Emilia (Emily) JANOVICK (nee Lapsansky)

Emilia (Emily) JANOVICK (nee Lapsansky)

JANOVICK (nee Lapsansky),

Emilia (Emily)

On August 6th, 2014 Emily passed peacefully into the spirit realm.

Emily was born to hard working European parents, Emilia Krall and Andrew Lapsansky, on April 23rd, 1929 at Ladysmith, B.C. The second youngest of seven brothers and sisters, she graduated in June of 1948 from Ladysmith High School.

During high school Emily typed letters for the principal and worked on the school newspaper “Spion Kop”. After graduation, she performed office work in Vancouver, and then spent a summer in Nanaimo before eventually settling in the Cowichan Lake area on Vancouver Island. There, Emily worked in the personnel office of W.F.I. Limited.

It was shortly thereafter, and during her tenure at W.F.I., where she met her future husband Mike. The couple married on May 10th, 1952 and their union produced three children; Gayle (Peter), Gary (Terry), and Cathy (Bruce). Emily was blessed with many grandchildren; Michael and Matthew of Calgary, Alberta; Terry, Lowell and Crystal of Saskatchewan as well as three adopted grandchildren, Katie, John and Chris. She also has three great-grandchildren.

When not travelling extensively with her husband Mike, Emily kept her hands busy with sewing, knitting and crocheting. During their travels, Emily and Mike visited Reno many times as well as several other exotic places, which included Cuba and Hawaii. Emily belonged to the Honeymoon Bay Women’s Club, the Senior’s Centre in Ladysmith, as well as the Mary and Martha Group of Lake Cowichan and the Nanaimo Ostomy Group. Her winter months were filled up with Square and Round dancing and her summers were spent working in her beloved flowerbeds and gardens. The bounty from her gardens were frozen, preserved or given away to friends and loved ones.

Emily also enjoyed sports from a very early age (primary school), becoming a strong runner, eagerly participating in softball games and the annual Sports Day events.

Emily is survived by Mike, her loving husband of 62 years and her sister Katherine (Bill Thompson). She is predeceased by her siblings and their spouses; Susie and Andy Ondzik, Francis and George Farris, Mary and Steve Matijan, Andrew and Helen Lapsansky and Stephan Lapsansky. She has many nieces and nephews as well as other relatives living throughout Canada, the United States and Slovakia. Emily looked forward to visiting these family members.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Kennedy and the Lab and Urgent Care Staff at the Ladysmith Hospital for their professional care over the years. Heartfelt gratitude to the nursing staff on the 3rd floor at Cowichan District Hospital, who cared for Emily during her final weeks. Thanks also to Nellie and Gena who would visit her at home, providing companionship and laughter.

Service to be held at the Ladysmith United Church on August 15th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a luncheon at the Ladysmith Eagles Hall at 12:00 noon with interment at the Cedar Valley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.

Telford’s of Ladysmith


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