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Submitted by masterfunerald… on Mon, 05/16/2022 - 11:43:AM

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Catherine (Kay) Bierko on May 12, 2022, just shy of her 87th birthday. After defeating cancer, and fighting hard through heart and kidney disease, Kay passed peacefully with her family by her side.

Kay, also known to many as Grammie, was pre-deceased by her loving husband of 42 years, Joseph, and her parents, Stella and Joe Dobranski.  She will forever be in the hearts of her daughters, Donna (Hans Rooyakkers) and Jodie (Jeff Baker) and her grandchildren Sydnie, Tyler, Nicholas and Emma.  She also leaves behind her brother Joseph (Madeleine) Dobranski as well as her niece Claudia (Marc), and nephew Stefan as well as many great and great-great nieces, nephews and cousins.

Kay was born in Glace Bay Nova Scotia and grew up surrounded by her many friends and family.  Her family moved to Montreal which is where she met and later married her soulmate, Joe.  Together they started a family and moved to Ottawa in the 1970s.  Kay had a long and successful career as a real estate agent with Royal LePage.

Kay was an active volunteer with Skate Canada. Recognized for her commitment and willingness to help, Kay was always sought out to help out at competitions – Provincial, National, Worlds and many International levels. For more than 20 years Kay chaired the Spring Festival Skate Competition at the Gloucester Skating Club. She was always doing whatever was needed to be done, by going above and beyond what was expected.  She was most proud when she was asked to Chair the 1996 Royal Bank Canadian Championships when they were held in Ottawa.

Friends were always very important to Kay and she enjoyed entertaining them at her home.  A very special group of friends in her life were her Beta Sigma Phi sorority sisters that lovingly called her Cathy.  She remained very close to them until the end.

Kay loved to travel and visited most of the provinces in Canada.  She also enjoyed some international travel – getting to ride the chair lift up the Alps in Switzerland, going on a safari in Africa and having high tea in England.  But her favorite trip took place at the end of each year when she would travel to Deerfield Beach, Florida at Christmas.  She loved walking on the beach, sitting by the pool with a good book and sitting under the tiki hut with family enjoying a glass of wine at the end of the day.

Kay had many hobbies – reading, knitting, gardening and collecting lighthouses to name but a few.  But her favorite hobby was being a cheerleader.  Kay could always be found at skating competitions, hockey games, soccer games and bowling tournaments cheering on her beloved grandchildren.  She was the proudest grandmother at each of the events and loved to celebrate their successes.

Her love of cardinals was well-known, and now when one is near people know that she is with them in spirit.

The family would like to send a heartfelt thank you to her nephrology team, the home dialysis unit at the Riverside Campus and the dialysis team at The General Campus.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Monday, May 23, 2022, at 1 p.m. in the Sacred Space at Beechwood Cemetery.  The family will be receiving friends and family starting at 11 a.m.

In memoriam, donations may be made to the Canadian Kidney Foundation, The Canadian Cancer Society, or CHEO.

“Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories.”

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 05/17/2022 - 04:15:PM


Roberta Thomas

Sorry for your loss Jodie, Jeff and family. She was a wonderful neighbour.

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The Landriault Family

Jodie, Jeff, Sydney and Tyler
Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mother/Grammie. Our hearts and thoughts are with you during this time.

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Dina Bell-Laroche

Moms hold a special place in our hearts. While I did not know Kay, I know her daughter Jodie and could feel the impact she has had on her life. When someone we love dies, our world changes. May those who love Kay be comforted by the amazing life she lived and her legacy of love. ❤️

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Ginette, Hollie, Grace and Paige Bailey

We are so sorry for your loss Jodie, Donna, Emma and your families. It's so difficult losing someone so wonderful. Our deepest condolences, we are thinking of you.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 05/18/2022 - 02:24:PM


Joel and Maria Neal

Our deepest condolences on the loss of your sweet Mom?

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Cindy, Mike & Chelsey Lacelle

Our sincerest condolences Jodie and family. We have many fond memories of Kay at GSC over the years. She was a definite powerhouse. Nobody could get things done like Kay could. We send you all big hugs. Xo

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Marie Tilk

O Cathy, I will miss you so! Dear Donna and Jodie and your families, my deepest sympathy! Over the years, Cathy and I have shared good times and bad, events of all types , laughter and tears, words of advice and wisdom and conversations covering wishes and dreams. We shared the trauma of our cancers and drew strength from each other. I respected Cathy and her successes, her business career, our time at Sorority, driving together for years, and so much more. I remember you with much affection and have so many warm and wonderful memories. I will hold you close in my heart until we meet again. God Bless You.
\Marie Tilk

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 05/18/2022 - 09:09:PM


Evelyn Irving

I always enjoyed our giggles together Kay, you will be missed - love from Lyn

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 05/19/2022 - 09:46:AM


Joan Dowling

When we lose someone we love, we must learn not to live without them, but to live with the love and special memories they left behind.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 05/19/2022 - 07:39:PM


Dianne Dearlove

I will remember Cathy and our fun times and meetings in Beta Sigma Phi.I am blessed to have met her .

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