In memory of

Ella Korjus

September 8, 1932 -  March 8, 2023

In Memory of Ella Korjus
September 8, 1932 - March 8, 2023

It is with profound sadness that the family of Ella Korjus (nee Oad) announce her peaceful passing on March 8, 2023 at the age of 90 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Eha (late Markus), Mark, and Eric (Connie). Her sisters Alma and Maimu. Her grandchildren, Jaan (Mai-Liis), Laas (Kate), Leikki (Attila), Teija, Oliver and Austin. Her great-grandchildren Heikki, Mia-Liina, Viive, Raili, Leo, Helve, Hendrik, Eliise, Raivo, Ella, Talvi and Maila. As well as numerous relatives and friends.

Ella was predeceased by her loving husband of 51 Years, Alfred; daughter Tiina, brother August and parents Marta and Daniel.

Ella was born on September 8, 1932 to Marta and Daniel Oad in Siilu talu, in Linaküla on a small island in Estonia called Kihnu. Due to the increasing threat of the Russian army, 12-year old Ella was forced to leave her home in a boat with her mother and younger sister to meet her father and older brother both waiting in Sweden. At this time, she was sick with pneumonia and her parents feared the worst. They finally reached Sweden where the family lived for the next 6 years. Ella lived her teenage years in Sweden learning the language, joining girl guides, saving all her money to have ice-cream once a month and tasting a banana for the first time. When Ella was 18 - years old, her father announced the family would be moving to Canada.

It was in Canada where she met her husband Alfred Korjus at an Estonian dance. She was drawn to how well he could dance. Ella and Alfred married on October 3, 1953.

Ella enjoyed summers at the cottage in Orillia with her family, making sure everyone had enough to eat and ensuring her family’s happiness. Ella tried to keep her Estonian heritage and language alive. She was very proud that her children and grandchildren not only spoke Estonian but took part in the Estonian community.

Funeral service will be on Friday March 17, 2023. Visitation with family - 1:00-2:00, Service 2:00-3:00 in the York Cemetery Chapel, burial, followed by a wake in the reception room.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to KESKUS international Estonian Centre or Jõekääru Estonian Children’s camp.

Funeral Location:
York Cemetery & Funeral Centre
160 Beecroft Road
North York, ON


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Liivi and Joe Pasquino (Family)

Entered March 9, 2023 from Richmond Hill

Dear Eha, Mark, Erik and families,
So sorry to hear the news of your Ema's passing. Hope all the happy memories you've had together help you through this sad time. Thinking of you all,
Joe and Liivi
( and family )

Laine MacMillan (Family)

Entered March 9, 2023 from Newmaket, Ontario

Eha, Mark, Erik and families
I was so very sorry to hear about your Ema/Vanaema's passing. I have very fond memories of extended family get togethers while growing up. She will be missed by all who knew her. Deepest sympathy.
Love Laine and family

Helmi Verdoold (Family)

Entered March 9, 2023 from Newmarket, Ontario

Dear Maimu, Alma, Eha, Mark, Erik and families
With Heartfelt Sympathy on the passing of a loved sister, Ema and Vanaema. May you find peace in the memories you cherish. Sharing the sadness of your loss.
Helmi and family

Laine MacMillan (Family)

Entered March 10, 2023 from Newmarket, Ontario

Maimu and Alma
Deepest sympathy on the passing of your dearest sister Ella. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Love Laine and family

Helgi and Mel Trotter (Family)

Entered March 10, 2023 from Florida

Dear Eha, Mark, Erik, Maimu, Alma and families,
Our thoughts are with all of you as you mourn the loss of your dear mother/grandmother/sister. We will fondly remember her welcoming heart and home and the happy family times shared.
With deepest condolences at this sad time,
Helgi and Mel Trotter and family


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