RASMA REGINA KUBIS (nee GESKE), R.N., BSc Of Toronto, died peacefully Friday, January 4, 2013. Rasma was born on August 10, 1928 in Valmiera, Latvia. During WWII, her family fled Russian occupation. They settled temporarily in a Displaced Persons Camp in Augsburg, Germany. There, many close friendships were formed that Rasma cherished through to the end of her life. In 1949 the Geske family immigrated to Canada, settling in Hamilton, Ontario. In the 1950s Rasma pursued nursing training at the Hamilton General Hospital where she eventually worked as a nurse. In 1960 she married fellow countryman Eduard Peter Kubis. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1968. She went on to enjoy an extremely rewarding career in nursing that spanned decades. She was Head of the operating room at Humber Memorial Hospital and in the 70s she became a faculty member at Centennial College, where she taught nursing for over 20 years. Rasma continued her passion for caregiving after she retired. Through the Victorian Order of Nurses she specialized in individual care that resulted in the exclusive care of an adored patient for many years. If nothing else, Rasma was a formidable individual. Her strong will and focus enabled her to overcome the many obstacles that faced immigrants starting a new life in a new country. She wanted a career, a family and to be a pillar within the Latvian community, which was to be forever the lifeblood of her identity. In 1978, Rasma and her family moved to Point-O-Woods Road in Mississauga, where she would spend the next 34 years of her life entertaining family and friends - either within the oversized family room or outside beside the pool. She was especially proud of her home and garden and it was to become a focal point of her life, generating countless memories of celebrations big and small. Rasma is survived by her daughter Anda Kubis, son-in-law Dean Martin, of Toronto and her brother Ludis Geske of Hamilton and sisters-in-law Marie Geske and Yvette Geske. She is also survived by her most beloved and only grandson, Benet. She was predeceased by her brothers Gunnars Geske and John Geske. A service and reception will be held on Friday, January 11, 2013 at York Cemetery, 160 Beecroft Rd., starting at 1 p.m. (visitation at 12 noon). In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Dorothy Ley Hospice in Toronto. Online condolences may be made at www.MountPleasantGroup.com
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Published in the Toronto Star from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9, 2013