Edith Skalenda (née Baumgartner)
June 18, 1931 – June 28, 2018
Passed away peacefully from natural causes on June 28, 2018 in her 88th year at the Leaside Revera Retirement Home in Toronto, Ontario.
Born along the Hungarian-Ukrainian border in 1931 to her parents Karl Baumgartner and Anna Jona, Edith was raised in Budapest and Vienna during the tumultuous years before and during WW2. She emigrated to Canada in 1952 with her parents and settled in Montreal where she met her future husband, Bill Skalenda. Edith and Bill married in 1957 and went on to have four boys: Paul (Linda), Perry (Corinna), Patrick (Naomi) & Peter (Barb). She is survived by her four sons, her daughters-in-law and her four grandchildren.
After raising her young family in Montreal and Toronto, Edith and Bill moved to Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, BC in 1993 for their retirement years. She was unfortunately widowed only one year later but continued making a new life for herself, developing new friends and interests. She loved exploring the ocean beaches and wildlife close to her home with her dogs - first Bear and then Meiko - and tending to her house and garden was a lifelong love.
Edith often spoke of fond memories as a young woman doing modeling work in Europe and Montreal, the years spent raising her four young boys in Montreal and Toronto and her pride in starting full-time work in the late 1970s at the main office of Imperial Oil in Toronto. She would say, however, that her biggest accomplishment was raising her four boys, regularly reminding them “I made you!” Despite the chaos of four rambunctious boys, her home was always clean and organized, there were always fresh-cooked meals to be eaten and homemade chocolate cakes for family birthdays. She could be silly and playful and could be relied on to start dancing anytime a Tom Jones’ song was playing. The staff at the Revera Retirement Home where she spent her last four years frequently mentioned how much they enjoyed having her around and we are grateful for the loving care they provided.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. A memorial service will be held in upcoming weeks (date and location to be determined).