In memory of

Josephine Ruth "Josie" Engel

December 5, 1936 -  March 1, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Josephine Engel on March 1, 2021 in Toronto at age 84 after her courageous fight with cancer. Beloved mother and mother-in-law of Lawrence and Mary, and Vanessa and Craig, grandmother to Lauren, Kathryn, Amanda, Steven, and Christopher.

Our mother faced her life's journey with boundless love, humour and grit. She immigrated to Canada from Germany as a young woman, quickly learned English and took up a rewarding career as a dental nurse and receptionist becoming friends with everyone she met. She worked with the Forest Hill Skating Association, volunteered at North Preparatory School for after school activities, and actively engaged within her neighborhood and community later in her life. Remembered for her steel will, love of nature and animals, and her selfless compassion to help others, she will be fondly remembered by family and friends.

A celebration of her life, when all friends and family can attend, will be held this summer. A notice of her reception will be distributed closer to the date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her memory to the Toronto Humane Society.


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Alysa-Beth Engel and Mitch Faigan (Relative and friend)

Entered March 4, 2021 from Toronto

Dear Vanessa, Craig, Lawrence, Mary, Lauren, Kathryn, Amanda, Steven and Christopher,
Our deepest condolences for the loss of Josie. Wishing we could be with you in person. Sending you love. May the memory of your beloved mom/grandmother be a blessing.

Mary Legakis Engel (Daughter in law)

Entered March 5, 2021 from Oakville

Josie, your kindness, compassion and loving presence is missed. Rest in peace.

Mary Carreon (Personal support worker)

Entered March 5, 2021 from Toronto

She’s been very kind and sweet as a client. I will miss caring for her, our long walks and her beautiful smile whenever i come. May she rest in peace.

Sheila Engel Cohen 

Entered March 7, 2021

Always enjoyed her company many years ago. My condolences and love

Ruth, Jack & Florrie Cohen (Friend)

Entered March 8, 2021 from Thornhill

Dearest Vanessa, Craig, Amanda, &Steven,
Our deepest condolences for your loss. I will always remember her wit, stories and warm welcome into her home. May her memory be an eternal blessing to your family.
All our love.


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