LOUIS (LOJZE) Andrew Grebenc

Tuesday, March 30th, 1943 - Monday, November 2nd, 2020
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LOUIS (LOJZE) ANDREW GREBENC March 30, 1943 - November 2, 2020

Passed away peacefully at home on November 2, 2020, All Souls' Day. Lou was born on March 30, 1943 in Slovenia to Janez Grebenc (1982) and Marija Zidar (2013).

Education was key and highly encouraged in the Grebenc family. He attended St. John the Baptist School (Burlington) and Cathedral Boys' High School (Hamilton). At (Western) St. Peter's Seminary, Lou received a B.A. in Philosophy and Theology. As a priest, Lou served various parish communities in Waterloo and Hamilton, as Chaplain at the Henderson Hospital and as a participant in COR. He was further called to actively contribute to the mission in Guatemala with his good friend, Earl Talbot.

In 1978, Lou attended the University of Toronto where he received a B.Ed. As a teacher, he enjoyed working with the school communities at St. Leo and St. Ambrose (TCDSB), and, Holy Family, St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary and Assumption Secondary (HCDSB).

In retirement, Lou loved to travel, listened to classical music and attended performances at Stratford, Shaw and in Toronto. He enthusiastically enjoyed sports events and was especially supportive of the Montreal Canadians and the Toronto Blue Jays. Lou was a caregiver to his dear mother and would help out with the large garden. Lou was an active volunteer member of the Canadian Slovenian Historical Society (Etobicoke) and in establishing the Slovenian/English Library at St. Gregory the Great Slovenian Church (Hamilton).

Lou loved life, his faith, people, food, socializing with family and friends. He was a voracious reader of a wide variety of books that covered a multitude of topics. Lou had a sharp memory so he enjoyed healthy discussions especially in History and Religion. He possessed the natural ability to engage people in conversation who were from many walks of life and was genuinely interested in their background and heritage. Lou was proud of his Slovenian roots and his Canadian home. He was most thankful and grateful for his parents who endured hardships in order to escape the horrors of WWII in Europe.

Lou will be remembered by his siblings: the late John (Marci), Frank (Donna), Joseph (Lilian), the late Thomas (Lori), Mary, Peter and his many nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at a later date at St. Gregory the Great Slovenian Church. A memorial donation to a charity of your choice will be greatly appreciated.
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Phil Forsyth

Posted at 05:26pm
Phil Forsyth,
I am a friend of Peter Grebenc. That being said I was introduced to Louis through Peter when I was about 19 years old.
It was funny as I would go to see Peter to go out in the evening for a few drinks.,,Louis knew exactly what we were up too even though we thought he had no idea!!!
From that point on I got to know Louis. Peter Louis and I would have conversations in the basement on many topics. Later on in Life Louis Purchased a cottage at Turkey Point.
I spent many weekends there with Peter and Louis. We had great times there. One Great memory was Louis Driving us in his Boat to the Turkey Point Marina and exploring the River full of Fishing Boats.
I also loved the wooden sign hanging in the Cottage kitchen that said "Where there's Smoke There's Dinner" !
Louis was a Kind, Caring, Honest and Highly Intelligent Man. I will miss him. God Bless you Louis.

Marci Berridge-Grebenc

Posted at 08:23pm
Marci Grebenc
John’s branch of the Grebenc family are all so saddened by the loss of our Brother in law and Uncle Lojze. I first met Lojze when he was 22 years old. My first impression was of a kind gentle man , but I soon learned that he could be a tough and tenacious ( and loud) debater at our Sunday afternoon “ chats “ around the dinner table. But under that sometimes gruff exterior, Lojze had a great sense of humour and a laugh that made you want to laugh along with him. Lojze had no children of his own but he cared greatly for his many nieces and nephews ,taking a keen interest in their lives. Lojze loves the season of Christmas and would decorate the house fro top to bottom, much to the delight of the family’ s children. We miss you Lojze and May you Rest In Peace.
Marci ,JohnPaul, Christina and Nicholas Grebenc ( family of Janet)

Frank Grebenc

Posted at 10:59am
Perhaps Louis can be better understood as a part of a unique family. We have a sometime tradition of remembering our ancestors through names for our children. A glance at the Grebenc and Zidar family trees finds numerous Johns, Franks and Joes and many Marys. Much rarer are Luis and Andrea. There is a reason for both.
We named our daughter Andrea to memorialize our mom's youngest brother who was taken as a teen by the Partizans, and never heard from again. We assume he was a casualty of the bloody civil war that so deeply affected our two families. She is a living reminder of the direct horrors and heavy price paid by our close relatives.
Louis was named for dads younger brother who, because of his intellectual gifts, was financially supported by the Grebenc family through medical school and specialty. He spent the war years providing medical care in the Ribnica area. In 1944 he fled to Austria to the Spital D. P. camp. In June, 1945 he returned to Slovenia where he was arrested and interned in a concentration camp with 7000 other men. I have heard stories of how he bravely tended to their medical needs until , in early august, all of them were taken to a sink hole in the wood, and machine gunned. Three men survived.
I always thought Louis saw this as a special burden he carried, and helped explain his entering the priesthood.

Frank Grebenc

Posted at 12:30pm
Our family of mom and dad and seven kids were really two separate families. We four oldest - John, Frank Louis and Joe - were war babies born between Sep 1939 and Oct 1945 and came to Canada with mom in March 1949, derided as D P s (displaced persons)by our neighbours. As boys we literally fought our way to peer acceptance. By the time Tom, Mary and Peter were born we were well on the way to becoming Canadians. Although our parents remained fully involved in the growing Hamilton Slovenian community of St Gregory the Great, dad stressed that we had come to this country to become Canadians and so we did. All six of us married non-slovenian Canadians and while proud of our Slovenian heritage we are Canadians and more broadly citizens of the world.
World War II totally changed the direction of our family's life. From a well to do farmer life style to an alien land facing unknowns alone, our parents instilled an ethic of self reliance and hard work. Live a life that will make the world a better place. Louis certainly achieved this goal.
My major regret is that I did not know my brother as well as I could have. Loui, rest in peace. Your brother, Frank

Andrea Grebenc

Posted at 11:29am
Uncle Louis was always an animated presence during discussions at family dinners on holidays and on Sundays when we would visit my grandparents after church. I have fond memories of him. One distinct memory of him is him picking me up from school when I was in grade one because I was sick and my parents were unable to come to get me. After he picked me up, he took me through a car wash as a fun thing to do on the way home, which was fun.... until I threw up in his car. He laughed it off and was kind about it. I have always been amazed at how well-traveled he was and how he was able to keep good connections with family back in Slovenia considering he left when he was a baby.

Joe Grebenc Posted at 12:40pm

Thank you,, Andréa ! This is a great memory and story .

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