LEUFKENS, Ruth Joanna (nee O’Donnell) - (October 28, 1927 to February 16, 2021)

Born in Avondale, P.E.I. and peacefully transitioned to Heaven at the tender age of 93 from Lakeridge Hospital in Ajax, Ontario. 

Mom moved from P.E.I. to Toronto where she met and married Dad, Bert Leufkens (deceased) and together they raised a big and energetic family.

Mom will be forever cherished by her 7 children, Joan (Garry), Bernie (Roisin), Mike (Elaine), Helen DiCintio, Bob (Debbie), Janet, Leona Newlands (Ross), her 14 wonderful grandchildren Lenita, Brendan, Ceila, Tiarna, Brad, Wes, Michael, Alycia, Alex, Julie, James, Jon-Ross, Jackson, Holly and 13 precious great-grandchildren Lily, Charlie, Emily, Nathan, Wyatt, Clara, Nickolas, Addison, Laila, Mary Jane, Remi, Jacqueline and Hanna.  Mom is survived by her sisters Bernice Callaghan and Barbara McIsaac.

Predeceased by her parents Alphonsus and Anne O’Donnell, and siblings Phil O’Donnell, Bernie O’Donnell, Teresa McCarville and Jean Carmichael. 

At age 82 she became completely deaf and subsequently learned to text, read lips and understand a few words of sign language. That is how she handled setbacks. 

Strongly influenced by faith she never gave up and she set a shining example of unconditional love and compassion for everyone. We will reminisce about Mom’s great sense of humour, her sweet demeanor, and the huge meals she could devour, especially desserts! 

Mom will be sadly missed but will remain in our hearts forever. We love you Mom aka Cutie Pie. 

Due to COVID-19 limitations and the size of our wonderful family, a private viewing and service will be held.

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