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Aldona Zalnieriunas

Aldona Zalnieriunas

Sunday, February 26th, 1933 - Monday, February 11th, 2019
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Aldona Zalnieriunas

She wasn’t born in the happiest circumstances, but you would never have known. She was one of those people who radiate a glow, and recount life’s difficulties with gracious acceptance. Bullets whizzed by as she fled war-torn Lithuania as a child. She witnessed the bombing of Dresden from a nearby refugee camp where, as a mischievous imp, she survived three years of prescribed full glasses of cod liver oil and lice-killing DDT showers. Old WWII photos show a thin little body and a big grin.
Lately, hobbling with various canes and walkers, she questioned the wisdom of further public investment in new body parts. Parkinson’s disease had stilled her crochet needles. And somewhat unexpectedly, with cabbage rolls already made for a granddaughter’s birthday dinner, Aldona Žalnieriunas (née Ropyte) died early February 11, 2019.
“But I died in my bed, in my own home,” she would have happily said. “Just what I wanted.”
Aldona was clear eyed about death, torn between leaving her children and their offspring (she was happiest with a well-stocked fridge and family crowded around her dining table), and joining the love of her life, Victor. They met at a wedding in the 1950s, danced all night, and never parted until Victor died from cancer, stretching out his life as promised until the eve of their 55th wedding anniversary. They were a romantic, through thick and thin couple, dancing to scratchy records, scrimping to pay the mortgage, cuddling on the sofa. Victor liked to bring her fresh-cut roses from the garden.
She arrived in Canada, thanks to her brother Algis paying for airfare, with little more than being able to sing “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean.” Undaunted, she worked nights for many years in a plastics factory to help provide for her three beloved children, Rimant (Ray), Vida and Paul. Later she welcomed their respective spouses, Colette, Richard and Naida, with open arms, and many food offerings. Grandchildren were her biggest delight: Anna (who offered tremendous home support) and Alix; Daiva and Žara; Rhea, and her children, Nathan, Wyatt and wee Aria.
Aldona, who would have turned 86 on February 26, was a champion cake baker (she set a record of 14 cakes for Daiva’s and Graham’s wedding and was particularly known in the Lithuanian community for her Napoleonas cake), she starred in the film Lewis, set a high standard for doing things right even if it meant exhausting herself, loved the colour purple, fine crystal glasses, classic pearls and amber jewellery, getting lost in a book, cheeseburgers, Gamay Noir, and touring her flower gardens. She was loving and much loved. Aldute, gero vėjo!
Visitation will take place Friday, February 15, 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm at Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Road. The funeral will be held Saturday, February 16 at noon at Lithuanian Martyrs’ Church, 2185 Stavebank Rd., Mississauga. Donations to Parkinson Canada will be gratefully accepted.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 15th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Friday, February 15th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Ward Funeral Home Weston Chapel
    Address
    2035 Weston Road
    WESTON, ON
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, February 15th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Friday, February 15th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Ward Funeral Home Weston Chapel
    Address
    2035 Weston Road
    WESTON, ON
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 16th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    When
    Saturday, February 16th, 2019 12:00pm
    Location
    Lithuanian Martyrs' Church - Stavebank Road
    Address
    2185 Stavebank Road
    MISSISSAUGA, ON
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    The family kindly requests donations in memory to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research Announces Status as a Registered Canadian Charity www.michaeljfox.org Questions? Want to donate by phone? Call: 1-800-708-7644 Or donate by mail: Donation Processing The Michael J. Fox Foundation P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014
  • Interment

    Location
    St. John's Lithuanian Cemetery
    Address
    2185 Stave Bank Drive
    mississauga, ON
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Aria Schweinberger (Danielius)

Posted at 07:14pm
I would like to offer you my deepest condolences at the loss of your deer mother and grandmother. I have memories of Aldona that go back to the 1950’s when we all lived in Weston, in our small Lithuanian community. She was one of those sweet ladies who smiled and offered only encouraging comments no matter what the situation. Aldono’s and Victor’s parties were a feast for the senses. I am truly saddened at her passing. I will keep her in my prayers. May the wonderful memories you have of her give you strength.
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Angela Simkus

Posted at 10:43am
Norėčiau išreikšti nuoširdžią užuojautą Aldona Zalnieriunos šeimai
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DANUTE RACKUS

Posted at 08:34am
Please accept our deepest sympathy to yourr whole family in the hour of great saddness. We keep you in our thoughts and prayers
David and Danute Rackus
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Dianne Stoch

Posted at 10:22am
We send our loving thoughts to all of you at this difficult time.
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Jacob Stoch

Posted at 10:20am
Condolences from the Globex/Chibougamau team.
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