July 17, 1926 – November 16, 2012
Born in Riga, Latvia as the youngest of three children, Olga lived in this historic city until the Baltic States were annexed by Russia just prior to the outbreak of World War II. Her family – whom she never was to see again – sent her to safety in Germany where, as a teenager, she spent the wartime years. Germany is where she met and married Adolfs and, together, they spent the next 65 years building a future with many adventures along the way.
In 1954 they, along with daughter Kaiva, immigrated to Canada from England. They settled first in Toronto, then Oakville and, finally, Olga and Adolfs moved to Comox to be closer to family.
Olga was a private person whose focus was on her family and on her home. She could coax the most reluctant plant into beautiful bloom. She made any modest meal into a gourmet feast with a few magical touches. Many were introduced to the gold standard of Latvian cuisine with her famous bacon rolls (piragi).
She encouraged and supported her family to follow their dreams. She believed that anything could be achieved in Canada, her adopted country, with education and hard work. Olga was the ‘silent singer’ of Pat’s Pack, her grandson’s group – always present with a smile for practices and performances but not one to go on stage.
Her energy was boundless until recent failing health forced her to slow down. Olga’s family is most appreciative of the care provided by Dr. McLaughlin and nurse Kathy. Also, many thanks to the staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital for their skill and gentleness with Olga.
Olga was predeceased by Adolfs in November 2011. She is survived by her daughter Kaiva; and grandchildren Patrick and Jocelyn (Matt).
Friends of Olga and Adolfs are warmly invited to the Celdoma home on Sunday, December 30th from 2 to 6 p.m. for an informal Latvian-style reception. For more information, please call Kaiva at 250-871-5591.
Donations in Olga’s memory may be made to the Comox Valley Child Development Association.
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