Locally/Independently Owned & Operated

Lee, Annie Emily (nee Vasilisin)

In loving memory of Annie Emily Lee (nee Vasilisin) 80 years on Wednesday August 23, 2017. Adored wife of David Lee (predeceased 2014). Greatest mother ever and second to none of Deborah Ann (Robert); Sean (Angela) (Lise predeceased 2014), Alan (predeceased 2016) (Monique). Perfect grandmother to Shannon. Dear daughter of Wasyl and Anna (Trebisovsky) Vasilisin (both predeceased) Cherished sister of Mary Miron (predeceased 2017) husband Roland Miron (predeceased 1969), and her baby sister Julia (predeceased 1938). Missed by numerous nieces and nephews. Annie’s greatest accomplishments were her 3 children. Her motherly instincts were “Bang On” each and every time. She lived for her children and husband and always put herself last. She was a very meticulous stay at home mom and never did anything halfway. She was an outstanding cook and baked fresh everyday. Very often we would find notes in our school lunches wishing us a good day followed by her trademark lipstick kisses. The same notes would be found in David’s lunches as well. She was born in a home on Whittaker Street and lived all her life in the home built by her dad in the west end. She met David while working at the same Dominion store where he was in the produce section and she was on cash as well as the freezer aisle. They married in 1956. She was a very gifted and outstanding seamstress as her children were always dressed to the 9’s. For years she made the most detailed dancing outfits and costumes while her daughter was in dance and majorettes. She could whip herself up the most beautiful and detailed ball gowns over night for the Dominion Christmas staff parties. She was a beautiful knitter and knit with only the finest wool “Pure Angoras” and “Pure Emu Mohairs”. She cross stitched and did Petit Point as well. She and David would look forward to the summer holidays when they would pack up the car and kids and travel the old back roads of Ontario. An avid gardener, she never felt defeated and always tackled things never giving up. She was extremely proud of her Slovak heritage and equally embraced David’s Irish roots as well. Both Anne and Dave put retirement on hold when they were blessed with a beautiful granddaughter that they wanted to help raise; she too was dressed to the 9’s with all of grandma’s knitting and sewing talents. They adored her and she became their focus and priority. Sadly their retirement together was not to be once their granddaughter grew up. David had fallen ill and they faced many challenges which became overwhelming. Neither of them had any regrets and certainly would have chosen to be grandparents first again. Truly parents and grandparents second to none. There will be no visitation or service. Donations may be made directly to “Lise’s Cancer Support Fund” at the Northern Cancer Foundation.

2 Condolences

  1. Annie and I were school mates, public, and Tech. I lived just up the street on the hill. I was the granddaughter of Finnish immigrants who raised me, as I was a war orphan, my Mother went to Toronto to work. I am sorry to see she passed as I’ve thought of her often. I knew Dave and was aware of his illness. Seems like all my old school mates have passed and I’m just holding on and enjoying my 4 children in Barrie. Regards, Marlene

    Posted by:Marlene Goddard (nee Burgess)
    October 8, 2018
  2. My deepest sympathies to the family. Sounds like an amazing woman that this world won’t be the same without.

    Posted by:Ryan Deroy
    August 29, 2017

Leave a condolence