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St. Joseph’s Hospital Honors Beloved Couple with Opening of Tom & Irma’s Cafe

St. Joseph’s Hospital celebrated the legacy of Tom and Irma Trofimenkoff on Tuesday with a cake and coffee event to celebrate the opening of Tom & Irma’s Cafe, a new addition to the beloved couple known for their generosity and presence within the hospital community. Lori Gervais, executive director of the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, explained that the Trofimenkoffs were frequent visitors to the hospital, often having lunch with friends and staff or just visiting in general. “They donated to several charities, including the one in Regina. When they passed away in 2020, they left behind a legacy that will be deeply remembered within the walls of St. Joseph’s. We wanted to do something here at the hospital to honor them,” Gervais said. Debbie Lipinski, Tom’s niece, and Harvey Schindel, Irma’s nephew, attended the celebration and expressed their joy that the Trofimenkoffs’ legacy will be remembered. Tom and Irma’s Cafe features a dedication wall that highlights the couple’s passion for travel and includes stories from their travels and Irma’s handwritten letters from the countries they visited. “They weren’t just ocean cruises; they were river cruises all over Europe. I think the only continent they didn’t visit was Australia,” Schindel said. The Trofimenkoffs had planned a trip to Australia before Tom’s heart attack. Lipinski and Schindel said the Trofimenkoffs weren’t flashy and declined to have wings or other areas named after them, but they thought the hospital cafe would mean a lot to them. “We’re proud of what they’ve done. They’ve been very generous to the community and Regina Hospital. It’s nice to see their legacy,” Schindel said. “As their executors, we wanted to see and hear where the money went. It’s amazing. Each group has done so many good things,” Lipinski added. Schindel added that the cafe isn’t the only upgrade that’s been made at the hospital. “A lot of their donations went to improving the long-term health care at the hospital. A big part of the renovation is thanks to Tom and Irma.” “They also contributed to the Regina Foundation and their names are on the wall there. It makes us proud of the good things that come from their contributions,” Lipinski concluded.