Toronto Star


August 11, 1927 ̫ September 24, 2021


After a life well-lived, our mom, Mia, aka Mama Mia, passed away at the age of 94. Joining her beloved husband Tone and daughter Irene, she is survived by her children Maggie (Peter), Dorothy (Peter), Martha (Joseph), Tony (Miriam), Marianne, Stan (Andrea), Helen (Will), Bob (Jackie) and Joe (Marie). She was the loving Stara-Mama of 35 grandchild­ren and 19 great-grandchild­ren. Sharing in our sorrow are her family and many friends in Slovenia, Australia, Argentina, the U.S., and across Canada.

Mia was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on August 11, 1927, the second of four children of Ivan and Antonia Kern. She was predecease­d by siblings Ivica and Tone and is mourned by surviving sister Neli in Ljubljana. Fleeing her war-torn Slovenia alone after the war, she met her future husband in a displaced persons camp in Austria. It was love at Јrst sight, at least on Dad's part. Arriving in Canada six months apart, they reunited and became a part of a growing Slovenian community in Toronto. Married in 1950, they raised ten children and built a successful constructi­on business, with Dad at the site and Mom working the home oЊce before working from home became trendy. Guided by her faith, she served her community through numerous organizati­ons, including the Catholic Women's League, several youth and community groups and the local widows club, all while working part-time and serving on the board at the Slovenian Credit Union, where she appointed herself chief teller and marriage counsellor, and dispensed free Јnancial advice to all her children's friends.

Her love for family, especially her grandchild­ren whom she loved even more than her own children, typically manifested itself through her joy in keeping everyone well-fed. Her home would always be full of wonderful smells, whether it was homemade strudel, cookies, potica or that never-ending pot of knedelj soup. No one ever left her house hungry, thanks in part to multiple fridges and cupboards that were always full.

Storytelle­r, chocolate dealer, cookie supplier, "beer club" host (really just a bunch of ladies sharing stories and drinking tea), head chef, hostel manager (there was always room for an out of town guest), pastry chef, chauЇeur; Mia was many things to many people and left a lasting impression on everyone she met. We would especially like to thank Kavita, her caregiver for many years, who treated our Mama like her own family and gained a place in all our hearts.

Visitation will be at Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church, 739 Brown's Line, Toronto, on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, from 4 till 8 p.m. and also one hour before the Funeral Mass. The Mass will be held at the church on Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Assumption Cemetery.

In lieu of Љowers, donations are encouraged to Dom Lipa, Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church or your local food bank. Mia always did what she could to ensure that people in her community did not go hungry.

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