Our most beloved Victoria (Toyita) Garcia de Sánchez, born in Ecuador, December 1, 1932 passed away peacefully at the Dorothy Ley Hospice, on July 30, 2017.

Married for 67 years to J. Francisco (Paco) Sánchez Arias, Paco and Toya’s loving relationship and genuine affection for each other was a true love story and an inspiration to everyone. Together, they helped bring to the world 5 daughters and 2 sons, each with incredible qualities, trail blazers in their own right. Most importantly, they have been the core of a strong family for whom the bonds of family unit are the source of strength, joy and constant celebration. Paco and Toya’s children and grandchildren are:

  • Elvira Sánchez de Malicki, married to Marek Malicki, their children: Keram, Vanessa, Adriel and Gibrian Malicki-Sánchez. Vanessa and Conor Caulwell’s children Mylo and Oscar
  • Victoria (Toya) Sánchez- Jankowski, married to Alex Jankowski, their children: Jesse and Karissa Jankowski
  • Francisco (Paco) Sánchez Garcia, married to Fatima Orrala de Sánchez, their child Francisco Sánchez Orrala. Also Paco’s son Daniel Contreras, married to Elisa DeSantis and their children Sebastian y Leonardo. Paco’s daughter Francisca (Paquita) Sánchez de Exbrayat, married to Cyril Exbrayat and their children Lea and Gabriel
  • Patricia Sánchez Lauper, married to Cesar Lauper, widow of Xavier Salcedo, their children Francis, Juan Jose (JJ) Salcedo and Maria Jose (Chiqui) Salcedo Vasquez, married to Alex Vasquez and their children Tatiana and Sebastian.
  • Maria Fernanda Sánchez-Kani, married to Mario Kani, their children Cassandra and Darian
  • Xavier Sánchez, married to Adriana Knupflemacher de Sánchez, their children: Christian and Ana Sofia Rakansky and Xavier and Daniel Sánchez Knupflemacher.
  • Maria Isabel Sánchez, married to Javier Sánchez, their children: Andres, Marco and Sofia   

Sra. Toyita, who was very proud of her heritage was predeceased by her father Gabriel Garcia Morales – nephew of Gabriel Garcia Moreno, one of the best Presidents of Ecuador in the late 1800’s and also nephew of Cardinal Juan de la Cruz Ignacio Moreno y Maisanove, whose capello still hangs in the Cathedral in Toledo – and her mother Sra. Elvira Demari de Garcia. Her brother Gabriel Garcia and sisters Adriana Garcia de Jauregui, Guillermina Garcia de Ayala, Matilde Garcia de Aguirre y Elvira Garcia de Knopf, their spouses, children and progeny maintained a strong family bond even after she migrated to Canada in 1991 to join her daughters, the first of which, Elvira began their migration to Canada in 1966.

Defining Toyita’s profession as homemaker is to emphasize how noble and important that profession is as she excelled at it. Testimony of it is the wonderful and all round supportive relationship all the members of her family, both in Canada and in Ecuador, have with each other. They are all each other’s best friends, fans, mentors and guides through the various paths of life. Her legacy will live on. We shall miss her but also delight in remembering all things she taught and shared with us. Her passion for style, her contagious sense of humour, her exceptional and delicious culinary abilities, her generosity, kindness and loving nature will live in our hearts for the rest of our lives.

May she now and forever Rest in Peace.

Celebration of her life will take place Wednesday, August 2, at 5:00 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 2340 Hurontario St., Mississauga, L5B 1N1                                                                                              Directions

After Mass Reception at Boaden Banquet Hall, Tudor Room, 505 Queensway Ave E, Mississauga, ON L5A 4B4   Directions

Interment of her ashes will take place on Thursday, August 3 at 10:00 a.m. at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, 7300 Hwy 27, Woodbridge, ON L4L 1A5,                                                             Directions

In lieu of flowers donations would be gratefully accepted by the Dorothy Ley Hospice Making your donation online or over the phone by calling (416) 626-0116.

The family wants to take this opportunity to thank the kindness and care provided to Mamita Toya by all the professionals and volunteers from March of Dimes, Care Partners and the Dorothy Ley Hospice. God bless you all.

13 replies
  1. Kelly de la Flor
    Kelly de la Flor says:

    Mi más sentido pésame a toda la familia Sánchez. Una familia hermosa y uñida gracias a la querida Toyita. Un abrazo y todo nuestro cariño, Kelly y Rene

    • Elvira Sanchez De Malicki
      Elvira Sanchez De Malicki says:

      Muchisimas gracias Kelly y Rene. Uds. siempre tan carinosos.
      La recordamos y la extranamos.
      Sus palabras son un aliciente.
      Elvira y familia

  2. John and Monique Forster
    John and Monique Forster says:

    Our entire family wishes to express our deep sorrow over the loss of much loved Toyita. Her bright light will continue to shine and inspire her family and the rest of us who were blessed to come into contact with her, however briefly.

