukraine and living in Switzerland then immigrating to Argentina where she lived for 17 years before coming to Canada. She had a profound love of reading, the opera, classical movies and her family. She spoke and wrote multiple languages, keeping in touch with close friends all over the world. Lidia worked many years as a seamstress creating beautiful gowns and quickly became the family seamstress having created several wedding dresses and garments for special occasions. 

Lidia maintained her Ukrainian heritage teaching her grandchildren all of the special traditions and kept in touch with her Argentinian roots with weekend barbecues and conversing in Spanish. 

We are thankful for all of the wonderful care and services provided by the staff at Copernicus Lodge throughout her time living there and especially in her last days.

Visitation will be held at Turner & Porter - Peel Chapel, 2180 Hurontario, Mississauga, ON, on Thursday, December 6th, from 6:00 PM  - 9:00 PM. Info: Panachyda will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Funeral will be held at Turner & Porter - Peel Chapel, 2180 Hurontario, Mississauga, ON, on Friday, December 7th, at 10:00 AM. Interment St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Cemetery, Oakville. 

If desired, donations in Lidia's memory to Copernicus Lodge would be sincerely appreciated by the family.