KATHLEEN CHURCH (nee JAGGER) "Woman so weary Spread your unbroken wings Fly free As the robins sing..." On January 29, 2013, Kathleen Church (nee Jagger), aged 93, flew free of her weary body, into the arms of her beloved Donald (deceased April 2003). To quote her dear friend Maria Teresa, "Many people became orphans at that moment". Kathleen was mother to Dianne Kretschmar of Severn Bridge, Margaret Brock (Robin) of Toronto and Marilyn Church (Philip Smith) of Newmarket; grandmother to Jason (Karen), Aaron (deceased August, 2006) and Nathan (Ursula) Brock, Jagger (Sarah), Jesse and Robert Smith and Daniel (Sarah) Kretschmar and great-grandmother of five. The Vicencio family and the MACGibbon family also called her Grandma Kay. She will be missed by many friends and relations, especially her lifelong gang of friends, the Dirty Dozen. Kay will be remembered most for her warm heart and her welcoming home. She was a passionate gardener, an accomplished seamstress, a super cook and a great house builder (as well as home builder). Born in England in 1919, Kay moved to Vancouver with her family as a child. Marriage to Donald in 1942 meant a move across the country to Ottawa until the end of the war. Subsequent moves took the family from Vancouver to Edmonton, Toronto, Clarkson, Oakville and finally Muskoka. Every move meant meeting and making new friends, often around the dining room table where politics, philosophy and the news of the day were intently discussed, people celebrated and warm love emanated. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer Society. Cremation has occurred. A memorial service will be held in the spring. Arrangements entrusted to Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home. www.roadhouseandrose.com
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Published in the Toronto Star on Feb. 2, 2013