LaVina Enns, aged 94, passed away peacefully on October 25, 2019 at Westmount Gardens Long Term Care, London, ON. LaVina was born April 13, 1925 in St. Catharines Ontario to Nicholai and Anna Dick. LaVina married John Enns in Niagara-on-the-Lake on August 10, 1945 and they enjoyed 64 years of a loving marriage. LaVIna’s Mennonite heritage was an integral part of her personal and family life, influencing the grace, generosity and traditions she happily shared with her family, friends and community. LaVina nourished the people around her with her kindness, laughter, and enthusiasm for life. LaVina will be remembered fondly for bringing family and friends together through her special gift and love for cooking and baking, which always included vibrant conversation. She always welcomed a game of scrabble, euchre or cribbage. At the age of 50, after raising 6 children, LaVina studied as a dietician, leading to a late life career as a Food Service Supervisor at Bethesda Home in Vineland and Chateau Gardens Long Term Care in Niagara-on-the-Lake. LaVina moved from the Niagara region in 1987 to retire in the town of Parkhill. Her husband John passed away on May 21, 2009. LaVina is survived by her sister Bette Martens (Vancouver Island) and brother Nicholas Dick (Toronto). Predeceased by her brother Henry Dyck (Truro). She will be dearly missed by her 6 children: Jo-Ann Schmidt (Fred-deceased) John Enns, Irene Howarth (Les), Barbara Enns-Baptiste, Fred Enns (Sue) , Tim Enns (Tara), her 14 grandchildren , Jeff (Angie), Rachel (James), Mike (Christina) JR (Jan), Julie (Brandon), Shawn (Melinda), Erin (Matt), Justin, Joshua, Jeremy (Michelle), Jess (Mark), Max, Theo and Josie and 16 great grandchildren. Family was the most meaningful part of LaVina’s life. Thank you to the staff in the Daisy wing at Westmount Gardens LTC for making LaVina comfortable for the last 8 years. A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Nairn Mennonite Church, 26459 Bear Creek Road, Ailsa Craig, on Wednesday October 30, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Memorial Donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee in honour of LaVina Enns at mcccanada.ca Funds will be directed to MCC’s efforts to assist the global food security crisis.
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