IRMA VALIJA PLISIS (nee KRUCIS) It is with great sadness that we announce that Irma Plisis (nee Krucis) passed away peacefully on March 25, 2014 at the age of 90. Loving wife of the late Paul Plisis, she will be sadly missed by her daughter Sylvia and her son-in-law David Shedden of Toronto; her granddaughter Fiona Shedden, living in Nanaimo; friends and relatives in Canada and the United States; and an extended family in Latvia. Irma was born in Liepaja, Latvia in 1923 where she studied mathematics at the University of Riga. She was unable to complete her studies as she and her family fled south to Germany during the war to escape the battlefront in Latvia. Irma survived the bombing of Dresden in 1945 and was later moved to a displaced persons camp in Hanau where she met Paul. In 1949, she immigrated to Canada where she undertook a year's contract as a domestic as a condition of her immigration. She and Paul married in 1950 and lived in Toronto for the rest of their lives. As new immigrants who could not speak English, their lives were very intertwined with those of other Latvian immigrants. Irma worked at Simsons-Sears for 30 years in Retail Accounting, retiring only because of the advent of the computer. Irma's greatest joys were the time spent at her cottage at the Latvian Church camp Sidrabene and cooking wonderful meals for family and friends. Upon retirement, she devoted herself to looking after her granddaughter, Fiona. Irma lived independently at home until January, 2014, when she decided to clear the snow from her driveway. Unfortunately, she fell, fracturing her elbow which resulted in several hospitalizations, a loss of mobility and a loss of independence. Irma's funeral will take place at Turner & Porter, 2357 Bloor St. West (near Jane subway station), Toronto on Friday, March 28th at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sidrabene c/o St. Andrews Latvian Lutheran Church, 383 Jarvis Street, Toronto M5B 2C7.
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Published in the Toronto Star from Mar. 26 to Mar. 27, 2014