Giffen-Mack Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

4115 Lawrence Ave East, West Hill, ON


Frances Shirley Lake

November 7, 1943June 22, 2020

Frances Shirley Lake (née Strilkiwski) passed away peacefully and on her own terms on June 22, 2020, at around 7:00 pm. Born in Ethelbert, Manitoba on November 7, 1943. She is predeceased by her father, Mike Strilkiwski; her mother, Nellie Hnybida; and her brothers Walter and Bill.

Frances will be deeply missed by her children, Karen and Kimberley; grandchildren, Bailey, Cooper, Oskar and Silka; and many more family members and friends.

We had a wonderful celebration of life on Sunday, June 21, with so many good friends and relatives retelling our precious memories with Frances. My mother was filled with love and said it was more than she could ever ask for. It was a beautiful parting celebration. Thank you to all those that were there and making it a very magical and impactful good-bye.

As per Frances' wishes, a private cremation has taken place.


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Maria Sherry Tan

July 1, 2020

I was a volunteer at Seven Oaks Long Term Care doing meal assistance, assisting in Sing A Long , events and celebrations for the residents.

I was asked by the volunteer coordinator if I can visit Frances for she requested to have a friendly visit every week.

I would come twice a week for 3 hours we talk, write her appointments or call her Doctor to confirm her appointment. I would take her to the dining lounge for lunch and assist her.
After lunch I would bring her downstairs in the garden to enjoy the beautiful breeze and the flowers.

I really admire Frances for being brave ,independent and peaceful.
She is sweet and always smile that every one assigned to her loves her.

I was surprised she decided to move to Chester Village. She requested me to help her on the day of her moved. I'm glad I came because there was nobody to assist Frances and bring her things to her room .
I continue to visit Frances at Chester Village once a week for I have school.
I would come during lunch so I can assist her with her meals then bring her down stairs to see where they do the programs.
Then I stopped coming due to Covid 19 lockdown.
But we stay in touch, checking on each other and say hello.
I was looking forward to see her after the lockdown was over.
At least I was able to talk to her before she rested for good.
For sure,I will miss our friendly chat but one thing will remain in my heart is her sweet smile and love.Thank you so much!