Joana Zuzana Bajoras

1909 – 2019 Long-time resident of Keswick Gardens, Joana passed away peacefully at the Newmarket Health Centre on Friday March 29, 2019 in her 110th year. Born in the village of Ilgiziai, Lithuania, where she made her home on a small farm until World War ll. With the advance of Russian Armies from the east, she decided to leave by covered wagon with all possessions and two small children, Romi and Vida. She headed west, crossing the Elbe River over a British Army pontoon bridge, by special permission. At the end of the war, Joana was reunited with her husband Anthony, and immigrated to Canada, starting a new life in southern Alberta, in 1948. Joana took great pride in her sewing ability, and at one time, worked for a major U.S. department store, in the wedding gown alterations department. She was always also very fond of beautiful flowers and surrounded herself with them . Joana was predeceased by her husband Anthony at the age of 97 years, and by her parents in Lithuania. She will be sadly missed by her son Romi (late Sally nee McGregor) of Keswick, Ontario and her daughter Vida (Michael Grace) of Vancouver, B.C. She was the cherished ‘Nana’ of Susan (Glen Strathearn) of Newmarket, Ontario, Becky (Andres Musta) of Port Perry, Ontario, David (Anna) of Nicaragua, Lorna Grace of Vancouver B.C., Sandra Grace of Long Beach, Ca., the late Deborah Bajoras and by her great grandchildren Kaley, Krystin, Devon, Jenna, Danielle, Erik, Sofia, Monika, Miguel, Quinn, Lana and Donovan. The family will receive friends at the M.W. Becker Funeral Home, 490 The Queensway South, Keswick, Ontario on Monday April 1, 2019 from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by a Funeral Service in the Chapel at 11 a.m. Interment at Saint John's Lithuanian Cemetery, 2185 Stavebank Rd, Mississauga, Ontario MAP. In memory of Joana, donations to Southlake Regional Health Centre would be appreciated. Sign an online book of condolences at CLICK HERE