Elsie Elizabeth Spinks


It is with great sadness that we announce on November 18, 2014, Mrs. Elsie Spinks of Edmonton passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the age of 73 years.

Elsie is survived by her three loving children, Terry (Gayle), Vicki (Rein) Tonowski, and Bill (Terri); five grandchildren, Dale (Darcrea), Stephan (Amanda) and Kate Tonowski, and Matthew and Nicole; three great grandchildren Molly and Connor, and Callie Tonowski; one nephew Ken Maruschak and one cousin Elaine Galenza. She was predeceased by her husband Bill Spinks and her parents Michael and Steva Wynnyk.

A special thank you to all of the wonderful staff at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in the CCU and ICU units. Special recognition to Charlie and the awesome team of health care professionals of the Cardiac Unit who looked after Elsie. Your efforts are truly appreciated.

A Divine Liturgy will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, November 24, 2014 at St. Josaphat Cathedral, 10825-97 Street NW, Edmonton.

In lieu of other tributes, please read to or purchase a book for a child or make a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Elsie’s many friends from the Edmonton Public Library, Edmonton Doll, and the Wildrose Antique Clubs, will miss her greatly.

“What though the radiance
which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
though nothing can bring back the hour
Of spender in the grass,
Of glory in the flower,
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;
In the primal sympathy
Which having been mush ever be;
In the soothing thoughts that spring
out of human suffering;
In the faith that looks though death,
In years that bring the philosophic mind.”
Splendour in the Grass by William Wordsworth

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I am so sorry to hear of Elsie’s passing. I worked many a busy Saturday with her and the lovely Londonderry staff. She always made me laugh and even though I was not permanent staff she always made me feel welcome. Such a lovely person. My thoughts are with you. Ilona Osinchuk

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