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Christmas 2006... Roy and Laura Vaseleniuck with daughter, Sara

Descendant Line:  Ionita Tonita - Radu Tonita - Mary Tonita - Victor Vaseleniuck - Roy Vaseleniuck
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Olivia Vaseleniuck dressed as Mother Theresa for "Dress as Your Hero" day at her school.

Descendant Line:  Ionita Tonita - Radu Tonita - Mary Tonita - Victor Vaseleniuck - Neil Vaseleniuck - Olivia Vaseleniuck
Gary and Cindy Tonita...December 2006 family photo.

Descendant Line:  Ionita Tonita - George Tonita - Pete Tonita - Gary Tonita

Left to right (back row): Steven Pimiskern -- son-in-law of Gary Tonita; Julie Pimiskern - step-daughter of Gary Tonita; Rob Tonita - son of Gary and grandson of Peter & Ann Tonita; "Big" Andrew Moore - stepson of Gary Tonita; "Little" Andrew Pimiskern - son of Steven and Julie and stepgrandson of Gary; Nick Tonita - son of Gary and grandson of Peter and Ann Tonita;

Front Row: Gary Tonita - son of Peter and Ann Tonita; Cindy Tonita - wife of Gary.
The Lockyers Christmas 2006:
Veronica and the kids:  Cassandra, Conor, Sammantha, Gabriel

Descendant Line:  Ionita Tonita - Radu Tonita - Anne Tonita - Veronica Oltean - Veronica Lockyer
  Trip to Romania planned! Click here for more details!

It’s a boy! ¡Es un niño! Welcome! !Bienvenido!

Javier Ignacio Tonita-Chárriez Descendant Line: Ionita Tonita - Vasile Tonita - Steve Tonita - Jeff Tonita

"Planned Parenthood Poster Kids"
Left to right: Mercedes, Nathan, Rachel & Joshua White

Descendant Line:  Ionita Tonita - George Tonita - Chris Tonita - Bonnie (Tonita) White
Congratulations to Charlie and Amy Heyn on the birth of a little girl !  Avery Madison Heyn was born on the November 17, 2006 in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Descendant Line: Ionita Tonita - George Tonita - Stefana (Tonita) Frentz - Edith (Frentz) Heyn - Charlie Heyn

Our condolences to the family of Virginia Gagnier (Bachiu) who passed away on Sunday, December 10, 2006 at the age of 76 years.

Descendant Line: Ionita & Safta (Badea) - Tonita Dumitra (Daney Tonita) - Stefan Bachiu

Click here to view the obituary

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Another addition to the "Tonita" family... Kayan Matthew Young was born November 15, 2006.  He weighed 6lbs 3oz and was 21 inches long.  Kendon is now a "Big Brother"!

Descendant Line: Ionita & Safta Tonita - George Tonita - Eleana (Tonita) Marcov - Lorraine (Marcov) Young - George Young - Kristen Young
  Jody Hordenchuk recently moved home to Wood Mountain, and has opened a restaurant in the old curling rick.  It is called "J H Quarter Circle" (her dad's brand).  The restaurant "officially" opened on November 1; a Grand Opening is planned for sometime in the New Year.  Congratulations to Jody on her new endeavor!

Descendant Line:  Ionita & Safta Tonita - Vasile Tonita - Dora (Tonita) Hordenchuk - Jack Hordenchuk - Jody Hordenchuk

Persida (Priscilla) Parsons



PARSONS, Persida (Pat) (nee Kostescu) Suddenly on November 16, 2006, at age 70. Formerly of Windsor. Beloved wife of 53 years to Bill. Loving mother to Wayne (Anna), Pam Sullivan and special aunt to Vince Lebel (Lynn) of Tara, Ontario. Grandma Boo to Derek (Kelly), Katie, Jessica (Nathan), Christopher (Jessica), Jake and Serena. Great Grandma to Drew, Taylor and new baby Chloe. Sister of Dennis. Predeceased by brother Peter Kostescu, sister Loretta Lebel, father George Kostescu and mother Helen (Ted) Vidican (2005). Pat will be missed by many aunts, uncles and cousins from Alberta, Saskatchewan and the United States. Mom was a devoted friend to Amy (Don) Schelter, and many special friends, Jack and Connie, Theresa, Joanne and Andy in the Cove. Despite many years with numerous physical set backs, she will be remembered as a caterer at the Knights of Columbus #4924. Mom always gave with her heart and will be sadly missed by all that were touched by her generosity and unconditional love. Private family service at Pat's request was held on Saturday, November 18 at Families First Funeral Home & Tribute Centre (519-969-5841) 3260 Dougall Ave. followed by cremation. If you so desire, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. There will be a memorial service to honor Pat's life in March of 2007. You may share your memories online at www.familiesfirst.ca
Published in the Windsor Star on 11/20/2006.

