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Margaret Shoniker

Margaret Anne Shoniker

Monday, November 12th, 1934 - Tuesday, November 10th, 2020
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Shoniker, Margaret Anne

Surrounded by her loving family, Margaret Anne Shoniker quietly passed away at home on November 10 th, 2020, two days before her eighty-sixth birthday, following a prolonged illness. Anne was born in 1934 in Toronto to Martin Dolan and Elizabeth Lavis. Her early years were spent in Ottawa, where she attended school at Notre Dame de Sacre Coeur of the Grey Nuns of the Cross. Upon her return to Toronto in 1950, she finished school at St. Joseph’s Convent High School. She then trained at St. Michael’s Hospital to become a nurse, followed by post-graduate training there in obstetrics in 1956, leading to an early career in that department of the hospital.

Anne married Dr. Thomas J. Shoniker in 1959, and the couple moved to Kitchener in late 1962, where they have resided since. In 2019, they celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary with a memorable and stirring family banquet and evening. Anne’s greatest passion in life was her family, manifested as her dedicated role of Wife, Mom, Nana and mother-in-law. Her role as homemaker included her particular talents of sewing and cooking. A twenty-five-year period of serving as a monthly volunteer at the K-W Hospital Cancer Clinic alongside her dear friend Kay Donovan was a fond memory. In 2016, when eighty-two years old, Anne completed a ten-year adventure of hiking over 800km of the Bruce Trail with close friends Lorraine McFadden and Joan Walser.

Anne is survived by her husband Tom, and her three children – Marie (Michael McCallum and granddaughter Laura), Michael (Shelley and grandsons James and Mathew) and Gregory (Tricia and grandchildren Andrew and Kaitlyn), as well as sisters-in-law MaryAnn Shoniker and Lillian Dolan. She was predeceased by her parents, her only sibling, John Dolan, and her cousin Elizabeth Boyle.

Visitation to be held at Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener on Friday, November 20th, 2020 from 3 - 6 pm A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church at 10:30 am on Saturday, November 21st, 2020 followed by a private interment at Woodland Cemetery. Those wishing to attend Anne's visitation and/or Funeral Mass must R.S.V.P. through the funeral home web site or call 519-749-8467. Masks are mandatory.
Those unable to attend Anne's Funeral Mass you are welcome to join the family via live-stream at https://www.henrywalser.com/live-streaming

The family is deeply appreciative of the extensive health care support which Anne received through the past year. Our heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Karen Cameron, Dr. Donna Ward, Dr. Mel Cescon, Dr. Nadia Califaretti, Dr. Sheila Russek, Dr. Lorna Junker- Andersen, Dr. Alexander Trussler, the staff and volunteers at the Grand River Hospital Regional Cancer Centre, and palliative home care nurses Donna, Tessa, and Bernadette.

Memorial donations to the Grand River Hospital Foundation - Cancer Centre would be appreciated and may be placed by calling the Henry Walser Funeral Home 519-749-8467.

Visit www.henrywalser.com for Anne's memorial.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, November 20th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday, November 20th, 2020 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Henry Walser Funeral Home Ltd.
    507 Frederick St.
    Kitchener, ON N2B 2A5
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  • Service

    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 | 10:30am
    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 10:30am
    St. Francis RC Church
    49 Blueridge Ave.
    Kitchener, ON
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Donations are being accepted for: GRAND RIVER HOSPITAL FOUNDATION.


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Brooke Skelton

Posted at 01:39pm
Dear Tom & family,
We were very saddened to learn of the death of your wife and mother, Anne. Although our meetings of Anne were brief our memory of her baking and sharing her decadent treats at various OGS meetings remains strong. Those treats were always so much appreciated and enjoyed.
Please know our prayers are with you at this time. May your memories be a comfort.
Michael & Brooke Skelton

Mark Scholl

Posted at 06:36pm
Dear Greg..its Mark Scholl from reflector..my condolences go out to you and your family..I remember you paying your respects at my dads funeral, which was very thoughtful of you...I hope you are staying safe and keeping well...warmest regards..Mark scholl

Kim Dykstra

Posted at 11:45am
Dr. Shoniker, Marie & Mike, Mike & Shelley, Greg & Trish and family,
Our sincere condolences to all of you. I cant help think about Mrs. Shoniker without smiling. Her personality was larger than life. Her sharp wit, infectious laughter, kind soul and gentle compassion will always be remembered. Thinking of you all in our prayers. Kim Dykstra, Emily & Kelly Corrigan

Nicole Bajac

Posted at 09:06pm
Tom and Family,
We moved across the court from you 3.5 years ago, and just shortly after moving in, we learnt that we were in good company, surrounded by the most amazing neighbours. Anne, was someone that we, my husband and 2 young boys always enjoyed waving to on walks, and having sidewalk and porch talks with. We quickly learnt that Anne had such a kind and loving soul and how much her family and faith meant to her. I still remember our first Halloween and how she gifted our son a pair of mittens that he loved wearing and wouldn't take off. I remember how taken back I was at how thoughtful this gift was, especially since the following day was one of the coldest days and I realized, if it weren't for those mits we wouldn't have had anything that still fit him!
Last year she passed down a few lovely children's books that her grandchildren had once enjoyed, and we will read these books and think of her. Praying for you and your family through this difficult time.

Bryan, Nicole, Theo and Elliott.

Donna Ward

Posted at 01:23pm
I have very warm memories of Anne. She had the ability to connect with you with those clear eyes that cut through to a real, deep and meaningful place. There was that immediate loving presence and her smile could light up your day. I remember the sorrow that we shared when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Who could have imagined all the joys that waited ahead until the next challenge! We had a resonance that I can only compare to being a sister. She was a master at unconditional love and of completely engaging in the present moment. Anne, you will be missed! Sincerely, Donna Ward

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