Sydney

Delores Christina (MacCormack) Starzomski, age 74, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 3, 2022, in the An Cala Palliative Care Unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, surrounded by the love of her family. She leaves behind a family greatly missing their Babcia.

Delores was world-renowned for her perogi-making and Wigilia meals, her love of telling it like it is and her deadly one-liners. While she met future saints (Mother Teresa and Saint John Paul II), royalty (Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip) and Prime Ministers (Mulroney and Harper), she didn’t give them any greater respect or kindness than she did her neighbours in the Whitney Pier Tim Hortons. Her Sunday family dinners were a must-attend event. She always had a place at her dining table for anyone in need of a good meal on Old Country Roses china with students and new Canadian families from around the world joining the family. At those dinners, you would see that Delores was quick of wit, but she saved her sharp tongue and brutal honesty for her family, where we competed for her approval and loved being the subject of her sarcasm.

Growing up Delores was big blue eyes and brown curls. Stories of her early escapades are fondly retold by her childhood friends who stayed her friends for life. A proud “Pier Girl” she attended school in Whitney Pier and was a life-long parishioner of St. Mary’s Polish Church and Holy Redeemer Church where she served on the Parish Altar Society and CWL.

You would be hard-pressed to find a harder worker. She trained as a hairdresser providing beautiful roller sets for the ladies in Whitney Pier, while saving bad perms and questionable colour jobs for her family. Delores truly loved working at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and was in her element interacting with those who needed a little bit of laughter in their day. In retirement, she and Frank wintered in Florida where she golfed, shopped with Heather, entertained her new friends and enjoyed visits from her children and grandchildren. She was also a huge support for her daughters, dropping everything to go wherever she was needed to ease their burdens.

It was later in life that Delores took up golf, and she was the one person you would want in your foursome either in Florida or Cape Breton for both her skill on the course and the fun you would have while out there. Her love of sports found her attending PGA Tournaments and closely following the Toronto Blue Jays. She was strong as steel, soft of heart and fiercely proud of both the Celtic heritage she was born to and the Polish/Croatian community she was warmly welcomed into.

We wanted to have Delores with us for longer but felt lucky to have the last four months of quality time. At the end of her days, Delores expressed her gratitude for the loving care from her husband of over 50 years, Frank. She showed her joy in watching her grandchildren enjoy time together and form the family bonds that she so valued in her life. She spoke of the pride she felt for raising four successful, independent, and confident daughters. She looked forward to regular visits from her siblings, Heather, and Dan to reminisce about growing up on Matilda St. and she marvelled at how many people expressed their love for her, saying many times – I have such good friends.

Delores will be sorely missed and is survived by her husband Frank; brother Dan; sisters, Elaine Schmid, and Heather (Steve) Fraser; sister-in-law, Janice MacCormack; children, Lisa Raitt (Bruce Wood), Cora Lee Starzomski, Krista Ann Starzomski (Jeff Wilson), Tanya (Sean Chislett); and grandchildren, Nikolas (Samantha), Noah and Kristofer Starzomski-Wilson, John-Colin and Billy Raitt, Bella and Marleigh Howes and Rhiannon McNamara, and Frankie and Sophie Chislett.

Delores was preceded in death by her mother and father, Christina (Gillis) and Colin MacCormack; sister, Colleen MacNeil; brother, Colin MacCormack; brothers-in-law, Vince MacNeil and George Schmid; sister-in-law, Kathy MacCormack and grandchild, Josh Chislett.
We will celebrate Delores’s life when we can gather together again, because she deserved nothing less.

As her family, we would like to thank all the nurses, doctors and care workers who looked after Delores, both in Sydney and Halifax, providing gentle care and kindness along the way. Special thanks to the remarkable people working over the Christmas Holiday at the An Cala Palliative Care Unit whose care helped make the final days with our Babcia easier and filled with love.

There will be no visitation for the late Delores Starzomski. Due to Covid, a private family memorial Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Polish Church, Whitney Pier with Fr. Dennis Lamey officiating. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.

Due to the Mass being private, Live Streaming will be available on our website.

Click Here: https://www.facebook.com/Live-Stream-Funeral-Page-Cape-Breton-102548274792611/

In lieu of flowers please consider making donations to the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County or the St. Mary’s Polish Church Building Fund in Delores’s memory.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.

