Mrs. Luba Zorski

Mrs. Luba Zorski

Sunday, September 23rd, 1923 - Thursday, June 10th, 2021
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1923 – 2021

On Thursday, June 10th, Popsi came and gently took Mama’s 98 year-old hand and off they went to waltz to the Blue Danube in Heaven.

Mama was our stalwart example of kindness. Her heart was filled with love for all – especially her “number 1 golden grandsons”. She would say that her legacy was being able to look after our two boys.

Her beginning was difficult to say the least. In the 1930s, Russia was in a deep depression and hunger prevailed. When WWII broke out Mama was kidnapped and shipped to Germany in a box car to work in a labour camp. Those horrible atrocities remained in her memory forever. It was there that Mama met Walter and they survived together. After the war they moved to Liege, Belgium where “Queenzie” was born. The coal mines there did not hold much of a future; Canada was the place to immigrate and build a new life - so they did! Mama and Popsi were hard workers, with great stamina and determination. Popsie built two homes with his own hands and talent. Mama worked as a Nurse’s Aide at the General Hospital until her retirement at the age of 56 when she helped raise her grandsons.

Upon retirement, Mama and Popsi travelled to Hawaii twelve times to escape the frigid Thunder Bay winters. While there, many friends were made, the International Marketplace was the gathering place, and there was even a German Club where they danced and partied. Back at home, a fun-loving group of friends gathered at Stanley’s farm on Sundays. In later years, these Sunday afternoons were spent picnicking at Boulevard Lake. Later still, Intercity Mall became the place to meet to discuss politics and scratch their game tickets.

Mama had a very close friend, Helen Suworow, whom she called her sister. Friendships were garnered in our neighborhood as Mrs Suworow, Mrs Daniw, Mrs Maznyczka and Mama would enjoy their evenings to chatting about life – mainly their husbands! This close-knit group could be seen going for evening strolls wearing their babushkas.

Mama was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Walter, her parents Matilda and Moses Golovkin, brother Alexander and sister Valentina.

She is survived by her loving family Irene and Sante Sottile, her precious grandsons Stephen and Nicholas (Kate Beaulieu), and great grandsons Benjamin and Daniel Woods. She was also embraced and loved by the wonderful Sottile family.

A sincere thank you to Dr. Kald for her jolly appointments that always ended with a couple of Russian words and even a line of a Russian song! Mama received excellent care at Chartwell Glacier Ridge with Lisa and her crew. She especially enjoyed the music of Vic Arnone since it brought back memories of the many Legion dances on Saturday nights.

Her journey ended at the TBRHSC Transitional Care Unit. Dr. Skunta is such a compassionate doctor who never hesitated to call or visit. Thank you to Nurse Donna and her kind, caring team at TCU.

A family graveside interment will be held with a Celebration of Life to follow at a later date. Arrangements are in care of EVEREST FUNERAL CHAPEL, 299 Waverley Street at Algoma

Mama would always say, “be healthy and happy – and don’t forget the hugs!”

As a remembrance – give a hug to a dear one!

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    Graveside - Riverside Cemetery
    Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, just West of Balmoral Avenue, across from Lakehead University
  • Interment

    Riverside Cemetery
    800 Oliver Road
    Thunder Bay North, Oliver Road across from Lakehead University
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Linda Covino

Posted at 03:01pm
Irene and Sante and family: So sorry to hear of you Mom's passing. I know that is difficult, especially during this time of isolation. You have our sincere condolences. Linda and Tom Covino

Lisa Oram

Posted at 10:04am
What a beautiful first line of the obituary. I didn’t know your mother very well (she was friends with my parents Greg and Soya Sienkiewicz) but I would frequently see her at Intercity sitting with friends including my father. She also came to my wedding shower and I believe the wedding as well. What I remember, is that she always had a smile on her face and was so kind and generous. She was a beautiful soul who will be missed by all who knew her.

Lisa (Sienkiewicz) Oram

Jana Lepere

Posted at 07:44pm
My deepest sympathies go out to the family of Luba Zorski. I had the privilege of arranging many of her trips to Hawaii. She always had a smile on her face . She was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever encountered.

Isabella Les Niczyporuk Seckington

Posted at 07:36pm
Dear Irene and family: Our deepest sympathy go out to you and your family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Our parents also came from the old country after the war. Our families got together over the years at all the places you mentioned. On weekends it was not uncommon to be at your parents place or ours. The stories, music, dancing and singing will always be remembered. Your mom was the witness for mom (Natasha) when she married Micha. I am sure up in heaven they continue to party. Your mom was a special lady.


Alice Faye

Posted at 07:18pm
Mrs. Zorski was a friend to our parents, Greg & Soya Sienkiewicz ( both deceased ).
I recall her radiant smile & sunny, cheerful disposition.
She would hug our mom & greet her in Russian, as " my fellow compatriot"!
Dad loved to meet the Russian gang at Intercity food court. Only memories remain.......
Time has claimed that gang. They shared similar wartime experiences & the challenges of
building a new life in this wonderful country.
I raise a ( symbolic! ) shot of vodka to them all. Vechnaya Pamyats. ( Eternal Memory )
Alice Faye


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