Erika Mihalić, née Slavica Špoljar-Petreković, passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2020, at the age of 94, surrounded by her loving family. She was predeceased by her husband Anton, who loved her dearly and was always delighted by her sense of humour, gift of song, love of gardening, cooking and baking, that created a joyful atmosphere in their home. Erika is survived by her children, Nancy Mihalic Manning (Kieth) and Harvey Mihalic (Kristal), and grandchildren, Anthony (Ante), Katrina (Katek) and Matthew (Matek). Born in idyllic Belec, Croatia, and baptized at Our Lady of the Snow, Erika overcame great hardship as a child in a labor camp during WW2, escaped the iron curtain alone, and was granted refugee status in Canada. Her fierce independence, love of life and family, and diligence helped her forge ahead. She put her great gift of languages and love of people to use in her career as an interpreter. After the untimely death of her beloved Anton, she raised their children by herself with great courage, fierce loyalty and eternal optimism. Erika will always be our beloved Mama, Baka and Bakabi.