Gail A. Toews — Rochester

Gail A. Toews, of Rochester, formerly of Storden, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013, after an 11-year battle with multiple myeloma.

Gail was the third child of the late Claude Sykora and Bethel (Marks) Sykora born on Jan. 10, 1939. She shared 54 treasured years of marriage with Ronald E. Toews and was the mother of Kim Sleizer, Karen Howden and Robert Toews.

She is survived by her husband, Ron; her three children; seven grandchildren; and her brother, Curtis Sykora.

Gail was known for her passion for cooking, gardening, painting with oil and watercolors, embroidery, sewing, knitting, crochet, scrapbooking and birding. Several of her famous sayings and teachings include: "Dried tomatoes taste just like candy," "Don't throw away scraps that can be used for another project" and "J is for Jesus, O is for others, and Y is for yourself."

A memorial open house will be held Saturday, July 13, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Ronald Toews residence in Rochester.