Delima

Delima Iftody nee Toma 2022

Obituary for
Delima Iftody (nee Toma)
July 17, 1929 – January 16, 2022
On Sunday, January 16, 2022, Delima, age 92, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home, surrounded by family.
Delima was an energetic, vibrant, well-known and loved figurehead of our family and community. She was fiercely independent and very active, always enjoying participating in everything she could. She never stopped learning new things. She had a quick wit and was respected for being just and fair. Delima’s strength, tenacity and spirited will, made her a beloved pillar of our immediate and extended family. She often said, “I have so many wonderful friends; I am so blessed.” She treated everyone as part of her family and was known to have an open door. She had the gift of making everyone feel special.
Delima stoically endured arteriosclerosis; painful, severe hardening of the arteries in her legs. Delima is survived by her daughter, Darline Shelemey; and grandsons, Steffan Shelemey and Nathen (Robyn) Shelemey. She adored her great-grandchildren; Sarah, Charles, Adeline and Elinor. She will be deeply missed by her sisters, Georgina Porozni and Diane Jonsson; and brothers, Lawrence (Annie) Toma and Daryl (Patricia) Toma; and brother-in-law, Patrick (Dawn) Howe.
Delima had her share of heartaches, being widowed at 49 when Steve, her husband of 32 years, died suddenly at age 57 in a vehicle accident. Her daughter, Georgette, passed away age 56 in 2012 after suffering 20 years with multiple sclerosis. Delima was also predeceased by her son-in-law, Paul Shelemey (2016), sister, Shirley (“Sam”) Howe; and brothers, Andy Toma and Dale Toma; sister-in-law, Marylou Toma; and brother-in-law, Willis Porozni.
Delima lived a long, full life and always appreciated her many blessings. She was born July 17, 1929 in Vegreville, Alberta, the first of eight children in a family of new Canadians. Her parents, George D. Toma and Sarah Siminiuc were Romanians, raised in the Boian area after their immigrant parents settled near Willingdon in 1900 and 1912, respectively.
Delima enjoyed a happy childhood on the family farm, although she worked hard; helping her mother with the children, a large garden, milking cows, feeding chickens, cooking and cleaning. As she got older, she helped her father clear land, using horses and chains to pull out trees. To attend Hairy Hill School, she drove a horse and buggy, or sleigh. There were barns to shelter the horses all day, and she fed and watered hers at noon.
Delima and Steve Iftody married in 1946 after he returned home when the war ended. Together they farmed and lived with his parents, at their pioneer homestead, at Eagle Hill.
In 1957 Delima and Steve quit farming and moved to Whitecourt with their two little girls and started a business – “Twin River Texaco” a gas service station and café, they named “Del’s Café”. Hard work and long hours, but successful. They moved to Edmonton in 1963 and later sold their business.
Delima enjoyed sports, playing softball and curling from a young age. Then she took up golfing at Whitecourt’s newly-built course with sand greens. In Edmonton, she joined the Crestwood Curling Club and played into her ‘70s. She also continued golfing, even at age 92 still playing a little. She received special recognition for her many decades of golfing with the Victoria Ladies Club.
Delima was a remarkable, multi- talented, beautiful woman devoted to God, her family and community, serving and volunteering throughout her life. She was organized, efficient and generous, contributing to her church in many ways; as choir conductor, caterer and Ladies Auxiliary Executive for 50-plus years. Always very caring and creative, many of her friends shared that Delima had been instrumental in helping them and providing solutions to their problems.
She was much loved and respected by many for her faith, courage, integrity and compassion. And especially for her zest for living a joyful life of fun, music, singing and dancing. She loved entertaining and was a hostess extraordinaire, even famous music artist, Zamfir, was an appreciative guest of her immeasurable hospitality!
Delima’s home was always open to someone dropping by and they would always be treated to something delicious she prepared – food and drinks.
Delima was a rare, special gift to us who knew and loved her. She will be deeply missed and very well remembered.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Delima to St.Mary’s Church at Boian, Box 14, Willingdon, AB T0B 4R0 and Sts. Constantine and Elena Church, 9005-132 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5E 0Y1.
The family appreciates and thanks the many caring medical professionals from Alberta Health, Homecare, Bayshore and Misericordia Hospital Wound Care Clinic; and especially to Sylvia (Shelemey) Medwid.
Public Viewing will be at Park Memorial on Sunday, January 23, 2022. between 2 p.m. -5 p.m. Per Alberta’s Restriction Exemption Program, be prepared to provide proof of Vaccinations (QR code along with valid ID if 18 or over), or proof of a negative rapid COVID test taken within 72 hours of entry, or an original medical exemption letter.
Evening Prayer Service is also Sunday, January 23 at 7 p.m. at Sts. Constantine and Elena Romanian Orthodox Church, 9005-132 Avenue, Edmonton. Church capacity is limited due to COVID Please call or text Darline to reserve your participation. Thank you. To view a livestream of the Prayer Service please log onto the following link: m.youtube.com/channel/UCXlb9bhe28vLd8Br8Fgspow
A private Funeral and Burial will be at St. Mary’s Church, Boian at 10 a.m. Monday, January 24, 2022. Fortunately, both Sunday Evening Prayers and Monday Morning Funeral will be livestreamed and may be viewed by selecting “Webcasting” from Delima’s Book of Memories on this page.
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