Online Condolences

Dear Frank, Lisa, Cora Lee, Krista Ann, Tanya and family

There are no words to express how saddened we are to hear of your loss .
Delores was a remarkable woman, a ray of sunshine that warmed everyone’s heart. We are so happy we got to know her, memories we will cherish forever .
Such a vibrant kind woman, full of life and personality.

God Bless our beautiful Delores
Forever remembered , forever missed & forever in our hearts
Our deepest sympathy -Jenny , Richard , Michel & Victoria Beara

Dear Lisa and family,
Arlene & I are so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. She was obviously a huge asset to her family and everyone in Cape Breton. We send our sincere condolences to you and your family. May she rest in peace.  “mart sin leat”
From:  Rob Nicholson

A donation has been made to St. Mary’s Church Building Fund. Sorry we couldn’t be there.                                                                                                                                                                                               From: Bonnie & Peter

Dear Frank, Lisa, Tanya, Krista Ann , Cora Lee & Family,

We are truly sorry to hear the very sad news.
Delores was so loved and so good to everyone who knew her, the world has lost an amazing person but heaven has gained a beautiful soul. She is smiling from heaven as she continues to watch over all of you.
We will miss her deeply, and we pray for our Delores and you all  🙏
Love Always your family
Kata & Mike Mayich

My sincere condolences to the Starzomski and MacCormack. Families. Delores was a wonderful person with strong opinions who liked to share them with all who would listen. She was very proud of her family and of her heritage.
From:  Joe Black

Frank and family,
So sad to hear of Delores’ passing. She was a great neighbour on Matilda Street. In the later years whenever we saw her we were taken with her upbeat attitude and natural humour.
She will surely be missed.
From:  Bill and Marj Fogarty

Frank and family,
So sad to hear of Delores’ passing. She was a great neighbour on Matilda Street. In the later years whenever we saw her we were taken with her upbeat attitude and natural humour.
She will surely be missed.
From:  Bill and Marj Fogarty

Frank , our hearts are aware of you and your family , the loss of your Wife , Delores , a great lady to Family , Friends and those on the path of life , a palpable journey through life. Your fortitude and supportive great Family will assist you in this time of need. From the Lyceum at St F X in Sydney to completion at St F X in Antigonish and beyond , it was a great run. You , with Delores and Family have made an exemplary accomplishment.
From:  Neil R Bulley

We are saddened by the passing of Barbara’s school mate and our neighbour.
From:  Barbara ( MacLennan) and Norman MacEachern

Dear Frank, Lisa, Cora Lee, Krista Ann, Tanya, Mac Cormac and Starzomski family members,
Our deepest condolences on the loss of Dolores. She was truly one of a kind. Our love and prayers are with you. We will always have so many good memories of times spent together. We will miss her delicious pork pies and perogies. I’m so sorry I can’t be with you but happy that Mike will be there to represent the family. Lots of love Maryena and MIke
From:  Maryena and Mike Yurczyszyn

Please accept my deepest condolences on Delores’ passing. She was such a great lady. She will be missed by all of us who caught to know her especially those of us from St. Mary’s Polish Parish. My heart breaks for all of you.
From:  Toni LaRusic

Frank…. Thoughts and prayers with you and family.
From:  Vince Mayich

My sincere condolence on Delores’ passing. I knew her as a lady who loved life, family and friends. Many a good times will be remembered especially during family gatherings at our place after Christmas Eve mass and summertime in Ben E’oin. May she Rest In Peace.
From:  Julie Mayich

Frank
Sorry to read of your wife’s passing. I guess we are of that age.
From:  Roy Mac Donald

My thoughts and prayers are with you Lisa and your family during this difficult time .
From:  Ann Louise (Muise) Saunders

what a lady and fun to grow up with. Frank to you and your family our prayers are with you. Will always remember the fond memories of our early days. Rest in peace Du Du
From:  Ray Mac Cormack

So sorry to hear Delores passed away. I golfed with her at the Lakes a number of years ago and you were always guaranteed a good laugh with Delores. Her comment on hole#1 would be “I wonder what Delores is here today” Please accept our deepest sympathy
Remembering her fondly;
From:  Barbara J. MacLean

Frank and family,
We are sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts
and prayers.
From:  Kenneth and Claudette Gray

Sending sincere condolences to the starzomski and MacCormack families. So very sorry to hear of DuDu passing . May she Rest In Peace
From:  Cotter and Margaret Oliver

