In Celebration of

Dr. Maria Arstikaitis Uleckas

April 9, 1923 -  October 28, 2016

At Belmont House in Toronto, Ontario on October 28, 2016 in her 94th year. Born in the Village of Kriukai, Lithuania on April 9, 1923 to Marijona (nee Sinkeviciute) and Jonas Arstikaitis. Predeceased by her husband Juozas Uleckas, and siblings Alfonsas, Jonas, Gabrine, and Albina. Survived by her daughter Jurate, son Gintaras (Irene Armstrong) and grandchildren Jonas, Kristina, and Simone.
Maria graduated from Ausra Gymnasium for Girls. She began her medical studies at the University of Vytautas the Great in Lithuania and completed her M.D. at the University of Innsbruck, Austria in 1947. After graduation, she moved to Paris, France where she worked for a short time at the St. Louis Hospital, Serology Section. Then she immigrated to Canada and interned at the Ottawa Civic Hospital followed by residency training in ophthalmology at the University of Toronto, where she later became an assistant professor. Maria was on staff at the Hospital for Sick Children and enjoyed a successful career that spanned almost five decades. Maria’s love for paediatric ophthalmology was matched by her love for Lithuania and she worked tirelessly in support of Lithuanian independence. In 1991, she received an Award of Merit from the City of Toronto for her professional work and community service. Maria was a sports enthusiast into her 80s and particularly loved skiing, swimming and long walks. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Belmont House who provided excellent care to Maria.
Maria’s funeral will take place on Saturday November 19, 2016 at 10 am at the Church of the Resurrection, 1 Resurrection Road, followed by interment at St. John’s Lithuanian Cemetery. If desired, a donation to the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at The Hospital for Sick Children (416 813-5320) or in aid of The Franciscan High School in Kretinga, Lithuania (care of the Franciscan Fathers, Church of the Resurrection, 1 Resurrection Road, Toronto, On. M9A 5G1) in her honour would be appreciated.


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Barbara Craig-Wenstrom (colleague)

Entered November 5, 2016 from Oshawa

Maria was a role model as a female ophthalmologist when I was in the Toronto ophthalmology course in the 1960's. After I finished the course. , she allowed me to work in her office part time on Edward St.. She arranged a surprise bridal shower for me in 1969. I remember her as always kind and beautiful.

Hershey and Goldie Warshawsky (friends)

Entered November 6, 2016 from Montreal

We are so sorry for your loss. This has been a sad time for your family and we extend our sincerest condolences.
Goldie and Hershey

Bob Pashby (student, colleague)

Entered November 6, 2016

A wonderful friend, teacher and colleague at SickKids. I first remember Maria as a resident brought to our cottage by my late father Dr Tom. later as 1 of my teachers and for many years a colleague. My best wishes to Jurate, Gintaras and grandchildren. She was a pioneer for women in the field! The world is a lesser place with her passing.

Penny and Bob Pashby

Pat Scarborough and Mike Hutchinson (parents of a former patient)

Entered November 12, 2016 from Toronto

37 years ago on November 4, 1979 our son Christopher was born with damage to his left eye. It was the wonderful medical care provided my Dr. Maria that made the difference to his sight. She had such skill, compassion and humour. May she rest in well deserved peace.

Neil Moore (Former Patient)

Entered November 13, 2016 from Toronto

I shall keep your mother in my prayers. Her talents and passion allows me to see perfectly to this day. She and her partner, Dr. Morgan, operated on my eyes in 1963, in 1974 and again in 1977. She was so kind to me and kept me as a patient until I was 35 yrs old. I was losing my eyesight one day and called your Mom and she saw me immediately and diagnosed my Glaucoma. While in her office she called one of her many former students and insisted I get to see her within the hour. I did and still do and today I can still see perfectly because of the wonderful care your mother gave me. May God grant her eternal rest forevermore.
Neil. Moore


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