MILISIEWICZ, Janina Lucja (nee FILCEK) - May 4, 1922 – December 16, 2022
Passed away peacefully, in her home as she desired, with Krys and Katrina at her side.
Janina was predeceased by her husband, Jerzy (1978); and also by her son, Jerzy (1990).
She is survived by her daughter, Krystyna Angel; granddaughter, Katrina Angel (Kevin Bell); step-great-grandchildren, Tristen and Keira; and grandniece, Anne Sophie Cox (UK).
Born in the UK to Polish parents, Janina immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1950 with Jerzy and their two toddlers, making their home in North York.
While employed at North York Township, valuation caught Janina's interest, so she enrolled in and completed the required courses to become a Land Appraiser with the Appraisal Institute of Canada.
She was the first woman to obtain this licence.
After her husband passed Janina moved to Cabbagetown, then Eaton College Park, and then to a little house on The Kingsway, where she created a garden and lived happily for 20 years.
At age 83, she moved to a downtown condo where she joined the social club and made many new friends.
Volunteering was important to Janina and she devoted countless hours to the Copernicus Lodge Library, the York University Alumni Association, the Canadian Opera Company Archives and the Textile Museum Library, among others. Janina was a member of the Association of Ontario Land Economists, The Friends of the Canadian Opera Company, the Polish Naval Association Canada and the Etobicoke Horticultural Society.
She wrote that the joy of her life was her two "grand" daughters, Krys and Katrina. Janina was strong-minded, smart and sharp to the end, loyal and independent, and there wasn't much that could get her down.
At her request, there will be no service or visitation. A scattering of her ashes will take place on her beloved Lake Ontario in 2023.