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63 Mimico Avenue
Toronto, ON M8V 1R2
Phone: 416-251-7531
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ISABELLE HEIKE

ISABELLE HEIKE (Shimano)

Wednesday, August 14th, 1935 - Friday, February 26th, 2021
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ISABELLE MITSUYE HEIKE
(nee Shimano)
BScN, RN, MEd -

It is with great sadness that the family of Isabelle Mitsuye Heike announces her passing on February 26, 2021 at the age of 85, following a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Isabelle was born on August 14, 1935 to Matsuo and Namiko Shimano in Steveston, British Columbia. Her family was interned in Kaslo, then Rosebery in interior British Columbia during World War II, and settled in Montreal, then Mimico, Ontario after they were released. After graduating from Mimico High School, she attended the University of Toronto where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1958. She met her husband Tom while at university, and married shortly after graduation in 1958.

Isabelle began her career as a public health nurse for the Victorian Order of Nurses and the City of Toronto. She later worked for 25 years as a nurse educator at Montreal General Hospital, the University of Alberta Hospital School of Nursing, and Grant McEwen Community College. Isabelle was highly regarded for the quality and care of her instruction, receiving multiple top instructor awards from her students. She was a lifelong learner, and at 59 years old earned her Master of Education degree from the University of Alberta in 1994.

Isabelle loved sewing and knitting clothes for her young children, creating beautiful needlework, but most of all, designing and making quilts which will be forever meaningful to the ones receiving them. She was happiest on family vacations, including skiing in the Laurentians and Rockies and camping in provincial parks. She also enjoyed the company of her many lifelong friends, who will remember her loving, warm, and caring personality.

Most importantly, Isabelle will be remembered as a devoted wife, wonderful mother, and loving grandmother. She is survived by her husband of 62 years Tom, of Etobicoke; her son Bob, of Toronto; her son David (Cheryl), of Toronto; her daughter Ann (Erik), of Redwood City, California; her four grandchildren Melissa Heike, Ben Heike, Alex Heike, and Anika Norris; her sister Joyce Cho (C.W.); and many nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother Frank.

Please join the family via zoom to celebrate the life of Isabelle on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 2 p.m.
https://zoom.us/j/92391776871

Donations can be made in Isabelle’s honour to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.(please donate directly via https://alzheimer.ca/en) The family extends their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Cawthra Gardens Long Term Care Residence in Mississauga, Ontario for their excellent care and compassion over the past 8 years.
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  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday March 4, 2021 | 2:00pm
    When
    Thursday March 4, 2021 2:00pm
    Location
    Mimico Chapel
    Address
    63 Mimico Ave.
    ETOBICOKE, ON M8V 1R2
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    Notes
    Due to COVID 19 attendance is limited therefore only the family will be present for the service, family and friends are invited to attend via Zoom use the following link: https://zoom.us/j/92391776871

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Nancy Wilkinson

Posted at 09:43am
I want to express my sadness at the losses of Isabelle, first of her memory due to Altzheimer's disease and now of her as a person who was loved and valued by family and friends.
I met Isabelle on the first day of classes at U. of Toronto School of Nursing, in Sept. of 1954. We instantly became friends. She made me laugh. She told me that earlier she and friend Molly Kono, also a classmate, looking for the zoology building that morning had entered a big old building. On asking for the classroom they were surprised to be told that they were in fact, in the Legislative building. We often laughed about that and many other things. She was fun.
She taught me. From her I first learned of the treatment of Japanese Canadian citizens during the war. I was astounded and appalled to learn of her experience in the camps in interior of B.C. and of the treatment of her parents, and others. Later, because of her I went on to learn more.
She taught me how to roll rice cakes and clean shrimp as we helped with preparations for Mollie's wedding. I think she taught me to use chopsticks!
For some years we lost touch except at Christmas but years later reconnected in Edmonton - not in person but by very long, long phone calls where we reminisced, and yes, laughed.
I regret that we later again lost touch. Isabelle was a special person to me - warm, caring, fun, quiet, happy, and always there.
In this photo in her obituary I see her smile, ready to blossom, and find myself, as always, smiling back in response.
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Carolyn Cho

Posted at 03:17pm
What a nice way to have everyone able to participate - thank you. I've added some photos from Aunt Isabelle and Uncle Tom's visit to Newfoundland for my parents' 50th anniversary. There are a couple of Aunt Isabelle and Mrs. Hobeika
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Christine Heslop

Posted at 02:09pm
Dear Uncle Tom, Bob, David and Ann and family, We are saddened by the passing of Auntie Isabelle and send our deepest condolences. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We look forward to the day we can meet again, offer a warm hug and smile together in memory of your wife, mum, grandmother. Wish I had known about her passion for sewing, quilting and needlework as I too have that same interest. However, glad to know she was able to spend time with Melissa to pass it on. Sharing, giving and loving as was her way. Love, Cousin Christine and husband Ted Heslop. .
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steve heike

Posted at 01:10pm
Very sorry to hear about aunt Isabelle's passing. Our condolences. Steve and Yumi
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Sandra Marin

Posted at 12:14pm
Dearest Tom and Family: our thoughts are with you all on this sad day. We consider ourselves so very fortunate to have met you, Tom, and Isabelle; first as our neighbours in Grandview and then as our friends. The best of both and never to be replaced. Isabelle had such a wonderful smile, gentle laugh. I can hear her still. So generous, caring and compassionate. And of course smart and talented. A rare individual and one that has left the world a better place for her being in it. Love and big virtual hugs, Sandra and Bill.
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