Deepest sympathies are extended to the family on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Delores will surely be missed by all who knew her.
From:  Charlotte & Wilf Ingram

Our family sends sincere condolences to the Starzomski family; you are in our thoughts. Susanne, Gerry, and Melissa MacKenzie; Ainsley Mullen.
From:  Susanne MacKenzie

Please accept my condolences on the passing of your beloved Mom. The tribute to your Mother in the obituary was well said. Even though she was taken too soon her life was a life well lived. May she rest in peace and may her memories be a blessing
From:  Peggy Margetti

Thank you for asking me to the service, it was so moving, seeing and hearing the messages from the children. I was fine until communion, then the dam burst. I loved the releasing of the Doves. Delores will always be in our ( Carmella &Me) hearts. there are so many memories. You are the greatest family and I love you all. God Bless You
From:  Myrna (Fogarty)Brown

We extend our deepest sympathy to the Starzomski and MacCormack families on the passing of Delores…to us DuDu…she will always be remembered by us as a dear friend…full on, exuberant and thoughtful. We hope you will be comforted in knowing she led a life well lived. JoAnne, Bruna, Patricia Raymond DiSano
From:  Bruna DiSano

Heartfelt condolences to Krista Tanya Frank and all family members on the loss of your Mom and wife.
My heart breaks for you.
Delores was a wonderful assertive kind funny person and my girls have awesome lovely memories of her at your home.
So sorry for all
Sending my love and hugs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    From:  Norma Tomiczek

Rest easy sweet lady
Sending prayers and condolences to Frank & family                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              From:  Liz Melski

To the family of Delores, I am so sorry for your loss. I met Delores at the Lakes and I enjoyed many round and laughs with her over the years. She was definitely a “force to be reckoned with ” on the course. May she rest in peace.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         From:  Carol Sparks

We extend our deepest sympathy to the Starzomski and MacCormack families on the passing of Delores…to us DuDu…she will always be remembered by us as a dear friend…full on, exuberant and thoughtful. We hope you will be comforted in knowing she led a life well lived. JoAnne, Bruna, Patricia Raymond DiSano                                                                                                                                                                        From:  Bruna DiSano

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this Difficult time.
Rob Jean and Katie                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               From:  Robert Clemens and Family

So sorry to hear of Delores passing, I was fortunate to have known her on the golf course! Such a vibrant, thoughtful & kind person! My sincere condolences to her family. She will continue to watch over you!      From:  Debbie Ann Kennedy

Frank, I know you, Your four daughters and extended family are in great pain for heartbreaking loss of your Dear Wife, Delores. I will keep all of you in my prayers.                                                                            From:  Bernie Kokoszka

Frank and family- our thoughts and prayers are with you at these most difficult times. May happy memories help to ease the pain for you all.                                                                                                                From:  len and Raylene Chiasson

Dear Elaine and MacCormack & Starzomski Families: So sorry to hear about the loss of your much loved sister, wife, mother and grandmother. Please accept my deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences.

Margie (Reppa) Johnson & Jim Johnson                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              From:  Barrett Clare-Johnson

Heartfelt condolences to the Starzomski Family,
All you,her cherished ones, will miss Delores’s exuberant vitality and her loving presence. She will always remain in your hearts and will never be more than a thought away. May she Rest In Peace!
From:  Tom & Eleanor Murphy

Our sincere condolences are extended to Krista Starzomski and her family on the passing of her mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today. Byron, Cathy, Jillian and Nathan Penman                             From:  Catherine Penman

Our thoughts are with you during this time.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           From:  Michael F. Yurczyszyn

Frank and family, it is with sadness that we heard of Delores’ passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of mourning.                                                                                                                   From:  Angus & Sheila MacNeil

I express my deepest condolences to Frank and to all of Delores’ family.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            From:  Bernard Siller

Frank so sorry to hear about your wife passing away. Although I never met her she sounded like a wonderful woman. A big loss for you and your family. Take care.                                                                             From:  Paul Macdonald

I’m so sorry to hear of your loss.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           From:  Bill MOZVIK

Dear Frank,

Our condolences to you, your daughters, and their families during this time. We know that the blessings of family meals, laugher, and love that Delores made with you all will now be blessings of joy, hope, and love in the sweet memories that you will all share forever.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               From:  Janet and Carl Chesal