March 27, 1926 – December 8, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our mother Eva on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at the age of 94 years with her sons by her side. Beloved mother of Kenneth (Joyce), Robert (Bernice) and Marty (Alma). Cherished Grandmother to Marc, Andrea (Ted), Kim and Sheri (Landon). A very special Great Grandma to Matthew, Lauren, Devin, Danika, Kalev, Kristjan and Andren. A special mother-in-law to Rejean Carreau.
Eva was predeceased by her husband, Alton Piche, her daughter, Joanne Carreau, her parents, Martin and Anna Panik, and her sister, Anna Chaplin and her brother-in-law, Norman Chaplin.
Mom arrived in Canada from Javornik, Czechoslovakia in 1933 at the age of seven. She attended elementary school and KLCVI in Kirkland Lake before working for the government in Ottawa to obtain her grade 12 equivalency. After working one more year in the Capital, she returned home to marry our dad. When Dad passed suddenly in 1968, Mom re-entered the work force accepting a secretarial position at KLCVI in the Student Services department for Mr. Doug Cooper. She loved it so much that she remained there for 18 years until her retirement.
Mom lived a selfless life helping and loving her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren until her death. “Nanny” will be remembered and cherished forever.
The family would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Kurki, Betty Smallwood and the staff of the Kirkland and District Hospital who treated Mom with exemplary care and compassion. Your kindness will never be forgotten.
As per Eva’s wishes there will be no funeral service. A private family gathering will take place in the spring of 2021.
In honour of our mother, donations may be made to the Temiskaming Hospice Palliative Care (c/o Betty Smallwood, 145 Government Road East, Kirkland Lake, ON P2N 3P4).
(Please mail all cheques to the charity)