    Much love,

    John, Monique, Justin and Victoria Forster

    • Elvira Sanchez De Malicki
      Elvira Sanchez De Malicki says:

      Thank you very much Monique, John, Justin and Victoria,
      Your friendship and support throughout the years has been constant and present, particularly, when we needed you most.
      Thank you for always being there for us.
      Elvira and family

  3. Elizabeth Fijalkowski
    Elizabeth Fijalkowski says:

    What beautiful touching words . Gracefully written . .your mom was a gentle soft spoken woman whose love and kindness filled my heart every time I spent time with her. I send you my prayers and affection for Toyita and thank you for these photos of your family. You are an excellent example of family bonds that we so badly need in this world today . I love the Sanchez family.. I am a happier woman because of you. .God bless .love hugs liz fijalkowski

    • Elvira Sanchez De Malicki
      Elvira Sanchez De Malicki says:

      Dearest Halszka, you and your loving family opened your hearts and welcomed our family so many years ago that to us, the Sanchez Garcia clan, the Fijis are a very dear extension of our family in Canada. The times and memories shared by your parents and ours is the source of many nice anecdotes that my father still likes to share, particularly of the time your parents visited ours in Ecuador. Dear Bolek and Ciocia Babcia are as sorely missed as our mom now is. But their great capacity to love and laugh, their creativity, sense of fun and generosity and the fond memories of all the things they did and we with them are precious gifts that will remain for ever with us. We miss them, yet they will forever live with us in our hearts. Thank you for being you and always being there for us.
      Elvira and family.

  4. MariaLuisa Campodonico
    MariaLuisa Campodonico says:

    Dear friends,
    Words seem inadequate to express the sadmess felt by the loss of beautiful Vctoria..our Toyita! On behalf of my entire family, I extend our deepest sympathy on the loss of your precious wife,mother,grandmother, and respectful citizen of our Ecuadorian and Canadian societies. With much love , Alvaro, MALu & sons.

    • Elvira Sanchez De Malicki
      Elvira Sanchez De Malicki says:

      Dear MaLu, Alvaro, sons y la gran Familia Valencia,

      The close bond between the Valencia and the Sanchez Garcia family is a tremendous source of strength to all of us. You have always been there for us and we’ll be there for you.Together, we have laughed and partied hard, we have also shared the tremendous sorrow of losing the beloved matriarch of the Valencia clan, the beloved Sra. Martita and now our queridisima Toyita.
      The emotional bond and friendship our families share is strong, we cherish them and are thankful to have you in our lives to continue sharing the memories and anecdotes of two of the loveliest ladies we have known. Sra Martita and Mamita Toya.
      Thank you very much for always being there for us.
      Elvira and family

  5. Cristina Wilde
    Cristina Wilde says:

    May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this great loss, to you and all your family.

    Cristina and Christopher

    • Elvira Sanchez De Malicki
      Elvira Sanchez De Malicki says:

      Thank you very much Cristina, we sincerely appreciate your kind words. You had an opportunity to get to know mom (Toyita) well and understand the tremendous vacuum her departure has left in our lives. Friends like you help alleviate the pain and sorrow. Your friendship is greatly valued.
      Elvira and family

  6. Linda McGlade
    Linda McGlade says:

    Dear Elvira and Family,

    On behalf of Fr. Hernan Astudillo and myself, Linda McGlade and everyone at San Lorenzo Church and San Lorenzo Latin American Community Centre, I wish to offer you our deepest condolences. It is always difficult to lose someone close and one of the most difficult is to lose a parent, especially your mother. May God give you comfort to pass through these dark days and may you always feel your Mother’s loving presence in your daily life.

    In sympathy,
    Linda McGlade

    • Elvira Sanchez De Malicki
      Elvira Sanchez De Malicki says:

      Thank you very much Linda for your kind words of comfort during these very difficult times for our family. We sincerely appreciate all the demonstrations of support and affection we have received from Father Hernan and everyone involved with Parroquia San Lorenzo and Radio Voces Latinas. You have all managed to help convert a community into a family that cares and supports each other.
      Elvira and familia

  7. tu hija Elvira
    tu hija Elvira says:

    Querida mamita, gracias por ese maravilloso ejemplo de amor y la familia tan unida que formaste. Te extranaremos pero siempre viviras en nuestras mentes y corazones. Fuimos privilegiados de que hubieses compartido tu vida con las nuestras. Ahora que tu alma se ha liberado de tu cuerpito que ya no daba mas y que lucho hasta el ultimo momento por aferrarse a esta vida disfruta de la libertad de un alma dulce y llena de amor.


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