Helena Ondra Shuwera

January 30, 1938April 4, 2021

Shuwera, Mrs. Helena Ondra (Retired Primary School Teacher); Suddenly on Sunday April 4, 2021, in her 84th year. Beloved wife of the late Dan M Shuwera. Loving mother of Mark and his wife Maria of Peterborough and Matt and his wife Miranda of Lakefield. Dear grandmother of Bastian (Ashley), Anna, Quinton, Zane and True. Sister of Gail Blake and her husband Larry of Innisfil. Private funeral arrangements are with Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre. (please visit sharing opportunity at In memory of Mrs. Shuwera, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Muscular Dystrophy Canada, would be appreciated.


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Joseph Rudkins

April 12, 2021

My condolences to Mark and family. We all reach this difficult point in our lives. often at different times, but the same point nonetheless. It's tough.
All I can offer is to feel fortunate that you had her as long as you did, then move forward armed with her memory and the strength she instilled in you.

Take care.
Joe Rudkins

Sandra Seabrook/ offen

April 11, 2021

Sincere sympathy to Ondra’s family.Many years of fond memories.Memories are a treasure never to be forgotten.It’s never easy saying goodbye to a loved one,especially your mother. Blessings Sandy

Gail Blake

April 10, 2021

As Ondra’s sister
I have so many great memories of a life well lived.
Early in her life Ondra excelled at the piano, and our father would tease her that she might find “The lost chord that David played before the Lord”.
From there she plunged into teaching whole heartedly.
Married Danny.
Even more talents came forth. Danny’s outstanding market gardens would only be outdone by Ondra’s elegant flower gardens.
Both Ondra and Danny loved food preparation! To share supper with them was truly special! There would be so many dishes some Ukrainian, some Pennsylvania Dutch and uniquely theirs. Obviously they have passed on their love of preparing food onto both boys.
I remember one Sunday visit to their farm, there were several goats eyeing our car for a perch. Later as we sat down to a beautifully made dinner, the screen door opened and in walked a goat. Ondra promptly handed it some lettuce and out it went! There were more surprises that day then just “guess who’s coming to dinner.”
Just two years ago our sons gave us IPads and hooked us up. What a wonderful blessing!
We spent every Sunday since sharing memories and feelings that only sisters can share.
Ondra was an inspiration and she will be greatly missed!

Jody Topping

April 9, 2021

Ondra taught both of our kids Heather and Brian Shannon. I helped in the classroom as well. We became close friends for years after our kids had finished school. We shared many a laugh with her and Dan. They were the best of the best. The kids adored her, she taught the kids kindness, fairness and empathy. Her classroom was always a loving and safe place. Our sympathies to her family.

Tom & Philp

April 9, 2021

"Mrs. Shuwera", as our three kids knew her, taught much more to Megan, Luke and David than the "3Rs". Ondra taught them to be kind, to love, to be patient, to be creative and, most importantly, to like themselves. Ondra was a force to be dealt with at King George Public School. There were few primary teachers like Ondra; even more importantly, there were few human beings like her. Our hearts go out to her family, friends and former colleagues.

Lori Woodbeck

April 9, 2021

I met Ondra in September of 1985. I was a new kindergarten teacher and Ondra shared her knowledge and love of teaching with me. She was an amazing mentor and friend. I have so many great memories of teaching kindergarten in the basement of King George School with Ondra, including hatching duck eggs that Ondra got from the Peterborough zoo. Those ducks imprinted on Ondra and followed her everywhere. My sincere condolences to her family.

Debra Watson

April 9, 2021

My Sincerest Sympathies, Mark and Maria, Matt and Miranda and your Families.
So many wonderful memories we have shared over the many years. I am grateful that Kevin started kindergarten at King George School and had your Mom for his teacher. She was a fantastic teacher and our families became friends from then on.
She lived her life well and never gave up, no matter how hard it got.
Rest in Peace, my dear friend.
Deb x