Ionita & Safta  (Badea) Tonita, Radu & Safta Tonita, Helen (Tonita) & George Kostescu

Congratulations to Jarrod & Cheri Martens on the birth of their first baby - a little girl:

Jaycee Rayne Martens
September 12th, 2006
Weight - 7 lbs, 14 oz
Born at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, AB

Descendent Line: Ionita & Safta Tonita - John  Tonita - Rashelle (Tonita)  Babij - Jarrod & Cheri Martens
"Big sister, Ava, with Baby sister Kayla"

Congratulations to Marcine & Shane Daly on the birth of their second daughter, Kayla Michelle Daly on
September 1st, 2006.   At Birth: 8 lbs. 3 oz. and 20 inches long.

Descendent Line: Ionita Tonita - Radu Tonita - John Tonita - Sharon Tonita - Shane Daly
"The Two Red Hatters"
Margaret (Monea) Kupper and her mother Victoria (Pana) Monea McIntosh
(Descendant line: Ionita Tonita - Floarea Tonita - Victoria Pana - Margaret Monea)

Jill Nelson received a Bachelor of Arts degree (majoring in Drama) from the University of Alberta in April 2006.

(Descendant line: Ionita Tonita - Vasile Tonita - Dan Tonita - Gina Tonita - Jill Nelson)

Congratulations to Chantel Weal who received her Grade 12 diploma from the Assiniboia Composite HIgh School in June 2006.  Chantel intends to work for a year and then go to hairdressing school.

(Descendant line: Ionita Tonita - Floarea Tonita - Victoria Pana - Margaret Monea - Dorrell Kupper - Chantel Weal)
April Dawn (Motorjescu) Speelman graduated from Baker college on June 9, 2006. She got an Associates degree in Business, majoring in Accounting and Office machines, and Computer Science. She had graduated SUMMA CUM LAUDE, 3.9-4.0 grade point average. She did this while working full time, raising two children, and married.

Pictured with April, is her proud Papa, Sammie Motorjescu.

(Descendant line: Ionita Tonita - Voica Tonita - Rose Radu - Sammie Motorjescu - April Motorjescu
aaron soparlo
Aaron-Lee Soparlo graduated in October 2005 with an Office Administration Assistant Diploma.  Since then, she has been working as an Office Manager for a company called Great West Beef & Bison Inc.  It's a project in Swift Current trying to build a beef and bison packing plant for that area.

(Descendant line: Ionita Tonita - Vasile Tonita - Marie Tonita - Cameron Soparlo - Aaron-Lee Soparlo)
Dr Susan Piazza has been studying Teacher Education primarily in the area of literacy and language arts.  She teachs undergraduate and graduate courses now in a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position at Western Michigan University.  Susan earned her doctorate from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.  She also studied reading comprehension with fourth-grade African American boys from a social and cultural perspective. 

                 Congratulations Dr Susan - we are all very proud of your achievment.

Descendent Line: Ionita  & Safta (Badea) Tonita - Radu & Safta Tonita - Mary (Tonita) & Nick Vaseleniuck - David Vaseleniuk & Leona (Meloche) Vaseleniuk

"Congratualtions to Dan & Helen Tonita who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversay on Friday, March 3rd.  Special prayers were said at church for them by Father Cosmin followed by anniversary cake at coffee hour.  The family (sons Rick & Ron and families)  along with Nasa, Helen Gherasim treated Dan & Helen to a nice dinner on the evening of their anniversary."

            We wish you many more years of wedded bliss - Romanian style.

Descendent Line: Ionita & Safta (Badea) Tonita - George & Iona Tonita

Well, a good woman finally did the unthinkable - she got Bryan Tonita to walk down the aisle. Way to go Lynne!
Congratulations to Bryan & Lynne Tonita" who were married in Calgary on Saturday, February 11, 2006

Descendant Line: Ionita and Safta (Badea) Tonita - Neagu & Chira (Katie) Tonita - Peter & Sophie Tonita

Our family has lost another of it's pioneers.  Don McGeough - husband of Marie (Tonita) passed away in Regina, Saskatchewan on Saturday, January 28, 2006.  We send our sincerest sympathies and condolences to Marie and all the family.
Complete Obituary

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