TRAICHES, Vella (nee Lazenkas) - It is with great sadness we announce our beloved and beautiful mother Vella passed on February 12, 2013 in her 89th year. She was born on April 5, 1923 in the village of Nevoleni (Skopia), Lerin, Macedonia to Stefanos and Katina Lazenkas (predeceased). Vella left the hardships of her homeland to join her husband in 1952 to begin a new life in Canada. After 11 years of marriage they were blessed with their first child. A loving mother to Kathy (Danny) Brazeau, Anna (Constantine) Voglis, Sheila (the late Lou) de Melo and William (Sofi). A cherished and proud Baba to Daniel, Stefanos, Nicole (Anthony), Anastasia (Mirik), Victoria and Christopher. An even prouder Great-Baba to Anthony Jr. Our mother lived with grace and passed with dignity and is entering the next world with her family at her side. Vella, a hard-working, beautiful and friendly lady was known to all as "Baba". She will be especially missed by her furry buddy "Bowbee". Predeceased by brothers Stavros and Chris Lazenkas and sister-in-law Helen. She is survived by sister-in-law Stella and her nieces and nephews of Adelaide, South Australia. She will also be fondly remembered by her nephew John (Karen) Traitsis and his family. Thank you Mom, Baba and Teta, we love you. Family, relatives and friends may visit at HERITAGE FUNERAL CENTRE, 50 Overlea Blvd., 416-423-1000, on Friday, February 15, 2013 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held in St. Clement of Ohrid Macedonian Cathedral at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2013. Interment to follow at Pine Hills Cemetery. Directions and online condolences may be found at www.heritagefuneralcentre.ca
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Published in the Toronto Star from Feb. 14 to Feb. 15, 2013