Elsie Rayfield

04-Oct-1924 - 19-Jan-2019

Obituary Overview

In Loving Memory


Elsie Margaret (Skinner) Rayfield, at age 94, of Oshawa, Ontario, formerly a long-time resident of Toronto, passed away peacefully at her home on January 19, 2019.

Elsie was born on October 4, 1924 in Sandhurst, Surrey, England.

Elsie married the love of her life, William Charles Rayfield, and immigrated to Canada in 1946 as a warbride where she settled in Toronto and raised their four children; Audrey, Priscilla, Susan and Bill.

Elsie was a devoted and loving mother and after her husband’s passing in 1966, went to work at Eaton’s Department Store to support her family before retiring 25 years later.

Elsie was the beloved wife of the late Charles Rayfield, and the late Alexander Tonelli, devoted mother of Audrey McGonigal (Edward deceased), Priscilla O’Donoghue (Larry), Susan Roehner (Gord), and Bill Rayfield (Suzanne). Elsie was also very special to the late Klara Polatay and her son Paul, and Esther Horvath (Francis) and their son Alex.

She was very proud of her family and was “Nana” to her 8 Grandchildren and “Great Nana” to her 13 Great Grandchildren. She loved family get-togethers, and spent many hours cooking and preparing for her family at holiday gatherings.
Nana was known for her love of sports, and was a dedicated fan, especially of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Blue Jays.

A very special thank you to the warm and professional caregivers at Traditions of Durham Retirement Residence for their constant support and loving care of Elsie during her time there.

A celebration of life for family and friends will be held at Mount Lawn Funeral & Cemetery, 21 Garrard Road, Whitby, Ontario. (905-443-3376) on Saturday May 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or The Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences can be posted at mountlawn.ca.

Funeral Details

  • Memorial Visitation

    Mount Lawn Funeral Home & Cemetery

    Event Times:

    04-May-2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Memorial Service

    Mount Lawn Funeral Home & Cemetery

    Event Times:

    04-May-2019 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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Posted by Julie Haugh Guzzo (Lightfoot) | 23-Jan-2019

I am sending my condolences to all of you on the passing of Elsie. Our family has many happy memories of your Mom and family In the Belsize/ Forman neighbourhood. Your Mom never went down the street to Bayview without greeting or asking about my Mother Nellie.There was a special bond between ourMothers as they both lost their special beloved husbands early in life and then had to struggle to support all of us kids. She will be missed! Sincerely, Julie Haugh Guzzo ( Lightfoot)

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