In Celebration of

Aina Zibens

May 5, 1921 -  February 26, 2019

Passed away peacefully in her own home at the age of 97. Predeceased in 1975 by her husband Visvaldis. She will be dearly missed by her daughters Mara and Ruta and son-in-law Steve Williams. Forever cherished by her devoted grandsons Soren (Alisa) and Darius (Elizabeth) Truhlar. Pre-deceased by son-in-law Richard Truhlar. Fondly remembered by her nephew Andis Nikurs (Maija) as well as by a large extended family in her native Latvia. She passed away with the same quiet dignity with which she lived her life, remaining in her own home until the end. Aina immigrated to Canada in 1954 after fleeing Latvia during the Second World War and settled in Toronto permanently, although the ties and longing for her homeland and the family left behind remained strong. Her family holiday gatherings were bright spots of love, laughter and good food. She had a fine sense of humour and although quiet, was very perceptive of those around her. Although her eyesight had diminished in later years, her mind remained razor-sharp; she was resourceful and determined to stay up-to-date on current events, news from her homeland as well as her beloved Maple Leafs. She will be missed.


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Julie Armstrong (Friend of Ruta)

Entered March 2, 2019

Dear Ruta and Mara: This is a lovely picture of your mother. I always remember her with this smile and how welcoming she was whenever I visited during our university years. I remain grateful for the time she generously provided a home for my piano. Her remarkable story is so well told in her memoir. May she rest in peace. Thinking of you.


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